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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.

The Internet is All Over Climategate While the MSM Sleeps
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The mainstream media has its head in the sand again while one of the largest conspiracies the world has ever seen is exposed via Internet media. As most readers have heard by now, years of emails and programming code have been uncovered from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, which is run by the scientists whose research is the basis for the world’s belief in man-caused global warming.

Print Publishers Embracing Mobile Market

More print publishers are focusing on the mobile market as a way to expand their brands, reach new audiences and generate additional revenue while offering advertisers the chance to reach locally targeted engaged audiences, according to a new survey from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).

Forty-five percent of respondents who track mobile’s impact on their website traffic said the devices increased visits by up to 10 percent today. Half believe mobile traffic to their websites will increase by five to 25 percent in the next two years.

AT&T Launches Entertainment Site

AT&T is getting into the online content business with the launch of its new website AT&T Entertainment.

AT&T Entertainment is focused on professional content offering TV shows and movies much like Hulu. Content providers include ABC, NBC Universal (via an agreement with Hulu), CBS, CW, Syfy and Bravo.

Users can find content by browsing TV shows and movies alphabetically, by genre, or by network or studio. The site is open to any user, whether you are an AT&T customer or not.

Netflix Now Streaming ABC Shows

Netflix announced today an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group to stream a number of the broadcasters TV shows.

Netflix will now begin streaming the first five seasons of "Lost," seasons four and five of "Desperate Housewives," season five of "Grey’s Anatomy," and seasons one and two of "Legend of the Seeker." Many of the episodes, including the first four seasons of "Lost" are now available on Netflix. The rest will be available in the coming months, beginning in September.

Hulu Traffic Surpasses the Networks for First Time
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Compete is pointing to some interesting data, and suggesting that Hulu’s "evil plot to take over the world" might just be working. The popular video site has surpassed NBC, FOX and ABC’s websites in traffic for the first time. And that was last month.

"The networks’ traffic declined during the summer rerun season, but Hulu seems relatively unaffected," notes Compete’s Seth Madison.

Hulu Starts Sharing ABC Shows

A little more than three months ago, we learned of rumors that Hulu and ABC might partner.  About two months ago, they did.  And now, the arrangement’s finally reached a stage at which real people can see the fruits, as ABC’s content is becoming available on Hulu.

"Grey’s Anatomy" is the first show you’ll be able to see, with five episodes from the most recent season online now.  Granted, this isn’t a huge selection (and "Grey’s Anatomy" may not be the ABC television series you’ve been dying to see more of, anyway), but it’s a start.

Disney and Hulu Officially Get it Done
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Rumors have been swirling for about a month or so, but today the news is official. Disney and Hulu have entered a partnership that will see Disney content appearing on the increasingly popular online video site.

Yahoo Gets Boost In Traffic From Election

Yesterday the New York Times spoke of the ‘success’ of Yahoo during this election marathon that is thankfully winding up (I hope) in the next 48 hours. This election process has been a boon for news sites and the equivalent of a ‘millstone around the neck’ for people like me. How much more can one say or do or think or accuse or lie or point fingers about at this point?

Managing Your Google Reputation

More signs that online reputation management is becoming mainstream? Mainstream media, namely ABC News, decides to take a look at the importance of managing your Google reputation.

Journalist/Blogger Leroy Sievers Passes Away

Leroy Sievers passed away on Friday.

He won quite a few awards for his journalism and news production efforts over the years, working with NPR, CBS, and ABC.

ABC In Video Deal With Veoh

Disney-owned ABC has struck a deal with online video portal Veoh to make full-length television episodes from ABC and clips from ESPN available on Veoh.

The network will offer full-length episodes of prime time shows including "Lost," "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey’s Anatomy."

Veoh’s content includes user-generated clips along with content from major media companies like CBS, Viacom’s MTV Networks and USA Network. Veoh is backed by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner and other private investors.

ABC Pointing Some TV Advertisers Online

The practice of offering "makegood inventory" isn’t television-specific – you’ll often see a retail-store equivalent when something is substituted for an out-of-stock sale item.  Only it seems that ABC and advertisers are beginning to embrace the idea of online makegoods.

Disney To Offer Full-Length Movies Online

Disney.com said today the site will stream full-length movies online for the first time in the company’s history.

The films will first be broadcast on ABC as part of the network’s weekly Wonderful World of Disney feature on Saturday nights throughout the summer. The full-length movies will be available for free streaming the week after they air on the network.

ABC Stuffing More Commercials Into Online TV

Feeling safe in the knowledge that I could catch up online, I skipped "Lost" last Thursday night and watched PBS’s "Carrier" instead.  Then, on the ABC website, everything worked fine.  But in the future, watching shows on the ABC site may be a little more annoying thanks to extra commercials.

ABC.com To Test Running More Ads Online
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Disney-ABC Television Group will begin testing next week of running multiple ads with longform online videos on ABC.com.

"It would be premature for us to say people only want one ad," Albert Cheng, executive vp digital media at DATG, told THR. "It’s a likely sort of thinking, but we want to push it a little bit to see how it would go."