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Nielsen to begin counting broadband viewers

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

NEW YORK -- The company that measures television viewership said Thursday it will soon begin counting people who watch programming through broadband in addition to the traditional broadcast or cable hook-up.

Nielsen's move is a significant step toward recognizing a world where the definition of TV viewing is swiftly changing and toward satisfying clients concerned that the company isn't keeping up with those changes. Separately, Nielsen is developing ways to track content on tablets and mobile phones.

For many years, roughly 99 percent of homes in the U.S. had televisions that received service through broadcast, cable or satellite signals.

Now the number of homes without such service is 4.2 percent -- and growing each year. An estimated three-quarters of those homes still have TVs, however, and their owners watch programming through game consoles or services like Netflix and Amazon. Starting September, Nielsen will have meters that can monitor viewership in those homes, said Brian Fuhrer, a senior vice president at Nielsen.

Lawrence Economic Development hosting grants workshop

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- The Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation is hosting a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 26, on small business financing and renewable energy and efficiency improvement grants.

The meeting is being held in conjunction with the Small Business Administration and USDA Rural Development.

It will be conducted at 216 Collins Ave., South Point.

For more information, contact Randy Monhemius at 614-255-2424 or randy.monhemius@oh.usda.gov.

Airlines say they earn 21 cents per passenger

DALLAS -- U.S. airlines earned just 21 cents on each passenger they carried last year as profits were sapped by high jet fuel costs, according to an industry trade group.

That profit was down from 77 cents per passenger in 2011 and $3.18 in 2010, Washington-based Airlines for America said Thursday.

Meanwhile the airlines' fuel tab crept up to $3.06 per gallon last year from $3.00 in 2011 and $2.17 from 2006 through 2010.

The trade group based its figures on information from the 10 biggest airlines that have reported 2012 financial results.

The airline industry is trying to combat the perception that carriers are constantly raising fares and fees, and that mergers -- last week American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge -- will lead to more price increases. The campaign comes as the airlines gear up to ask Congress for tax and regulatory relief.