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Netflix Targeting European Audiences?

Will Netflix come to Europe in 2011?

Recently, a contact from our Facebook community pointed out that Netflix is obviously preparing to expand their activities to European markets while referring to related news headlines and job openings at Netflix. Interesting enough, I thought, for writing a short blogpost on the topic. For those not too familiar with Netflix: as of today, it happens to be the world’s leading Internet subscription service for TV shows and movies with about 23 million members in the U.S. and Canada (also see Netflix company profile at Crunchbase). Read the rest of this entry »

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MIPTV 2011 Review: Branded Content, 3D & IP Protection

At the Heart of Digital Content Business: MIPTV in Cannes (France)

For us, April and October always means visiting the City of Cannes in southern France in order to attend the MIP markets, which happen to be among the largest digital content markets worldwide. Accordingly, we again spent a few days at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes to check what’s new and to take part in various presentations as well as panel sessions that are offered in parallel to the buying and selling activities of broadcasters, production companies, studios and other media companies. This year’s MIPTV, which took place from 4 to 7 April, essentially focused on 3D TV, branded content and the protection of IP rights in the digital multiplatform era. Read the rest of this entry »

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MIPCOM in a Nutshell

MIPCOM 2010: Redefining the Entertainment Experience

MIPCOM 2010: Redefining the Entertainment Experience

Last week saw the 26th anniversary of the world’s leading market for the content and entertainment business. Like everyone working in this business and being affected by its development, I was also in Cannes to see how the media industry is “Redefining the Entertainment Experience“. The latter was the official teaser of this year’s MIPCOM. A quite catchy phrase that actually managed well to communicate the sense of ongoing consolidation in the industry, especially between major conventional players and digital platforms. In other words: optimism was in the air. This is not to say that all channels, distributors and producers are having the time of their life, but there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. After the crisis, the drop in ad sales and years of uncertain experiments with revenue from digital, there is now some evidence for alternative ways to cash in, even if we’re still in the infancy of that novel economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Just scanning the news …

While doing our twitter posts, I took care not to fuel the marketing engine of Apple too much by mentioning the iPAD all the time. But after its launch in the U.S. it’s perhaps time to follow up on that. I was asking myself: is this just a huge ‘media craze’ tending to become some kind of selffulfilling prophecy? But that’s probably just because I never held an iPAD in my own hands up to now. At least it seems to redefine the term ‘usability’ for the masses and reduces the computer to what it was originally supposed to be: a seemingly simple yet elegant I/O device. Now it sets out to invade the netbook market, and perhaps other segments as well. As for the future of Steve Jobs’ latest child, the AppStore download figures and market research results by Gartner suggest considerable growth potential for tablet PCs (to some degree our commonsense seems to confirm these predictions).

iPad Simulator and Chrome showing web video
Image by ajstarks via Flickr

But there were other issues in the news fighting for my attention as well, such as the researchers from KIT in Karlsruhe who developed the first 3D stealth cloak some weeks ago. Will the price for applying this technology develop just as the price of computing capacity decreased in the past? Questions upon questions! Read the rest of this entry »

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