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Clearing the Clutter

Media companies have long believed in the wisdom of continually expanding the number of TV networks in their stable. Part of the theory behind this is that the more networks they have, the more chances that a viewer will watch one of their commercials during a specific time slot. That POV relies on the continued […]

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Swimming Upstream

News this week from the annual NAB show in Las Vegas: Among the usual announcements from the OTT platform vendors, Ben Sherwood (co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group) announced a new program designed to help ABC local affiliates license their live linear feeds into digital platforms from both traditional MVPDs (i.e., TVE) […]

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The Data Trap

The network Upfronts are once again upon us, the time of year when programmers try and sell as much of their advertising inventory as possible. Once again, this year we’re hearing a lot about data and about all the new data-driven ad-buying programs the broadcast and cable networks have to offer. But are these programs […]

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The Hokey-Pokey

“You put your right foot in, your take your right foot out….” A number of interesting news stories around Verizon this month. First, Verizon completed the $10.5 billion sale of its FiOS broadband business in California, Florida, and Texas (the three largest states in the country by population) to Frontier Communications. Second, Verizon announced a […]

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Changing Of The Guard

This week E. W. Scripps bought Cracked, a comedy website popular with Millennials. It comes on the heels of Time Warner-property Turner making a sizable investment in Mashable, and Verizon making a $159M investment in hot MCN AwesomenessTV. Are all these established media companies foolish to invest in these Internet properties or is there a […]

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Winner Take Most

I’m happy to report the publication of TDG’s latest report, The Future of TV Viewing, 2016-2025. For obvious reasons, a new TDG long-term forecast of TV and video viewing is a big deal. If you are already a TDG Member, this is a must-read. If you are in the video industry and not yet a […]

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Starz Walks The OTT Route

Starz announced this week that it was releasing its own standalone OTT app. For $8.99/month fans can watch original series like Outlander and Black Sails, along with a host of new and classic movies (everything from Ant-Man to Fat Albert to Guardians of the Galaxy). In doing so, they join fellow premium cable networks like […]

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Cord Barelys

News this week that MCN Fullscreen is launching a SVOD service. The $4.99/month offering will launch on April 26 with AT&T (which partially owns Fullscreen via its Otter Media JV with the Chernin Group) as the launch partner. The core of the service will be original TV shows built around Fullscreen’s stable of YouTube stars. […]

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It’s A Video World

Three developments this week reaffirm the primacy of video in today’s media landscape: Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service, increased the length of videos users could upload from fifteen seconds to sixty. Mic, a news site aimed at Millennials, announced the launch of a curated channel on Apple TV. Spotify, the streaming music service, raised $1B, […]

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An Inconvenient Truth

Two unrelated stories caught my eye this week and got me thinking more about live video. The first was news earlier this month that Meerkat has given up on live streaming and is going to try and pivot to being a social network for video. The second story was Fox’s latest live musical, The Passion, […]

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The Right Bet?

Showtime announced this week that it would be rolling out the first season of its new series “Dice” a semi-fictionalized account of the life of comedian Andrew Dice Clay, on an all-at-once basis. Releasing series on an all-at-once basis has formerly been the province of streaming services like Amazon and Netflix who (A) want to […]

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Yin and Yang

Rumors this week from the New York Post that Facebook and Twitter are contemplating bringing live TV programming to their platforms. The odds of this happening in the short run seem fairly slim. Nevertheless, the more interesting questions (with respect to the future of TV) are why they would even be talking about it, and […]

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