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U.S. Cable TV Sector Generates $26B

Kagan Research releases financial rankings for over 100 cable networks -- according to the findings in a new Kagan databook entitled Benchmarking Cable Network Financial Statistics 2005 "Cable networks generated $26 billion in revenue during 2004. Over the past five years their revenue has grown at a CAGR of 11.2% per year despite the ad market meltdown. The cable network industry's average cash flow margin is 33.7%. But that average masks a large number of cash flow-negative networks. Not counting them, the average margin for healthy, established networks is greater than 40%. Ad revenue for the average network is 44% of the total, with affiliate revenue at 52%. It's no mystery why so many players seek entry into this lucrative sector."

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