• Analyze This
: A new study from Bortz Media and Sports Group
for the NCTA
"The U.S. cable industry supports nearly 1.8 million jobs representing gross economic output amounting to more than $251 billion, and has continued to grow in recent years despite the national economic downtown ... " Click here
for details and here
for an interactive map. --- SNL Kagan
’s Deborah Yao
reports Madison Square Garden
reported a 40% increase in net income for Q4. --- Deutsche Bank
initiated coverage of Nielsen
with a ‘buy’ and a target of $34/share citing staggered contracts, a dominant competitive position and “sustainable competitive advantage.” (Maybe.)
: As Bernstein Research
’s Craig Moffett
notes about the retrans proceedings, “By most accounts ... the prospects are relatively dim for eliminating the non-duplication rules. The FCC’s rulemaking is, in fact, more like an 'inquiry' than a 'rulemaking' (in FCC-speak, an NOI rather than an NPRM). We don’t expect much to change. In the past, we’ve argued that it is scale, and specifically relative scale, that matters. Bigger distributors get better deals than smaller ones; ditto bigger broadcast groups. Notably, Comcast
reached an agreement with LIN
last week (without a blackout). A year ago, we published a Bernstein Whitebook
that serves as detailed playbook for Retransmission Consent disputes. In it, we crossed each distributor against each major station group. The results are enormously helpful in understanding who has the leverage in each dispute.”
• In the Courts
: SNL Kagan
’s Deborah Yao
also reports Adult VOD, Inc.
filed a law suit against Time Warner Cable
alleging “‘bias’ for holding it to ‘an unreasonably high editing standard’ but letting competitors such as Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
get away with much more prurient content, titles and descriptions, according to a March 4 filing with the New York State Supreme Court
and Comcast U
. are teaming up to increase training resources for Comcast. --- Meanwhile, the Denver Post
reported some operations at Colorado-based Comcast Media Center
will relocate to NBCUniversal
facilities in Englewood Cliffs, NJ ... some consolidation resulting from the acquisition.
• Measurements & Ratings
signed Hallmark Channel
and Hallmark Movie Channel.
’s ad targeting is featured in the WSJ here
. Along with GroupM
brands, the company deployed “the simultaneous delivery of advertising from five different advertiser brands sharing a single :30 unit across nearly three million households in the New York Metropolitan area."
: Using C-SPAN
boss Gordon Smith
said the divided Congress
is, for NAB, a good thing ... procedural hurdles make it harder to pass things. --- Also from C-SPAN, you can find the Technology Policy Institute
’s Online Privacy after the DOC and FTC Reports
. --- MercuryNews.com
has a story about how YouTube
will mimic a group of cable nets here
. --- Iditarod
is underway and GCI
is streaming it. --- SBJ
’s John Ourand
notes the first time arbitration is being used is in a programming rights dispute between the NY Nets
and the YES Network
. --- And, John says ESPN
’s PR department is launching a blog aimed at fans.
• Up, Over & Down There
: Fidelity Int’l
, a top-5 investor in BSkyB
, told London’s Sunday Times News Corp
should pay £11B ($17.9B) ... upping the ante by about £3B ($5B).
and White Pages
have launched the 1st online directory for wireless business listings.
: Swedish telco regulator PTS
says it raised SEK $2B (@$326+M) auctioning off 800MHz band spectrum for 4G expansion by TeliaSonera
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