THE BEST SERVICE? NO SERVICE. Jerry McKenna, svp and chief sales & marketing officer is retiring from Cable ONE at the end of the year. Here's an interview with McKenna by ViodiTV's Ken Pyle from this year's Independent Show.
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.
College Sports Execs on Dealmaking, Digital & Distribution In a panel on the benefits of having your own media network at IMG’s Intercollegiate Athletics Forum Thursday in NYC, college sports execs spoke of lessons learned about dealmaking, digital distribution and the value of live sports.... More » Advertising Takeaways from UBS - Digital Measurement, C7 Ratings and Nielsen's Part Cable execs speaking at the UBS media and entertainment conference this week offered plenty of insights on advertising, from digital wishlists, to C7 ratings to ad revenue predictions.... More » Talking TV Everywhere at TVOT On the heels of 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey calling TV Everywhere the next big thing at the UBS investor conference this week, cable execs in programming, strategy and operations took on the topic at Wednesday’s TV of Tomorrow conference in NYC. Here are their thoughts.... More » How Cable’s Top-Rated Shows Use Digital Social media and mobile apps have made it easy to reach out to a younger community of fans with whom it would otherwise be difficult to connect. It is the new word-of-mouth—and no one is spreading the word better than this list of shows, which consistently find themselves at the top of the ratings chart week in and week out.... More » HRTS - Live Sports Still in High Demand, Mobile Key Heavy-hitting sports execs talk sports rights and distribution, Time Warner chief Bewkes discusses On Demand and congressmen reach an agreement on FCC reform legislation.... More » The Sound of Live Music… People claim to still be traumatized by NBC's Thurs airing of "The Sound of Music Live!," but let's face it: NBC execs and advertisers are giddy over the huge ratings. And if the success of this holiday stunt says anything, it's that live programming has never been more valuable in the TV universe.... More » SeaChange Injects Next-Gen Video Platform Adrenalin Now that Comcast has developed its own software that writes on SeaChange’s Axiom VOD platform, the vendor’s hoping the largest MSO will upgrade to SeaChange’s next-generation web-centric video platform for multi-screen support, dubbed Adrenalin.... More » Coyness and Courting - Charter, TWC Tackle Merger Rumors, Romancing OTT TWC and Charter chiefs talk mergers and OTT, Viacom's Dauman discusses cable in the New Year and Verizon acquires EdgeCast Networks.... More »
The Sound of Live Music… People claim to still be traumatized by NBC's Thurs airing of "The Sound of Music Live!," but let's face it: NBC execs and advertisers are giddy over the huge ratings. And if the success of this holiday stunt says anything, it's that live programming has never been more valuable in the TV universe.... 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 »