• Top 10 Greatest U.S. Digital Media M&A Deals Of All Time

    Top 10 Greatest U.S. Digital Media M&A Deals Of All Time

    Back in November 2006, I published the Top 10 Greatest Internet Digital Media M&A Deals of All Time.  It included eBay’s $1.5 billion acquisition of PayPal, Yahoo’s $1.6 billion acquisition of Overture, and Microsoft’s $400 million purchase of Hotmail back in 1998.  It also included News Corp’s $580 million acquisition of MySpace.  Don’t laugh.   The list… Read More

  • Amazon Lands CBS Licensing Deal To Stream TV Shows To Instant Video Offering

    Amazon Lands CBS Licensing Deal To Stream TV Shows To Instant Video Offering

    Amazon has just announced a deal with CBS to allow Amazon prime customers to stream television shows from CBS’s library of content. Financial terms of the non-exclusive deal were not disclosed. According to the release, Amazon Prime customers will be able to instantly watch thousands of episodes from the CBS library at no additional cost to their membership. In February, Amazon… Read More

  • CBS Acquires TV Guide For Online Video Clicker, Jim Lanzone Named President Of CBS Interactive

    CBS has acquired Clicker, a TV Guide for internet programming, according to a release just issued by the companies. Clicker’s CEO Jim Lanzone has been named President of CBS Interactive. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; Clicker raised a total of $19 million in funding. According to multiple sources, the deal was in the $50 million to $100 million range. Clicker is a… Read More

  • Apple Looking To Slice Up Cable 99 Cents At A Time

    Apple Looking To Slice Up Cable 99 Cents At A Time

    The wheels are in motion. The rumors have persisted for a while now that a new Apple TV (soon to be called “iTV”) is approaching. It’s thought to be a cheaper, smaller version of the current device that puts an emphasis on streaming rather than storage. The killer app of such a device could literally be apps — as in, the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch variety. But… Read More

  • uTest Finds 908 Bugs In Web And Mobile Apps Of Major U.S. TV Networks

    Software testing marketplace uTest today announced the results of its so-called “TV Networks Bug Battle” competition. More than 500 software professionals from 30 countries around the world participated in the quarterly competition, reporting a total of 908 technical, functional and GUI bugs in the web and mobile apps of NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC. Testers were challenged to search… Read More

  • Sony opens 3D Experience in Vegas

    Well, TV manufacturers are definitely embracing 3D for the home. Obviously it’s going to require the networks to jump in too, as evidenced by Sony and CBS building the “Sony 3D Experience” in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Read More

  • JPMorgan Forecasts A 10.5 Percent Rebound In U.S. Display Advertising in 2010

    In the advertising industry overall, revenues generated by direct and brand advertising are roughly split 50/50. But in the online world, where direct advertising is represented mostly by search and email ads and brand advertising by graphical display ads, the split is closer to 70/30 in favor of direct ads. Last year, with the economy down, the display portion of the U.S. online… Read More

  • Apple May Be On The Verge Of Kneecapping The Cable Industry. Finally.

    The cable companies suck. All of them. Some suck less than others. But they all suck. We need someone to whip them into shape. And that someone may be Apple. Apple may be on the verge of gaining two key television network agreements, according to The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, CBS and Walt Disney (which runs ABC) are said to be considering a proposal by Apple to offer a… Read More

  • Look Mom, Cooliris Is On!

    I don’t know about you, but I have a male geek crush on Cooliris, the startup behind this splendid technology that enables users to browse photos and videos from the Web, their desktops or their iPhone devices in a visually attractive 3D manner that one really has to try to get a feel of how amazing that can be. Publishers are starting to notice that too, and are increasingly turning to… Read More

  • Video: Wherein CBS makes a fool of itself by showing it has no idea what it's talking about re: movie piracy

    Bias much, CBS? The network ran a report on 60 Minutes the other day (which shows how far off our radar the show is, seeing as though we just found out about it) that, according to TechDirt’s fantastic report, is basically a piece of MPAA propaganda. It makes all sorts of ridiculous claims that can easily be disproven by, you know, spending two minutes looking this stuff up. Read More

  • Leaked Email: Quincy Smith Of CBS Wants To Counter "Reckless Hulu Streams"

    There is no love lost between CBS and Hulu. You won’t find any full episodes of CBS shows on Hulu, and CBS’s own site is so similar in look and feel that one might call it a product of envy. So it should come as no surprise that the knives are still out for Hulu at CBS Interactive. An email with an article critical of Hulu from CBS Interactive CEO Quincy Smith that was… Read More

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