Proponents of major media mergers say that consumers will benefit if regulators approve the deals. But consumers, especially those who can least afford it, could get screwed by these deals:
Why it matters: Multi-billion-dollar deals — along with regulatory changes such as the repeal of net neutrality rules — are often justified as ways to spur innovation and increase consumer choice, but consumer advocates argue the actions could actually make access to some popular content more expensive. The real question: Is choice at the expense of price really giving consumers what they want?
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More than 500 scripted TV series will be produced this year, experts estimate, up from around 200 scripted TV series in 2010. But consolidation and regulatory changes could make it more expensive to access, and too many choices can be difficult for consumers.
Sifting through the options: Consumers are having to become more savvy about managing an overwhelming amount of new content and content sources, according to a new PwC study out Monday:
Disney's acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets are another example of TV networks scaling to keep up with tech giants like Netflix and Amazon. Networks consolidating or exploring consolidation:
What about CBS? "With all of its rivals on the move, the TV-network operator needs to find a partner. It has several options," Bloomberg's Tara Lachapelle argues:
New studies about engagement with congressional Facebook posts and hyper-partisan Facebook pages show that information shared by partisan sources is increasingly leading to angry reactions.
A new study from Pew Research Center finds:
The analysis mimics findings from NewsWhip, a social analytics company, that show a high proportion of “angry face" reactions to likes for these hyper-partisan political pages on Facebook. These publishers "are highly adept" at getting their followers to react with strong emotion rather than just a like, per NewsWhip.
Facebook announced yesterday that it will begin demoting individual posts from people and Pages (profiles of prominent people of businesses) that use slimy tactics to get people to engage with their content, such as using language that says "LIKE this if you were born in August."
Elsewhere on the web:
A study from Parse.ly earlier this year that shows how Facebook and Google drive traffic differently in the ecosystem is worth revisiting. Notice state and local politics traffic does better on Google, while national political news traffic, typically outrage-driven, is referred more by Facebook.
The New York Times has more than Donald Trump to thank for its subscription surge. As of Q3 2017, NYT now has 3.5 million total paid subscriptions (up from roughly 2 million two years ago).
Why it matters: Digital publishing is no longer just an ad-driven business, and successful outlets will leverage all of their intellectual property and repackage it in new ways to make money.
What's next: In 2018, expect an explosion of products from newsrooms that will deliver revenue in many different formats, from e-commerce to subscriptions to books to access.
It's been only a few months since HQ Trivia, the buzzy trivia game show app, shot up in popularity — and it already has multiple clones, like The Q, G.O.A.T., Showtime, and Genius, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.