• Will Lower TV Ratings And Cord-Cutting Mean Lower Carriage Fees?
    Plenty of lower ratings abound for cable networks -- as well as for broadcast networks. Leaving aside weaker advertising revenues at the moment, should that also mean lower prices for pay TV providers going forward?
  • Why 'Sesame Street' Went To HBO
    I can't help thinking back to those reports in the fall 2011 of how Netflix kids' programming -- reruns from likes of Viacom's Nickelodeon -- might have cannibalized some traditional kids' networks. Now, we have a major kids TV brand, "Sesame Street," moving, in part, from the public TV airwaves to HBO, a premium cable TV network. Does this mean parents have figured out pay TV services for kids aren't t so bad?
  • Big Media Buying Into Tech Media, Chasing Talent Pool
    Established media companies buying young media upstarts isn't a new trend -- especially when it come to tech companies looking to help those established companies make easier digital transitions. Still, many observers wonder whether those tech companies will have broader influence.
  • Sports On Viewers' Top Of Mind -- As Off-The-Field Activities Make For Reality TV
    So what are the odds that NBC's "Sunday Night Football" will be number one again in viewership for the 2015-2016 season? Pretty good. NFL continues to deliver stable TV ratings -- even with controversial on- and off-the-field drama.
  • Late-Night Talk Shows Spike More Ad Interest --- And Reruns
    Wondering how the late-night talk show scene will shake out come September -- when Stephen Colbert starts on CBS's "The Late Show"? Soon adding to the mix will be reruns of the "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson, to air on Tribune Broadcasting's Antenna TV, starting Jan. 1, 2016.
  • TV Viewers Can Be Lazy With Fast-Forwarding
    You think you're in control of your media? Better look closer, especially when you have a TV remote in one hand and a smartphone in the other.
  • Anti-Bingeing But Not Anti-TV Viewer: In A Glut TV Age
    Media consumption seems to be moving at an ever faster pace, especially when one considers bingeing. But maybe faster isn't always better. Hulu, perhaps the closest wannabe-Netflix competitor, is going to release episodes of its original TV series one episode a week -- pretty much like what traditional TV networks still do, and the opposite of Netflix's typical release of an entire season-worth of episodes all at once.
  • 2016 Could Bring More Volatility To The TV Ad Market
    NBC Sports is expecting over $1 billion in ad sales from the Summer Olympics in Rio next year. But perhaps this is a cautious estimate -- especially in light of the $1.3 billion record for ad sales recorded in the previous Summer Olympics in London in 2012.
  • Will Hacking Into TV Sets And/Or Remotes Be Next?
    While we have been worried about personal information getting into the wrong hands -- via hacking of laptops, mobile devices, or otherwise - we could start to worry about the sophisticated software inside other devices. Should we start to fear hacks into our TV sets?
  • Sobering Wall Street Media Picture: Cord-Cutting Concerns Come To Market
    If you had any doubt where the marketplace was going, all you needed to do was look at Wall Street on Wednesday, when the traditional media faced off against newer media platforms. Stock market trading of Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox, CBS., Comcast, and Time Warner stocks were down, from an eye-opening 5% to 11% -- all while Netflix was up 2.2% and Facebook gained 2.4%.
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