From July 2014 to June 2015 live-plus-seven-day-DVR playback ratings for the 11 biggest broadcast and cable companies down by 14% among adults 18-34. Group includes CBS, Disney, NBCUniversal and Viacom, the latter took hardest hit, off 19%. NBC fell by 18%, Fox channels took third-worst hit, down 17%. // Bill Cromwell, medialifemagazine.com, 8/27/2015


COMCAST’S RALPH ROBERTS:GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

By Paul Kagan - June 19, 2015

Ralph Roberts, the dynamic pioneer who built a tiny system in Tupelo, Mississippi into Comcast--cable’s largest company--passed away yesterday at age 95. His vision, and devotion to the cause of a new communications medium, can be expressed by a quotation from Thomas Edison: "A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job."  The company that Ralph founded--with his partners Julian Brodsky, Dan Aaron, and later, his son Brian, now the CEO--soared from a speck in the cable universe to a diversified, media giant. As noted in An Incredible Dream, William Novak’s bio of the company, “Ralph was in heaven” when, in the mid-1980s, in my Kagan cable newsletter, I called Comcast “a baby blue chip.” It wasn’t long before “baby” grew up to be cable’s leading multiple-system operator.

Today, we are in the midst of far greater change in the media. Comcast is now a movie-TV-cable enterprise that Ralph was able to see completed. But its arch-rival—AT&T—which sold its industry-leading cable subs to Comcast in 2001, is back via acquisition of DirecTV’s U.S. and foreign satellite footprint and expansion into Latin America TV.




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Stocks Continue Slide;           Best Buy Surges on                 Earnings Report

 

By Catherine Hertzberg 
- August 25, 2015
 

  Despite an early rally, stocks ended down for the fifth straight day amid concerns over China's economy. The Dow lost 205 pts. to close at 15,666. The S&P fell 26 pts. to 1,868.

  The media and technology sectors produced some notable exceptions to the day's declines.

  Best Buy leapt 13% in 5x avg. trading. It posted Q2 earnings of $164 mil. vs. $146 mil. a year ago.

  Netflix gained 5% in heavy trading after announcing a marketing partnership with SoftBank in Japan.

  Unwired Planet lost 5% in heavy trading after reporting a Q4 loss of $41.6 mil. vs. a profit of $453,000 in Q4 2014.

  Wireless Tech., down 5% YTD, is at a 52-week low of 11.96.

 

 Indices  8/24  8/25  %YTD 
 Home Video 323.33 336.39 68.1 
 Video Gaming 16.76 16.68 19.0 
 Digital Life 577.86 578.02 15.0 
 Internet Content 66.99 65.88 8.7 
 Internet Media 125.54 125.90 5.2 
 Publishing 98.42 97.76 4.9 
 Cable MSO 74.41 74.75 3.5 
 Wireless Prov. 28.08 27.62 3.1 
 Broadband Tech. 21.75 21.60 1.5 
 Towers 333.79 329.61 (1.9) 
 NASDAQ 4,526.25 4,506.49 (4.8) 
 Global Wireless 70.21 70.80 (5.0) 
 Satellite TV 75.09 74.89 (5.1) 
 NASDAQ 100 4,038.60 4,016.32 (5.2) 
 Wireless Tech. 12.06 11.96 (5.2) 
 3D 32.47 32.61 (5.3) 
 Movie Theaters 13.30 13.34 (5.9) 
 Advertising 91.27 91.12 (7.6) 
 Russell 2000 1,111.69 1,104.10 (8.4) 
 S&P 500 1,893.21 1,867.61 (9.3) 
 DJ Utilities 573.22 557.17 (9.9) 
 Dow Jones Avg. 15,871.35 15,666.44 (12.1) 
 Television 96.39 95.81 (12.7) 
 Consumer Elec. 77.91 78.18 (13.0) 
 Telco 36.01 35.27 (13.2) 
 Fiber Optics 2.45 2.40 (15.2) 
 Motion Pictures 32.21 32.43 (15.5) 
 Global Cable 116.99 114.96 (15.5) 
 Radio 13.27 13.34 (16.9) 
 Interactive TV 14.54 14.40 (22.8) 
 Social Media 89.20 88.65 (26.0) 
 Satellite Networks 36.68 36.74 (27.3) 
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