Results for the Year
For the year, operating income at Cable Networks increased $343 million to $6.0 billion due to growth at ESPN, the domestic Disney Channels and A&E Television Networks (AETN). Growth at ESPN was due to increased affiliate and advertising revenues, partially offset by increased programming and production costs. Affiliate revenue improvement at ESPN was due to contractual rate increases and, to a lesser extent, international subscriber growth. ESPN advertising revenue growth was primarily due to an increase in units delivered and higher rates, partially offset by lower ratings. The increase in programming and production costs was due to contractual rate increases for college sports, NFL, MLB and NBA rights, production costs for new X Games events and the addition of new college football rights. Domestic Disney Channels growth was due to higher affiliate revenues from contractual rate increases, partially offset by higher programming costs driven by more episodes of original programming. Higher equity income from AETN reflected advertising and affiliate revenue growth, along with the benefit of the increase in the Company's ownership interest from 42% to 50%.
Results for the QuarterOperating income at Broadcasting decreased $34 million to $158 million for the quarter due to higher primetime programming costs, an unfavorable comparison to syndication sales of Castle and Wipeout in the prior year and higher marketing costs for the fall season, partially offset by advertising and affiliate revenue growth. Higher primetime programming costs were driven by an increase in the average cost per hour due to a shift of hours from lower cost reality and primetime news to higher cost original scripted programming. Higher affiliate revenues were due to contractual rate increases and new contractual provisions. Growth in advertising revenue was due to higher units delivered at the ABC Television Network, increased Network rates and growth in online advertising, partially offset by lower primetime ratings and the absence of the Emmys, which was broadcast by ABC in the prior-year quarter. Results for the Year For the year, operating income at Broadcasting decreased $144 million to $771 million due to higher primetime programming costs and lower program sales, partially offset by higher affiliate and advertising revenues. Primetime programming costs reflected an increase in the average cost per hour as a result of a shift in hours from lower cost reality and primetime news to higher cost original scripted programming. The decline in program sales reflected higher sales in the prior year for Desperate Housewives, Castle and Grey's Anatomy, partially offset by current year increases for Scandal, Revenge and Once Upon a Time. Affiliate revenues benefited from contractual rate increases and new contractual provisions. Growth in advertising revenues was due to higher units delivered at the ABC Television Network, increased Network rates and growth in online advertising, partially offset by lower primetime ratings. Parks and Resorts Parks and Resorts revenues for the quarter increased 8% to $3.7 billion and segment operating income increased 15% to $571 million. For the year, revenues increased 9% to $14.1 billion and segment operating income increased 17% to $2.2 billion.
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