Vid-Biz: News Corp, DirecTV, Clicker


Movies, Cable Drive News Corp.’s Strong Fiscal Q2; operating income at its Filmed Entertainment division nearly tripled to $324 million, fueled by strong sales of DVDs, while cable network operating income rose 35 percent, to $604 million. (Multichannel News) Meanwhile, News Corp COO Chase Carey said that retransmission consent revenues could ultimately fix the broken broadcasting model. (Also Multichannel News)

To Combat Piracy, UCLA Partners With Clicker; the university unveiled a customized version of Clicker’s program guide for online video on its My UCLA portal, which will help students find TV episodes and movies that studios and networks have made available online. (LA Times)

Critical Media’s Syndicastor Creating 30,000 Online Video Clips a Month; the product is helping some 80 broadcast news operations, including new client Univision, to create some 30,000 online clips per month. (Beet.TV)

DirecTV DVR Scheduler iPhone App Downloaded By 1M Users; according to DirecTV, more than 12 million recordings were scheduled remotely on its DVR’s last year. (InteractiveTV Today)

TELUS TV Launches With Microsoft Mediaroom; the new TELUS TV service, powered by Microsoft Mediaroom, offers a dramatically better television viewing experience, including a single whole-home DVR. (press release)

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