Vid-Biz: Bebo, Netflix, NBA 3D

Bebo Relaunches With New Media Recommendations; new features include a tool that will suggest TV shows and web videos based on user preferences and friend data. (WSJ)

Netflix News: Recommendations, Blu-Ray HD; For the second year in a row, no one wins $1 million for improving the recommendation system by 10 percent, closest team got 9.44 percent (and $50,000). (emailed release) LG and Samsung release firmware updates to Netflix-enabled Blu-ray players for HD streaming. (Netflix Blog)

See Slam Dunks in 3D; Turner, the NBA and Cinedigm to broadcast coverage of basketball games in live 3D to 80 digitally equipped theaters throughout the U.S.. (release)

Babelgum Going Mobile; partnership with Vodafone will put the web tv service on iPhone and Nokia handsets, will be free to UK and Italy users and work over 3G as well as Wi-Fi. (MoCoNews)

Licensing Deals Remove Movies from Next-Gen Services; studios pulling movies like Charlie Wilson’s War from iTunes and Netflix streaming because of release window issues. (CNET)

U-verse to Soon Reach 1 Million Subs; telco says its ahead of schedule (barely) and will hit 1 million U-verse TV subs sometime next week. (DSLReports)

SAG to Mail Out Strike Ballots on Jan. 2; actors union asking its members to authorize a strike, votes will be counted on Jan. 23. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Kutcher’s Katalyst Launching Series on Slide; few details available, but original online series will be rolled out through the widget maker over the coming months. (paidContent)

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