Monthly Archives: July 2012

Behind the Blackouts: Media Moguls Battle it Out

So far this year, there have been three battles between TV distributors and Media companies, in part due to the lack of new subscribers to TV, and the rising cost of carrying many channels to these satellite providers. Companies such as Viacom have become more profitable since 2010, while satellite TV providers profits have plateaued as they fight each other for new subscribers. The result has been bitter legal battles over carriage fees between companies like Disney, Tribune, DirecTV and Dish Network.

In March, Tribune pulled its programming from DirecTV after the two media giants failed to reach a settlement during contract negotiations. The result was the loss of local CW and Fox affiliates, including shows like “American Idol,” “Glee,” “New Girl” and “Gossip Girl.” Baseball fans were also in the dark, as they lost the Cubs and White Sox via WGN America, the Mets via WPIX-TV in New York, and the Phillies on WPHL-TV in Philadelphia. The deal was later resolved, but not without public scrutiny for both sides.

At the end of June, Dish Network dropped AMC Networks, which include channels AMC, IFC, We TV, because AMC Networks forced Dish to carry IFC and We, which Dish stated did not get sufficient ratings. AMC claims this is all just because of an unrelated lawsuit between the two companies; nonetheless, loyal Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead viewers are out of luck as the dispute continues.

And just Tuesday, Viacom pulled its channels from DirecTV after they failed to agree to a 30% carriage fee increase. Viacom’s channels, which include Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and many others, have gone black on their respective DirecTV stations. The result has been a scathing advertising battle, in which Viacom is now advising people to switch carriers, a negotiation tactic to get their 30% increase, says DirecTV.

DirecTV refuses to cave on the fee increase, and says Viacom is making a mistake and its ratings will suffer. Ms. Denson of Viacom countered that, ”in the long term, DirecTV will endure long-term asset loss from customers leaving or customers never coming on in the first place.”

Whatever the outcome ends up, we’ve been taking note of the bitter battles between satellite carriers and TV giants, and the industry’s cost pressures could mean the battles are likely to continue.

You can read more at abcnews.com.

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Nielsen Offers A Fresh Perspective on Three Unique Consumer Groups

Posted by admin on July 02, 2012
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At Neilsen’s Annual Consumer 360 Conference, an assembly of marketing professionals from industry authors to CEOs gathered to discuss this year’s trends, analyze real time data, and introduce Neilsen’s newest technology solutions. A standout in the 3 day conference held in FL was a session titled “Marketing that Matters,” in which Neilsen explained how Media Moms are the newest tech adapters, Lower Income Targets are increasing, and why we shouldn’t let the Baby Boomers out of our sight just yet.

It’s no surprise media moms have become so tech savvy, with their busy schedules they become more open to technology that makes them more efficient. They also spend less time watching TV, but more time on those gadgets, especially when managing their financial transactions, price checking, or shopping.

Neilsen also argued, “Lower income consumers—those who earn less than $30,000 per year—are a growing segment and now represent about 30 percent of the country’s population.

Baby boomers still number 80 million, and though the typical demo for this group was 18-49, many are reaching 50, and marketers are realizing this generation is too big and too valuable to let go of. Today, the 50+ age group is about 100 million consumers, and that number is expected to grow 34% by 2030.

Neilsen provided a new perspective on the opportunities these segments represent for marketers, and why they remain important as ever to the success of marketers and brands.You can read more at nielsen.com.

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