Monday, January 26, 2009

Senate Agrees To Move DTV Transition Date

The senate bill proposes to move the digital transition date from next month, February 17, out five months to June 12. This bill must now be worked out with a House bill. Tick tock the clock is ticking. The public isn't ready for digital; I say this bill gets worked out and the transition is delayed.

Syndication Is Not Dead

Despite the dire predictions, the word on the street is that syndication of TV programming is not dead...yet. "As another NATPE gets under way in Las Vegas, amid the perennial reports of low attendance and sparse sales, here’s something worth remembering: Syndication isn’t dead." That is the word being spread around. "More important, both 'Wheel' and 'Oprah' generate millions upon millions of dollars in profit for the companies involved in their production and distribution. Same goes for anyone fortunate enough to have a piece of 'Entertainment Tonight' or 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' or 'Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.'”

But as alternative distribution models grow, both online and mobile, will that hurt the current syndication model or can it actually be an opportunity for more revenue? As local broadcasting is faced with declining revenue, can they afford syndicated product? WIll they need to rely on originally produced local content to differentiate themselves not only from other local broadcasters but also from the web and sites like Hulu. The article may be worrying about the next generation of syndication personalities, but they should also worry about changing distribution platforms, too.

Deloitte Issues 2009 Media Predictions

A new year and a new President, technology and entertainment layoffs abound, so what are the headlines and future for 2009. Deloitte has issued their predictions for the technology, media, and telecommunications industries.

Digital storage cost for user generated video - can this content be adequately monetized or will the power swing back to mainstream media who can create and distribute professionally produced video. Per World, "'Advertisers are generally reluctant to place ads next to any content that could damage a client's brand.' As such, sites may need to start charging people to upload or share content." Given the costs will a revenue stream ever be found.

Mobile content - will the consumer accept mobile advertising and in what form. Pre-rolls on video content, text messages, coupon offers, etc. "With global advertising experiencing double-digit decreases and the coming year promising an even tougher economy, mobile advertising's time may have come. More able than ever before to carry advertising, mobile phones are at their most ubiquitous -- and there is a more mature understanding of what mobile can and cannot deliver in advertising." A key challenge, but mobile can present more opportunities as well.

3D content - a clear rise of theatrical titles in 3D to keep audiences from staying in their home and watching films on their big HD screens. It's all about differentiating the theatrical experience from the home. And I'm sure in a few years, homes will soon possess 3D as well, but for now more content is being created and theaters are being modified to offer the experience. For an added fee! Many titles to look forward to including Monsters vs Aliens, Toy Story 3D, and even the next Harry potter film.