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NBCUniversal Cable Networks to Shift to Live-Plus-Three Data #TCA15

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Pasadena, Calif. — NBCUniversal Cable networks will report only live-plus-three data, NBCU Cable Entertainment announced Thursday during the TCA winter press tour.

“Increasingly, Live+3 metrics are a more accurate reflection of the performance, appeal and reach of our networks’ original programs,” said Liz Mahaffey, executive VP, brand strategy for NBCU Cable Entertainment Group. “Considering ever-growing use of DVR, VOD, digital and other non-linear viewing options, L+SD is merely a chapter in a much larger and more diverse ratings story.”

The shift, which is effective immediately, includes all NBCU Cable properties, including Bravo, E!, Esquire Network, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy and USA.

Live-plus-same-day measurements will continue to be used for live sports/entertainment, specials and event programming.

NBCU Cable joins FX, HBO and Showtime in the shift away from live-plus-same-day reporting. HBO was the most recent of which to make the move, officially abandoning live-plus-same-day on Jan. 1, 2015. 

FX made the jump last July. 

“We believe that the only real relevance of live or live-plus-same day data is for sports, news and live events,” said Julie Piepenkotter, executive VP of research for FX Networks, during the TCA summer 2014 press tour.