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Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable to reshape US pay TV
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Comcast Corp's proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc would combine the country's top two cable providers into a colossus that could reshape the U.S. pay TV and broadband industry if it clears regulatory hurdles. The cable provider resulting from the merger will boast a footprint spanning from New York to Los Angeles with a near-dominant position in broadband Internet which may raise the hackles of anti-trust regulators.
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Netflix, Hulu, and the new definition of reruns
Bloomberg
Recently, the licensing team at CBS has been as busy as a snowplow driver with a bevy of deals that will bring the top-rated network's fare to cable TV and online subscription services. The content arrangements that CBS and a few rivals are negotiating these days aren't always quite the same as the programming deals that have underpinned the television syndication market for decades. Some highly rated shows, such as CBS's 'Elementary' and 'Scandal' from ABC Television Group, are being sold far earlier in their life cycles, spurred by torrid demand from deep-pocketed cable television and subscription upstarts such as Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu.
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Coca-Cola's Super Bowl controversy shows the risks of going total market
Ad Age
What possibly could be construed as offensive about 'America the Beautiful' sung by a chorus of Americans? When they are singing in a language other than English. That was Coke's Super Bowl ad, 'American the Beautiful' sung in seven languages, and it has stirred serious anger among conservative pundits and viewers, generating reactions including the hashtag #BoycottCoke, which trended on Twitter immediately after the game.
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Mexicanal secures carriage berth with AT&T U-verse
Multichannel News
AT&T U-verse has launched Mexicanal on a number of its Latino packages. Mexicanal, featuring programming from across various regions of Mexico, is a joint venture of Atlanta-based Castalia Communications and Mexico's Cablecom. With the roll-out, Mexicanal expands its Stateside distribution that also includes the nation's top two distributors Comcast and DirecTV, as well as Mediacom Communications.
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Asian Film Awards announces ambitious relaunch with support from top festivals
The Hollywood Reporter
The heads of the Hong Kong, Tokyo and Busan international film festivals have teamed up to form the Asian Film Awards Academy, a new pan-regional organization that will take over as the official organizer of the Hong Kong-based Asian Film Awards (AFAs). With the backing of the region's most influential festivals, the rebranded movie awards show can be expected to carry greater legitimacy and influence across Asia.
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What the white boy means when he says, 'yo'
Spin
Charles Aaron writes, "In July of 1998, the future of youth culture was chillin' in the parking lot of a hip-hop concert in suburban New Jersey. Smokin' Grooves, the only annual package tour featuring rap artists, was in town, and as far as the eye could see, in varying shades of pale, were white boys and girls, jocks and nerds, preps and stoners, lounging against family-size cars, getting their brewsky on, or queuing up to be frisked. All the acts — Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill, Gang Starr, Canibus, a reunited Public Enemy — were black and Latino, and inside, some black and Latino fans pushed to the front of the stage. But outside, it was a Caucasion invasion. As a security guard waved our car forward, a friend joked, 'Are we at the right venue?' "
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Which sports have the blackest, whitest and richest fans?
Ebony
Although sports account for just barely 1 percent of all TV programming, it accounts for 7 percent of the total cost of pay-TV, and 50 percent of the of Tweets about television, according to Nielsen's 2013 Year in Sports Media Report. One can go on and on about how sports programming has become central to the business model of live cable TV (and therefore a central driver of the cost of cable), but that's for another day.
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Comics' 1st Asian-American superhero returns in 'Shadow Hero'
The Hollywood Reporter
One of the most obscure of the superheroes of the 1940s "Golden Age" of comics has to be the Green Turtle, a character who enjoyed a short run in the mid-40s title 'Blazing Comics' before falling into comic book limbo, but nonetheless enjoys the honor of being the first Asian-American superhero to appear in American comic books. Now in the public domain, the Green Turtle is about to enjoy a high-profile revival thanks to cartoonists Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew.
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Latino, consumer voices join TVfreedom.org
TVNewsCheck
TVfreedom.org announced recently that more organizations have joined its coalition: The Hispanic Institute, Entravision Communications Corp., ZGS Communications and the Media Alliance. TVfreedom.org, is a new coalition of local broadcasters, community advocates, network television affiliate associations, multicast networks, manufacturers and other independent broadcaster-related organizations created in response to efforts by cable and satellite operators that want to restrict broadcasters’ retransmission consent efforts.
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10 black TV couples we love
Ebony
Black love, what a beautiful thing, especially when it's on TV. There are the special moments between Cliff and Clair on 'The Cosby Show;' the cute affection between Dwayne and Whitley on 'A Different World;' even the adorable stalking of Nikki Parker and Professor Oglevee on 'The Parkers.' With Valentine's Day right around the corner, one can't help but love Black love on TV.
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


Hungry for ads, HLN tries to be cable TV's social media factory
Bloomberg
Are consumers really hankering for more curated, re-purposed viral Web content? There have been recent signs of growing viral-media fatigue. Even so, at least one major media company is betting that there's still room for a lot more doge in our lives — especially on cable TV. HLN, the cable-TV network owned by Time Warner (TWX) and home to Nancy Grace, has been known in recent years for its extensive, feverish coverage of high-profile court cases. But a newly announced re-branding means it's out with the murder trials and in with the memes.
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American Advertising Federation hosts 'Most Promising Minority Students'
mediabistro
This year’s talented group consists of 50 university students from across the country. They have been deemed the best and brightest minority students by the American Advertising Federation and are in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel for a full slate of activities. For example, students will participate in on-site "Industry Immersion" sessions at CNN, McCann Worldgroup and IPG. Bracketed around an IPG luncheon session titled "Speed Mentoring: Multicultural Perspective on Agency Careers."
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