• 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.
  • More TV Cameras Everywhere: Will Consumers Need To Be Their Own TV Editors/Producers?
    During the recent impromptu sit-in by House legislators, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, decided to adjourn the House and shut down C-Span network cameras. But that didn't stop the broadcast -- not when everyone had a TV distribution platform in their pocket.
  • Big Data Helping To Produce Better Shows And Ads?
    The art of casting seems to be an increasing crucial element in producing shows or commercials. Enter Big Data for help with this process.
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