• Hulu's Going After Traditional Network Dollars Is A Good Thing
    Hulu says it wants big TV advertising dollars -- like those its owners get. Shouldn't surprise anyone -- but Hulu is owned by Walt Disney, Comcast Corp., 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, all of whom own big ad-supported TV networks, both broadcast and cable. So Hulu's statement may seem like a conflict waiting to happen -- perhaps cannibalization of existing traditional national TV business.
  • Presidential TV Debates Are Commercial-Free. But After And Before? Not So Much
    Huge ratings are expected for the Presidential debates. But commercial availabilities during the event? Well, virtually none. That because Presidential debates are programmed mostly like, well, an HBO show: It's commercial-free.
  • Future Of Sports On Pay TV: Buying It Per Sport, Season Or Weekend?
    Worried about the future of sports TV, including how high consumer fees will go? Speaking at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia event, Bob Iger, chairman/chief executive officer of Walt Disney Company, said: "We think where the market could be going in terms of some of these sports is being able to buy it very, very selectively." For example, buying "a specific sport, maybe even for a specific season or a specific date or a specific weekend."
  • What Does This Political Season Mean For TV Stations' Ad Sales Future?
    Donald Trump appears to be causing issues for TV stations. As lots of industry observers note, the Republican presidential candidate just began spending some TV advertising dollars on this campaign -- this after virtually no spending over the better part of a year. Now, some TV station groups are feeling the pinch.
  • Big TV Awards Show: Are Consumers Seeing Through All The Glam?
    Another big TV event sees some lower ratings. This year's Emmy Awards sank to 11.3 million viewers, an all-time low.
  • Can You See Me Now? Digital Vs. Trad TV Viewing Of NFL Games
    If you are still looking for ground-breaking changes on the digital platform versus the traditional network front, you won’t find them regarding this year’s NFL  “Thursday Night Football” series so far.

    Twitter’s first digital stream of a “TNF” game pulled in 243,000 viewers per average minute viewing. The number for more traditional TV channels, CBS and the NFL Network? That was 15.4 million viewers per average minute viewing.

    What about total viewers? Twitter pulled in 2.1 million unique viewers. Traditional TV networks, by way of comparison, reached 48.1 million viewers.

    Business media headlines now know the score: Digital ...

  • Will AT&T Continue Its Buying Spree And Acquire A Big Entertainment Content Producer?
    Could AT&T be looking to make a big next step into the media industry by acquiring an entertainment content provider?
  • What's Acceptable' And 'Unacceptable' About TV Commercials?
    So the same company that has no problem offering free ad-blocking software to digital media consumers, now wants those same consumers to get "acceptable" advertising. Ad Block Plus is going in this direction, pitching this "acceptable advertising" thing to digital media publishers. Hmmm.. . The controversy around this kind of activity continues -- with many calling it extortion.But that's not my complaint here. I'm wondering where traditional TV has this kind of issue -- the space between advertising avoidance and "acceptable" TV commercials.
  • No Moderators For Presidential Debates? Um, Sure - But Simon Cowell Needs To Be The Judge
    Ratings for "Sunday Night Football" are falling, and new TV shows will probably head in the same direction. Count on Presidential debates to offer up some surprises -- and good ratings. Donald Trump has a few ideas to liven things up.Issues over format have arisen for previous debates. But now Trump wants to move to new ground: no "moderators."
  • Better Program Stacking Deals Can Increase TV Sampling
    Despite the ever-growing variety of traditional TV/video programming, there's still a rough consumer journey to find all that content. One of networks' bigger efforts to smooth that journey is by securing full-season streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) rights -- so-called stacking rights -- for TV shows on the traditional airwaves.
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