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Does CBS or NBC represent the future of broadcast network TV

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. phrelin

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    Meg James over at the LA Times yesterday wrote in her article NBC's Thursday lineup goes from 'Must See TV' to 'Must Flee TV':
     
  2. jerry downing

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    I don't think NBC has recovered from the Leno fiasco. It may take years.
     
  3. harsh

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    At this point, I'm thinking that he doesn't have the looks for HDTV.
     
  4. phrelin

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    Heck, at this point I don't think he has the looks for SDTV.:D
     
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    ...but he DOES have the looks to do a guest shot on "The Walking Dead"!
     
  6. phrelin

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    :lol:
     
  7. James Long

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    And that's the way it is.
     
  8. phrelin

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    Last week I screwed up my recording schedule and "NCIS" didn't record. I thought "well that was stupid, but we'll just stream it from CBS.COM."

    It's been awhile since we streamed a broadcast network show. I think the last one was something on Fox and there were just a few ads.

    I don't know whether CBS has figured out how to do it, or whether it was because "NCIS" is the most popular scripted show on TV, or a combination, but we streamed and watched a full complement of ads from major advertisers along with the show. We watched an hour and there were no CBS promos. Quite a shock, but maybe CBS represents the future of broadcast network TV after all.
     
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    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    TNT was doing the same thing last year. I replaced my DVR the previous winter so my SL for Falling Skies was gone. I missed the season premier so I streamed it and was shocked to have a full commercial load. I used TNT's iPad app and I could pause, rewind the show but all controls disappeared when the commercials came on
     
  10. Paul Secic

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    IMHO networks are doomed.
     
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    I couldn't agree with you more!
     
  12. JosephB

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    I think in the long run, CBS will be sorry they split from Viacom, and Comcast will turn NBC into a cash cow. Comcast Universal is still getting its legs, and as they continue to merge all their 'platforms' they'll wring more money and ratings out of them.

    I also wouldn't bet against someone, especially Time Warner, buying CBS. Think about it: Fox and NBC both have a ton of cable networks, including news and sports along with a broadcast network and the cachet that comes with it. Time Warner, particularly in Turner, has a ton of cable channels, including news but no sports network and no broadcast network, though they do have a smaller sports operation. Plus, they already partner with CBS on things like the NCAA Basketball tournament.

    Then, you'd have three/four behemoths:

    News Corp (which has already shed its' newspapers in preparation): Fox Broadcasting, Fox News, fx, FSN regionals, nat geo, fox sports 1, etc etc.

    Comcast: NBC, Telemundo, msnbc, CNBC, NBC Sports Net, Comcast sports RSNs, USA Network Syfy, etc

    Disney: ABC, ESPN, ABC owned cable networks, etc. They are missing a news network, but they are starting an English language network in a joint venture with Univision targeted to hispanics, and they have "ABC Now" which if they put a little effort into could become a real news network

    Time Warner: Turner (CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, Tru, Cartoon Network), HBO, Turner Sports, and 50% of The CW. Add in CBS and you get: the rest of The CW, CBS, CBS Sports, Showtime. A merger of Time Warner and CBS makes a ton of sense (and if it happened would illustrate why splitting Viacom off was a stupid idea)

    It would make even better sense if Time Warner or better yet News Corp bought up Viacom, because they have a ton more cable networks and those two are kind of light. At that point, you'd have multiple entities that could compete against ESPN overall, and NBC for things like the Olympics
     
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    While a Time Warner purchase of CBS is interesting, it would have to appeal to the Redstone family. From Wikipedia:
    Sumner Redstone is tied for #267 in Forbes 2013 Billionaires List with a modest $4.7 billion in assets.
     
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    I forgot that Redstone still controls both. I can't figure out why he split them up. He holds 80% of both.

    It does seem like it's probably a long shot, more likely he'd try to buy Time Warner than sell to TW. Maybe a joint venture in a news network and sports network. No reason Turner Sports and CBS Sports shouldn't be one organization and no reason CBS shouldn't have a cable outlet in CNN.
     
  15. James Long

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    FYI: It looks like Time is leaving Time Warner ... mergers and unmergers. :)
     
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    Well, I guess CBS decided it needed a cable channel. From CBS Circling to Acquire Half of TV Guide Network:
     
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    I couldn't believe 30 Rock got away with pointing out that Comcast/Kabletown made the majority of its profits off porn, including massive income from hotel PPV porn channels. One of those dirty little secrets corps hate to allow leak out.
     

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