Think NBC is spending too much on Olympics programming? Maybe NBC knows something we don't. Even with all the potential problems of the Rio games -- infrastructure, polluted waterways, economic instability, senior elected officials looking to be ousted, and, oh yes, the threat of the Zika virus -- NBC high-profile sports content looks to make money, and lots of it.
For local Fox-affiliated TV stations, the Fox deal to start live streaming of its prime-time programming is a good one. But will it be enough to stir local viewers and advertisers in the near term?
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?
How different is one fireworks show from another? Apparently, not that much, according to one PBS TV producer.
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.
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!)
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 has finally released viewing data for some Netflix programs. And guess what? The numbers are pretty much what one might have expected.
Truthfully, how many of us check our streaming options, including Hulu, HBO Go, Acorn TV, PBS Kids, etc. before checking what's on TV? If we even channel-surf at all.