LIN TV began warning Time Warner Cable subscribers in 14 markets Wednesday that they will lose the feeds for stations carrying ABC, NBC, Fox and NBC on May 31 unless the MSO agrees to cough up increased retransmission-consent fees.
More potential bidders have emerged for Hulu, and incumbent pay-TV distributors are now said to be among those interested in the online video company.
Word that ABC would stream live programming to the iPad left me thinking about a demo SeaChange and Tellabs ran at The Cable Show convention last year. The demo showed how programmers could use Web browsing data stored on the iPad to deliver targeted ads in live video.
While Dish Network reported increased subscriber churn in the first quarter, executives told analysts Thursday that they expect its new Hopper DVR will help it improve retention and drive increased revenue from homes that take the product.
Reports continue to surface that new parties are evaluating Hulu as a potential acquisition target. Yahoo is the latest corporate name to come up in Hulu's reported sale discussions.
Nielsen said Tuesday that it will include homes that can only receive video programming through a broadband Internet connection in its 2014 estimate of the U.S. TV household universe, which will expand by 1.2 percent to 115.6 million.
Years ago, soon after I began writing about the TV business, I investigated how I could find one of the households that Nielsen uses to generate its ratings reports. I never found a Nielsen household, but this February, the next best thing happened: A Nielsen representative called me and asked if I'd be willing to participate in a ratings survey.
When cable networks and distributors fail to agree on terms for a new contract, it often comes down to who can endure the most pain from a blackout that could leave subscribers without their favorite shows. Using the threat of a blackout has become a key negotiating tactic for both programmers and distributors, and PR strategy is now as essential as a skilled affiliate sales team.
WASHINGTON-- Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton touted the innovation of the company's Hopper DVR while criticizing the broadcasters that have protested its ad-skipping technology. Clayton made these comments while accepting an award from the Consumer Electronics Association here Wednesday night.
Two weeks after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from Fox, CBS and other broadcasters for an injunction that would shut down Internet video platform Aereo, the broadcasters have asked the court to rehear their case.