Find in this group all groups
Unknown more information…

m : 30 January 2012 • 4:02PM -0500

Maxwell: Random Notes --- Pay-TV's Latino Paradox - Cablevision Workers Unionize
by The Morning BRIDGE


<title>The Morning BRIDGE 01/30/2012 - Maxwell: Random Notes --- Pay-TV's Latino Paradox - Cablevision Workers Unionize</title>
<style type="text/css" >
.article_heading, .article_title, .article, .article_nav, .newsletter_text, .newsletter_copyright_text {
font-size: 10pt;
font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
.newsletter_text A, .article A, .article_nav A {
text-decoration: none;
.newsletter_text A:hover, .article A:hover, .article_nav A:hover {
text-decoration: underline;
.article_nav, .article_nav:hover, .article_title {
color: #900;
.article_nav {
font-size: 11px;
.article_heading, .article_title {
font-weight: bold;
font-size: 13px;
.article_heading {
color: #555;
font-size: 14px;
.newsletter_copyright_text {
font-size: 10px;
.newsletter_ad {
text-align: center;
.newsletter {
border: 1px solid #900;
background: #FFF;

<img src="" height="1" width="1" >
<a name="top" > </a>
<table cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="468" class="newsletter" align="center" >

<tr valign="top" ><td class="newsletter_ad" >
<a href="" target="_blank" ><img src=""  border="0" alt="Showtime" ></a></td></tr>

<tr><td style="text-align: center;" ><a href="" target="_blank" ><img src="" border="0" ></a></td></tr>

<tr valign="top" ><td class="newsletter_ad" >
<a href="" target="_blank" ><img src=""  border="0" alt="ACA" ></a></td></tr>

<tr><td style="text-align: center;" ><table cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%" >
<tr><td colspan="2" class="article_heading" >Headlines for Monday, January 30, 2012:</td></tr>

<tr><td width="10" class="article_nav" > </td><td class="article_nav" ><a href="#article4" class="article_nav" >Maxwell: Random Notes</a></td></tr>

<tr><td width="10" class="article_nav" > </td><td class="article_nav" ><a href="#article5" class="article_nav" >Pay-TV's Latino Paradox</a></td></tr>

<tr><td width="10" class="article_nav" > </td><td class="article_nav" ><a href="#article6" class="article_nav" >Etc.: Another DISH v. RSN Dispute - FTC Investigating Google? - Cablevision Workers Unionize</a></td></tr>


<tr valign="top" ><td class="newsletter_ad" >
<a href="" target="_blank" ><img src=""  border="0" alt="MediaBiz" ></a></td></tr>

<tr><td style="text-align: center;" ></td></tr>

<tr valign="top" ><td class="newsletter_text" >
<a name="article4" > </a>

<table cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%" >
<td rowspan="2" ><img src="" ></td>
<td class="article_title" >Maxwell: Random Notes</td>
<tr><td class="article" >by Paul S. Maxwell <a href="mailto:max@medi..." class="article_nav" >max@medi...</a></td></tr>

<div class="article" ><br>• <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline;">Thanks</span>: A tough former Marine, fellow Vietnam vet, GI-bill (sort of) attorney, fellow Texan and fellow cable pioneer died a couple weeks ago ... one of those things that make one stop and think a bit. 
<span style="font-style: italic;">Jerry Lindauer</span> was one of the very good guys.  Smart.  Good Dad.  Good citizen.  One of the guys who helped build the cable industry into what has become a much, much greater player in the expanded
MVPD/communications/information/entertainment world.  Just thought I should say, “<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Thanks</span>.”<br><br>• <span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Ditto?!?</span> ... I don’t often agree with my broadcaster-centric fellow
pundit <span style="font-style: italic;">Harry Jessell</span>, but he’s right on about <span style="font-weight: bold;">Comcast</span> at <span style="font-weight: bold;">NBCU</span> in at least this respect: “OK, no more jokes about Kabletown or the absurdity of running a major broadcast network
from some stop on the Acela between New York and Washington. ... Comcast took over NBCUniversal one year ago this Sunday, and so far has been a model owner, at least for the broadcasting end of the business that I follow.”  More from Harry in his <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style:
italic;">TVNewsCheck</span> <a
href="">here</a>. <br><br>• <span
style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Enough-Is-Enough-Dept.</span>: Nice to see a US Attorney agree ... the Middle District of Pennsylvania called off a languishing – for 6 years! – tax indictment against <span style="font-style: italic;">John </span>and<span style="font-style:
italic;"> Timothy Rigas</span>.  Also nice to see <span style="font-style: italic;">US District Court Judge John E. Jones III</span> agree noting, “As <span style="font-style: italic;">Kenny Rogers</span> sang in his hit song ‘<span style="font-style: italic;">The Gambler</span>,’ ‘You got to
know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.’ Today, the Government has appropriately decided to fold ’em, and has blessedly elected to end this aspect of the unfortunate Rigas saga. It is a commendable decision.”<br><br>• <span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">My Favorite
Headline of the Week</span>: From <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">The Huffington Post</span>: “President May Have To Vacate Oval Office Next Year.”  Click on it for the story, though, and the headline elucidates a bit: Oval Office Renovations: White House Source Says
President May Have To Vacate Office Next Year.”<br><br>• <span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Meanwhile</span>, watch out, “<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline;">privacy</span>” is going to get hundreds times more complicated,
vitriolic and unsolvable.•<br> <P>

<P align="center" ><a href="#top" class="article_nav" >Back to Top</a></p>

<tr valign="top" ><td class="newsletter_text" >
<a name="article5" > </a>

<div class="article_title" >Pay-TV's Latino Paradox</div>

<div class="article" ><br>Some estimates have pegged the collective buying power of U.S. Latinos at nearly $1 trillion. However, new research suggests that many within the Latino community are struggling financially creating ambivalence within the industry of how to capitalize on the nation's fastest growing
demographic.<br><br>According to <span style="font-weight: bold;">Pew Research</span>, 75% of U.S. Latinos say their finances are "poor" or "fair," nearly 60% say a member of their HH has been unemployed for the last year, and nearly 50% have had to cancel or delay a major purchase due to financial
constraints. The numbers are significant as financial data from the Latino community has become a critical metric to any ethnic pay-TV strategy.<br><br>It's no secret that networks like <span style="font-weight: bold;">Telemundo</span> and <span style="font-weight: bold;">Univision</span> use these
data when negotiating with advertisers. And the market is about to get even more crowded as <span style="font-weight: bold;">News Corp. </span>unveiled a partnership last week with Columbian broadcaster <span style="font-weight: bold;">RCN</span> to launch a Spanish-language competitor<span
style="font-weight: bold;"> MundoFOX</span> (not to mention Univision's plans for three more cable nets). <br><br>With operators increasingly looking for ways to boost revenue, the paradox becomes how to successfully deliver Spanish-language programming to a Latino market seemingly struggling with
its own financial difficulties... • <P>

<P align="center" ><a href="#top" class="article_nav" >Back to Top</a></p>

<tr valign="top" ><td class="newsletter_text" >
<a name="article6" > </a>

<div class="article_title" >Etc.: Another DISH v. RSN Dispute - FTC Investigating Google? - Cablevision Workers Unionize</div>

<div class="article" ><br style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Disputes</span>: <span style="font-weight: bold;">DISH</span> is in another RSN-related carriage dispute as its contract with Atanta-based indie station <span style="font-weight:
bold;">Peachtree TV</span> (<span style="font-weight: bold;">WPCH</span>) expired without any contingency plans. The station issued a statement saying DISH "no longer has the right to carry our programming." Peachtree, owned by <span style="font-weight: bold;">Turner Broadcasting</span>, airs <span
style="font-weight: bold;">Atlanta Braves</span> baseball games and <span style="font-weight: bold;">SEC</span> college sports coverage. In response, DISH said Turner is making "outrageous demands" and that the satcaster would stand pat against "unreasonable costs."<br><br><span style="font-weight:
bold; text-decoration: underline;">Rules & Regs</span>: Rep. <span style="font-style: italic;">Ed Markey</span> (D-MA) said last week he will ask the <span style="font-weight: bold;">FTC</span> to investigate whether <span style="font-weight: bold;">Google</span>'s recent privacy changes violate
the company's settlement with the agency. <span style="font-style: italic;">Hillicon Valley</span><a href=""> has details</a>. --- <span style="font-style: italic;">FT</span> says the
battle in D.C. over spectrum enters a critical "<a href="">make-or-break</a>" week as policymakers have signaled they want to get things moving. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">AT&T</span> filed a request
with the <span style="font-weight: bold;">FCC</span> to transfer spectrum to <span style="font-weight: bold;">T-Mobile</span> as part of the break-up fee stemming from two sides' failed merger. In related news, AT&T Chief <span style="font-style: italic;">Randall Stephenson</span> blamed the FCC
for the company's Q4 results saying the agency is "picking winners and losers rather than letting the markets work." <span style="font-style: italic;">WSJ</span> <a href="">has
details</a>. --- <span style="font-style: italic;">FedScoop</span> says <a href="">one of these four Feds</a> could possibly replace <span style="font-style: italic;">Aneesh Chopra</span> as the gov't's top CTO. --- The State of Hawaii of
considering an "unprecedented" proposal in an effort to curb online privacy: Requiring internet service providers to track every website their customers view and keep the data for two years. <a href="">No
joke</a>. <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">QRs</span>: <span style="font-weight: bold;">Samsung</span> reported a 17% spike in Q4 profit Friday on the strength of flat-panel TVs and smartphones. The company posted net profits of $3.5B with a y/y operating profit
increase of 76%. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">Juniper Networks</span> stock continued its rocky performance after the company revealed its quarterly forecast would badly miss expectations. "The disappointment continues..." says <span style="font-weight: bold;">Mizuho</span> analyst <span
style="font-style: italic;">Joanna Makris</span>. <span style="font-style: italic;">Bloomberg</span> <a href="">has more</a>. --- WebTV network <span style="font-weight:
bold;">Revision3</span> said its viewership reached 800M last year, and advertising revenue increased 53% thanks to its distribution deals with  <span style="font-weight: bold;">Roku</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Boxee</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">TiVo</span>, <span
style="font-weight: bold;">Yahoo!</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Google TV</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Apple</span>, Android and <span style="font-weight: bold;">Microsoft</span>'s Zune. <span style="font-style: italic;">MediaBeat</span> <a
href="">has more</a>. <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Strategy</span>: Most multiplatform companies view the mobile handset as an accessory to traditional TV viewing... a third-screen. Not forward-thinkers
at<span style="font-weight: bold;"> ESPN</span>, who - according to <a href="">this piece</a> from <span style="font-style: italic;">MediaPost</span> - now see the mobile device as the first-screen... the first
option viewers have when interacting with ESPN content.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">M&A</span>: Citing people close to the matter, <span style="font-style: italic;">Bloomberg</span> is reporting that <span style="font-weight: bold;">WaveDivision</span>
is  exploring a sale that could bring in as much as $1B. "It's a buyer's market," said <span style="font-weight: bold;">Bernstein</span>'s <span style="font-style: italic;">Craig Moffett</span>. "These assets are more valuable in the hands of larger players than they are on their own."
WaveDivision serves ~325K subs in Washington, Oregon and California.<br> <br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Dist.</span>: In two separate deals, <span style="font-weight: bold;">CABLEReady</span> has acquired international distribution rights to <span
style="font-weight: bold;">TV Guide Network</span> and North American distribution rights to <span style="font-weight: bold;">LMNO Productions</span> programming.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">$$$</span>: <span style="font-style: italic;">WSJ</span> is reporting
that <span style="font-weight: bold;">Facebook</span> is planning to file for its IPO sometime next week. ---<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Comcast</span> issued a $2.7M grant to Chicago's <span style="font-weight: bold;">Museum of Broadcast Communications</span>. The new 62K sq.-ft. facility has
been partially open since December with plans to fully open in June.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Mobile</span>: Lead changes always make a good game. That's why the race toward smartphone sale supremacy is such an intriguing contest. Reports broke last week
that <span style="font-weight: bold;">Apple</span> took the lead from <span style="font-weight: bold;">Nokia</span> in June, lost its spot to <span style="font-weight: bold;">Samsung</span> in September, then won it back in December. This is getting good. <span style="font-style: italic;">CNN
Money</span> <a href="">has details</a>. <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Research</span>: <span style="font-weight: bold;">comScore</span> says <span style="font-weight:
bold;">Tribal Fusion</span> is now the world's second-largest display ad provider reaching more than 490M unique users globally, behind only <span style="font-weight: bold;">Google </span>(1.2B) and ahead of <span style="font-weight: bold;">AOL Advertising</span> (477M). --- New research from <span
style="font-weight: bold;">GfK MRI</span>'s iPanel suggests 1) male tablet owners are more interested digital mags than females (77% v. 68%); and 2) tablets are generating readership of a pub's back issues.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Programming</span>: <span
style="font-weight: bold;">NBC</span> said it would produce 18 hours of coverage for the Super Bowl this weekend across all of its cable channels. The Peacock is also taking <span style="font-style: italic;">Jimmy Fallon</span>'s late-night talk show to Indianapolis (where the game will be played)
all week. --- The <span style="font-weight: bold;">Military Channel</span> landed <span style="font-weight: bold;">Gigapix Studios</span>' award-winning documentary "Baker Boys: Inside the Surge." The series follows Baker Company, a squad of Army soldiers on an extended tour in Iraq, premieres
Saturday, Feb. 18. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">Oxygen Media</span> is celebrating the 2nd season of its reality series "Jersey Couture" with a creative pop-up beauty bar event in NYC on Feb. 3-7. <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Labor</span>: 282 NY-based
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Cablevision</span> workers voted to join the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Communications Workers of America</span> union last week. Union reps said first task will be to negotiate a new labor contract with increased wages for the company's Brooklyn employees.
Cablevision said it was "disappointed" in the news and "we are assessing our options."<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Over, Up & Under There</span>: <span style="font-weight: bold;">Samsung</span> undressed a deal with <span style="font-weight:
bold;">FashionTV</span> to bring the channel onto its smart-TV platform. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">SkyItalia</span> is adding 13 HD channels to its programming line-up in Feb., bringing its HD total to 52. The satcaster says more than 70% of its 5M subscribers now receive its HD package.
--- <span style="font-style: italic;">BroadbandTV News</span> is reporting the German cable expo <span style="font-weight: bold;">Anga Cable Show</span> has signed binding agreements with 360 companies totaling 95% of the show's exhibition space. The show is slated for June 12-14 in Cologne. ---
After failing to reach a new agreement, <span style="font-weight: bold;">BSkyB</span> has put <span style="font-weight: bold;">CurrentTV</span>'s EPG spot up for sale.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">People</span>: <span style="font-weight: bold;">NBC</span> has
hired <span style="font-style: italic;">Chuck LaBella</span> as the net's VP of talent development. --- Former<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Indianapolis Colts</span> Vice Chair <span style="font-style: italic;">Bill Polian </span>has joined <span style="font-weight: bold;">SiriusXM</span>'s NFL
Radio. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">BBC</span> director <span style="font-style: italic;">Mark Thompson</span> has told colleagues that he is getting ready to step down. Reports indicate the powerful British TV exec may quit after the Olympics. --- <span style="font-weight:
bold;">Facebook</span> hired former <span style="font-style: italic;">Bloomberg</span> social media director <span style="font-style: italic;">Dan Fletcher</span> as managing editor. ---  <span style="font-weight: bold;">OWN</span> announced <span style="font-style: italic;">Lisa
Erspamer</span>, co-executive producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," has left the struggling cable network. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">Comcast</span> named <span style="font-style: italic;">Lynn Charytan</span>, VP of legal affairs, to head its new Legal Regulatory Group.<br><br>--- <span
style="font-style: italic;">Catch today's media market news in</span> <span style="font-weight: bold;">The Evening BRIDGE</span>. • <P>

<P align="center" ><a href="#top" class="article_nav" >Back to Top</a></p>

<tr valign="top" ><td>
<table cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%" >
<tr><td align="middle" class="newsletter_text" >
<HR size="1" >
<div style="color: darkgreen;" >Save the Trees.<BR>MediaBiz: All Digital, All the Time.</div>
<HR size="1" >
<a href="" target="_blank" class="article_nav" >Advertising Info</a>
<tr><td align="middle" class="newsletter_text" >
<b><a href="" class="article_nav" >SIGN UP FOR MORE INDUSTRY CRITICAL NEWS FROM MediaBiz</a><br>or <a href="" class="article_nav" >manage your subscription</a></b>:
<tr><td align="middle" class="newsletter_text" >

<a href="" class="article_nav" >The BRIDGE</a>

<a href="" class="article_nav" >Evening BRIDGE</a>

<tr><td class="newsletter_copyright_text" >
<HR size="1" >
Copyright © 2012 Media Business Corp (MBC). Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of MBC is prohibited. MBC and MBC logo are trademarks of Media Business Corp.  The Morning BRIDGE is wholly owned and operated by MBC. All rights reserved.
To unsubscribe, click <a href="" >here</a>, email us at <a href="mailto:subscriptions@medi..." >subscriptions@medi...</a>, or contact us:
1810 Platte St - Denver, CO 80202 • tel. 303-271-9960 • fax 303-271-9965


Bookmark with:

Delicious   Digg   reddit   Facebook   StumbleUpon

opensubscriber is not affiliated with the authors of this message nor responsible for its content.