February 6, 2014 |
CBS is ready for some more football. Already home to a popular Sunday afternoon package of National Football League games, the network will add seven or eight Thursday night games to its strong prime-time lineup this fall. Those games had previously been telecast exclusively by the league's NFL Network. For fans, this means that more NFL football will be on broadcast television at a time when most sports have migrated to cable. The NFL Network is in about 72 million of the country's 115.6 million television homes - while just about everyone gets CBS. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The agreement between the NFL and CBS is for just one year, with the league having an option to extend it to a second year.
January 24, 2014 |
Although he rarely makes it into the office these days, Sumner Redstone continues to collect a handsome executive compensation package. The 90-year-old controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc. received a package valued at $36.2 million in 2013 in his role as executive chairman of the New York cable television and movie company, according to a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That represented a 50% increase over Redstone's 2012 Viacom compensation of $24.2 million.
January 11, 2014 |
The U.S. Supreme Court could settle the fate of a new technology company that television broadcasters fear would destroy their business. On Friday, the high court said it would hear arguments that Aereo Inc., a start-up firm, violates copyright law by enabling its customers to stream local television stations over the Internet and that it should be shut down. The major media companies seeking the court's review include CBS Corp., 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media Launched in 2012 and backed by media mogul Barry Diller, Aereo is currently available in 10 cities, including New York, where it is based.
January 8, 2014 |
Episodes of "Extant," the CBS drama series starring Halle Berry and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, will be available on Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Instant video streaming service four days after they first air. The content licensing deal between CBS and the online retailer mirrors the agreement for 2013's summer hit "Under the Dome," based on the Stephen King book. Episodes of "Under the Dome" were also available four days after their original broadcast date for Amazon Prime subscribers. The "Under the Dome was the most-watched TV season on the Amazon streaming service in the last year.
December 10, 2013 |
As television viewers increasingly watch shows days and weeks after they originally air, broadcasters are trying to get paid for more of those views. On Tuesday, CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said advertisers are increasingly willing to pay for those audience members who watch via digital video recorders, video-on-demand and online streaming. "We're getting closer to getting paid for every eyeball that watches our shows," said Moonves, speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York. It's common for ad companies to pay broadcasters for viewership generated live and within three days of an original telecast, and Moonves said some companies are now paying for viewers within seven days -- a metric the industry refers to as "C-7.
November 14, 2013 |
The Federal Communications Commission wants to encourage more foreign ownership of television and radio stations. Currently, there is a 25% cap on a foreign company or individual when it comes to owning a stake in a broadcast property. While the cap is not being loosened per se, the FCC said on Thursday that if an investment exceeded 25%, it could still be approved. "The ruling potentially removes obstacles to new capital investment, which will support small business, minority, and female broadcast ownership, and spur innovation," the FCC said in announcing that it was clarifying its foreign ownership policy.