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Upfronts 2015: ABC & CBS recap

Posted by Scott Christopher on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 14:05 PM

This time every year each of the major networks do their "Upfront" presentations to advertisers and agencies, showcasing the new and returning programming for the next season. The nets do this in hopes to secure upfront deals with advertisers before the season starts - hence the name. That's happening this week in New York City - and although we were not able to attend in person, we were able to tune in to the live streams of the presentations. We'd like to share our take on the Upfronts here. I'll start with ABC and CBS, and Neil is going to share his thoughts on the other three in the coming days. 

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Topics: muppets, TV media buying, supergirl, CBS, Agents of SHIELD, abc, upfronts

Is a la carte TV on the way?

Posted by Scott Christopher on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

A couple of weeks ago, HBO announced that it would begin offering an over-the-top digital streaming subscription service in 2015 circumventing the cable bundle package where it is usually available exclusively.  They did not announce the price, but it will presumably be in the $7-9 per month Hulu/Netflix range. Not to be outdone, the CBS network announced the next day that it would be rolling out a similar subscription service called CBS All Access. For $5.99/month, subscribers have access to streaming on-demand most CBS shows, including CBS Classics like Star Trek and Twin Peaks, and live-viewing via mobile and desktop in 14 markets. With CBS' model, only their classics are ad-free. 

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Topics: aereo, online video streaming, good media ideas, hulu plus, CBS, video on-demand

Media News: CBS inks deal with Rentrak

Posted by Scott Christopher on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 @ 22:01 PM

In the media world, there was some big news earlier this month when CBS announced they would be using Rentrak's ratings data as "currency" in their new TV buys. This was quite a boost for the company that up until now was a distant second to ratings company behemoth Nielsen who seemed to be unstoppable in it's growth having acquired radio data company Arbitron last year. 

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Topics: Atlanta, top atlanta radio media placement, good media idea, Agency, ratings, Nielsen, top Atlanta media buying advertising agency, Rentrak, retail advertising, interactive media buying, tv media buying agency, CBS, TV strategy, Super Bowl advertising, Radio media buying

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