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AT&T buys mediaFLO

AT&T paid Qualcomm $1.93B for MediaFLO to get their licenses for the 700MHz spectrum.

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How to beat (compete) with Google locally

Terry Heaton takes a look at how local media can try and compete with Google for local media dollars. From the post: “So in order to compete with Google at the local level, we also must become an advertising system. There are a variety of ways to go about this, but here are five things […]

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Terry’s 10 local TV assumptions

If you read this blog you know that I am a big fan of Terry Heaton. He’s not pulling any punches with this post: “The TV audience for local media isn’t coming back. News — and especially local news — is being increasingly commodified. The local weather franchise is moving to The Weather Channel, Weather […]

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Onow.com: free classified ads

Onow.com is a classified ad site from KMTV and its five radio stations. From Lost Remote: “It is its own brand and does not have the names/logos of the TV or radio stations on it. For now, users can post everything, including pictures and videos, for free. Eventually the site will charge for the pix […]

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FOX: Merchants of Cool

Where do you turn to find the hottest local bands? How about FOX Interactive Media’s O&Os! Thats right folks, no longer satisfied with highschool sports, Local TV lashes out at local music. From Lost Remote: “FOX Interactive Media and a few FOX O&O’s have launched a few local music websites in connection with MySpace. The […]

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First run and syndication end around

More bad news for local TV stations. From Broadcast&Cable: “ABC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Group struck a unique two-year digital-distribution agreement for four shows; Big Shots, Men in Trees, Notes from the Underbelly and Pushing Daisies. The deal allows ABC to stream episodes of these series online and to retain advertising revenue generated on […]

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The High School sports battle

On the heels of Hearst’s announcement of HighSchoolPlaybook.com comes Belo’s HSgametime.com and Emmis’ IHSAAsports.org. From a naming standpoint I think Hearst is the clear winner. From Mediaweek: “Hearst-Argyle’s HighSchoolPlaybook, an online, on-air and mobile brand that combines social networking with high-definition video, stats, music and merchandising, initially launched on seven of its 26 stations; four […]

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Hearst-Argyle’s Highschool Playbook

Hearst-Argyle launched High School Playbook in seven markets. From Broadcast&Cable: “We’re targeting three demographics,” says Hearst-Argyle Executive VP Terry Mackin, “teens, the parents of teens, and the [local] adult community that’s interested in high school sports.” Mackin termed the project a “seven-figure investment, minimally,” that took about a year to create.” From Lost Remote: Michael […]

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Gannett’s 100 local mobile sites

Gannett launched 100 local mobile sites in support of its existing newspaper and TV stations. From the press release: “Breaking news, sports, weather and other must-have local information now can be accessed easily by mobile phone users in more than 100 local markets, Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) announced today. The local mobile sites are […]

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Hearst buying Kaboodle (updated)

Aggregation marches on. From PaidContent: “Hearst has announced its second online acquisition in two weeks: first it bought UGO for between $100-$150 million, and now it is buying shopping recommendation site Kaboodle, reports WSJ. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. (Updated: Om says the price was around $40 million). It started as a general sharing […]

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