• Expensive Cable Sports Networks At Breaking Point?
    Having a sports cable TV network might still seem like an easy route to big revenues. But then you need to consider what Time Warner Cable is going through with its Los Angeles Dodgers regional channel. Spending over $8.4 billion for 25 years -- or about $336 million a year on average -- for the rights to air the Dodgers on cable might seem a prudent exercise to some. Yet according to reports, two years into its deal, Time Warner Cable might be losing $100 million a year on SportsNet LA.
  • Why You May Want To Hook Up, Advertising-Wise, With Jerry Springer Instead Of Don Draper
    "Sometimes 'Jerry Springer' is better than 'Mad Men.'" That quote came from Dave Campanelli, senior vp of national TV for Horizon Media, during a recent 4A's panel on programmatic TV, as reported by Ad Age. What? How can that be? The daytime NBCUniversal syndication show can't be have the same "quality" as the highly touted AMC Network drama, can it? It can if you're talking about context, "an element that programmatic misses in TV," Campanelli also said.
  • Not This March: Money For College Basketball Players Still A Jump Ball
    Strong interest in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament has arrived again, in the form of higher TV ratings for early-round games for CBS and Turner Broadcasting networks. Surely those networks where NCAA grabbed around a billion dollars in rights fees - and marketers who spent tens of millions of dollars on those networks to gain big TV opportunities -- have seen the value. But what about the college players themselves? Nada. Zip.
  • Consumer Comments: What's Their Real Worth -- And Effect?
    "Your TV show sucks. I mean, it really sucks. And my friends think so as well. What are you going to do about it?" Imagine the above remark was a comment left on a popular social media site. Think a TV network should offer this person something better for their less-than-happy experience with their product?
  • Know Your Sports Spokespeople -- And Exact Target Audience
    TV marketers have constant needs of fresh-faced athletes to connect with new, upcoming audiences. In that regard, how well do your young children know big-time sports figures? My wife teaches a yoga class and mentioned that a cyclist named Chris was a regular. My nine-year-old daughter responded quickly: "Is that Chris Horner or Chris Froome?"
  • Looking For A Curator Or TV News Managing Editor? It's All Here
    Yes, journalism still exists, but you have to know where to look for it. And then there are a bunch of others who look to play in the same sandbox.
  • What's The Future Value Of Ad-Supported TV Platforms?
    Arguments have raged for years over financial formulas for after-market sales of TV shows. One formula came through the budding syndication marketplace in the late '80s and early '90s. Then U.S. media gained strong influence internationally, and revenues also came from U.S. cable networks. Now there has been a move for many to non-advertising-based platforms. Some now wonder how much big media content creators can expect from advertising-supported after-market TV marketplaces in the future.
  • Got Lost On The Way To Your Favorite Shows?
    It's now mid-March. Do you know when your favorite TV/video shows are on -- and/or when they're coming back in the next year? How much prep will you have to do so you don't miss the next round of, say, Showtime's "Masters of Sex"?
  • Royal Maneuvers
    Everyone is getting into the original content game, including E! network. "The Royals" is the cabler's first scripted effort -- and it is a delicious, over-the-top cheap thrill. Like "Dallas," but for monarchs.
  • TV Stations Always Smiling, Perhaps Even Profiting, When Helping Their Networks
    For TV stations, it's always about getting a "piece" of the business. Others may call it revenue-sharing or whatever. CBS All Access, the network's $5.99 a month over-the-top, digital TV cloud service, has made an agreement with its TV stations. How much are stations getting? We don't know. But we can be sure that's a piece of this puzzle. This is a growing part of TV affiliates/network arrangements, especially as parent networks continue to seek out new digital platforms.
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