Showtime Plans TV Everywhere

10:15 AM -- Showtime is planning its own TV Everywhere initiative to compete with those of its rivals, Bloomberg reports.

Showtime hasn't set a launch date for the site, nor has it made any formal announcement about its plans. But it's about time it provided subscribers with an online video service, since many of its rivals have already jumped on the TV Everywhere bandwagon.

Time Warner launched HBO Go in February, and Viacom's Epix offers all subscribers online access to content at EpixHD.com (two thirds of its subscribers have taken advantage). Starz offers shows online through Netflix.

In Twitter news:

  • Yesterday every Twitter user's Follower and Following counts fell to zero temporarily after a Turkish Twitter user happened upon a bug in the site by accident. There was panic in the streets as users from Ashton Kutcher to Conan O'Brien lamented their lost following before they were finally restored last night.

  • A 26-year-old British accountant was fined £1,000 for Tweeting a joke about blowing up the Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, UK. The presiding judge said Paul Chambers's Tweet -- which read "Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" -- was "of a menacing nature in the context of the times in which we live." Chambers responded to the verdict -- where else? -- on Twitter

  • Twitter is beta-testing new business features, called the Twitter Business Center. "Only a handful of accounts have these features presently," the company says, but it will expand to more accounts gradually.

    — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Light Reading Cable

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