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.
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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.

One TV Year in the World: 60 Seconds Shorter Than ’17

In 2018, average daily viewing time for TV stood at 2 hours and 55 minutes in the 94 countries studied by Eurodata TV Worldwide. That figure was one minute shorter than in 2017, and this "overall stability" conceals disparities between different regions of the world.

FCC Economists Study … Economists!

Yes, you read the headline correctly.You might be tempted to see “Economists at the Federal Communications Commission study economics,” but the topic of study was economists, not economics, notes American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar Mark Jamison.

ATSC 3.0: ‘A New Broadband Pipe’

"This is an exciting and transformative time for broadcasters," said FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. One of the biggest reasons for this, he noted at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, is the technology getting much discussion on Monday afternoon: ATSC 3.0.

Are TV Dollars Somewhat Impervious To Digital’s Vacuum?

"There appears to be a 'false dichotomy' that online advertising growth will have to come at the expense of TV and other media channels," says financial analyst Michael Nathanson. Why? TV advertising grew in 2018, suggesting dollars are not being sucked away by digital.

The New Spectrum Frontier: Acting On Potential

The FCC has opened a new frontier in the amount of spectrum available for unlicensed and experimental operations, adopting rules covering frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz (3,000 GHz). Find out what this means for you from a Fletcher Heald & Hildreth attorney.

Internet-Delivered Audio: A Growth Juggernaut

Internet-delivered audio, defined as listening to audio "pure-plays" such as Pandora or Spotify; listening to radio station streams and SiriusXM's digital streams; podcasts; or music from YouTube has unquestionably risen in the last five years. Just how dramatic is this rise?

AI’s Rise … and Impact on Broadcast and Production

"Reduce bit rates, but maintain visual quality; apply precise subtitles, but broadcast in real time; create highlight content, but transmit it immediately after the main event." According to Futuresource, these and many more headaches can be alleviated by the rise of AI.

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