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Saturday, August 31, 2013

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 1

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 1

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:



Profile America -- Sunday, September 1st. "News is coming up next." Such words are familiar to many of us, as Americans catch up on what's happening around the world by listening to radio newscasts at home, at work, on their computers and in the car. One of the first daily news programs on the young medium started on this date in 1922. It was called "The Radio Digest," and was hosted by George Thompson over WBAY in New York City. At the time, there were just 30 radio stations in the entire U.S., and only 60,000 homes had receivers. Now, radio is part of the everyday routine of most Americans. Across the nation, there are more than 14,400 stations, and the average home has eight radios. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at

Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events, Those Were the Days
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1132

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

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Small Internet Service Providers Deliver Big Netflix Experience

Small Internet Service Providers Deliver Big Netflix Experience

RCN In Greater Boston Tops First Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot

LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix members in the Greater Boston area receive the very best streaming experience if they subscribe to RCN, according to the first Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot published today by Netflix Inc., the world's leading Internet television network.



In the second quarter of 2013, the average speeds for Netflix streams on the RCN network outperformed other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) by as much as 70%. This means that those Netflix members who were also RCN customers enjoyed better picture quality, quicker access to their favorite TV shows and movies, and more reliable playback delivered via the Internet from Netflix, especially during peak viewing hours.

"When it comes to getting a great Internet connection in your home, our first Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot clearly shows that a bigger ISP isn't always a better ISP," said Greg Peters, chief streaming and partnerships officer at Netflix. "RCN delivers a very impressive connection, offering equal or better quality than what fiber to the home delivers."

"At RCN our goal is to provide a superior customer experience through a platform that offers cutting edge technology. That includes providing top quality, reliable Internet to our customers at speeds up to 75Mbps. It's great to see Netflix confirm that RCN beats Verizon and Comcast by a big margin," said Jeff Carlson, vice president and general manager at RCN.

The Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot is an expansion of the Netflix ISP Speed Index, a Web site launched in March that ranks large domestic and international ISPs based on Netflix performance. Located at, the Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on real world data from Netflix members and an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network. The Regional Snapshots provide much more specific insight for a given market, allowing consumers to compare performance when choosing an ISP.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with more than 37 million members in 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. Learn more about how Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is pioneering Internet television at or follow Netflix on Facebook and Twitter.

About RCN

RCN Telecom Services, LLC ( provides industry-leading High-Speed Internet, all-Digital TV and Phone services for residential, small/medium and Enterprise business customers. PC Magazine recently released its annual Readers' Choice Awards and named RCN one of the winners for best cable broadband ISPs in 2013 - rated highest in satisfaction for reliability. RCN's affordably-priced advanced digital services are delivered through their proprietary, state-of-the-art fiber-rich network and supported by 100% U.S.-based customer service. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Russell Brand Talks Syria, Media on Alex Jones Show

Russell Brand Talks Syria, Media on Alex Jones Show

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Russell Brand appeared today on the Alex Jones Show to discuss developments in Syria and the overall mainstream media and entertainment systems.

Russell appeared in an extended taping with radio host and documentary filmmaker Alex Jones to discuss the latest developments following his segment on MSNBC that has now amassed over 8 and a half million views on YouTube. The interview, a clip of which that is now available regarding the current events in Syria and the international response, will be available in full at

The interview shows the true power and nature of the alternative news community, and Russell 'would like to believe' that his mounting success can be attributed to his views that coincide with the alternative media and a public that is hungry to deviate from the mainstream media networks.

Russell is currently on his Messiah Complex world tour, and is set to join Alex in studio around the time of his Austin visit to film another interview on the subject.

The endorsement by Russell of the alternative news media, of which is now one of the largest websites in the industry, signifies a collateral shift towards the new alternative media paradigm that disregards the dwindling mainstream news corporations that poll after poll show are continuing to lose viewership trust and numbers.

The Alex Jones Show airs on over 60 AM, FM, and shortwave stations across the United States Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. As well, Alex's show is the largest draw for the talk genre on Shoutcast and the Internet. Alex does a syndicated and nationally broadcast Sunday show on Emmis Communications' KLBJ 590 AM in Austin, Texas.

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Music: A billion-dollar industry for Detroit

Music: A billion-dollar industry for Detroit

DETROIT, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Everyone knows that Detroit has a musical heritage. But does everyone know how much music business is done in metro Detroit? A unique study puts that value at $1.15 billion.

The study, created by Anderson Economic Group for Crain's Detroit Business, came from a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of the business of music.

Some conclusions:

-- Over 7,000 people employed in the local industry, including about 6,000
people at specific business establishments.
-- Earnings over $170 million, including $162.5 million at business
establishments and $8 million for performers at other establishments
such as bars and restaurants, in 2012
-- The average worker bringing in roughly $27,000 a year, for workers at
music industry establishments.
-- The number of establishments in the industry came out to be 486, with an
average of 12 workers per establishment; plus over 400 bars,
restaurants, and other businesses that feature musical performances.
-- Total industry revenue of $1.15 billion, including record sales and gate
revenues from entertainment venues.
"As far as I know, this is the only serious study of the employment and earnings in Michigan's music industry," said Patrick Anderson, CEO of AEG. "Music is a part of our culture, but it's also big business in Detroit."

A story about the study is published in the special report on the business of music in the Sept. 2 issue of Crain's Detroit Business. The full report is also available on the Anderson Economic Group website at

Anderson will present the study results in person at the Crain's SoundBiz Music Conference Sept. 26 at Cobo Center. To register to go

Crain's chose Anderson as a partner on the project because of the firm's longstanding track record of impactful economic studies, said Daniel Duggan, managing editor of custom and special projects for Crain's, who managed the music project.

"Anderson Economic Group has made a name for itself when it comes to economic studies," he said. "They have a solid track record, and their studies are highly regarded."

Anderson and his staff spent three months looking at data from various sources such as County Business Patterns data from the US Census Bureau, demographic and business data from ESRI, and occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They identified specific industry and occupation codes for their definition of music industry, and compared metro Detroit to cities of similar size, most of them in the Midwest.

The team also surveyed over 200 bars and restaurants that host live music, as well as talked with artists and business owners.

Businesses were split in the study into 11 categories based on employment data. The biggest business category by employment size was by far the music venue category, with 3,500 workers, dwarfing the next highest category, schools, which had 800 employees. Music supply stores and the artists themselves were other categories with substantial representations. The Anderson consultants also estimated the number of artists that perform in the evenings and weekends, but have another "day job."

Detroit's music industry was at the top of the rankings for business share of total area earnings compared to the other cities studied -- Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Dallas -- with 0.20 percent, tied with Minneapolis and ahead of Indianapolis at 0.17 percent.

By share of total area employment, Detroit came in second at 0.37 percent, behind Minneapolis at 0.52 percent, with Pittsburgh practically tied with Detroit at 0.36 percent.

Other cities were in the range of 0.21-0.25 percent.

Anderson said the value of the industry to Detroit also includes the Detroit "brand" -- something that's easy to forget about.

"Music is part of Detroit's brand. It's easy for us here in Michigan to forget, but if you go to Europe or Asia and have a Detroit D on your shirt, people recognize that Detroit brand recognition in a way that is often deeper than we expect."

The Crain's music report also has stories about the power of the Detroit brand for musicians and companies, a look at the future of automotive design as it relates to music as well as a "who's who" of the people in the region's music industry.

For more information about the study, visit the firm's web site:

To read the stories from Crain's or to register for the SoundBiz Conference, go to

Editors and reporters from Crain's as well as executives from Anderson are available for interviews.

Crain's Detroit Business Anderson Economic Group

1155 Gratiot Ave. 1555 Watertower Place, Suite

Detroit, MI 48207 East Lansing, MI 48823
SOURCE Crain's Detroit Business

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CONTACT: Dan Duggan, Managing Editor, Crain's, (313) 446-0414,; or Patrick Anderson, CEO, Anderson Economic Group or Alex Rosaen, Senior Consultant, (517) 333-6984,

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NE-YO Crowns Winner of TGI Fridays(TM) Red Hot Summer of Music Competition

NE-YO Crowns Winner of TGI Fridays(TM) Red Hot Summer of Music Competition

Felicia Millikan Named Music's Next Big YouTube Star

CARROLLTON, Texas, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The wait is finally over and the spotlight is shining brightly on Felicia Millikan of Colorado Springs, Colorado. After more than two months of tough competition and over 10,000 online votes by fans for their favorite rising musical stars, three-time Grammy Award-winning artist NE-YO, and his team of YouTube apprentices, artists who became famous through YouTube, hand-picked Felicia as the TGI Fridays Red Hot Summer of Music grand-prize winner. Felicia, who YouTubed her rendition of "The A Team" to claim the top spot will receive a recording session coached by NE-YO and a $1,000 Fridays(TM) gift card.

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NE-YO, Creative Director for Malibu® Red, made the announcement at the Fridays Red Hot Summer of Music Finale event in New York City on August 28. NE-YO wowed the crowd at the event with a surprise performance. Chiddy Bang and YouTube sensation Jake Coco also performed at the event and entertained the invite-only crowd.

"There are no words to express how excited I am to win the Red Hot Summer of Music contest. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Felicia Millikan, newly crowned winner and YouTube sensation. "Working with NE-YO has always been a dream of mine, and I want to thank Fridays and Malibu Red for making that dream come true."

Fridays kicked off its Red Hot Summer of Music campaign on June 6(th) as an opportunity to leverage music in a way that showcases emerging talent and promotes fun and excitement for guests all summer long. In typical Fridays fashion, Fridays restaurants nationwide hosted music events on Thursday nights throughout the summer as part of the campaign. In addition to the YouTube video portion of the contest, Fridays provided plenty of chances for non-artists to get involved with the contest. Throughout the summer, Fridays guests could enter for a chance to win prizes, including free Fridays food and music downloads, and one lucky grand prize winner won a trip to the TGI Fridays Red Hot Summer of Music Finale event to meet NE-YO, and a trip to Malibu, Calif.

And, while enjoying the music and summer events at Fridays, the best bartenders in the business have been serving up new, hand-crafted cocktails made with Malibu® Red, a vibrant fusion of Caribbean Rum, Silver Tequila and coconut liqueur. Leveraging its 48-year heritage of beverage innovation and drink quality, Fridays has shaken up the classics this summer with two cocktails featuring Malibu® Red: the new Coconut Colada Rita, which is a coconut twist on a classic margarita, and the Tropical Margarita, which is a fruity infused remix of the favorite summer cocktail.

"We are thrilled with the response from our guests and music fans nationwide that truly made this summer a red hot summer of music," said Brian Gies, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, TGI Fridays USA. "We're even more excited about the opportunity to provide an outlet for emerging young talent like Felicia Millikan. While this particular campaign has come to an end, Fridays looks forward to continuing to provide relevant and innovative ways to connect with our guests."

If you missed out on the Red Hot Summer of Music, have no worries. Fun events at Fridays are happening every day of the week! Check with your local restaurant for more information about daily specials and parties for the fall.

For more information about Fridays and the Red Hot Summer of Music, as well as to view video from the finale event and the finalists' videos, visit

About TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays restaurants offer authentic American food and exciting drinks in an atmosphere that provides an energizing Friday feeling - any day of the week. Fridays guest recognition program, Give Me More Stripes®, rewards loyal guests with great deals and fun events year-round, creating an engaging customer experience. As the original casual dining restaurant, TGI Fridays differentiates itself with a unique point of view which promises to exhilarate its guests with the feeling of Friday.

TGI Fridays, which operates more than 900 restaurants in more than 60 countries, is also famous for its knowledgeable and charismatic bartenders, approximately 8,000 of whom compete annually for the title of the "Greatest TGI Fridays Bartender in the World." TGI Fridays believes in the importance of acting responsibly, and as a result its Responsible Business Program is focused on positively impacting the economic and environmental well-being of the communities and neighborhoods in which it operates. For more information, visit


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Wilmington's Cucalorus Film Festival releases early selections -- Celebrating provocative films on strangers, virgins, bird food, and air sex

Wilmington's Cucalorus Film Festival releases early selections -- Celebrating provocative films on strangers, virgins, bird food, and air sex

WILMINGTON, N.C., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cucalorus Film Festival, presented by PNC, hosts its 19(th) annual cinematic celebration November 13-17, 2013 in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. Early selections have been posted on the festival website including Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake, a minimalist homoerotic drama that premiered at Cannes this year. Bobcat Goldthwait's genre-defying found-footage horror film Willow Creek; Vincent Bal's charming, fast-paced period drama The Zigzag Kid; Dan Krauss' real-life horror story The Kill Team; and Ektoras Lygizos profoundly unsettling indie drama Boy Eating the Bird's Food (recently announced as Greece's official Oscar contender) join a total of 68 films on the early selections roster.

Showing big love for the Tar Heel state, the list includes 20 North Carolina films such as the intimate bio of writer, therapist and philanthropist Lucy Daniels (In So Many Words) and the engaging doc One Band Indivisible, an intimate portrait of the charismatic marching band at Hillside, a historically African-American high school in Durham.

Cucalorus embraces an eclectic collection of provocative artists - choreographers, poets, musicians, and performers through a series of unexpected programs like Dance-a-lorus, Visual/Sound/Walls, the Bus To Lumberton, and Jengo's Cabaret. Dance-a-lorus, a boundary blending performance bringing film and dance together, will open the festival on Wednesday, November 13 on the main stage at Thalian Hall. Wilmington native Joel Fernando will curate the revamped Blue Velvet Tour (now called the "Bus to Lumberton") as a multi-media experience spanning all five days of the festival. Additional screening venues will include Jengo's Playhouse, City Stage Theater, TheatreNOW, and Ziggy's.

More than 100 shorts hit Cucalorus screens each year, bringing emerging artists from all over the world to share short form films - animation, experimental, drama, and documentary. Scott Hardison's America 6.1; Dear Valued Guests by Jarred Alterman and Paul Sturtz; Chapman University's charming animation Blue, and Noah, a narrative that plays out entirely within the confines of a computer screen; join the list of shorts on the early selections list. The festival presents shorts in themed and creatively packaged blocks throughout the festival. The full festival schedule will be released in late September.

Next week, Cucalorus will announce an expanded lineup of films as part of the Works-in-Progress program, funded this year with grants from Alternate ROOTS and the Fledgling Fund. The program connects projects in development with unexpected audiences for critical dialogue and community action. The Cucalorus Film Festival is presented by PNC and funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council and the City of Wilmington.

Festival passes are on sale now with discounted pricing until September 29.

Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create independent films. The annual festival provides a non-competitive environment to honor and support filmmakers.

Media contacts:
Dan Brawley, Executive Director,, 910-343-5995
Ryan Jaccard, Communications Coordinator,

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Dial Global, Inc. Announces Signing of Merger Agreement With Cumulus Media

Dial Global, Inc. Announces Signing of Merger Agreement With Cumulus Media

NEW YORK, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dial Global, Inc. (OTC Pink: DIAL) (the "Company") announced today that Dial Global and Cardinals Merger Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cumulus Media Inc. ("Cumulus"), have entered into an agreement and plan of merger ("Merger Agreement"). As described in more detail in a Form 8-K filed earlier today by Cumulus (NASDAQ: CMLS), Cardinals Merger Corporation will merge with and into Dial Global and Dial Global will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Cumulus. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions and other conditions set forth in the aforementioned Form 8-K.

While the $260 million purchase price payable in the merger is insufficient to repay all of the Company's indebtedness and the liquidation preference on all of the Company's outstanding preferred stock, as part of the Merger Agreement, the holders of the Company's Series A, B, C and D Preferred Stock agreed to contribute a portion of their shares of Series A Preferred Stock, and all of the shares of Series B, C and D Preferred Stock to the Company for no consideration, effective immediately prior to the merger. As such, upon consummation of the merger, each outstanding share of common stock of the Company will be converted into the right to receive $0.155, and the balance of the merger consideration, after repayment of indebtedness and transaction expenses and subject to certain escrow holdbacks, will be distributed as merger consideration to the Company's Series A preferred stockholders, based on the liquidation preference of the shares of Series A Preferred Stock remaining outstanding after giving effect to the above described contributions of the other shares of preferred stock.

Shortly following the entry into the merger agreement, stockholders holding approximately 90% of the Company's common stock entered into a written consent approving the merger.

The merger is expected to close by the end of 2013, subject to the satisfaction of the closing conditions, however, there can be no assurances that the merger will close within such timeframe, or at all.

About Dial Global, Inc.
Dial Global is the largest independent national audio media company in the U.S., delivering compelling, engaging, and fully-integrated audio content to over 8,200+ radio stations and digital media companies. Dial Global's powerful portfolio of iconic media, sports and entertainment brands, combined with some of the most recognized live events in the world, provide strong and unique brand engagement to over 225 million consumers each week. For more information, visit

Note to Investors
This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements based on our current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy any securities of the Company. Forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially from those stated or implied in such forward-looking statements, due to risks and uncertainties associated with our business, which include the risk factors disclosed in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the SEC on April 1, 2013 and other reports provided or made available to our stockholders from time to time. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," and "would" or similar words. We assume no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Festival People en Espanol 2013 Presented By Target Descends On San Antonio For Two Day Labor Day Weekend Celebration Of Culture And Community

Festival People en Espanol 2013 Presented By Target Descends On San Antonio For Two Day Labor Day Weekend Celebration Of Culture And Community

WHAT: Two-day celebration of Hispanic
entertainment, culture and community
Saturday, August 31st and Sunday,
September 1st in San Antonio, TX.
Nighttime concerts featuring Gloria
Estefan, Alejandro Fernandez, Demi
Lovato, Maite Perroni, Wisin Y Yandel,
Jencarlos Canela, 3 Ball MTY and many
more live at the Alamodome. Free
daytime activities featuring
empowering conversations, a tribute to
the late Jenni Rivera and appearances
by Soledad O'Brien, Congressman
Joaquin Castro, Silvia Navarro, Rafael
Amaya, Myrka Dellanos, Bobby Pulido,
HBO Latino boxer Sergio Martinez and

MEDIA: Footage available upon request for the
daytime events and nighttime concerts.

**CAPTION: [TALENT] attends the 2nd annual Festival People en
Espanol presented by Target in San Antonio Labor Day

The presenting sponsor for Festival PEOPLE EN ESPANOL 2013 is
Target and major sponsors include Coca-Cola, Jeep and
MundoFox. Official sponsors are Bexar County, Disney Jr.,
Interjet, HBO Latino, Pine Sol, the City of San Antonio and
the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.



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212-522-5825 818-380-0400, ext. 248


inHOUSE Public Relations

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/PRNewswire-- Aug, 30, 2013/

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Brits Attend Gigs to Keep the Peace with their Partners

Brits Attend Gigs to Keep the Peace with their Partners

LONDON, August 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

British gig-goers are happy to attend concerts by artists they hate if it keeps their
partners sweet, research released by online ticket marketplace StubHub UK has found.

Around one in four Brits (24%) have admitted to attending a show by an act they
'despise' knowing that their partner would enjoy it, while 7 in 10 said they'd consider
seeing an act they'd never heard of to keep Mr or Mrs Right happy. 35% of those polled
have even gone ahead and bought tickets to see one of these previously unknown acts.
However, this is not always an entirely selfless act, with almost half (46%) using this as
a trade-off opportunity; 'you come to my event and I'll come to yours'.

The study also revealed a clear divide between the sexes. For men, attending an event
they didn't want to was simply a case of making their partner happy, with a quarter (27%)
of blokes even admitting it was easier to give in than have an argument. On the other
hand, women were a little more retaliatory, with 'I was returning the favour' the most
popular reason given for trudging along to a show with their partner.

Meanwhile, women were found to be more likely to coerce their partner into going to
undesirable gig, with 60% admitting they've forced the issue compared with 40% of men. One
in three women have even guilt-tripped a partner into going along as their plus one in the
knowledge that they wouldn't enjoy the show.

Commenting on the findings, relationship expert Donna Dawson wasn't surprised to see
this sort of behavior, remarking: "A woman is biologically more alert and sensitive to
touch, smell and sound than a man; she also sees more, remembers more of what she sees,
and is more interested in people and faces. This makes a 'live' performance more of a
heightened sensory experience for her, which could explain why a woman is more insistent
on her partner attending an event that she likes. Although perhaps enjoying the event as
well, a man is quite prepared to delay his own gratification, knowing that his partner
will be warmer and more receptive to him after the event. So while a woman is better at
enjoying the moment, a man likes to rack up brownie points that will make a difference to
his future."

GM International at StubHub, Brigitte Ricou-Bellan, added: "It's interesting to see
that Brits are prepared to try something new to impress a partner. We'd encourage everyone
to try something new, even if you think you might not like it, it's the best way to
discover new passions!"

Notes to Editors:

- Omnibus data compiled by Censuswide on behalf of StubHub in July 2013

About StubHub

StubHub is a ticket marketplace that connects buyers to sellers, however, unlike
current UK competitors, the company does not buy or sell tickets itself or charge fans
additional booking fees at the point of purchase - a first for the industry.

StubHub, which launched in the US in 2000, consistently holds the highest customer
satisfaction ratings in the entire ticketing industry, and boasts one of the highest
scores in all of e-commerce. Every purchase made through the site is backed by StubHub's
FanProtect(TM) Guarantee, which guards against fraud and ensures that buyers get what they
pay for.

StubHub offers a full suite of mobile applications, and opened the first-ever central
London retail outlet for fans to buy, pick up or drop off their tickets on Great Portland
Street earlier this year. Additional pop-up locations are also planned across the country.
These will be conveniently located close to major venues, meaning fans will never have to
worry about getting in at the last minute.

The company also has a Dublin-based call centre, open from 09:00 - 21:00, seven days a
week, to handle any and all customer queries (0800.358.8585).

The StubHub UK site:

For more information please contact:

Greg Salmon, Ketchum, +44(0)20-7611-3827,

James Hardy, Ketchum, +44(0)20-7611-3672,

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Director Sir Peter Jackson to be Honoured by IBC

Director Sir Peter Jackson to be Honoured by IBC

LONDON, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The IBC2013 International Honour for Excellence, the highest award IBC bestows, will go to New Zealand film director Sir Peter Jackson. He is currently completing the second part of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug.

The IBC International Honour for Excellence is presented each year to an outstanding individual or organisation which has fostered, contributed to or built upon the relationship between technology and creativity. Recent recipients have included the Science and Technology Research Laboratories of Japanese national broadcaster NHK and Sir David Attenborough.

The award is in the gift of the IBC Council. Chairman Peter Owen said, "In the world of the cinema, few directors have pushed the technology barrier harder or farther than Sir Peter." His life was changed at the age of nine when he first saw the 1933 movie King Kong and vowed to remake it. He set about learning the skills of movie-making and effects, always pushing himself on to ever-more elaborate effects.

Sir Peter Jackson's movies have now won 20 Oscars, four Golden Globes and 14 Baftas among many other awards. As well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and his current project, The Hobbit Trilogy, in 2005 he achieved his ambition of remaking King Kong, a movie which contributed three of the Oscars.

He continually drives technology forward to help him tell stories more engagingly. For The Hobbit he has adopted high frame rate production and presentation to make the 3D more engaging and immersive. Of his continual quest, he said, "I set my team these challenges, but I know the real discussions between them and their key suppliers start at IBC.

"I am particularly delighted to accept the IBC International Honour for Excellence, because those conversations which happen every year at IBC are critical to the future of our industry," he continued. "Thank you, IBC, for this award, and long may you be the place where story-tellers and technologists can meet."

The IBC2013 International Honour for Excellence forms the climax of the Awards Ceremony, to be held at 18:30 on Sunday 15 September. The ceremony is open to all IBC visitors.

Full details of the IBC Awards can be found at:

Note to Editors:

About IBC

IBC is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. The event's unparalleled exhibition and agenda setting conference encompass the very latest developments in broadcasting, mobile TV, IPTV, digital signage and R&D making it essential for everyone's understanding of the industry and its future.

IBC2013 Dates

Conference 12 - 17 September 2013 Exhibition 13 - 17 September 2013

Additional Information

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IBC Recognises Pioneering Practical Cloud Development

IBC Recognises Pioneering Practical Cloud Development

LONDON, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vision Cloud project, part of the European Commission's FP7 research and innovation programme, set out to bring together users, vendors and academics to develop the principles by which services and storage in the cloud can best be used for media. Because of its wide collaboration and practical outcomes, IBC is to present the project with a Special Award.

Convened by IBM's Haifa Research Lab, the project brings together 15 collaborators. It has set out a scalable, resilient architecture for services on demand, at competitive costs, across disparate domains while providing quality of service and security guarantees. Far from a purely academic exercise, the first fruits of Vision Cloud are already powering cross-media news production workflows at the Italian national broadcaster RAI.

Alberto Messina of RAI thanked IBC for recognising the project, saying that it offered "strategic value for broadcasters and media companies. Vision Cloud is a very innovative project which will provide RAI with technologies which will considerably help in the current transition towards a fully digital production environment."

Eliot Salant of IBC added that, "Over the last three years, our vision for a cloud-based object infrastructure has come to life, contributing new innovations and capabilities to media production. I would like to thank the consortium members for their teamwork throughout the project, and the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for its sponsorship."

The consortium behind Vision Cloud is Deutsche Welle and RAI as media partners, with Engineering Ingeneria Informatica (Italy), France Telecom, IBM Haifa Research Lab, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece), iTricity (Netherlands), SAP, Siemens, SNIA Europe (UK), Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Telefonica Investigacion y Desarrollo (Spain), Telenor (Norway), Umea University (Sweden) and the University of Messina (Italy).

Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC, said, "What impressed the judges most about Vision Cloud is the breadth of the collaboration, from academic institutions to leading IT businesses. They worked together to deliver real, practical innovation in the media industry. The IBC awards programme celebrates partnerships working together to solve creative, organisational and commercial challenges, and it is clear that Vision Cloud meets that high ideal. Congratulations to all involved."

At the IBC Awards Ceremony, at 18:30 on Sunday 15 September, RAI will accept the trophy on behalf of the whole Vision Cloud consortium, all of whom will be represented on stage. The ceremony will also see the presentation of the IBC2013 Awards, including the Innovation Awards and the International Honour For Excellence, which this year goes to Sir Peter Jackson.

Full details of the shortlist can be found at:

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About IBC

IBC is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. The event's unparalleled exhibition and agenda setting conference encompass the very latest developments in broadcasting, mobile TV, IPTV, digital signage and R&D making it essential for everyone's understanding of the industry and its future.

IBC2013 Dates

Conference 12 - 17 September 2013 Exhibition 13 - 17 September 2013

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Peel's TV Tune-In Platform Surpasses 25 Million Consumers And On Track to Reach 50 Million in 2013

Peel's TV Tune-In Platform Surpasses 25 Million Consumers And On Track to Reach 50 Million in 2013

Peel Transforms Two Smartphones/Tablets Per Second Into TV Tune-In Platforms And Delivers One Billion Monthly TV Recommendations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Peel, the company dedicated to reinventing the remote control and connected living room experience, today announces it exceeded 25 million registered users worldwide and forecasts that number will top 50 million by yearend. With more than 300 million monthly TV tune-ins and 1.1 billion TV recommendations, Peel is now the world's largest multi-source TV recommendation, tune-in and companion platform.


Peel reveals its latest trends, growth metrics and user demographics in a new infographic report.

"We have forever changed the TV remote control experience so people can now easily access and interact with their favorite shows," said Bala Krishnan, founder and chief product officer for Peel. "In the last quarter we had over 10 million new consumers using Peel and over half the new Android phones sold in the U.S. have Peel preloaded on them. We are now on track to power 20 percent of the world's TV tune-ins by late 2013."

The new Peel study includes TV viewership statistics, such as the top tuned-in TV shows and networks, as well as data from Peel's interactive show feature, which projects user sentiment for programs.

Available on Android and iOS smartphone and tablet devices, Peel acts as a universal TV remote control, eliminating the need for multiple remotes and static TV grid listings. Peel empowers you to discover and interact with TV shows, preview content, send and receive TV recommendations, receive notifications on your favorite shows and major TV events and even interact with friends, family and fans of your favorite shows in real time.

Peel 2.0 is free and available immediately to download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Peel continues to work with some of TV's most well-known and trusted brands, such as Panasonic, Samsung, LG, Sony and Philips. Peel is pre-loaded on select Samsung and HTC devices.

About Peel
Peel was founded with a passion for redefining the home entertainment experience. With over 25 million users in 200 countries, Peel is the recognized leader in intuitive program discovery, seamless living room control and TV program interaction. For more information or to download the iOS or Android app, visit

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Britain's Got Talent Duo Richard And Adam Top The UK Charts Four Weeks In A Row With Debut Album The Impossible Dream

Britain's Got Talent Duo Richard And Adam Top The UK Charts Four Weeks In A Row With Debut Album The Impossible Dream


NEW YORK, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The classical singing duo Richard and Adam, best known for their appearance on reality show Britain's Got Talent, top the UK sales chart for the fourth week in a row with their debut album, The Impossible Dream.

The album, which has gone gold, continues to chart higher than The Civil Wars and John Mayer releases. It is the first recording since Adele's 21 to spend four consecutive weeks at the top of the UK album chart, surpassing Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience for the most consecutive weeks at number one thisyear.

The Welsh brothers just signed to Sony Masterworks International. The Impossible Dream will be released in the US by the Sony Masterworks imprint Portrait on October 29, 2013.

Prior to Britain's Got Talent, the "Pannini Pavarottis" as they were branded, worked at a local sandwich shop in North Wales where they would sing to customers whilst serving food. Richard and Adam, whose final performance on "Britain's Got Talent" was interrupted by an unruly choir member pelting eggs at judge Simon Cowell, came in third place on the show. Despite the interruption the brothers gave a stunning performance of "The Impossible Dream."

Sony Masterworks comprises the Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit

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Bryan Ferry Invites Everyone to Attend his Dubrovnik Concert on September 30th

Bryan Ferry Invites Everyone to Attend his Dubrovnik Concert on September 30th

DUBROVNIK, Croatia, August 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

'In a short video message to his fans, Bryan Ferry invites everyone to attend his
Dubrovnik concert on September 30th, marking the centenary of Dubrovnik's legendary Hotel

This year, leading luxury hotel chain Adriatic Luxury Hotels [ ]
celebrates the centenary of its crown jewel - the legendary Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik
[ ] - with a spectacular open air, open access concert to be held on
the Stradun main street of the historic walled city. In cooperation with project partners
PBZ Card American Express and Vipnet, celebrated music heavyweight and international star
Bryan Ferry will perform alongside The Bryan Ferry Orchestra in what promises to be a most
spectacular and memorable occasion.

Preceded by a 1913-style cocktail party to launch the celebrations on Sunday 29
September for local dignitaries, business partners and returning guests, the public
celebrations will take place on Monday 30 September when visitors and locals alike will be
invited, courtesy of ALH, to see in the hotel's centenary alongside Bryan Ferry.

In a short video message to his fans, Bryan Ferry invites everyone to attend his
Dubrovnik concert on September 30th, marking the centenary of Dubrovnik's legendary Hotel
Excelsior. The open air event is a gift from Adriatic Luxury Hotels to the city of
Dubrovnik, its guests and visitors.

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FREE VIDEO B-ROLL AVAILABLE VIA CNW - British Airways New Boeing 787 Dreamliner set make inaugural flight to Canada

FREE VIDEO B-ROLL AVAILABLE VIA CNW - British Airways New Boeing 787 Dreamliner set make inaugural flight to Canada

TORONTO, Aug. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The following video is available by
satellite or by CNW's Video On-Demand web download:


British Airways is debuting its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with
an inaugural round-trip flight between London and Toronto on September
1. The flight will touch-down at Lester B Pearson Airport at
approximately 2:55 pm local time and will depart the same evening
around 7:20 pm, marking the first long-haul service for the airline's
new fleet.

Canadians will now be able to enjoy new levels of comfort and reduced
jet-lag on their trips to Europe thanks to improvements in air quality,
mood lighting, quieter cabins and lower air pressure. The Dreamliner
will fly exclusively between Toronto and London in September and
beginning in October, between New York and London.

The new aircraft accommodates 214 passengers, 35 in Club World (business
class), 25 in World Traveler Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World
Traveler (economy). The Boeing 787-8 is a mid-size, dual aisle, twin
engine jet manufactured by Boeing, the American aerospace company. The
aircraft uses 20% less fuel than similar sized commercial jets.
Composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure,
including the fuselage and wing.


-- Landing
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Acorn International Offers Online Retail Experience Through China's First-Ever Shoppable Video

Acorn International Offers Online Retail Experience Through China's First-Ever Shoppable Video

SHANGHAI, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV), a media and branding company engaged in developing, promoting and selling products through extensive direct response and distribution networks, in partnership with Shanghai-based tech start-up AVD Digital Media, has officially launched its first interactive shoppable video for online consumers. This is the first shoppable Commerce video of its kind in the China market.

As a leading TV direct sales company in China, Acorn has promoted new retail business models over the past 15 years and has gained consumers' confidence with continuous innovation and the introduction of new products and services. Today, thanks to AVD's AVD TOUCH(TM) technology, Acorn's web shoppers can immediately purchase and acquire product information simply by touching any product they see on-screen. This revolutionary technology can be layered on video directly within online portals and website banner ads for maximum exposure to further drive eCommerce sales. The shoppable video mechanism, powered by AVD TOUCH(TM) has been shown to dramatically increase click-through-to-buy rates while significantly lowering cost per sale when compared to other direct-sell mechanisms.

Executive Chairman of Acorn International and member of the USTR Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations Robert W. Roche, said this of the new technology, "engaging interactively with video content enables our consumers to sit in the driver's seat and take control of their online experience."

To experience Acorn's shoppable video, please visit:
Hotline: 400 159 8888


Click the Acorn's video for a pleasant surprise!
Behind each acorn is more interesting interactive content for you to discover!
Find the game to win prizes from the video, all free!
Click anywhere to begin experiencing for yourself!


About Acorn International, Inc.

Acorn is a media and branding company in China, operating one of China's largest TV direct sales businesses in terms of revenues and TV airtime, and other direct sales platforms and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn's TV direct sales platform consists of airtime purchased from both national and local channels. Acorn's other direct sales platforms include an outbound telemarketing center, e-commerce websites, catalogs, third-party bank channels, and retail distribution. Acorn has built a proven track record of developing, promoting and selling proprietary-branded products, as well as products from established third parties.

For more information, please visit

About AVD Digital Media

AVD is a technology group based in Shanghai that specializes in enhanced, interactive video. The team of technologists enhance videos across all devices and platforms, creating stronger connections between our clients and their customers. Buy, search, learn and share inside your video today. AVD turns common videos into intelligent assets.

For more information, please visit



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Ukraine Will Satisfy EU Requirements For Signing Association Agreement - President Yanukovych

Ukraine Will Satisfy EU Requirements For Signing Association Agreement - President Yanukovych

KYIV, Ukraine, August 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Ukraine will fulfill the necessary conditions for signing the Association Agreement
with the EU, said President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych during his interview with
journalists representing four leading TV channels in Ukraine (Inter, 1+1, ICTV, Channel 5)
on August 29. During the interview Ukrainian official also stressed that the national
interests will always remain at the heart of Ukraine's relations while integrating into
any association.

"Today, I see no obstacles for signing this document [Association Agreement - Ed.].
The terms that were provided by the European Commission will be met. I have no doubts
about it," said President Yanukovych. He also reminded that Ukraine's European choice has
been an integral part of the law "On the basis of domestic and foreign policy," and should
not be doubted.

While talking on the issue of integration President Yanukovych noted of the importance
of the national interests. "We need to find pragmatic solutions, and our national
interests will always be the basis for Ukraine's relations with both the European Union
and the Customs Union," he said.

Speaking about relations between Ukraine and the Customs Union, President Viktor
Yanukovych said that Ukraine should seek understanding in the relationship with the Union.

Notably, on August 28 Member of the European Parliament Pawel Kowal recommended
signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement before the Summit in Vilnius, which is
scheduled for November 2013. The chairman of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation
Committee in the European Parliament recommended the signing ahead of schedule as a
measure to stop the tension between Russia and Ukraine.

In July 2013, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy
Stefan Fuele stressed that Ukraine demonstrated positive trend while preparing for
signing the Association Agreement with the EU. Ukraine's government understands how
important the agreement is for the country as well as for the EU, he noted.

Interestingly, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is considered to be an ally of
the opposition on the issue of foreign policy in the context of signing the Association
Agreement with the EU. The respective statement has been issued by one of the opposition
leaders and a former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko during a roundtable
Understanding for the Sake of European Future on August 23, 2013, reports Ukrinform.

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GrowLife Reports Successful National Television Ad Campaign and Will Increase Effort

GrowLife Reports Successful National Television Ad Campaign and Will Increase Effort

Momentum is Enhanced by Justice Department's Announcement that it Will Respect States' Rights

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GrowLife, Inc. (OTCBB: PHOT), a provider of highly effective indoor growing technologies and unique lifestyle brands, is pleased to announce that the company has successfully completed a 60 day marketing campaign using strategically placed two minute television ads for its Phototron home growing unit.

"We are most pleased to have created and proven an entirely new sales channel for GrowLife, led by our popular Phototron growing system," stated Sterling Scott, CEO, GrowLife, Inc. "By purchasing ad rotations both in prime time and non-prime time around channels and programming where we believe we will garner the most traction, we have been able to generate roughly 1,000 new customer calls and/website visits per ad placement - a much higher response rate and at a lower cost than projected. Based on our sales conversion rate for these calls and visits which we expect to steadily improve, the cost per sale is attractive," added Scott.

"There are many positives here for GrowLife overall," explained Scott. "Indoor gardening is a booming market sector. The Federal Government has finally formally decided to essentially 'green light' state marijuana programs (subject to federal guidelines), which should benefit all of the Company's product lines including the 'Grow Your Own' business of our Phototron unit. Provided that we can maintain high conversion ratios and profitability, GrowLife will continue to lead the way in television advertising."

"Additionally, based on market research we have decided to lower the Phototron to $299 across all sales channels with a convenient financing option available," said Scott. "Our acquisitions have afforded increased economies of scale that allow for the reduction while protecting margin and this new price point will increase the category of consumers who can now afford the time-honored Phototron."

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About GrowLife, Inc.

GrowLife, Inc. (PHOT) ( is a company with core holdings in innovative technology-based products and services for the indoor gardening industry and specialty markets. These brands include, the online hydroponics superstore (, Phototron, producer of hydroponic grow containers, which are designed to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits in any environment ( as well as bricks and mortar retailers Urban Garden, Rocky Mountain Hydroponics and Evergreen Garden Center (

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Company Contact:

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If at First You Don't Succeed, Quack-Quack Again

If at First You Don't Succeed, Quack-Quack Again

In Latest TV Ad, the Aflac Duck Struggles to Get the "Word" Out

COLUMBUS, Ga., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the number one provider of supplemental insurance in the United States, today announced it will debut a new television commercial called "Rehearsal" tomorrow night during the college football game between the University of Georgia and Clemson. The game begins at 8:00 PM eastern and will be aired on ABC before a national audience.

In this new ad, the Aflac Duck, fresh off a debilitating injury that has kept him out of work, is rehearsing backstage to get the "word" out about the company that pays policyholders cash so they can focus on recovery rather than worry about their finances. The "word", of course, is "Aflaaaac!"

"As many of our policyholders know, coming back from a debilitating injury is often met with a series of setbacks and successes, but you can never give up," Aflac Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said. "Our Duck is a little disappointed, but at least he is secure knowing that Aflac helps protect his finances. Keep tuned to your TV, because we are confident that he will return soon to being the iconic spokesduck that Americans have come to know and love."

In January, Aflac initiated a new campaign called "Out of Work Duck" depicting the Aflac Duck, injured and unable to work. Since his accident, the Duck has been seen -- but not heard -- in several commercials chronicling his injury, recovery and therapy. In Rehearsal, the Duck is giving it his all but just can't get the delivery right.

Following its debut, Rehearsal will air on all major national networks, cable networks and local television stations across the country. Aflac is once again a proud official partner of the Heisman Trophy and will continue to have a strong presence during network broadcasts throughout the college football season.

To download Aflac's latest commercial "Rehearsal" in WMV format please click here or in QuickTime, please click here.

About Aflac
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For nearly six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For seven consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2013, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 15th consecutive year. Also, in 2013, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 12th time, ranking the company number one in the life and health insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit or

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Phoenix New Media to Attend Upcoming Investor Conferences

Phoenix New Media to Attend Upcoming Investor Conferences

BEIJING, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG), a leading new media company in China ("Phoenix New Media", "PNM" or the "Company"), today announced its participation in the following investor conferences:

-- Nomura Internet/Media Tour, to be held on September 2, 2013 at
Shangri-La Hotel in Beijing. Mr. Ya Li, COO and Acting CFO of the
company is currently scheduled to present at 3:00 pm Beijing Time and
meet with institutional investors during the conference.
-- Jefferies Fall 2013 Beijing TMT Tour, to be held on September 11, 2013
at Kerry Hotel Beijing. Mr. Li is currently scheduled to present at
10:30 - 11:30 am Beijing Time and meet with institutional investors
during the conference.
For additional information, please contact your respective institutional sales representative.

About Phoenix New Media Limited

Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG) is the leading new media company providing premium content on an integrated platform across Internet, mobile and TV channels in China. Having originated from a leading global Chinese language TV network based in Hong Kong, Phoenix TV, the Company enables consumers to access professional news and other quality information and share user-generated content on the Internet and through their mobile devices. Phoenix New Media's platform includes its channel, consisting of its website and web-based game platform, its video channel, comprised of its dedicated video vertical and mobile video services, and its mobile channel, including its mobile Internet website, mobile applications and mobile value-added services.

For investor and media inquiries please contact:

Phoenix New Media Limited

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Eutelsat at IBC 2013: New Steps for Ultra HD, Innovative Connected TV Platforms and World-First Live Demo of the "Smart LNB"

Eutelsat at IBC 2013: New Steps for Ultra HD, Innovative Connected TV Platforms and World-First Live Demo of the "Smart LNB"

PARIS, August 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) one of the world's top satellite
operators, will be showcasing the latest developments of Ultra HD, new features of turnkey
connected TV platforms and presenting its "smart LNB" in a world-first live demo during
IBC 2013 in Amsterdam from September 13-17 (Hall 1 - stand D59).

Getting the full picture on Ultra HD

With the launch of Europe's first dedicated Ultra HD channel in January this year,
Eutelsat has demonstrated how its satellites are already geared up to deliver the consumer
broadcast industry's most immersive viewing experience. Eutelsat is now taking the next
step with the launch of an Ultra HD channel with HEVC encoding that will be multiplexed
with the existing Quad HD signal in the same EUTELSAT 10A transponder. This second channel
is aimed at being decoded by Ultra HD set top boxes equipped with HEVC chipsets that will
feed consumer Ultra HD TV sets via a single HDMI cable. Working in partnership with
leading broadcasters, exclusive Ultra HD content will also be shown on the latest
generation of consumer displays.

Connected TV platforms reaching new levels of experience

Eutelsat is steadily expanding its portfolio of connected TV platform solutions. It
will present the latest features of IPTV platforms tailored for broadcasters and network
operators that are taking viewing beyond linear TV to non-linear services and beyond the
TV set onto multi-screens and mobile devices. Eutelsat will also show the performance of
DTH/broadband platforms that show how a hybrid infrastructure can deliver new levels of
interactivity to enhance the user experience.

The "smart LNB" for a new satellite broadcasting ecosystem

The Eutelsat stand will host the first live demo of the recently announced interactive
"smart LNB" that opens the door for broadcasters to operate their own ecosystem of linear
television and connected TV services directly by satellite. The "smart LNB" is a
new-generation electronic feed connected to an antenna with an embedded transmitter to
provide services such as HbbTV, pay-per-view, social networking, live show participation,
personal subscription management and audience measurement.

For your agenda:

Ultra HD: The full picture? Saturday, September 14, 11am

A roundtable on Ultra HD in partnership with TVB Europe. The roundtable will assemble
industry experts to discuss the readiness of the 4K transmission chain, technical
developments, consumer expectations and much more. (Eutelsat stand)

Two press briefings on product and service announcements:

- Friday, September 13, 11am Eutelsat press briefing (Balcony Suites BM 21,
Hall 1, Room 4)
- Saturday, September 14, 11.30am Joint press briefing with Telekom Austria (The
Amsterdam Suite, RAI Congress Centre (1st floor)

About Eutelsat Communications

With 32 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia,
significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext
Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading satellite operators. As
of 30 June 2013, Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than 4,600 television
channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and
Africa. The Group's satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution,
corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris,
Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and operational
professionals from 30 countries.

Eutelsat Communications

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Star CJ Alive Crosses 4 Million Shoppers Mark

Star CJ Alive Crosses 4 Million Shoppers Mark

MUMBAI, August 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Star CJ Alive Came With the Latest Figures on Their Home Shopping and Online Shopping

Star CJ Alive [ ], one of India's leading home-shopping channels,
revealed that it is the most popular in Delhi and gets most orders from this state in the
year 2012-13. Mr. Kenny Shin, CEO, Star CJ Alive
[ ]
, unveiled
the trends report, done via an internal study which states the number of sales for
different category product across different states, cities and rural areas for the year
2012-13. This gives us an idea of the overall home shopping popularity concept amongst


Key trends revealed in the Star CJ Trends report 2012:

- Top Cities: India's Top 5 home shopping hubs are Delhi, closely followed by, Mumbai,
Thane, Pune & Ahmedabad.

- Top States: The Top 5 States with the most transactions were Delhi, Maharashtra,
Gujrat, Uttar Pradesh & Karnataka.

- Vertical Categories: Electronics continue to dominate and hold share at 48% of
domestic transactions with lifestyle categories (41%) gain traction with the advent of an
increased number of women consumers.

# City Products
1 Mumbai Mobile & Tablets, Kitchen & household, Home Appliance
2 Delhi Kitchen & household, Home Appliance & Interior
3 Punjab Microwave, Kitchenware
4 Thane Mobile & Tablets, Kitchen & household, Home Appliance
5 Ahmedabad Interior & Fashion
6 Surat Mobiles & Household & Kitchenwear
7 Hyderabad Kitchen & household, Home Appliance
8 Bangalore Kitchen ware & Household
9 Pune Home appliance & Interior & Fashion
10 Amritsar Home appliance & Kitchen ware
11 Chennai Jewelry ,Interior, Cosmetics
12 Chandigarh Kitchen ware, Interior
13 Rajasthan Mobile & Tablets, Interior
14 Kolkata Jewelry & Cosmetics & Fashions
15 Bhopal Interior , Fashion, Kitchen ware
16 Indore Home appliance & Interior

According to the trends report, some key facts derived:

- The most ordered product is in the household appliances category. It is the Mixer
Grinder as it appeals to the women who watch the show frequently. This highest order comes
from Delhi.

- The digital gadgets category is ruled by Mobiles, in Mumbai, with close to 10,000
orders in a year.

- The most popular product in the household items category is bedsheets, which are
ordered from Delhi.

- Mumbai leads in the fashion & beauty category where sarees are most popular in this

Category Sales Contribution %
Mobile + Laptop 15%
Camera + Printer 4%
Fitness 3%
Sports1 2%
Small Appliance 8%
Microwave + FP 9%
Health 2%
Large Appliance 2%
Kitchen& Household 26%
Fashion & Accesory 11%
Interior 10%
Beauty & Cosmetices 5%
Jewellery 4%


The data has been taken on random basis for specific cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Thane,
Pune, Ahmadabad, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Bangalore, Ludhiana, Surat, Gurgaon, Hyderabad ,
Chandigarh, Vadodara, Amritsar, Faridabad, Gautam, Buddha Nagar, Jaipur, Chennai, Nagpur,
Kanpur, Nashik, Indore, Kolkata. No claim is made or ascertained by Star CJ Alive
[ ] from the report.

About Star CJ

Star CJ Network [ ] India Pvt. Ltd. is the result of a strategic
partnership between STAR Group (India and Asia's largest broadcaster) and CJ O Shopping
Co., Ltd. (the No. 1 home shopping company in Asia). Backed by the creative insights of
STAR and the domain leadership of CJ O Shopping, Star CJ has launched a 24x7 home shopping
channel called Star CJ Alive to further increase its outreach to viewers and to provide
the viewers unparalleled service and convenience of shopping from the comfort of their
homes. These programs showcase a number of products of different genres from various
famous brands. Star CJ offers an unmatched, ultra-convenient shopping experience making
stylish and intelligent products available at the consumers' doorstep even as it
entertains and informs with its unique television programming.

Primary Media Contact: Yuvraj Pawar,, 91-9167110504

Secondary Media Contact: Nishant Patel,,


Star CJ Network India Pvt. Ltd.


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Launch success for EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 satellite

Launch success for EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 satellite

DOHA, Qatar, KOURO, French Guiana and PARIS, August 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

-- Eutelsat and Es'hailSat joint satellite on course for 25.5degree(s) East to serve
users across Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Es'hailSat announce that their
jointly owned EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 satellite was successfully launched tonight by an
Ariane 5 rocket and is on course for geostationary orbit. Lift-off of the Ariane rocket
carrying the 6.3 tonne satellite took place at 20.30 UTC. EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1's solar
panels were deployed within four hours of separation from the launch vehicle and
preparations are underway for the first of four firings of its apogee motor to complete
its journey into orbit. Eutelsat and Es'hailSat schedule to bring their jointly owned
satellite into service at 25.5degree(s) East at the end of October.

Commenting from Kourou in French Guiana, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said:
"Tonight's launch is a milestone marking a three-year journey since Eutelsat sealed a
strategic alliance with Es'hailSat, our Qatari partner, to pursue a ground-breaking joint
satellite programme. We are now entering a new phase with the beginning of shared
operations of a sophisticated and flexible communications satellite designed to deliver
over 15 years of service to our two companies. Our thanks go to Arianespace, with whom
Eutelsat has built a solid relationship over 30 years, for executing a flawless launch. We
look forward to serving customers with the first-class resources this new satellite will
provide and to further anchoring our commitment to markets in the Middle East, North
Africa and Central Asia."

Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari, CEO of Es'hailSat, said: "We are immensely proud to have
witnessed here in Kourou the birth of a new star over Qatar with the successful launch of
our Es'hail 1 satellite. The Es'hailSat programme plays an important strategic role as
Qatar works to meet the rapidly growing communications needs in the region. With the
arrival of Es'hail 1, we have completed the first step in our mission to become a centre
of excellence in the region and develop a sustainable national satellite industry. Qatar's
first satellite will provide our strategic stakeholders and commercial customers with
broadcasting independence, quality service and wide geographical coverage. We congratulate
Arianespace on delivering a picture-perfect lift-off and look forward to working with
Eutelsat's operations team to bring Es'hail 1 into service."

Based on the SSL 1300 platform of Space Systems/Loral, EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 is
designed to serve broadcasters, businesses and public agencies in the Middle East, North
Africa and Central Asia via capacity in the Ku and Ka-bands. It will replace the EUTELSAT
25C satellite at the key 25.5degree(s) East position to provide both superior geographic
coverage and increased capacity to address dynamically expanding digital markets.
Following EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1's entry into service Eutelsat will redeploy its EUTELSAT
25C to another location where it will pursue commercial service.

About Eutelsat Communications

With capacity commercialised on 32 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle
East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's
leading satellite operators. As of 30 June 2013, Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting
more than 4,600 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in
Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's satellites also provide a wide range of
services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets.
Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial,
technical and operational professionals from 30 countries.


Vanessa O'Connor Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91
Frederique Gautier Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91
Marie-Sophie Ecuer Tel: +33-1-53-98-37-91

Investors and analysts

Leonard Wapler Tel. : +33-1-53-98-31-07/35-30

About Es'hailSat

Es'hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company was established in 2010. Based in Doha, Qatar,
the company will own and operate satellites to serve broadcasters, businesses and
governments. Es'hail 1, which shares a spacecraft platform with the European satellite
operator Eutelsat, was successfully launched on 29th August 2013. The satellite will
provide television, voice, Internet, corporate and government services across the Middle
East and North Africa region and beyond. Es'hail 2 is currently under development and will
be located at the 26 degrees East TV broadcasting hotspot.

Contact: Melanie Dickie Tel: +974-66-27-23-50 Email:

Eutelsat Communications; Es'hailSat

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"Extra" Moves To New Headquarters At Universal Studios Hollywood, Beginning Monday, September 9th

"Extra" Moves To New Headquarters At Universal Studios Hollywood, Beginning Monday, September 9th

Hosts Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos to Broadcast Daily Entertainment Magazine Show In Front of a Live Audience at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "Extra," the second longest running entertainment newsmagazine in syndication, will kick off its 20(th )season from its new home at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., bringing the latest breaking news from the worlds of entertainment, pop culture, crime, politics and lifestyle to millions of viewers daily, beginning on Monday, September 9, 2013.


Universal Studios Hollywood will serve as the new headquarters for "Extra," hosted by Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos in front of a live audience. Mario and Maria will broadcast from a variety of locations throughout Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk, home to the iconic world famous Studio Tour, groundbreaking thrill rides, chance encounters with celebrities, the world's largest working movie and television studio and a wide array of dynamic retailers and restaurants.

Fans of "Extra" and theme park guests visiting from around the world will have a chance to participate in "Extra's" daily "entertainment event," which takes place Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and will include live appearances from A-List film and television actors, musicians, athletes and newsmakers. Fans will also be able to interact with Mario and Maria, with a chance to ask questions, pose for pictures, get autographs, enjoy live musical performances and see their favorite stars up close and personal.

Celebrity guests kicking off the month of September will include, Hugh Jackman, Vin Diesel, Eva Longoria, Jack Black, Sofia Vegara, Ariana Grande, plus more.

"Extra's" Senior Executive Producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey says, "We are thrilled to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood which symbolizes everything 'Extra' is about. It's a place people go to be a part of the Hollywood experience and that's what we do on 'Extra,' we give our audience a chance to mingle with celebrities and be part of a daily event."

"As the Entertainment Capital of LA, our goal is to deliver first-class entertainment that brings the world of Hollywood movie making magic within arm's reach of our guests," said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk. "As the broadcast headquarters for this very exciting venture with 'Extra,' we are thrilled about the unimaginable opportunities that our guests will have when they visit us and know there's a chance they too can 'rub elbows' with Hollywood's A-List."

New for season 20, a signature franchise called "Ride the Headlines," where each member of the "Extra" team from coast to coast will come to our virtual rollercoaster to play "can you top this" with a hot gossip item of the day. It will be an action packed segment where we will ride the headlines of the day. Returning franchise segments include "Now Trending," "The A-List Interview," "Extra, Extra," and "Beauty by the Numbers."

"Extra's" popular giveaway series, "Friends with Benefits" will get even bigger. The audience will play celebrity trivia games with Mario and Maria for a chance to win millions of dollars in merchandise from vacations to designer clothing and jewelry, electronics and much more.

"Extra" is helmed by Senior Executive Producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey. Her senior production team includes Executive Producers Theresa Coffino and Jeremy Spiegel. "Extra" has fully staffed bureaus in New York and Las Vegas. With correspondents and producers around the globe, the show offers a half-hour edition every weekday and an original hour-long weekend installment. Seen in more than 98% of the country, "Extra" airs on major market affiliates, including the key NBC Television Owned-and-Operated Stations. "Extra" is produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

More information about "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., is available at or on For up-to-date insight, Like Universal Studios Hollywood and Extraon Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @UniStudios, @ExtraTV and #UniversalExtra.

About "Extra"

"Extra" is the second longest-running entertainment news magazine on U.S. television, with co-hosts Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos reporting in front of a live audience from the show's hot location at Universal Studios Hollywood. Unlike any other show in the genre, the audience becomes a part of this electric new experience, getting to interact live with Mario and Maria and the A-list celebrities who come to Universal Studios Hollywood and take part in interactive, unpredictable and "event style" interviews. The show takes viewers on a coast-to-coast trip in every episode, from Hollywood to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to Times Square in New York City and beyond. "Extra" continues to provide a hip, fresh and unique approach to breaking entertainment news. "Extra" is produced by Telepictures Productions and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Check local listings for stations and times.

About Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk is Southern California's dynamic entertainment, dining and shopping destination that reflects the area's rich cultural diversity. The iconic open-air leisure and nightlife complex provides "Always Unexpected" entertainment options and has served as a prototype for similar destinations. Universal CityWalk includes the lively high-tech concert venue, "5 Towers," provides L.A.'s best movie-going experience at the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and offers such unique venues as the "Jon Lovitz Comedy Club," the "Infusion Lounge," iFly indoor skydiving and mechanical bull-riding at "Saddle Ranch Chop House."

Universal Studios Hollywood®, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.(SM), includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, "Transformers(TM): The Ride--3D," the intense, award-winning ride, "King Kong 360 3-D" on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, "The Simpsons Ride(TM)," "Revenge of the Mummy(SM)--The Ride" indoor roller coaster and "Jurassic Park® --The Ride."

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CONTACT: Press Contacts: EXTRA, Nicki Fertile, 818-972-0589,; or Universal Studios Hollywood, Audrey Eig, 818-622-2962,

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