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Netflix Viewership Finally Gets a Yardstick

wsj.com — Nielsen's tracking of streaming-video services cracks opens up a black box When asked recently if she knew how many people were watching the comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix, co-creator Tina Fey said she had no idea. "We don't have any actual numbers," Ms. Fey said at a recent gathering of television critics.
Aug 27, 2015

Nielsen scales up viewership tracker for streamed shows. Gives content owners more leverage w/ Netflix. $NLSN $NFLX on.wsj.com/1EZcaeE

Aug 27, 2015

Nielsen's Netflix measurements could also show the streaming co's original shows aren't as popular as thought. $NFLX on.wsj.com/1EZcaeE

Aug 26, 2015

Getting into Netflix's black box has become big game hunting for TV industry, Nielsen and others. wsj.com/articles/netfl…

Aug 26, 2015

Will Nielsen provide yardstick to measure Netflix? Hollywood studios bet on it but streaming service says fat chance. wsj.com/articles/netfl…

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Massive TV Blackout on Dish Sparks Call for Change at FCC

blogs.wsj.com — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is trying to use the largest TV station blackout in history to bolster his case to change rules that broadcasters fear could undermine one of their most important engines for growth.
Aug 26, 2015

FCC Chairman sees opportunity in Dish - Sinclair distribution dispute. blogs.wsj.com/cmo/2015/08/26…

Aug 26, 2015

FCC chair uses biggest blackout ever to advocate rules change that broadcasters fear would hurt retrans. w/ @JBFlint on.wsj.com/1Kllgsv

Aug 26, 2015

RT @keachhagey: FCC chair uses biggest blackout ever to advocate rules change that broadcasters fear would hurt retrans. w/ @JBFlint on.wsj.com/1Kllgsv

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Sinclair Broadcast Pulls TV Signals From Dish Network

wsj.com — Blackout comes amid dispute over a new distribution contract Signals for one of the nation's biggest local broadcasters went dark on satellite TV distributor Dish Network Corp. on Tuesday, the result of a dispute over a new distribution contract. Dish and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.
Aug 25, 2015

Sinclair stations go dark on Dish Network. About 5 million customers lose access to major broadcast networks. wsj.com/articles/sincl…

Aug 25, 2015

RT @JBFlint: Sinclair stations go dark on Dish Network. About 5 million customers lose access to major broadcast networks. wsj.com/articles/sincl…

Aug 25, 2015

Dish and Sinclair in ugly distribution fight that leaves millions in the lurch. wsj.com/articles/sincl…

AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Was Most-Watched Cable Premiere

blogs.wsj.com — AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead," a prequel of sorts to its hit TV show "The Walking Dead," showed there is still plenty of life in zombies.Sunday's debut drew 10.1 million viewers for live and same-day recorded viewing, a record number for a series premiere on cable, according to Nielsen data provided by AMC.
Aug 24, 2015

AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Was Most-Watched Cable Premiere on.wsj.com/1EeK3Ny via @WSJ

Aug 24, 2015

RT @asharma: AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Was Most-Watched Cable Premiere on.wsj.com/1EeK3Ny via @WSJ

‘Empire’ Lands Pepsi as Official Sponsor For Season 2

blogs.wsj.com — Cookie Lyon is getting a new co-star next season on "Empire" - a can of Pepsi.The soft drink manufacturer has signed on as an official sponsor of the second season of "Empire," the Fox Broadcasting hit about a family music business starring Terrance Howard as mogul Lucious Lyon and Taraji P.

NBC Universal to Buy Women's Web Site iVillage

wsj.com — General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal plans to acquire iVillage Inc., the women-oriented Web company, for $600 million, the latest move by a major media company to get a slice of fast-growing Internet-advertising revenues. New York-based iVillage has become the top-ranked Web site aimed at women, drawing 14.5 million unique visitors in January, according to ComScore Media Metrix.
Aug 18, 2015

The more things change... My 2006 story on NBC buying iVillage. wsj.com/articles/SB114…

Aug 18, 2015

RT @JBFlint: The more things change... My 2006 story on NBC buying iVillage. wsj.com/articles/SB114…

Summer-TV Watchers Abandon Cable Shows

wsj.com — Summer used to be cable's time to shine, but ratings are down by double digits with growing competition from broadcast networks and streaming services The cable-TV industry has the summertime blues. Ratings are down by double digits at many of the top cable channels as increased competition from the broadcast networks and the growing popularity of streaming services such a Netflix and Hulu have cut into their audiences.
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HBO lands ‘Sesame Street’ in streaming turf war for kids’ shows

marketwatch.com — Known for its dramas and risqué comedies aimed at adults, including "Game of Thrones," "True Detectives" and "Girls," Time Warner Inc.'s HBO has formed a partnership with Sesame Workshop in the hopes of becoming a major player in children's television. The move is the latest by HBO to better position itself against competitors including Netflix Inc.
Aug 13, 2015

Sunny day, sweepng the clouds away: HBO lands ‘Sesame Street’ in streaming war for kids’ shows on.mktw.net/1Mq2CkV pic.twitter.com/S7JvHS1xgH

Aug 13, 2015

HBO lands ‘Sesame Street’ in streaming turf war for kids’ shows on.mktw.net/1Mq2CkV

Aug 13, 2015

HBO lands ‘Sesame Street’ in streaming war on.mktw.net/1Mq2CkV GR8 for HBO and those who can afford it. Not Gr8 for disadvantaged youth.

HBO Strikes Deal for ‘Sesame Street’

wsj.com — Big Bird is flying over to HBO. Known for its dramas and risqué comedies aimed at adults, including "Game of Thrones," "True Detectives" and "Girls," Time Warner Inc.'s HBO has formed a partnership with Sesame Workshop in the hopes of becoming a major player in children's television.
Aug 13, 2015

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Try via HBO. on.wsj.com/1TvKytJ via @WSJ

Aug 13, 2015

RT @JBFlint: HBO strikes deal with @sesamestreet for new episodes and streaming rights. Will Ernie & Bert pop up on Girls?http://t.co/GyAal…

Aug 13, 2015

HBO's big Sesame Street move ups competition with Netflix and Amazon, both who have made kids a priority. wsj.com/articles/hbo-s…

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Johnny Carson Returns to Late-Night TV

blogs.wsj.com — The king of late night is coming back.Starting in January, episodes of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" will return to nightly broadcast television for the first time since the show went off the in May of 1992.
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Aug 29, 2015

RT @BrendanDarr: The 30 for 30 on RGIII is going to be incredible.

Aug 29, 2015

RT @DanWetzel: Third preseason game is supposed to be dress rehearsal for season, so good to see Washington is in full train wreck mode

Aug 28, 2015

Vin Scully announces he'll be back next season. Is it time for DirecTV to announce they still won't be carrying SportsNetLA?

Aug 28, 2015

"CNN could not be more obsessed with Donald Trump if that missing plane turned up in his hair." Bill Maher on Real Time.

Aug 28, 2015

The math won't work. Yes, there will be OTT options at some point but Clippers can't make nearly $$ on OTT as w/Fox. twitter.com/jbrod/status/6…

Aug 28, 2015

What are three things that never would have been in the same sentence 25 years ago? twitter.com/SINTUMUANG/sta…


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