SBD/May 3, 2011/Media

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SI app now has ability to authenticate subscribers
The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Russell Adams reported SI subscribers beginning yesterday were able to access iPad editions of the magazine through an app "which will be able to authenticate them as subscribers." Time Inc.'s People magazine "already had such an arrangement, but readers of most publications have had to pay separately for the iPad version regardless of their subscriber status." Time Inc. and "other major publishers have yet to agree with Apple on terms for selling subscriptions to their iPad editions, the next step beyond making them available to print subscribers." Talks are "hung up on Apple's resistance to sharing information with publishers about their iPad customers, which publishers say is critical to applying the 'TV everywhere' model to magazines" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/2).

FAMILIAR SITUATION
: YAHOO SPORTS' Sean Leahy reported NBC's telecast of Lightning-Capitals Eastern Conference Semifinal Game Five Saturday "will once again be moved over to Versus should it run past the start time of pre-race coverage for the Kentucky Derby." The hockey game begins at 12:30pm ET, and the Derby coverage is "scheduled to begin on NBC" at 4:00 (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/2).

COSTLY PROGRAM
: In London, Jonathan Sibun reports EPL clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur and Scottish club Celtic are "among a group of major football clubs to have lost millions of pounds following the collapse" of Cre8 Publishing, one of the U.K.'s "biggest printers of matchday magazines." Cre8 "was put into liquidation earlier this month, leaving football and rugby clubs among unsecured creditors owed more than" $3.3M (all figures U.S.). Arsenal is "among Cre8 Publishing's biggest unsecured creditors." Other clubs owed money include Celtic at $660,000, Scottish club Rangers at close to $820,000, EPL club West Ham United at $170,000 and Tottenham at $70,000 (London TELEGRAPH, 5/3).
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