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No Sticker Shock For Mayweather-Pacquiao

Today’s consumers often complain about the rising cost of a pay TV package, costing an average $75 for roughly 300 channels.


Yet two weeks before the blockbuster May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view event, sports fans don’t seem too upset about dropping a C-note to watch the most anticipated boxing match in decades.


What BBC America’s Sarah Barnett Wants You To Know About ‘Orphan Black’

BBC America’s award winning sci-fi/drama Orphan Black launches its third season on Saturday (April 18) with the hopes of cloning the ratings and critical success the popular show generated during its sophomore campaign.


And The Beat Goes On

Before video streaming on smartphones, computers and tablets trended among savvy tech people, purchasing and downloading digital music files was the it thing to do on portable devices. According to a new MusicWatch survey, people are still buying and downloading songs while increasingly streaming their favorite tunes through their iPhones and Kindle Fires.


That should be music to the ears of MVPD distributors touting their broadband services.


New Frontiers in TV Diversity

The 2014-15 television season is almost in the books, and it will arguably go down as one of the most groundbreaking as it pertains to diversity.


The success of a group of new shows on both traditional and digital TV platforms has helped to eradicate some long-held preconceived notions about shows created by and starring people of diverse backgrounds.


Streaming Back To TV

Earlier this month, Sony rolled out its new PlayStation Vue over-the-top pay TV service, the latest in a trend of over-the-top streaming-video platforms looking to compete with traditional cable and broadcast networks for consumer eyeballs.


The PlayStation Vue service can only be accessed through Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles when connected to TVs, joining other media players like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV available through Internet-enabled devices connected to the boob tube.


Mayweather/Pacquiao: Price Uncertainty

HBO and Showtime live-streamed the March 11 Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather press conference to boxing fans for free, but the networks have yet to decide how much to charge viewers to watch the fighters slug it out in the ring on May 2.


Gossett: Nets Need Courage To Bring More African-American Stories To TV

Many TV critics say we are in a Golden Age of Television, given the incredible amount of quality, original programming that’s available on traditional TV and digital media.

Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing

Television industry prognosticators have been all too comfortable recently predicting the inevitable end of the traditional TV industry as it faces the onslaught of new digital-on-demand technology.


Yet consumers are not quite ready to write the obit for the broadcast and cable platforms.


Heavyweight Negotiations

HBO Sports on Wednesday held a press conference for its April 25 Wladamir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings heavyweight championship boxing telecast, but the proposed May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao was on the minds of many boxing observers attending the conference at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.



Consumers Love TV's Digital Transformation

Consumers are enjoying the transformation of television content to digital platforms and are looking forward to accessing premium cable channels on an a la carte basis.