Sling Customers Can Discover Much More Programming

DISH and Sling TV have been working hard to fill the Spanish-language void created by the absence of all Univision Communications-owned stations. Discovery Communications is now helping out, thanks to a wider pact reached with Sling TV that brings several Discovery nets to the OTT service.

ACA: Early Renewal For Four Sinclair Stations Sought

The American Cable Association on Monday filed a petition with the FCC requesting that the agency require Sinclair Broadcast Group to file early renewal applications for four of its stations. There's a big reason for why the ACA wants this accomplished.
Shopping / Christmas / Holiday

Retail’s Rise At OTA Television

For those who no longer believe that broadcast television is an effective medium for targeting holiday shoppers, take note. Four of the five top brands using spots at national television to reach consumers are brick-and-mortar retailers.
Brian Wieser

A Pivotal Thrust Forward For Ad Dollars

Earlier this year, noted financial analyst Brian Wieser predicted 4.8% U.S. advertising growth. It turns out that was a bit too conservative. Wieser's 2019 predictions were also revised, but will radio and TV benefit in any way?

A Big NBC Affiliate Celebrates 70 Years Of Service

On November 25, 1948, the first broadcast of what today is the centerpiece of the largest media company in the Pacific Northwest was made. It involved a high school football game. Today, staff and community leaders are preparing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this media group's first asset -- the "KING" of Seattle.
Brian Wieser

Wieser Words On OTA TV’s Awful October

Just how bad was October for the broadcast television industry? Pivotal Research Group Senior Research Analyst for Advertising Brian Wieser analyzed TV use trends alongside commercial share for national media owners. Who saw a significant drop in consumption among adults 18-49 during the month? Over the air TV stations can collectively answer, "This is Us."

A Cognitive Solution To Nielsen’s CEO Needs

There's a successor to Mitch Barns at Nielsen, and it certainly begs the question of what the company's Board of Directors was thinking in selecting the former leader of IBM's Cognitive Solutions business for the job. We looked at his salary, and it's in the millions.

Local News: The Top Trusted News Source

The "overwhelming majority" of adults aged 18-49 consider local television to be the most trusted source of news and information. That's according to a national survey of consumers conducted by market research firm SmithGeiger ... for a major owner of broadcast TV stations.
Geico

GEICO Stays Dominant As TV’s Top Spot Setter

There's a slew of exciting new activity in the latest Spot Ten TV report from Media Monitors. But, there's also one big takeaway for the report for the week ending November 18: GEICO isn't budging off the top spot.

Programmatic’s Digital Media Preeminence

Just how predominant is programmatic in the digital media world? New data indicate that some 65% of all money spent on advertising in digital media in 2019 will be traded programmatically.

Viacom’s Fiscal Q4: ‘Thematically Consistent With Expectations’

Viacom reported earnings for fiscal Q4 2018 Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser calls "relatively positive, if thematically consistent with our view on the company." In his view, "favorable updates were provided on a wide range of growth initiatives which are intended to offset declines or long-term challenges in traditional businesses." This result in an adjustment by Wieser of Pivotal's price target for Viacom's Class B shares.

Raycom Financing Moves Forward As Gray Offering Closes

Gray Television on Friday completed its previously announced offering of $750 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.0% senior notes due 2027 by a special purpose wholly owned subsidiary of Gray with the sole purpose of serving as an “Escrow Issuer.” It completes a fundraising effort designed to finance, in part, the biggest media merger of 2018 -- one that does not involve Sinclair or Tribune.

Price For Ole Miss: A TV Industry Goodbye

A highly recognized broadcast TV veteran who joined Hearst Television in 2000 following stints running CBS's WBBM-2 in Chicago and, before that, stations for Gannett, is moving away from the day-to-day management of the NBC affiliate in Alabama's largest market and has accepted a position at the University of Mississippi.

Possible Tribune Media Buyer Among NATPE ‘Legacy’ Honorees

The recipients of NATPE’s 16th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards have been announced, and among the six television industry figures to be honored in Miami in January 2019 is an individual some may recognize for the NBC series "Real People" who has emerged as media mogul -- and a possible buyer of Tribune Media.

Here’s The Number Of Households That Own A Smart TV

Whether you like it or not, broadcast media C-Suiters, the "smart TV" is capturing more homes than ever. Just how many homes are acquiring these internet-connected devices, allowing viewers to seamlessly view Netflix, Amazon Prime and other OTT services just as easy as a cable or over-the-air channel?

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