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Cable Companies Are Working to Keep Up With the Consumer
How you consume media has changed. According to industry experts, while TV sets are still the number one way to consume video, watching content on a device other then TV is up 400% in the past 18 months. In fact it has been widely reported that in 2013 the number of cable subscribers dropped for the first time since cable TV launched.
Netflix and YouTube account for at least 50% of all streaming content online in the US.
So what does that mean for the cable industry?
The National Cable and Telecommunications Association held its annual meeting last week in Chicago. Interesting enough, The National Cable Show has rebranded and is now called The Internet & Television Expo, or INTX for short. Not only has the industry recognized the need to include the Internet, it got first billing at the show.
CableLabs is a non-profit research and development consortium that works with the large cable companies in developing technology at a rate that is affordable and meets the ever changing demands of the consumer.
Phil McKinney, President and Chief Executive Officer of CableLabs, says there is no doubt the industry is changing. “Cable providers are looking less and less like cable companies and more and more like IP (Internet Protocol) delivery providers.”
Worth noting, cable TV is still the largest form of delivery of content. Currently 90% of US Homes still pay for TV. But, as McKinney points out, more and more providers are using the Internet to delivery content.
Will there be enough bandwidth to keep up with the demand?
“Technology is pushing Internet speeds,” says McKinney. “We continue to see more bandwidth being developed than what is needed.”
Just last week Comcast announced plans to roll out multi-gigabit broadband service to its 2.4 million Chicago based customers. And SpectrumMax, a San Antonio based company, announced two new products that it promises will allow “cable operators to eliminate customer losses and successfully compete with cellular or wireless carriers.”
Will streaming content online verses cable or satellite save the consumer money? Is the Internet the answer to the demand for an “al a chart” menu of programming?
Yes and no to both questions.
By opening up content via the web, or what the industry refers to as “over the top,” meaning content delivered by the Internet verses the cable set top box, there are less bandwidth issues. Even satellite has a limit to the number of channels they can deliver. But the Internet, at least for now, seems to have an unlimited amount of bandwidth. More bandwidth gives smaller, more affordable programmers an outlet to deliver their content. This means the consumer has more choices to fresh new content at an affordable price.
Where the consumer will find cost going up is the more traditionally produced content they currently get through their cable provider. ESPN is the perfect example. Under the current cable model, the consumer pays about five dollars per month to get ESPN. Yet, set top box data shows less then 20% of consumers actually watch sports. NFL being the exception, drawing about a 30% audience.
So imagine the cost of ESPN in an “al a chart” world. Think Pay Per View. In ESPN’s defense it is not cheap to produce a live sporting event in HD. So if the cable industry moves away from traditional cable to an “al a chart” model, the cost would increase for those consumers who want the content.
“The cost for produced content continues to rise eight to 12%,” says McKinney. “The cable industry is absorbing most of the cost, knowing the consumer wants a cheaper monthly bill.”
Sudden Link Cable went as far as to drop all Viacom (CBS) programming because of the rising cost of produced content.
In truth the answer seems to lie somewhere in the middle. Dish’s Sling TV is perfect example. Sling TV offers consumers a package of channels they can watch on their mobile device, tablet or traditional TV through RoKu. Bandwidth delivery gives the consumers the freedom they want, and the package keeps the prices at a lower rate.
Channel Master rolled out its new IP box at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention last month. The box combines an over the air antenna, built in DVR and channel apps for additional content. The antenna helps Channel Master avoid retransmission fees, which are fees the big networks charge cable companies for the rights to carry their content. The content is free over the air, so that alone saves the consumer money. The built in DVR allows the consumer to watch the content on demand, and the built in channel apps gives access to additional content. Not currently offered on mobile devices, but another example of how the Internet can reduce the cost for the consumer.
Social Media Has Influenced How We Consume Media
Before social media, content on TV was used to drive an audience to a website. Social media has reversed that by using Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to drive an audience to TV.
But the biggest issue with social media according to McKinney is spoilers, “where east coast viewers spoil the end of a TV program for the west coast viewers.”
Live programming has been the only answer to the problem, like a sporting event. Both east and west coast viewers are watching the sporting event live, so no spoilers.
Some networks are solving this problem by having viewers interact with live programming in real time on the east coast, and then playing back the interaction during the west coast feed. Youtoo America is a perfect example. In the interest of full disclosure, the parent company of BizTalkRadio and BizTV also owns Youtoo America.
The concept behind Youtoo America is that you, the viewer, can be on TV. The Network launched two live shows last week that discuss the trending topics of the day. The viewer or consumer can interact with the program by voting on the question of the day in real time, texting a message that scrolls across the bottom of the screen or even submitting a short video that could be played with in minutes on TV.
The idea is to use social media to drive an audience back to watching live content. The trending topics are first put out on social media. Viewers tune in live to see if their comments or videos made it on air, or to see how the rest of the country voted in the poll.
Interesting enough, the NBA is taking the opposite approach in its telecast according to McKinney. They find that sports consumers want to watch the game on TV without a lot of distraction on the screen. So the NBA is experimenting with an app that will provide stats, the score and social media comments. The app will run live during the telecast of the game.
Finally, is there any new TV technology to keep the consumer’s interest?
Yes, and it is called Ultra HD. But it is not what you think. Ultra HD is not about a higher resolution, like the first generation HD TVs.
Ultra HD is all about the amount of color it can display. Current HD sets only allows about 38% of colors the human eye can see. Where Ultra HD allows up to 70% of the colors the human eye can see.
“Resolution will not be as important as the color spectrum with the new TVs,” says McKinney.
The good news for consumers, the price of an Ultra HD TV is expected to come down in the next couple of years.
The Bottom Line:
Technology changes, and media has always been evolving and reinventing itself. Cable TV is the latest medium to use the Internet to deliver content. The biggest hurdle is not the distribution, but how the industry keeps the cost of produced programming down in the fragmented world of delivering the consumer the content they want, on the device they want, when they want to watch.
Scott Miller is the EVP of Centerpost Limited, a private media holdings company that owns BizTV, BizTalkRadio and Youtoo America. Miller recently attended the Internet and Television Expo in Chicago and reports on how the industry is dealing with the changing landscape.
The nationally syndicated What’s*Up*with*Wendy radio show, featuring Wendy Lowy Sloane, is set to celebrate its fifth anniversary on Friday, January 9, 2015. The show, which originates from WGCH Radio(1490AM) in Greenwich, CT and airs nationally on BizTalkRadio, showcases interviews with the biggest names in television, movies, music, comedy, fashion, literature, and sports, in addition to self-help segments.
Actress Monica Potter, star of NBC’s hit show Parenthood, will help Wendy celebrate her anniversary. A frequent guest on What’s*Up*with*Wendy, Potter’s latest endeavor, MrsPotter.com, showcases home goods developed and hand-made by artisans in the Ohio Valley, a place Potter still calls home. Her dedication to her hometown makes her the ideal guest for What’s*Up*with*Wendy’s fifth anniversary show, which also profiles local businesses in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, Wendy’s home for the past 13 years.
“I’ve always loved Wendy’s energy and warm heart, which is so genuine when she talks to you,” said Potter. “I’m thrilled to be part of What’s*Up*with*Wendy’s fifth anniversary show; it’s just another way for her to give back to her community. We share common ideals, and I love her for that.”
Also on hand for Wendy’s upcoming anniversary show are Greer Grammer, star of the popular MTV series Awkward, and daughter of beloved actor Kelsey Grammer, and Michael Dinan, owner and editor of NewCanaanite.com.
What’s*Up*with*Wendy will air live throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, from 11:00a-12:00p on Fridays on 1490 WGCH and wgch.com, and nationally on BIZTALKRADIO Fridays at 7:00p.
About Wendy Lowy Sloane:
Wendy Lowy Sloane started her career warming up audiences for Phil Donahue and was quickly hired as a producer for the Geraldo Rivera Show. Wendy made nationwide news for her in-depth shows featuring the OJ Simpson trial and the tragic death of child beauty queen Jon-Benet Ramsey. Wendy produced Geraldo’s weekly Celebrity News shows, which were a hallmark of his daytime talk show. Moving on with her career, Wendy landed a key job in radio in New York City when she was hired to be the Executive/On-Air Producer for BIG 105 with Danny Bonaduce. The Miami native and Florida State University graduate serves as the executive producer and host of celebrity radio show What’s*Up*with*Wendy, airing on1490 WGCH. Wendy lives in New Canaan, CT, with her two children.
We’d like to welcome Wide World of Stocks to the BizTV family!
Wide World of Stocks (WWOS) delivers visibility to companies in the micro and small-cap sectors. It offers a comprehensive awareness package that provides valuable exposure for your company, products and services. WWOS is a print and digital content provider with multi-channel integration including television, radio, video, webcasts, podcasts and a magazine in both digital and print formats. The program has been seen in 100+ million homes, regionally and nationally on cable and major networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX.
Wide World of Stocks is a subsidiary of Valhalla Venture Group, LLC.
The Wide World of Stocks airs every week day at 5pm.
Santa Monica, Calif. (September 15, 2014) – BizTalkRadio announced today the addition of Business Rockstars to their network lineup. Business Rockstars will air on the network from 4-6pm Eastern, Monday through Friday. Hosted by Ken Rutkowski, Business Rockstars is fresh, millennial programming that targets the estimated 40 million ‘wantrepreneurs’ in the US.
Steve Lehman, Co-Founder of Business Rockstars, said. “Business Rockstars is the fastest growing talk show in the US, and the only national entrepreneurial radio show that teaches listeners how start, grow, and fund a business. Entrepreneurship is red-hot, advertiser-friendly and attracts a younger audience to radio. Ken Rutkowski is brilliant, and Business Rockstars is simply…good business!”
“Business Rockstars has quickly become one of the premier shows of its kind, focused on the entrepreneur, which reaches a huge upscale audience. We are excited to work with Steve Lehman, Ken Rutkowski, and the Business Rockstars team and our affiliates are looking forward to having the show in their line-ups. We believe that it will attract new listeners and advertisers,” said Jeff Weber, President of BizTalkRadio.
BizTalkRadio is the only network committed to original, educational and compelling programming about real people succeeding in business. Small business generated 64% of all new jobs in the last decade. There are more than 30 million small businesses and 15 million home-based companies in the United States. BizTalkRadio is dedicated to shows about: sales & marketing, management, finance, work-life balance.
About Business Rockstars
Business Rockstars is an entrepreneurial business platform driven by radio, television, and social media. Host, President and Co-Founder Ken Rutkowski connects listeners to some of the biggest “Rockstar” CEO’s and entrepreneurs to share their experiences starting, growing and funding businesses. Rutkowski has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, Wired, BusinessWeek, and dozens of other publications worldwide. Rutkowski is a regular guest & correspondent for FOX, NPR, ABC, and was the technology host on CNET. Rutkowski founded and is CEO of METal International (Media, Entertainment, Technology, Alpha Leaders) a powerful 1,600 member organization boasting top CEO’s, VC’s & Entrepreneurs. Business Rockstars’ Chairman and Co-founder Steve Lehman was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Premiere Radio Networks. http://www.businessrockstars.com
BizTV and BizTalkRadio had a great time at the Small Business Expo in Dallas. The Small Business Expo in Dallas took place on May 14th. It’s a free small business networking event. Check out the website to find the Small Business Expo closest to you!
Here’s some of what we saw.
Gerry Robert, author of A New Way To Sell, gave a keynote speech.
Fellow sponsor Black Card books
OnlineImage represented at the Expo
Yoozy was also out on the floor.Our GM, Lisa McKibben, even met a knight in shining armor~
Arlington, Texas – Biz Talk Radionetworks announced the rebranding of Business Talk Radio Network (BTRN) to BizTalkRadio. With the rebrand comes a new partnership with BizTalkRadio’s sister network, BizTV.
Center Post Holdings, the parent company to both BizTalkRadio and BizTV, purchased BTRN last October with the idea of rebranding the network to co-market both the TV and radio properties.
“We are excited to offer a broader marketing strategy to our program partners and affiliates,” said Scott Miller, Executive VP of Center Post Holdings. “We feel we offer a unique format for small business owners, entrepreneurs and people looking to manage their family’s assets.”
“The rebrand will give our radio hosts the opportunity to expand to TV and bring some of the TV shows to radio,” says Jeff Weber, President of BizTalkRadio. “This move also sets our radio network apart, in that we can market our local radio affiliates on our local TV affiliates.”
BizTalkRadio currently has over 300 radio affiliates and growing. BizTV tripled its distribution in the last year, currently available in 21 markets serving close to 30 million broadcast homes.
Greenwich, CT -‐ Biz Talk Radionetworks announced the acquisition of the assets of Business TalkRadio Network. Biz Talk Radionetworks partnered with its sister company, BizTV, now offers both radio and TV networks to listeners and viewers. In addition to TV and radio properties, the companies also operate a number of online properties that complement Biz Talk Radionetworks.
BizTV’s focus is serving as the home for business. BizTV finds the resources entrepreneurs, small business owners and families need to manage their money, start their latest venture or grow their business.
“This acquisition fits nicely in our portfolio of media centric assets,” said Scott Miller, Executive VP of parent company Center Post Holdings. “With the combination of BizTV and BTRN the company will have a solid foot hold in both radio and TV. The combined reach will exceed 30 million TV Households and millions of radio listeners.” Miller added, ” A number of the programs are carried on both networks currently and we expect that number to expand as we integrate the operations. It’s a natural fit for us and we are ready to expand our suite of benefits to small business owners.”
Current Consulting Operations Officer for BTRN, Jeff Weber, has been appointed president of the network and will guide the expansion and development of the radio assets. Weber comes with a substantial history and experience with the radio format and BTRN in particular.
BizTV is the home for your business. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, small business owner or just managing your family’s assets, BizTV can help. BizTV finds the resources you need to manage your money, start your latest venture or grow your business.
The Business TalkRadio Network provides business and financial radio programs, and features to more than 1,000 stations across the country on a barter basis and operates 24/7.
Centerpost Holdings is privately held and based in Arlington Texas. It’s properties include, BizTV, Penny Sports, BTRN, LTRN, Austin I Lab, Everything Internet, College Real Estate, Key- Linx broadband, and various real estate holdings.
BizTV announced today that it has doubled its distribution in 2013; reaching over 15 million broadcast homes in August. In addition, BizTV says it is on track to hit 33 million homes by the first quarter of 2014.
“We are extremely excited to see the growth of BizTV,” says Scott Miller, Executive Vice President of parent company Center Post Holdings. “BizTV is now in its fourth year of operations, and our affiliates see the value in providing their viewers with content to help them manage their business or personal finances.”
BizTV started 2013 with five affiliates including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City. New affiliates include WPBH 60.2 in Philadelphia, KHMP in Las Vegas, KCTU 43.4 in Wichita, WGGS in Greenville, South Carolina and WBFT 46 in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.
Additional markets are scheduled to come online in New York, Fresno, Bakersfield, Kinston, North Carolina, Cleveland and San Diego.
Miller credits the growth to the economy, “With the uncertainty in Washington and Wall Street, more Americans are interested in getting into business for themselves or managing their personal finances. BizTV gives them the tools they need to do both.”
Interested affiliates can contact Mark MacGregor, VP of Affiliate Relations for BizTV at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-686-4415.
BizTV is the home for your business. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, small business owner or just managing your family’s assets, BizTV can help. BizTV finds the resources you need to manage your money, start your latest venture or grow your business.
Centerpost Holdings is privately held and based in Arlington Texas. It’s properties include, BizTV, Penny Sports, BTRN, LTRN, Austin I Lab, Everything Internet, College Real Estate, Key-Linx broadband, and various real estate holdings.
If you don’t get BizTV in your area, find out how here!
You can also watch BizTV live online on Ustream.tv/biztv.
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Have you ever wondered what you might want to do for the rest of your life? Have you thought about your “dream job?” Do you have any idea what it takes to get there? Are you headed in the right direction?
Real Life 101 introduces you to real people doing real jobs. From doctors, lawyers and veterinarians to career counselors, drug counselors, Lipizzaner stallion trainers and special effects wizards, Real Life 101 takes you “on the job” so you can see for yourself why these professionals love what they do. Learn about jobs you might not know even existed!
Real Life 101 is on BizTV Tuesdays at 10:30 pm EST, 9:30 pm CST.
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Ed Bremer – Ed is a business guru and Beer Geek rolled into one. He has translated his business and finance degree into several successful businesses, finally landing in the beer and liquor industry in 2006. Ed reinvented his liquor store business by building the one of the largest selections of craft and import brews in Minnesota with over 1,000 selections.
Matt Sandell – Matt was selling beer in 2006, when he met the then new owner of Heritage Liquors, Ed Bremer, and became fast friends over their shared passion for craft beer. Before long they realized that folks who enjoyed craft beer wanted more — they wanted to see behind the scenes, learn how each specialty beer was made to better enjoy what was quickly becoming an American passion.
So in 2011 Matt and Ed, the original Beer Geeks, teamed up to create a television show about craft beer, broadcast on a local Minneapolis station, Channel 45. After almost 6 episodes, they approached David Page of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives fame and who was located in Minneapolis at the time, to ask if Page could take the show to the next level.
And the rest, as they say, is history. Page reinvented the show and upped the production value and retained a national syndicator to take the show out to a national audience. In September 2013, the country will be treated to the first nationally syndicated television series about all things Craft Beer, which is sure to be as huge a hit as DDD.
Beer Geeks is on BizTV on Friday from 10pm to 11 pm EST, 9pm to 10pm CST.
The combined talents of Hollywood Icon and star of Celebrity reality television Stephen Baldwin and news, editorial, public policy, current events guru Kevin McCullough explode each Saturday night on the Baldwin McCullough Show.
Founded in July of 2008, Baldwin and McCullough, desired to pour into the world content that would change the life of people that they came into contact with. One significant step in doing so was the launching of the “Baldwin McCullough Radio” show. Launching on four stations its first week, and hoping to be on fifty in roughly eighteen months, they were ecstatic to see their weekly broadcast cleared on more than 100 stations in only seven months. By the time they had been on the air a full 12 months they were closing in on 200. To date they are being carried by 213 affiliates across North America, reaching roughly 2.5 million weekly listeners.
Baldwin/McCullough is on BizTV live on Saturday from 9pm to 11pm EST, 8pm to 10pm CST.
Dani Johnson has instructed hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world on how to make millions of dollars. The mountain of continuous testimonies from clients that pour in on her website, Facebook page, and through the mail, speak for themselves: her simple and practical methods work.
Dani travels around the world every month to deliver her “First Steps To Success” and “Creating A Dynasty” seminars to thousands of people, all wanting to learn how Dani Johnson went from being homeless to having millions of dollars. Typical tours include multiple 10-day tours in London for audiences of more than 10,000, and journeys Australia, Belize and India speaking to more than 30,000 people. Dani’s seminars are always completely sold out! Most compelling is how this happens; it is all due to word of mouth. Dani’s loyal clients blog about their extraordinary results from her seminars, reach out in social media daily, and talk and share in public forums so extensively that a standing-room-only crowd is the standard.
Everyone has a unique life story to share – but initially, Dani Johnson’s looked to be made up of hardships and challenge. Dani grew up on welfare in a violently abusive and drug-infested home. She was emotionally, physically, verbally and sexually abused on a regular basis. The personal trauma and violent conditions that Dani identified as home were all she knew. Consequently, she was pregnant at 17 and homeless at 21. Instead of accepting what life had so far scripted for her, Dani rewrote her own playbook, chapter by chapter – and by 23 she was a millionaire. In the years since, Dani Johnson has become a multi-millionaire many times over, owns five companies with her business partner and husband Hans, is a best-selling author, internationally sought-after speaker and radio show host.
The Dani Johnson Show is on BizTV on Saturday from 7pm to 9pm EST, 6pm to 8pm CST.
Sponsored by Craftsman® at Sears® and many more, Motorz is now the fastest growing nationally televised DIY Automotive Improvement® series preparing to launch its sixth season. Unlike other automotive shows that skip important steps during commercial breaks, use expensive tools, or perform feats that would be impossible for the average viewer, Motorz shows viewers how to confidently and properly maintain a vehicle and install aftermarket accessories with simple step-by-step instructions in a home garage environment.
Motorz is on BizTV on Saturday from 12pm to 2pm EST, 11am to 1pm CST.
Financial Issues with Dan Celia
Dan has worked for 35 years as an entrepreneur and businessman, as owner of his own businesses for 25 years, and at one time managing over 600 million dollars. Dan has developed and uses a biblically-responsible system of financial management with great success. He started a radio ministry in 1997 as a part time ministry and has seen the Lord expand and bless this ministry to his current full-time ministry. Dan has interviewed newsmakers and pundits like Steve Forbes, Ben Stein, T. Boone Pickens, Tony Perkins, John Alison, Rayola Dougher API, Congressmen, Senators and Presidential candidates. He is proud of his partnership with the American Family Association where he serves as a board member. Dan is now on over 300 stations across the nation. He is a conference speaker, author of six books and publishes a weekly newsletter.
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