Last week’s “Mixed Signals” about Peter Jennings at the 1972 Munich Olympics elicited some wonderful critiques, recommendations, and other helpful responses. These included several dialogues from the ABC Sports Alumni Association, which is a group founded by former ABC executives Bob Apter and Geoff Mason, with several hundred members today.

Of particular note were three comments from three former ABC Sports producers and/or directors, i.e., John Wilcox, Doug Wilson, and Jim Jennett. I found them helpful enough to want to restate them here, for the world at large. Indeed, if ever there were to be a Broadcasting University, with a course on “The Olympics,” a couple of fine points from the comments below — and from Geoff Mason, mentioned in a 2011 version of this “Mixed Signals” blog – would be worth considering.

Read more: Olympics, Munich '72, Jennings: Post-Script # 1

The TV consulting company, The Carmel Group, with which I have been affiliated these past 20 years, conducted a study about a year ago — whose data remains relevant and still generally accurate today.
The study showed the relative value of cable channels versus broadcast channels in a hypothetical, big time, retransmission consent negotiation. This 10-page study of contained a good number of enumerative charts (as appendices). The Carmel Group has been looking into the issue of retransmission consent for a number of years, and now that the topic is in the news again, below are our observations. I was surprised by the study results. You will be, as well.

Read more: Balancing Retransmission: And the Data Says… Advantage Broadcasters

The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, was a landmark Olympics for many people in the world of television.
Because when the angst, pressure, and the stress of “getting the job done right,” reached never-before-known levels of professionalism, there were those in the Bavarian capital that year whose careers were made by what they did on that stage. Names like Arledge, McKay, Spence, Bader, Mason, Wilson, Jennett, and Goodrich come to mind; and careers were made by the Wilcoxes, Buffingtons, Fuchses, Browns, Katzes, McManuses, Peacocks, Gliddens, and the Ebersols of the TV world.

Greater than 90% of U.S.TV Households (USTVHHs) pay a cable, satellite, or telco video distributor for their TV. That’s a lot of people demanding a lot of ones and zeros, to say nothing of the mobile wireless users.
In addition, video distribution today is supported by a hodge-podge of various systems and players. At its core, are several different sets of player types, largely based on the type of infrastructure each uses to deliver its video signals.

Read more: U.S. Pay TV Infrastructure: Is It Up To The Mobile + Internet Video Challenge?

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