Smart TV Home Ownership Passes 50% Threshold

New research from Parks Associates and Applicaster indicates that more than 50% of U.S. broadband households now own at least one smart TV -- making it the primary platform for video services at a time when content consumption is accelerating dramatically.

Deloitte: COVID-19 Hastens Subs/Cancels Cycle For Paid Entertainment

Deloitte's 14th Digital Media Trends Survey is out, and this time the focus is on consumer streaming and entertainment habits. Deloitte conducted two surveys related to digital media: one pre-COVID-19, and a second in May. Together, the surveys provide intriguing insights into how media consumption has accelerated and changed as a result of COVID-19.

A Central KY LPTV Operation Gets A New Owner

For the past 15 years, the people, places and events in Marion, Nelson and Washington Counties of Kentucky have had a low-power community focused TV station at their disposal. Now, this facility branded as "Central Kentucky Television" is being sold.
Meredith

Meredith’s Debt Raise, With a Capital Update

Its Local Media Group owns 17 over-the-air TV stations including WSMV-4 in Nashville and WFSB-3 in Hartford. It's also the parent of such female-targeted lifestyle brands and glossy magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, PEOPLE and InStyle. As the novel coronavirus pandemic has made finances a little shaky, Meredith Corp. is moving forward with increasing its cash on hand.
Media system in a vehicle

Auto Insurers: The Top Spot Players At TV

While GEICO is absent from this week's Spot Ten Radio report from Media Monitors -- a rarity -- the auto insurance brand is ever-present at both broadcast TV and spot cable. So is Progressive, while Liberty Mutual has clearly opted to use both Spot TV and Spot Cable in order to grow, the data show.

STIRR Player Parent Inks Cinedigm Partnership Deal

Digital content distribution company Cinedigm has inked a distribution acceleration agreement with the parent company of a streaming service that already has a home on Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned ad-supported streaming service STIRR.
U.S. Congress

Coming July 20: TV’s New Retrans Consent Provisions

On May 13, the FCC moved forward with issuing a report and order that revises the section of its rules governing the "good faith" negotiation of retransmission consent, following through with an action made possible in late 2019 by Congress. Now, the new retrans consent provisions as written in the TVPA are set to take effect. Here's what you need to know.

RBR+TVBR InFOCUS PODCAST: Brian Jentz, Nielsen

The Walt Disney Co.’s advanced advertising suite is expanding its offerings by bringing its Disney Media Networks program slate to the Addressable TV beta test presently being conducted by Nielsen. To learn more about this test, RBR+TVBR spoke with Brian Jentz, the London-based SVP of Business Operations for Nielsen in this exclusive podcast. LISTEN HERE

Another Legendary Weatherman Says Goodbye to TV

One year ago, Bill Evans was attracting much attention for his departure from WABC-7 in New York, where he was a highly popular weatherman on the ABC-owned station's morning newscast, among the highest-rated local programs in the nation. Now, another legendary weatherman is saying farewell to TV. And, it involves a face familiar to generations of viewers in L.A.

Steel City Transition: NEXTGEN TV Arrives At Three Stations

The FOX, ABC and MyNetwork TV affiliates serving Pittsburgh are now among the first in the nation to begin broadcasting with NEXTGEN TV, the new digital broadcast standard using the ATSC 3.0 protocol.

‘It’s Time To Re-Conceptualize Linear Television’

In an exclusive column, the founder and Chief Product Officer of TV data company Alphonso Inc. notes that the demise of this structure and linear TV in general has long been prophesied and discussed, but still commands the majority share of overall video advertising.

RBR+TVBR INFOCUS PODCAST: Kevin Cassidy

What is Strategic Solutions Research doing on the television side of the broadcast media industry to help stations get bigger ratings -- and dollars -- from viewer-generated newscast improvements? We get the full scope of the company's offerings from President and Founder Kevin Cassidy in this fresh RBR+TVBR INFOCUS Podcast. LISTEN HERE

The COVID-19 Spike For Cable TV? Melted By Summer Sun

In April, MoffettNathanson Senior Analyst Michael Nathanson wrote of "the strong linear television viewership trends in the time of coronavirus." Indeed, a material improvement in linear television viewership trends was noted by several observers on Wall Street and in media research houses. It appears the COVID-19 bump is over for cable television.

SAG-AFTRA Secures TV/Theatrical/New Media Contract

The new three-year agreement will be presented to the SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors for its approval, to be followed by a member ratification vote. Negotiations began April 27 and concluded June 11.

Connected TV: A ‘Mature Platform’ In The Eyes of Consumers

Connected TV has grown, and changed, significantly in the last three years. And, it has evolved so much that broadcast TV C-Suiters are gobbling up as much information as they can to determine whether CTV is a hindrance, or help, to sagging ad revenue. A new white paper from Comcast-owned FreeWheel offers more evidence that consumers are using CTV en masse.

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