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With new digital advances in the television industry stations are growing in numbers and variety With the hundreds of channels that are available niche stations make up the majority of them While these changes may be positive for the viewers it has a negative impact on the companies that advertise by means of commercials The idea of mass television as we have come to know is becoming obsolete Instead stations will concentrate on a more individualistic basis whether it be by hobby religion race or interests This type of convergence has come into play as stations are beginning to segment their already audience fragmented channels The Discovery Channel a specified interest channel has gradually done just that Not only do they have the Discovery Channel but they also offer Discovery Health Discovery Home Discovery Kids Discovery Times Discovery HD Theater Animal Planet FitTV Military Channel The Science Channel TLC and BBC America Now that such options are being presented those who choose to can watch customized programs which match their interests at any time they wish With television channels being so niche oriented it results in some difficulty for advertisers When a station is solely directed towards a specific interest group that group is generally smaller than the target market advertisements intend to reach With this in mind the amount of commercials a company would have broadcasted on mass televison can not be as effective in the new era of audience fragmented channels If Clorox wanted to advertise a product such as bleach their market consists of anyone who does laundry So right away they need to break up campaigns into target markets one of which may be a working mom Now if they want to air a commercial they have to look into the times a working mom would be most likely around a television and what channels they would be watching The problem is a working mom may be watching
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