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Ron Frankel is the CEO of Synacor , a leading provider of authentication technology to cable, telecommunication and satellite providers, to power TV Everywhere services. The next time you flip on a television and an Apple commercial airs, think about how far we’ve come in such a short period of time. Innovation is driving a new generation of consumers, and it’s making some media executives nervous. The TV industry is at a turning point, and it’s no surprise that this shift is causing operator and programming executives to aggressively rethink conventional wisdom and come up with new ideas to address changing consumer habits. But predictions that wide swaths of consumers will cut the cord in unison are largely overblown. Instead, the age-old media distribution and viewing models of the past will be combined with industry initiatives like "TV Everywhere," and consumers will view options like Netflix and Hulu as complements, not replacements.
In a move to strengthen its television listings, Yahoo said it had acquired IntoNow, a TV indexing company. The deal is designed to bolster the Silicon Valley start-up’s data set in a key vertical. UPDATE: Terms were not disclosed, but sources said the price was about $15 million in cash and also close to $2 million in stock. In addition, there are retention elements, based on performance, that could add on $5 million more. IntoNow had only launched in January of this year as an iPhone app that recognizes what’s playing on television by analyzing the audio from satellite TV feeds and matching it to TV listings and its extensive index. The start-up had hoped to eventually license its technology as offer measurement services for TV advertising and viewership.
Le Figaro. - La chaîne bonus de Canal + sera-t-elle gratuite ? Bertrand MEHEUT. - Oui, nous avons décidé que la chaîne bonus, attribuée par la loi, sera gratuite. Son nom de code est Canal 20. Nous serons prêts pour émettre dès la fin de la télévision analogique, en novembre 2011. Canal 20 sera une chaîne généraliste, ambitieuse, avec une ligne éditoriale très qualitative qui s'adressera à un public large mais exigeant.
Dans une semaine le New York Times va lancer une nouvelle formule de paiement pour son site Internet. Le modèle qui essaie de prendre en compte l'utilisation des réseaux sociaux déconcerte même les spécialistes et risque d'énerver le lecteur. (Tous les liens sont en anglais sauf mention contraire)