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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.


Tearful Good-byes, Welcome Hellos For Some Cable Shows In 2015

As we welcome in all the promise of the New Year, some viewers are preparing to bid farewell to their favorite series and stars.


Back To The Future For PPV Events

This past Saturday featured two pay-per-view events that could help set the stage for an interesting 2015 in the PPV event category.


A La Carte and Sticker Shock

A 20-something friend of mine who constantly complains about the high cost of cable was absolutely gloating about the recent over-the-top service announcements from CBS and HBO.


He proclaimed that the industry is finally moving toward a more consumer-friendly platform where viewers can choose to pay for the channels they want to see.


Online Programmers Setting LGBT Pace

The cable industry once again received strong grades for its LGBT-inclusive programming in the latest GLAAD “Where We Are on TV” report. Yet cable was somewhat overshadowed by its fast-rising over-the-top video competitors.


The GLAAD report, which looked at primetime programming from June 2013 to this May, said that primetime cable shows featured 64 regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters — up from 42 last season — compared to their broadcast brethren, with 32 LGBT characters.