Fox News suffered a hit from viewers and advertisers during early April broadcasts of Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor," airing just 11 commercials during its April 10 broadcast. However, the network has quickly bounced back, with Monday's "Tucker Carlson Live" broadcast -- the show's replacement -- bringing in 25 commercials and 3.18 million viewers.
Bravo Media is continuing to capitalize on unscripted programming with the addition of six new series, including "Southern Charm New Orleans," "A Night With My Ex" and "Relationshep." These new series will be joining 18 returning shows, including popular Bravo franchise "Real Housewives."
Next Gen TV was a focal point of this year's NAB Show, and many broadcasters are seeing the potential for the new standard come within reach. "I think you will see more stations coming on the air with ATSC 3.0 this year on an experimental basis, which will lay the groundwork for stations to go on air in 2018 or 2019," said Sam Matheny of the National Association of Broadcasters.
The Federal Communications Commission will open a formal rulemaking for the elimination of main studio rules during its meeting May 18 and has released details on how it plans to move forward with the proposal. The proposal suggests eliminating the main studio rule, as well as mandates requiring that stations be able to originate programs from their main studios and keep a full-time manager and staff present during business hours.
The 2017 NAB Show had registered attendance of 103,443 people. Over 26,000 international attendees from 161 countries were registered for attendance at the Las Vegas event, which featured 1,806 exhibitors.
On May 18, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to seek public comments regarding whether the FCC should "keep, modify, or eliminate" basic net neutrality protections. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the proposal this week; it would roll back Title II regulations to a "light-touch regulatory framework."
Sixty-nine percent of US households have a TV connected to the internet via a smart TV, connected Blu-ray player or streaming device, and 76% of those homes have more than one connected device, a Liechtman Research Group study has found. The study also found that 25% of adults in homes with TVs watch content through a connected device every day.
Comcast on Thursday announced that it will be launching xFi, its cloud-powered Wi-Fi platform, in May, and testing has already begun, as seen in the company's set-top boxes, web portal and mobile apps. Platform features include the ability to easily view and change Wi-Fi settings, pause Wi-Fi access and set parental controls.
This year's NAB Show didn't just focus on the latest in broadcasting tech; it also tackled some of today's most important regulatory, legal and operational issues for radio. Attorney and attendee John Garziglia reviews 10 of the hot-button topics addressed during the show, including AM/FM subcaps, FM translators, performance rights and the Federal Communications Commission's post-auction repack.
A roundtable discussion featuring executives from the NHL, AEG, the NBA and Turner Sports was held at the NAB Show. ESPN's layoffs -- announced this week -- were a topic of discussion, and while the panelists expressed their disappointment in the decision, they agreed that the move did not reflect the state of the industry as a whole.
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