• For Entertainment Middlemen, Is There Still A Middle Road?
    Netflix's distribution deal with The Weinstein Company for a "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel on both big IMAX screens and digital streaming is making theater owners squirm in their seats -- perhaps the seats that they need "butts" to sit in. Like broadcast network affiliates, these theater owners are looking for some positive news about the future. Content owners want to get their product into consumers' hands as quickly as possible -- on any screen and at the lowest cost. How will they save money? Well, connect the dots.
  • Juicing The Shopping Aisles? No Problem. Someone Has Your Media Info
    I was at the Smart & Final store, trying to look at ingredient lists on the backs of packages, when two juice containers tumbled off the shelves. Then it got worse. The two plastic containers blasted their way around stuff after hitting the floor, spilling their wares over my feet -- feet which were wearing sandals. Getting the containers upright I noticed no one else in the aisles. About 30-second later, I heard the most cliched line in supermarket history over the loudspeaker: "Clean up on aisle 6!" I was indeed in aisle 6, and figured there was a video ...
  • FCC Ends NFL Blackout Rules: NFL's Response? We're Free TV
    Hard-core NFL viewers will now be running home to watch their big TV screens now that the Federal Communications Commission blackout rules are over. After all, who needs to pay $100 a ticket to be in a cold winter stadium when you have heat at home!
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