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Best of the Blogs, Media: The Benefits of Online Streaming Diminish for Television Networks


Plus, Facebook may open itself to children under thirteen.

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

The Hollywood Reporter
Link: Analyst: Online Streaming Now Hurting Some TV Networks' Ratings

"The online streaming availability of TV content may have helped TV ratings in the early going, but its benefits are peaking and even reversing for some networks, Janney Montgomery Scott analyst Tony Wible suggested Monday.

"TV audience data for May suggests 'a worsening trend' for the TV industry as C3 ratings pressure 'has intensified for the past three quarters,' the Wall Street observer wrote in a report that reviewed data from a sample of two million TiVo (TIVO) users."

Link: Facebook Is Exploring Options for Kids

"Facebook (FB) may be preparing a membership option for children under 13, allowing them to access the social network under parental supervision, according to a report.

"The new option will allow children under 13 to have accounts linked to those of their parents, the Wall Street Journal says. Parents will be able to control who their children add as friends and which apps they use. The new features may also allow Facebook to charge parents for games and entertainment their children access." (See also: Facebook to Target the 13-and-Under Set.)

Digital Trends
Link: Microsoft annexes your living room with new Xbox 360 television services, Xbox Internet Explorer, and Xbox Music [E3 2012]

"Microsoft's (MSFT) television programming expansion wasn't quite as far reaching as rumors suggested. Rather than a devoted cable service, the company kept it slow and steady. New Spanish language programming with a Univision partnership and a channel for the cultishly adored Machinima demonstrated the breadth of Microsoft's audience targeting. It also strengthened its existing partnership with Viacom (VIA), announcing a Nickelodeon channel."

Link: Why India and Brazil are the next hot e-book countries

"India and Brazil are on their way to becoming e-book powerhouses, but their path there looks different from the transition in the US and the UK.

"Twenty-four percent of Indian adults with Internet access have bought an e-book, Bowker's Kelly Gallagher said in a panel at the Publishers Launch BEA conference today, and 18 percent of Brazilian adults have done so."

The New York Times: Bits
Link: Silicon Valley as the New Hollywood

"Their wedding was on the covers of the gossip magazines. Every moment of their honeymoon documented across the Web. A lavish boat ride and a stroll down Italy's old cobbled streets, each footstep photographed by the paparazzi. There were even mundane photos of a receipt signed by the groom at a Rome restaurant called Nonna Betta. (They shared a tasty 32 euro meal that included artichoke ravioli and two cups of tea, in case you were interested.)

"No. I'm not talking about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. I'm talking about Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan."

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