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Best of the Blogs, Media: Why a Disney App Is Steering Viewers Toward Netflix


Plus, Oprah interviews the Kardashians.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful financial commentary on media from around the Web every Monday.

Link: How Disney's TV Everywhere app complement Netflix
"While cable's TV Everywhere initiative is usually perceived as a means of countering over-the-top services like Netflix (NFLX), some of its early products seem downright complimentary.

"Case in point: Disney's (DIS) just-released iOS apps for kiddie cable channels Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Jr., which seem to steer viewers looking to stream older episodes toward Netflix."

CNN: The Marquee Blog
Link: Kardashians still being asked why they're famous, this time by Oprah

"We just might be in for some verbal fireworks between Oprah Winfrey and members of the Kardashian family this Sunday.

"The famed talk show host indicated on Facebook (FB) that she dug deep with Kim Kardashian about her two-second 72-day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries."

The New York Times: Media Decoder
Link: Rodney King's Starring Role in Citizen Journalism

"Rodney King, who died on Sunday at age 47, came to represent many things during his life - the brutality of the Los Angeles Police Department, the explosion of the city's long-simmering racial tensions and the simple wish that we could all, as he pleaded, get along.

"But Mr. King, along with George Holliday, came to symbolize something else: the promise of citizen journalism."

Digital Trends
Link: Australia introduces adult classification for video games after more than a decade of debate

"Australian video game fans have much to celebrate. As of Monday, video games intended for adults can be legally released in the country, no matter how bawdy, violent, or graphically sexual. After years of debate, Australia finally has an adult rating category for its game classification system."

Digital Music News
Link: Report: Indie Labels Are Now Heavily Dependent on Major Label Distribution...

"You don't need a fancy report to tell you this. Just look at what's happened to the so-called 'indie digital distribution' space for ample evidence of major label domination. The Orchard now features a massive ownership share by Sony Music (SNE), INgrooves Fontana is substantially owned by Universal Music Group (UMG), and once-indies like IODA and Iris Distribution have been swallowed alive by the machine."
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