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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Metro Station to Release 'Kelsey' EP Featuring 2 New Songs October 6

Metro Station to Release 'Kelsey' EP Featuring 2 New Songs October 6


NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- International electro-pop breakthrough band Metro Station will be releasing their first new music since the release of their self-titled debut album, which has sold over 380,000 units in the U.S. along with 3.5 million digital tracks.

The new Kelsey EP will include both an acoustic version of the fan-favorite title track "Kelsey," and a Walter Meego remix of the song. The EP will also introduce fans to two new songs, "Time To Play" and "Japanese Girl" - the latter of which the band is performing on their current tour with Miley Cyrus. These four tracks plus the "Kelsey" music video will be included on the EP which will be sold exclusively at iTUNES for just $3.99.

The music video for "Kelsey" stars Aimee Teegarden from the TV series "Friday Night Lights," and will premiere on TeenNick (formerly The 'N') this Friday, October 2nd at 3pm as part of the network's Degrassi Marathon.

Metro Station - Trace Cyrus (vocals, guitar), Mason Musso (vocals, guitar), Blake Healy (keyboards, synth) and Anthony Improgo (percussion) - are currently on a U.S. arena tour with pop superstar Miley Cyrus. The tour began on September 14 in Portland, OR, and will end in Miami, FL on December 2.

For more information on Metro Station go to or

KELSEY EP Tracklist:
1. Kelsey - Walter Meego REMIX
2. Time to Play
3. Japanese Girl
4. Kelsey - Acoustic

5. Kelsey - Video

Remaining Metro Station tour dates supporting Miley Cyrus are below:


Source: Columbia Records

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Anchor Bay Entertainment Joins Forces With Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Anchor Bay Entertainment Joins Forces With Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

The 13-Month Campaign is set to Include More Than 30 Home Entertainment Titles

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Anchor Bay Entertainment, the successful distributor of independent feature films and home entertainment product, has teamed up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in the fight against breast cancer. Over the next 13 months, Anchor Bay Entertainment will donate $1 for each DVD sold from its participating home entertainment titles, as well as develop specialized promotions for the campaign to raise breast cancer awareness. The company will donate a minimum of $100,000 towards the cause. The campaign will kick-off October 1, 2009, which marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and will end on October 31, 2010.


Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has raised more than $1.3 billion for research, education and health services, making it the largest breast cancer advocacy organization in the world. It has more than 100,000 volunteers working in a network of 125 U.S. and international affiliates.

"We are extremely pleased to be helping Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in its efforts to find the cures for this devastating disease," said Bill Clark, president of Anchor Bay Entertainment. "It is estimated that one in every eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but through this organization's life-saving efforts, the five year survival rate is an amazing 98 percent. We are fully committed to helping raise awareness and funds within our community."

"Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is proud to partner with Anchor Bay Entertainment in our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever," said Katrina McGhee, vice president of global partnerships at Komen for the Cure®. "Without the support of our partners we wouldn't be able to fund the amount of research and community outreach projects that we do. Together, we'll see a world without breast cancer."

The home entertainment titles featured in this promotion include many of Anchor Bay Entertainment's leading fitness releases, as well as some of the largest-selling theatrical titles in the Anchor Bay Entertainment library. A complete list is below.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. It includes the Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment brands. It distributes feature films, children's entertainment, fitness, TV series, documentaries, anime and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray(TM) formats. It is the exclusive distributor in the U.S. of the theatrical titles from Overture Films. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Starz Media ( is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, they have invested more than $1.3 billion to fulfill this promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.

Anchor Bay Entertainment's Campaign for the Cure includes the following home entertainment titles:

1. Leslie Sansone Slim & Sleek Walk with Pilates
2. Leslie Sansone Walk Your Belly Flat
3. Leslie Sansone 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk
4. Leslie Sansone 5 Day Slim Down
5. Leslie Sansone 3 Mile Weight Loss Walk
6. Dance off the Inches: Hip Hop Party
7. Dance off the Inches: Dance It Off & Firm Up
8. Dance off the Inches: Dance It Off Ballroom
9. Dance off the Inches: Country Line Dance
10. Element: AM & PM Yoga for Beginners
11. Element: Yoga for Weight Loss
12. Element: Pilates for Weight Loss
13. Element: Yoga for Beginners
14. Element: Slim & Tone Pilates
15. Personal Training with Jackie Warner: Power Circuit Training
16. Dance With Julianne: Cardio Ballroom
17. Sunshine Cleaning
18. Last Chance Harvey
19. Henry Poole Is Here
20. Mad Money
21. The Visitor
22. Sleepwalking
23. Flashbacks of a Fool
24. Shanghai Kiss
25. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
26. It's a Boy Girl Thing
27. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
28. Righteous Kill
29. Traitor

30. Surfer, Dude

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Source: Starz Media LLC

CONTACT: Sue Procko of Sue Procko Public Relations, +1-323-653-5153,, for Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Foreigner's Lou Gramm Selling Cars, Signing Autographs at Mecum St. Charles Auction

Foreigner's Lou Gramm Selling Cars, Signing Autographs at Mecum St. Charles Auction

MARENGO, Ill., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Legendary rock star Lou Gramm, lead singer of the band Foreigner, will make an appearance to sign autographs at Mecum's St. Charles Auction at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, where four of his classic automobiles will go up for auction.

Gramm, now a successful solo artist (seen here performing with Foreigner), will watch as his cars cross the auction block Oct. 2 starting at 7:20 p.m. His collection includes a 4-speed 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible ZZ3 350 CI (Lot F197); a 1965 Pontiac GTO 2-door Sedan 400 CI, automatic (Lot F198); a 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS Sport Coupe with Blower (Lot F199); and a 5-speed 1956 Chevrolet 210 2-door Sedan 350 CI (Lot F200).

All four of Gramm's lots will be auctioned live on Mecum's television series, "Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More" on HD Theater - Discovery Communications' first 24-hour high-definition cable network.

An avid car collector, Gramm first offered one of his cars at a Mecum Auction 10 years ago, when they sold his 930 Turbo Porsche. He participates as both seller and buyer at Mecum Auctions, purchasing such cars as a 1967 396 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

Mecum's St. Charles Auction features more than 750 vehicles ranging from rare muscle and vintage cars to hot rods and exotics. The auction is open to the general public with tickets available at the door for $10, and there is still time for attendees to pre-register to bid on the impressive lineup of cars and to be part of a live television audience.

The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 22 years, offering more than 5,000 collector cars per year. Consignment, Bidder, event and accommodation information is available online at or by calling 815.568.8888.

Mecum St. Charles Auction
Pheasant Run Resort
4051 E. Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Oct. 1-4, 2009
Price: $10
Vehicle Check-in:
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Thursday through Sunday

Vehicle Auction:
Thursday - 2 p.m.
Friday - 11 a.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m.

Memorabilia Auction:
Thursday - 1:30 p.m.
Friday - Neon sold during TV broadcast
Saturday - 9 a.m.
Sunday - 10:30 a.m.

Source: Mecum Auction

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CBS Corporation Completes Sale of Radio Stations In Portland, Oregon To Alpha Broadcasting

CBS Corporation Completes Sale of Radio Stations In Portland, Oregon To Alpha Broadcasting

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS and)(NYSE:CBS.A) today announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of four radio stations in Portland, Ore., KINK-FM, KUPL-FM, KUFO-FM and KCMD-AM, to Alpha Broadcasting for $40 million in cash.

About CBS Corporation

CBS Corporation is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW - a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime Networks and CBS College Sports Network), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products), video/DVD (CBS Home Entertainment) and motion pictures (CBS Films). For more information, log on to


CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market operators in the United States with stations covering news, sports, talk, rock, oldies, country, adult contemporary and urban formats, among others, offers audiences an enhanced and customized listening experience through the combination of on-air, online and new media platforms. CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations throughout the nation's top 50 markets and broadcasts play-by-play coverage of 26 of the country's leading professional sports franchises. CBS RADIO also has embraced interactive programming through the use of streaming, HD Radio, podcasts and mobile messaging. The division maintains exclusive agreements with AOL and Yahoo through which CBS RADIO powers AOL Radio and LAUNCHcast, respectively, and distributes its stations to their network of listeners. Home to the nation's most listened to news (1010 WINS), sports (WFAN-AM), rock (KROQ-FM) and country (WUSN-FM) stations, CBS RADIO is a division of CBS Corporation. For more information on CBS RADIO, please visit

Source: CBS Corporation

CONTACT: Andrea L. Prochniak, CBS Corporation, +1-212-975-0053,, or Karen L. Mateo, CBS RADIO, +1-212-649-9639,

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Cox Partners with TBA for 'Man Cave' Contest at 2009 Homearama

Cox Partners with TBA for 'Man Cave' Contest at 2009 Homearama

~ Includes offers for half off ticket price ~

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As a 2009 Homearama signature sponsor, Cox is sponsoring several activities for attendees of Tidewater Builders Association's (TBA) annual event, which will be held at Culpepper Landing, Chesapeake, from Saturday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 18.

"Cox is very excited to be the signature sponsor for the 2009 Homearama," said Cox Senior Vice President and General Manager Gary McCollum. "It's a great time to buy a new home and Cox is happy to highlight the superior service opportunities that we can bring to the home. From high-speed broadband options to video programming suited for each room in the home, Cox can be part of these homeowners' telecommunications solutions."

As part of the event, Cox has partnered with Homearama builder T.E. Jones of Vintage Homes to showcase a custom-built, digital man cave. The man caves concept continues to gain popularity as more and more men create their own sanctuaries, often including a specially equipped garage, spare bedroom, media room, den or basement. DIY Network's "Man Caves" program offers ideas and expert do-it-yourself instruction to help guys construct their own personal hangouts. Homearama guests will have the opportunity to enter the Man Cave contest throughout the event, with chances to win one of many prizes, including Blu-Ray players from DIY Network and a big-screen television from Cox Communications.

"Attendees will see this unique 'man cave' space -- complete with an outdoor theme and memorabilia -- as well as a dynamic home theater. While there, guests also will have the chance to win prizes provided by Cox and DIY Network," McCollum said.

Cox Communications, in partnership with TBA, also is offering two-for-one admission to anyone presenting a Cox Communications invoice during "Two for Tuesdays" on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Oct. 13. (For those customers coming alone, with a Cox bill, they too can gain admission for 50% off the regular ticket price of $10 per person.)

For more information, contact Felicia Blow at (757) 222-8432 or or visit

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at,, and In Hampton Roads, Cox has more than 400,000 basic cable subscribers.

Source: Cox Communications

CONTACT: Felicia Blow, +1-757-222-8432,; Leigh
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Casa De Madrid Celebrates a Piece of Spain in Miami as it Inaugurates its Organization in the U.S.

Casa De Madrid Celebrates a Piece of Spain in Miami as it Inaugurates its Organization in the U.S.

In partnership with Comunidad de Madrid, Miami Dade College, Caja Madrid and hundreds of friends and supporters, Casa de Madrid successfully launches in South Florida

MIAMI, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Casa de Madrid, a non-profit cultural organization working in conjunction with the government of Madrid, hosted more than 500 high-caliber guests to an exclusive celebration launching its U.S.-based organization in Miami. Ana Remos, society columnist for El Nuevo Herald, served as master of ceremonies for the lavish event, which took place at the Miami Dade College historic Freedom Tower.

Spanish dignitaries representing la Comunidad de Madrid such as, Secretary of the Presidency Justice and Interior, Francisco Granados; Spanish Consul General Santiago Cabanas; President of Casa de Madrid-Miami, Javier Perez-Palencia; along with President of Miami-Dade College, Eduardo Padron, joined local community and business leaders to introduce Casa de Madrid to South Florida's proud Spanish community.

"We're thrilled and so proud to bring Casa de Madrid to Miami," said Javier Perez-Palencia, president of Casa de Madrid-Miami. "Miami has a thriving Spanish community and the with the thousands of Spaniards along with many friends that are enthusiasts of Spanish culture, there is no better place to bring Spanish traditions and history to life than in South Florida."

"We're excited about the establishment of Casa de Madrid in Miami, and especially pleased this endeavor was launched at the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, which is so fitting," said Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, president of Miami Dade College. "Casa de Madrid will certainly enhance the culture of our great community that has so many ties to Spain and Spanish tradition."

The event was sponsored by Comunidad de Madrid, Miami-Dade College, Caja Madrid, Terra, El Corte Ingles, Air Europa, Tous, Campo Viejo, Sangria Real, Hispanic Events, Inc. and SHAKE-A-LEG.

The mission of Casa de Madrid-Miami is to introduce and cultivate the Spanish lifestyle and culture to not only among local Madrilenos, but all Spaniards and Spaniards at heart residing in the state of Florida. The organization aims to highlight Spanish culture, art, music, sports, and leisure activities through numerous events throughout the year. For more information on Casa de Mardrid, visit

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Subaru Launches One-of-a-Kind Infomercial

Subaru Launches One-of-a-Kind Infomercial

- 'Spokes Skunk' Reveals a Sparkling New Spot with Outback Detergent -

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. has debuted a unique communication to support the launch of the company's 2010 Subaru Outback. The work features an infomercial on Outback detergent and a spokes skunk.

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The infomercial, showing on, is a parody of the advertising usually seen on retail selling television channels and highlights the ways owners of the all-wheel drive Subaru Outback use their vehicle to its fullest capabilities, and get dirty as they lead their active lives. With a wink to the prowess of many home shopping channel products, the spot shows how Outback detergent can remove even the toughest of stains in an amazingly short time. Listing its powers, Outback detergent promises to rid clothes of: cricket foam, pond scum, tree sap, squirrel residue, fish slime, volcanic ash, musk, raccoon prints, Russian dressing and aggressive perspiration. Visitors to the website can discover how to obtain their own bottle of the uniquely-formulated, environmentally-friendly detergent from their local Subaru dealer.

"Stinky" the spokes skunk was hired to bring a touch of the great outdoors to the commercial. Speaking from his studio trailer after filming, Stinky said: "I was thrilled to work with such a great outdoors brand as Subaru. There aren't too many roles for a working cartoon skunk since the days of the great Le Pew, so when this role came up I leapt at it. I am used to seeing Subarus on the trailheads where I live so I felt very at home with the brand. I hope to have the chance to work with Subaru again as long as I can work on controlling my scenting."

Coined as disruption marketing and developed by Subaru of America's agency of record, Carmichael Lynch of Minn., the infomercial is designed to expand the reach of the brand and will run in stores, on-air, on and in targeted direct communication.

Kevin Mayer, director of marketing for Subaru said, "We wanted to extend the brand's reach while highlighting the core values of Subaru and also the Outback model. We have put in a lot of groundwork to significantly increase the consumer awareness of Subaru over the past 18 months and we are now taking this opportunity to break out and enjoy the brand's breadth a little bit, while at the same time getting our message across. We'd also like to reassure Stinky that his scenting wasn't too much of an issue during filming -- nothing that white vinegar and a mop couldn't fix anyway."

The website,, also features "advice" from Stinky on stain removal and the formula for the wonder-detergent.

Stinky's voice coach was celebrated animation voiceover artist Billy West of Futurama and Ren and Stimpy fame. His wardrobe artist and stylist was J.J. Sedelmaier, animator for Saturday Night Live.

The company has enjoyed sales success with its new 2010 Legacy and Outback models, was the only full-line manufacturer to post a sales increase in 2008 and continues to be one of the few to do so for 2009, posting an all-time sales record in August.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of approximately 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit

Contact: Heather Ward
Subaru of America, Inc.

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Arbitron Announces Cross-Platform Media Measurement Group

Arbitron Announces Cross-Platform Media Measurement Group

-Industry Veteran Pierre Bouvard to Drive Cross-Platform Sales and Product Development -Carol Hanley Elevated to Chief Sales Officer

COLUMBIA, Md., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) announced today the formation of a Cross-Platform media measurement group and the complementary expansion of its executive management team. By establishing this group, which brings together product development, sales and product management, Arbitron is taking a significant step in leveraging its Portable People Meter(TM) (PPM(TM)) technologies beyond its traditional radio business.

Industry veteran Pierre Bouvard has been charged with driving Arbitron's cross-platform strategy as Executive Vice President, Cross-Platform Services. By leveraging PPM technology and domestic and international partnerships, Arbitron plans to capture an integrated view of the modern consumer media experience -- bridging the measurement gap amongst television, radio, Internet, mobile and placed-based media. Bouvard's team will develop the cross-platform media measurement strategy, define key offerings and take them to the marketplace.

Arbitron's innovative PPM technology is an electronic solution that detects embedded signals within any audio stream that has been encoded. The PPM technology is uniquely mobile and platform-agnostic and is capable of providing single-source cross-platform media measurement at the consumer level.

"Arbitron PPM technology provides a unique method for tracking consumer-level exposure across numerous platforms and media," said Arbitron Chief Executive Officer Michael Skarzynski. "By establishing this group, we believe that we can more effectively operate at the speed and scale required to succeed in this dynamic media marketplace."

Carol Hanley has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer, reporting to Skarzynski. As a member of the executive team, Hanley will focus on sales of Arbitron services to radio, agency and advertiser customers.

"Carol Hanley is a recognized leader in the radio industry and has for the past three years been recognized by Radio Ink magazine as one of the '50 Most Influential Women in Radio'," stated Skarzynski. "Carol has the trust and confidence of our customer base and is a valuable member of the Arbitron team. We are fortunate to have someone of Carol's caliber take the helm of our sales organization."

"We believe this cross-platform media measurement initiative is a natural extension of our existing services and will help generate more comprehensive insights into our customers' total audience," concluded Skarzynski. "Arbitron has invested in maintaining its leadership position by delivering high quality media measurement services, and we will continue to strive to obtain Media Rating Council accreditation across our radio markets."

About Arbitron

Arbitron Inc. (NYSE:ARB) is a media and marketing research firm serving the media - radio, television, cable, online radio and out-of-home - as well as advertisers and advertising agencies. Arbitron's core businesses are measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media and product patterns of local market consumers; and providing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. The company has developed the Portable People Meter, a new technology for media and marketing research.

Portable People Meter(TM) and PPM(TM) are marks of Arbitron Inc.

Arbitron Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not strictly historical, including the statements regarding expectations for 2009 and any other statements regarding events or developments that we believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future, may be "forward-looking" statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those suggested or indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among other things, the current global economic recession and the upheaval in the credit markets and financial services industry, competition, our ability to develop and successfully market new products and technologies, our ability to successfully commercialize our Portable People Meter(TM) service, the growth rates and cyclicality of markets we serve, our ability to expand our business in new markets, our ability to successfully identify, consummate and integrate appropriate acquisitions, the impact of increased costs of data collection including a trend toward increasing incidence of cell phone-only households, litigation and other contingent liabilities including intellectual property matters, our compliance with applicable laws and regulations and changes in applicable laws and regulations, our ability to achieve projected efficiencies, cost reductions, sales growth and earnings, and international economic, political, legal and business factors. Additional information regarding the factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements is available in our SEC filings, including our 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and the Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Source: Arbitron Inc.

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'Michael Jackson's This Is It' is a Thriller in Advance Ticket Sales on Fandango; Outpacing 'Hannah Montana 3D' as Top-Selling Concert Film

'Michael Jackson's This Is It' is a Thriller in Advance Ticket Sales on Fandango; Outpacing 'Hannah Montana 3D' as Top-Selling Concert Film

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Fandango, the nation's leading movie ticketing destination, is reporting thrilling advance ticket sales for the highly-anticipated film, Michael Jackson's This Is It, one month before its opening in cities across the country.


The two-week, limited engagement of the motion picture will have special advance showings on the evening of Tuesday, October 27 and will open nationwide on Wednesday, October 28 - but advance tickets continue to be a sensation online.

Some stats from Fandango:

-- As of Wednesday morning, This Is It is outpacing Hannah Montana 3D
ticket sales on Fandango by a factor of 3 to 1 at the same point in
that film's sales cycle (first three days of ticket sales).
-- Michael Jackson's This Is It was responsible for Fandango's biggest
Sunday pre-sales a full month prior to a film's release date.

-- More than 200 showtimes are already sold out on Fandango, from New
York to Los Angeles, from Nashville to Reno.

"Advance tickets for This Is It continue to sell at a fast pace, and the ticketing trend shows no signs of abating," says Rick Butler, Chief Operating Officer of Fandango. "The enthusiastic response from fans across the country is a tribute to the popularity of Michael Jackson's musical work. Fandango is pleased to help make it easy for vast audiences to connect with this film."

About Fandango

One of the Web's top movie and entertainment destinations, Fandango sells tickets to more than 16,000 screens. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. Fandango is available at, and via your wireless mobile device at Fandango is a unit of Comcast Interactive Media.

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Source: Fandango

CONTACT: Harry Medved of Fandango, +1-310-954-0461,

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New Vision Television Emerges From Restructuring Process Well-Positioned for Growth

New Vision Television Emerges From Restructuring Process Well-Positioned for Growth

Restructuring Eliminates 100% of Company Debts and Provides Ample Operating Capital

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- New Vision Television today emerged from its 80-day restructuring process with a solid balance sheet, significant working capital, experienced management and employees, and a proven business plan.

"New Vision's restructuring process was extraordinarily efficient - about ten weeks from start to finish," said Jason Elkin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of New Vision. "Among the major TV broadcasting groups, we are the first to emerge from this court-supervised process. With the elimination of all $400 million of our historical debt, New Vision now has one of the strongest balance sheets in our sector. Being debt-free will enable us to invest in our people, our product and complementary acquisitions to drive New Vision forward, while our competitors continue to focus on daily liquidity and covenant compliance."

New Vision, which owns or provides services to 14 major network-affiliated television stations across the United States, began the restructuring process on July 13, 2009. Throughout the restructuring process, New Vision was able to maintain all jobs and benefits for its employees, provide advertisers with the same customer service they have always experienced, and continue to invest in best-in-class local news coverage and other programming for viewers.

"New Vision's stations have continued to outpace the industry, even during the restructuring process, and that is a testament to New Vision's employees and managers and our loyal viewers and advertisers," continued New Vision CEO Jason Elkin. "We all kept our eye on the ball over the last two months, and the result is a revitalized company, with a revitalized financial structure and an established business plan. We all look forward to New Vision's great success in the months and years ahead."

New Vision Television, which was formed in July 2006, is the third station ownership group founded by Mr. Elkin and led by an experienced management team. Mr. Elkin's first two station groups were both financially and operationally highly successful.

New Vision's restructuring process began in mid-July when it reached full agreement with all of the Company's first and second lien debt holders. Under this agreement, these debt holders received equity positions in the company and representation on the Company's Board of Directors. Jason Elkin will remain Chairman and CEO of New Vision.

Moelis & Company served as financial advisor to New Vision Television, and Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell acted as legal counsel for the restructuring.

About New Vision Television

With corporate offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta, New Vision Television and its predecessor companies have owned and operated more than 30 television stations across the country since 1993. New Vision's current holdings include:

Major Network Affiliates:
-- KOIN Portland, OR (CBS)
-- WIAT Birmingham, AL (CBS)
-- KSNW Wichita, KS (NBC)
-- KHON Honolulu, HI (FOX)
-- Hawaii's CW 93 Honolulu, HI (CW)
-- WJCL Savannah, GA (ABC)
-- WTGS Savannah, GA (FOX)*
-- WKBN Youngstown, OH (CBS)
-- WYTV Youngstown, OH (ABC)*
-- WYFX Youngstown, OH (FOX)
-- KSNT Topeka, KS (NBC)
-- KTMJ Topeka, KS (FOX)
-- KIMT Mason City, IA (CBS)

-- KBNZ Bend, OR (CBS)

* Stations not licensed to New Vision, but to which New Vision provides services under joint sales and shared services agreements.

Additional non-affiliate stations:

-- Untamed Sports TV Birmingham, AL
-- MyYTV Youngstown, OH

-- MyYTV Mason City, IA

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International Entertainment News Unveils 'South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut' Movie; This Web-Only Exclusive Launches With Never-Before-Heard Commentary From Matt Stone and Trey Parker; Movie is Available Today, Wednesday, September 30 at Unveils 'South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut' Movie; This Web-Only Exclusive Launches With Never-Before-Heard Commentary From Matt Stone and Trey Parker; Movie is Available Today, Wednesday, September 30 at

Movie And Commentary Will Be Made Available Exclusively Online For 30 Days New Episodes Of "South Park" Premiere On COMEDY CENTRAL On Wednesday, Oct. 7 At 10 P.M.

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- South Park Digital Studios LLC announced today that has launched the "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" movie for online, ad-supported streaming. To commemorate the movie's 10 year anniversary, the site also includes a preview of never-before-heard commentary from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. will feature the movie until October 28th at The new commentary will be available in its entirety only on the Blu-ray release of the movie on October 13th.

In "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman sneak in to see their beloved Terrance and Phillip in an R-rated movie. When their parents declare war on the foul mouthed Canadian duo, it's up to the boys to stop W.W. III (and Satan) from striking their "quiet little redneck town."

Produced by Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers, in association with COMEDY CENTRAL, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" was originally released on June 30, 1999.

In addition to watching the South Park movie, also offers fans the ultimate "South Park" digital experience with full episodes and clips of every "South Park" episode. also features behind-the-scenes information from all 13 seasons allowing users to see all their favorite "South Park" moments, comment on them and share them with friends.

Launched in 1997, "South Park," now in its 13th season, remains the highest-rated series on COMEDY CENTRAL. "South Park" repeats Wednesdays at 12:00 a.m., Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. and Sundays at 10:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. (all times ET/PT).

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are co-creators and executive producers of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning "South Park," with Anne Garefino also serving as executive producer.

South Park Digital Studios, LLC is a joint venture between MTV Networks and Matt Stone & Trey Parker, the creators of the hit television show "South Park." South Park Digital Studios operates all of the digital businesses based on "South Park," including online, video gaming, digital distribution and digital goods, as well as new adult animation projects. The digital operations include the U.S. Web site,, and local versions of the site in Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, the show's first entry into video gaming in ten years and a wide array of other applications and products. has become one of the leading television show Web sites with more than 35 million videos streamed each month and user visits averaging nearly 40 minutes.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 95 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:and)(NYSE:VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press Web site at

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

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New Study Details Importance of Digital Technology in Moviegoer Awareness and Decision-Making

New Study Details Importance of Digital Technology in Moviegoer Awareness and Decision-Making

Wide-ranging 'Moviegoers: 2010' study was conducted by consulting firm Stradella Road in partnership with a consortium of media companies

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly commissioned research study of nearly 4,000 moviegoers finds that an overwhelming number of people across all age groups have fully adopted digital technologies and increasingly depend on them to gain information about new movie releases and help with their decisions about which films to see.

The study, titled "Moviegoers: 2010," is intended to provide film marketers with actionable insights into how best to reach movie consumers over the next decade. The project was lead by Gordon Paddison, principal of Stradella Road, and was supported by a consortium of media companies that include AOL, Facebook, Fandango, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!

The study found that the Internet and word-of-mouth are gaining in importance (closely following in-theater trailers and TV commercials) as a way that moviegoers discover upcoming film releases and now rank ahead of traditional methods of advertising such as billboards and newspaper ads. The importance of peer group feedback (social networking, face to face interaction, texting) in the decision-making process was also a key finding of the study, with teens and young adults especially influenced by this consumer voice. 75% said they trust a friend's opinion more than a movie critic, while 74% of respondents said they like to share thoughts and opinions about movies with others.

Key study findings include:
-- Virtually all moviegoers (94%) are online; this is true across all age
-- 86% of moviegoers across all demo segments go online via computer or
mobile device at least once a day.
-- In a given week, the average moviegoer spends more time going online
(19.8 hours) than they do watching TV (14.3 hours).
-- 73% of moviegoers surveyed have profiles on social networking sites;
69% watch video content online.
-- Mobile phone penetration has reached 90% across all ages of
moviegoers; 32% of moviegoers (44% of the 18-29 demo) no longer use a
landline phone.
-- 52% of moviegoers (61% of the 30-39 demo) have DVR devices, with 71%
reporting they fast-forward to skip commercials; only 17% of
respondents say they watch live TV.
-- 93% report that they use internet search to find information about new
movie releases.
-- 62% of respondents said they get their movie review information
online; this was consistent across all demos except the 50+ group,
which still also relies on newspaper reviews.
-- Peer group feedback trumps critics: 80% say positive reviews from
other moviegoers makes them more likely to see a movie (vs. 67% who
say a positive review from professional critics does); 40% say
negative reviews from other moviegoers makes them decide not to see a
movie (vs. 28% who say a negative review from professional critics
would keep them from going).

-- 84% of moviegoers told us that when they make up their mind to see a
movie, it doesn't matter what critics think about it.

The importance of "group think" emerged as a key factor with consumers. Moviegoers interviewed in theaters indicated that the fact that someone else in the group wanted to see a particular movie (55%) was as important in the decision-making process as the movie's storyline (57%). 46% of those surveyed were attending in groups of three or more. 91% of parents with children 12 or younger said they decide to see movies that either the child asked to see of that they equally want to see.

Another key finding of the study focuses on segmentation. Rather than base the data on the traditional four-quadrant system currently used by most movie marketers, the "Moviegoers: 2010" survey was compiled using a segmentation approach that considers both age and stage of life, taking into account that people's moviegoing habits evolve as their time and priorities change.

The teen years of 13-17 are focused around customization of entertainment and maximizing socialization; this group is all about sharing information. They like to multi-process while doing homework and are more likely to text than to have a phone conversation. Social networking is a critical communication tool, and they are heavily influenced by audio-visual materials (both online and offline) and friends opinions. They like to attend movies in groups.

The years of 18-29 are populated with "digital natives" who have grown up with technology. They have free time and non-traditional media consumption habits, using the Internet for every type of information. They are more likely than all other moviegoers to go online for movie information and to share what they think about movies via social networks. 44% of those surveyed from this group don't own a landline phone, and they place a high value on online consumer film reviews and review aggregation sites.

The ages of 30-39 are marked by time constraints. Parenthood and work dominate and they are "weekend warriors" attending movies primarily during the weekend. This group spends the highest number of hours online and represents the highest usage of technology, as well as the highest DVR penetration and most recorded TV viewing.

The ages of 40-49 are marked by a high usage of technology but also embrace traditional media such as newspapers and magazines. Ages 50-59 is the heaviest TV-viewing demo and represents an uptick for traditional media and a slightly lower penetration of technology.

HOW IT WAS DONE: Marketing strategy consultant and former studio executive Linda S. Middleton worked with Stradella Road to design and execute the study. In-theater surveys were conducted with 1,547 moderate to heavy moviegoers over eight days between July 9 and July 26, with an additional 2,305 moderate to heavy moviegoers surveyed by phone or online during the month of July.

Questions were formed in part from thirty hours of interviews conducted with key executives in movie marketing, media and research. Nielsen NRG managed research fieldwork.

About Stradella Road

Stradella Road is an independent marketing and consulting company that focuses on integration between traditional and new media and on pioneering unconventional media/message combinations for clients including RealD, Intuit and filmmaker Peter Jackson.

For more information please contact:
Rachael Kitchen
Stradella Road

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/C O R R E C T I O N -- Doc City Productions/

/C O R R E C T I O N -- Doc City Productions/

In the news release, Foodies Have 'Top Chef', Fashionistas Have 'Project Runway'; Starting October 2nd, Wine Lovers Will Have a Reality TV Show They Can Call Their Own, issued 30-Sep-2009 by Doc City Productions over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the media contact information for Kevin Whelan was incorrect. The correct information should read "Kevin Whelan, 1-703-626-0179,". The complete, corrected release follows:

Foodies Have 'Top Chef', Fashionistas Have 'Project Runway'; Starting October 2nd, Wine Lovers Will Have a Reality TV Show They Can Call Their Own

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- "Top Chef" is about the chef, "Project Runway" is about the designer, now there's a reality TV series all about the wine maker. THE WINEMAKERS leaves behind the predictable world of reality TV for the unscripted territory of real life winemakers as twelve men and women compete for a chance to create and launch their own wine label nationwide. A team of well-known food and wine personalities make up the panel of judges: Leslie Sbrocco, well known wine writer, author and host of public television's "Check Please"; Mark Oldman author of the bestselling Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine, and guest judges including Food & Wine magazine writer Lettie Teague and Doug Frost who holds the distinction of being only one of three people worldwide to hold both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier title. The series will air on PBS stations nationwide starting October 2nd and will be available on DVD in time for the holiday shopping season.


Season I of THE WINEMAKERS was shot in the Paso Robles wine country along California's central coast. Season II of THE WINEMAKERS began shooting in France's Rhone Valley on September 16th, 2009 and will air in fall 2010. Sponsors for season II are offered value-added media packages that include on-air spots before and after every episode and off-air promotions that increase their visibility among PBS's upscale audiences. Sponsorship levels range from $500K for a 30-second national spot to $75K for a five-second national spot. The spots air before and after each of the eight episodes for a total of 16 times during the original broadcast. Sponsor spots remain with the program as the series re-airs an average of five times. Other sponsor benefits include live consumer outreach promotions, cast appearances, screenings and sweepstakes.

For additional information about the series and to view clips from season I visit . Clips can also be viewed on YouTube at .

Downloadable Electronic Press Kit:

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CONTACT: For Sponsorship Opportunities, Kevin Whelan, +1-703-626-0179,; For Media Inquiries: Julie Nadezna, +1-202-427-6769,, both of Doc City Productions

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Nicole Sullivan Joins Jenny Craig to Reclaim Her Pre-Baby Body

Nicole Sullivan Joins Jenny Craig to Reclaim Her Pre-Baby Body

Rita Rocks Star Ready to Lose Weight 'the Right Way'

CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Jenny Craig, Inc., one of the nation's leading authorities on weight management, today announced actress and comedian Nicole Sullivan as the newest Jenny Craig celebrity client. The 5'4" Rita Rocks star, who gave birth to her second child in August 2009, is looking forward to returning to her pre-pregnancy weight and losing 35 pounds.

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Following the birth of her first child, Nicole admitted that she resorted to quick and unhealthy measures to lose the weight, but the second time around, she has pledged to follow a balanced program with Jenny Craig to get her body into great shape. Partnering with her consultant, Nicole's Jenny Craig program will consist of a personalized plan combining nutritional balance, activity and motivational support to achieve healthy weight loss and management.

"I'm so excited to start my program with Jenny Craig. I had such a hard time losing the weight the first time around. I was depressed, I feel like I tried every diet in the book. I want to take care of myself, look good, feel good, and run after my kids.

"When I researched all of the different weight loss programs, Jenny Craig was the only program to offer a personal consultant. Finally, someone I can talk to, who gets to know me and who I can learn from! I have about 35 lbs to lose and refuse to go on crazy diets again, so I called Jenny," said Sullivan.

"Nicole will be a terrific addition to the Jenny Craig team," said Steve Bellach, Senior Director, North American Marketing, at Jenny Craig. "Nicole is a great role model for any new mother trying to lose weight in a healthy way and to do so with a hectic work schedule makes her very relatable."

Sullivan's Lifetime original comedy Rita Rocks will return for a second season on October 5, 2009 at 7:30 PM ET/PT. Nicole's pregnancy will play an integral part in the season two storyline. In the series, Sullivan plays Rita Clemens, an overworked wife and mother, who humorously struggles to balance her life as she runs her household, plays in a band, works at her job, cares for her kids and expects a newborn.

About Jenny Craig

Jenny Craig ( offers a comprehensive Food-Body-Mind program designed to help clients manage their weight by creating a healthy relationship with food, building an active lifestyle and developing a balanced approach to living.

With its tailored YourStyle® program, Jenny Craig is committed to a personalized approach to weight loss by offering each client a one-on-one weekly consultation and a customized weight management plan designed to optimize individual success. With more than 80 delicious Jenny's Cuisine(TM) menu items, Jenny Craig's program is available in-centre and our at-home program, Jenny Direct®.

Jenny Craig, Inc., based in Carlsbad, CA, and owned by Nestle, is one of the world's largest weight management companies, with more than 700 company-owned and franchised Centres in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.

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Foodies Have 'Top Chef', Fashionistas Have 'Project Runway'; Starting October 2nd, Wine Lovers Will Have a Reality TV Show They Can Call Their Own

Foodies Have 'Top Chef', Fashionistas Have 'Project Runway'; Starting October 2nd, Wine Lovers Will Have a Reality TV Show They Can Call Their Own

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- "Top Chef" is about the chef, "Project Runway" is about the designer, now there's a reality TV series all about the wine maker. THE WINEMAKERS leaves behind the predictable world of reality TV for the unscripted territory of real life winemakers as twelve men and women compete for a chance to create and launch their own wine label nationwide. A team of well-known food and wine personalities make up the panel of judges: Leslie Sbrocco, well known wine writer, author and host of public television's "Check Please"; Mark Oldman author of the bestselling Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine, and guest judges including Food & Wine magazine writer Lettie Teague and Doug Frost who holds the distinction of being only one of three people worldwide to hold both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier title. The series will air on PBS stations nationwide starting October 2nd and will be available on DVD in time for the holiday shopping season.


Season I of THE WINEMAKERS was shot in the Paso Robles wine country along California's central coast. Season II of THE WINEMAKERS began shooting in France's Rhone Valley on September 16th, 2009 and will air in fall 2010. Sponsors for season II are offered value-added media packages that include on-air spots before and after every episode and off-air promotions that increase their visibility among PBS's upscale audiences. Sponsorship levels range from $500K for a 30-second national spot to $75K for a five-second national spot. The spots air before and after each of the eight episodes for a total of 16 times during the original broadcast. Sponsor spots remain with the program as the series re-airs an average of five times. Other sponsor benefits include live consumer outreach promotions, cast appearances, screenings and sweepstakes.

For additional information about the series and to view clips from season I visit . Clips can also be viewed on YouTube at .

Downloadable Electronic Press Kit:

Source: Doc City Productions

CONTACT: For Sponsorship Opportunities, Kevin Whelan, +1-803-737-3372,; For Media Inquiries: Julie Nadezna, +1-202-427-6769,, both of Doc City Productions

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HDNet Announces Broadcast Team for UFL Game Coverage

HDNet Announces Broadcast Team for UFL Game Coverage

Broadcast Vets Paul Maguire and Kenny Rice team up in the booth to call the action on HDNet Ron Kruck and Natalie Taylor report from the sidelines.

DALLAS, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- HDNet today announced its broadcast team for the network's upcoming coverage of UFL Football. The UFL is a new professional football league that features high quality football in under-served markets at affordable prices. HDNet's UFL broadcast team is made up of four experienced broadcasters who have covered pro football, in addition to many other sports on a national level. Longtime football announcer and former Buffalo Bills great Paul Maguire will join HDNet's own Kenny Rice in the broadcast booth, while Ron Kruck will cover duties as sideline reporter, along with Natalie Taylor.


"This is an amazing broadcast team with an incredible amount of football knowledge," said Mark Cuban, president and co-founder of HDNet. "Their high level of both experience and enthusiasm will add depth to our broadcasts and excitement for our fans."

"The UFL is extremely pleased to have five of our games broadcast on HDNet and to have such a talented group of broadcasters working with us," added Frank Vuono, COO of the UFL.

Paul Maguire followed a stand-out career in the AFL with nearly 40 years in television, including covering four Super Bowls (XXIII, XXX, XXII, XXVII) and serving as a member of NBC's lead NFL broadcast team with Dick Enberg. Maguire also provided his candor and insight to NFL Sunday Night Football on ESPN, and worked as an analyst for college football on ABC. Maguire played in six AFL Championship games with the San Diego Chargers ('60-'63) and Buffalo Bills ('64-'70) during his eleven-year career as a punter and linebacker. He was a member of three championship teams ('63,'64,'65) and was named to the Bills Silver Anniversary All-Time Team in 1984 as a punter. Maguire still holds the Bills' season punting average record (42.1). He is one of only twenty players who were in the AFL for its entire existence. His outstanding collegiate career at The Citadel includes leading the nation in touchdown receptions his senior year. Maguire is in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame,

An award-winning sportscaster, Kenny Rice hosts the popular HDNet program, Inside MMA. Rice has called play-by-play for Harvard-Yale football and both the Wooden Classic and Wooden Tradition college basketball tournaments, plus boxing and MMA - all for HDNet. For NBC, Rice covers the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and has covered the 2004 (boxing) and 2008 (equestrian) Olympics as well as the US Olympic Trials in both Triathlon and Equestrian. Rice has reported on the NFL for NBC's Football Night in America and has called track and field, rugby and basketball for the 2008 Paralympic Games. He has also called the Pro Bull Riders World Finals. He hosted horse racing for ESPN ('97-'06) including the Irish Derby and was a co-host of college basketball Midnight Madness for the debut of ESPNU.

Ron Kruck is an integral member of HDNet's ground breaking MMA coverage, interviewing the sport's biggest stars, in addition to breaking stories and special features from Kruck's Korner on Inside MMA. He has also covered boxing and college football for the network. Kruck has reported on the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs, Major League Baseball and the NBA Playoffs as well as the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, US Olympic Trials, the Fiesta and Orange Bowls. In addition, Kruck covered University of Colorado football and basketball.

Natalie Taylor is co-host of SEC-TV for Fox Sports South and hosts SEC College Football & Basketball Previews for Sports South. She has worked for HDNet as a pit and feature reporter for NASCAR's Camping World Series and a sideline reporter for the network's college football and basketball broadcasts. She's also reported on Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons for Comcast Sports Southeast.

HDNet will broadcast five games from the "Premiere" season of the United Football League beginning on October 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET when the Florida Tuskers take on the New York Sentinels at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL. Each live telecast will be produced and aired in true high definition. The complete schedule for UFL games on HDNet follows:

October 10 Florida Tuskers vs. New York Sentinels 7:00 p.m. ET
October 17 New York Sentinels vs. California Redwoods 9:00 p.m. ET
October 30 Las Vegas Locomotives vs. Florida Tuskers 7:00 p.m. ET
November 14 Las Vegas Locomotives vs. California Redwoods 9:00 p.m. ET
November 20 New York Sentinels vs. Las Vegas Locomotives 9:00 p.m. ET

The United Football League is a new professional football league that will kick-off its "Premiere" season this October. Featuring high-quality traditional football played by world-class athletes and former NFL coaches, the UFL's "Premiere" season teams include the California Redwoods, Florida Tuskers, Las Vegas Locomotives and New York Sentinels. The UFL's goal is to provide fans with affordable, innovative and entertaining game-day experiences. The UFL's games, which will be broadcast live on VERSUS and HDNet, will culminate with a Championship Game on November 27th in Las Vegas. Tickets are now on-sale in all markets and can be purchased by calling 877.UFL.2009 or visiting

About HDNet

HDNet (, is the independent network with unique and provocative content that appeals to men of all ages and is delivered in true high definition.

HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs "HDNet World Report," and the Emmy Award winning "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather. Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world. HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant - telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence.

HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring five regular season games from the Premiere Season of the United Football League. HDNet also features the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, "HDNet Fights" (, "HDNet Fights" works with leading MMA promoters including DREAM, Sengoku, XFC, M-1, K-1, K-1 Max, MFC, Adrenaline and more. HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet's "Inside MMA" is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving MMA fans their weekly fix for everything MMA.

HDNet also delivers the world's largest and most diverse concert line-up through the HDNet Concert Series. The HDNet Concert Series features leading artists and bands including Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, John Mayer and more. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring "Art Mann Presents," "New York Confessions," "Deadline" and "Get Out!" HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries as part of the InFocus series. "NASA on HDNet" presents all live shuttle launches through 2010.

Only HDNet Movies (, delivers exclusive Sneak Previews of new movies before they hit theaters. The HDNet Movies Sneak Preview series features top Hollywood stars in critically acclaimed performances including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Tom Hanks, Vera Farmiga, Parker Posey, Brian Cox, Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Eric Bana, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt and Robin Williams.

Upcoming Sneak Previews include "Ong Bak 2: The Beginning" starring and directed by Tony Jaa.

In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies presents viewers with over one hundred films and an average of twenty-five "HD Premieres" each month. HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.

HDNet Movies offers subscribers a premium movie viewing experience in true HD, and more original movies shot entirely in HD than any other network.

Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliated companies. To receive HDNet information via email, simply go to

About The UFL

The UFL was developed to fulfill the unmet needs of football fans in major markets currently underserved by professional football by providing a high quality traditional football league comprised of world class professional football players. The UFL will serve the communities with pride, dedication and passion, and uphold a leadership role in the development of football worldwide. The UFL will provide every fan with an affordable, accessible, exciting and entertaining game experience. Scheduled to debut in October 2009, the UFL's headquarters is in New York, N.Y. and has satellite offices in Jacksonville, Fla. and Rutherford, N.J. The UFL is led by Commissioner Michael Huyghue, COO Frank Vuono and is being funded by a consortium of investors including UFL Founder Bill Hambrecht, Tim Armstrong, Bill Mayer, Paul Pelosi and the Tampa Bay Rays. For more information on the UFL and how to purchase tickets for the UFL's "Premiere" season, please visit For group ticket sales, please call 877.UFL.2009.

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Platinum-Selling Hip-Hop/R&B Group Pretty Ricky's 'Tipsy In Dis Club' Video Debuts Top 10 (#9) On BET '106 and Park'

Platinum-Selling Hip-Hop/R&B Group Pretty Ricky's 'Tipsy In Dis Club' Video Debuts Top 10 (#9) On BET '106 and Park'

Readying For the November 17th Release of New Album "PRETTY RICKY" On Their Own Label Bluestar Entertainment International

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Heartthrobs and best-selling group Pretty Ricky are back and ready to once again show the world why they are one of the most formidable groups in music history. The video for "Tipsy In Dis Club," the first single from their upcoming self-titled album, premiered today on BET's highly-rated 106 and Park in the Top 10 (#9), officially kicking off what will surely become Pretty Ricky mania this year.

Their third album is appropriately titled because it is pure Pretty Ricky. Along with "Sexy Spec," Diamond Blue -- the songwriter, producer and engineer for all of the groups records -- Slick'Em and newest member, Lingerie have made an album sure to gratify the musical desires of their fanatical followers and earn them even more admirers. In fact, Diamond Blue says the new album -- set for a November 17th release -- is too good for explanation. "The songs are too sensual to describe in words. You have to hear it to fully grasp the erotic experience of the records." To that point, the lead single, "Tipsy In Dis Club," was released to a crushing radio and Web response. Spectacular's YouTube video for the track caused an Internet sensation.

The Miami-based stars burst on the scene with 2005's platinum-selling Bluestars that spawned the Top 10 hits "Grind With Me" and "Your Body." They followed in 2006 with another Top 10 hit, "On The Hotline" from the gold-certified Late Night Special, which remained #1 on the Billboard charts for an astounding 5 consecutive weeks.

Pretty Ricky's staggering success is not only a result of their unique mix (3 rappers and a singer) talent (singing, dancing and producing), but also their sophisticated business sense.

With the single, new video and upcoming album, Pretty Ricky is filling a current void in hip-hop and R&B and staging an industry takeover. "Over the years, we have worked to perfect our craft," says Spectacular. "You can hear it all over this album."

For more information, press kits, and interviews please contact TreMedia: Tresa Sanders @ 770-679-0361 or via email @

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ROCK PROPHECIES Presented by Samsung Memoir(TM), the Feature-Length Documentary Chronicling Photographer Robert M. Knight on His Quest to Find the Next Great Guitar Player, Will Have a Free Screening at the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 3

ROCK PROPHECIES Presented by Samsung Memoir(TM), the Feature-Length Documentary Chronicling Photographer Robert M. Knight on His Quest to Find the Next Great Guitar Player, Will Have a Free Screening at the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 3

The Film Will Also Participate in The Mirage's 20th Anniversary Bash, Slash & Friends, on Friday, Oct. 2

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- ROCK PROPHECIES, presented by the Samsung Memoir(TM), is the feature-length chronicle of conflicted photographer Robert M. Knight, on a quest to find both himself and the world's next great guitar player. The film will have a FREE screening at the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage (3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109) on Saturday, October 3rd. Doors open at 1pm and the Screening starts at 2pm, followed by a Q+A with Robert Knight and director John Chester. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at The Mirage Box Office.

Robert Knight is one of the most prolific rock photographers in history. ROCK PROPHECIES explores his amazing career and follows him on his quest to help the bands of today become the Rock legends of tomorrow, whether promoting Northern Irish band The Answer before anybody has heard of them, or convincing Aussie band Sick Puppies to sell everything and move to the United States. When Robert stumbles upon Tyler Bryant - a 16-year old guitar phenom from Texas - he's convinced he may have found the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. Robert risks his reputation and career and takes a chance on Tyler. The two then set off on an unbelievable journey to take their own shot at making history.

ROCK PROPHECIES has been drawing major awards since making its festival debut in March at the 2009 AFI Dallas Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary and Dallas' WFAA-TV film critic Gary Cogill called it "a remarkable film." It also took home the Best Doc Audience Award at the 2009 Nashville Film Festival. In June, the film was honored with the prestigious Audience Award for Documentary Vision from the 2009 Maui Film Festival. IndieWIRE's Harriette Yahr, reporting from Maui, said, "This doc has all the elements of great filmmaking: a compelling subject, a terrifically-crafted story, a superlative look, a killer soundtrack, and loads of heart." The film also had the recent honor of participating in IDA's 13th Annual DocuWeeks in LA and NYC which qualifies documentary films for Oscar consideration.

Despite boasting footage of some of the best guitarists in the business, ROCK PROPHECIES is not a concert film. "It's a true story about having a dream, and how to fulfill that dream," Knight says. "For that matter, it's the story of fulfilling other peoples' dreams, too." While building relationships with established guitar royalty, Knight has always managed to keep his finger on the cultural pulse, leaping at the opportunity to photograph and promote emerging talent such as blues-rock star Joe Bonamassa, and rising bands Sick Puppies, The Answer and Panic At The Disco.

A film by John Chester and produced by Tim Kaiser, ROCK PROPHECIES was shot in multiple locations across the U.S. and England and features interviews and performances from Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Carlos Santana, Slash, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and Steve Vai, among others. Kaiser has proclaimed Knight to be the "the Forrest Gump of Rock 'n Roll" for his ability to capture history in the making, namely the last photo ever taken of Stevie Ray Vaughan and some of the earliest of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. And in the words of Chester, Knight's "ability to zero in on the legends of tomorrow is more than a little eerie. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't filmed it myself."

ROCK PROPHECIES will also introduce the world to another way to capture historic Rock moments with the Samsung Memoir(TM) - a full touch-screen mobile phone designed to look and feel like a point-and-shoot digital camera. The Memoir, available exclusively from T-Mobile, has a built-in 8-megapixel camera and premium multimedia features, placing it among the highest quality imaging phones available in the U.S. The Memoir's ability to capture and share quality photographs, and Robert Knight's talent of capturing historical rock n' roll moments make the tie-in with the film a natural fit.

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DISH Network(R) Offers Free Preview of NFL RedZone

DISH Network(R) Offers Free Preview of NFL RedZone

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DISH Network, L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH), and NFL Network today announced a free preview of NFL RedZone for all DISH Network customers on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009.

"Over the past few weeks, our customers have told us their Sunday afternoons have changed forever," said Ira Bahr, Chief Marketing Officer for DISH Network. "Now, we are pleased to offer NFL Network's NFL RedZone for free to all our subscribers so they can catch every touchdown from every game."

NFL RedZone, produced by NFL Network, whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons delivering touchdowns and the most exciting moments live, in high definition. The channel keeps fans up to date in real-time, switching from game to game with live look-ins, highlights and a chance to see every important play. Host Scott Hanson brings viewers real-time scoring and fantasy updates from a new state-of-the-art NFL RedZone studio at the NFL Network headquarters in Los Angeles.

DISH Network's free preview of NFL RedZone will begin on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET and go until 4:15 p.m. ET on Channel 155 in both high definition and standard definition. NFL RedZone is part of DISH Network's Multi-Sports Package, which is available to most customers at $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

For more information on NFL RedZone, visit For more information on DISH Network, visit

About DISH Network, L.L.C.

DISH Network, L.L.C., the nation's HD leader, provides approximately 13.610 million satellite TV customers as of June 30, 2009 with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including the lowest all-digital price nationwide. Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most HD channels, the most international channels, state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video on Demand and the ViP® 722 HD DVR, a CNET and PC Magazine "Editors' Choice." Visit

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Comcast Launches 'Local Heroes' Campaign to Support WA Olympic Hopefuls and Special Olympics Washington

Comcast Launches 'Local Heroes' Campaign to Support WA Olympic Hopefuls and Special Olympics Washington

Sale of commemorative pins to raise money and awareness of the state's elite winter athletes and Special Olympians

SEATTLE, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in nearby Vancouver B.C. only months away, Comcast today unveiled a unique, new advertising and integrated marketing campaign that features some of the state's most exciting winter athletes and benefits some of the state's most inspiring people - the athletes of Special Olympics Washington.

Comcast and representatives from Special Olympics Washington announced the comprehensive broadcast and print campaign called 'Comcast Local Heroes' at a news conference this morning at Seattle's Westin hotel. Organizers are hoping the campaign can raise as much as $80,000 to be split between Special Olympics Washington and the state's elite winter athletes.

The comprehensive marketing campaign features the Comcast Local Heroes, a unique combination of some of the state's most talented winter athletes, world champions, past Olympians, Olympic hopefuls, athletes from Special Olympics Washington and Washington's own skiing legend, Phil Mahre.

"Having had the opportunity to compete in multiple Olympiads, and having had the good fortune to live out my own dream of winning a gold medal, I can attest to how incredibly important sponsor support can be to an athlete's success," said Mahre, who won a gold medal in the slalom at the 1984 Winter Olympics. "I love that Comcast is reaching out to support these kids before they become household names, when they need it most, and that they are doing so in a highly visible way that will showcase these great athletes to people across Washington and that it all ties together in support of a great organization like Special Olympics Washington. I wish this sort of program was around when I was competing and I'm honored to be part of it now. "

In addition to Mahre, the Comcast Local Heroes team includes; Scott Macartney, a downhill skier from Kirkland; Bree Schaaf, a bobsled driver from Bremerton; Shelby Corno, a Special Olympian from Sammamish; Torin Koos, a cross country skier from Leavenworth; Karen Thatcher, an ice hockey player and world champion from Blaine; J.R. Celski, a short track speed skater and world champion from Federal Way; Kenneth Larson, a Special Olympian from Tukwila; Patrick Deneen, a freestyle skier and world champion from Cle Elum; and, Sean Halsted, an adaptive nordic skier from Spokane.

"Comcast's connection to our local customers and to the local communities where we live and work has always been important to the company. We see this campaign not only as a great way to raise awareness of the many aspiring Olympic athletes in this state, but to support our Special Olympians, who have been such an inspiration to all of us," said Tom Pierce, VP of Sales and Marketing for Comcast and a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Washington.

The campaign, which begins today, highlights Comcast's Local Heroes using Comcast products and services to keep them connected to friends and family as well as entertained. The team's two Special Olympians, Shelby Corno and Kenneth Larson, are featured in group shots with the rest of the Comcast Local Heroes team as well as in advertisements and marketing materials, promoting the sale of a Comcast Local Heroes commemorative pin to benefit the Local Heroes and Special Olympics Washington.

"We are extremely grateful to Comcast for their longtime support of Special Olympics Washington and for including us in this campaign. We believe the huge reach of this campaign will have a positive impact on our organization and help us raise awareness of Special Olympics," said Beth Wojick, Chief Executive Officer for Special Olympics Washington.

Collecting pins commemorating the Olympic Games has been an extremely popular pastime among fans. The Comcast commemorative pins can be ordered online at Each pin costs $10 plus tax, shipping and handling.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)(NASDAQ:CMCSK) ( is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.8 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including ( Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

Comcast's Washington market, based in Lynnwood, serves more than 1.1 million customers in Western Washington and Spokane. Comcast operates three major call centers in Washington and employs more than 3,000 local residents.

About Special Olympics Washington

Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The regular Special Olympics program has no upper age limit, with athletes eligible for competition beginning at 8-years old. Special Olympics Washington also offers a new Young Athletes program for children ages 2 to 7. By participating in sports, physical fitness and health education programs, participants increase self-confidence and social skills, improve physical and motor skills, and have better success in leading more productive and independent lives. More than 7,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics Washington activities, competing in local competitions, state and regional tournaments and the State Games. Ten Special Olympics Washington athletes competed in the 2007 World Summer Games in China and 14 competed in the 2009 World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho. For more information, please visit or call 206.829.4949.

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First Responders Convene for Hands-On Experience with Pennsylvania Public Safety Radio Network

First Responders Convene for Hands-On Experience with Pennsylvania Public Safety Radio Network

Learn How PA-STARNet System Was Successfully Used During G-20 Summit

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First responders from around the state gathered today to get hands-on experience during the statewide interoperability conference. The conference included emergency communications exercises designed to allow local officials to explore the ways they can take advantage of PASTARNet - the commonwealth's public safety radio system.

Recently, the STARNet system provided the backbone for all communications during the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. The system allowed federal agencies, state and local police, as well as Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh, and emergency medical personnel to work together using a single communication tool.

"We're meeting to hear from county and other local officials about their plans and the challenges they confront in making sure that all first responders - local, state and federal - can communicate seamlessly in any type of emergency," said Charlie Brennan, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Public Safety Radio Services. "We have a robust statewide network and our G-20 experience demonstrates the system's tremendous capability."

Roughly 250 first responders and local officials attended the third annual conference hosted by the Office of Public Safety Radio Services. Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Sischo, Deputy Adjutant General for Air Operations for the Pennsylvania National Guard spoke on interoperability and the importance of communications in a post 9/11 climate.

"It is incumbent upon all of us to remain steadfast and train and equip our people with the PASTARNet system," said Sischo. "As we look to the future, we will continue to increase safety and efficiency."

The STARNet system processed more than 100,000 calls during the G-20 summit, far and away the heaviest use for a single event in the system's history. The PA State Police was the largest user. PSP relied on the network to coordinate communications between police on the ground and PSP helicopters and airplanes.

Security personnel on the ground were able to view video feeds from aircraft to monitor the movements of protesters. The 'full motion video' capability is a first for the system and was an essential tool. In all, six state agencies, Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, every hospital emergency room in the region and several federal agencies were linked together on the network.

The G-20 summit is the kind of event where the STARNet system provides the critical ability for federal, state, and local officials to communicate in order to maintain public safety.

Interoperability conference attendees participated in an exercise that featured a disaster scenario at a popular music festival. The goals for this year's conference include:

-- Developing and promoting a common vision of interoperable
communications in Pennsylvania;
-- Understanding PASTARNet capabilities and role in achieving
interoperable communications;
-- Gaining awareness and understanding of key technology for
interoperable communications using PASTARNet;
-- Promoting the development and refinement of a body of common policies
and standard operating procedures for the effective use of
interoperable communications;
-- Understanding of key interoperability policies and practices such as
the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command
System (ICS);
-- Evaluating, discussing, and improving interoperability methods and
policies through communications exercise outcomes and other measures;
-- Understanding best practices for securing and administering grant
funding for establishing and expanding interoperable communications

-- Clarifying county and local interoperability requirements and the role
of the commonwealth in achieving interoperable public safety

PA-STARNet is one of the largest public safety communications systems in North America, and is one of the largest private microwave networks anywhere. It is used by state and local government agencies and business partners for agency dispatch and mobile voice and data communication for public safety and emergency response.

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Survey: 'TV Everywhere' Interest High, Studios Can Skip Middlemen to Maximize Profits

Survey: 'TV Everywhere' Interest High, Studios Can Skip Middlemen to Maximize Profits

Study of 1300 Online Video Viewers Indicates Robust Market For Premium Digital Content

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Digitalsmiths, the innovative multi-screen media analysis, operations and publishing technology provider announced today the results of a survey authored by The Diffusion Group (TDG) that examines premium video viewing habits.

Among other insights, the survey of 1300 regular viewers of digital video revealed:

-- Consumers want "TV Everywhere"- style content access, and many of them
are already accessing video content on a wide variety of devices.
Users will pay an additional monthly fee for seamless access to a TV
Everywhere-type service that can be viewed on PCs and mobile devices.

-- Consumers are willing to pay to rent premium content on-demand from
studio-branded rental sites. Such sites would eliminate the middlemen
found in the EST (Electronic Sell-Through) and VOD (Video On Demand)

The TDG whitepaper, analyzing the premium studio-branded rental site model, will be made available courtesy of Digitalsmiths in mid-October.

"I think what you see with this data is a continued upward trend in premium video viewing, combined with a clear endorsement of two profit models, namely premium studio-branded content sites and 'TV Everywhere'," said Andy Tarczon, founding partner, The Diffusion Group.

The results showed that nearly 25 percent would be willing to pay $10-15 a month for a premium "TV Everywhere" service allowing them to view premium content on their television, computer or mobile device and that a third of consumers are willing to pay studios a direct rental fee of $2-3 for the option to view a movie or television series on those same devices.

"We found these survey results to be extremely insightful and wanted to publish them as soon as possible," said Ben Weinberger, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digitalsmiths. "This data shows that consumers would like to access and interact with content everywhere, anytime, on every device - and that they are willing to pay to do so."

The survey also asked consumers about their viewing habits and what would make them more likely to use a video site. 41 percent of respondents say that in the last month have watched video on several devices other than a computer or laptop, including mobile phones, portable video players, televisions and portable gaming players.

Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed said if they have the opportunity to use advanced "Google-like" search capabilities in video to locate specific scenes, segments, dialogue, characters, actors, or locations within an online movie or television series then they will be more likely to use a particular video site. Over 41 percent also said they will be more likely to visit a video site if they have the ability to create customized clips from online films and television programs to share with friends, post to video sharing sites or create mobile ringtones - demonstrating that consumers want the ability to interact with and customize their favorite content.

About Digitalsmiths

Digitalsmiths provides the industry's only studio grade digital media analysis, operations and publishing solution with an advanced, time-based metadata framework that empowers digital media companies to distribute premium video content across multiple platforms, open up new revenue streams for film and TV assets, and build audience.

The company's flagship product, VideoSense®, powers the digital media operations, publishing and analytics for today's leading Hollywood studios, broadcasters, distributors and publishers including Warner Bros., Telepictures and Digitalsmiths was named one of the "Top 45 Companies to Watch" by Dow Jones, one of the "OnHollywood Top 100" and "OnGlobal 250" by AlwaysOn, "Technology of the Year" by North Carolina's Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), and winner of the "Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards."

About TDG

The Diffusion Group is a consumer technology research and strategic marketing firm built by a team of seasoned consumer technology analysts. They have quickly grown to become one of the largest research firms dedicated to the Digital Home and connected consumer.

The Diffusion Group's mission is simple: to provide timely, actionable intelligence designed to best position new consumer technologies for rapid diffusion. They go beyond offering simple ACCESS to numbers and forecasts and assist in the APPLICATION of this market knowledge directly to the clients' needs.

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