• TV's 'Must-Have' Media Buys -- Or Lack Thereof
    Do content scarcity issues continue going into this upfront? Need to have CBS'"Big Bang Theory," or NBC's "The Voice"? Some would say yes -- especially in a world with a decreasing supply of "must-have" programming, not just in broadcast but cable as well.
  • Should We Still Call Them Cable Companies?
    For the first time ever, at the end of the first quarter, the biggest traditional cable operator in the U.S. -- Comcast -- now says it has more Internet customers than video customers: 22.369 million for high-speed broadband to 22.375 million for video. So should we still call Comcast and others "cable" companies? It depends how you define "cable."
  • Finding Those Solid Ad Revenue Stories -- Amid A Possible History-Making Upfront
    Look closely. Two independent TV network groups are preening a bit: AMC Networks and Crown Media Holdings. On Monday, AMC Networks reported 25% more advertising in the first quarter than last year; Crown Media Holdings witnessed a 14% hike in advertising in the same period.
  • Big Pay-Per-View Events Can Rack Up Millions In Revenue. Any More Takers?
    Have you forgotten what revenue the seemingly nostalgic pay-per-view platform can provide? In fact, some $400 was expected from Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight. By way of comparison, the Super Bowl pulled in $376 million in ad revenue for this year's telecast on NBC, according to the network. The Academy Awards can grab about half that amount -- $95.0 million for 2014, according to Kantar Media. Next in line is the Grammy Awards, which Kantar said took in $76.2 million last year. Big stuff for an individual night of TV.
  • NBC Tries Binge-Viewing -- And That Ain't All Bad
    Like any good TV network, NBC, in closely reading the tea-leaves about binge-TV watching, has decided to feed TV viewers' big hunger. NBC is giving viewers presumably, what they want: the entire first season -- 13-episodes -- of an new series, "Aquarius," a story set in the 1960s about the Charles Manson killings. Is there a worry NBC wants to become more like Netflix, setting up a full-time, stand-alone advertising-supported video-on-demand service with full season's worth of TV series?
  • Movie Studios May Experiment More With Shortening Digital Windows
    A big theatrical movie season seems to be upon us -- with new releases from major franchises like "Avengers: Age of Ultron." This comes after last year's mostly disastrous summer season, with the exception that big August surprise from "Guardians of the Galaxy." Studio execs won't forget that year-to-year dynamic, and continue to think about how to move new movies more quickly to the small screens.
  • Hulu Now Simplified Brand-Wise -- But Is It Netflix Competitor?
    Subscription video service Hulu Plus will take on a more easily digestible name: Hulu. As such, it will incorporate its sister, also named Hulu, which offered up a limited number of recent TV program episodes for free. The slightly revamped version will cost $7.99 a month. As Hulu Plus, the service had always been compared with Netflix. But we know that isn't really accurate. Netflix has no advertising for all its content.
  • NewFronts: Looking For Better Advertising Metrics
    In the old days, broadcast networks might count 300 upfront advertisers and 1,000 overall. Facebook has some two million advertisers; Twitter has some 100,000.
  • Supreme Court TV? Big Time, Less-Than-Pretty Arguments For Your Viewing Pleasure
    Television camera coverage has made appearances in city and state courtrooms for years -- with varying degrees of effect. Now Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants to make another effort to get cameras into the Supreme Court.
  • Disney, Fox Refuse TV Ads On Verizon Cable Bundle
    Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox won't be taking any TV advertising on its networks/platforms for Verizon's new "custom" TV cable bundle, which essentially allows consumers to buy smaller groups of TV networks.
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