Journal Broadcast Group is beginning to warn Time Warner Cable subscribers in California, Wisconsin and Nebraska that they may lose TV stations affiliated with CBS and NBC unless the MSO agrees to pay increased retransmission-consent fees before its contract expires on June 30.
This week, I attended my first trade show, the NCTA Cable Show, in Washington, D.C. Among all the products, vendors, solutions providers and cable networks, one common theme stood out to me: the importance of a seamlessly integrated multiscreen experience.
Broadcasters asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to block Alki David's Aereokiller service from operating there. The move could hurt Aereo, the Barry Diller- backed service which allows customers to lease small, remote TV antennas and DVRs to watch over-the-air TV shows online.
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.