Tag: distribution

disneylarge
08/15

Surprise! Radio Disney Doesn’t Need Radio!

So Disney sells of all of its Radio Disney station assets - 23 AM and 1 FM -  save for its LA flagship, which is evidently a content creation hub and not simply a means of distribution. ...and the radio industry goes wild! What does this mean? What is Disney signaling? Does this even matter? These are the questions that were on everyone's lips last week. But to me, the larger question is this: How come this took so long? Does anyone think Disney chief Bob Iger awakened one bright day in the summer of 2014 to discover that his army of primarily AM radio distribution points was not … [Read more...]

southparklarge
07/16

The Death of Distribution Channel Advantage

So I read with interest today this distribution-related tidbit from NTS MediaOnline: Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One has announced an agreement with NextRadio that will enable all U.S. radio stations to use advertising inventory to fund the industry’s payments to Sprint. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund the Sprint NextRadio Initiative, which plans to sell at least 30 million FM receiver-enabled smartphones in the next three years. Broadcasters can now meet their commitment by providing two minutes per station per day (Mon-Sun/ … [Read more...]

iwatch
01/29

Wrist-Powered Radio?

There's a tendency to obsess on devices. But if you're in the content business devices are only channels of distribution for that content. The real challenge and opportunity for media brands is to spread content across all popular platforms in a form and a context that fits that platform. To chase a device is to miss the forest for the trees. For example, do you need iPhone and Android apps? Not necessarily, but you do need a mobile strategy. Because as consumers spend more time online with mobile devices your content is either part of that time stream or it isn't. Do you need … [Read more...]

crowd
12/09

Radio: Your Facebook Page is Un-Liking You

This is directly from Facebook: We expect organic distribution of an individual page's posts to gradually decline over time as we continually work to make sure people have a meaningful experience on the site. In other words, all that effort you go to to populate your Facebook page with useful content is increasingly wasted. Even Facebook acknowledges your distribution to the very folks who raise their hands to "like" your page will increasingly thin over time despite their willingness to receive that content in their feeds. Why? Because Facebook wants you to pay for distribution of … [Read more...]

dexter
11/05

Lessons for Radio from Time Warner Cable

Earlier this year, CBS was blacked out on Time Warner Cable in several major markets due to a dispute over content rights fees. CBS wanted more and Time Warner didn't want to pay it. More than 3 million Time Warner Cable customers lost access to CBS-owned stations, Showtime, and three other cable nets for a month until the standoff was resolved. So what happened? The monthlong CBS blackout for Time Warner Cable customers in major markets was a key factor leading to the cable operator’s biggest quarterly loss of video subscribers in its history. The cable company lost 306,000 residential TV … [Read more...]

radio-dial
07/03

“Radio” is not a Brand

When we say things like "let's whip up a better story for radio to convince folks how important it is in their lives" we are fighting an impossible battle for this reason: "Radio" is not a brand. "Radio" is a distribution platform for brands, where the brands can, should, and do live on other platforms, too. If we have learned anything from this digital age it's that the most useful brands are those that are device-agnostic, those that view platforms as distribution opportunities for useful manifestations. The most useful brands are not bound to one and only one distribution … [Read more...]

star wars disney
11/09

Investors are Focusing on Content, not Distribution

USA TODAY markets reporter Matt Krantz answers this reader question: Why have the large diversified media companies been such strong [stock market] performers, despite the rise of the Internet? Matt's answer: Investors are starting to pay less attention to the device, and more to the content. Companies that make the entertainment and content viewed on the bevy of new mobile devices, websites and Internet-connected TV devices are winning new appreciation with investors. Disney (DIS), Time Warner (TWX) and Viacom (VIA.B) shares are all at or near their 52-week highs as investors … [Read more...]

Nickelodeon Distribution Problem is a Warning for Radio Broadcasters
07/17

Radio: A Sure Path to Lower Ratings

So the early results are in in the battle between DirecTV and Viacom, and they're not pretty - for Viacom. Thanks to a deal dispute, Viacom has been off DirecTV for several days.  That is, distribution - attention - has been reduced.  And the impact has been dramatic. According to the LA Times, Nickelodeon's ratings are off 33% as a result.... MTV's total day average went from almost 500,000 viewers on July 10 to 273,000 on July 13, a 43% dip. VH1 has dropped almost 30% of its audience and Comedy Central is off 21% for the same period. All of this is a result of decreased distribution … [Read more...]

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