• New TV Math: NBC's Most Expensive Olympics -- And Most Profitable?
    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.
  • What Will Fox's Live Prime-Time Streaming Mean For Advertisers?
    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 Converge Again: Digital Mergers With Content Companies Coming?
    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?
  • Bombs Or Phony Fireworks Bursting In Air?
    How different is one fireworks show from another? Apparently, not that much, according to one PBS TV producer.
  • 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.
  • Stream Me
    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.
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