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Wednesday, October 10, 2021

Apparently, NBC Universal’s $925-million acquisition of Oxygen Media is being considered a bargain, valuation-wise:

Derek Baine, a media analyst for SNL Kagan who had estimated the value of the channel at about $1.1 billion, told The New York Times on Tuesday, “When you look at the comparable prices and the historical benchmarks, you would have to say NBC made a great deal.”

He noted that NBC was paying only $12 a subscriber for Oxygen, which has about 74 million subscribers. It paid $22 a subscriber for Bravo in 2002, when that channel had 54 million subscribers.

“NBC paid $1.3 billion for Bravo,” Mr. Baine told The Times. “There was a lot of skepticism about that deal when NBC made it. But Bravo now generates over $150 million a year in cash flow.” He estimated that Oxygen could soon generate about $100 million in cash flow for NBC.

Analysts should keep that in mind, considering this is NBC’s second swipe at buying its way into synergistic women’s-targeted media. And since their first attempt, when they bought iVillage, was a floundering failure, I’d expect the Peacock to flub this try too, thus creating negative compensation for the relatively low price they’re paying. As well as demonstrating that NBC just doesn’t know how to communicate with women.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/10/2021 11:56:01 PM
Category: Business, Media, Women
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A pretty consistent problem for me with regards to every mobile phone I’ve ever owned is inadequacy of the ringer and vibration modes. Half the time, I manage to miss incoming calls because I can’t hear or feel the phone go off. Seemingly, my pants are too loose, and pockets too voluminous, for a mere cellphone to make itself noticeable to me, even when it’s on my person.

So consider the practical opposite condition: Compulsively experiencing imaginary vibration buzz, even when the phone isn’t present.

Some users compare the feeling to a phantom limb, which Merriam-Webster’s medical dictionary defines as “an often painful sensation of the presence of a limb that has been amputated.”

“Even when I don’t have the BlackBerry physically on my person, I do find myself adjusting my posture when I sit to accommodate it,” said Dawn Mena, an independent technology consultant based in Thousand oaks, Calif. “I also laugh at myself as I reach to unclip it (I swear it’s there) and find out I don’t even have it on.”

Research in the area is scant, but theories abound about the phenomenon, which has been termed “ringxiety” or “fauxcellarm.”

I’m guessing the next symptom to show up is the carrying on of phantom conversations with yourself, even when you Bluetooth headset isn’t plugged into your ear. Eventually, you become completely unhinged.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/10/2021 11:25:38 PM
Category: Society, Tech
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