E-book sales explode while print sales continue their steady decline.
Nielsen’s newly released Social Media Report is packed with fascinating information, like the fact that internet users over 55 are driving social media use via mobile devices.
Is The Toronto International Film Festival the Cannes of North America?
While we don’t really want to admit it, the time has come to start paying attention to the 2012 Presidential Race, and the Columbia Journalism Review is a good place to start.
More evidence that the internet seems designed to reward content aggregators rather than content producers. With too many sources of material, not enough time to sort the bad from the good, and never enough buyers, the content creators always lose out — a sad state of affairs.
The Murdoch phone hacking scandal (remember that?) continues to change the way the UK is thinking about privacy, and has emboldened Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling and other celebrities to initiate and inquiry about violations of their privacy by gossip-mongering journalists. Let’s hope that the citizens of the UK can get something good out of this spectacle.
Think people are unwilling to pay for online content? Mobile data was worth about $734 million last year in the UK alone.
The Internet is the new black, according to fashion designer Nicole Miller, who shifted her whole ad budget online this year.
Google’s Eric Schmidt is delivering a speech at Edingburgh’s Television Festival next week, and is expected to outline the company’s plan to make a splash with GoogleTV in the U.K.
What would the news look like if PR firms could do whatever they wanted online? For the Chinese, this is not a hypothetical question.
Why booming e-book sales are actually bad news for publishers, at least for now.
Here’s something nobody expected: non-profit news is getting MORE ideologically polarized, not less, says Pew.
Wal-Mart has become a major player in online movie rentals and downloads.
The death of books has been greatly exaggerated, says Lloyd Shepherd in a sane and cheerful article for the Guardian.
Bids for Hulu are still coming in, and numbers between 500 million and 2 billion are expected. The site’s instance as joint venture between media majors has brought access to many hours of premium content, however it has also created many conflicts of interest. Potential investors could potentially open doors for the site and make it a stronger competitor in the online streaming space.
Freshman at Florida Atlantic University get a lesson in how journalism was done before the internet, and are surprised by how much has been forgotten in just twenty short years.
Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC blurs the line between satire and activism, but that may just be the point, in an America with no limits on campaign spending, and where political power is impossible without and often inseparable from media presence.
Whatever may be happening in the economy, we say with certainty that the news consensus says the economy is ailing, and hasn’t been this bad since 2009.
Bill Moyers returns to public television!
Another Google books dispute in France ends in settlement. Following a similar deal between Google and Hachette, French publisher La Martiniere has agreed to share revenue for out-of-print books from its collection which are to be scanned by Google.
Time Warner Cable has expanded its Midwest operations by acquiring cable company Insight Communications for 3 billion.
Youtube’s most popular content: Music videos. According to a report from Ad Age, 40% of Youtube viewers in July visited the site to watch music videos, with VEVO and Warner music taking in more views than any other branded channel on the video streaming site. Meanwhile, the National Music Publishers Association signed a licensing fee deal with Youtube, offering a source of revenue for music publishers whose music videos and songs evidently make the site such a popular destination.
Netflix is making headway into Spain and Britain in 2012. The company will not have the same head start in premium streaming video services that it did in the US – it will be competing with other major streaming sites such as Lovefilm, Europe’s leading streaming service, acquired by Amazon in January.
The traditional TV advertising format is gaining steam online. Mid-roll advertisements are increasing in length, and viewers are sticking around to watch them. The study confirming the ongoing shift can be found here: Freewheel
Amazon now has 100,000 movies and tv shows available for a-la-carte purchase online, whereas its streaming content stands at a much lower 9,000 titles. Amazon’s approach is unique in that it offers consumers both an a-la-carte (pay per download) and subscription options.
Media companies are remaining positive amid the market slowdown, reporting that advertising revenue is not decreasing as a result.
Comcast continued rolling out its plans for an expansion of local news programming this week. Its Telemundo Station Group was the focus of the announcement, which indicated the production of new spanish-language local news and public affairs programs in select markets across the country.
The Dish Network, which acquired bankrupt video rental company Blockbuster for $320 million in April, also lost 135,000 subscribers in the quarter.
Forbes reports that e-books are exempt from sales tax in the state of New York, because they are not “tangible personal property.” Does this have anything to do with the collapse of bricks and mortar retailer Borders?
The Columbia Journalism Review asks if public media is ready for the digital age.
When cable operators first offered programming on tablets, content owners reacted with litigation. Viacom and Cablevision have now come to an agreement which will allow Viacom content to remain a part of Cablevision’s ‘Optimum’ apps.
Hulu will soon begin streaming in Japan, marking its first expansion into an international market.
The National Association of Broadcasters expressed its support for the omission of spectrum auctions in Monday’s proposed debt deal. Spectrum auctions, which would repurpose tv broadcast spectrum for use by wireless broadband providers, have recently been proposed by policy makers as one solution to expanding capacity for wireless broadband providers.
This week both CBS and Time Warner reported higher revenue than expected for the last quarter. The legacy media companies both surprised analysts, and the trend is expected to continue across the media sector.
The Washington Post reported a 50% decline in earnings on Friday, including a 12% decline in advertising revenue for its print operations.
Why tyrants love the Murdoch scandal, by Bill Keller of the New York Times.
It is unsettling that the family of recently deceased singer Amy Winehouse has to ask for privacy in the wake of her death. Surely, a public still outraged by the News of the World’s invasion of a grieving family’s privacy, should be uncommonly sensitive to this issue.
Despite a popular product and a subscriber base 25 million strong, Netflix isn’t performing well enough for Wall Street.
Let’s ban books, or at least stop writing them, says Bill Keller of the New York Times.
The UK phone hacking scandal has officially spread to those just one step away from the Prime Minister’s office, says News Corp-owned The Wall Street Journal.
When a site recommends purchases, your privacy might be at risk, say the researchers at Freedom To Tinker.
Will Google+ kill the blog? Author and futurist Bruce Sterling at Wired thinks it just might.
In the most unexpected move yet, Murdoch to buy “The Daily Prophet,” says Slate.
Another piece connecting the News of the World scandal to Harry Potter, but this time not at all humorously.
A new set of ethical guidelines for reporters employed by Murdoch.
The News Corp scandal officially spreads to the US, in this scathing piece by David Carr of the New York Times.
US officials to investigate News Corp over alleged hacking on 9/11 survivors phones, and alleged attempted bribery of American law enforcement, says the Huffington Post.
From the Globe and Mail, one of the most insightful pieces yet not only about Murdoch, but the state of the larger media.
Thoughts on the role of PBS in American Journalism from the Columbia Journalism Review.
From Stanford University, a fascinating visualization of the growth of newspapers in the United States.
The UK phone hacking scandal continues to change the fortunes of Rupert Murdoch, the world’s top media mogul.
What’s your NEWS IQ? Take the Pew survey and find out how you measure up against the rest of America.
The always insightful David Carr of the New York Times on why the News of the World phone hacking scandal is good for newspapers, and good for democracy in the UK.