Media Television


  • Big bet on Super Bowl ads Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 5:37 AM ET
    Big bet on Super Bowl ads

    CNBC's Landon Dowdy provides preview of what viewers can expect to see from this year's Super Bowl commercials.

  • Many shareholders sour on new Viacom chairman Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 2:32 PM ET
    Philippe Dauman, president and chief executive officer Viacom Inc.

    Viacom is facing big questions about whether its board made the right decision about its leadership as 92-year-old Sumner Redstone steps down as chairman.

  • What's next for Viacom after Redstone shakeup? Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 9:14 AM ET
    Viacom offices in New York City.

    Viacom's path forward is uncertain as Sumner Redstone steps down as executive chairman, company watchers said Thursday.

  • Feb 4- Movie and TV studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp said on Thursday it would explore a combination with media mogul John Malone's premium cable TV network Starz. Los Angeles Times, citing sources, reported in October that Lions Gate was in advanced talks to merge with Starz. Starz's rival movie channel Epix, which Lions Gate co-owns with Viacom Inc and MGM,...

  • BOSTON— Mary Fiumara, best known as the mother who called for her son to come home for dinner in a classic Prince pasta television commercial of the 1960 s, has died at age 88.. from an open window of her apartment in Boston's North End neighborhood in the iconic TV spot. Martigetti told The Boston Globe that Fiumara was "a legend" in the neighborhood and that the...

  • Comcast loses fewest TV customers in 8 years Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 7:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Comcast is trumpeting its best year for traditional TV services in nearly a decade, even though it continues to lose TV subscribers. The number of traditional TV customers is still declining across the industry, and analysts say Comcast's TV gains are largely coming from competitors, like AT&T and Dish, rather than young new cable customers who have...

  • How to do a Super Bowl ad without dropping $5M Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 7:12 PM ET
    Visa Super Bowl 50 digital light show.

    A growing number of companies are taking advantage of the Super Bowl marketing blitz without committing the $5 million for a 30-second ad.

  • You should be 18 to watch a ‘smoking’ movie: WHO Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 10:11 AM ET
    Clint Eastwood squints while smoking a cigarette between his teeth in a still from director Sergio Leone's film 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.'

    Movies which contain smoking scenes or tobacco imagery “should be given an adult rating”, the World Health Organization has announced.

  • Digital ad growth soars Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 7:40 AM ET
    Digital ad growth soars

    Sir Maritn Sorrell, WPP CEO, discusses the growth of digital ads as marketers go beyond traditional TV and radio advertising.

  • Hit TV show creator goes Netflix with new show Saturday, 30 Jan 2016 | 2:05 PM ET
    Series host/executive producer Phil Rosenthal.

    Phil Rosenthal said his sitcom would not get on the air today, as television tries to pull in a younger audience.

  • Is a Super Bowl ad really worth the $5 million? Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 2:26 PM ET
    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning get set to square off before Super Bowl 50 as advertisers line up to pay big bucks for air time.

    Super Bowl ad campaigns can cost up to $30 million when all is said and done. Still, analysts say it is worth it for the live audience.

  • FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is announcing the proposed regulation later on Wednesday to let customers get video services from providers like Alphabet Inc, Tivo and Apple instead of cable and satellite companies like Comcast and Dish, according to the proposal, which will be voted on Feb. 18. The FCC says Americans spent $20 billion a year to lease pay-TV cable and...

  • FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is announcing the proposed regulation later on Wednesday to allow companies like Alphabet Inc and Tivo to compete directly to provide video services, according to a summary of the proposal, the proposal says. The FCC says Americans spent $20 billion a year to lease pay-TV cable and satellite boxes, or an average of $231 a year, and said box...

  • Nexstar to buy Media General as Meredith agrees to bow out Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 10:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Nexstar said Wednesday that it is buying rival TV station operator Media General after Meredith agreed to allow Media General to get out of a takeover bid for Meredith. Media General had offered to buy media company Meredith in September. As a result, Media General will have to pay $60 million in cash to Meredith Corp. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Meredith...

  • eSports is coming to primetime Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 12:47 PM ET
    video game competitions

    The CW will give Machinima's "Chasing the Cup" an one hour primetime network special.

  • Liberty Global's expansion plans: CEO Friday, 22 Jan 2016 | 6:44 AM ET
    Liberty Global's expansion plans: CEO

    Mike Fries, Liberty Global CEO, discusses his company's strategy to improve the customer's mobile viewing experience while increasing user growth. Mobile's a great revenue stream, says Fries.

  • AT&T more enthusiastic about DirecTV than ever: CEO Wednesday, 20 Jan 2016 | 9:00 AM ET
    Randall Stephenson at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says his company's tie-up with DirecTV is helping it combine its wireless and video businesses.

  • Why would Univision hook up with The Onion? Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 | 3:15 PM ET
    The Onion

    Univision hopes its stake in The Onion will help expand its main millennial play, Fusion, both online and on TV.

  • Adding up Netflix's numbers Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 | 5:33 AM ET
    Adding up Netflix's numbers

    The top-performing stock in the S&P 500 last year is reporting earnings after the bell, and some analyst are cautious on the company's subscriber growth, reports CNBC's Landon Dowdy.

  • AT&T could sell Latin American pay TV assets for $10B Saturday, 16 Jan 2016 | 4:31 AM ET

    The business includes satellite and cable television services in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and several other countries.