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(Revised from original 2000 version)
Black Entertainment Television, a leading cable programmer, is launching BET.com, an Internet portal targeted toward African-Americans. This case examines the challenges facing BET management as it defines its service offerings and target customer segments in a fast-moving, highly competitive environment. BET.com faces two decisions: 1) whether to bundle Internet access service with its ethnic portal; and 2) whether to strictly target African-Americans or also pursue the "urban market," a young (aged 15-24), cross-racial segment with distinctive tastes in music and fashion and part of the core audience for BET's cable programming.
Keywords: Business Startups;
Decision Choices and Conditions;
Entertainment and Recreation Industry;
Eisenmann, Thomas R., and Pauline M Fischer. "BET.com." Harvard Business School Case 800-283, May 2001. (Revised from original February 2000 version.)