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Amazon is really getting into interactive TV

Back in January, Amazon acquired Lovefilm to strengthen its position in the online video market. It has now bought Pushbutton a London-based digital agency specialised in interactive television content and services for new platforms such as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), internet-enabled TV sets and tablets. Pushbutton counts the linkes of Sky, BBC, Virgin and Microsoft among its clients […]

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Wal-Mart and Tesco are going digital

This week has seen two intriguing acquisitions take place: US retail giant Wal-Mart and its UK counterpart Tesco both acquiring promising digital businesses. Last Monday, Wal-Mart bought social media firm Kosmix based in Silicon Valley and yesterday Tesco announced its purchase of a 80% stake in Blinkbox a UK-based online video streaming business. It looks like we […]

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Will streaming TV take over from cable?

Earlier this week, Toronto-based Convergence Consulting Group released a report on the (future) split between watching TV on cable and online in the US. Streaming businesses like Netflix and Hulu have already seen an impressive rise in their revenues due to the increasing popularity of streaming TV, and this report now indicates that online viewing […]

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How robust will Netflix’ business model turn out to be?

The acquisition of Lovefilm by Amazon has really got me interested in this business of online DVD rentals and video streaming. It’s fair to say that Lovefilm’s key metrics are completely gazumped by Netflix’ numbers, its US competitor: 1.6m European subscribers (Lovefilm) vs.19.7m US subscribers (Netflix). But even a successful business like Netflix is not […]