TV Broadcast & Cable Networks Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 10/22/2018
SIC Codes: 4833, 4841
NAICS Codes: 51512, 51521
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Excerpt from TV Broadcast & Cable Networks Industry Profile

Companies in this industry broadcast television programs for free to the public and for cable subscribers. In the US, major broadcast TV networks are ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, while leading basic-cable networks include ESPN, Fox News, USA Network, and Univision. Other leading companies include Luxembourg-based RTL Group (owned by Germany's Bertelsmann), Japan's Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK, also called Japan Broadcasting Corporation), the UK's ITV, and Italy's Mediaset.

Global TV broadcast and cable network industry revenues -- from broadcast advertising, channel subscription, and public funding, including license fees -- total about $400 billion, according to UK communications regulator Ofcom. Top TV markets outside the US include China, Germany, Japan, and the UK, according to Ofcom and IHS.

In the US the TV broadcast and cable network industry includes about 2,900 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $135 billion.

The industry doesn't include companies that broadcast primarily on the internet, produce and sell taped TV programs, distribute cable and other TV programs, or use TV as a retail outlet. TV program production and distribution is covered in a separate industry profile.

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Business advertising, program popularity, and consumer demographics drive demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on advertising volume, programming mix, and efficient operations. Large companies have advantages of market dominance, often owning the only TV stations in a geographic area. Small companies ...

 
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