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The Scope of Media: Time Warner’s Broad Target Audience and International Presence

     For this blog post, I chose to focus my research on Time Warner Inc.. Time Warner is one of the “big 5” (or 6) entertainment conglomerates and they own a wide variety of companies prevalent within the media industry. Although many people are familiar with the name Time Warner, few people, including myself until doing this research, are familiar with exactly how wide the company’s reach extends. In order to give an idea of just how powerful Time Warner is, I will list some of the company’s assets below.

Time Warner Inc.

Home Box Office

–       HBO

–       Cinemax

Time Inc.

–       Fortune

–       Health

–       In Style

–       Life

–       Money

–       Time

IPC Media (U.K.)

Grupo Editorial Expansión (Mexico)

Turner Broadcasting System

–       truTV

–       TBS

–       TNT

–       TBS

–       Cartoon Network

–       Adult Swim

CNN News Group

–       CNN en Español

–       CNN Latino

–       CNN International

–       CNN Radio

Warner Bros. Entertainment

–       Warner Bros. Consumer Products

–       Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures

–       Warner Bros. Pictures International

–       DC Entertainment

  • DC Comics

(Extensive list of companies can be found at http://www.cjr.org/resources/?c=timewarner)

 

     While researching the corporate web of Time Warner, there were many interesting thoughts that popped into my head regarding the relationship between the companies and the influence they may have on the public. First, I was surprised at how many international companies are a part of Time Warner. Before realizing this, I had only been thinking about the effects of the “big 6” on citizens of the United States. However, seeing the number of foreign outlets on the Time Warner list makes me wonder just how far reaching the influence of large media conglomerates really is.  With American corporations controlling media in foreign countries, it is not outrageous to assume that those countries could be influenced by any American culture included within the media. Furthermore, the American owned outlets could be giving off a pro-American bias. This bias could be shedding America in a more favorable light, which would benefit the U.S. making the global view more positive, but in a less-than-truthful manner.

     A second major idea that came to mind during observations of Time Warner was the audience range within the variety of companies. Time Warner owns media geared towards children, adolescents, and adults. From cartoons to news, Time Warner feeds information to all ages. This means that any agenda the company has, be it a set of ideals or simply an opinion on a certain matter, could be directed towards each age group. This would be a powerful tool in the sense that it would be received by an even larger number of people than if it were directed towards only one age group. It could also have the potential to be more effective because it would get everyone on the same page, ingraining the idea even deeper. I think the notion of children and adults alike being influenced by the same company is a frightening one  because it really bring to light the fact that from youth through old age we are under the thumb of media conglomerates.

     On a similar note, having to take an in depth look at one of these media conglomerates has given me greater overall knowledge of just how broad the reach of the media stretches, as well as making the concept of media influence all the more real. Seeing the sheer number of assets possessed by Time Warner all laid out in front of me forced me to think more critically about not only the influence of Time Warner, but how I have been influenced over the years by companies and products in general. Concluding my thoughts for this blog, I just wanted to express how doing this exercise has improved my critical thinking by giving me the tools to look deeper into the world around me. In the future, I will be better prepared for the daily bombardment of media.

– Andrew

 

 Sources

http://www.cjr.org/resources/?c=timewarner

http://www.timewarner.com/our-content

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_Time_Warner

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The Comcast Corporation

Company Overview:  In 2011 the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) approved the takeover in majority share holdings of NBCUniversal, from General Electric to the Comcast Corporation. The initial merger combined the nation’s largest cable company and residential service provider with one of the world’s biggest producers of TV shows and motion pictures. In early 2013, General Electric divested its stake and sold its remaining holdings for approximately $16.7 billion and as a result, Comcast now owns 100 percent of NBCUniversal.  The merger has since expanded the company exponentially, both vertically and horizontally, in the media market.  Vertical integration includes the combination of video producer (NBCUniversal) and video distributor (Comcast Corp.)  Horizontal integration includes adding NBC’s programming to Comcast’s programming. Secondly, adding NBC’s broadcasting station to Comcast’s video network, which shows us how Comcast has become a powerful conglomerate entity.

Comcast’s media holdings now reach almost every home in the nation. It serves customers in 39 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to its vast NBCUniversal holdings, Comcast has 23.6 million cable subscribers, 18 million digital cable subscribers, 15.9 million high-speed Internet customers and 7.6 million voice customers. The company also recently reached a deal with Verizon Wireless, in which each side will market and sell each other’s services.  As a current Comcast customer, I have to say nothing really surprised me in my findings as I am pretty familiar with all of its properties.  However, it was surprising to find out just how many channels Comcast owns, as I myself did not know they were all connected by a much larger Corporation.

Annual Reports: Can be found here

2011 Revenue: $55.8 billion

2012 Revenue: $62.6 billion

Ownership Map: Full list here

Television:

  • NBC Network
  • USA Network
  • Telemundo
  • CNBC
  • Syfy
  • MSNBC
  • Bravo
  • Oxygen
  • Chiller
  • E!
  • CNBC World
  • The Golf Channel
  • Sleuth
  • mun2
  • Universal HD
  • VERSUS
  • Style Network
  • Hallmark Channel
  • G4
  • Comcast SportsNet –
  1. Philadelphia
  2. Mid-Atlantic (Baltimore/Washington D.C.)
  3. Chicago
  4. Sacramento
  5. New England (Boston)
  6. Northwest (Portland)
  7. Southwest (Houston)
  8. Bay Area (San Francisco)
  9. New York (8 percent stake)
  • MountianWest Sports Network
  • The Weather Channel (25 percent stake)
  • A&E (16 percent stake)
  • The History Channel (16 percent stake)
  • Biography Channel (16 percent stake)
  • Lifetime (16 percent stake)
  • The Crime and Discovery Channel (16 percent stake)
  • FEARnet (31 percent stake)
  • PBS KIDS Sprout (40 percent stake)
  • TV One (34 percent stake)

Film Production:

  • Universal Pictures
  • Focus Features
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Digital Media Properties:

  • MSNBC.com (50 percent stake)
  • Hulu (32 percent stake)
  • Daily Candy
  • iVillage
  • Fandango
  • Plaxo
  • CNBC Digital
  • Flipboard

Telecom:

  • Clearwire Communications (9 percent stake)

Communications:

  • XFINITY TV
  • XFINITY Voice
  • XFINITY Internet

Theme Parks:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Wet ‘n Wild theme park
  • Universal Studios Florida
  • Universal Islands of Adventure

Sports Mangement:

  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Wells Fargo Center
  • Ovations Food Services
  • New Era Tickets (ComcastTIX)
  • Front Row Marketing Services
  • Paciolan
  • Flyers Skate Zone

Other:

  • Comcast Interactive Media
  • iN DEMAND
  • Music Choice (12 percent stake)
  • SpectrumCo (64 percent stake)