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indiedan
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posted November 17, 2014 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AMC Networks Acquires A Stake in BBC America

AMC Networks, the home of AMC, SundanceTV and IFC channels, said on Thursday that it was spending $200 million for a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America, the United States television network owned by the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The transaction brings together two television groups that attract affluent audiences. AMC Networks and BBC America have worked together on several projects, including “The Honorable Woman,” a drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, the “Top of the Lake” mini-series starring Elisabeth Moss, and the forthcoming “One Child,” all on SundanceTV. The deal is structured as a joint venture. BBC, which is backed by the British government, will hold 50.1 percent control over the network. AMC Networks will control affiliate and advertising sales. AMC also will represent distribution and ad sales for BBC World News in the United States. Talks between the two groups were reported in July. A wave of consolidation is sweeping across the media business, with a pair of deals poised to create two huge cable and satellite groups that could use their heft to pressure smaller networks, like AMC, to cut the rates for their programming. Started in 1998, BBC America now is available in 80 million homes in the United States, pitching itself as offering “pop culture with a British twist.” The network has received critical acclaim for series, including “Orphan Black,” “Doctor Who” and “Broadchurch.

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indiedan
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posted November 17, 2014 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pay-TV ‘Cord Cutting’ Accelerates

The pay-TV industry contracted in the third quarter at a faster pace than a year earlier, signaling that “cord cutting” is accelerating as more consumers drop cable and satellite-TV connections. Overall, the pay-TV industry lost about 179,000 TV customers, a steeper loss from the decline of 83,000 in the year-earlier quarter, according to public company reports and estimates from Wall Street research firm MoffettNathanson LLC. Already, more homes and businesses have dropped pay-TV service in the first three quarters of this year than in the whole of last year, MoffettNathanson estimates. Subscriber defections came at all the major cable and satellite-TV providers, including Comcast Corp. and DirecTV. On Thursday, Cablevision Systems Corp. said it lost 56,000 video customers, bringing its total to roughly 2.7 million. Video customer bases shrank at satellite-TV providers as well, which is unusual in a quarter where they typically grow. For years, satellite-TV companies posted gains by taking customers from cable providers, but in the third quarter they lost 40,000 subscribers, compared to a gain of 174,000 a year ago. “Growth is hitting a wall,” said Craig Moffett, analyst at MoffettNathanson, conjecturing that the increasing importance of broadband may finally be starting to weigh on satellite providers’ results. DirecTV, long known for its operational expertise and premium brand, said Thursday that it lost 28,000 customers in the quarter. The company also said it is experiencing a higher volume of customer calls relating to the amount of the bill, as people become more price-sensitive in a discount-heavy environment.

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fred
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Disney Channel today boasted it had edged out Nickelodeon as the No. 1 ranked cable TV network in total viewers for total day for 2015. Disney Channel logged an average audience of 1.234M in total day overall crowd for the calendar year, squeaking past Nickelodeon’s 1.231M to snap the latter network’s 19- year streak. (In primetime, Disney Channel ranked No. 5 for the year in total viewers, marking its 13th year in the Top 5.)

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