Microsoft To Demo ‘SmartGlass’ at 2nd Screen Summit in New York

Microsoft will demonstrate its new SmartGlass 2nd screen TV technology for the first time on the East Coast since its E3 introduction at the 2nd Screen Summit, set to take place in New York on June 27. Microsoft’s SmartGlass is a collection of apps and embedded technologies th... More

S3 Comes to NYC

Produced by MESA in partnership with TWICE, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News magazines and in conjunction with CEA’s CE Week in New York City (June 25-29), the 2nd Screen Summit (S3) NYC event will be a gathering of CE, Broadcast, Advertising and Content Holder ex... More

HITS Big Data Breakfast Explores New Technologies in Analytics

By Lyndsey Schaefer Executives from Hollywood studios, their IT and marketing departments, and their service provider partners discussed how data and analytics are impacting the entertainment industry at Wednesday morning’s Hollywood IT Society (HITS) Big Data Breakfast in Cen... More

Game Consoles Transforming Into Multimedia Entertainment Hubs

By Lyndsey Schaefer Game consoles are now becoming general entertainment consoles, as evidenced by the slew of announcements at this week’s E3 Expo, where Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony announced new partnerships for non-game content available on their respective devices. Now, ... More

For Some Movies, ‘Second Pay Window’ Can Come Years After Theatrical Release. Implications for Streaming Business?

by Terence Keegan Time was subscribers to Netflix’s discs-by-mail service faced a “very long wait” for popular titles. Now, in the age of streaming subscription services, that wait is measured in months, if not years — despite the instant-access convenience of the techno... More

A Question of When: ‘Windows’ Rise to the Fore in Competition Among Subscription Video Services

by Terence Keegan The deal announced Wednesday between Amazon’s Lovefilm and NBCUniversal — securing exclusive streaming rights in the UK of movies including “Battleship” and “Bridesmaids” for the subscription video service — shows how competition for premium cont... More

Media Execs Trade Thoughts on Amazon’s Power, Video Monetization Strategies, Second Screen’s Potential

by Terence Keegan Highlights from Wednesday’s paidContent conference in New York: • Is Amazon “predatory” against other retailers — physical and digital alike — or has the company merely established a dominant position for itself in books and other media segments?... More

Testronic Incorporates Tool from Deluxe Digital Studios into File-Based QC Lab

by Terence Keegan Quality assurance services provider Testronic Labs is integrating a new testing tool designed by Deluxe Digital Studios into the workflow of its File-Based QC Lab, in efforts to improve production efficiencies for movie studios and other clients. The addition ... More

Amazon Snags Another Sweetener for Prime: Free Access to Harry Potter eBooks

by Terence Keegan Amazon is adding another deal-sweetener to its Kindle platform and Prime premium subscription service: free access to the Harry Potter eBook series. Beginning June 19, Kindle owners who subscribe to the $79/year Prime service will be able to “borrow” each ... More

Studios Seek Service Providers To Help Build ‘Trusted Device List’ for Digital Cinema Supply Chain

Motion Picture Laboratories, Inc. (MovieLabs) — the research and development joint venture of Hollywood’s six major motion picture studios — has issued a request for proposals (RFP) as part of its effort to develop a worldwide, centralized “trusted device list” for the ... More