Time Warner Cable has signed up 20,000 customers for HD service in New York City, or 4% of its digital subscribers. While consumers aren't buying many HD sets, they are showing a good deal of interest, retailers say.
The number of black characters or black-focused shows on TV has grown, a fact not gone unnoticed by advertisers. A report says the number of alcohol ads on shows that appeal to blacks has grown in tandem with the rise in black characters on TV.
John Malone's Liberty Media, film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, General Electric, oil tycoon Marvin Davis and Edgar Bronfman Jr., submitted bids for Vivendi Universal's entertainment assets. Liberty Media is viewed as a frontrunner because it has a large pool of cash. Absent from the bidding was Viacom, which reportedly is interested mainly in the Sci Fi channel.
TV stations generated about $72 million in online ad revenue in 2002, according to a survey to be released this week by research firm Borrell Associates. About 25% of the stations surveyed said they used the Internet to lure new-to-TV advertisers.