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Vid-Biz: Roku, Google, Sezmi

Roku CEO: Sales Doubled When Apple TV Launched; instead of taking a big hit, Roku sales actually doubled when the new Apple TV came out, Roku CEO Anthony Wood said. (The Business Insider)

Google Poaches Paramount Executive For Content Role; Google has turned to Hollywood to fill out its content team, hiring Malik Ducard, who is currently senior vice president of digital distribution at Viacom-owned film studio Paramount. (paidContent)

Why Google TV Wasn’t a Hit — and Why It’s Too Early to Write It Off; after a spate of mostly poor-to-middling reviews, Google TV products due out at the important Consumer Electronics Show in early January have been delayed. (Rob Hof’s blog)

Hollywood Dreams Take Digital Direction; talks between Google and Miramax over a digital-rights deal has some Hollywood insiders seeing green for funding-starved independent studios. (NY Post)

Sezmi Still Seeking Telco Partners; its plan to shut down its Plus service and discontinue use of digital broadcast spectrum is not a sign the company is abandoning its original strategy of partnering with telcos to offer premium video. (Light Reading)

How Soon Is Too Soon for Video on Demand; studios want to offer new movies on video-on-demand systems in living rooms about 45 days after the movies arrive in theaters. (NY Times)

Turner Relaunches; Turner Sports is relaunching as part of a wide-ranging, 14-year digital partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and is looking to build up the site into a major year-round portal for college sports fans. (Broadcasting & Cable)

AOL Snags Amber J. Lawson as Head of Video Programming; Lawson will oversee AOL Studios, AOL Video hub, and deals with 3rd party production companies making original content for the network. (Tubefilter)