An improving overall economy and rising ad market are among the factors pointing to the TV industry finishing 2013 on a stronger note than last year, Jon Lafayette writes. Other elements that could affect the TV industry are News Corp.'s launch of its national network Fox Sports 1 and FX spinoff FXX; the possibility that Sony could try to sell its movie and TV unit; and whether Scripps Networks Interactive buys out Tribune Co.'s share of Food Network.

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