February 20, 2012One of the announcements in our report from Friday, Feb. 17. 2012 talked about an interview with Paolo Soleri by Prof. Constance Devereaux, Program Coordinator NAU Arts and Cultural Management. Prof. Constance Devereaux visited Arcosanti with a group of students from the NAU ACM 410 class to use Arcosanti as a case study for examining leadership transition and strategic planning, as these are two significant issues with which an arts and cultural manager should have experience.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein, Sue]The opportunity to observe and study these two areas in an internationally-known organization which itself is working on these areas would provide an incredible experiential learning opportunity. 3 to 4 visits are planned during the semester.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein]Students would formulate a case-study research question that would ideally be a real issue that Arcosanti is interested in. Students would then conduct the study and produce a written report with recommendations.[photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Jeff Stein]
UK online streaming service Lovefilm has struck a deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution that gives viewers access to films during the second pay window. The multi-year agreement increases the competition between Amazon-owned Lovefilm and Netflix, which launched in the UK and Ireland at the start of the year. The deal is Lovefilm’s latest studio streaming deal after signing deals with Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Disney as well as Entertainment One and Studiocanal. Movies including Kick Ass, Despicable Me, American Reunion, Battleship and Senna will be available for Lovefilm Instant customers at £4.99 (€6.25) for unlimited streaming.Jim Buckle, managing director of Lovefilm, said: “Lovefilm is proud to offer its members access to the highest quality content across multiple platforms from another of the world’s most respected studios. NBCUniversal is also Lovefilm’s latest exclusive streaming deal in our quest to deliver the widest choice of content on as many platforms as possible.”
Smart TV apps that deliver video content are among the most popular for UK consumers, according to the Rovi Corporation Smart TV Advertising Study, which was conducted by Decipher Research with the support of media firm Red Bull Media House.The Study surveyed 500 owners of Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players and found that video content delivery apps, including BBC iPlayer, BBC News, LoveFilm, and YouTube, were among the most frequently used. The research also revealed that the average household with connected TV devices downloads at least nine apps.As part of the study, Red Bull Media House teamed with Rovi to research how users react to advertising on connected TV devices that were designed to drive awareness and downloads of its new Red Bull TV Smart TV App. The campaign for the Red Bull TV App features banners within the content search and discovery areas of the Samsung Smart Hub. The adverts direct viewers to an interactive microsite where they can watch high-definition clips of shows available on Red Bull TV and directly download the app. The campaign, which runs through June, has generated millions of impressions for Red Bull TV and driven 81% higher interest in downloading the app within its target demographic, Rovi said.“The Rovi Advertising Network enables advertisers to place dynamic, engaging ads in front of consumers as they search for meaningful entertainment across the many content sources and choices available to them on connected devices,” said Jon Hewson, advertising director for Rovi in EMEA. “As our relationship with Red Bull Media House attests, the Rovi Advertising Network is not only a great vehicle for media companies to better engage with consumers in the living room, but also an ideal tool for App developers looking to build an audience.”
América Móvil has increased its stake in Telekom Austria by about 8.68% to take its holding to 59.7% as a result of a public tender offer that expired last Thursday.Upon settlement of the shares that participated in the offer during an additional acceptance period, América Móvil will, directly and indirectly, hold 264,470,131 shares in the Austrian telco.Telekom Austria has about 23 million fixed and mobile customers across eight countries, including several in which it provides TV services as part of its offering.