Sometime Streamers Watch And Then Leave

There is a small but savvy crowd of consumers who know exactly what they want out of their TV experience. Cost-conscious and empowered by the Internet’s convenience-at-a-click mentality, these consumers take advantage of free trials, no-contract commitments and the media industry’s own struggle in the face of technological change to help guard their wallets.

Comcast Builds Out ‘Smart-Home’ Strategy

Comcast may be best known as a cable company, but it is banking on remote-controlled door locks and cameras as well as other “smart-home” offerings to accelerate its growing home security business. The push to diversify comes at a time when more U.S. consumers who are dropping traditional cable television packages, or cutting the cord, in favor of cheaper alternatives. Comcast and its rivals want to offer more services in the home to increase their revenues and create more loyal customers.

Accenture Pushes Online Video Placement

Accenture’s R&D division has spent the last year developing breakthrough product placement technology that can seamlessly insert a brand into online video, including the ability to replace existing labeling.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Facebook Bans Ads From Fake News Sources

Continuing its crackdown on “fake news,” Facebook will no longer let publishers advertise on its network if they are found to be spreading such content. If a page repeatedly shares stories that have been marked as false by third-party fact-checkers, they will no longer be able to buy ads on Facebook.

Netflix Partners With Pot Dispensary

Would you smoke a strain of weed based on the feeling you get from one of your favorite TV shows? That’s something Netflix tried to provide for fans this weekend with a pop-up dispensary in West Hollywood, Calif., to promote its new series Disjointed. The streaming giant partnered with a dispensary, Alternative Herbal Health Services, or AHHS, to distribute 12 strains of marijuana based on 10 of its shows.

Australia Open To CBS Takeover Of Ten

CBS said it plans to use the takeover of Ten Network to launch its subscription streaming service CBS All Access in the Australian market.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Breaks Audience Record

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO’s “Game of Thrones” set yet another audience record Sunday with its seventh-season finale. Nielsen says an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers were tuned in to the wildly popular fantasy drama. An additional 4 million caught the episode on streaming channels. The seven-episode season began with 10.1 million viewers, while […]

CLOSING BELL

Dow Closes Down 5, Nasdaq Moves Up 17

With August coming to a close, Monday was one of the quietest days of the year on Wall Street. Biotech drug companies rose after hepatitis C and HIV drug maker Gilead Sciences agreed to buy cancer drug maker Kite Pharma for $11.9 billion. Travel booking website Expedia tumbled as investors expected the company’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to leave the company to become CEO of ride-sharing company Uber.

DMA 15: MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL

Fox Rebrands WFTC, Adds 7 P.M. Newscast

The Minneapolis My Network TV affiliate will be known as Fox 9+. In addition to the new evening newscast, it will also rebroadcast co-owned KMSP’s 10 p.m. news at 11.

Ad Agencies Under Pressure To Streamline

Disappointing results from ad holding companies like WPP have shed a light on the pressure agencies are facing to evolve their existing structures. Many ad industry observers see a need for agencies to rethink their structures. “I think the future model is going to be a reconstituted agency a la the days of ‘Mad Men.’ The difference is Don Draper will report to Harry Crane, not the other way around,” said Lou Paskalis, a media executive at Bank of America.

 

Showtime Names Erin Calhoun Comm. SVP

Showtime Networks has hired Erin Calhoun as the new senior vice president of corporate communications, the company announced today. Calhoun joins Showtime from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment where she was VP of corporate communications, managing trade and business strategies and internal communications for USA Network, SYFY and Chiller.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 8

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Kelly Kahl Kept His Eye On The Prize At CBS

As president of CBS Entertainment, Kelly Kahl, 50, oversees all aspects of the television network’s entertainment division, including programming, scheduling, marketing and promotion, digital initiatives and research. He also sits on the board of the CBS-owned cable channel Pop.

The Guardian Establishes Nonprofit To Support It

MARKET SHARE

Texas Stations Use Facebook To Cover Flood

Texas TV stations sitting under a stalled Tropical Storm Harvey are using Facebook, especially Facebook Live, to keep users/viewers informed during this cataclysmic flooding event. Many residents without power can’t watch TV so stations must turn to social media to put information in the palms of people’s hands. Above: KHOU, the Tegna-owned CBS affiliate in Houston, went off the air for a time on Sunday when its studios were flooded.

CBS Corp. to Acquire Australia’s Ten Network

The deal thwarts Lachlan Murdoch’s attempt to gain control of the broadcaster. The sale price will be revealed in a report to creditors within days.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Advances 30, Nasdaq Dips 6

Stocks rose on Friday, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index cruised to its first winning week in the last three.

Nielsen: 119.6M U.S.TV Homes For 2017-18

The number of persons age 2 and older in U.S. TV households is estimated to be 304.5 million, which represents a 0.9% increase from last year. Increases in U.S. Hispanic, black and Asian households were also seen, due to estimated increases in population growth and TV penetration.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Is Sinclair Too Liberal And Too Anti-Trump?

My in-depth and comprehensive content analysis of the mega-group’s news-producing stations suggest that it just might be. I wonder if David Smith knows about this.

DMA 64

Lauren Wood Joins WDTN Dayton Anchor Team

Nexstar-owned NBC affiliate WDTN Dayton, Ohio (DMA 64) has added Ohio native Lauren Wood to its anchor desk. She comes from co-owned WKBN Youngstown, Ohio. Wood will join John Seibel and meteorologist Jamie Jarosik beginning Monday, Sept. 25, to co-anchor 2 News Today beginning at 4:30 a.m. and 2 News Today on WBDT Dayton’s CW from 7- 9 a.m. Wood […]

Disney, Ditching Netflix, Takes New Tack

The idea that content is king has long rested on the notion that distribution — in whatever form it takes — is a low-margin commodity, and the biggest share of profits flows to the creators of original programming, who can sell to the highest bidder. But as internet streaming disrupts channels like cable and broadcast, Disney now appears to have set its sights on distribution — and a potential new revenue source.

MARKET SHARE

WCAU-WWSI’s Pet Project Exceeds 2016 Results

DMA 16: MIAMI

WSVN Miami Introduces The ‘Plex Deck’

DMA 47: JACKSONVILLE, FL

What Tegna Is Learning About AR, 3D

With changing TV viewing habits, Tegna’s NBC-ABC combo in Jacksonville, Fla., is experimenting with augmented reality and 3D technologies to grab viewers’ attention and enhance the storytelling experience. During recent newscasts, anchors in the studio have dodged a school bus and shared the screen with a circling shark — both virtual, of course. News Director Meagan Harris talks about the experiments.

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

WEDU Picks Up Programs As WUSF Shuts Down

DMA 18

Aug. Orlando Ratings: WFTV Back, WESH Wins 11

SAG-AFTRA Elects Gabrielle Carteris President

ABC Turns To Taylor Swift To Promote ‘TGIT’

ABC has gotten Grey’s Anatomy superfan Taylor Swift to help promote the return of its TGIT-branded lineup of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. Timed with the release of Swift’s new single Look What You Made Me Do, the network on Thursday night rolled out the 30-second promo set to the catchy tune.

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Getting Social A Big Part of Personalizing TV

With social media surpassing television as the primary source of news for Gen Z and millennials, TV stations need to use it more creatively to share and promote their news stories and events to offer better, broader customer satisfaction through personalization and one-to-one engagement..

CLOSING BELL

Dow Gives Up 29, Nasdaq Closes Down 7

Stocks dipped again Thursday after meandering up and down. Food companies struggled after the makers of Spam and Folgers coffee reported weaker-than-expected results, and grocers fell after Amazon said it plans to cut prices for avocados, eggs and other products when it takes control of Whole Foods next week. Retailers, meanwhile, were big winners after a wide variety said they earned fatter profits last quarter than Wall Street forecast.