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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
4/26/2017 1:48:23 PM
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Re: Seismic event
..and to pick up on your point, here is the latest...challenging times...

Onward to May w/all the possibilities....



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dmendyk
dmendyk
4/26/2017 1:10:45 PM
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Seismic event
Major cuts at ESPN affecting mainly its content departments -- driven by severe losses in subscriber-based rights fees. This looks like the first meaningful impact of cord-cutting.

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afwriter
afwriter
4/14/2017 2:26:15 PM
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Re: Who's Watching TV?
Board games? Haha, I don't really know. TV has become so important to American culture it is hard to imagine life without it.

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vnewman
vnewman
4/14/2017 2:19:32 PM
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Re: Who's Watching TV?
Good observation!  Although I feel like that doesn't solve the "mission" of the living room, meaning there's no collective verb happening there.  With the TV as the focal point, you're "doing" something together - watching TV and having the same joint experience.  

"Sitting" doesn't have the same cache, I think.  It could be "talking" to each other, but we all know that's not the reality of it!

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afwriter
afwriter
4/14/2017 1:34:51 PM
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Re: Who's Watching TV?
This is a great question that I have seen tackled time to time by design shows. Many times they will use a fireplace, other times they will put furniture on the outside of the room with something else as a focal point in the center of a room.

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vnewman
vnewman
4/14/2017 1:24:06 PM
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Re: Who's Watching TV?
This is a sincere question: If you do not have a TV hooked up to cable, what is the center of people's living rooms?  Before TV, people would gather around the radio, right?  With no TV, where do families all sit together and share the same experience?  We know it's not the dining room having dinner together...

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dcawrey
dcawrey
4/14/2017 12:15:01 PM
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Re: Yearly Numbers
If providers are able to offer great new services like 4K and VR there will always be a market for pay TV. 

There's really only so far OTT services can go right now - servicing the needs of high end customers doesn't seem to be a focus for them (for now). 

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Ariella
Ariella
4/13/2017 9:48:22 AM
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Re: Yearly Numbers
@Adi they don't have that summer lull in other parts of the world?

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Adi
Adi
4/13/2017 5:54:27 AM
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Re: Yearly Numbers
afwriter - I'll dig around for something, but at least in the US, seasonality is quite pronounced in pay-TV. As you mentioned, Q2 is notoriously difficult for pay-TV subscribers, as people cancel subscriptions in June. And then Q3 is usually quite good, as people re-connect in September.

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Adi
Adi
4/13/2017 5:52:09 AM
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Re: Strategy
afwriter - I think they are all watching warily, but each country has it's own individual industry structure. The US is quite unique in many ways, so while there are lessons to be learned, the US experience is unlikely to be exactly replicated. Pay tv penetration is lower in most countries anyway, with more free to air broadcast usage. And US content -- while interesting -- isn't quite as significant. Local content production isn't always easy...so everywhere is a bit different. 

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