A headline in Monday's NAB SmartBrief about the potential of a new station group backed by Sinclair CEO David Smith incorrectly identified the group's focus. It would be looking to acquire television stations. SmartBrief regrets the error.
The top broadcast networks are refusing to accept ads from electronic-cigarette makers. However, channels owned by Viacom and Discovery reportedly have agreed to run a $12 million to $14 million buy from e-cigarette maker NJOY.
A White House plan to allocate $10 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research on potential connections between gun violence and media and video games is being backed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. President Barack Obama would authorize the research by a memorandum while trying to overturn current law prohibiting such a CDC study if it recommends gun-control strategies.
Fewer than 1 in 5 pay-TV customers have used "TV Everywhere" services to screen programming online, despite the growing popularity of streaming video, GfK Media has found. The big block to adoption of TV Everywhere seems to be the mandate that users access the content by signing in to their pay-TV account, with 70% saying the requirement would stop them.
The National Rifle Association is the producer or sponsor of a half-dozen shows on cable's Outdoor and Sportsman channels, which the group can use to push its pro-guns message. "They're consolidating their base," said Valuation Partners founder and ex-cable executive Larry Gerbrandt. "It's a lot easier to get your message across with video than it was a printed pamphlet."
Cellphone signals were spotty on the National Mall during President Barack Obama's inauguration Monday, attendees reported. Although carriers said they made allowances for the expected surge in traffic from the area and reported only minor disruptions, lack of access was still widely discussed after the event -- even Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., tweeted that she had "[n]o signal during ceremony."