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Michael Powell on C-SPAN's The Communicators


December 10, 2012

On Saturday, NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell was on C-SPAN’s  The Communicators discussing sports broadcasting, political ads, and how social media might impact the future of TV.

The Continuing Power of the Bundle

June 3, 2011

We haven’t heard about a la carte cable in quite a while, but this week we saw several items on the topic that we thought were of interest. Alyssa Rosenberg, the new culture critic at ThinkProgress, wrote a piece earlier this week questioning the value of a cable subscription and calling for some kind of…

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You Say You Want a Revolution

June 24, 2010

We return to the topic of “cord-cutting,” thanks to a few recent developments. Before we start, it’s worth noting that much of the cord-cutting coverage I see online seems to begin with frustration at prices (somehow never compared to the costs of other entertainment options) or by desired flexibility in purchasing options (they just want…

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Better to Bundle or Break It Up?

March 11, 2010

With lots of activity happening in the media and entertainment sectors in 2010, we’ve recently seen several stories about the carriage of programming services by cable and other video providers. This coverage has been partly driven by negotiations between programmers and operators about carriage fees, partly by retransmission consent disputes, partly by the growing prevalence…

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A Lively Debate About Online Video

March 25, 2009

I hope you are following the very vibrant debate that’s been taking place over the last week, involving  Boxee CEO Avner Ronen, Chairman of HDNet Mark Cuban and a host of other people about the relationship between free online video and the programming available from multichannel video distributers, such as cable, satellite and phone companies….

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Are Stories of Cable "Cord Cutting" a Myth?

March 18, 2009

Stories about “cord cutting” seem to be all the rage right now, but many of them are overlooking some pretty basic – and readily available facts – which suggest that consumers may enjoy online video but they certainly aren’t ditching their set-top boxes by the truckload (just the opposite). But, before getting into some of…

Should All Content Be Online for Free?

March 9, 2009

Stories come and go in both the general media landscape and the blogosphere, but often the same issues remain on the radar, but driven by different players and events. For example, recently we’ve seen coverage of the Hulu-Boxee affair, the possible launch of online video platforms by cable operators such as Comcast & Time Warner…