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Nov 6, 2015

Fox Business plan for U.S. Republican debate: stick to money issues

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – During the next U.S. Republican presidential debate on Tuesday, Fox Business Network aims to keep the candidates talking about economic issues and avoid the criticism leveled at rival CNBC that it failed to keep the focus on substance.

The stakes are high for Fox Business, a younger and smaller cable channel to CNBC that has a chance to attract new viewers from the millions likely to tune in for its first debate in the November 2016 presidential election.

Nov 5, 2015

Disney profit rises with gains at cable networks

By Lisa Richwine and Devika Krishna Kumar

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co reported a rise in quarterly profit that beat Wall Street forecasts as cable networks including ESPN brought in higher advertising revenue and collected more fees from pay TV distributors.

Revenue came in slightly below analysts’ estimates. The company also said it lost subscribers at certain cable networks while it gained customers from the SEC Network launched last year.

Nov 4, 2015

Time Warner amplifies fears that viewers are deserting pay TV

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday re-ignited concerns that U.S. consumers are shifting to Internet television faster than expected and creating challenges to major media companies that have thrived with programming on pay TV.

Traditional media companies’ shares fell after Time Warner said during its quarterly conference call that it needed to take new steps to address the shakeup in TV viewing.

Oct 29, 2015

Presidential debate trumps World Series on Twitter

By Jessica Toonkel and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – The Republican presidential debate took over Twitter (TWTR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday night, with #GOPdebate trending far more than #WorldSeries, according to data by social media analytics provider Hashtags.org.

The trend may indicate the debate among GOP hopefuls trumped the baseball World Series broadcast in TV viewership.

Oct 26, 2015

Yahoo’s NFL debut bodes well for game streaming: media buyers

By Jessica Toonkel and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – The reach of Yahoo Inc’s first global live-stream of a National Football League game on Sunday is likely to result in the league striking future deals with online distributors, media buyers said on Monday.

About 15.2 million viewers worldwide watched at least part of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 34-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills in London on Sunday. An average of 2.36 million viewers were watching at any given time, according to preliminary data released by Yahoo and the NFL. About one-third of the viewership came from outside the United States, they said.

Oct 22, 2015

NFL keen to see who watches Yahoo game webcast and how

By Jessica Toonkel and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Football League will be closely watching the audience for Yahoo Inc’s global webcast of a game on Sunday as it considers whether to do more deals to live stream games, an NFL official told Reuters Thursday.

Yahoo will stream Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, the first time viewers around the world can watch an NFL game online for free. It kicks off in London at 2:30 p.m., or 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Oct 21, 2015

YouTube offers U.S. subscribers paid option with no ads

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s YouTube will launch a $10-a-month subscription option in the United States on Oct. 28 that will allow viewers to watch videos from across the site without interruption from advertisements, the company said on Wednesday.

Starting early next year, the service called YouTube Red will add exclusive shows and movies from top YouTube creators including PewDiePie, Lilly Singh and The Fine Brothers.

Sep 21, 2015

HBO towers over streaming upstarts at TV’s Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Premium cable network HBO
dominated television’s Emmy awards on Sunday with trophies for
best comedy “Veep” and best drama “Game of Thrones,” holding off
challenges from the digital upstarts that have shaken up
traditional Hollywood.

HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc, topped all networks
and their streaming competitors with a total of 43 awards. It
was the first time in 13 years a network won both the drama and
comedy series honors.

Sep 17, 2015

CNN debate sets network record, short of Fox audience

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – The Republican presidential candidates’ prime-time debate on CNN attracted an average of 22.9 million viewers, the network said on Thursday, making it the highest-rated program in the channel’s 35-year history.

The figures, based on Nielsen data, fell shy of the 24 million who tuned in last month when Republican candidates took part in a debate on Fox News Channel, the biggest audience for a non-sports telecast in cable TV history.

Sep 17, 2015

CNN says debate set network record with 22.9 mln viewers

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The Republican presidential
candidates’ prime-time debate on CNN attracted an average of
22.9 million viewers, the network said on Thursday, making it
the highest-rated program in the channel’s history.

The figures, based on Nielsen data, fell short of the 24
million who tuned in last month when Republican candidates took
part in a debate on Fox News Channel, the biggest audience for a
non-sports telecast in cable TV history.