OnScreen Media Summit: 67% Of Cable Fare Is Original

CAB Boss Cunningham says $20 billion in programming outlays has boosted linear TV consumption 12/02/2008 06:46:00 AM Eastern

OnScreen Media Summit: Complete Coverage from Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News
Original cable TV programming continues to proliferate and now accounts for some two-thirds of what’s found on networks’ air.
Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau president and CEO Sean Cunningham, during his luncheon keynote address at the “B&C-Multichannel OnScreen Media Summit” here Tuesday afternoon, said that programmers have allocated $20 billion behind an array of original fare, which now accounts for 67% of what viewers find when they tune in cable networks.
Those outlays have helped keep linear TV ahead of the media curve that has increasingly resulted in content migrating to a multitude of screens. Cunningham said that while 2008 will see record video usage among new-media platforms, Americans are watching more of the original small screen than ever before. The CAB executive said that Americans are watching 33 hours of TV weekly, a total only eclipsed by their working or going to school, or another popular activity, sleeping.

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