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Category: HDTV Satellite

Over-the-Top Over-the-Air

February 16, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Would you pay for a service that lets you watch over-the-air broadcasts on your tablet or smartphone? That's what a company called Aereo (formerly known as "Bamboom") plans to launch just such a service for New York City residents starting next month. The company is building a system of thousands of tiny television antennas; each one is the size of a dime. These capture free broadcast television signals over the...

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The Big Three Networks

February 15, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Everything seems to come in threes. We had the Big Three Automakers in Detroit. There were those little pigs. And then there were the major television networks: Netflix, Amazon, and Google. Wait a minute; what happened to ABC, CBS, and NBC? From where I sit, that is ancient history. The traditional networks are dead men walking, and just don't know it. They are trying to stick with the old models...

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Why TV Subscribers Change

February 14, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
A new report from Centris indicates that more than one out of five pay-TV subscribers intend to change providers, change their level of service, or cancel entirely in the next three months. About half of these will change the program package that they have, which means that the other half will switch to a new service entirely or get rid of pay-TV altogether. For those in this second group who...

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Retransmission Fees: Who Is Winning?

February 13, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As I have mentioned recently, one of the big topics for 2012 will be the dispute over retransmission fees. Cable and satellite service providers complain that the content producers are holding their customers hostage in order to extort larger fees for the rights to rebroadcast their copyrighted programming. The result has been blackouts of channels -- sometimes for extended periods of time -- when the previous retransmission contracts expire. On...

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Shed Some Light on Sports Blackouts

February 10, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last Thanksgiving weekend, the NFL Cleveland Browns travelled in-state to play the Cincinnati Bengals. The game was not a sell-out, and under FCC rules, the Bengals exercised their option to blackout the over-the-air broadcast of the game on local television stations in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Lexington. This decision raised the ire of thousands of Bengal fans, which in turn prompted Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown to ask the FCC to revisit...

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How Much Time-Shifting Do We Really Do?

February 7, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The good old VHS recorder started something that Tivo took to a higher level, and the result has shaken the video broadcast industry to its very foundations. Or has it? Conventional wisdom says that U.S. television viewing households hate commercials. It says that they use digital video recorders (DVRs) so that they can skip over the advertisements. It says that this time-shifting of viewing has a negative impact on the...

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Cable and Satellite Complaints Rise

February 1, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The FCC tracks the complaints it receives about various services under is oversight, including television, radio, and telephone. In the third quarter of 2011, complaints about cable and satellite services increased more than 15% over the prior quarter, though it is worth noting that the number of complaints about "billing and rates" issues were essentially flat with only a 1.5% increase. The billing and rate complaints still accounted for the...

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Stream the SuperBowl

January 31, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
What are you doing next Sunday evening? (I plead "no contest" to charges of East Coast bias.) Perhaps you plan on joining several tens of millions of your U.S. neighbors in watching the Patriots take on the Giants in the SuperBowl. (Perhaps we're entitled to a little East Coast bias.) Patriot fans in Boston were relieved when the local NBC broadcaster and DirecTV reached agreement on a new retransmission deal;...

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We Call It “Television”

January 30, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
There's an interesting discussion going on in one of the LinkedIn Groups that I belong to, and I find that I've been thinking a lot about it for the past few days. The topic of the conversation is that the industry has not settled on what to call this new and rapidly developing technology landscape that delivers video entertainment to us at home and on the go. Some of the...

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NetFlix Posts Good News

January 27, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
In a letter to shareholders about 4th Quarter 2011 results, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings reported good news and bad news. As I read the letter, it looks to me that while the company may have made some very public missteps along the way, there is no question in my mind that the corporate change of direction was a good choice and that it is already paying dividends. The big news...

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