This Study Paints Different Streaming Portraits Of ‘Cord Cutters’, ‘Cord Nevers’

Though they share one thing – the lack of a traditional paid cable or satellite TV subscription – "Cord Cutters" and "Cord Nevers" in the U.S differ in a host of ways, including their tastes in streaming video platforms and shows. That's just one of the key finding from a new "Cord Evolution" study from GfK MRI.

Two-Thirds Of OTT Free Trials Don’t Pay To Subscribe

More than two-thirds of "Over-the-Top" free trials will not fork over the dollars to pay for a subscription. That's a key takeaway from a "connected entertainment research" study from Parks Associates that sought to put a positive spin on OTT—a big buzz topic and exhibit hall draw at the 2017 NAB Show.

A ‘Failing’ FOX Station Gives Gray Duopoly OK

In May 2016, Gray Television agreed to acquire a pair of television stations in the Clarksburg, W. Va., market from Withers Broadcasting. The $26.5 million deal, struck prior to the start of the spectrum auction, saw Gray grab the CBS affiliate and its FOX station. But, the FCC reviewed the deal, as Gray said the deal qualified for a waiver of the local TV multiple ownership rule. That's because the FOX station in the deal is a "failing station," Gray contended. The Commission agreed.
Chevrolet

Chevy Drives Away As TV’s Spot Topper

In last week’s Media Monitors TV Spot Ten report, the Chevrolet Dealer Association held steady at No. 1 with 25,080 spots. Neutrogena also held steady at No. 2 with 20,345 ads and the Honda Dealer Association climbed up a notch to No. 3 with 19,326 commercials.

Insurance Providers Power Up Cable Ads

In last week’s Media Monitors Cable Spot Ten report, GEICO moved up to No. 1 with 39,439 spots. Burger King slid down to No. 2 with 38,291 ads while Progressive ascended to No. 3 with 31,465 commercials.
FCC

Repack Regional Coordinators Finalized By FCC

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau have finalized the assignment of Regional Coordinators to support broadcast television stations moving to new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction transition period.

This Study Claims Consumers Prefer Watching TV Shows Off TV

If you believe a global study released this morning by New York-based Accenture, the percentage of consumers worldwide who prefer watching TV shows on television sets plummeted to 23% between October and November 2016, compared to 52% in the same period one-year earlier. That's one of the key takeaways from the Accenture 2017 Digital Consumer Survey, and RBR + TVBR got its hands on exclusive data that shows U.S. consumers are leading this trend.

Media World Prepares To Say Goodbye To Bonten

If you're not wholly familiar with Bonten Media Group and its primarily sub-No. 100 DMAs, such as Eureka-Arcata, Calif., radio industry veterans will likely recognize the name of its Chairman and CEO. That would be Randy Bongarten.
Bonten Media Group

Sinclair Buys Bonten’s 14 TV Stations In Multimillion Dollar Deal

Less than 24 hours after the FCC restored the UHF discount, allowing broadcast TV companies to effectively own more stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to acquire Bonten Media Group Holdings. Concurrently, as part of this deal, Cunningham Broadcasting Corp. will purchase the membership interest of Esteem Broadcasting. The aggregate purchase price: $240 million.​​
WideOrbit

ATSC 3.0 … Excited, And Unprepared

When it comes to ATSC 3.0, broadcasters don’t have a complete picture yet of the technologies that need to be replaced or upgraded. That's a key finding in newly released research from WideOrbit.

‘An Integrated, Full View’ Into Local TV Markets

Thanks to a newly forged pact announced this morning (4/21), comScore's local television audience measurement information will now be integrated with BIA/Kelsey's local advertising spending data and forecasts.
E.W. Scripps Company

Scripps Prices New Senior Unsecured Notes

The E.W. Scripps Company has priced its offering of $400 million of new senior unsecured notes. Proceeds from the offering will be used to repay the existing $391 million term loan B due in 2020, to pay related fees and expenses, and for general corporate purposes.

ACA Opines On UHF Discount’s Return

When it comes to the so-called "UHF discount" that the FCC on Thursday restored, reverse a fall 2016 party-line decision to end it by the Wheeler Commission, American Cable Association President/CEO Matthew M. Polka sides with lone Democratic Commissioner -- and dissenter -- Mignon Clyburn.
Telemundo

NBCU Ramps Up For Its Forthcoming Telemundo/San Diego O&O

After 27 years, the NBCUniversal-owned Spanish-language broadcast TV network Telemundo serving "America's Finest City" on July 3 will shift from a Tijuana, Mexico-based station to an O&O right in the heart of downtown San Diego.
Towers

Edge Spectrum Engages In $72M TV Deal

Edge Spectrum has agreed to acquire 196 television station licenses and construction permits in a deal with EICB-TV and Grace Worship Center valued at $72 million. This involves a promissory note that will cover the entire value of a deal that was originally struck 364 days ago.

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