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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.

OTT Turbulence


Syfy later this summer will debut the third installment of its Sharknado original horror film franchise. While viewers will have to wait a full seven months to once again watch a hapless American city fight a swirling tornado of man-eating sharks, the cable industry through the first month of 2015 has had to withstand a squall of new original content from competing over-the-top video streaming services. 


The industry has been hit with an Over-the-Topnado of unprecedented proportions.


Diverse Shows Finding Flavor With Viewers

Strong ratings performances from a number of multicultural-themed shows during the 2014-15 television season are proving that an audience exists for quality programming featuring people of color.


The Jan. 6 season-three debut of OWN’s primetime soap opera Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots set a network ratings record for a series premiere, averaging 3.22 million viewers and ranking as the network’s second most watched telecast among male viewers.


Pacquiao, Mayweather Closing In On Mega Fight

The much anticipated Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather mega boxing match may happen after all.


Pacquiao has agreed to terms for a mega May 2 pay-per-view boxing match against Mayweather, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the Examiner.com Tuesday.


Arum told the website that Mayweather’s representatives have also agreed to a May fight, but Mayweather has yet to sign off on the deal.

New Year Brings New Tweaks To Cable Model

The new year is barely a few weeks old, and the winds of change already seem to be blowing through the television industry. You know things are different when presentations from over-the-top service Netflix and cable’s TV everywhere platform opened last week’s annual Television Critics Association Winter Press tour, where TV writers gather to see the lineup of new shows from traditional cable and broadcast networks.


'The Interview' Could Hack The Theater Business

Many industry observers are speculating that the holiday-weekend digital distribution of Sony’s controversial movie The Interview will build momentum toward the release of big-ticket movies on digital video-on-demand platforms at the same time as the film’s theatrical release.