• Media Moguls Converge Again: Digital Mergers With Content Companies Coming?
    Media moguls are in summer camp right now -- complete with bike riding, hiking, and whitewater rafting at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley, Idaho conference. Will this mean big ground-breaking media deals to come in the coming months -- or just some scruffy knees and light poison ivy issues?
  • Bombs Or Phony Fireworks Bursting In Air?
    How different is one fireworks show from another? Apparently, not that much, according to one PBS TV producer.
  • Deal: Netflix Gets Fresher Network Episodes Sooner. Who, If Anyone, Suffers?
    Is Netflix now less of a threat to linear TV networks' ad revenue? Its new agreement with the CW network seems to head in this direction. Netflix will now be able to air a full season of CW shows just days after the most current season's finale airs, instead of having to wait a full year.
  • Forget Ad Blocking -- This Tech Could Make It Way Harder For Commercials To Find Audience
    Veteran TV producers, beware. Your valuable works of art -- TV -- are in danger of becoming part of a highlight reel: Think ESPN's "SportsCenter" for a night of prime-time dramas, comedies and reality shows. The trick comes from using new apps that can speed of time of a TV show by 1.5 to 2 times the normal speed. (And no, the actors don't sound like chipmunks!)
  • How Far Will TV Networks Go With Their Sports Investments?
    What will TV networks do next with sports? Perhaps take even more stakes in new sports businesses related to leagues/organizations. For example, Walt Disney has inked a deal to acquire a one-third stake in the video-streaming technology services division of MLB Advanced Media for $3.5 billion, which is jointly owned by the 30 baseball teams.
  • Nielsen's Netflix Ratings Finally Arrive: Big Yawn?
    Nielsen has finally released viewing data for some Netflix programs. And guess what? The numbers are pretty much what one might have expected.
  • More Retrans Money Flows To TV Stations -- Is OTT Next Big Revenue Bonanza?
    TV station groups can take heart in the knowledge that -- in the near term, anyway -- retransmission revenues will continue to rise sharply. But is this offering up a false sense of security?
  • Cable News Network Viewership Up, Not Surprising For Election Year
    Through a six-month period, Fox says it is having the highest year ever in viewership -- averaging 2.2 million prime time. No doubt CNN and MSNBC results in this big election year mean strong claims for those networks as well. But this doesn't really say much about voters issues and concerns.
  • What Can U.S. Media Owners Learn From Brexit?
    Soon after the Brexit vote -- and subsequent U.S. media stock market declines -- those with particularly strong European interests voiced some concerns.
  • How Much Of Media Is Really Copycat These Days?
    Led Zeppelin did not steal the beginning riff of "Stairway to Heaven," a jury says -- but copycat media will continue to go on. Don't worry; this story has a happy ending. Music historians have noted that musical themes have been borrowed, modified, or yes, even stolen, for centuries. In a much shorter business life span, TV, movies, and other media have not been immune to this activity, either.
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