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from Mike Ozanian of SportsMoney at Forbes,
Comcast will of course show more Olympic events on more networks than NBC did when it was owned by General Electric, boosting advertising revenue. And new media digital outlets will also increase advertising revenue. Combined, the additional distribution and digital outlets will generate more than an additional $300 million in revenue. More than enough to cover the $223 million loss NBC had on the last Olympics.
But the real key is Versus and subscription fees plus subscriber growth. Comcast will be able to sign up more cable ops to carry Versus and it will have sufficient leverage to generate higher subscription fees.
Walt Disney-owned ESPN gets about $4 per subscriber per month, mutliples of what Versus receives (my analyst did not have the exact Versus numbers in front of him but when he gets them I will add them). If Versus added 20 million subs for, say, a total of 90 million, and charged an additional $2 per month, it would generate $140 million per month more from existing subs. Plus, roughly $60 million more from the new subscribers. That would mean a total of $200 million a month, or over $2 billion per year.
thanks to Sorry Bro: Sports Through Houser for posting the video
NEW YORK (April 15, 2011) – The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a flying start with substantial viewership increases at both the national and local levels and huge gains on NHL.com in traffic and consumption.
In the U.S., VERSUS set a network record by averaging 534,328 viewers with their opening night triple-header, the best opening night in its six years of Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage and a 12 percent increase over last year. In Canada, CBC earned a 29 percent increase over last year by averaging 1.58 million viewers for its two opening night playoff broadcasts, highlighted by its coverage of Chicago-Vancouver, up a whopping 207 percent over the comparable game last year (Colorado-San Jose). TSN’s telecast of New York-Washington delivered 664,000 viewers; good for a 38 percent gain compared to last year’s opening playoff broadcast featuring two U.S. based teams (Philadelphia-New Jersey, 481,000 viewers).
from Steve Lepore of Puck The Media,
It is everything that we imagine as hockey fans: playoff overtime. This is one of the things that is undeniably appealing about the sport, even to someone who has no understanding of it. The game becomes simple: score a goal, the game is over. If there are no goals, the game goes on … and on, and on, and on. Even as games head into second, third and potentially fourth overtimes, the game remains fascinating, a study in attrition, in just how much energy the best athletes on earth can expend until one of them slows down just enough to let another of them get the break they need to win it.
So, it is without surprise that – despite showing only the third period before it – VERSUS’ “Joined in Progress” broadcast of Rangers/Capitals from Comcast Sportsnet was followed into overtime, preempting in every market aside from New York and Washington, the entire first period of the Chicago/Vancouver back-end of the doubleheader, which featured original VERSUS production. Anyone outside of those two markets, and obviously Chicago, missed the only two goals scored of the game, both in the first period from Vancouver.
The Detroit/Phoenix game was blacked out on VERSUS in the two markets, rightfully so, but I did receive the Caps/Rangers game on the Versus Alternate Channel 604 (-1) via Directv. When the Wings game was over, the regular VERSUS channel switched to the Caps/Rangers so so I was getting the same game on both channels. Somehow, they need to make the switch in the future if this comes up again.
I was able to watch the Canucks/Blackhawks via CBC here in Detroit, but not many US viewers are able to receive CBC.
NEW YORK – April 11, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group begins its comprehensive coverage of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this week with Conference Quarterfinal games on NBC, VERSUS and four Comcast SportsNets. NBC Sports and VERSUS, whose coverage often includes double and triple headers, will present every round of the playoffs, concluding with the Stanley Cup Final in June. Comcast SportsNet California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia begin first-round coverage of their respective local teams this week (Sharks, Blackhawks, Capitals and Flyers). Their coverage can extend to the second round if their teams advance. In addition to television coverage, NBCSports.com and VERSUS.com are uniting to create a robust NHL playoffs digital destination for fans beginning Wednesday.
From A.J. Perez and CBS Sports’ Eye on Hockey:
He’s been seen here and there on NBC over the years and he goes on the Jim Rome Show—Smack-off is Friday by the way, clones—on occasion. His sporadic showing stateside could have a little something to do with what he told a Pittsburgh TV station years ago when they put up an image of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr on the screen.
“There’s Mario and his sister,” the NHL coach turned analyst blurted out.
Versus spokesman Meier Raivich said in an e-mail that there are no plans to use Cherry, either on Versus or corporate cousin, NBC .
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
We assume the production people at Versus care about and are proficient at their craft, or else Comcast wouldn’t have kept them in their positions. Reasonable, correct?
So then why do Versus’ NHL telecasts remain amateurish and essentially unwatchable (please don’t cite the ratings as a rebuttal) in the network’s sixth year on the job?
more NHL topics from Brooks…
from of Greg Wyshynski PuckDaddy,
So the first significant change for VERSUS under NBC is a shift away from using television talent for in-game interviews to using ex-players and/or coaches to not only engage in those (frequently inane) interviews but to offer ice-level commentary during the game. The “inside the glass” reporter role was an innovation under Flood’s watch at NBC.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how deep the changes go for VERSUS now that it’s in the NBC family; and, of course, how puckheads will react to these changes.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 1, 2011)—VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), scored on Sunday night by earning its most watched NHL All-Star Game in the network’s history. The telecast on January 31 averaged close to 1.5 million viewers and peaked at nearly 2.0 million viewers from 6:45-7:00 p.m. ET.
This was announced earlier today but waited for a story that did not include a lot of legalize…
from Joe Flint of the LA Times,
The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have approved Comcast Corp.‘s deal to take a majority stake in General Electric Co.‘s NBC Universal, the government actions needed to create a new media and entertainment behemoth that spans television, a Hollywood movie studio and the Internet.
Announced 13 months ago, the deal puts under one roof the nation’s largest cable and broadband operator with one of the country’s most storied broadcasters, whose assets include networks NBC and Telemundo as well as Universal Pictures and cable channels USA, Syfy and Bravo.
The FCC didn’t give carte blanche to Comcast Corp, however. Its approval was contingent upon Comcast Corp. agreeing to conditions that the government hopes will reign in the media giant. Comcast also made commitments to boost NBC Universal’s news and public affairs programming.
The conditions, most of which run seven years, include requirements that Comcast make its content available to rival cable and satellite distributors as well as online distributors.
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