• TV Fragmentation? No Problem. Look Out For Even More Networks
    Plenty of broadcast networks, cable channels, and locally based multicast TV networks abound. But more are on the way -- and existing channels are looking to get bigger.
  • Launching A TV Show? Consider Giving Potential Viewers The Finger
    When in doubt, just give them the finger. No, not that finger. In Bravo's case, ads for a new show have created some controversy.
  • What's Forecast For TV Scatter? Too Cloudy For Some
    A television ad market that seems less "visible" to major TV executives could mean another changing marketplace -- but not necessarily less money. A weak upfront market now translates into a potential scatter market full of mystery. TV Watch hears that some broadcast networks are looking at mid-single-digit percentage gains in the fourth quarter period. Sounds about right -- maybe a little under expectations. But actual volume? Who knows.
  • So What If Digital Ad Revenues Are Higher Than TV's?
    Estimates are that revenues from digital media platforms could overtake traditional TV’s in the next few years.

    Here’s one projection: Forrester says the amount U.S. advertisers spend on digital advertising will overtake the revenue for TV advertising in 2016. By 2019, digital ad revenue will be up to $103 billion, with TV revenue lagging behind at $85.8 billion

    But that isn’t the real issue. The main concern is which companies will come out on top, whether digital advertising networks, programmatic services, digital video middle players, or maybe some traditional TV-video purveyors.

    Despite continued weakening TV ratings overall -- not ...

  • TV Networks Wish It Were '1989' Again
    Millennials -- or any music fans, for that matter -- don't buy many albums these days. Rather, they like streaming, picking out stuff on a song-by-song basis. Musicians hate this trend, but new streaming music services love it. And then Taylor Swift's "1989" comes along, bucking a lot of trends.
  • Dish Network Throws Down Gauntlet At Turner, CBS
    Bigger cracks are appearing in the pay TV ecosystem. Charlie Ergen, chairman of Dish Network, doesn't think Turner Broadcasting networks are all that special. In a recent earnings phone call, he said programming on TNT and TBS, for example, isn't as good, in viewer performance or otherwise, as AMC. A little while back, Dish took off some Turner networks, including CNN and Cartoon Network -- but not TNT and TBS. Still, Ergen says those networks will soon find the exit door. Bottom line: Dish may not take Turner back -- ever.
  • One Type Of Ad-Supported Video Screen -- From Just One Company?
    A company in a particular "screen" industry might hold an 88% market share where video advertisers buy in. Not in broadcast, cable, syndication, or digital -- that's for sure. It could be in cinema advertising. A proposed deal between National CineMedia (20,000 screens) and Screenvision (14,000) will do just that. Those two companies sell movie screen inventory to advertisers.
  • Where Did Sony Go Wrong?
    Sony Corp. continues to have it rough -- in a marketplace where, in theory, it should have an advantage. Its smartphone business is suffering, it already sold its personal computer business, and financial results are hurting. The TV manufacturing unit will be spun off -- to separate itself from the other troubled consumer equipment part of the business.
  • Exactly Who Are Friends Of Big TV Brands -- And Who Are Enemies?
    More media competitors are needed to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon, according to Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. and 21st Century Fox chairman, speaking at the Wall Street Journal's WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. Then again, don't TV networks like Fox sell their TV programming to the likes of Netflix and Amazon? It may not be part of his industry, but it's a part of his business. Where's the distinction?
  • Giving OTT Companies Equal Footing -- Almost -- To Traditional Pay TV Providers
    So the good news for wannabe Internet TV services is that the head of the Federal Communications Commission likes the idea of giving those services the same access to programming that cable and satellite operators currently enjoy. Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to "modernize our interpretation of the term 'multichannel video programming distributor' so that it is technology-neutral," and cover over-the-top video providers. But what isn't mentioned is the downside. Now those Internet TV services -- including a possible revamped Aereo -- will need to deal with those companies that control a lot of Internet access.
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