Sunday, October 23, 2016

AT&T + Time Warner

AT&T has confirmed that it will acquire Time Warner in an $85 million deal. Brian Fung and Drew Harwell explain why this is such a historic deal. Amol Sharma says the deal is a hedge against a changing media landscape, Brian Steinberg sees it as about mobile video and multiplatform content, Brian Stelter looks at the possible synergies, Richard Greenfield says Time Warner is lucky to get out now, Jason Lynch has three questions, and Ted Johnson reminds us of the regulatory scrutiny to come before the deal actually closes. AT&T's CEO says CNN will stay journalistically independent under its ownership. Donald Trump is against the deal and broader media conglomeration. Peter Kafka says the ghost of the 2000 AOL-Time Warner deal lingers. Janko Roettgers thinks the deal could fatten skinny bundles back up.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Classic Movies & TV Reruns

Todd VanDerWerff laments the lack of availability of classic films on streaming services and hopes TCM's FilmStruck service can help. And Gerry Smith notes that the TV syndication rerun model is taking a hit in the era of original series saturation. For its part, SundanceTV will air classic 1970s reruns in daytime slots.

Vimeo's Global TV Store

Vimeo has launched a digital TV store in partnership with Lionsgate and Starz.

Buying From Lifetime

Jason Lynch reports on an ambitious branded content push from A&E Networks which will include a buy-what-you-see lifestyle series on Lifetime co-produced by Wayfair.

International TV Market

Scott Roxborough reports from MIPCOM's international TV market that drama is booming while reality TV seeks a comeback.

NBCU Ups BuzzFeed Investment

NBCU is making a second large investment in BuzzFeed.

Insecure & Racial Politics

Kristen Warner analyzes HBO's Insecure in the context of racial politics and HBO programming.

Election Coverage

Wednesday night's presidential debate out-rated the second one. James Poniewozik watched and wondered if it was a Trump TV pitch. Chris Wallace drew praise for his moderating, but Carlos Maza said he perpetuated conservative dishonesty. Last night brought the odd Al Smith dinner/roast tradition, and Chris Cillizza says the ugliness there was very Trump. Frank Pollatta notes that late night hosts are united against Trump, while David Uberti sees pro-Trump forces on CNN that are clouding CNN's journalistic orientation, and Gavin Polone says the news media is implicitly helping Trump. Trump isn't spending nearly as much on TV ads as Clinton, which makes this a good test of if political ads matter. The local media is missing the ad revenue, though they're able to charge a lot more for ads specifically targeting Millennials.

AT&T + Time Warner

AT&T has reportedly reached a deal to purchase Time Warner. Cynthia Littleton has analysis of the potential deal, and Peter Kafka tries to make sense of it. Ted Johnson notes that regulatory scrutiny would follow. Todd Spangler looks at why the deal would make sense but also face hurdles. If the deal goes through, Peter Chernin would likely oversee Time Warner.

Wednesday & Thursday Ratings

Wednesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted.

Thursday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Most Powerful Global Distributors

Elsa Keslassy reports on a new study naming the world's most powerful global TV distributors.

Cord Cutting Difficulties

John Ewoldt outlines the challenges that prevent more people from cutting the pay TV cord.

Branded Content Rises

Jason Lynch says advertisers are increasingly preferring branded content to product integration in shows.

Netflix News

Netflix announced new subscriber growth yesterday, which boosted its stock. Robert Briel reports that both Netflix and Amazon are ramping up programming investment, and Lucas Shaw says some in Hollywood are getting frustrated with Netflix's aggressiveness. Relativity Media has brought suit against Netflix over an output deal that went south. In the international scope, Netflix has given up on expanding to China for now, while it is aggressively battling against geoblocking circumvention services. Ken Fang speculates on the possibility of an ESPN/Netflix package combination.

Renewal & Cancellation

American Crime Story will get a third season on FX, and it will focus on the murder of Gianni Versace. Meanwhile, CBS has cancelled both Brain Dead and American Gothic.

Ratings Trouble

Drew Harwell says lower TV ratings for the NFL could signal problems for all of traditional TV.

Trump & TV

Financial Times reports that Donald Trump's son-in-law has set up talks to start a Trump TV outlet after the election. Alan Wolk explains how Trump could start his own channel. And Jason Mittell says the concept of cable narrowcasting helps to explain Trump's rise.

Monday & Tuesday Ratings

Monday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted.

Tuesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.
Analysis from Spotted.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Scripted Series on Instagram

Instagram Stories will host a weekly scripted series from The CW intended as a promotional push for CW Seed.

Worldwide Production White Paper

MIP has posted a downloadable report titled Worldwide TV Production: Plugging Into a Multiscreen Marketplace.

A '90s Lesson for Streaming TV

Todd VanDerWerff's review of the new David E. Kelley Amazon series Goliath says the series uses 1990s storytelling knowhow to overcome a typical streaming series problem.

Netflix Models

Richard Greenfield notes that Netflix is shortening the usual one-year wait between seasons of shows like Fuller House. And Sam Thielman says Netflix's high spending model could burst peak TV soon and lead to shorter and cheaper shows.

Opening Credits Excess

Kyle Stock takes note of the growth of elaborate opening credits sequences as shows strive to stand out.

Allen Regrets Amazon Series

Woody Allen now says he regrets having down a series for Amazon.

The Simpsons is the Best

As The Simpsons airs its 600th episode tonight, Todd VanDerWerff explains why it's the best show ever made, even if it's not what it once was.

Bush & Trump & the Media

Billy Bush is reportedly near an NBC exit deal, but Brian Steinberg still has many questions for NBCU. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is stepping up his claims that the election will be rigged with the media's help, including SNL's help, and Paul Farhi says Trump rally crowds are getting more aggressive with the press. CNN chief Jeff Zucker gave a public talk in which he said it was a mistake for CNN to air numerous Trump rallies early on. Victor Pickard offers analysis of media and politics in the Trump era and how the drive for ratings and profit have undermined public service. A Law & Order: SVU episode has been delayed until after the election.

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted.

Saturday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.
Analysis from Spotted.

Saturday Night Live had another good night.