Did Digital Media Save Comedy?

For years, we've debated whether digital media would undermine or strengthen the television business. The fear has been that if viewers could see television highlights online, they wouldn't bother to watch the actual show. Or that if they recorded an episode, they would fast-forward through the commercials. But if "SNL" is any kind of test case, I would say that, for now, digital media is a net plus for television. ...More

  • TV Stations On Mobile: Is It Too Late?

    For years TV stations have salivated over the prospect of mobile devices running their most prized content: news. The theory? Their well-known call letter brand names would drive existing (remaining?) viewers to those mobile areas. But it appears that the same outcome might occur with those brands that happened on plain-old laptops and desktops. ...More

  • The Pie Shrinks, But TV Hangs On Strong

    Another week, another market downturn. Economic news continues to bring the doom and gloom, and so does the outlook for the ad industry overall. But even as consumers and marketers keep tightening their belts, TV ad spending remains surprisingly buoyant. ...More

  • Making Time And Spending Money On Home Entertainment Priorities

    Fox Home Entertainment came out with "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" in its Blu-Ray discs -- and grabbed some $84 million dollars in a week. All good for a mid-September sale period -- right after a bunch of summer theatrical action movies, and right smack in the middle of the start of the TV season. ...More