Web Video Viewers Favor Comedy And Education: Study

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT

About 58% of adults who use the Internet watch comedy videos, up from 50% in 2009, the Pew Research Center found in a July survey of 1,003 adults. But I was surprised to see how popular serious fare has … Read More »

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Could A Viacom-Sony Deal Lead Cable Operators To Raise Prices For Streaming?

It just might if it frightens them enough to accelerate their efforts to make people pay for broadband based on how much they use — the same way they pay for electricity or water. ”This isn’t just a side show,” independent analyst Craig Moffett says. “This is THE central issue defining the value of the cable industry going forward.” And the pricing model could rock streaming companies including Netflix or, perhaps, Sony. It would be “a material risk” to Netflix’s prospects if a Sony-Viacom agreement leads to usage-based pricing, Bernstein Research’s Carlos Kirjner says. Read More »

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Roku Beats Apple TV In Homes With Streaming Media Devices: Report

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 12:02pm PDT

About 14% of all households have a streaming media device, twice the number that had one two years ago, research firm Parks Associates says today. But the most interesting finding in its new report on trends in connected TV is … Read More »

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Web Video Viewers Still Care About Audio And Video Quality: Report

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 6:06am PDT

You might wonder about that when you see how many people seem to prefer watching shows on tiny smartphone screens instead of an HDTV. But quality still matters according to a survey of more than 3,000 people in … Read More »

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TV Viewers Becoming More Distracted As Internet Makes Inroads: Study

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 2:35pm PDT

Traditional TV programmers should feel uneasy about some of the findings out today from consulting firm Deloitte’s seventh annual State Of The Media Democracy study. Only 64% of U.S. consumers ranked TV watching as one of their three … Read More »

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Nielsen Ratings To Add TV Watching Via Broadband

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 4:29pm PST

Nielsen will begin measuring viewers who watch TV programming via broadband Internet connection, the company confirmed today. Long criticized by broadcast TV networks for what they believe is significant viewership that regular ratings miss or exclude, Nielsen said its research … Read More »

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Advertisers Aren’t Ready Yet To Move Lots Of TV Spots To Online Video: Analyst

AOL, Hulu, Yahoo, and Google’s YouTube are among the companies that provided so-called “newfront” presentations to advertisers this year — sales pitches urging them to divert to Web video platforms some of the billions that they plan to spend on conventional TV. Some major advertisers including GM and Samsung Mobile have said that they expect to do just that this year. But while that’s made this upfront season interesting, “we think it is still too early for online video to be meaningfully disruptive to TV,” Barclays Equity Research analyst Anthony DiClemente says in a report this morning. He notes that most viewers still flock to TV much more than the Web: The average person spent 153:19 hours a month watching the tube in Q4 — with another 11:44 hours going to time-shifted TV — according to Nielsen data. But they devoted just 4:34 hours watching Web video, and 4:20 watching videos on mobile phones. Things are changing slowly. Monthly television watching was down 46 minutes from the average at the end of 2010, more than made up by the 1:17 hours added to timeshifted TV. But Web videos were only up 11 minutes, and there was no change in video viewing on mobile phones. What accounts Read More »

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Analyst: Pay TV Providers Have Enough Muscle To Block Competition From The Web

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 9:57am PST

It’s a shame that the general public usually can’t read industry reports from Bernstein Research’s Craig Moffett. When he’s on, which is frequently, his stuff is as thought provoking and engagingly written as anything you’d see in The Atlantic or The New Yorker. So I’ll consider it a public service to summarize his compelling effort this morning to bust one of the tech world’s most fervent beliefs: that that some company — perhaps Google, or Apple, or Netflix — will topple the pay TV oligopoly by offering cable programs or channels, possibly a la carte. Microsoft recently backed away from its dream of offering a cable-like service through its Xbox game console. Others will also give up, Moffett says, because the problem isn’t that Comcast or DirecTV are ignoring consumer demand to break up the expanded basic package. Six companies — Disney, News Corp, NBCUniversal, Time Warner, CBS, and Discovery — account for 90% of all viewing hours. They demand that their channels be sold in packages, ”and only that way,” Moffett writes. Didn’t the music industry try to do much the same thing with CDs before it had to back down and sell individual tunes for 99 cents? Yes, but the music industry had to respond to Napster offering songs for free. The danger of that happening to TV channels “is nothing like what the music industry faced ten years ago (at least, not yet),” Moffett writes. Read More »

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CBS Research Chief Says Broadcasters Will Recapture Ad $$$ From Cable: UBS Confab

Nobody delivers the pro-broadcast network message more effectively than CBS Chief Research Officer David Poltrack. But he was far more bullish than usual today at his yearly industry forecast during the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference. He … Read More »

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FT: Google Chases Pay-Per-View Dollars

By | Monday August 30, 2010 @ 8:28am PDT
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The Financial Times is reporting that Google’s YouTube site is negotiating with the Hollywood studios to participate in a pay-per-view site that will be online by year’s end. That puts it in competition with Apple, Hulu and Netflix in trying … Read More »

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Murdoch In Talks To Buy French Channels

By | Tuesday July 6, 2010 @ 8:16am PDT

Orange_CinemaStéphane Richard, the new CEO of France Télécom and its consumer arm Orange, has held informal talks with Rupert Murdoch about his buying its movie channels. Murdoch does not own any pay-TV channels in France, although Fox channels such as National … Read More »

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Report That CBS Joining Hulu “Overblown”

By | Thursday June 24, 2010 @ 3:09pm PDT

hulu smallInsiders are telling Deadline that the Bloomberg report claiming final broadcast network holdout CBS is joining Hulu as soon as this fall on a non-exclusive basis are “overblown”. Yes, there are talks going on between CBS with Hulu which already … Read More »

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