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April 2, 2014
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STELA reauthorization bill is debated at Senate hearing
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith, at a Senate panel hearing Tuesday, said the STELA renewal process wasn't needed and has been used to "harpoon broadcasters as they swim by." National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Michael Powell said he wants the bill to end coordinated retrans and the set-top integration ban, as well as remove the must-buy requirement. Lawmakers on the Senate commerce committee's communications subcommittee, including Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., praised the lifesaving value of broadcast programming. Multichannel News (4/1)
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Viacom, cable co-op renew carriage deal shortly after deadline
The National Cable Television Cooperative and Viacom agreed to a carriage deal shortly after the previous contract expired, ensuring that NCTC members can continue carrying Viacom content. Viacom, however, had harsh words for NCTC member Cable One, which decided to negotiate on its own and has since removed Viacom channels amid stalled discussions. The move showed Cable One's "disregard for its customers," Viacom said in a statement. Multichannel News (4/1), Multichannel News (4/1)
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YouTube is a music platform for many radio listeners, study shows
About a third of Americans over the age of 12 use YouTube to listen to music, and that jumps up to about half for those who listen to Top 40, Rock and Urban formats, according to Edison Research's "The Infinite Dial" survey. "While radio has spent much of the last year focusing on Pandora and Sirius XM, YouTube remains a major destination for many formats' P1 listeners," said Sean Ross, vice president of music and programming at Edison Research. Radio Business Report (4/1)
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Disney will debut test of "trifocal" camera at NAB Show
Disney and the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute will be showcasing a short film made with an experimental "trifocal" camera system -- as well as the camera itself -- at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. "I see this system as a baby step toward computational cinematography by using multiple camera arrays to capture images. We can do 3D, high frame rates and high dynamic range," said Howard Lukk, Disney's vice president of production technology. The Hollywood Reporter (free content)/Behind The Screen blog (4/1)
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Broadcast Programming
Some local morning shows are outdrawing network programs
"Good Day New York" on Fox's WNYW, "KTLA Morning News" in Los Angeles and "WGN Morning News" in Chicago are each giving network morning shows a run for their money with a combination of local news, zany antics and personality. "In all these cases, the shows are anchored by extremely likeable, fun, accessible talent that isn’t afraid to make fun of themselves. ... The anchors on these local shows just feel more real," said Michael Schneider of TV Guide. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (4/1)
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Comcast's falling stock value raises questions about merger
Comcast's stock value has declined nearly 10% since the company announced plans to acquire Time Warner Cable, and that has some investors wondering if the deal can get shareholder approval or if the declining value opens the door for Charter Communications. "I don't think that Charter could put a price up that could make [Time Warner Cable's] board change their position," said one Time Warner Cable investor. "But if it came in north of $145 [per share], as long as Comcast's stock is as weak as it's been, it does make it difficult." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/1)
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NAB Show radio and TV session examines local audience measurement
Television, radio, agency and market research executives will discuss how to capture today's consumer and monetize digital engagement during the NAB Show session "Local Measurement: All Media/All Users/All the Time." CBS Vision President David Poltrack's keynote will precede a discussion on local audience measurement led by Erica Farber, president and CEO of RAB, and Steve Lanzano, president and CEO of the TVB. The session, being held Tuesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m., is part of the Broadcast Management Conference.
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On-demand webcast series for radio broadcasters: Secure more digital dollars
BIA/Kelsey projects digital ad spending will top 20% of an advertiser's total advertising budget later this year and more than 27% by 2017. Is your station ready to offer digital solutions? The NAB Virtual Academy for Radio: Delving Deep into Digital webcast series is a three-part, on-demand webcast series that delivers actionable content and digital solutions you can put to use right now. Read more.
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Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."
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