It’s that time for our annual unanswered wishes: Peace on Earth and
Goodwill to All Mankind. Nevertheless, may your season of worship be
fulfilled and leave your hearts at peace. God bless to all.
• Short week
... and upcoming Holidays ... MediaBiz
takes the week between Christmas and New Years sort of off ... we won’t be in the office though The Evening BRIDGE
will be sent every day the markets are open with, if something important happens, brief news items. The Morning BRIDGE
will not be sent after Thursday, 12/23/10 until Monday 01/03/11.
• In bigger news, SkyREPORT
is folding into The Morning BRIDGE
was among the first to pay attention to direct broadcast satellite launching SkyREPORT
in ’93... but, today, the multichannel video program distribution
(MVPD) business isn’t bound up in silos ... instead, it is among the
most highly competitive industries around with telco video, satellite
and cable fighting hard for every subscriber in an in increasingly zero
sum game. Everyone now needs to know what everyone else is doing ...
and there’s no reason to have to skim three different kinds of
publications ... our daily two-fisted (well, morning & evening)
all-inclusive coverage now boasts significantly greater circulation.
Coverage of the silos will now all be in one place. Attitudes retained.
• Seems Level 3
made a strategic error with significant tactical implications. A Content Distribution Network (CDN a la Akamai
) is paid and also pays ... Level 3 seems to want to be a CDN without the latter pay to last mile ISPs. Fat chance.
annual compensation survey is out and finds that “base pay remained
stable, fewer employers froze salaries, and incentives increased
dramatically over last year.” Full details on the 2 categories (MSOs
& programmers) here
• Mary Collins
and her Media Financial Management Association
(MFM) are doing some interesting stuff ... and not just at the larger
conferences (like the one coming up in May in Atlanta featuring Citi
analyst Jason Bazinet
at Media Finance Focus 2011). MFM is doing monthly telephone
conferences with experts (and pundits) on different subjects. While the
numbers aren’t too big, the participants represent some significant
companies. The other day MFM asked me to talk to a dozen or so
broadcasters about retransmission consent ... and they all knew in
advance what I think about that (heads broadcasters win, tails cable ops
- and their customers - lose). With the issue now part of the FCC
increasingly controversial actions, what’s going to happen is up in the
air. But, like a lot of issues, the outcomes in this case are driven
by size and leverage. Seems smaller broadcasters find themselves in
situations not unlike smaller cable operators ... in need of some
, we’ll be back in the New Year ... may it be prosperous for all.•