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FREE OLYMPICS ONLINE — BUT THERE’S A CATCH

June 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While NBC has promised to make every London Olympics event available online live and without charge, there’s a catch, the Wall Street Journal‘s AllThingsD website observed today (Wednesday). In order to view the events, a user will have to prove that he/she is a cable-TV subscriber, and that, said the website, could prove to be […]

GERMAN CABLE OPERATOR ACHIEVES RECORD DOWNLOAD SPEED

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The time is approaching when consumers will be able to download an entire DVD in a matter of seconds. On Thursday, Kabel Deutschland, Germany’s largest cable operator, said that it had been able to deliver download speeds of 4.7GBPS during a field test in the northeastern town of Schwerin, near Hamburg. “Using this speed, a […]

ADVERTISERS NOW SPENDING AS MUCH ON CABLE AS ON BROADCAST TV

May 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time, advertisers are spending virtually as much on cable-TV programming as they are on broadcast TV, according to a report by Nielsen Research. The latest “Advertising & Audiences Report” from Nielsen observed that spending on cable TV has risen 42 percent from 2007, with ad purchases on Spanish-language cable and network TV […]

SURVEY: YOUNG PEOPLE WATCHING TV LESS

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In a study that could affect the rates that broadcast and cable outlets can charge advertisers, Nielsen Media Research has concluded that the number of hours young people watch television declined significantly in 2011. As reported by the New York Times, the drop was particularly dramatic among 12-17 year olds, who watched an average of […]

OPRAH’S CABLE NETWORK MAKES GAINS IN FIRST QUARTER

March 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Just when some analysts were shaking their heads over the dismal ratings for Oprah Winfrey’s cable network OWN, with some predicting that it could go down and cost Discovery Networks dearly — as much as $145 million — the network on Wednesday released a statement boasting of huge audience increases in the first quarter. In […]

WILL FOX CHALLENGE ESPN?

March 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A report by Bloomberg News on Wednesday that Fox Sports is considering launching a new cable sports network that would rival ESPN has been dismissed by people familiar with the matter, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). The newspaper observed that should such a network actually transpire, it could touch off fierce bidding between […]

ABC FAMILY GOBBLES UP THE HUNGER GAMES

March 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One day after debuting in theaters with a stunning gross of $155 million domestically, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and its upcoming sequel Catching Fire were picked up by the ABC Family Channel for what is likely a record price by a basic cable outlet. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, typically first-time rights […]

ANALYST SAYS FAILURE OF OWN COULD COST DISCOVERY $143 MILLION

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Unless it can engineer a massive turnaround of Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network, Discovery Communications could end the year reporting a $142.9-million loss, according to SNL Kagan analyst Derek Baine. Clearly Baine believes such a turnaround is unlikely and that Discovery will likely be forced to cut the license fee it charges cable operators to […]

NBC ALIGNS ALL ITS CABLE NETWORKS FOR SMASH RERUN

February 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Six cable networks owned by NBC Universal will simultaneously broadcast a rerun of the pilot episode of NBC’s Smash tonight from midnight to 1:00 a.m. In a statement, the company called the simulcast, which will air from midnight to 1:00 a.m. a “cable roadblock,” presumably suggesting that viewers clicking their remotes to see what’s on […]

ER CREATOR: EDGY SHOWS NOW GOING TO CABLE

January 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Writer/producer/director John Wells, who was responsible for bringing such shows as China Beach, ER, and The West Wing to television said on Thursday that he would have struck out if he tried to sell the networks any of those shows today. Instead, he would have taken those shows to cable. Currently, his Shameless airs on […]

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