Television Advertising

HULU Aiming for 2017 Launch of Live Broadcast Channels

Posted by admin on August 24, 2016
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The streaming-video service, Hulu, is working hard to expand its business into live television. Hulu has been actively working for the last six months on this project, which includes, “cutting deals for local TV channels in markets across the U.S.” The main distinction between consumers who maintain cable subscriptions and those who’ve chosen to “cut the cord” is the opportunity to watch live sports and news. However, Tim Connolly, the senior VP at Hulu has made it a priority to offer this service, “Local TV provides the best content experience, so that’s what we want…to be able to watch the local game.”

Now that live-streaming video is a commonplace capability for internet networks, Hulu is ready to expand their personnel and create infrastructure for the service. Mike Hopkins, the CEO at Hulu had this to say, “We’re going to roll this out as soon as possible. Customers will have the option to buy Hulu’s live TV product as a standalone service, or bundled with the SVOD (streaming video on demand) service.” Nearly 80% of Hulu subscribers also have cable or satellite TV services but the push for adding live TV is clearly aimed at the remaining 20%.

By blending the on-demand and live platforms, Hulu is trying to offer all possibilities to their customers, which also results in more opportunities for advertisers. To learn more, read the Variety article here.

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After Strong Upfront, a Growing Optimism about TV

Posted by admin on August 10, 2016
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Digital platforms have been seen as the up and coming rival in advertising but ad fraud and viewability issues are sending buyers back to television. In a recent publication from MediaLife magazine, Bill Cromwell had this to say, “After a surprisingly strong upfront, new forecast predicts stronger spending this year on TV, a trend that may continue into next year if the current backlash against digital continues.”

Although ad fraud and viewability issues contribute to the movement away from digital advertising, the MediaLife article suggests there are other factors as well such as political and pharmaceutical spending. “The prediction for TV gains comes after a robust upfront that wrapped up much earlier than the past two years, thanks to greater demand from advertisers.”

To learn more, read the MediaLife article here.

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The Election Bowl

Posted by admin on September 11, 2014
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Our favorite time of the year for commercials is fast approaching. Sorry I’m not talking about the Super Bowl. Stations are gearing up for the mid-term elections this November to expand coverage regardless of the fact that it is a non-presidential politics year.

Broadcasters are placing more emphasis on fact checking and fairness rather than acting as another outlet for talking points this election season. For example, the NBC affiliate station in Harford, CT, WVIT, has launched a new half-hour Sunday morning political show that will air weekly before Meet the Press through November 2. While broadcasters are looking to increase election coverage, they will be careful not to overdo it.

To learn more, read the three part special report on election coverage at tvnewsweek.com.

~ Sarah Thaler

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“C-Zero:” A New Ad Sales Strategy

Posted by admin on September 04, 2014
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As competition for commercial airtime continues to rise, one network has developed a new ad sales strategy to stand out in the marketplace. Scripps Networks is to begin selling ads in what it is calling the “C-Zero” window, where commercials will be seen live or on the same day they air. Scripps networks include Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel.

Recently, broadcasters are observing more viewers watching programming on a delay, due in part to the introduction of new technologies and DVR. Because several of Scripps’ networks are predominately watched live, its “C-Zero” strategy is appealing to advertisers who want their commercials seen right away. Timely commercials such as movie trailers or retailers promoting holiday specials can benefit because it gives these businesses another platform to negotiate on.

To learn more, view this AdAge article.

~ Sarah Thaler

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A New Hybrid Media Form

Posted by admin on August 21, 2014
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Ever wondered what would happen if short form and long form had children? No need to ponder this thought anymore because it’s already happened. For decades short form was the standard for commercials allowing enough time to demonstrate product benefits and include a call-to-action without losing customer attention. On the other hand, long form was popular with high- priced products, which required more feature education.

Enter the hybrid of short and long form. Introducing the 5-minute break referred to as “mid-form.” Networks have experimented with this 5-minute option over the last few years and are expanding the option as researchers notice a trend of increased sales conversions from leads, particularly for the pricier products. Why is mid-form so successful? Simple: demonstratability and less clutter. Mid-form allows more time for educating and demonstrating product features and benefits than short-form but less clutter than long-form. Result: increased customer retention and product and brand awareness.

To learn more about mid-form, click here to view full article.

~ Sarah Thaler

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NBC Set to Make Ratings History on 2012 Summer Games

Posted by admin on August 03, 2012
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When NBC bid for the right to broadcast the 2012 Summer Olympics, it anticipated a loss of more than $100 million, stemming from a loss of over $233 million from the 2012 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The ratings have skyrocketed, though, giving NBC the possibility of actually breaking even on the games, even with the controversial system of delaying high profile events until prime-time.

NBC planned to have 5,535 hours of Olympics coverage across 9 channels this year, bringing production costs, including staffing, to a whopping $1.3 billion. With a price tag like that, losses were anticipated, but the wild card turned out to be the interest in advertisers to online video and lower-profile sports, which are broadcast on the additional channels.

The London games have hit record ratings numbers, surpassing Beijing in just their first night. Through Tuesday, NBC averaged 35.6 million viewers on the first five nights, 10% above Beijing and 23% above Athens. NBC is now even selling air-time it had held back for make-goods.

With even more swimming and gymnastics to come, and the US Medal Count reaching 37 today, NBC doesn’t see the ratings roller coaster slowing down anytime soon.

You can read more at adweek.com.

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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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Free Credit Reports Get A FTC Makeover

Posted by admin on April 02, 2010
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Free credit reports are getting an FTC makeover with a new law that requires them to disclose just how “free” their credit reports really are.  This new law took effect April 2, 2010. The law is meant to help consumers distinguish between credit report offers, as well as make sure advertisers are providing disclosures that comply with the CARD Act.  Television advertisers should note that September 1, 2010, they will be required to disclose within their ads that, “Free credit reports are available under federal law at AnnualCreditReport.com. To read more go to Bankrate.com.

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