Will MSNBC be left out of the upcoming Apple Streaming TV Service?

The NY Times has details today of Apple’s upcoming streaming TV service, and there’s one quote that has me wondering:

One major entertainment company not involved in the latest round of discussions is Comcast and its NBCUniversal entertainment group, the people said.

Although the article focuses more on NBCUniversal’s entertainment channels, there’s one other channel in its lineup: the MSNBC news network. Apple’s not striking a deal with Comcast means that MSNBC would be excluded from Apple’s streaming service.  The article indicates that Fox is included in the service, so, presumably, Fox News would be available.

Dish TV’s Sling TV service includes CNN, so it’s not hard to envision Apple picking up CNN as well.  That means, in the end, Apple could offer all the major Cable News networks except MSNBC.

That’s the problem with being owned by a content distribution company — MSNBC could find what’s best for it (widest distribution across all channels) is at odds with what’s best for its parent (people sticking to cable TV), and MSNBC would end up the loser in that battle.

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What was hot on Cable News, January 7, 2014

Starting today, I’m breaking my Cable News Twitter Ratings into two posts.  The first, this one, is a summary of what was the hot topics of discussion on Twitter.  The second will be the detailed rankings for each cable news show. 

Cable News Ratings for 2014-01-07

Top Shows for the day:

Category Mentions Show
Most Mentions During Hour 1947 MSNBC: All In w/ Chris Hayes
Most Mentions During Day 10220 CNN: Piers Morgan Live

Overall ratings by network

Network Tweet Count Unique Tweeters Reach Male Female
CNN 37782 28484 373883725 72 % 28 %
MSNBC 25941 11682 127685219 56 % 44 %
Fox News 24443 14290 104470744 64 % 36 %
E 7985 6177 60015564 24 % 76 %
Comedy Central 7586 6488 20473087 63 % 37 %
HLN 4313 2609 21460956 49 % 51 %
Al Jazeera 2932 2029 15440879 58 % 42 %
HBO 953 635 5394938 75 % 25 %

Most popular hastags

Hashtag Count
#tcot 2415
#inners 2099
#lnyhbt 1987
#polarvortex 1779
#united 1775
#edshow 1646
#maddow 1517
#newday 1012
#unitedinmisery 958
#p2 950

Tag Cloud across all shows

#5things #ac360 #ac360later #aca #askpiers #bahrain #bcs #bcschampionship #benghazi #ccot #ces #ces2014 #chicago #cnn #colorado #crossfire #ctl #dailyshow #dennisrodman #edshow #egypt #foxnews #freethe7 #gates #gayrights #getglue #globalwarming #goldenglobes #gone #gop #greta #hadagoodrun #hannity #hardball #hardlyknewye #heardonfox #hottieoftheweek #inners #iran #iraq #keepyourpromise #kellyfile #lastword #libcrib #lnyhbt #maddow #makedclisten #makeyourowndailyshow #maliki #marijuana #morningjoe #msnbc #nerdland #newday #news #nfl #northkorea #not #nra #obama #obamacare #occupyhamburg #ocra #opslam #orpuw #outinthecold #p2 #pjnet #polarbearsathalfmast #polarvortex #politicsnation #popeblueivy #pot #potshortage #rednationrising #renewui #republicans #rodman #satanists #seminoles #smsaudio #tcot #tdsbreakingnews #teamedshow #teaparty #tgdn #thecycle #thefive #thelead #thingsthatoffendliberals #tlot #tpp #ui #unemployment #uniteblue #united #unitedinmisery #uppers #weather #wiunion

 

Word Cloud across all shows

7pm americans announced athletes bad bc believe benefits best can cnn co cold college comes day dennis develop espn2 est et even football game get glaucoma global go good gop great hahahaha heading hear help holtz house hug insurance interview jobs johnny just know korea less life like live lou love make mariju marijuana medicinal miss need new news north now obama obamacare one party people please pot read real really right rodman say says see set show state still story stupid think threat time today tonight tune unemployment us vote want warming watch will work world year years yes

  

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