Time Warner Cable's CEO, Jeff Bewkes, says the company is open to providing a broadband-only version of HBO to pay TV non-subscribers. "As many as 10M homes receive Internet service without cable or satellite, [Bewkes] says," writes David Lieberman. “If you take out old people, it’s probably 5M or 6M.”
Looks like the Newark Star-Ledger, seemingly on the chopping block with a deadline of Sept. 27 for pay cuts from four unions, just may survive after all, according to both the publisher and a union rep quoted by Keith Kelly. "While it appears savings might fall short of the $9 million level [requested], it is close enough for both sides to keep talking," writes Kelly.
Aereo is set to expand its streaming TV service to four new cities: Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and San Antonio. Specific launch dates will be announced later this year.
magazine has decided to kill the comments section on its website, noting that "comments 'erode the popular consensus'
on scientifically validated topics... such as climate change and evolution," writes Derek Thompson, paraphasing the pub's online content director, Suzanne LaBarre. Thompson looks at how other sites handle commenters, noting that PopSci
's decision was "like a narrow Supreme Court opinion" --
that is, "c
ase-specific" -- and that comments are both good and bad for online journalism.
NBC has been suffering from "a monetization gap" on content at least since Comcast bought it in 2011, when it "was collecting just $4 million a year in retransmission fees," according to parent company CFO Michael Angelakis, speaking at a Goldman Sachs Conference. NBC's transmission fees have grown considerably, to $200 million this year -- "though that still lags the competition," reports Paul Bond.
Linear programming is dead," writes Albert Lai in a post explaining the model for leanback "Me TV," where publishers program for an individual. "For fans of game shows, programming could aggregate content by show, aggregated show clips (e.g., Final Jeopardy), or even intersperse video content with sponsored interactive games," he writes. Interesting post even if Lai's note on broadcasters doing themed content suddenly switches to a mention of "The Stanford Theatre on University Avenue" without mentioning what city we're talking about, and then makes what we old movie snobs would label a horrible mistake, calling "Roman Holiday" a Cary Grant …
Will Glamour's editor be the next head on the chopping block (following the editors of Lucky and Condé Nast Traveler) as Anna Wintour continues her reign as Condé Nast artistic director as well as Vogue editor? The Glamour scenario is a definite possibility, reports David Carr in this post analyzing Wintour's power within the company. "Apart from making for a more difficult workplace, the situation violates a history of creative independence at Condé Nast," he writes. "Now, a magazine belongs to its editor until it does not." Carr is skeptical that Wintour's skills and "rarefied fashion values" can be transferred …
Hearst Digital President Troy Young, described by one former colleague "as "brutally dispassionate about decision making," is making waves at the company where he was hired in May, having already "fired the top web editors at two of Hearst's biggest brands, Cosmopolitan and Elle, and butted heads with editors and publishers over the content and look of the Hearst websites," writes Michael Sebastian. This post is not only shows exactly what Young is like, but details changes afoot for Hearst Digital, right now focused on a redesign of Cosmo's website, which will "incorporate new ad products," writes Sebastian.
The Boston Globe is testing 61Fresh, a news aggregator that appears as a website and Twitter feed. Totally algorithm-driven, 61Fresh "looks for tweets that link to stories or updates from just over 500 pre-selected websites in the Boston area," and delivers those showing the most interest, writes Justin Ellis. "The lessons from the project will be applied in the future, either for a stand-alone aggregator or built into parts of Boston.com."
Twitter has just landed a big fish ad account: CBS, which "intends to use [the] Twitter Amplify [program] to showcase content from 42 products, from TVGuide.com to its fantasy football site," writes Vindu Goel. "As an example, Twitter and CBS showed off a possible '60 Minutes in 60 Seconds' ad, which could promote content from the venerable television news magazine."