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January 28, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Spectrum auction shouldn't be "done in a rush," NAB says
    Broadcasters are urging federal officials to proceed cautiously with the incentive auction of broadcast spectrum to ensure the stations planning to continue operating are not harmed by the process. The Federal Communications Commission is pushing to hold the auction next year, but it has a window until 2022 to complete the proceeding. "This shouldn't be done in a rush," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "We're not trying to stall. It's more important to get it right than to get it done right now." Adweek (1/25), Multichannel News (1/25), TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Will high cost of sports force cablers to offer a la carte?: The ever-rising cost of sports programming -- Verizon FiOS recently joined DIRECTV in tacking a sports surcharge onto subscribers' bills in large markets -- could finally lead to a la carte programming, according to Gene Kimmelman, a former antitrust attorney for the Justice Department. "The cable industry has done everything it can to bundle programming and force consumers to buy things they don't want," he said. "Finally, one piece of their bundle has become so expensive that it may finally force the cable industry to shift gears and split the bundle out of fear of pricing its own customers out of the market." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/25), Multichannel News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan is said to plan world's first 4K broadcast for 2014
    The launch date for the world's inaugural 4K TV broadcasts in Japan reportedly has been moved up two years to July 2014. The date change is meant to help boost the market for ultra-HD sets, which are being sold by Japan's Sony, Panasonic and Sharp, as well as South Korean rival LG. Reuters (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology 
  • Service offers campuswide streaming to students
    Tivli, a streaming-TV service offered at Harvard and Yale universities, could help younger consumers get "in the habit of having a cable subscription," writes Brian Stelter. The service, which operates as an extension of the colleges' cable TV services, allows students to stream local broadcast outlets, several dozen cable channels and university channels to devices such as laptops and tablets. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Broadcast Programming 
  • Super Bowl will be focus of NBC Sports Radio this week
    NBC Sports Radio and Dial Global are running a full roster of live talk and other content from New Orleans in anticipation of Sunday's Super Bowl. The programming will includes special editions of "The Erik Kuselias Show," from 7 to 10 p.m. each night, and "Amani and Eytan," from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly, as well as "Speaking of Sports with Rob Simmelkjaer," from 8 to 9 a.m. Sunday. Radio Online (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advertising 
  • Super Bowl ad game draws new marketers
    This year's Super Bowl will feature new advertisers testing out the big-game spotlight, with a crop including lesser-known marketers such as T-shirt maker Gildan Activewear and soda machine company SodaStream International, as well as big names, such as BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. "We know we are going to be scrutinized by everybody. You have to have nerves of steel," said Rob Packard, vice president of marketing at Gildan. The Wall Street Journal (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAB News 
  • This Thursday is your last chance to submit your Crystals entry!
    Make sure your station receives national recognition for its year-round commitment to community service. Open to all radio stations, the Crystals will honor 50 finalists and recognize the 10 winners at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The nomination window closes Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. Read the entry rules, guidelines and tips on putting together a solid entry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Check out the NAB Television Financial Report
    The 2012 NAB Television Financial Report is the most comprehensive resource on station revenues and expenses in the U.S., providing a comparative analysis of revenue earnings across markets, by station affiliation and revenue categories. With more than 10 revenue and 15 expense categories covered, this publication serves as a tool for station owners and managers to benchmark station revenue and expenses. Available from the NAB Store, the list price is $325, and $260 for members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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