The industry is abuzz with news that Disney and CBS are in the early stages of negotiations with Apple to join an online video subscription service that could launch as part of iTunes as early as next year, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. But […] Read more »
A few years back when big media companies were snatching up web startups for exorbitant prices, old-fashioned concepts like corporate synergy were not a priority. Many acquisitions came with promises to leave startup’s brands, products and leadership alone. That didn’t end up working so well. Read more »
Football fans, take notice: Tomorrow, it’s West Point vs. Annapolis, and when the service academy rivals meet up for the 110th time, CBS Sports will not only broadcast the game on TV, but stream it online for free. Starting on 2:30 p.m. ET (that’s 11:30am for […] Read more »
Comcast, NBC Execs Meet with FCC Commissioners; seeking approval for the Comcast-NBC deal, Brian Roberts and Jeff Zucker separately met with four of the five FCC commissioners, in discussions that have been called “introductory.” (Bloomberg) YouTube Chief Says Ad Sales Are Soaring; co-founder Chad Hurley said […] Read more »
NBC Launches Social ‘Communicator’ Tool; new ad-supported application allows users to watch full-length episodes of NBC programming, with built-in texting and unlimited VOIP calls. (paidContent) CBS High School Sports Site Inks Deal With Comcast; MaxPreps.com will produce hundreds of short-form video features on local high school […] Read more »
Over the past three years, the Internet has become a major secondary distribution platform for free-to-air broadcast programming. Whether through network programmers’ own sites, such as ABC.com, or through aggregators like Hulu and TV.com, ad-supported broadcast programming today is generally available online shortly after its initial airing at no cost to the user. However, programming such as ESPN, TNT and the Discovery Channel, which originates on pay-TV platforms (i.e. cable, satellite and telco TV services) has been a different story.
Cable system operators and other multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) are loathe to see the programming for which they are charging subscribers hefty monthly fees made available “over-the-top” without a subscription. Over time, they fear, consumers would be tempted to drop their expensive cable service if they could access their favorite programs online.
Cable networks, for their part, collect hefty fees from MVPDs for the right to retransmit their programming, from a few cents per subscriber per month, to as much as $3.75 per subscriber per month, for the most popular channels like Disney’s ESPN. In aggregate, cable networks collect about $25 billion per year in “affiliate fees” from MVPDs, about the same amount as they generate collectively from advertising sales.
As a result, much of the original programming on pay-TV networks is not currently available online, and that which is often doesn’t appear until well after its original air date. The popularity of portals like Hulu (not to mention illegal sources of TV content), however, has accustomed consumers to expect access to their favorite shows online, putting pressure on the industry to respond. Network programmers and marketers, meanwhile, are also anxious to extend their programming franchises by tapping the broad, online audience.
TV Everywhere, which aims to make subscription programming available online exclusively to current pay-TV subscribers, represents an effort to square that circle. In this report, we look at the players, potential costs, and emerging opportunities of these efforts. Read more »
Playboy Getting into TV Everywhere; adult network in talks with operators about wrapping an online option into the pay channel’s subscription. (Multichannel News) Shenanigans with Video Ad Delivery; some video ad networks being deceptive about the number of impressions they deliver by counting auto-playing ads that […] Read more »
One of the more memorable Monty Python bits is the “Bring out your dead!” segment from The Holy Grail. The poor subject of the joke pleading “I’m not dead yet!” is a fitting metaphor for the network TV world, which breathed a collective sigh of relief […] Read more »
It’s that time of the year again: TV networks are debuting new shows and hoping that established names will bring in huge ratings. These numbers became even more important than usual after Techcrunch published an internal email of CBS Interactive CEO Quincy Smith this week. Smith […] Read more »
Leaked CBS Email Calls Out Hulu’s “Reckless Streams”; executive memo ponders how hard it would be to prove ratings declines are a result of Hulu. (TechCrunch) A Primer on Safe Harbors; with recent court cases like Universal v. Veoh in the news, here’s a refresher on […] Read more »
CBS Launching Katie Couric Web Show; weekly “online conversations” with the CBS news anchor to feature big names and run for 20-30 minutes each. (Media Decoder) Report: MySpace Plans to Launch New Vid Service; with some help from Hulu, the site will supposedly offer more feature […] Read more »
CBS Sports announced today that all of the SEC football games the network broadcasts will also be streamed live for free on CBSSports.com. CBS’ coverage of the SEC starts this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET with Tennessee vs. top-ranked Florida. CBSSports will live stream 15 SEC […] Read more »
Lindsay Campbell, one of the early faces of web video as the host of Wallstrip, which was bought by CBS in 2007 for $4 million, is back on the PC screen today with a new show, Small Business Rules for Next New Networks. The show is […] Read more »
CBSSports.com launches the second season of its Fantasy Football Today live web series this week with an expanded show that it says will deliver all the information fantasy footballers want to know. Chances are good that either you or someone you know is in a fantasy […] Read more »
The audience for live broadcast TV is older than ever. According to new research from Magna Global, the median ages for CBS, ABC and NBC are expected to be over 50 years old this fall (via Variety). For the just-completed season, the major broadcasters were already […] Read more »
FOX Tries to Find “Gleeks;” network rolls out a sweepstakes that awards people for pushing the show on social networks. (Did no one at FOX know that “Gleeking” is spitting, though?) (The Wrap) iTunes Error Releases Mad Men Episode Early; “My Old Kentucky Home” was supposed […] Read more »
CBS’ Smith on Authentication: Not Anytime Soon; says “TV Everywhere” won’t get mass adoption until 2014 because of different distributor technologies, legal issues and metrics. (paidContent) Discovery Launches iPhone App; features clips from Mythbusters, Man vs. Wild, Dirty Jobs and more. (emailed release) “How do I […] Read more »
The term “digital home” has been tossed around for a number of years with few indications of how big the market actually is. Small startup companies and potentially-disruptive technologies are regularly identified as the key players in what was, in 2008, a $553 billion U.S. market. ... Read more at GigaOM Pro »
Broadcast Networks Cut Upfront Ad Prices; estimates peg the decline at 15 to 20 percent off last year, dipping to $7.5 billion, a dollar figure not seen since 2001. (The LA Times) TiVo Gets Rovi’s Data; DVR service will get access to Rovi’s metadata, which includes […] Read more »
The emergence of a commercially significant electronic book (e-book) market in the past three years has been the result of two quite-recent technological developments. The first, and most critical, has been a breakthrough in the technology for manufacturing reflective electronic paper displays (EPDs), allowing for the introduction of affordable, lightweight and portable e-book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader.
The second has been the rollout of reliable “3G” wireless broadband networks, which have made it possible to deliver digital books directly to reading devices without the intermediate steps of downloading files to a PC and then transferring them to a reader. Direct-to-device sampling and delivery, particularly with Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPhone, have enabled impulse-driven e-commerce, which has been critical to early consumer adoption of e-books.
The technology for e-books, however, remains nascent. The Kindle and its ilk are very much first-generation devices that deliver the minimally acceptable experience. Further development of the business will be closely tied to future technological developments, including flexible and color displays, format standardization and rich-media applications. As the market grows, there are numerous opportunities for other technology players, from social networks to cloud service providers and more. This report examines the trends and opportunities ahead. Read more at GigaOM Pro »
Eric Schmidt Resigns from Apple’s Board; move comes as the two companies increasingly compete head-to-head in multiple sectors. (GigaOM) Report: Netflix Coming to iPhone/Touch and the Wii? Multichannel’s unnamed industry source says you’ll be able to watch on additional devices (though probably only over WiFi). (Multichannel […] Read more »
CBS Streaming Cronkite funeral; CBSNews.com has exclusive right to record the memorial service of its esteemed former anchor at 2 p.m. ET today. (stream here) Arqiva to Acquire Project Kangaroo Assets; infrastructure company intends to launch a new video-on-demand service in the UK using platform from […] Read more »
When CBS jumped onto Comcast’s OnDemand Online trial this morning, we took note because it was the first traditional broadcaster to sign onto the authentication program. The press announcement wasn’t exactly jam-packed with details, so we contacted CBS Interactive President Quincy Smith, who gave us a […] Read more »
CBS announced today that it will become the first broadcast network to join Comcast’s OnDemand Online trial program this summer. According to the press release, the partnership will “expand the number of top-rated TV shows available online,” but didn’t provide any specifics about programming. Typically, authentication […] Read more »
If I was the Count from Sesame Street I would say something like, “Three! Three of the four major broadcast networks now have their content on Hulu!” (with accent, of course). ABC, which had long been a Hulu holdout, refusing to run its full-length content anywhere […] Read more »
Over the past year, YouTube has made a concerted effort to embrace premium content like TV shows to attract ad revenue. But according to a new report from Screen Digest analyst Arash Amel, the video-sharing giant faces an uphill battle as the Hollywood networks and studios […] Read more »
[qi:032] Cablevision today got further blessings from the Supreme Court, which decided not to hear an appeal in the networked DVR-related litigation. We have been following this story pretty closely, and frankly, it is good to see an end to litigation around this technology. Many studios […] Read more »
Social TV is a big trend this year, so we’re always eager to see how it’s being adopted out in the wild. While talking to us about his platform’s recent Twitter integration, View2Gether‘s CEO Chris Adams also shared some nice stats on how his company’s white-label […] Read more »
When will the biggest live event on television ever have a chance to become the biggest live event on the Internet? Probably not anytime soon. The Super Bowl is in a class of its own. CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus told a paidContent conference […] Read more »
SAG Contract Fight Heads to YouTube; Tom Hanks and other celebs urge actors to vote yes on the contract offered by the AMPTP. (The Wrap) YouTube Looks to Create SafeTube; standalone site would be family-friendly version of the video site. (Guardian) Showtime Uses the Kindle to […] Read more »
Major League Baseball Nabs Geo-location Patent; system will tell if MLB.TV users are in areas where games need to be blacked out. (Silicon Alley Insider) Felicia Day on Questions You Should Ask Before Starting a Web Series; new media mogul suggests figuring out how your project […] Read more »
When is an iPhone Not an iPhone? When AT&T calls it a PC to explain why SlingPlayer for the iPhone won’t include 3G support. (GigaOM) See our review of the SlingPlayer iPhone app. Nielsen: 11 Million People Watched Mobile Video in Q4 2008; mobile video viewing […] Read more »
With the news this week that CBS would be banishing its new series Harper’s Island to Saturday night after sliding ratings, we checked in with Greg Goodfried, EQAL co-founder, president and COO, to ask about the future of companion web series Harper’s Globe. Goodfried pushed the […] Read more »
100 DVDs on a Single Disc; breakthrough in storage comes courtesy of G.E., and is a result of the company’s work in holography. (The New York Times) Court Says Limelight Doesn’t Infringe on Akamai’s Patent; legal battles have been ongoing since July 2006, Akamai says it […] Read more »
Despite the economic gloom, first quarter has been fairly positive for online video. A few companies have had to shut down, others have seen layoffs, but overall, the market appears to be embracing this new frontier in entertainment. Even the big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS), the ... Read more at GigaOM Pro »
After two and a half years of writing at NewTeeVee, we’re firmly of the belief that video wants to be social. Combining television and interactivity is one of those topics that makes sense. We like to be entertained together — even sitting with strangers in a ... Read more at GigaOM Pro »
Monthly viewer stats used to be pretty boring to write. To paraphrase Jan Brady, it was always “YouTube, YouTube, YouTube!” Then along came Hulu and things got more interesting as the premium content site started to take off. According to Nielsen, March was a mixed bag […] Read more »
Harper’s Island, the 13-episode “mystery event,” debuts tonight on CBS, where it will spin a gory yarn about a wedding gone wrong in a town with a bloody past. Fans of companion web series Harper’s Globe are already four weeks ahead of the game, having familiarized themselves […] Read more »
So the pioneering Wallstrip is still M.I.A., but CBS has figured out a new way to combine finance and online video for its new CBS MoneyWatch.com personal finance site, formally launching Tuesday. The site aims to give a more real and realistic take on money than […] Read more »
File this as more of a curiosity rather than hard-hitting news, but while watching 60 Minutes tonight, I noticed an on-air promo directing people to watch the episode’s interview with Dolly Parton on Fancast. Not at CBSNews.com, or CBS-owned (s CBS ) TV.com — but on […] Read more »