Sondra Russell works for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and
writes the following News Digest on a weekly basis. I think it's a
very nice piece of work, but it's distributed by email only. So she's
given me permission to quote it here so it can get RSS distribution and
also be seen by people outside of public broadcasting. Her email
address is srussell [at] cpb [dot] org. --Dennis
> The top story this week is that the Digital Transition (a.k.a. Analog Shutoff) is humming along swimmingly, as evidenced by a recent story in the New York Times that LG and RCA are offering $50 conversion boxes by next January. Couple that with the fact that new televisions, even those cheap $150 models, come with digital converters, and perhaps the 13% of over-the-air-only households (many of which are public television supporters) won’t be as left out as some have feared.
From ClickZNews: "In what it claims is the largest such survey ever conducted, the Web Analytics Association (WAA) has released a report finding most analytics professionals feel they and their companies struggle to grasp Web analytics."
From ArsTechnica: "A lawsuit filed in May of 2006 by Pennsylvania attorney Marc Bragg accused Linden Lab of wrongfully seizing his virtual land —intellectual property that Bragg says is worth thousands of (real-life) dollars."
From ClickZNews: "Local advertisers are poised to spend $7.5 billion on the Web this year, up over 31 percent from last year, according to the report."
Warner Group in Deal to Offer Free Music via Internet Site
From the NYT: "Major labels have fought to try to keep fans from listening to music without paying for it. Now the Warner Music Group, has made a deal with Lala.com to allow anyone to listen to its music free hoping that doing so will drive music sales."
From Broadcast Enginnering: "[According to Harris Interactive] online news and information sources will overtake TV newscasts within five years. Even today, many people believe it’s already easier to get news online than to read a newspaper."
From AdWeek: "In its latest move, YouTube has struck a deal to create channels for five local broadcast stations owned by Hearst-Argyle. The companies will share ad revenue generated by news and other content."
Apple Close to a Deal with Hollywood for Movie Rentals
From Business 2.0: "Apple's service would compete, however, with the VOD offerings now provided by cable and satellite TV companies, as well as startups like Microsoft’s Xbox Live, Movielink and Unbox, a joint venture between Amazon and TiVo."
to Let Other Web Sites Post NBC Video
From Reuters: "Independent Web Site and blog owners can add short NBC video using software widgets -- small bits of code that function as dynamic applications when installed on a Web page."
Signal a New Era for TVs
From the NYT: "Yesterday, the National Association of Broadcasters lifted the curtain on two prototypes for those basic digital converters that will start appearing in electronic and department stores in January, at an expected cost of about $50 to $70."