• Despite HD Content, Advertisers Slow To Embrace HD Ads

    TV content owners may be moving quickly on HD programming; TV advertisers for HD commercials are another story. A new study says advertisers using HD in their commercials were just 13% of all the TV creative that ran in fourth-quarter 2010. ...Read the whole story

  • Adap.tv Strikes Flingo Deal To Better Monetize TV

    Looking to capitalize on the big potential advertising marketplace of new Internet-connected TVs, digital video insertion/management platform Adap.tv has struck a deal with TV applications company Flingo. ...Read the whole story

  • Cable Shocker: Olbermann Exits MSNBC's 'Countdown'

    The news was unexpected and reverberated throughout the cable world: Keith Olbermann announced that his Friday evening show of "Countdown" was his last. No word on whether his departure relates to the NBC/Comcast merger, but the fiery liberal critic has frequently battled with MSNBC management. ...Read the whole story

  • Miller Heads NBC Sports Agency

    With Comcast adding many TV sports properties to the NBC Universal mix in its soon-to-be-closed merger, NBC is starting up a new in-house ad/marketing agency devoted to sports. The NBC Sports Agency will be run by John Miller, chief marketing officer of NBC Universal Television Group. ...Read the whole story

  • Media Buyers To Wall Street: Demand Is Soaring, Upfront Will Be Strong, Especially For Cable

    Demand for all media, but especially big, national media outlets like the major TV networks, will continue to expand through 2011, and will culminate in a strong upfront TV advertising marketplace later this year, according to results of a survey of 31 media buyers represent more than $5 billion in U.S. advertising budgets, released Thursday by Wall Street securities firm Deutsche Bank. ...Read the whole story

  • Hyundai Effort Urges 'Don't Be A Sheep!'

    You don't have to be a sheep and you don't have to accept conditioning. No, it's not a political slogan from a George Orwell novel. It's the theme of Hyundai Motor America's new ad campaign for the 2011 Elantra. The automaker is touting both Elantra and Sonata with four new ads, some of which will run as part of its buy on the Super Bowl. ...Read the whole story

  • 'American Idol' Has New Judges, Takes Ratings Dive

    With two new judges and maybe some viewer fatigue in its 10th season, "American Idol" posted sharp drops for its season premiere Wednesday. The Fox show also had its lowest debut ratings since season one in 2002 when it was a virtual unknown. ...Read the whole story

  • Syndication Execs Debate Future Of Turbulent First-Run Market

    A top syndication executive said first-run hits can give a station "more leverage" in retransmission consent negotiations, since the content is exclusive in a particular market. "You need to have your own identity and your own place in the market," said Mort Marcus, co-president of Debmar-Mercury, on a panel at the NATPE convention. ...Read the whole story

  • Peacock Plumage: NBC 4Q Profits Soar 38%

    Looking even better for Comcast -- as the company will close on its NBC Universal deal at the end of the month -- NBC reported its best quarterly profit results in six years. NBC witnessed a big 38% jump in fourth-quarter 2010 to $830 million in profits; revs grew 12%. ...Read the whole story

  • Variety Is Spice Of Life For BMW's X3 Bowl Ads

    BMW wants people to know that its new X3 crossover comes in all sorts of flavors -- and that it is, by the way, built in the U.S. The company, which is advertising in the forthcoming Super Bowl broadcast on Fox, will get these messages across both in the TV spots and via an associated social-media push. ...Read the whole story

  • Sherwin-Williams Expands HGTV Partnership

    Sherwin-Williams will support the line's launch with a comprehensive marketing plan from Carmichael Lynch Spong, including national advertising, public relations and new in-store merchandising and color features. Products will be available in stores by June. ...Read the whole story

  • Olbermann's Exit May Cost MSNBC Ad Revs

    MSNBC might feel a little pinch from advertisers now that Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" -- one of the network's highest-rated programs -- has ended. The show had averaged 1.05 million total viewers since September. ...Read the whole story

  • CMT Launches Multiplatform Marketing Push For 'Working Class'

    As it moves into the comedy genre, CMT is deploying a marketing campaign that stretches from a popular Facebook game to the more traditional direct mail and mall signage. "Working Class" links to a trailer for the show within Facebook's "Social City." ...Read the whole story

  • RerunCentral Aggregates Web Links To Classic TV

    Another new digital video venture has launched -- this one more as a program guide looking to aggregate information and links of TV reruns. For fans, it offers links of TV reruns from 1948-1999, available at Hulu, Crackle and TV Land. ...Read the whole story

  • What A Job: FINS.com Launches Multimedia Effort

    A year after a relatively quiet launch to serve financial services professionals, FINS.com, a job search and career management site and service from The Wall Street Journal, is getting ready to make a splash with a multimedia advertising and marketing campaign that will include television, Internet video, print and social media. ...Read the whole story

  • Tidal Taps MTV's Herman As Chief Product Officer

    Video ad technology firm TidalTV on Monday is expected to name Brad Herman as chief product and media officer. In this newly created position, Herman will be responsible for setting and executing product strategy, while also managing the supply side of TidalTV's operations, including driving inventory strategy and managing publisher relationships. ...Read the whole story

  • Jackson Hewitt Expands Walmart Relationship

    As Walmart's exclusive provider of in-store tax preparation services, Jackson Hewitt is undertaking an "extensive, all-inclusive" marketing campaign to reach the more than 130 million customers who visit Walmart stores in the United States on a weekly basis, as well as the 1.6 million associates working in those stores. ...Read the whole story

  • IFC Drives 'Portlandia' With Zipcar, Aloft

    IFC is big on corporate alliances -- the latest with Aloft and Zipcar to pitch its new six-episode offbeat comedy "Portlandia," which premieres today. Both companies target Gen Y, which shares the sensibilities of the new show. ...Read the whole story

  • Sunbeam Drops Trade Claim, Pursues Monopoly Charge

    Sunbeam Television, which owns the Fox station in Miami, has dropped two charges against Nielsen that alleged unfair trade practices and breach of contract. Instead, Sunbeam intends to focus on separate allegations that Nielsen operates a monopoly and violated antitrust laws in South Florida. ...Read the whole story

Can the New Comcast NBC Universal Get Social?

The newly merged Comcast NBC Universal's biggest problem isn't outmoded prime-time ratings or over-the-top threats to cable television. It is the absence of a compelling, coordinated social-networking strategy to aid the challenging integration of its content and distribution businesses. ...More

  • Justin.tv Sued For Copyright Infringement

    In a move reminiscent of Viacom's attempt to sue YouTube for copyright infringement, Zuffa's Ultimate Fighting Championship has sued Justin.tv for allegedly not taking enough proactive steps to prevent users from uploading pirated streams. ...More

  • Got Ideas? Feel Like Innovating? TV Needs You

    Consider this: For all the talk about how many advertising dollars are migrating online these days, there's still no bigger ad bucket than TV. Advertising on television accounts for about $70 billion in spending per year. Yet advertising on TV is still the least innovative ad medium around. ...More

  • MTV Programming: Always Looking For New Ways To Get Some Skin In The Game

    The scandal around "Jersey Shore"? All that seems quaint now -- especially looking at what "Skins" is going through. Concerned that "Skins" may have gone over the line, maybe breaking child pornography laws, five major advertisers at last count -- Taco Bell, Subway, H&R Block, G.M. and Wrigley -- have pulled their advertising from the program. ...More

  • Household Media Review

    Acccording to new data from The Nielsen Company, State of the Media 2010, the average US household has 2.5 TV sets, with 1.9 standard definition TVs and 0.6 high-definition TVs. Furthermore, Nielsen data shows that HDTV households have more sets than the national average. 31% of Americans own four or more TVs. ...More

  • Comcast and NBC: The Evolution Will Be Televised

    Please forgive me if I'm not shaken to my core over Comcast's acquisition of NBCU. There's been so much written in the past few days about why this is bad for us as consumers. Comcast, the distribution source, will now control massive amounts of content. It will certainly be poised to create a chokehold over what consumers watch and how they watch it. Prices will go up. Net neutrality will suffer. The new company will be able to suppress content from competitors and favor its own.All of that is possible -- maybe probable, even with some "voluntary" restrictions imposed by ...More

  • 'American Idol' Returns: Still Big With Viewers, While Fox Looks Long-Term

    The first episode of "American Idol" is down a lot, ratings-wise. Does that change anything? For Fox, not really, especially looking at the bigger picture going into next season. ...More

  • Word-A-Week: More On Types of Set-Top Boxes

    Last week we began with defining Set-Top Box, which is not as simple a task as it sounds. Generically, these boxes span the range from Analog (those that can only deliver data in one direction which is to the box) and Digital (those that have the ability to deliver data in two directions, which is to and from the box). Because they have the ability to deliver data back from the box, it is only the Digital Set-Top Boxes that can provide Set-Top-Box data. Digital Set-Top Boxes vary in level of sophistication, which can impact the amount and quality of ...More

  • Piers Morgan Adds Zip To Self-Marketing With Twitter Plea To NYT Reporter

    Piers Morgan didn't wait for the marketing machine at CNN to take its normal course. The new digital world perhaps forced this. Twitter also had a hand. ...More