@Twitter buys @Gnip – Do we need “data neutrality”?

April 16, 2014

Big news on the Big Data front as Twitter purchased Gnip, one of the few independent data firms that has access to the vaunted “firehose” of Twitter user data.   The surface has barely been scratched on all of the possible uses of this data,…

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New #MediaReporter Episode with DISH’s Warren Schlichting: How Advanced IS Advertising?

April 10, 2014

This week will see the premiere of the latest episode of CITI Media Reporter with my guest, Warren Schlichting, SVP Media Sales and Analytics with DISH Network.  I rightly describe Warren as one of the “founding fathers” of advanced advertising in the multichannel video business,…

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Time for a “National Broadcast Plan”? NAB, FCC Chairman Wheeler make “peace offering”

April 9, 2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler  addressed the NAB Convention in Las Vegas yesterday and although NAB CEO Gordon Smith and Wheeler literally shared a form of “love beads”, we’re barely at the beginning of seeing a way through the ongoing battles between the FCC and the broadcast…

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You say data, I say information….the perils of too many expectations about data….

April 7, 2014

Excellent New York Times Op-Ed today on the opportunities AND the limits especially around big data.  It highlights something that I often counsel clients about – simply having access to massive amounts of data (and we are more than awash in it) doesn’t automatically, or…

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Not your typical media deal headline: J.Lo bests Puff Daddy for FUSE TV

April 4, 2014

NuvoTV, including Jennifer Lopez, the most prominent name behind the multicultural network, has apparently emerged victorious in purchasing FUSE TV, the MTV wanna be that never really was.   It doesn’t quite rise to the level of Comcast-Time Warner Cable on the deal-o-meter, but a…

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Programmatic Buying still has a ways to go…never underestimate the power of inertia…or overstate the rapidity of change in the advertising world

April 1, 2014

Forrester Research and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) released results of an interesting survey today.  Amongst its findings were that only 54% of marketers acknowledged using programmatic buying in the last year – 77% using it for online display buying and 41% for online video.…

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FCC Adopts Limits on Broadcaster Sales Agreements and Coordinated Retans Negotiations

March 31, 2014

The FCC today, on a 3-2 vote (Ds yes, Rs no) adopted the much-discussed new rule to restrict Joint Sales Agreements between broadcasters in the same local market in which one unaffiliated station sells more than 15 percent of the ad sales inventory of a…

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New Episode of Media Reporter with Max Robins (@mediamaven): Watching the Watchdog/Media Covering the Media

March 28, 2014

We’ve posted a new episode of my most recently-aired episode of Media Reporter with Max Robins, currently a contributor to Forbes.com and one of the “wise men” of media business journalism.  Max does a terrific job of analyzing some of the challenges and opportunities for…

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STELA moves through initial markup; Broadcasters continue to battle JSA limits

March 26, 2014

The House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee (Sorry, just not the same without the “Telecommunications and Finance” moniker) reported out its draft of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act yesterday.  The House Republican language to restrict the FCC’s ability to limit Joint Sales Agreements…

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