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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

TV on your iPad or cell phone...round one resolution.

Cablevision and Viacom make peace in iPad dispute

Cablevision Systems and Viacom Inc. were fighting over Cablevision's move to make Viacom-owned cable networks available to its subscribers via Apple's iPad

Media giants Cablevision Systems Corp. and Viacom Inc. have made peace.
The two were fighting over Cablevision Systems move to make Viacom-owned cable networks available to its subscribers via Apple's iPad. Viacom argued that its deal with Cablevision did not give it permission to offer channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central on other platforms beyond cable TV.
In a joint statement, the two companies said they have resolved pending litigation in New York Federal Court and Viacom programming will remain available for Cablevision to offer via iPad and other devices.
Neither side would elaborate on what led to their new found friendship. In a statement, the companies cited as key the resolving of an "unrelated business matter."
 -- Joe Flint
From the LA Times Company Town Blog (click here for the latest news and information stories from the LA Times and its blogs).

Assorted Posts to Surf

Actor for Short Film [

Looking for a Caucasion Male to play Main Role in short film. Actor must have some knowledge of hip hop music and African Americans. Be between the age of 18 and 25. Please send head shots. Looking for a certain type. However willing to change if the right face comes along. Thanks Michael Patterson, Las Vegas Pictures. 

Summer Screen Actor Magazine

Your SAG Actor Magazine, "Act, Sing, Dance", should have arrived today in the mail. I am on the editorial committee for the Screen Actor Magazine. Any comments or feedback are appreciated.

A pdf. of the edited public on-line version can be found at

-Art Lynch

The climb just got much steeper.

   5:29am Aug 10

No spinning the Wisconsin vote. 

Democrats pick up 2 seats Republicans defend 4. 

Devastating loss for labor.

My take: American's do not see unions as being a real driver and defender of middle class wages and working conditions. For those of us in the union movement, the climb just got much steeper.

Editor Note: It is one that is worth fighting for, wages, working conditions, the rights to bargain, safety, solidarity and the ability to work together toward the common good.

Disney opts for extra steps through their web site to view movies on iPad

Disney movies missing as Wal-Mart's Vudu comes to iPad

From the LA Times Company Town Blog (click here for the latest news and information stories from the LA Times and its blogs).

Wal-Mart Stores' digital movie service Vudu is coming to the iPad, minus one of Hollywood's biggest studios.
Walt Disney Studios movies will not be available to Vudu users on the iPad, even though movies from the other five major Hollywood studios -- 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. -- are. Disney movies are available on all other devices on users can access Vudu, including computers, Internet connected televisions and Blu-ray players.
Instead of creating a downloadable application, Vudu has designed a version of its website specially designed to work on the iPad that launched on Wednesday. That gives it full control over the experience without being vetted by iPad manufacturer Apple Inc. Perhaps more importantly, it also lets Vudu keep all the revenue when users rent or buy movies. For transactions done within applications on its devices, Apple takes a 30% cut.
Apple is led by Steve Jobs, who is also the largest individual shareholder of Walt Disney Co.
A Disney spokesperson declined to comment on the reasons why the studio's films are not available via Vudu on the iPad.
Vudu is the first major transactional video-on-demand service to launch on the iPad and compete directly with Apple's own iTunes Store. The selection of more than 20,000 movies and television episodes is similar to iTunes -- except for the Disney content.
Vudu General Manager Edward Lichty said he hopes that availability on the iPad will help increase his company's user base because accounts are connected across devices. People who purchase a movie on an Internet-connected TV can watch it later on an iPad, or vice-versa.
There are restrictions that put Vudu at a disadvantage compared with iTunes, however. Users can't download movies, meaning they can't watch when their iPad isn't connected to the Internet. In addition, its movies are only available in standard definition on the iPad, while iTunes lets people download them in high definition.
Although Vudu won't be an iPad app, it is giving users the ability to put an icon on the device that with one click goes directly to the Vudu website.
"It's not an app, but people will have a hard time telling the difference," Lichty said.
Vudu has taken a number of recent steps to expand its library and availability, including launching on the website. Lichty said that the service's user base has tripled since the beginning of the year.
-- Ben Fritz
Photo: A mock-up of Vudu on the iPad. Credit: Vudu
From the LA Times Company Town Blog (click here for the latest news and information stories from the LA Times and its blogs).