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August 17, 2009

No Blogging, Tweets or Videos Allowed When Attending SEC College Games

sec-logoThe Southeastern Conference is expected to ban social media for fans in a bid to protect its exclusive deal with media companies ESPN and CBS. In clear this means that fans will not be allowed to blog, tweet, upload (live) videos or even update their Facebook status during games. Both companies are paying the conference $3m for the broadcast rights over the next 15 years.

In the actual digital era it is not new anymore for news to be broken on the popular social media platforms and often games can be followed on Twitter or on many a fan page on Facebook. Sometimes live video finds it way to streaming platforms such as Qik or captures are uploaded only minutes after important events to Youtube. The SEC now calls these fan activities illegal.

Ticketed fans can’t produce or disseminate (or aid in producing or disseminating) any material or information about the Event, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the Event.

Is the SEC effectively trying to protect its revenue stream or actually censoring the fans?

Source: Tampabay.com via Mashable.

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January 14, 2009

Showtime to Launch New TV Show on Major Blogs

Showtime, an US pay cable network that is also available in other parts of the world via satellite, utilizes the internet to launch a new TV series, called The United States of Tara. According to UPI.com, the first episode will be aired for free on sites like TV.com, Yahoo and Blockbuster.com, but also on blogs like Gawker, and social networking sites like Facebook. You’ll even be able to catch it in your mobile phone if you’ve got the necessary services from AT&T or Verizon. Read more about the series over at the Showtime site. The premiere is on January 18th.

My bet is that we’ll see more launches like this, especially using service like YouTube. It would be pretty easy to gain traction in the blogosphere if you played your cards right, so don’t be surprised when PR reps from TV companies start emailing you…

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