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New Mobile TV Viewing Options Added to BlackBerry World

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Shows by PBS, Univision and Viacom have been added to BlackBerry World, bringing popular shows such as Downton Abbey and programming from channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon to BlackBerry’s existing video catalog.

The additional content is exclusive to BlackBerry 10 users in the US, however, and there’s no word yet on a wider international release.

These  broadcasters join those which were announced in January; ABC Studios, BBC Worldwide, CBC/Radio-Canada, CBS, DHX Media, ITV, National Geographic, NBCUniversal (UK), Nelvana, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (US), Starz Digital Media, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Univision Communications Inc, and Warner Bros.

Likewise, BlackBerry World has support from almost all of the big-name film studios and indies; 20th Century Fox, Entertainment One, Lionsgate, MGM, National Film Board of Canada, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz Digital Media, STUDIOCANAL, The Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros.  The Press Release:

New TV Content Partners Launch on BlackBerry 10

PBS, Univision and Viacom bring TV favorites to BlackBerry 10

Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced the addition of new television content for BlackBerry® 10 customers in the U.S. TV shows from PBS, Univision and Viacom are now a part of the robust video catalogue available for sale on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront, bringing such favorites as COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS’s Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey series and Spanish telenovelas.

“The momentum for BlackBerry 10 continues in the content space as more partners are looking to BlackBerry to reach new audiences and drive mobile content discovery and monetization,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry. “BlackBerry World has a wide-ranging and continuously growing catalogue that offers most movies on the day they become available on DVD and next day availability of many current TV series. We’re excited that PBS, Univision and Viacom have joined us to give customers in the U.S. access to enjoy a world of content, from the major film studios, broadcasters and TV studios and networks, in a single location.”

The BlackBerry World storefront app is preloaded on all BlackBerry 10 smartphones, offering customers one of the most robust music, TV and video catalogs in mobile today. The storefront continues to grow and diversify its movie and TV content with the best, most up-to-date series and films.

“Univision is pleased to make UVideos, the first bilingual digital video network, available on the much anticipated BlackBerry Z10. Moreover, for the first time, we will also make some of Univision’s best TV series and telenovelas available in the video store on BlackBerry World on a transactional basis,” said Kevin Conroy, President, Digital and Enterprise Development, Univision Communications Inc. “More than three quarters of the U.S. Hispanic population own a smartphone and they outpace their non-Hispanic counterparts in mobile video consumption by double digits. Mobile is where Hispanic America lives and this product launch extends Univision’s commitment to deliver the best in Hispanic programming across all platforms and devices.”

“Our audiences are increasingly turning to their smartphones to drop in on South ParkJersey Shore, or SpongeBob SquarePants in Bikini Bottom anytime, anywhere they’d like,” said Tom Gorke, Senior Vice President of Content Distribution for Viacom Media Networks. “BlackBerry 10 is a great and growing platform for audiences to catch up with their favorite shows on the go, and for Viacom to extend the expansive reach of its beloved brands.”

Now available in more than 25 countries, the BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone powered by BlackBerry 10, the re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry platform that creates a new and unique mobile computing experience. The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is now available for purchase or preorder in the U.S. from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. BlackBerry is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market(NASDAQ: BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BB). For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

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Would You Like Your Own App for Your Blog on BlackBerry World?

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As a  developer for BlackBerry, we’d love to create an app for your Blog for BlackBerry World!

Drop us a line via the coordinates below.  We would need your ok to distribute your app, and an image file that you would like us to use for your Blog site.  This can be a great way to drive traffic to your blog. Drop us a line by March 14, 2013, and we’ll discount the cost at 15%.  There are near 80 million BlackBerry devices (OS 5, 6, 7, 10, PlayBook) out there!

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Similarities with 9/11 WTC SITE MEMORIAL DESIGN and 85th Annual OSCARS Awards Show Set Design

by Nicholas Tanis

Every year, I look forward to watching the Oscar Award presentations on televison.
This year was no different…or was it!?
After watching the Oscar’s Red Carpet “parade” on WABC -TV, the final countdown to the opening of the 2013 Awards Show commenced. The music cued, the curtain was raised, and the host walked out onto the stage.
And what to my wonderous eyes should I see …but a beautiful stage set design, that was remarkably identical to the 9/11 WTC Memorial – NYC, I had designed and submitted some ten years ago to the World Trade Commison, NYC!
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9/11 WTC MEMORIAL Designed by Nicholas Tanis
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Stage Set Design for OSCARS 85th Award Show Presentation, 2013
I really don’t understand what the relevancy of “a river of lit candles” has to do with the motion picture industry, film-making, the cinema, acting, drama, comedy, musicals, movie palaces of yore, etc. or any other given era of Hollywood and its relative symbolic icons.
What I had designed was meant to commemorate and memorialize all of those 3,000 victims, who lost their lives that bright sunny September morning, and thereafter, forever changing the entire world we live in today.
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Of course this very same sentiment was most apropos when Barbara Streisand came out on stage center and sang her signature “Memories” – paying tribute in “In Memoriam” to those who the Academy and film industry had lost this past year. The similarity of emotion was very touching indeed!
Could this be sheer coincidence, happenstance… or not!?
We all know what Confuscius had to say.
You decide – thank you!

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Oscar 2013 Top Five Predictions

I rank from top to bottom by total number of Oscars:

1. Lincoln
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Silver Lining Playbook
4. Life of Pi
5. Les Miserables
6. Django Unchained
7. Argo
8. Amour
9. Beast of The Southern Wild

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Skyfall The 007 Flick that Brings M Full Circle

Directed by Sam Mendes, “Skyfall” is, a reinvention of Bond, with Craig, after the last somewhat disappointing installment with “Quantum of Solace”.  The beginning action sequences including  Bond frolicking on top of a train are classic  and with Turkey as a back set, it is appropriate for this cross-roads of old Bond meets new Bond.  Javier Bardem shines as a twisted villain out for revenge on “M” or Emma, played by the remarkable Judi Dench who shamefully was left out of the Oscars for 2013 as was the film in other key categories.  The film in going from Emma to Mallory passes on the baton and brings us full circle in the gender of “M”.  It is an action packed, riveting suspenseful film that hooks the viewer in from the get go for a great adventure that will not disappoint.  Rent it today, if you have not seen it as it is a 9 on my scale of 1 to 10.  It is by far one of the better installments in this franchise of film.

WITH: Daniel Craig (James Bond), Javier Bardem (Silva), Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory), Naomie Harris (Eve), Bérénice Lim Marlohe (Severine), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Ola Rapace (Patrice), Albert Finney (Kincade) and Judi Dench (M).

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