MVPDs, DBS Giants Gang Up Against Sinclair’s Tribune Deal

Are broadcasters "abusing outdated rules to boost their bottom lines" and the main culprits behind the "blackout" of local broadcast TV channels on MVPDs and such DBS providers as DISH Network? That's what the American Television Alliance (ATVA) thinks, and this provides needed background as to why it is expressing concern with the FCC regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, and why it met Thursday with the FCC to discuss ATSC 3.0 rollout.

Dealer Associations Dominate TV Once Again

The end of model year clearance events are on across the nation, as auto dealers seek to make way for newly arrived 2018 model vehicles. As a result, a host of dealer associations have substantially increased their spot activity at broadcast TV, as last week’s Media Monitors TV Spot Ten report indicates. Chevrolet made the biggest move.

This QSR’s ‘Got The Meats’ … And A Meaty Cable Effort

Arby's has been an active user of TV as of late, thanks to its "We Got The Meats" campaign featuring voiceover work by actor Ving Rhames. It's now among the top 10 advertising using cable television spots to reach consumers, and build sales.

Univision Head Speaks Out On Racism

In an impassioned statement released late Friday, Univision President/CEO Randy Falco expressed pride in the multicultural America "we live in and our making." He then turned to the recent racially motivated events in Charlottesville, Va., by turning to the words of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall before noting, "The current insanity threatens to spiral out of control and has to stop. Leadership is needed."

The Benefits Of ATSC 3.0, In Three Minutes

A video of 180 seconds in length is being circulated by the NAB that's focused on a big topic of interest for those in the TV industry's collective C-Suites. What's it all about? The Next Gen TV transmission standard: ATSC 3.0.

Could ‘ABC6’ Get Snuffed For Some New England Viewers?

Come Wednesday at 7pm Eastern, DISH Network subscribers in Rhode Island, parts of Massachusetts, and one county in northeast Connecticut could have some difficulty tuning to their local ABC affiliate. That's when a carriage agreement between the DBS player and a privately held company with a name wholly familiar to radio industry veterans: Citadel Communications.
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Sinclair Says Yes To YouTube TV Deal

The company that intends to merge with Tribune Media on Thursday announced an agreement for all of its ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates, and the Tennis Channel, to be carried in their respective markets once YouTube TV debuts in those respective locales.

Newsy Goes Over-The-Top With YouTube Add

The E.W. Scripps Co.'s all-news "over-the-top" digitally distributed news channel is now available to half of all U.S. households through YouTube TV. The addition of Newsy was announced Thursday afternoon by Scripps. 

This 45-Year TV Industry Vet Is Retiring At Year’s End

The VP and Division GM for The E.W. Scripps Company is retiring after nine years with the owner of radio and TV stations, and 45 years in the industry. He will officially begin his leisure-time activity on Jan. 1, 2018.

Cable Outpaces Broadcast for Viewer Attention

That's the attention-grabbing headline plastered on the promotional announcement for the release of the latest Quarterly TV Attention Report from TVision Insights. The TVision report seeks to tell advertisers which demographics truly engage with television, which TV shows hold viewer interest, and which brands combine engaging content with effective media planning in order to garner the most attention. The Q2 2017 report yielded three key conclusions.

Can This FOX Affiliate Modify Its TV Market?

The owner of a FOX affiliate in the Deep South petitioned the FCC to modify the TV station's market to include communities some 60 miles to the northeast — including one that's the home to a major university. The FCC's Media Bureau just released its ruling on this request, from Woods Communications Corp.

ABC Says Yes To OOH Reporting From Nielsen

The Disney|ABC Television Group has given another vote of confidence to Nielsen's national out-of-home reporting service. In an announcement made Wednesday, the flagship ABC broadcast TV network will now join ESPN and ESPN2 as networks participating in the opt-in syndicated service.

A Top Local News Anchor Says Farewell To NYC

After 17 years as a morning co-anchor at WABC-7 in New York, Lori Stokes is leaving the Walt Disney Co. O&O. She made the announcement just before 7am. Stokes, along with 10+-year co-anchor Ken Rosato, enjoyed the highest ratings of any local news program broadcast in the U.S. A search for her successor is on.
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‘Digital Must Plateau’ … But When?

Are advertising agencies and the digital darlings of Madison Avenue smack dab in the middle of "a new era" for digital? "We don’t think so," declares Pivotal Research Group Senior Research Analyst for Advertising Brian Wieser. Wieser has data that debunks this theory.

Nielsen Bulks Up Its Digital Content Ratings

Enabled publisher clients will now be able to receive credit for video distributed on Facebook and YouTube in Nielsen's Digital Content Ratings. Additionally, one growing OTT service will be providing select media partners with credit for current series content distributed on the platform, with data evaluation set to begin this month.

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