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A+E Shines a Light on Race

A+E Networks tonight (Nov. 20) will simulcast its `Shining A Light: A Concert For Progress On Race In America' across several networks including A&E, Lifetime and History. The fundraising concert -- created to bring awareness to recent incidents of racism such as the June Charleston S.C. church massacre as well as to raise funds for the victims of such incidents -- features performances from Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Pink, Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson and Sting.


Cable Nets Creep Into Live Programming

Live sports and news event programming  have been huge ratings plays for cable networks  this year, from ESPN’s cable record-setting  audience for the Jan. 12 Ohio State-Oregon  College Football Playoff National Championship  game to Fox News Channel’s stunning performance for its Republican Presidential Debate on Aug. 6.


Hispanics Going Over the Top

This week’s Hispanic Summit will focus on the shifting priorities within the expanding business of Hispanic television. One of those priority shifts should be toward Hispanic viewing of over-the-top services, according to several recent reports.


What Sarah Barnett Wants You To Know About 'The Last Kingdom’

BBC America will tap the popular medieval drama genre with The Oct. 10 debut of The Last Kingdom. The series, adapted from Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling The Saxon Stories series of books and produced by Downton Abbey’s Carnival Films, re-tells the history of King Alfred the Great and his desire to unite several kingdoms into what would eventually become England.


Live Sports Gives Cord Cutters Pause

Live sports programming has arguably been the biggest driver of cable ratings so far this year, with a number of events setting industry and network ratings records.


The popularity of sports content is also causing former pay TV subscribers to think twice about their decision to cut the cord, according to a new Frank N. Magid Associates survey. 


The Emmys: 3 Plots to Follow Sunday Night

Sunday’s 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Fox is shaping up to be a potentially history-making event as TV celebrates the best performances over the past year in a number of major categories.

Here are three must-see storylines that should make the live telecast must-see viewing for TV lovers:

VMAs Caught in Measurement Crossfire

MTV’s Aug. 30 Video Music Awards hit a sour note, according to most industry observers, posting a double-digit ratings decline from its 2014 version.


The show, once among cable’s biggest audience draws of the summer, averaged only 5 million viewers in its live run on MTV, down from the 8.2 million viewers the extravaganza generated last year.


That’s a major drop even in an environment where most cable shows and networks are losing audiences.


Cable Networks Test Binge-Viewing Release Strategies

To release or to not release full seasons of scripted show for binge viewing was a question several cable network and OTT service executives wrestled with recently, coming to differing opinions.

OTT service Netflix, which accelerated the phenomenon of launching a full season of a series’ episodes at one time with the debut of Emmy-nominated shows House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, is fully committed to continuing to allow viewers to binge its shows.

Game On Or Game Over for Streaming Consoles?

Two recent video distribution announcements about Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's XBOX One show that the video game console makers are determined to play in the video streaming game.


Yet according to a couple of recent media reports, gaming consoles may already be losing the battle to other media devices when it comes to offering streaming video content to consumers.


5 Quotes to Ponder From the TV Critics Tour

Last week during the cable portion of the Television Critics Association summer tour executives and celebrities spoke to TV writers at length about their original programming projects.


Yet some of the talent and execs onstage couldn’t avoid answering some off-topic questions I’m sure they would have rather avoided, while others jumped at the opportunity to address what many may perceive as touchy subjects.