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IHS iSuppli: Video Retail Business on the Decline

EL SEGUNDO: Sales for physical discs are expected to continue to decline, while electronic sell-through (EST) figures for movies and TV shows increase, though overall purchasing of video content is forecast to dip to $9.9 billion for the year, down 29 percent from its $14.1 billion peak in 2004, according to ...

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Liberty Global Appoints Replacement for Senior Exec

ENGLEWOOD: Liberty Global has named Bryan Hall the senior VP, general counsel and secretary, succeeding Elizabeth Markowski, who has retired. Hall will be based in Denver as a member of the company’s executive management committee and will report to Mike Fries, the president and CEO of Liberty Global. Hall previously ...

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Nielsen Reveals Top Shows of 2011

NEW YORK: FOX’s American Idol remains the top prime-time program in the U.S., a spot its held since its fifth season in 2007, according to Nielsen’s Top 10 of 2011 list. American Idol‘s Wednesday run on FOX averaged 23.9 million viewers in 2011, 8.1 percent of U.S. TV viewers over the ...

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Lifetime Movies Licensed Internationally

NEW YORK: Broadcasters in Canada, Europe, the Asia Pacific and the U.S. have signed licensing agreements with A+E Networks for Lifetime movies. Shaw Media in Canada acquired Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, The Bling Ring, We Have Your Husband, Girl Fight and William & Kate. TF1 in France, ...

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Syfy Orders More Paranormal Witness

NEW YORK: Syfy has placed a 12-episode pick-up order for season two of the docudrama series Paranormal Witness, which is set to premiere in August 2012. Paranormal Witness debuted in September and is produced by Raw TV (Locked Up Abroad, Gold Rush Alaska). Executive producers are Dimitri Doganis and Bart ...

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U.S. Adspend Sees Modest Increase

NEW YORK: Total advertising expenditures in the U.S. for the first nine months of 2011 increased 1.5 percent from the year-ago period, reaching $104.7 billion, according to Kantar Media. The latest figures from Kantar showed that spending growth slowed during the quarter, up 0.4 percent compared to last year. For ...

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Time Warner Cable Gets HBO Go, Max Go

NEW YORK: Time Warner Cable customers are gaining access to HBO’s authenticated online video destinations HBO Go and Max Go, delivering some 1,800 titles, including hits such as Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. The companies will hold a brief Beta trial, with the service expected to launch in the ...

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Liberty Global Gets Approval to Buy Kabel BW

ENGLEWOOD: Liberty Global has been given the regulatory approval necessary to take over the German cable operator Kabel BW. The German antitrust body Bundeskartellamt said it would allow the deal to go through, subject to certain conditions and obligations. The consideration paid by Liberty Global to acquire Kabel BW was ...

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Amazon Studios Unveils Trio of Projects

SEATTLE: Amazon Studios, which launched in November 2010 by opening submissions to the public, has signed up three Hollywood producers for its new film projects. Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Nightmare Before Christmas) will produce Touching Blue. The script is about a woman who can track people based ...

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