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Barnes & Noble To Offer Co-Branded Nook With Samsung

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 6:54am PDT

Barnes & NobleThe book retailer’s shares are up 3.4% in early trading after it announced a plan to offer its software in Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets, enabling Barnes & Noble to lessen its exposure to its Nook tablets that have struggled to keep up with rivals including Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle.  A 7-inch version of the Samsung tablet with Nook will be out in August and sold at Barnes & Noble stores and its website. The chain will continue to offer its Nook GlowLight e-reader. But CEO Michael Huesby says that the collaboration means B&N can “reduce its exposure to the substantial cost structure and other financial commitments” from tablet production and focus on “acquiring and delivering the best digital reading experience to grow Nook content sales.” B&N has agreed to buy 1M of the tablets in the first year after they hit the shelves — possibly going to 15 months if they don’t meet “certain sales thresholds” — it says in an SEC filing.  The companies have a two-year agreement. In addition to the Samsung announcement, Nook has agreed to move from its 208,000-square-foot facility in Palo Alto to a new 88,000-square-foot office in Santa Clara while the Barnes & Noble College digital education employees move to a facility in Mountain View. That will reduce annual occupance expenses by $10M, and future lease commitments by $102M.

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Fox Teams With Samsung To Support Ultra HD Home Entertainment

Fox Home EntertainmentConsider this to be an upgrade to the Ultra High Definition programming deal that the companies announced earlier this year at International CESAt the time, Fox said that it would provide Samsung with a storage device, called the UHD Video Pack, that would include content from different studios including Fox’s Night At The Museum, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and The Counselor. Now the companies say that they have a “strategic partnership” designed to establish “a secure and sustainable next-generation…content ecosystem.” Fox’s visually crisp 4K content will work across the Samsung Smart Hub platform — including the curved screen TV sets that created a stir at the consumer electronics show. In addition the companies will  ”explore additional collaboration opportunities in multiple areas of innovation with the goal of creating immersive next-generation consumer experiences.” Although the announcement is vague, Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn says that the partnership will help them to offer UHD “to audiences around the world” as the companies become “laser-focused” on the goal of bringing the technology “to the living room for people to own and enjoy.” Samsung expects there to be 60M UHD TVs in the market in three years. 

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Is Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar Selfie A Game-Changer For Trophy Show Product Placement?

selfie2Awards ceremony broadcasts may have been changed forever at last night’s Oscars when Ellen DeGeneres took a selfie of herself and a dozen A-listers in the theater. She broke the record for most retweets – 3 million-plus and counting — causing a brief service issue with Twitter. “We just broke Twitter,” DeGeneres announced during ABC’s broadcast of the Oscars after word got out.

Related: Ellen Gets Mixed Reviews For Oscars

“The envelope please … to @TheEllenShow — this is now the most retweeted tweet with over 1 million RTs. Congrats!” chimed in Twitter when DeGeneres’ selfie hit that retweeting threshold. (According to Poptip, a platform that analyzes and synthesizes social conversation in real time, among last night’s Oscar highlights, four of the top 15 phrases about the Oscars were about the Samsung selfie.)

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Mandalay Sports Media To Produce Second-Screen Content For Samsung Devices

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 12:18pm PST

Mandalay Sports MediaThis is part of Samsung‘s effort to help its gadgets stand out from the consumer electronics pack. By early 2015, owners of the company’s smart TVs, tablets and smartphones who watch certain TV shows will be able to access so-called second screen content produced by Mandalay Sports Media. The deal is interesting, Mandalay CEO Rich Battista tells me, because they’ll work the second screen material in from the start. “Usually it’s sort of an afterthought,” he says. No word yet on the number of shows in the deal, what networks they may be on, or the financial terms. But the companies are looking at multiple scripted and unscripted programs. In one that “lends itself to a bit of mythology” Mandalay may introduce a character and then immediately offer Samsung device owners his or her or its back story. The company also is looking at providing character information for “scripted content in the sports realm.” The interactivity should help generate revenues: The companies are exploring different models involving ads and e-commerce, and there “could be other revenue balls,” Battista says. While it’s relatively easy to connect second screens with live programming, the partners are “still working through” options for linking devices for time shifted shows. Mandalay’s eager to expand in new media. Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios greenlit Mandalay’s unscripted series about street soccer: Every Street United

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Deadline Big Media 67 – The CES Is For Yahoos Podcast

Deadline Big Media podcast 67In this week’s podcast, Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom download the highlights from this week’s massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

They look at Yahoo’s splashy preview of its new tech, news and food sites with a presentation that reminded David L. of a network advertising upfront; discuss highlights from David L.’s talk with TiVo CEO Tom Rogers on the current shortcomings and future opportunities in TV; grapple with the WWE’s move to online subscription video; and dial into T-Mobile’s highly entertaining and potentially transformative tactics that could re-arrange the mobile phone industry.

They also peer at the physical and likely fiscal limits of the latest savior for consumer electronics companies, the 4K Ultra HD TV; and prompt a review of Michael Bay’s rather sudden departure from the stage during a Samsung presentation.

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CES: Fandango To Offer Movie Trailers And Ticket Buying On Samsung Smart TVs

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 6:50am PST

fandangoWill television become more friend than foe for movie theaters? This announcement from Fandango at the International CES confab could help. The NBCUniversal-owned ticketing service says that by the end of March it will begin to offer movie trailers and what it calls “fully-embedded ticketing capabilities” for Samsung‘s Smart TVs. Consumers will be able to scroll through options and make their transactions on the Movies & TV Shows panel.  “Fandango will be aggregating high definition movie trailers so that consumers can gain instant access to the content they love while offering a simple way to purchase movie tickets in advance,” says Fandango President Paul Yanover. The companies have experience together: In September Samsung included Fandango’s movie preview show Weekend Ticket in the content recommendation service for its Galaxy Note 3 devices. Also, yesterday NBCU parent Comcast said that it will feed 4K content to Samsung’s new Ultra HD TV sets.

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UPDATE: Michael Bay Blogs About CES Teleprompter Snafu – “I Just Embarrassed Myself”: Video

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 4:24pm PST

UPDATE, 4:25 PM: Michael Bay has taken tomichael-bay__120523233151 his blog to talk about walking offstage during a Samsung presentation at the CES confab today in Las Vegas. “Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing. But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world,” he wrote.

PREVIOUS, 2:40 PM: An embarrassing moment for the Transformers director at Samsung’s packed-house presentation at the International CES confab. Brought on stage by EVP Joe Stinziano to discuss 4K TV, Michael Bay said that his job as a director is to create environments where viewers can escape reality. But after a few moments of pauses he said that the script on teleprompter was out of sync. Encouraged by Stinziano, he tried to wing it. But shortly after, Bay apologized and walked off the stage. “Welcome to Vegas, it’s live shows, folks,” the exec said as he continued the presentation.

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CES: Comcast, Netflix, Paramount, DirecTV And Amazon Will Stream 4K Video To Samsung TVs

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 3:04pm PST

This is becoming a theme at the International CES. Earlier today Netflix said that it will stream 4K content including the next season of House Of Cards to LG TV sets. Samsung logoNow Samsung is raising the stakes unveiling similar arrangements with Netflix, Comcast, Paramount, DirecTV and Amazon — part of its campaign to popularize the new technology with video that’s four times as sharp as conventional HD. The Samsung UHD [for Ultra Hi-Def] Video Pack will bundle Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Forrest Gump. “Users will also be able to download new UHD content as it becomes available,” the company says. In addition, Comcast will have an app for 4K Internet streams. The company says that it is “working with programmers, including NBCUniversal, to provide a library of 4k UHD choices for the Xfinity TV 4K app.” Comcast Cable SVP Matt Strauss says that later this year the company’s X1 set top boxes “will deliver 4K UHD content to all 4K capable televisions.” Amazon says that it’s working with several consumer electronics companies as well as Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, and Discovery. Last month Amazon Studios said that it will shoot all of its original series in 4K.

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CES: M-GO Teams With Samsung For 4K Streams Of Movies And TV Shows

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 2:00pm PST

Add pay-as-you-go movie and TV service M-GO to the list of video streaming providers announcing at International CES their M-Go logonew ability to offer 4K programming to TV sets capable of handling the super-sharp picture quality. The DreamWorks Animation-Technicolor joint venture says it initially will provide 4K transmissions for about 100 movies and TV shows that will work on Samsung UHD TV sets beginning this spring. “We’ve taken our content and optimized it for the chip on the Samsung TV,” M-Go CEO John Batter tells me. No word yet on what titles will be included at first, or which studios will be represented. Productions not originally shot in 4K will be optimized “to enhance the visual crispness, color acuity and image depth for 4K television owners,” the company says. The 4K programming will come with a premium price, probably anywhere from $2 to $5 more than the equivalent versions in traditional HD. Last month Disney was the last of the major studios to provide content to M-GO. 

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National CineMedia Q3 Financials Sag With Loss Of Samsung Ads

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 1:43pm PDT

Last year Samsung spent more than $20M for movie theater ads, which accounted for 19% of National CineMedia‘s national Q3 revenue. But even with that expected decline, the cinema ad sales company’s results fell short of expectations. It reported net income of $13.7M, -18% vs the period last year, on revenues of $135.1M, -6%. Analysts thought the revenue number would be closer to $137.1M. Adjusted net income of 25 cents a share also missed the Street’s target of 29 cents. CEO Kurt Hall says that while local ad sales grew, as did revenue at the Fathom Events unit, it “could not offset the record national campaign of one of our clients.” (Samsung, still a client, made an unusually big buy to introduce the Samsung Galaxy phone.) National CineMedia also warned investors that revenue and cash flow in the current quarter likely will be “at the lower end” of its projections. It says revenues could go as low as $115M, a drop of 1% vs last year, with cash flow possibly hitting $58M, which also would represent a 1% decline. Still, Hall remains optimistic based on the company’s performance over the last nine months. It “reflected the broadening and diversification of our client base that, while negatively impacting our national CPMs, created a broader base of clients that will use our network for more than product launches.”

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Samsung Introduces Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 11:15am PDT

“We have created something incredible,” Pranav Mistry, Head of Samsung‘s Think Tank Team, said at the unveiling today in Berlin. “Welcome to the future.” Sure, that’s grandiose. Still, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear looks intriguing for a first-generation device — introduced ahead of Apple’s expected launch of its iWatch. The Samsung watch has a 1.63-inch touch display, 800MHz custom CPU, 512 MB of RAM, a gyroscope and accelerometer and can run 25 hours on a charge. It wirelessly connects to the company’s Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, also introduced today, so you can look like Dick Tracy making phone calls on your wrist. But it also can serve as a pedometer, and manages emails, text messages, calendar events, notifications, music, and photos. It has a 1.9-megapixel camera in the strap and can transmit your shots. Apps are being specially designed for Gear. The smartwatch will be available in 149 countries on September 25, and will go worldwide in October. No word yet on price.

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Samsung, Sony To Unveil New Devices September 4: Report

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 8:37am PDT

The two electronics giants are angling to show off their new gadgets ahead of the introduction of new iPhones, iPads and other products from rival Apple, Bloomberg reports. Along with the Note III phone/tablet hybrid, Samsung’s roster includes a wristwatch/smartphone hybrid to be called Galaxy Gear and powered by Google’s Android system. It will be able to surf the web and handle emails, Bloomberg said citing people familiar with the matter. Both products are to be introduced September 4. On the same day, Sony will unleash its latest Xperia handset which includes imaging sensors used in its TVs and cameras. Xperia, which connects to Sony’s entertainment content, is seen as key to helping the company report a profit in the fiscal year that will end March 2014. Meanwhile, Apple’s new devices will be unveiled at a September 10 event, a source told Bloomberg. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said there were “surprises” in the works with “some really great stuff coming in the fall and across all of 2014.” Among those products, company watchers expect Apple to introduce wristwatches that communicate with its iPhones and a TV that integrates conventional and online video. The Samsung and Sony announcements will hit just ahead of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. No word on how Samsung will introduce its new products. When it unveiled the Galaxy S4 in March, it … Read More »

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Apple Wins Last-Minute Reprieve To Sell Older iPhones And iPads

By | Saturday August 3, 2013 @ 2:06pm PDT

Apple would have had to stop importing and selling the iPad 1 and 2 for AT&T and the iPhone 4 for AT&T and T-Mobile, among other products, if U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman hadn’t stepped in today to veto a U.S. International Trade Commission ban on them. The ITC ruled on June 4 that Apple had infringed on Samsung patents dealing with 3G transmissions.  It would have taken effect after a 60-day waiting period if the Obama administration didn’t overturn it. Froman did so, he said, based on the order’s impact on “competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers.” He added, though, that the veto “is not an endorsement or a criticism” of the ITC. It also leaves open the opportunity for Samsung to “continue to pursue its rights through the courts.” This is one of several patent infringement charges that Apple and Samsung have flung at each other. Apple had argued that the patents in this case governed essential services, which would require Samsung to license them on generous terms. Apple praised the administration for “standing up for innovation in this landmark case,” CNBC reports. Samsung says it was disappointed with the decision adding that it “has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a license.”

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Time Warner Cable Offers TV Service To Samsung Sets Without A Box: Cable Show

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 1:31pm PDT

While Comcast talks up the virtues of its new, high powered set top boxes, Time Warner Cable used this week’s Cable Show to showcase a different approach: It will launch an app for Samsung Smart TVs that will enable owners to watch pay TV programming without a box. The No. 2 cableco says its TWC TV app is part of its TV Everywhere strategy. In additional to their conventional channels, users will be able to access the company’s 5,000 video on demand titles from about 100 networks. Owners of 2012 Samsung Smart TVs will have first crack to download the free app; those who bought this year’s models will be able to download it “soon afterward,” the companies say. Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt told analysts here today that the arrangement with Samsung is possible because “that TV has enough intelligence” to replace the functions of a set top box. He adds “that’s where I think we’re headed. … The technology is actually pretty easy. And I think that’s going to kind of reinvigorate the industry. I think all this over-the-top stuff is largely about functionality that’s enabled by technology that people haven’t been able to get with our traditional technology.”

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Best Buy Shares Rise After It Unveils Plan To Create Samsung Storefronts

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 7:44am PDT

The electronics and entertainment retailer’s investors seem to like the new plan to create Samsung Experience Shops at 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores beginning this month. Best Buy shares are up about 8.7% in early trading, flirting with their 52-week high. The companies say that about 900 of the Samsung shops will be open by early May with the rest to be up by early summer. They’ll feature smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras and accessories. Taking a page from Apple’s retail playbook, Samsung says it will have dedicated salespeople who will help with demonstrations and support customers “throughout the lifecycle of their product.” The collaboration will also exist online later this quarter with a destination on the Best Buy site for sales and service of Samsung products and accessories.

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Samsung Unveils Bigger, Thinner Galaxy S4

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 6:42pm PDT

David Bloom is a contributor to Deadline.

Samsung Mobile just unpacked its next flagship smartphone, christening it the Galaxy S4 and loading it with improved technical specs and nifty functions the company hopes might entice high-end users away from Apple’s iPhone and other competitors. Streamed lived to some 400,000 people over YouTube from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the Galaxy S4 announcement increases pressure on Apple and others to improve their own flagship smartphones, particularly to meet stiff competition in faster-growing overseas markets. Read More »

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Apple Vs. Samsung: Judge Cuts Damages, Orders New Trial

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 7:59pm PST

The judge in last year’s landmark Apple-Samsung patent case today slashed damages awarded to Apple last august from $1.05 billion to $598.9 million and ordered a new trial to recalculate the damages, CNET reported. Apple had actually gone back to court to request additional damages from Samsung. “The Court has identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award, and cannot reasonably calculate the amount of excess while effectuating the intent of the jury,” said Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. It’s not clear when a new trial for the 14 products in question would be held. Samsung has already changed its smartphones and tablets. The rivals are slated to return to court next year over a separate group of patents and products, including the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy SIII.

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Lionsgate Lends A Hand To Samsung’s 3D TV Technology: CES

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 8:00am PST

Consumers aren’t going to buy many 3D TV sets unless they have more content to watch on them. The independent studio said at the International CES confab in Las Vegas today that it will help the cause by using Samsung’s image processing technology to create 3D home video versions of action films Gamer, Crank, and Bangkok Dangerous as well as horror film The Descent. Lionsgate says that it has “a number of additional theatrical titles in the pipeline for the next wave of conversions” starting with “library titles that have already demonstrated success on DVD, Blu-ray, [electronic sell through] and VOD platforms.” Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution Jim Packer says that consumers “have consistently demonstrated their willingness to pay for added value.” Samsung SVP Kyungshik Lee says that the partnership “will provide the best 3D viewing experiences to Samsung Smart TV consumers.”

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Samsung’s New TV Enables Two Viewers To Watch Different Shows Simultaneously: CES

By | Monday January 7, 2013 @ 3:21pm PST

This surprised me. Samsung said at the International CES confab today that its new OLED TV sets make it possible for two people to watch different shows on the same screen at the same time. The company pulls off that trick when viewers wear special glasses, with earbuds, that isolate the program that the viewer wants. It seems the OLED models can handle all of those moving images because the screens refresh 1,000 times faster than conventional HDTV screens. The company says it will show that off in addition to a voice command feature it calls S-Recommendation: Users can use natural language to ask for different programming characteristics, for example an actor they like, and the TV set will offer suggestions based on what’s available on conventional TV, online, and on the DVR. Recommendations will adapt to a user’s tastes over time. Read More »

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