Peter Kafka

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“Yes, There Are Homes That Are Cutting the Cord.”

The growth rate remains below the level of even anemic new household formation, suggesting that penetration is falling even as the Pay TV subscriber base is still growing. And that, in turn, suggests that yes, there are homes that are cutting the cord. Whether they are doing so because of online video options (as the technology press would have it) or poverty/affordability (as we would argue) is unclear.

— Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett in a research note today, analyzing the next-to-no-growth of the pay-TV business


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”