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April 18, 2012News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • Charter to put channels in new groupings, add 28 HD versions
    Charter Communications will relocate dozens of national cable networks on its lineup so they're grouped by category and will introduce 28 HD channels for its subscribers in Illinois and Missouri. Among the new HD channels are Fox Business Network, The Hub, OWN and Investigation Discovery. FierceCable (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCU sees big things ahead for Telemundo and its Mun2 sibling
    NBCUniversal is cross-promoting Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Mun2 across its lineup of English-language channels and is looking to develop a series that would be shown in different languages on its various networks. Mun2, which is aimed at the 18-to-34 segment, hopes to develop more shows along the lines of "I Love Jenni," a reality hit featuring singer Jenni Rivera that appeals to younger, bilingual audiences. Variety (subscription required) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Programming News 
  • USA summer schedule will get going in May
    USA will launch its summer season May 11 with the debut of new series "Common Law." The network's slate will include six returning series as well, in addition to a six-part miniseries called "Political Animals" that will feature Sigourney Weaver as a divorced former first lady and current secretary of state. Broadcasting & Cable (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Travel Channel's new programming slate takes flight
    Travel Channel has given the go-ahead to three pilots and is developing two other series. The pilots are "Barn Finds," about auto expert Corky Coker's buying trips through the South; "Power Trip With Jason Harper," with the host visiting various countries while driving expensive cars; and "Kevin Michael Connolly Project," in which the photographer and author, who was born without legs, travels the world. In development are "Coffee Hunter," about the premium coffee business, and "City Swappers," about two couples who trade their homes while on vacation. The Hollywood Reporter (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Viewers will pay for Web video but prefer to watch on TV set
    Almost 7 in 10 consumers would subscribe to a Web-based video service, as long as the quality is high and ads are limited, and 45% are already doing so, according to a survey conducted by Accenture in the U.S., U.K., France, Brazil and four other countries. Almost half said they would pay $5 to $10 for a video subscription, while 4 in 10 want the price to be less than $5 and 1 in 10 are willing to pay more than $10. Almost 3 in 4 say they would rather watch full-length videos or TV series on a TV set than on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Broadcasting & Cable (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • Upfront increases will be moderate, analyst says
    The TV upfront is likely to yield volume increases of no more than 5%, with CPM rates on track to increase 8% to 10% compared with 2011, according to Brian Wieser, senior research analyst at Pivotal Research Group. In related news, Wieser argues that the so-called NewFronts presentations being held by YouTube, Facebook, Hulu and other new-media content providers will be a "sideshow" to the upfront season. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How will new network rivals affect BET, minority ad market?
    BET is facing its first real competition for African-American viewers from Magic Johnson's Aspire network and Sean Combs' channel, Revolt, as well as additional programming from TV One and several new local channels. But the big unknown is whether the ad pie will grow or just be split among the new players. "Just because more supply is added doesn't mean advertisers will increase their budget, but if these new networks substantially grow ratings, [advertisers] might put in more money," said Rob Bochicchio, executive vice president-chief media investment officer at ID Media. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New Internet protocol will be focus of Cable Show workshop
    This year's Cable Show in Boston will offer a technical workshop on the worldwide shift to the IPv6 Internet protocol. The May 23 session, which will be hosted by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and sponsored by Cisco Systems, will include executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable, as well as representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Communications Commission. Multichannel News (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Is there a generation gap in media?
    Robert Mercier and Charlene Weisler give their perspective in Cablefax. Mercier is a media research professional and a student at NYU, and Weisler is a strategist with more than 30 years of media research experience in areas including broadcast, cable, off-platform and set-top box data. Read more about the generation gaps and where the biggest ones occur. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Competing within a changing ecosystem
    The Cable Executive Management at Harvard Business School has secured Comcast President Neil Smit and Bharat Anand, the Henry R. Byers professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, for an exclusive luncheon titled "Leading Change at Comcast: A Conversation with Neil Smit." It's scheduled for 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. May 22 at The Cable Show. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Comcast CEO, Harvard prof will lead CTAM U Cable Show event
    The CTAM U luncheon on May 22 at The Cable Show in Boston will feature Neil Smit, president and CEO of Comcast, and Harvard Business School professor Bharat Anand. Smit will talk about Comcast's drive to compete with multiplatform distributors while remaking its core marketing strategy. Anand will discuss Comcast's improvements in customer service and its emphasis on new technologies, including the introduction of a new product every three months. The session will be hosted by John Lansing, president of Scripps Networks Interactive and chair of the CTAM Educational Foundation. Multichannel News (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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