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  • UnComfortably Numb
    Last week, my cable provider, Comcast, stuffed my monthly biller with a 14-paged, weathered-white and dull-blacked, densely worded brochure (7 front and back) alerting me to "Customer Privacy Notice for ...
  • A Time Shifter, A Searcher And A Singer Of International Madrigals: Creative Accounting
    Throughout my 35-year professional media existence, whether as a television buyer of national commercial time or a burgeoning televisualist, rarely, if ever, have I had intercourse with creative TV commercial ...
  • Set-Top-Box Think-Tanking: An Agnostication Tally-Hoed
    On Jan. 7, 2009, a group of comrades ventured to meet and discuss the current state of the state of set-top-box thinking in the U.S. Fellow travelers from other countries ...
  • Who's Zooming Who: Applied Mathematics
    Recently, TV Week's Daisy Whitney wrote a piece about a study conducted by research firm Solutions Research Group on young adult utilization of broadband video vs. digital video recorders. The ...
  • A Canoe Venues Commentary: Less Booty for More Bounty
    The visual: three cowboys sitting at a bar. The one furthest to the left is wearing a hat that is eight times the size of his head. He is staring ...
  • The Collaborative Alliance Rides Again
    On March 24 in New York City at The Helen Mills Theater, MPG & MediaContacts, Havas siblings, will stage its quarterly forum, The Collaborative Alliance, where content creators, technologists, distributors ...
  • The Forging of the Fellowship Of The Digital Rings Accelerates
    Last week, Comcast, the largest cabler in the U.S. (24 million subscribers), dominant stakeholder of the pronouncement-prone Project Canoe, and majority partner in National Cable Communications (NCC), the nation's largest ...
  • Adressable TV Advertising Pricing: A Has-Been, Not A Be-What?
    Ever since WPP invested in Invidi, Microsoft adopted Navic, Visible World deployed in Cablevision's Brooklyn, OpenTV proudly engaged with NASA personnel in Huntsville and Starcom proffered its often headlined 56% ...
  • Enee, Menee, Minee, Moe: Regardless Of The Media, When You Hook 'Em Don't Let 'Em Go
    On the floor to the left of the deck in my home office perches four, three-foot stacks of catalogues. No matter how I diminish its number, it is steadfast in ...
  • The Music Lesson: The Evolution Of Co-opetition?
    I was first introduced to the concept of "Co-opetition" in mid-year 2007 by a dreadlocked fellow named Manu Lawrence, who presided over the hip-hop video destination site SandboxTV. According to ...
  • A Set Top Box Set-Up
    At the last MPG Collaborative Alliance (Dec. 3) EVAD Consulting's Frank Foster and Current TV's Theresa Pepe Falcone's succinct presentations focused on issues shaping audience measurement as the media community ...
  • Proposition 8: An Addressable Advertising Case Study
    I was perusing a recent New York Time article entitled, "Mormons Tipped Scale in Ban on Gay Marriage," about the machinations behind the successful implementation of Proposition 8, which voters ...
  • What's Next: Snuff Films, Decapitations And Mutilations With Marketers' Logos Embossed On The Victims' Bodies. Ask FCC Chairman Martin
    At this juncture, I thought I would take a written moment to revisit some landmark taboos that have surreptitiously made their way into the TV homes of America that has ...
  • The Collaborative Alliance: The Agenda Continues
    On Dec. 3 in New York City at The Helen Mills Theater, MPG & MediaContacts, Havas siblings, will stage its quarterly forum, The Collaborative Alliance, where content creators, technologists, distributors ...
  • An Out of Home Digital Video Party! & Nielsen / IMMI Pallor?
    A few weeks ago, media buying agency MPG, a sibling in the Havas family, birthed a new out of home digital video/experiential group, Chrysalis, cocooned by Connie Garrido. In celebration, ...
  • How To Catch A Fleeting Expletive
    Don't know. Never been caught -- though sighted, cited but not convicted. Supreme Court orally arguing. First time in 30 years. Broadcast indecency standards. ...
  • Deja vu All Over Again: Radio To Online Video
    After I graduated from Betty Owens secretarial school in March 1975, my first job interview was with The American Bible Society for a secretarial position. My application was rejected. Too ...
  • The Horizontical
    I remember that when I started in the media business, around the mid-70s, the community's attention was focused on reach. Mass reach. Broad reach. Television. The cult of the horizontal. ...
  • For What It's Worth
    Honestly, lately I'm having trouble making sense of all of the numbers and concepts I come across in the average 24-hour media barrage. Let me share some examples.... ...
  • Set Top Box Data: A Directional Exemplary Vivisection & Translation (Part II)
    After I published last week's TV Board, I was admonished by a friend - a charming, very tall, Olympic-swimming Brit: "You of all people should understand that set top boxes ...
  • Set Top Box Data: An Exemplary Vivisection & Translation
    A month ago, I was able to gets my hands on one week of mid-summer set top box data from a U.S. market that is situated far, far, far west. ...
  • In The Zone: The Cable Operator's Addressable Video Pass
    Inevitably, whenever members of the media community and trade discuss TV addressable video advertising, the focus of their attention is on the technology, the software, while the cable operator platform ...
  • The Inaugural Collaborative Alliance
    On Sept. 18 in New York City at The Helen Mills Theater, MPG & MediaContacts, Havas siblings, will launch The Collaborative Alliance, a quarterly forum where content creators, technologists, distributors ...
  • Nielsen's STB RFP, Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart' & Machiavelli's 'Prince'
    Last week, Nielsen Media Research, as underwriter of the Council for Research Excellence (38 clients of NMR plus two representatives of Nielsen), initiated an RFP (request for proposals): "The Set ...
  • The Continual Forging Of The Fellowship Of The Digital Rings
    National Cable Communications (NCC), the nation's largest spot cable advertising representation firm -- and owned by the country's largest cable systems operators -- has been retained by satcaster DirecTV to ...
  • Ruminating About The Cable Industry
    While attending an industry gathering last week, myself and a few colleagues were asked to muse on the challenging times ahead for the various pay TV platforms. My assignment: cable ...
  • A Lighter Shade of Pale: Digital Terrestrial Programming Initiatives
    Did you catch the announcement last week about Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Weigel Broadcasting unveiling plans to launch a new TV network, This TV, utilizing unused local digital TV spectrum? ...
  • Dialing For Dollars: The Price of Gas?
    Sometimes I'm forced to hire a sitter for Jango, my 85-pound golden retriever. Last week I sojourned to San Francisco to deliver an OMMA addressable television lecture -- eleven-year-old son ...
  • If Project Canoe Was To Lay An Egg...
    The visual: a small bird is calmly nesting a giant, giant egg that is perched on the bough of a tree. Another small bird is standing across from the nest ...
  • As Canoe Paddles Forth, Is Video on Demand In The Wake?
    During the 2002/03 broadcast season I was fortunate to have consulting agreements with cable systems operators and established linear cable networks to help launch their video-on-demand platforms -- ad-supported as ...