Take Me To The Pilot: New TV Shows and New Games are Risky Ventures, But Winners Accomplish Three Key Goals

Take Me To The Pilot: New TV Shows and New Games are Risky Ventures, But Winners Accomplish Three Key Goals

The pilot of NBC’s hit This Is Us is an all-time great. It packs relate-ability, sentiment, and a mind blowing twist. It delivered with poignancy that drenched viewers in tears. And those tears have generated a flood of social sharing….

VideoNotes #2 (10/31)

VideoNotes #2 (10/31)

Happy Halloween! This week: Video product closings, Comcast, Amazon, Alphabet earnings, AT&T+Time Warner, skinny bundles video+commerce at Twitch, and more below! STORIES The category is “once Hyped Video Services that begin with letter ‘V’ Closing”: Twitter is shutting down looping…

VideoNotes #1 (10/25)

VideoNotes #1 (10/25)

Videonotes.TV = a place to record and share my notes on the most recent and important video/TV news. I’ll keep playing around with format — trying to be useful. Links go to major news source articles for more depth and the source…

Podcast Mondays:  "KCRW's The Business" talks to Louis C.K.

Podcast Mondays: “KCRW’s The Business” talks to Louis C.K.

I listen to an eclectic mix of podcasts – from business, to entertainment, to sports, to culture, science, and politics.  When I hear a great episode, I will recommend it on a Monday.  Catchy, huh? This week’s recommended episode is from KCRW’s…

Viacom's Dish Dispute Reveals Cable Economics and the Market's View on Leverage

Viacom’s Dish Dispute Reveals Cable Economics and the Market’s View on Leverage

Viacom is in a carriage dispute with Dish.  While these disputes are common, they are more charged than ever, and more likely to reveal and create ever larger cracks in the TV ecosystem. Update 4/25 – Viacom and Dish settled within…

Viacom and The State of TV in 2016

Viacom and The State of TV in 2016

Key Take-aways Viacom’s focus on a youth audience and narrow set of assets (cable channels and a movie studio) provide an unobstructed view into the evolution of the TV ecosystem; Many of Viacom’s challenges are company specific, but, its struggles…

Comcast says No to YES:  Impasse Highlights Carrier-Channel Issues

Comcast says No to YES: Impasse Highlights Carrier-Channel Issues

The Top line: Another cable channel carriage negotiation goes off the rails spilling over some interesting details and entertaining finger pointing There are many moving pieces to a distribution negotiation; the result comes down to leverage and timing The Yes/Comcast…

Viacom, TV Ecosystem “Canary”, reports Quarterly Earnings Thursday Morning

Viacom, TV Ecosystem “Canary”, reports Quarterly Earnings Thursday Morning

Top line: In August 2015, Disney’s comments about declining cable subs for ESPN set off a summer media stock sell-off. Weakness at Viacom added fuel to the fire, but media stocks gained back much of the lost ground within the…