Wednesday, October 25, 2006

NFL Investment Paying off for ESPN

The Giants’ 36-22 victory over the Cowboys on ESPN’s Monday Night Football was viewed by the largest audience in the history of cable television according to an ESPN spokesperson. The network stated that the NFL contest was seen in an average of 11.807 million homes, based on a 12.8 rating, translating to 16.028 million viewers two-plus. The previous record was CNN’s November 1993 NAFTA debate between then-Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot on Larry King Live, which was seen in 11.174 million homes. The MNF ratings also topped those for four CNN telecasts of the Gulf War in 1991, topped by 11.742 million homes Jan. 17 of that year.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Google & YouTube - What does it Mean

Unless you have spent the last week living in a cave, by now you have heard all the buzz about Google's $1.6 billion purchase of YouTube Inc. This big deal now has some in the TV industry wondering if the search engine is now "the de facto sixth broadcast network." Some executives are "miffed" and "panic stricken," according to Advertising Age, while Broadcasting & Cable lists the five things that may never be the same in TV because of the "new elephant in the control room." Links: Advertising Age Oct 16, 2006 - Say Hello to the Newest TV Powerhouse: Google and, Broadcasting & Cable Oct 16, 2006 - Big Changes Ahead

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The New Video Capabilities used for Breaking News

In the early '90's, video from the Rodney King and Reginald Denny beatings changed the way that news organizations began to gather and disseminate footage. Since that point technology has continued to revolutionize and speed the process. The Blog Lost Remote reported yesterday that Fox News had some of the first live video on the air from the scene of the NYC plane crash live via a Treo phone and CometVision. It may not be pretty (yet) but you get the picture!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Turner South off, SPSO on

The ever-changing TV network horizon is about to sprout another regional sport network as the curtain closes on a southeastern movie and entertainment favorite. Fox Sports Networks announced plans to launch a new regional network exclusive to Southern sports fans. SportsSouth, formerly Turner South will be available to approximately 8 million cable and satellite subscribers across a six-state region comprised of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina. SportsSouth “SPSO” will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, with a matchup between the Atlanta Thrashers versus the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes.

The network plans to offer 180 live events, including 61 Atlanta Thrashers games and 45 Atlanta Hawks games during the upcoming 2006-07 NHL and National Basketball Association seasons, respectively. SportSouth will telecast 55 Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball games in 2007, increasing to 80 Braves games in 2008. Select games of MLB’s Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals will also be distributed on the network, subject to the league’s territory restrictions, and the service will showcase Southern collegiate sports, including action from the Big South and Southern Conferences. Link: Past SMM Post 02/19/06 – Turner South May be Acquired by Fox