Feature Commentary

A column where industry thought leaders share their POVs on issues that affect the broadcast media industry. (Feature commentaries do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TVB.) We welcome your feedback to: commentary@tvb.org.

Why Sports Is Must-See TV -- Especially in the Digital Era

1-24-14
“But just about any day of the week is a big one in the television sports industry, because sports is one of the few categories of programming that doesn't lend itself to delayed viewing or binge-watching. It just about must be seen live.  Sports has it all: drama, suspense, anger, comedy, jubilation, amongst a range of other human emotions. Despite the plethora of reality competition shows that solicit viewer voting, it may be the one area where audiences really feel that they make a difference in the outcome.”  Hillary Atkin, The Atkin ReportMore>>

Why TV Ad Spend Will Grow More Than Digital Spend In The Next Five Years

1-17-14
Dave Morgan, CEO of Simulmedia, predicted at the closing panel of  Gridley & Company’s 13th Annual Marketing, Internet, Financial Technology and Outsourcing Services Conference that  TV ad spend in the U.S. will grow more each year for the next five years than digital video ads will.More>>

TV - Not Dying. Diversifying.

1-09-14
Mike Bloxham, vice president, national TV and video at Frank N. Magid Associates discusses “the biggest player in the ecosystem: TV” and where the focus should be—“across any screen that can deliver it.”More>>

Local TV News: The Solid Medium

12-04-13
Bruce Goerlich, CRO, Rentrak: "the relatively low-tech medium of local news delivers a substantial audience day in and day out, provides reach, and can deliver traditional, and online buyers. I believe that solid delivery can help form the broad base of a media strategy."More>>

Note To Brands: Make Your Own Kind Of Network

11-15-13
Dario Spina, MediaPost: "If marketers think boldly — like the Millennials — and build their own virtual networks, then they’ll truly and powerfully connect with this always connected audience.  And maybe then the Millennials will inspire even more creativity in us, and just a bit less terror."…More>>

Media Industry Challenge: Over-Supply By Jack Myers

11-06-13
Jack Myers discusses the impact of programmatic and automated systems being developed for media buying and selling in the industry and the fundamental shift in demand vs.supply.More>>

Local TV Broadcast News Drives Audience Engagement

10-18-13
Kathy Crosett of Media Sales Today spotlights TVB's "American Conversation" study and reminds her readers of the importance of local broadcast news.More>>

Finding The Glue To Make Local TV Stick

10-11-13
With all the recent mergers and acquisitions among TV station group owners, the question is no longer whether or not there will be a small group of local TV empires. Tim Daniel in TVNewsCheck discusses the question - which ones will succeed and which ones will fail? Empires that succeed and endure have created the best "social glue" and it turns out home-grown glue is the best.  And nobody does local better than local television broadcasters.More>>

The Future of Television May Be Only One Screen

10-02-13
Reporting from the NY Games Conference, Charlene Weisler discusses "What is television today and what are the challenges to the current business model?"More>>

Cable's Edge Over Broadcast: More Ad Time

8-11-13
Jon Swallen Chief Research Officer, Kantar Media Intelligence North America discusses cable's ad revenue increase via the addition of what basically amounts to one more :20 ad per hour annually since January 2010.More>>

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