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Les Moonves on Imminent CBS News Digital Channel, Aereo

cbs-news-logoLes Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, appeared on Bloomberg TV yesterday and revealed plans to launch a 24-hour digital news channel.

“Look, we’re not in the cable space obviously,” said Moonves. “There are already too many players there for us to start a brand new cable network. So we thought with all the content going digital right now, wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has, and you were part of it in the not too distant past, all over the world. And there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute news cast at 6:30 or “CBS This Morning.” So we can do that. We can go direct digital. So that’s in the early stages under the tutelage of David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, and it’s an exciting alternative to cable news.”

NBC and Fox are the chief rivals in the cable news space, while CBS has been conspicuously absent. But a digital-only channel could give cord-cutting political junkies a viable alternative. More, companies like Roku, Amazon (Fire TV), and Microsoft (Xbox) competing to acquire exclusive rights to content could jump at the opportunity to host a 24-hour CBS News channel. Read more

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

HBO GO is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

hbogo_logoLast week at the inaugural Buzzfeed Brews event in New York, BuzzFeed Business Editor Peter Lauria interviewed HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler about “about the future of the industry, changes at Time Warner, and digital and streaming video’s encroachment on cable TV.”

At the event, Plepler also announced that HBO and PlayStation have partnered to offer HBO GO on PlayStation 3, with PlayStation 4 soon to follow. This is a big addition to PlayStation’s app offerings, and it will certainly help bolster HBO GO’s growing streaming numbers.

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Microsoft Enlists ‘Pawn Stars’ In Commercial Targeting Google Chromebook

Pawn StarsMicrosoft has launched an all-out offensive against Google Chromebook, enlisting History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” in a commercial highlighting the negatives of Chromebook.

“Because Chromebook applications are web-based, when you’re not connected, it’s pretty much a brick,” Pawn Stars’s Rick Harrison jokes. “A traditional PC utilizes built in applications like Office and iTunes that work, even when you’re offline.”

Harrison goes even further, pointing to the Chrome logo on the laptop and telling a female customer, “You see this thingy…that means it’s not a real laptop. It doesn’t have Windows or Office” and “without WiFi, it doesn’t do much at all.”
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Microsoft’s new Xbox One teams with Spielberg and NFL to create interactive social TV

Xbox revealed its next-generation console today, Xbox One, featuring live TV integration and two big announcements to blur the lines between television and social gaming. “Until now the television viewing experience has been a one way experience, but that’s about to change,” explained entertainment chief Nancy Tellem. “Only on Xbox, will TV become social.”

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How will social TV change over the next 12 months? Find out during Social Media Week NY

Social Media Week is upon us again and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in “Social TV: The next 12 months” hosted by Digitas. “From record engagement to major brand campaigns to multi-million dollar acquisitions, there’s no question that the intersection of television and social media has carved out a place in popular culture,” reads the panel description. Here’s a sneak peak from the other panelists and our moderator on what you’ll learn via Vines and short video. Read more

Bringing your social graph to TV, meet Stevie

Stevie, a Tel Aviv-based startup has a mission to change the way we consume social on TV. The company, which “turns your Facebook and Twitter into a beautiful television experience,” launched at TechCrunch Disrupt is announcing a big partnership today to bring their service to more devices. We spoke with CEO and Founder Yael Givon. Read more

Xbox hires former CBS exec to head original unit

Microsoft has hired Nancy Tellem, the former president of CBS Television Studios, to head up a new original programming unit at Xbox, reports the New York Times. The unit will be based in Los Angeles, tasked with creating entertainment content that "fuses video and gamelike content," sources told the Times. Microsoft's official announcement is expected later today.

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Microsoft debuts new tablet family called 'Surface'

Sounding a little like Apple, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the wraps off a new tablet family at a media event in Los Angeles. "We believe that any intersection between human and machine can be made better when hardware and software are considered together," Ballmer said before unveiling "Surface," a family of tablets with an integrated kickstand and a cover that doubles as a tactile keyboard. The thinnest tablet runs Windows RT, the other runs Windows 8. Prices were not revealed.

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Xbox jumps into the second screen with SmartGlass

We've written many times about Xbox's advantage in the living room -- after all, it's TV's largest social network -- and today Microsoft continued the Xbox entertainment push with new announcements at E3. First, Microsoft previewed a new second-screen app called "SmartGlass" that runs in sync with content you're watching via Xbox. The app, launching this fall, will run on Windows 8 tablets, Windows phones and "and other portable devices," including iPhone and Android.

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CES 2012: Microsoft shows how Kinect can make TV social

Microsoft's annual CES keynote -- its last, according to the company -- was light on product announcements, but it did demonstrate how Kinect can transform traditional TV into a social, interactive experience. Using PBS Sesame Street and National Geographic as examples (promotional video below), CEO Steve Ballmer showed how Kinect can engage kids to participate in educational TV. Here's a video:

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