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June 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Thank Asia for growth in pay TV.  Global pay TV subscribing households are projected to increase to about 1 billion by 2018, an increase of about 30% from 772 million in 2012, according to Digital TV Research.  Based on the firm's forecast for 97 countries, the Asia Pacific region will contribute 59% of the global total by the end of 2018. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The region could contribute 587 million subscribers, a 36% increase from 2012. China will have the most subscriptions, at 313 million, up 34% from last year, according to Digital TV analyst Simon Murray, who established the firm in 2011.   India, increasing 35% to 158 million, will have the second-most subscribing households.
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February 14, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Typically, wine clubs have had about as much coolness factor as the old Columbia Record Club. No serious wine drinkers would have ever considered joining such a club. But now a handful of new wine clubs is changing the game with selections focused on Santa Barbara wines, grand cru Burgundy or natural wines. Bottles are hand-picked, often highly allocated (i.e. hard to find), come with tasting notes and/or recipes - and inside is something you'd actually like to drink. Some clubs cater to what you already like.
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NEWS
December 11, 1985 | United Press International
The state of North Carolina said Tuesday that taxpayers no longer are going to pay for subscriptions to Playboy, Penthouse and Players magazines for free distribution to prison inmates. Corrections Secretary Aaron Johnson made the decision after learning that the state prison system's 207 subscriptions to the magazines, which cost $5,183 annually, were about to expire.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The idea of a "Netflix for books" e-book service is too delicious to resist. Amazon has a version, its Kindle Lending Library. Oyster launched a high-profile e-book subscription service in October. That same month Scribd, which has been putting large documents on the Web since 2007, launched an e-book subscription service too. Who can make it work? What kind of model is best? On Monday, a new company, Entitle , entered the fray. People who sign up with Entitle pay a monthly fee and get a few books a month -- two books for $14.99, three for $21.99, and four books for $27.99.  That price point is something publishers can be comfortable with.
NEWS
April 21, 1985
I'm writing to thank you for the Los Angeles Times coverage. We started noting the California postmarks and after awhile began to sit up and take note--and I noted $100 worth of subscriptions attributable to Hillinger's story in one day. Most of the folks seem to be displaced West Virginians. We've always had a few hundred of those (254 California subscriptions, as of the last count) and are glad to welcome more into the fold. KEN SULLIVAN, Editor Goldenseal West Virginia Department of Culture and History
NEWS
June 20, 1985
KCRW, Santa Monica College's public radio station, raised $445,000 during its recent 10-day fund-raiser, a spokeswoman said. The total is expected to rise even higher when subscriptions that were mailed in separately are included. Last year's total was $350,000.
NEWS
October 19, 2004
Your love of the outdoors is as fickle as a hanging chad. Most of the 2,100 readers who answered our informal online poll ["Gutsy by Nature?," Oct. 12] don't care whether our president is an avid outdoorsman, don't think the Secret Service should windsurf and don't want taxpayers anteing up for Field & Stream subscriptions.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
It may feel like everyone on the planet has a cellphone, but they don't. A new report from the International Telecommunications Union found that at the end of 2011, 6 billion people had a cellphone subscription. That means 6 in 7 of us have a cellphone. It also means that 1 billion of us do not.  And when it comes to Internet access, the numbers are worse. According to the report, 2.3 billion have access to the Internet. That's less than half of the world's population. The good news (or bad news, depending on your feelings toward global connectivity)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2004
I enjoyed reading Agustin Gurza's article ("It's Still All Work, No Play," May 23). I believe telling the story of success is the only way to attract a theater-going audience to support the new Montalban theater primarily because only those Latinos who have succeeded and integrated themselves into the middle-class can provide the financial support, in the form of subscriptions and full-priced attendance, to allow Latino cultural institutions to...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1990
Re John W. Larsen's May 27 letter about the unavailability of boxes at the Hollywood Bowl: I thought I was the only one who had such problems: I have had no luck for the last 25 years! It seems the boxes are always filled with drowsy executive types who appear to be there because this is the thing to do . Automatic renewal of box subscriptions should be done away with. Because this facility is a public institution and because of its popularity, the boxes should be assigned annually via lottery.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Godfrey is fed up with those subscription cards that come tumbling out of magazines. Why do publishers bother using them? The publishing industry calls these things "blow-in" cards, and they've been around for years as a way to attract new subscribers. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions In 2009, the New York Times reported that blow-in cards appeared to be falling out of favor as digital distribution grew. But there's not much evidence to back that up. So why does this pesky practice persist?
BUSINESS
November 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Half a year after launching for Android, Google Play Music All Access is now available to iPhone users. An app for Google Play Music became available for download for iPhone users on Friday. The app gives users access to All Access, Google's subscription service, and also lets them stream music they own that they have uploaded onto Google's cloud. All Access is a rival to other music subscription services, notably Spotify and Rdio. But unlike those other services, iPhone users have not been able to use All Access on their devices until now. PHOTOS: Google barge to be 'unprecedented artistic structure' To promote the service, Google says new users can get a free 30-day trial of the service.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube is poised to launch a subscription music service as soon as December, positioning it to compete with Spotify, Rdio and other digital offerings, according to people familiar with the matter. The Internet's dominant online video already is the most popular on-demand music offering in the world.  YouTube even has surpassed radio as the leading way teens and young adults listen to songs.  A subscription service would seek to build YouTube's strength in digital music.  YouTube users already can watch an unlimited number of music videos through an application on their mobile devices, as well as through a browser on their computers.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The subscription service would offer additional features, such as a commercial-free experience and the freedom to store music on a mobile device to listen when not connected to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2013 | By David Lazarus
David purchased a lifetime subscription to the Wilson Quarterly, a magazine covering "the world of ideas" from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Then the Wilson Quarterly had the bright idea of switching from print to online-only publication, and David saw his lifetime subscription vanish. Waitaminnit, he said. Isn't a lifetime subscription forever, regardless of how a magazine is published? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions You'd think so. Lifetime warranties aren't always worth the paper they're printed on, but a lifetime subscription should see you all the way to the finish line.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Rivals ShoeDazzle and JustFab, L.A. fashion websites that sell women's shoes, will merge after months of negotiations. The companies said the merger would create the world's largest fashion subscription e-commerce company, with more than $400 million in annual revenue and 33 million members. Financial details and other terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed. JustFab co-CEOs Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler will keep their titles at the combined company, while ShoeDazzle CEO Brian Lee will become a member of the board of directors.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Meg James
Spanish-language radio star Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo is borrowing a page from Howard Stern. Three weeks after severing ties with Univision Radio, Sotelo has made a deal to bounce to SiriusXM satellite radio. This fall, Sotelo will launch a Spanish-language entertainment channel on the subscription service called Piolín Radio, which will be anchored by a live four-hour morning program that Sotelo will broadcast from Los Angeles. "I am honored SiriusXM believes in me," Sotelo, whose nickname means "Tweety Bird," said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1987
Headline: "Mr. B. goes soft!" Take that as you will. We felt bereft of his usual perceptive, incisive critique with regard to Previn. Why the tippie toes about a grave situation which may portend the end of our orchestra? I am joining the myriad defectors who are canceling their 20-odd years' season subscriptions to the Philharmonic. We cannot abide Previn's lackluster performances. We are not comparing him to Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, who is incomparable by any standards, but we do expect to hear music as the composers wrote it--with depth, passion, feeling and beauty.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
PC Magazine publisher Ziff Davis Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, citing declines in print advertising revenue and subscriptions as contributing factors. But the company, which also publishes other tech and video game magazines, said it expected to reorganize quickly and exit Bankruptcy Court protection by midsummer. New York-based Ziff Davis said it had about $500 million in liabilities and $313 million of assets as of the end of December. It said it filed a Chapter 11 petition to restructure debt that had become burdensome.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The curtain has come down on one of the best theater-going deals anywhere: lifetime subscriptions to the Pasadena Playhouse that were offered briefly in 1994 for a one-time, $5,000 donation. The playhouse recently finished informing nearly 200 households that had held the subscriptions -- worth up to $1,256 a year at current prices -- that they wouldn't be for life after all, but for 19 years. Its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 relieved the nonprofit theater company of having to continue honoring the lifetime subscriptions, which were classified as debts canceled in the bankruptcy.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Fliers are slightly more satisfied with the service offered by U.S. airlines than they were last year. But with the airline industry ranked below the U.S. Postal Service for customer satisfaction, it still has a way to go. The findings come from an annual survey of about 70,000 Americans and show that the airline industry ranks higher than only subscription TV and Internet service companies. The American Customer Satisfaction Index, an independent benchmarking business developed at the University of Michigan, concluded that the industry improved 3% in 2013 to a rating of 69 on a 100-point scale.
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