Amid ongoing issues with legacy pay TV systems, TV stations are prepping a return, at least in part, to real over-the-air TV.
Even HBO has had programming clunkers. "John From Cincinnati" started up right after the final episode of the hugely popular "Sopranos."
ESPN has been said among analysts to be the glue that holds the traditional pay TV bundle together. With its departure, cord-cutting could dramatically accelerate.
Actors and screenwriters want more transparency with streaming TV and other data. This is a negotiating point studios are offering actors and screenwriters in the jostling over the pay/salary/residual situation.
U.S. syndication programming and advertising continues to show weakness. So where does it go from here?
Can local TV streaming efforts find stable financial footing in a world dominated by social media's quick, short and easily digestible local news information and video?
Even wealthy candidates need earned-media exposure - something ad money can't buy. They may do this with news organizations but these are separate negotiations. There should never be a connection between the two.
Money for CTV is coming from existing, traditional TV ad business. This means industry cannibalization in the future with prospects from an existing pool of declining legacy TV systems.
Selling all of Disney to Apple? Nah.. Think more strategically. How about just ESPN?
If big TV-based network media companies are having trouble making money and actors and writers say they're not getting a decent wage via streaming exposure, there is something amiss.