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Latin American Pay-TV Revenue to Reach $24.7 Billion by 2020

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Digital TV adoption is already growing in Latin America — from only 18.1 percent penetration of TV households at end-2010 to just over the halfway mark by end-2014 and onto 94.5 percent by 2020, according to the latest market study by Digital TV Research.

Put another way, 132 million digital TV households (in 19 countries) will be added between 2010 and 2020 to take the total to 157 million.

via Digital Lifescapes

NY Times: When ‘sponsored by Dell’ is the Only Advertising

When Dell chose to be the inaugural brand on The New York Times’ Paid Posts native advertising platform in January, the fact that the pages were clearly labeled as branded content prompted some to question Dell’s decision.

Didn’t we realize that readers weren’t going to be taken in?

via Content Strategist

Edward Snowden to Speak at SXSWi 2014 Via Videoconference

Surveillance and online privacy look to be one of the biggest topics of conversation at the upcoming 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

On Monday, March 10 at 11:00 am, join a conversation between Edward Snowden and Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union.

via SXSW 2014

The Countdown to SXSWi 2014 in Austin, Texas this Week

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival welcomes more than 30,000 registrants to Austin, Texas each year and has become an effective launching pad for creative and tech startups. It’s also a hunting ground for VC investors and a showcase for forward-thinking ideas.

Once again, I’ll be covering the event as a member of the Technology, Media and Telecom press. As an example of what to expect at SXSWi, last year my story was entitled “SXSW 2013: Cloning Successful Entrepreneurs.

via GeoActive Group

How the Mobile Channel Helps Newspapers within the UK

News sites are reaping rewards from the consumer shift toward mobile devices in the UK, with the number of unique visitors to mobile newspaper sites rising 39% year over year to 13.5 million in December 2013.

There was a strong correlation between accessing news sites and using social media on a mobile device — 85% visited both from their mobile browser.

via eMarketer

Magazine Publishers Struggle with Mobile Content in UK Market

This Christmas almost three million people found a shiny new tablet in their stocking. According to YouGov, this has taken the total number of people in the UK with a tablet to just over 19 million.

For British magazine publishers, this represents a huge opportunity, but it’s an opportunity in danger of being wasted.

via Guardian

Why Pay-TV Won’t Provide What Most Customers Really Want

Pay-TV customer needs and wants are purposely ignored — because the advertiser is the focal point of the legacy business model. In a report that attempts to quantify the costs of an à la carte pricing for cable television, Needham & Co.’s Laura Martin estimates that $45 billion of TV advertising would be at risk under such a change.

Along with 1.4 million American jobs, $20 billion in taxes paid by such cable operators as Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), and $117 billion in market capitalization.

via Businessweek

How Investigative Journalism Became a Charity in America

If you suspect your local town government is corrupt, would you pay a journalist to investigate? Uncoverage will test whether the public “cares enough” about investigative journalism to pay for it.

Seriously, what’s next in America? If you want a professional (meaningful) world news show on TV, will you make a donation to fund the whole truth?

via NYTimes

Technology, Media and Telecom M&A Deals Peaked in 3Q 2013

There had been more than $240 billion technology, media and telecommunication deals during the third quarter (3Q) of 2013, according to Thomson Reuters. The rise in activity was led by the Verizon Communication $130 billion buy-out of the Vodafone Group’s stake in their mobile service provider joint venture.

That places the recent three month period on a pace to be the busiest since the year 2000, when AOL and Time Warner announced their merger, then valued as approximately $186 billion. We should expect more strategic M&A activity in the coming weeks and months.

Via Datasite

Losing Louisiana: Storytelling at the U.S. Weather Channel

The Weather Channel is expanding its brand — by entering the world of immersive storytelling.

Because of a slow-moving disaster caused by sinking land, climate change and oil exploration, Louisiana’s coastal families must choose between leaving their homes for higher ground or staying where generations of their families lived, on land so precarious the next hurricane could wash them away.

via Losing Louisiana

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