The College Football Playoff, along with the overall evolution in college football, highlight the importance of events over inventory. Plus, NASCAR’s new TV deal, which includes Amazon.
Disney’s earnings reveal the plan for Disney 3.0; it’s a plan that makes sense, and sports still plays a role.
ESPN has released its financials, which show why they haven’t yet signed a new deal with the NBA. Amazon might bid, but the NBA’s product isn’t as compelling for streaming as it is for cable.
Hollywood writer’s ended their strike and claimed victory, but the losses are coming regardless. Plus, what studios want from AI, and how new NBA local rights deals show how unprepared the NBA is for a new reality.
Max adds sports, and Fox might want to shore up its position in the bundle. Then, Disney confirms it is in its Taylor Swift era, and investors are not impressed.
An interview with Craig Moffett about Charter vs. Disney, the 1990s telecom bubble, the history of the U.S. TV and broadband markets, and why Google might win video.
Winners and losers from the Disney-Charter stand-off, as The Great Re-bundling begins
Charting ESPN’s rise, including how it build leverage over the cable TV providers, and its ongoing decline, caused by the Internet.
Disney’s earnings point to the importance of advertising going forward; that’s also the best argument for keeping Disney a conglomerate.
Not even Taylor Swift can fight the devaluation of recorded music, but she makes it up in physical experiences; Disney isn’t much different, but it looks much worse given the company’s old business model.