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How much will it cost your cable company to get the PAC-12 Network?

How much are you worth to your college football team? For PAC-12 fans that may be just under a dollar, from the L.A. Times:

SportsBusiness Journal reported that the Pac-12 is seeking more than 80 cents per subscriber to carry its channels. That’s more than CNN, USA and FX and about the same as Disney Channel, according to SNL Kagan, an industry consulting firm. Another person close to the negotiations — but not authorized to speak publicly — said the asking price is significantly lower.

Does this mean our cable bills are going to go up by a dollar? And it’s probably too much to ask for only the PAC-12 network. Offer it online, charge $0.80/month, I will sign-up! Heck, double or quadruple the charge and I’m still in. Wouldn’t that be great…   Continue reading

PAC-12 network launches on August 15, 2012 – UCLA already has 39 games scheduled for the fall

I’m super excited that the PAC-12 is getting its own network. I love watching all sorts of college sports on TV and hopefully this channel will give me all I can eat.

 

 

More fans will see more UCLA sports on more channels than ever before when the Pac-12 Networks launches on August 15. So far, there are 39 UCLA fall games scheduled to be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks – one so far in football, 12 in men’s soccer, nine in women’s soccer, 14 in women’s volleyball and three in men’s water polo.

Watch the video to get a taste of what will be on the network. To learn if you will get Pac-12 Networks from your TV provider visit the Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder.

 

Source: UCLABruins.com

People are pulling the plug on cable television by the hundreds of thousands

People are pulling the plug on cable television by the hundreds of thousands.

Comcast’s Q2 2012 earnings show the cable company is relying heavily on its high-speed Internet service subscribers.

Though the cable giant reports a total Q2 increase in customers of 138,000; the cable company also lost a massive 395,000 television subscribers in the last year.

This number is huge, considering Credit Suisse analyst Stefan Anninger previously predicted 200,000 fewer subscribers would pay for television services this year.

 

Source: Business Insider

 

Specific numbers:

In Q2 2012:

  • Lost 176,000 cable subscribers.
  • Gained 156,000 broadband.
In Q2 2011
  • Lost 238,000 cable.
  • Gained 144,000 broadband.

“While Comcast continued to rack up new broadband subscribers, it is still losing basic video subscribers quite fast — both to cord cutters and satellite/phone company rivals.” – GigaOm

 

 

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Sign up for Google Fiber get a free Nexus tablet, or super-cheap internet for $3.57/mo

Today may very well live in infamy as the day the cable companies died. Internet giant Google announced its new, groundbreaking Google Fiber, a broadband service that will bring breakneck 1Gbps internet speed to Kansas City — service far faster and far cheaper than that offered by traditional cable companies.

How fast is Google’s 1Gbps service? Competitor Comcast recently announced it would launch 305Mbps speed service to much of the Northeast at a cost of $299.95 per month…at 1,000 Mbps, Google Fiber cost of just $70 per month.

Google Fiber allows you to combine your cable TV and internet service into one product, for just $120 per month. Getting service to your house will require you pay a $300 service initiation fee — a fee that’s waved if you agree to keep Google Fiber service for a minimum of two years.

And the remote control for your Google Fiber TV service? It’s a Nexus 7 tablet.

If you’re looking for a lower priced internet option, Google Fiber has you covered there, too. Anyone who pays the $300 connection fee can opt to receive 5Mbps service for free for seven years. That’s an unheard of bargain — you can essentially buy seven years’ worth of internet service for just $3.57 a month.

 

Keep reading: Tecca - Google launches Google Fiber, 1Gbps broadband service 100 times faster than what you have now

 

 

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Adventure playground is open! – mud slide, rafting, fort building, rope bridge

The kids will get dirty.

At this Central Park adventure, kids will hammer, saw wood, make forts, push themselves around in the shallow water on a raft and do all sorts of climbing, jumping and whatever they choose. Kids can raft on a small pond, navigate a rope bridge, use a cable slide, go down a mud slide and more. Bring a spare change of clothing, a plastic bag to put the wet clothes in and close-toed shoes for safety.

Parents will not be allowed to tell the kids, “Don’t get dirty.” Sorry mom or dad. The dirt is what this is about and you must just butt out!

This summer-fun event is held annually. Adventure Playground runs mid-June through mid-August. This experience is suitable for kids six to twelve years old. It is only open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Adult supervision is provided and a small fee is charged. For information and group reservations, phone (714) 842-7442.

Location: Huntington Central Park, 7111 Talbert Avenue , Huntington Beach, California.

 

A google user: “I loved going here when I was younger. Tons of fun!! The rafts and the mudslide were cool and the tree house building area was my favorite! I recommend it.”

 

Source: Beach California, City of Huntington Beach

 

 

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NBC splits with MSNBC – as it’s biased political persona grows

Another driver was MSNBC, the cable channel, which started to take on a politically progressive persona several years ago. As the image of MSNBC changed, the head of MSNBC.com, Charlie Tillinghast, floated a name change.

“Both strategies are fine, but naming them the same thing is brand insanity,” Charlie Tillinghast said to his staff in early 2010.

NBC and Microsoft could not agree on proposed changes that year. But conversations resumed after Comcast acquired a majority stake in NBCUniversal in early 2011. Divorce talks between Comcast and Microsoft started in earnest last winter and were reported by a number of media outlets in the spring. The deal was signed last Friday.

For now, MSNBC.com will automatically redirect browsers to NBCNews.com…At first, the site will retain sections for MSNBC’s political programs like “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Morning Joe.” But those will be moved onto a new MSNBC.com early next year.

Said John Kelly, “There’s a big opportunity for the MSNBC cable brand to have its own digital destination.”

 

Source: N. Y. Times - Microsoft and NBC Complete Web Divorce

 

 

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Baseball's thriving start-up, MLB Advanced Media, could determine the future of TV sports

Launched in 2000, MLB.com was funded by the clubs in an agreement that had them each investing $1 million a year over four years. The cost was targeted at $120 million. To the joy of the owners and MLB, the Website started generating excess revenue in only the second year of its existence, allowing them to invest only $70-$75 million before beginning to see a return on their investment.

When the decision to launch MLB.com occurred, MLB moved all of its Internet rights into a centralized location. No longer were team Websites controlled by individual clubs; now they were under a single umbrella. This was the start of a focused effort to completely control and centralize all products and services provided on the Internet by MLB.

To put just a few numbers into the discussion, from 2004 to 2005 sales on MLB.com rose 220% from the year prior with a 200% increase in sales through just the MLB.com Shop. MLBAM revenues for 2005 are expected to rise 88% to $260 million, and annual revenue is expected to jump 30-50% over each of the next five years. A huge cash cow for the 30 owners in MLB that get to split the profits. Last year, the MLBAM inked a deal with Microsoft and AOL to stream MLB games live onto PCs. That deal totals as much as $40 million over two years from just Microsoft alone. AOL’s deal totaled $9 million over the same period.

But where MLBAM has been extremely savvy has been in the diversification of holdings under the Advanced Media’s umbrella. Not counting the season’s $9.5 million in online ticket sales, MLB.com will still rack up an estimated $25 million this year in sales and auctions of licensed merchandise and collectibles.

In November of 2004, Tickets.com was acquired by MLBAM. This allowed for broader control of and centralization of MLB related ticket transactions. It made good sense, as MLBAM had inked a three-year deal in 2003 to cover the lion’s share of ticket sales for MLB.com and was the exclusive online partner, providing service to 20 of the 30 franchises.

via Hardball Times

This year the start-up is expected to rake in $500 million in revenue, and that makes them a player in the TV market.

While the other major leagues are blundering around the internet, MLB is defining the future and everyone is following. You can see this with online streaming of games, where MLB pioneered the concept and every league has copied.

The next step is in TV deals where the majority of league money comes from. Right now those deals are TV first and internet a distant second, and sometimes ignored altogether.

Only ESPN is aggressively dealing for the internet with its “best available screen” strategy, but they have to fight their own maker to achieve that. The cable companies, like Comcast and Time Warner, don’t want to pull customers away from their cable subscriptions.

It’s a confusing mess for everyone involved and that is why MLB Advanced Media is so critical. They have a clear determined strategy for growing baseball, from simplifying ticket sales to offering technology to watch four games at once. Their business is growing by leaps and bounds and driving the market.

Only time will tell how it all plays out but having a major player in the market focused on the internet is surely going to change the game.

Baseball’s thriving start-up, MLB Advanced Media, could determine the future of TV sports

Launched in 2000, MLB.com was funded by the clubs in an agreement that had them each investing $1 million a year over four years. The cost was targeted at $120 million. To the joy of the owners and MLB, the Website started generating excess revenue in only the second year of its existence, allowing them to invest only $70-$75 million before beginning to see a return on their investment.

When the decision to launch MLB.com occurred, MLB moved all of its Internet rights into a centralized location. No longer were team Websites controlled by individual clubs; now they were under a single umbrella. This was the start of a focused effort to completely control and centralize all products and services provided on the Internet by MLB.

To put just a few numbers into the discussion, from 2004 to 2005 sales on MLB.com rose 220% from the year prior with a 200% increase in sales through just the MLB.com Shop. MLBAM revenues for 2005 are expected to rise 88% to $260 million, and annual revenue is expected to jump 30-50% over each of the next five years. A huge cash cow for the 30 owners in MLB that get to split the profits. Last year, the MLBAM inked a deal with Microsoft and AOL to stream MLB games live onto PCs. That deal totals as much as $40 million over two years from just Microsoft alone. AOL’s deal totaled $9 million over the same period.

But where MLBAM has been extremely savvy has been in the diversification of holdings under the Advanced Media’s umbrella. Not counting the season’s $9.5 million in online ticket sales, MLB.com will still rack up an estimated $25 million this year in sales and auctions of licensed merchandise and collectibles.

In November of 2004, Tickets.com was acquired by MLBAM. This allowed for broader control of and centralization of MLB related ticket transactions. It made good sense, as MLBAM had inked a three-year deal in 2003 to cover the lion’s share of ticket sales for MLB.com and was the exclusive online partner, providing service to 20 of the 30 franchises.

via Hardball Times

This year the start-up is expected to rake in $500 million in revenue, and that makes them a player in the TV market.

While the other major leagues are blundering around the internet, MLB is defining the future and everyone is following. You can see this with online streaming of games, where MLB pioneered the concept and every league has copied.

The next step is in TV deals where the majority of league money comes from. Right now those deals are TV first and internet a distant second, and sometimes ignored altogether.

Only ESPN is aggressively dealing for the internet with its “best available screen” strategy, but they have to fight their own maker to achieve that. The cable companies, like Comcast and Time Warner, don’t want to pull customers away from their cable subscriptions.

It’s a confusing mess for everyone involved and that is why MLB Advanced Media is so critical. They have a clear determined strategy for growing baseball, from simplifying ticket sales to offering technology to watch four games at once. Their business is growing by leaps and bounds and driving the market.

Only time will tell how it all plays out but having a major player in the market focused on the internet is surely going to change the game.

ESPN proves it's dominance, the 2011 year in review, records all over the field

Pulled from the company’s year in review, 2011:

In 2011, ESPN experienced record consumption cin its core television business and across digital platforms.

198 million Americans watched ESPN networks in the fourth quarter to date (85% of cable homes)

ESPN.com remained number one among sports fans for average audience, setting a sports category record in September.

ESPN Radio reaches 24 million listeners a week via more than 700 stations nationwide.

ESPN International spans 200 countries and territories on all seven continents and includes 48 television networks reaching over 350 million subscribers in 16 languages

ESPN the Magazine hit a new high with a record of nearly 16 million readers per issue in Fall 2011, and was the top magazine among men 18-34 for the fourth consecutive year.

ESPN Mobile attracted 70 percent of users seeking sports content. Partly due to the use of ESPN apps: ScoreCenter, ESPNRadio,  & Bowl Bound.

ESPN is:

  • 8 television networks in the U.S.
  • 48 international networks
  • 750 radio affiliates
  • 18 web sites
  • 5 channels in HD
  • The first 3D TV network
  • 13 international editions of SportsCenter
  • Largest mobile sports operation
  • 7,000 employees worldwide.

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ESPN proves it’s dominance, the 2011 year in review, records all over the field

Pulled from the company’s year in review, 2011:

In 2011, ESPN experienced record consumption cin its core television business and across digital platforms.

198 million Americans watched ESPN networks in the fourth quarter to date (85% of cable homes)

ESPN.com remained number one among sports fans for average audience, setting a sports category record in September.

ESPN Radio reaches 24 million listeners a week via more than 700 stations nationwide.

ESPN International spans 200 countries and territories on all seven continents and includes 48 television networks reaching over 350 million subscribers in 16 languages

ESPN the Magazine hit a new high with a record of nearly 16 million readers per issue in Fall 2011, and was the top magazine among men 18-34 for the fourth consecutive year.

ESPN Mobile attracted 70 percent of users seeking sports content. Partly due to the use of ESPN apps: ScoreCenter, ESPNRadio,  & Bowl Bound.

ESPN is:

  • 8 television networks in the U.S.
  • 48 international networks
  • 750 radio affiliates
  • 18 web sites
  • 5 channels in HD
  • The first 3D TV network
  • 13 international editions of SportsCenter
  • Largest mobile sports operation
  • 7,000 employees worldwide.

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