Category Archives: Entertainment

The Good and Bad News About ePublishing

The good news is that authors can now choose to bypass publishing gatekeepers. The bad news is that self-publishing without proper promotion is generally about as successful as putting a book in a closet and closing the door. Continue reading

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TV in 2020: Best Guesses

So where will television be in 2020? I posed the question last week at a panel I led during NAB with execs from DreamWorks, Sony Electronics, Starz, Nielsen and  Technicolor. Of course, nobody really knows what TV will look like in two … Continue reading

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Content Isn’t King When It’s Stuck on Your Hard Drive

When I considered using an illegal file sharing program to download songs I had already bought, I had a moment of insight. No wonder people rip this stuff off. Continue reading

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Nintendo 3DS, Even If It Flops, is a Game Changer

Whether or not the Nintendo 3DS takes off, it represents a seminal moment for 3D. The game player — rolled out for the U.S. market at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco today — is the first mass market hand-held device that shows 3D images without glasses. A swarm of other 3D devices, mostly phones, is expected to hit the market over the next few years. Continue reading

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Why Obama Likes Silicon Valley More Than Tinseltown

President Obama had plenty of praise for Silicon Valley leaders last week during his visit, and none for Hollywood. Why? Because they’re actually creating new businesses and jobs up there, not just shoring up oligopolies. That would be the six studios, whose major goal is to ensure that they control product pipeline and distribution, and muscle out competitors. Continue reading

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Why 100 Mil. Super Bowl Viewers Really Matters

The takeaways from this year’s Super Bowl: Live events, particularly sports, are going to continue to command huge ad premiums because they are the one relatively sure way to neutralize DVRs. And jf you create an ad people actually enjoy watching, they’ll actually watch it. Who knew? Continue reading

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Viacom’s Earnings Drop Reflects Broader Ills

Behind Viacom’s earnings drop announcement today is a simple reality: Hollywood’s DVD sales are collapsing and they aren’t likely to recover. Continue reading

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Video Game Business Loses Luster for Disney

Disney’s decision to lay off as many as 350 employees in its video game business could officially mark the end of the “video-game-as-hit” mentality in Hollywood. Despite the boffo performance of Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” movie ($345 million worldwide and counting), … Continue reading

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