"We think that having broadcast be a 35-week season is an anachronism. We live in a completely different time now,"
-- NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke
A decade ago, I first ran this quote from Carly Fiorina, then Chairperson/ CEO of Hewlett-Packard, from her NAB Speech, April 2004: "In the digital era, the future is one in which consumers watch or listen to what they want to watch, when they want, at any time they want, on any device. This is a generation that will not wait for content to be delivered to them at a prescribed time. "
I've run the quote several times over the same time period in various commentaries about the sad landscape that is deteriorating on the major broadcast networks. Ms. Fiorina's comment was a clarion wake-up call to all TV programmers, but little paid attention.
I talked in past commentaries about how the whole concept of summer reruns did nothing to garner any new audience, or retain existing audience for any network, because cable gave the viewing audience too many options during that same time. And of course, people being creatures of habit, they started watching more and more cable, and the major broadcast networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX) all watched as shows like HBO's 'The Sopranos,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and now 'Game of Thrones,' and 'True Blood,' got network type ratings on occasion.
April 4, 2014Amazon Launches Fire TV And Goes Head To Head With Apple
The battle for the box that will sit atop your TV in the future has begun. Amazon unveiled its newest innovation, Fire TV, a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV and provides access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME, video rentals as ...
March 28, 2014Apple Readies Cloud-Based Video Streaming Service
The big news everywhere this week is that Apple intends to allow users to stream live and on-demand programming stored in "cloud" servers. If it goes through, the deal would signal a new level of technology and partnership with cable TV companies -- as it would ...
According to figures announced by the RIAA, the digital royalties paid by digital performance rights organization SoundExchange to recording artists and rights holders account for 8% of the $7 billion in total U.S. music revenues for 2013. This number grew from 6.7% in ...
March 14, 2014PONO Is Here ... And People Who Have Heard It Are Raving
A MUST READ FOR ALL THOSE ATTENDING SXSW THIS WEEK OR IN THE FUTURE: "To be sure, music is not the be-all and end-all of the fest, which runs March 7th to 16th. With so much happening simultaneously, and much of it easily viewed vicariously through social media, it's ...
Forbes' Bobby Owsinski has written a terrific article this week '50 Cent The Latest To Exploit The Music Industry's Newest Business Model.' From the article, "It was announced recently that rapper 50 Cent is leaving his previous record label Shady/Interscope for a new ...
February 28, 2014Jerry Brenner, 1940-2014, R.I.P.
This past week Jerry Brenner, one of the music industry's legendary, most loved and respected independent promotion men, passed away at his home in Swampscott, Massachusetts after a battle with cancer. If you didn't know Jerry, you missed working with a man who was ...
February 21, 2014Music Videos Go Mobile Big-Time
From Media Post's Steve Smith comes news that "The majority of music videos from the leading source of the form are now viewed off of the desktop. Mobility could be a key driver in the current revival of a form that seemed to exhaust its creativity and cultural power ...
February 14, 2014Back To That Lemonade Again
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade' is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune." -- From Wikipedia Proverbial phrase or not, it certainly does encourage "a can-do ...
February 7, 2014WAS IT REALLY 50 YEARS AGO?
"We were four guys...I met Paul, I said do you wanna' join the band, ya' know? Then George joined, then Ringo joined ... we were just a band that made it very, very big, that's all." -- John Lennon It was 50 years ago, but they've been with us ...