Up Ahead

March 9-11: Minnesota Telecom Alliance Annual Convention & Trade Show; Minneapolis, MN
March 10: FSF 12th Annual Telecom Policy Conference; DC
March 27: Cablefax Top Ops Nomination Deadline
April 2-5: Adaptive Spirit; Vail, CO
April 18-22: NAB Show; Las Vegas
May 1: WICT Rocky Mountain Walk of Fame; Aurora, CO


“The one area of linear TV that could benefit from increased at home time is sports viewership, to the extent that games are not cancelled and consumers may be unwilling or unable to attend games in person. We expect major sports to continue on, even if they are forced to play in empty arenas/stadiums to protect media rights revenue. Live sports already command a meaningful premium in the ad market with the premium set to surge even higher in 2020. Given that sports is the key support holding up the legacy multichannel bundle and the entire TV ad market, event cancellations are the biggest threat right now from the Coronavirus. So far no major events have been cancelled, with March Madness the most prominent event coming soon and the Olympics still planned for this summer in Japan.” – Lightshed Research’s note on the impact of coronavirus

The Daily


DirecTV, DISH Merger Still Possible

AT&T found a way to offload a stake in its US video business, but this likely isn’t the end of the road for DirecTV. A combo with DISH is still possible.

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