News & Reviews


  • The Price of Great TV Content

    December 29 11:08 PM

    TV Shows Expensive In the latest dust-up between powerful networks and the formidable cable and satellite companies who distribute them, Fox and DISH Network went to the mat over programming costs. The result: 14 million DISH customers were soon without the popular Fox News channel and Fox Business News, at least for now. For how long, avid Fox watchers wonder? Until one side gives in. The key issue for both parties, and many other industry players on both sides of the negotiation table, is the value of great content. How much is it worth? Even more important is the question of who exerts the ... Read more...

  • New Streaming TV Products Add Exciting Options: CBSNews, Showtime Online and a Slice of HBO?

    November 6 03:11 PM

    Streaming TV Online There’s no doubt streaming TV and on demand capabilities have forever changed the way millions of us watch TV (see the new Sling TV product story). The audience is moving online, at least part of the time. The changes we’ve seen so far are likely just the beginning, as major television industry icons rush to create innovative new products to reach this quickly moving target audience. With CBS’s recent launch of CBS All Access, a $5.99 monthly subscription service offering a slate of network shows, and the brand new CBSN, a live online news channel with live anchors, sports ... Read more...

  • Broadcast Networks Still the Most Requested Channels

    November 3 02:14 PM

    Leading by a wide margin, broadcast television networks won the top five most requested honors in a recent 10Channels User study. Participants were asked to list which networks and channels they wanted to purchase in a programming package. Popularity was close among major broadcasters, as ABC took the lead, requested by 67% of consumers. NBC was next at 62%, with CBS at 60%, PBS at 51% and FOX at 49% of the audience. As a comparison, powerhouse AMC was the most requested cable channel, listed by 37%, followed by A&E at 34% and CNN with 32% asking for it. The most requested sports channel was ... Read more...

  • Bloomberg: Will Online Video Services Unravel Cable Bundles?

    October 20 03:18 PM

    Will Online Video Services Unravel Cable Bundles? With popular networks like Disney, CBS, ESPN and HBO announcing intentions to offer content online, many wonder about the future of the traditional cable and satellite package bundles. In this brief video, Bloomberg offers key industry analysts the chance to share opinions and answer questions about this hot consumer topic that may soon impact many. Read more...

  • Smaller Cable Packages in Greater Demand

    October 15 09:28 AM

    Consumers shifting from hundreds of channels to smaller packages with fewer networks. Friends and neighbors often talk about it. We’re very likely doing it ourselves -- quietly moving to lower level cable and satellite TV packages because the way we’re watching TV is shifting to other platforms. Home screens may be getting larger, but our cable packages are probably getting smaller. While polls suggest consumers are considering “cutting the cord” and moving away from traditional cable and satellite service, most research reveals that few are actually doing it. According to recent Nielsen ... Read more...