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RIP Patrick Dempsey Trending on Twitter RIP Patrick Dempsey Trending on Twitter

It seems someone is always fake dying on the internet. A couple of weeks ago it was Justin Bieber and now the phrase ‘RIP Patrick Dempsey’ is trending on Twitter. To be clear, the actor is alive and well. Patrick …

Netflix To Possibly Acquire ABC’s “The River” Netflix To Possibly Acquire ABC’s “The River”

Netflix, who has been in talks with 20th Century FOX regarding taking over its recently cancelled dinosaur drama Terra Nova, might also have its eye on ABC’s The River, which also faces cancellation. Reports state that Netflix has been in …

Yahoo’s comScore February Rankings Triumph Explained! Yahoo’s comScore February Rankings Triumph Explained!

comScore’s online video rankings for February were released earlier today and perhaps most notable in the list was Yahoo’s meteoric ascent to the second-highest brand when, in previous months, Yahoo was nowhere to be found on comScore’s listings. Now, though, …

JonBenet Ramsey’s Father Calls Pageants “Bizarre”
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JonBenet Ramsey, whose 1996 murder has never been solved, was only six years-old when she died. Before that, she had been heavily involved in beauty pageants and had won several titles. After her death, her parents were considered prime suspects …

Amazon’s LoveFilm Gets Yet Another Deal, This Time With ABC Amazon’s LoveFilm Gets Yet Another Deal, This Time With ABC

Amazon has been announcing a slew of streaming content deals for its UK Netflix-like property LoveFilm. This time it’s one with ABC TV. Thanks to a partnership with Disney UK, LoveFilm will offer on-demand streaming access to ABC Studios’ library …

ABC To Advertise In NYC Taxies ABC To Advertise In NYC Taxies

Starting on January 1, 2012 a new agreement will take effect, which will allow ABC to begin selling ads and providing clips of entertainment to Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT) infused New York City cabs. At the moment, that’s about 6,600 …

Yahoo and ABC News Team Up On News Content and Advertising Yahoo and ABC News Team Up On News Content and Advertising

Yahoo announced this morning that it has entered a strategic alliance with ABC News to combine Yahoo’s massive reach, content breadth and technology with ABC’s brands, anchors and global news-gathering operation. Here’s what this entails: ABC News will become the …

New NBC Sitcom Experiences Viral Marketing Failure New NBC Sitcom Experiences Viral Marketing Failure
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There’s a thought that no press is bad press, and while that maybe true for folks like Marilyn Manson, someone from the land of music who was as concerned with shocking as he was entertaining the masses, it’s not true …

Diane Sawyer Live-Tweets Her Jaycee Dugard Interview Diane Sawyer Live-Tweets Her Jaycee Dugard Interview
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ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer is new to the Twitterverse – quite new. Her first tweet came on Friday and over the weekend she has amassed 44 tweets. Sawyer didn’t choose to ease into the service, but rather jump …

All My Children, One Life to Live Canceled – Zynga and Facebook to Blame? All My Children, One Life to Live Canceled – Zynga and Facebook to Blame?
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ABC has canceled the long-running soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live. TMZ has a statement from ABC saying, “Guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want and the changing viewing patterns of the audience, …

Oscars to Get VIP Treatment Online

Disney/ABC Television Group is going all out this year for Oscar.com during the Academy Awards. A representative for the company tells WebProNews that they’re set to deliver "one of the most extensive live, interactive ‘second-screen’ experiences ever offered."


Netflix In New Streaming Deal With Disney
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Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group have reached a new licensing agreement that will allow Netflix to stream episodes from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel and ABC Family.

Ted-Sarandos-Netflix Under terms of the agreement, Netflix will not be allowed to stream current shows earlier than 15 days after the initial broadcast.

Fox Jumps On The “Block Google TV” Bandwagon Fox Jumps On The “Block Google TV” Bandwagon
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Much like its competitors (ABC, CBS, and NBC) Fox has decided to block Google TV from accessing its website to stream video content. Currently if you go to any of the networks website you’re met with an error message that …

ABC, NBC, CBS Block Content from Viewers Using Google TV
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Not only is Hulu being blocked on Google TV, but so is the content at network sites like ABC, NBC, and CBS. Essentially, the TV stations are just blocking people from watching their content on the web (via their own sites). I’m having a hard time figuring out why this makes sense for a variety of reasons. 

First of all, Google TV is simply providing a web browser for users to access web content on their TVs. With regard to the content, it’s no different than if you were to hook up your computer to your TV and go to these stations’ sites. 

Disney/ABC and Nielsen Partner on Innovative TV Show iPad App

Disney/ABC and Nielsen have announced a new iPad app. The app is the first to be built on Nielsen’s new Media-Sync Platform, and uses audio watermarks to sync mobile devices to TV Programming. 

ABC Opens New Online Store With CafePress

ABC and CafePress have introduced a new ABC Online Store where of fans of the TV networks shows will be able to buy official merchandise along with merchandise designed by other fans.

CafePress technology will allow visitors to the site to design their own t-shirts, posters, water bottles and other custom products. These fan-designed products will live alongside official merchandise in the ABC Online Store.

Apple to Update Apple TV (with Netflix), iTunes, iPod Touch
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Apple announced that it will be streaming an event online today at Apple.com, at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern.

"Apple will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards," the company says.

The whole thing is so open, you have to use a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.0 or higher or an iPad. In other words you have to have bought an Apple device to view it.

YouTube Teams Up with ABC Station to Offer Local News from Citizens
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Last month, reports came out that YouTube had a "top secret news experiment" in the works, which would involve citizen journalism and "going local in San Francisco." This was played down as simply a version of YouTube Direct.

Disney Offers Host Of Apps For iPad
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Disney has announced it will offer applications from all of its businesses on Apple’s new iPad, including an ABC Player app.

The new ABC Player app will allow iPad users to watch free, ad-supported episodes of 20 ABC programs via a Wi-Fi connection. iPad users will also be able to buy downloads of episodes through the iTunes store.

ABC News Expands Online Health Offerings

ABC News Digital said today it is working with Healthline Networks to provide users with interactive medical and health tools on it broadcast website.

The improved health site will feature advanced search technology and content to help users find the information they need to manage their health and wellness.

"Healthline now provides a growing suite of advanced health information technologies to more than 40 top-tier companies, across almost every sector in consumer healthcare," said West Shell III, Chairman & CEO of Healthline Networks.

Online Video Views are Not “Lost” on ABC.com

Last Tuesday, the season premiere of the hit television show "Lost" aired, and not only was it watched by over 12 million people, but it drove record online viewing at ABC.com the next day, with over 580,000 episode starts on the site. That’s over 34% more than last season’s premiere. ABC shared some details with us.