TV episodes make up more than 50% of Netflix streams; Miramax chief says cross-platform growth key to digital market

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> Akamai may finally be cheap enough to lure International Business Machines or Verizon as the most speculated U.S. takeover target since 2005 approaches its lowest valuation on record. Article

> Upwards of 50 percent, and "sometimes 60 percent" of Netflix streaming is now TV episodes, the company's chief content officer said during a keynote address at MIPCOM conference in Cannes. Article

> Miramax CEO Mike Lang said the studio is less worried about piracy of its content than about not exploiting it in the digital marketplace. Article

> Level 3 Communications today said it had finalized its deal to acquire Global Crossings. Level 3 now will operate a services platform for medium to large enterprise, wholesale, content and government customers, anchored by its fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries as well as substantial undersea facilities. Article

 > In a move that The Associated Press hopes will help it tap into the growing demand for live content on digital platforms, the news agency has begun offering APTN Direct to digital publishers as a live video news service. AP is using solutions and technology from Streamworks to offer the service. Article

> LG Electronics and TiVo said they will bring Adobe Systems' Air--a superset of the software company's Flash Player aimed at rapid development--to their connected-TV devices, while programmers including VH1 and Epix touted apps they have written for Air. Article

> Consumer uptake of 3D television has been, at best, somewhat less than enthusiastic, but that doesn't mean programmers and content owners have given up on it yet. The BBC said it's committed to rolling out new programming in 3D. Article

> Digital media services company Avail-TVN, which announced a TV Everywhere platform this summer and currently is trialing it with several providers in the U.S., today said Cable & Wireless Communications chose it to provide the multiplatform IPTV service for CWC's Caribbean subsidiary, LIME. Article

> The long-term prospects for Telecom Italia's over-the-top TV service Cubovision look bleak after the telco withdrew from a supply contract with subsidiary Telecom Italia Media. Competition from two pay-TV rivals, regulatory issues and slow uptake were blamed for the decision. Article

> Yahoo has enlisted ABC to provide it with more news content on its site and said a "highly interactive" version of ABC's Good Morning America will appear on the site.  Article

> Boxee is adding Spanish news channels. El Pais--the world's leading Spanish language newspaper--delivers the current national and international news, up-to-date sports information, cartoons and is loaded with photos and video coverage. Users of the El Pais app will enjoy a diverse range of topics including economics, technology, culture, society and travel with photos and videos from the newspaper's online archive of news clips, interviews and reviews covering current events. Article

> India unwraps what has been dubbed the world's cheapest tablet computer on Wednesday, to be sold to students at the subsidized price of $35 to expand digital access in the Asian giant that lags peers such as China and Brazil in connectivity. Article

And finally... A Florida man was arrested for attempting to break into cars just hours after he was released from jail. The cars were in the jail's parking lot. Article

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