Ready for the return of DraftKings and FanDuel on TV? There is a strong push by the American Gaming Association, a trade group representing casinos and others in the gaming industry, to get state policymakers and officials to make these companies legal gambling businesses.
Big cable companies seem to be on the verge of making a major diversification decision. They are looking for a fourth major media/communication-related business line: wireless technology.
Donald Trump recently claimed that CNN's ratings were down in a tweet. Nielsen disagreed. Trump didn't mention his source. Does he use a TV ratings service that no one knows about?
Facebook now wants to beef up its video efforts for premium-scripted TV shows, with content found on broadcast and cable networks. A new report says Fox Sports will focus less on "written" resources for its channels, but will spend more on video.
For years, media critics have grumbled about the number of episodes per year for a TV series. The once-common 22 episodes per year has been trimmed to 13 episodes for many shows. Now, it is down to 10 for some TV shows. If Jeffrey Katzenberg has his way, we may see much shorter episode times, too.
New types of cable-like TV networks for OTT services are coming from traditional TV network creators -- not only in restructuring older fringe cable networks, but developing new cable channels.
That is what the new proposed ATSC 3.0 standard is about. It can deliver up to five times the amount of data as the existing digital broadcast standard. And for the consumer, it will offer "lower costs than conventional wireless systems."
Currently, two of Vice Media's highest-profile media assets are its basic cable channel, Viceland, and its continuing news/documentary programming on HBO. The new $450 million investment will build, per its CEO, "the largest millennial video library in the world."
Time Warner will invest $100 million in programming content for Snapchat. Part of this deal also includes an advertising component, where Time Warner's TV and film business -- HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. -- will also run media schedules on Snapchat.
Networks like to see consumers saving TV shows. They also like to know where viewers engage in that content -- such as social media. Time-shifted viewing of non-scripted/news content continues to gain value -- and with sharply higher overall TV news ratings.