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Disney And Hulu Talk New Deal For Streaming.

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Before you get too excited, I should tell you this seems to be more of a business deal.  The good news is that Disney content will continue to appear on Hulu, but it also sounds like the number of ads displayed during shows will increase as well.  I should also tell you, however, that this isn’t being done solely for ad revenue.  In fact, it seems this will be a catalyst to new ownership for Hulu.  The current owners of the popular content streaming site (that includes Disney itself) have decided to sell, and this deal will add value to the site for any prospective buyer.  This ensures that Disney content will be available and ad revenue will be there.  Fox has also agreed to a similar deal recently, and it appears that NBCUniversal is next on the slate. 

Click here to read the story as it appeared on Engadget yesterday evening.

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Disney on the iPad: Day One.

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iPad Well, it’s here!  This is the day many of you have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for.  I’ll start this post off by making one thing clear: I don’t have an iPad…yet.  But it is making some big waves in the technology world, and Disney is riding those waves.  What Disney-related apps are available on the iPad’s first day?  Here’s a list of some interesting Disney apps you can get right now:

  • Disney Fairies Fly on iPad. ($7.99) – Join your favorite fairies on a flight through Pixie Hollow!  Enhanced with "stunning graphics and new art just for the iPad," this game allows you to tilt your iPad to guide the fairies along their flight.  Try to collect items and Pixie Dust, but be aware of dangerous hazards!Fairies Fly
    • Toy Story Read-Along(FREE) – This fully interactive read-along book is a completely free app.  It’s packed with "Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises on every page."  You can also have the app read the narration to you, record your own narration, or just read on your own.  A great learning tool for your young iPad users!  (Toy Story 2 Read-Along also available for $8.99).Toy Story Read-Along
    • Phineas and Ferb Arcade on iPad($2.99) -  Phineas and Ferb Arcade includes three games starring the characters of the Disney Channel and DXD cartoon series.  Play Cowabunga Candace, Agent P’s Hideout, and S’no Problem – all with graphics and music from the show.Phineas and Ferb Arcade
    • ABC Player(FREE) – Another free app with great features, ABC Player allows you to watch your favorite ABC shows anywhere.  Watch full streaming episodes and view ABC’s programming schedule.  Plus, if you need to finish an episode late, the app will remember where you left off, allowing for an uninterrupted viewing experience!  ABC Player
    • ESPN ScoreCenter XL($4.99) – ScoreCenter XL is the "premier game companion experience for the iPad."  You’ll get video highlights, live play-by-play, full box scores and scoring summaries, live in-game statistics, complete standings, and game previews and recaps.  Follow your favorite teams, check out the news, and stay on top of the score with push scoring alerts.  (ESPN Pinball also available for $3.99).ESPN ScoreCenter XL
    • Marvel Comics(FREE) – I may have saved the best for last.  This app looks like a great use of the iPad.  You can browse and download your favorite comics, then experience them like never before.  Use guided view to see a panel-by-panel path throughout the book, or use standard pan and zoom controls to make your own way through the story.  Comics can be saved and backed up to your Marvel.com – ensuring they’ll be waiting for you if you upgrade your iPad later (or you break your iPad – knock on wood).  Marvel has a few downloads available for free, so make sure to check them out!Marvel Comics 

There are a few more Disney iPad apps available, so leave a comment below if you’ve used any others.  Also, be sure to let me know if you’ve used these apps!  I’d love to know what you think of them.  Disney also launched a custom version of Disney.com with exclusive video content.  To read Disney’s iPad press release, click here

Betamouse – "Location Services at Disney Parks"

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Have you heard about location-based services like Foursquare or Gowalla?  Are you using any of them?  This week’s episode of Betamouse is all about using services like these in Disney Parks. Find out what services the panel members use, how they use them, the differences between certain apps, and more!  They even discuss some of the privacy concerns that go along with using something like this.

What are you waiting for?  Jump on over and listen to the podcast, or subscribe and download the show in iTunes! 

Disney HD Movies Come to the PlayStation Network.

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Sony had a nice little treat for PS3 owners today.  They announced that they have signed all six major movie studios to deliver content on its PlayStation Network.  That means you’ll have access to 19 movies from Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.  That initial number of movies will grow as this matures, obviously.  The movies will be available to rent or buy.  Sony’s Peter Dille said that the PlayStation Network is the “first and only service to deliver high definition home entertainment from all six major studios.”

Disney’s first offerings include Up, G-Force, and Earth.  It looks like they’re up and ready for consumption, so get going!  Pricing looks pretty standard: $5.99 to rent and $19.99 to own.

To read more about the announcement, check out the press release here.

Thomas Smith and Disney Moms on WDW Radio.

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This week’s WDW Radio Show was like a mini social media extravaganza, and I thought it should be mentioned on a blog about technology.  Host Lou Mongello started the show by talking to a panel of Disney Moms about the recent Summer Nightastic! announcement.  These moms are all great presences in the social media world, and you’ll find links to all of their blogs in the show notes.

Lou also interviewed Thomas Smith, Social Media Director for Disney Parks.  Smith can be found on the Disney Parks Blog and other social media venues.  He had a lot of great things to say about the blog and the Disney community in general, so I recommend giving the show a listen if you haven’t already.

You can listen to the show online or download it from iTunes.  Click here to listen and read the show notes, where you’ll find links to Disney’s official Social Media sites and links to the blogs of the Disney Moms. 

Disney and the iPad: Post-Announcement.

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First of all, I’m holding off on the “how do you feel about the iPad” debate for now.  I have my reservations (as you may have read on Facebook), but I want to really play with the iPad before I make any official opinions.  In this post, I just want to take some time and talk about Disney’s part in this whole shebang. 

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Will Disney Be a Factor in Apple’s Big Event?

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If you listen for news about the tech industry in even the slightest way, you have to be following the tech news of another planet to have not heard about Apple’s oft-rumored tablet device.  This gadget has captured the attention of tech enthusiasts and even mainstream media for some time now, and they hype only grew when Apple started handing out invitations last week to a press event showcasing their “latest creation.”  We know that Disney and Apple have a pretty close relationship, with Apple CEO Steve Jobs serving on Disney’s Board of Directors.  So how might Disney be a part of Apple’s supposed unveiling this Wednesday?  You’ll have to click below to read my thoughts!

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