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Topic: Cable

Ratings Slump Dings Broadcast Sales Networks’ Q1 spend slips 5 percent; cable on the rise

Diluted prime-time deliveries and a calendar quirk that moved NCAA Final Four dollars into April contributed to a $317 million decline in first-quarter broadcast TV ad expenditures. According to a new…

June 25, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

You Endure More Commercials When Watching Cable Networks Compared to broadcast

Is the viewer in the bathroom during your prime-time ad? If that ad is on CMT, there’s a good chance he is. If it runs on Bravo, she’ll be more…

June 23, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

Big Cable Offering Producers Incentives to Stay Off the Web Include higher fees as well as threats to drop programming

Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV operators are offering incentives to producers to withhold content from Internet services, Bloomberg reported. Bloomberg's unnamed sources said the incentives take the form of higher…

June 13, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

Fox Makes Headway as First Week of Upfront Deals Ends Network sacrifices bigger CPM hikes for dollar volume

After jumping out to an early start on Wednesday, Fox steadily has been closing its 2013-14 upfront deals, writing business at slightly less inflated rates than in recent years. According to…

May 31, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

The Big Items on the FCC’s To-Do List Much work to be done

Did anyone really think that Julius Genachowski wouldn’t leave the media ownership rules for the next guy? Or the always-in-court, nearly impossible to legally defend broadcast indecency rules? Even with…

May 26, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

Is Cable Finally Getting Parity With Broadcast? Both are changing

On Monday, top executives at both NBC and Fox upfronts did something you don’t usually see in a network presentation. They admitted they weren’t happy with their product, either. “We…

May 19, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

PwC: Digital Consumption Driving Media Dealmaking Demand for spectrum, streaming content at core of investment activity

Companies in the media industry are making investments to keep up with consumers' shift to digital consumption, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' newly released 2013 U.S. deal insights for the entertainment, media…

April 25, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

CNBC Gets Serious About Web Video With Puppets and Bacon Tacos Going lighter and broader

When you think of CNBC, naturally you think of gossipy puppets and bacon tacos, right? OK, maybe not. But that’s where the power suit crowd-serving cable network wants to take viewers,…

April 21, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

Syfy's Transmedia Gamble Defiance Gets Off on the Right Foot 200,000 pre-orders for game

Easily NBCUniversal’s biggest cable launch this year, the $100 million-plus science fiction series Defiance bowed last night to 2.73 million total viewers. That puts its far ahead of the season-to-date…

April 16, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

GSN Upfront: Apolo Ohno to Host New Minute to Win It, More American Bible Challenge Religion-focused quiz shows and competitions part of network's unscripted blueprint

Everything old is new again at the Game Show Network. At the Sony Club this morning, the cable channel said it has green-lighted a new version of Minute to Win…

April 9, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

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