Pai On 5G: Trump Will Let Private Sector Take The Lead

Ensuring 5G's rollout is done smartly and efficiently will see the private sector take the lead. That's according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who said so in an editorial appearing in the April 26 edition of The Kansas City Star.

The 2019 Sports Report: Everything TV Stations Need To Know

Kagan analyst Adam Gajo has completed The 2019 Sports Report, and we've got details on his findings. They shed light on "the highly valuable commodity of live sports content in the television industry."

Is the Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Deal Dead?

A new analysis by Phoenix Center Chief Economist Dr. George Ford has been penned, prompted by recent media reports that DOJ is “not impressed“ with the latest proposals from Sprint and T-Mobile regarding its merger plan. George has summarized some of the hurdles. 

Is OTT Eating Into OTA, While Killing Cable TV?

We've all seen the studies that point to continued cord-cutting thanks to the rise of over-the-top (OTT) choices for video news and entertainment. But, is broadcast TV at risk from OTT growth? This study says yes, making it required reading for all TV station owners.

It’s Coming: The C-Band Certification Deadline

On April 11, the FCC released a Public Notice outlining the procedures for submitting the required certifications and related information by May 28.  Operators of FSS earth stations that were licensed or in use prior to April 19, 2018, must therefore submit information detailed here.

AARP Yawp: A Generation Still Ignored By Marketers

Some 77% of U.S. adults 50 years of age and older feel they are being ignored by advertisers .That's likely no different than what was seen 20 or 30 years ago. But, here's the rub: The AARP generation is bigger than ever before and arguably more affluent, too.

Procurement and Media Buying: Optimizing Forests

Marketing procurement has demonstrated, in the eyes of Wall Street wordsmith Brian Wieser, now at Groupm, "that it can be very effective optimizing the industry’s trees." Wieser says procurement is an increasingly crucial aspect of the ad industry, and it should be unsurprising.
Stack of Files

Benner on Washington: Public Files and Alt-Inspections Redux

What is truly needed for a broadcast television station to remain in compliance with FCC regulations regarding its Public File? Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner has quite a tale to tell of one of one station’s compliance efforts to keep its “Issues/Program Lists” up to snuff.

Esports Opportunity for the Broadcast Industry

The esports phenomenon continues to gain momentum. A Futursource Consulting study predicts the business will reach over $1 billion dollars in revenue this year. Media rights is a big part of that equation ... and there's growth ahead.

SVoD Revenues: A Multi-Billion Sum In 2019

A new SVoD report from Futuresource Consulting reveals that SVoD already reaches more than 60% of households in North America, 26% in Western Europe, 21% in Asia-Pacific and 19% in LATAM.

Five Strategies to Respond to Broadcast Media Disruption

Using insights gained from proprietary research conducted with television and radio executives from across North America as well as industry sources, a just-released annual report from Revenue Analytics sheds light on five trends.

Media & Communications: Ready For Downsizing?

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics data show businesses posted nearly 7.6 million jobs at the beginning of 2019, indicating a shift within the labor market. Despite this, there are roughly 1 million more open jobs than there are unemployed workers. But, are media jobs few?

Gregg Skall: The Basics Of Lowest Unit Charge

The 2020 presidential election is months and months away. But, that's no excuse for understanding the lowest unit charge (LUC) period for the general election.  To clarify LUC issues, we thought it might be a good time to take a deep dive into the RBR+TVBR archives.
Cable / Satellite

Cord-Cutting Slowing Down, But Not Loss Of Pay-TV Subs

The number of domestic traditional pay TV subscribers fell from 105 million in 2010 to 91 million in 2018, a new study shows. By 2014, those paying for MVPD services will be even lower than seen today. That said, cord-cutting is less of an issue than in the recent past.

Hit Record Without Airplay? That’s Fake News, WSJ

It's been an incredible two years for Billie Eilish, a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from L.A. Thanks, in part, by a song on the soundtrack to Netflix's "13 Reasons Why," Eilish's star is rising fast. But, according to the Wall Street Journal, it's come "without radio." That's not true.

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