BROADBAND LEARNING. Discovery Education has partnered with the Siemens Foundation and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities to create a STEM academy that provides teachers with the latest online resources to support professional development in STEM education.
A TOUCH OF LEADERSHIP: At the PowerBrokers Breakfast of the WICT Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter in Washington, DC on October 29, Touchstones of Leadership Award Honorees, were (top row, L-R) Discovery Comm's Catherine Frymark, Scripps Nets' Suzanne Underwald, Comcast's Samantha Callahan, TWC's Becky Bobzien-Simms, (bottom row, L-R) Travel Channel's Meghan Rodgers, the FCC's Michelle Carey & NBCU's Meredith Attwell Baker.
DVR, On-Demand and Netflix Viewing Growing Swiftly, Study Says DVR and VOD viewing have increased in recent years, DVR ownership is related to income and Netflix subs have upped their streaming intake. These are a few of the findings from Leichtman Research Group, Inc.’s (LRG) study, On-Demand TV 2013: A Nationwide Study on VOD and DVRs.... More » Jain's In - Former Insight Exec to Become TWC COO It was evident by the $3bln price that Time Warner Cable paid for Insight's systems last year that it thought the MSO was well run. Soon-to-be CEO Rob Marcus ' appreciation for Insight was on further display Thurs with his announcement that Dinni Jain will join as COO Jan 13.... More » FCC Friday - Wheeler Expects 2015 Auction, Pai Talks Cable M&A The FCC delays the incentive spectrum auction, the SEC Network announces a brand campaign and CTAM ends its Mark Awards.... More » Comings & Goings Guess which cable exec used to work undercover narcotics?... More » 8 Novel-Based Cable Series Launching in 2014 Vampires, secret societies, spies, time travel… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Novel adaptions are plentiful in the cable TV world, and there are some greats ones on the horizon next year. Here are 8 to look for.... More » Attack of the Drones Cable's no stranger to the power of innovation, and Amazon.com's plans to eventually roll out robotic drones has captured the public's imagination. But have we really thought this through?... More » Edward Burns on 'Mob City' and Working in Television Edward Burns plays the infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel in Frank Darabont’s latest TV venture "Mob City" (premiered Dec 4 on TNT), but he’s best known for creating independent films such as The Brothers McMullen. Get comfortable, TV world. Come February, he’ll be shooting the pilot for "Public Morals," a period police drama set in 1967 New York. We spoke with Burns about the shows, working in TV and how the landscape has changed in recent years.... More » Zeebox Connects ‘Wendy Williams Show’ with Branded Social TV Platform Under a partnership announced Thursday, “The Wendy Williams Show” became the first to expand Zeebox’s TV Rooms feature into a customized syndicated social TV platform dubbed “Wendy’s TV World,” essentially creating an embedded social space for the brand on its website.... More »
Why Netflix Not Letting Your Kids Binge Won’t Matter After Netflix debuted “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” by releasing entire seasons at the same time, much was made about the OTT service’s binge-viewing friendliness. So, it’s no surprise that the decision to only offer a limited number of episodes of new animated children’s original “Turbo Fast” (launching Christmas Eve) is drawing a lot of attention. My take: it won’t matter.... More » 7 Steps to Protecting Your Customer’s Personal Data With a number of consumer protection rules governing personal data, it is becoming increasingly important for those who gather data to ensure that the customer information collected and stored doesn’t make them vulnerable to costly legal exposures. Mary M. Collins, pres & CEO of the Media Financial Management Association, offers seven steps to protecting your customer's personal data.... More » A Cable Reporter Gives Thanks With Thanksgiving upon us, my social media feed is full of friends and colleagues expressing what they’re most thankful for this year. I share their gratitude for family, friends, health and Starbucks’ peppermint mochas. But the cable trade reporter in me has plenty of industry-related news to be thankful for in 2013. Just a few highlights…... More » A Formula for Making Change That Counts News of possible industry consolidation, a retrans charge to Comcast subs and Sony Pictures cutting costs are just a few of the latest big changes taking place in the industry. CableFAX columnist Esther Weinberg presents a formula for ensuring your change efforts succeed in this disruptive environment.... More » Thanksgiving and John Higgins When the calendar reaches late November our blogger links Thanksgiving with the late cable journalist John Higgins.... More » Five Tips for Delivering the Ultimate Viewing Experience As cable operators take steps towards offering customers a true multi-screen, interconnected viewing experience by blending legacy networks with cloud-based technologies, they need to ensure that the focus remains on Quality of Experience. Here are five tips to help cable operators navigate the transition.... More » Creating Effective Delivery Organization for Entertainment and Media Companies MSO/Satellite providers can no longer depend on an aggregation and distribution model in perpetuity, as the new wave of content delivery is nimble, ever changing, software driven and consumer focused. Adaptability to new market trends is essential. In this article, PwC's Rohan Patel explores some core competencies that can help address the onslaught of new entrants.... More » CMT, MTV Pre-Release Episodes Prior to Linear TV Debut Earlier this week I wrote about Disney Junior’s app-first distribution strategy for its new Western series for preschoolers, “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.” Today, Viacom announced that following MTV’s release of an entire season of the show “Wait ‘Til Next Year” on its app prior to the linear premiere, it’s taking a similar approach with CMT. Seemingly, more and more networks are hopping on the (authenticated) bandwagon.... More »