• CBS Reports Strong Advertising For TV, Radio, OOH

    Despite overall U.S. economic malaise, current fourth-quarter advertising business is healthy for CBS. There have only been a few last-minute cutbacks on season-long TV advertising deals made in June. Plus, its global business is burgeoning. ...Read the whole story

  • News Corp Nixes 'Simpson' Channel, Big Hopes For FX

    News Corp. COO Chase Carey said the company has "no immediate plans" for a "Simpsons" cable channel. On the cable front, Carey said the company has great expectations for FX, claiming it has the revenue and profit potential of a TNT or a USA. ...Read the whole story

  • Comcast CFO: NBC Needs Turnaround Time

    The day after NBC had an uninspiring first night of the season, Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis reiterated that the company believes it will take a while for the fourth-place network to move up the charts. ...Read the whole story

  • Xerox: 'We're More Than A Copier Company'

    In the second year of its efforts to convince the world that it makes more than copiers, Xerox is showcasing how it helps two new businesses in different ways while looking to get more people involved via a Twitter contest. The Twitter-based sweepstakes asks people to complete the line, "To me, real business means ....", and add the hashtag #FlyWithXerox. One winner will win two round-trip tickets on Virgin America. ...Read the whole story

  • Netflix, Discovery Nets Team For 2-Year TV Deal

    Coming off some multiple consumer snafus, Netflix continues to make -- and extend -- its roster of nonexclusive licensing TV deals. The newest one is with Discovery Communications. ...Read the whole story

  • Hulu To Invest $375M In Content

    Even as Hulu -- a joint venture of ABC, Fox and NBCU -- is for sale, CEO Jason Kilar gave credit to the company's backers for having the "courage to actually invest in this crazy thing" several years ago and to continue to give it freedom to innovate. ...Read the whole story

  • Disney Rejects Sports-Tier TV Fees

    Though there continues to be soaring prices for sports television programming, a senior Walt Disney executive doesn't believe extra sports-tier fees for TV consumers will work. Disney CFO Jay Rasulo calls ESPN "fiscally responsible." ...Read the whole story

  • Gas Station TV Rolls Out New Platform, Triples Audience

    Gas Station TV has secured an investment valued at $50 million from Wayne, a GE Energy business, to deploy the new inOvationTVSM media platform to thousands of gas stations nationwide. ...Read the whole story

  • Kutcher Brings New Sheen To 'Men'

    The big buildup for CBS' "Two and a Half Men" didn't disappoint for viewers and advertisers: It grabbed a monstrous Nielsen preliminary 10.3 rating/24 share among key 18-49 viewers. ...Read the whole story

  • Romano To Telemundo President

    Emilio Romano, who headed the parent of Mexicana airlines from 2004-07 along with various media roles, is taking over NBCUniversal's Telemundo unit as president. The role includes oversight of the broadcast network, 14 stations and a production studio. ...Read the whole story

  • TiVo Future Focuses On TV Software Packages

    For TiVo, the future will be less about DVRs and more about creating advanced TV software packages for cable systems and other pay TV operators that integrate all forms of on-demand content. It will also defend its 600 high-tech patents. ...Read the whole story

  • Netflix Defends Price Hike As Price Of Doing Business

    Netflix management defended its recent and dramatic business model changes -- price increases, branding shifts -- saying they responded quickly to a changing marketplace. Part of that change is the creation of Qwikster to handle its DVD business. ...Read the whole story

Who Will Google Buy Next?

Google's been on an acquisition spree lately, buying 10 companies since June. Meanwhile, Google's done a fall spring-clean, shutting down 10 products and features. The latest additions to the Google graveyard give us some insight into areas Google is NOT focused on, such as land (that's the opposite of cloud, right?) and man (Aardvark and Image Labeler proved no match for the machine). So what's Google's next move? I think it will be something in the TV space. ...More

  • Media Insights Q&A With Kantar's Jeff Boehme

    Jeff Boehme, CRO of Kantar, started his career in broadcast at NBC. From there he immersed himself in local cable at the NCC, which provided an excellent grounding in the potential of return-path data and its applications. From there to Nielsen and now at Kantar, Jeff is setting policy on data metrics and analytics. In my interview, Jeff talks about data as currency, the difference between MSO, Telco and Satco data, and offers some insights into what the future of research looks like. ...More

  • Social TV Marketing Is NOT Always Good News

    So-called social TV marketing, and social media in general, comes down to the underlying message that word-of-mouth has always been about: "This [insert your favorite TV/movie/song] comes from a friend whose taste you trust." Though I have lots of friends, they mostly don't have the same taste as I. That's fine with me. What happens next? It leaves me depending on strangers, stumbling onto media and entertainment I might like, or even counting on professional critics. ...More

  • Soap Opera's Swan Song Is Good For Women Who Refuse To Settle

    With the end of the television version of long-time serials "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" on the heels of the demise of "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light" (the longest-running program in the history of television), it is time to look at what these changes signify. While the latest casualties of the soap opera bloodbath are getting a respite thanks to a groundbreaking licensing deal that allows new episodes to be broadcast on the Internet, it is clear the genre is on its last legs. ...More

  • 'Mutual Fund' Media Planning Allows Buyers To Spread The Risk

    Not too long ago, some media buyers would revel in the excitement of picking a dark-horse show to do well. Buy low; sell high. A show's 'overdelivery' -- getting higher than expected viewership -- rarely enters the media jargon any more, and for good reason. Few, if any, expect shows to give more than what is promised -- let alone make it into a second season. ...More