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ESPN Still Leading the Cable Sports Game

ESPN has made headlines recently over the departure of high-profile talent and a net loss of subscribers in a very competitive and evolving television marketplace.


Yet, as it enters the second half of 2015, the programmer’s position as the unquestioned leader in sports television doesn’t seem to be in jeopardy of collapsing anytime soon, even if its sturdy foundation may show a crack or two.


Netflix Quickly Becoming First Choice For Consumers


Live TV is still the first choice among viewers when they pick up the remote to watch TV, but new research from Hub Entertainment research says Netflix is but a click away from becoming the default choice for consumers – particularly among younger viewers.


Grateful Dead Pumps Life Into Resurgent PPV Event Category

The Grateful Dead's successful trio of pay-per-view concerts over the July 4th weekend continued what has been a strong showing from an invigorated PPV event category in 2015.

What ESPN Wants You To Know About Its 'PBC On ESPN' Boxing Series

ESPN will team with Premier Boxing Champions tonight (July 11) to air the Keith Thurman/Luis Collazo welterweight championship fight card – the first of several PBC On ESPN boxing events the 24-hour sports network will distribute as part of a multi-year deal.


Multicultural Viewers Streaming to Digital

Multicultural viewers have always been cable’s most loyal customers, even in the midst of the growing popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.


A new Horowitz Associates report, however, shows that urban multicultural viewers are quickly migrating to digital platforms to consume video content.


What MTV Wants You to Know About 'Scream'

MTV tomorrow (June 30) will launch a new series based on the iconic Scream horror movie franchise of the late 1990s and early 2000s.


The millennial-targeted network looks to give a contemporary look to Scream, which has grossed more than $600 million at the box office over four films.


Keeping the Promise

On Father’s Day, Discovery Channel and OWN will simultaneously air the documentary Rise: The Promise Of My Brother’s Keeper, which will explore the lives and families of boys and young men of color from programs derived from the White House-inspired “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.


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.