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Aereo Finds New Enemies in NFL, MLB as Web-TV Fight Continues

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 19, 2013 01:49 PM

Add the NFL and MLB to the list of TV-related brands that are threatening to jump ship if upstart web-TV service Aereo infiltrates broadcasting any further. 

The pair filed a "Friend of the Court" brief last week, AllThingsD reports, making known that if the court rules in favor of Aereo, both organizations will remove their product from free, broadcast TV and move it to cable. That means no Super Bowl or World Series unless you pay for a cable package. 

The brief was filed in the ongoing case in which the Supreme Court is trying to determine whether Aereo's services, which are backed by IAC's Barry Diller, are legal. CBS, ABC, Fox and other major networks have spoken out against the service, which allows consumers to stream live TV to their computers and mobile devices by capturing TV signals via small antennas for a miniscule monthly fee—one that doesn't benefit broadcast networks.Continue reading...

The Big Game

Super Bowl Advertisers Hope to Stretch Ad Dollars with Long Lead-In to Big Game

Posted by Dale Buss on November 15, 2013 07:41 PM

Super Bowl advertising is becoming a three- or four-month-long seasonal platform rather than just a series of mega-impact TV spots contained within the Big Game each year. That trend has been strengthening for a while, but it's taking its fullest form this fall in the run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Last Sunday, Jaguar, a new sponsor of the event, unveiled an ad during broadcasts of NFL football and on BBC America that gave away much of the approach that it will take in its actual first-ever ad during the game. Intuit is milking its initial Super Bowl appearance for all it can with a contest in which it's giving away the actual ad to a winning small business.

And every brand participating in the Fox telecast this year is otherwise planning how to take advantage of social media and other venues to tease ads that still tend to be forgotten by consumers within one or two days after the game—except that brands now increasingly also are continuing to use the ads themselves and related social media aftermath to keep the meme going for weeks afterward.Continue reading...

brand strategy

Weather Channel Launches Data-Driven Brand Refresh

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 12, 2013 01:33 PM

The Weather Channel has been a leader in the cable space when it comes to integrating new technologies and viewer engagement into broadcasts, and it's not stopping anytime soon. The network is embarking on a brand update that aims to improve the channel's core coverage as it continues to proliferate its programming. 

Along with its new tagline, "It's Amazing Out There" (or #itsamazingoutthere on social), the channel now features a new set and look, and most important of all, weather information 24/7 on the screen—no matter what kind of programming is playing.

“Weather can be a joyful or terrifying experience at any given moment,” said Scot Safon, EVO and CMO for The Weather Channel. "'It’s Amazing Out There' celebrates and honors how weather shapes our world in both wonderful and dramatic ways. We hope this brand message inspires viewers to explore, investigate, and appreciate the experience of weather in all of its many forms."Continue reading...

The Big Game

SodaStream Plans to Come Back and Squirt Coke, Pepsi in Super Bowl

Posted by Dale Buss on November 4, 2013 04:47 PM

Last year SodaStream got stymied in its efforts to take direct aim at Coke and Pepsi with an ad during the Super Bowl. But this year the startup has promised to come right back at the soft-drink giants with an in-your-face spot during the next Big Game on February 2 at Met Life Stadium.

The difference, SodaStream International CEO Daniel Birnbaum told Advertising Age, is going to be that Fox is airing this year's telecast while CBS is the network that denied SodaStream's efforts to air an ad last year depicting exploding Coke and Pepsi bottles to dramatize SodaStream's environmental pitch about "saving" bottles.

"I hope that [Fox] will be a little more courageous than CBS, because CBS's behavior was just pathetic," Birnbaum told the magazine. "CBS chickened out and they just didn't want to take a risk of pissing off Coke and Pepsi who are big, big sponsors of theirs." The un-aired ad has since garnered over 4.9 million views on YouTube.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Apple, Macy's, New York Times and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 15, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Apple taps Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as retail head.

Macy's plans to open most stores on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m., breaking a 155-year tradition of being closed on the holiday. 

New York Times officially rebrands International Herald Tribune as the International New York Times

Alcatel-Lucent chief warns company may collapse. 

Allstate gives Mayhem the silent treatment on Twitter.

Amazon begins shipping goods from inside suppliers such as P&G.

Argos, a high-street brand, launches its own budget tablet. 

BlackBerry moves to reassure customers with open letter.

Chevy models get support for Siri's eyes-free mode. 

Coca-Cola profits rise on higher sales in North America.Continue reading...

super bowl

Subway's Hesitation May Point to Big Turnover in Super Bowl Ad Spots

Posted by Dale Buss on October 7, 2013 06:15 PM

Overall, demand for TV ad spots during the next Super Bowl telecast reportedly is strong even though Fox will be charging around $4 million for a mere 30 seconds of air time.

But the rarefied financial air has been prompting more brands, even big ones, to decide to sit out Super Bowl XLVIII though it'll be staged on February 2 at MetLife Stadium in metro New York City, the media and marketing capital of the world. Subway is the latest brand to openly express reservations.

"I'm not sure there are going to be spots at the table with the kind of pricing that makes sense for us," Subway CMO Tony Pace told Advertising Age. The huge chain was able to get a "smart" cost last year, he said, but the situation for this Big Game gets more tenuous as ad-spot demand rises.Continue reading...

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Facebook Looks to Cut Itself a Piece of TV Pie with 'Digital Water Cooler' Pitch

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 1, 2013 03:54 PM

The gloves are coming off in the battle over social TV. Following Twitter's big—and successfulpush of its Amplify product, Facebook now is courting TV advertisers with big data through weekly 'TV reports.' 

“Facebook and Twitter are in a heated fight to own the Web’s town square, because becoming the go-to hub for real-time events like television shows could draw more user activity and more advertising dollars," the Wall Street Journal points out.

To entice broadcasters and advertisers, Twitter has teamed up with Nielsen to launch its TV Ratings report, but Facebook's weekly run-down, which will be sent to major players including ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS, plans to show that Facebook is just as good, if not better, of a partner to TV programming. But the two data streams are already showing a clash of cultures.Continue reading...

see you in court

Networks Aim to Break Dish Over Service Claims

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 1, 2013 10:47 AM

Dish Network execs might like the name of its streaming service, “Dish Everywhere,” but those two words have gotten executives at DirecTV, Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Time Warner Cable, and Charter pretty peeved—so much so that they've all filed a challenge to the term with the US. Patent & Trademark Office, according to Variety. Dish filed for the phrase back in September of last year, but it seems the other providers feel the word “anywhere” belongs to everybody.

But that's not the end of Dish's legal battles. The satellite provider is also battling Fox, which is making claims that the service's new Hopper DVRs with Sling are breaking retransmission laws. Sling allows content on Dish to be seen on other devices while the Hopper allows users to skip over lucrative advertisements.

But not everyone is hating on Dish right now. Dish and Disney, whose programming deal was set to expire midnight on Monday, were able to come to a temporary agreement so that Dish customers wouldn't experience a blackout of channels including ESPN, ABC Family and Disney.Continue reading...

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