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Vid-Biz: Viacom-YouTube, ITV Online, HBO

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Viacom vs. YouTube Is a Microcosm of the Entertainment Industry; even as thousands of artists and labels are embracing the internet, the top management at the big labels are behind laws that could give their companies the power to shut down any tech firm that attempts to out-innovate them. (The Guardian)

ITV Online Sales Unclear, But Summer Web Investment Coming; ITV (LSE: ITV) is now hiding its quarterly online revenue in its combined Broadcasting & Online category, but says it is committing incremental investment in online over the second half. (paidContent:UK)

HBO on Your iPad? There Won’t Be an App for That; during his company’s earnings call, Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes batted back suggestions for an HBO iPad app. (MediaMemo)

NAB Sez Retransmission-Consent Regime is Working; in a meeting with FCC Republican commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, NAB representatives said programming costs are rising more slowly than other costs and can’t be blamed for rising cable rates. (Multichannel News)

SlingPlayer For Android Secretly Jumps Into Private Beta; Sling is sending out email invitations for a private beta of the Android app. (Phandroid) Announces Expansion of National and European Sales Teams; the web video firm hired Internet Works to represent it in the UK, and brought on Rafi Mamalian as its West Coast Sales Director and Phil Meier as its Midwest Sales Director. ( blog)

Chinese Consumers Surf the Internet While Watching TV; of the Chinese surveyed by Nielsen as part of its first “three screen” study there, nearly half — 44 percent — engaged in “simultaneous viewing.” (Nielsen blog)