Here are the editor's top picks for the week.
Cable association CEO: As a business, video 'is failing'
Cord cutting is not going away anytime soon, according to American Cable Association CEO Matt Polka. Speaking during an interview for C-SPAN (US)'s "The Communicators" series set to air on television on June 3, Polka, whose association represents small and medium-size cable operators, described cord cutting as "the video issue of our time."
Hard data on municipal broadband networks
There is a dearth of good data around municipal broadband networks, and the data that is available raises some tough questions. A new study from University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Christopher Yoo and co-author Timothy Pfenninger, a law student, identified 88 municipal fiber projects across the country, 20 of which report the financial results of their broadband operations separately from the results of their electric power operations.
Analysts see weaker upfront advertising sales market
Lower ratings and a moderation in digital dollars shifting back to TV are expected to hold back sales. Network executives are bullish on prospects for another strong upfront for the 2017-18 TV season, but Wall Street analysts are taking a more mixed view of the marketplace.
The potential for an AT&T/Time Warner deal in Europe
Cable giant Liberty Global plc is an obvious contender to provide Europe's answer to the AT&T Inc.-Time Warner Inc. merger, but is unlikely to pursue such a mega deal anytime soon.
Cannes 2017: Record attendance despite controversy, security concerns
S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a three-part roundup of key industry news announced at the annual Cannes Film Festival, which took place May 17-28 in Cannes, France. Part 1 covers European markets, part 2 is about the Asia-Pacific region and part 3 is about the U.S.