Network competition and the timing of commercials

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In a market with a small number of networks, the timing of the commercial breaks is a very important factor in determining the number of viewers facing a channel. Using a theoretical model and statistical analysis with empirical data from the four networks in the United States, we analyze the equilibrium achieved in this network monopolistic competition. Among other things, it is shown theoretically and empirically that in equilibrium all networks broadcast commercial breaks at the same time. As the ability to coordinate is not always possible, it is shown that, as the program progresses, the level of coordination decreases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-387
Number of pages18
JournalManagement Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1998


  • Competition
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Network Promotions
  • Timing of Commercials


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