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The Game’s on Cable

With all of the momentum the over-the-top services have gained over the past year in siphoning viewers away from the traditional cable bundle, arguably the biggest advantage a pay TV subscription still holds over Netflix and Hulu is access to major live sports programming.


What Fox Sports Wants You to Know About Its Women's World Cup Coverage

Fox Sports Saturday will kick off its unprecedented coverage the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup from Canada. Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 will combine to air all 52 matches from the tournament, which will run from June 6 to July 5.

I chatted with David Neal, executive producer for Fox Sports’ WWC coverage, and here are a few things he pointed out about the Women’s World Cup and Fox’s coverage of the event.  


The Reality of Marriage on TV

Marriage counselors Jim and Elizabeth Carroll have one of the toughest jobs on reality television – examining and ultimately fixing the troubled relationships of married and almost married reality TV stars.


Still Room for More Black-ish Roles on TV

With the 2014-15 television season now in the books, a recent Ratings Intelligence report revealed that three of the top five highest-rated broadcast dramas of 2015 featured a predominately African-American cast or was headed by an African-American actor/actress: Empire, How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal.

Three Takeaways From MayPac's PPV Performance

As expected the May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight obliterated all pay-per-view event records, generating 4.4 million buys and more
than $400 million in PPV revenue. While the fighters delivered a lackluster performance throughout the 12-round fight, the event’s remarkable PPV
returns will place it as one of the most successful events in sport’s history.

Here are three takeaways from MayPac’s stellar PPV performance:

MayPac To Set PPV Perfomance Standard

HBO and Showtime tonight (May 9) will simultaneously air a replay of last Saturday's Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, and while the action in the ring didn't quite live up to expectations, the fight's pay-per-view performance is shaping up to be a knockout for the industry.


TV Moms: For Better or Worse

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, the conservative media group Parent’s Television Council Monday released its list of top 20 TV moms over the last 20 years.

Certainly motherhood on broadcast and cable shows has been depicted in virtually all forms, shapes, sizes and stereotypes from traditional moms like Harriet Nelson to widowed, single moms like Julia Baker to unorthodox matriarchs like Roseanne Connor.

5 Reasons Mayweather-Pacquiao Will Be a Knockout PPV Event

Finally the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is upon us. Once the official weigh-in takes place all that’s left is for the boxers to step into the ring tomorrow night (May 2). The fight, pitting the two biggest draws in boxing today, is projected to obliterate all PPV records. Here are five reasons why Mayweather-Pacquiao will go down as the most successful PPV event of all time.


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.