Thursday, February 9, 2012
  • Internet-Only TV Homes Surge 22.8%, Spend 9% Of TV Time Online

    Characterizing it as a "development to watch," Nielsen issued a new report to clients Wednesday showing that the number of U.S. households that bypass cable or satellite TV and subscribe only to broadband Internet access has grown dramatically in the past year, and not surprisingly, they spend dramatically more time watching TV over the Internet. ...Read the whole story

  • Barbie Opens Up Her 'Big Pink Closet'

    With Toy Fair 2012 just days away, Mattel says it is introducing a new global campaign for Barbie, designed to appeal to the fashion sense and imaginative skills of little girls around the world. ...Read the whole story

  • Blip Raises $12M, Plans New Services

    Giving its Web TV network more room to wiggle, Blip just raised $12 million in a mix of debt financing and equity. No flash in the pan, Blip has spent the past six years growing its audience -- until now under the name ...Read the whole story

  • Nielsen: Doritos' Baby Ad Pulls Top Bowl Results

    Doritos' "Sling Baby" ad earned the "rare distinction" of being both the most memorable and best-liked ad in this year's Super Bowl, indexing 177 on the former and 190 on the latter, reports Nielsen. ...Read the whole story

  • Fox Q2: Network Fall Ratings Growth Means Higher Ad Revenue

    News Corp. said its fiscal second-quarter 2012 financial results reflected a boost in the operating income of its television businesses -- of which Fox is a part -- by 25% to an operating income of $189 million. The Fox network in the U.S. grabbed big double-digit-percentage rating gains during the fourth quarter. ...Read the whole story

    Around The Net

    • BBC, Sky News Change Twitter RulesLost Remote

      How should TV reporters handle breaking news on social media? Cory Bergman poses this question in light of the recent restrictions Sky News and BBC both placed on their reporters.The new policies are meant to ensure that "reporters and editors alert the newsroom before breaking news on Twitter." Bergman, who has worked as a TV assignment editor, says these rules "make a lot of sense," but he also discusses some exceptions. ...Read the whole story

    • Dassault Buys Social Analyzer NetvibesTechCrunch

      European design firm Dassault Systèmes has acquired Netvibes -- a sentiment analytics dashboard that helps Fortune 500 companies track their social media presence throughout the real-time Web. Not your typical buyer of social analytics startups, Dassault is a “3D experience” design company -- which lets designers “virtualize” how products will work in the real world, according to TechCrunch’s Alexis Tsotsis. The acquisition actually seems jarring at first, but Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini says the buy makes sense in terms of "connecting what people say about a product to its design process through the Netvibes dashboard.” In a statement, Dassault President and CEO Bernard ... ...Read the whole story

    • NBC's Post-Super-Bowl ScoreNew York magazine

      For NBC, which had a lot riding on its post-Super-Bowl programming Monday night, Nielsen returns painted a positive picture. For one, while the new, incredibly hyped "Smash" was hardly that, it did pretty well --  "better than any episode of any 10 p.m. drama on any network this season, period," writes Josef Adalian. "Smash" did lose about 40% of the audience from its giant lead-in, though -- the premiere of "The Voice." But here's where the really good news came: "The Voice" tracked numbers that were well above its 2011 averages, "on a par with what American Idol has been ... ...Read the whole story

    • Sunday's Ratings Runner-Up Wasn't On ABC, CBS, Fox Or Cable The Hollywood Reporter
    Less Lying On Fox As 'House' Comes To End

    It's official: Fox TV will have fewer shows with characters looking for lies. The series "House" is ending after eight years and 177 episodes -- including such head-scratching moves as a jealous Dr. Gregory House crashing ...More

    • Set-Top-Box Lexicon: Commercial Measurement Beyond C3

      The common currency for commercial measurement is C3, which we defined in a previous column earlier this year as the average of the performance of all commercials in a program plus three days of DVR playback. ...More

    • Backwards To The Future

      It seems like over the last several years, in every major interview, the same general questions are being asked of entertainment executives: “Where do you see the future of television?” “How is digital media going to ...More