Monday, October 20, 2014

NETFLIX AND CABLER TEAM UP IN CANADA

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In a first-of-a-kind deal, Netflix is teaming up with a cable operator to produce an original TV series. In this case, the cable operator is Rogers Communications, which controls more than half of Canada’s pay-TV market. The two companies said today that they will jointly produce Between, a serialized drama about a town that has […]

SATURDAY NIGHT DEAD FOR TV? NOTFOR FOOTBALL

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College football came roaring back Saturday night when ABC’s telecast of the Notre Dame/Florida State game attracted an average of 12.03 million viewers, making it the most-watched non-championship-series game in two years. The game also drew a dominant 3.7 rating and a 13 share among viewers 18-49. Nothing else came close. The highest-rated non-sports show […]

FORMER CNN BOSS BLASTS NIELSEN RATINGS

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Jonathan Klein, who as CNN president saw the ratings for the cable news network spiral downward during his tenure, has joined the attack on the current ratings system, which escalated following Nielsen’s recent admission that it had been reporting inaccurate ratings for seven months. Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, Klein remarked that when […]

NIELSEN RATINGS ARE BACK

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Nielsen finally released its ratings for the week of Oct. 6-12 late Thursday afternoon, more than two days after its usual weekly ratings release. At the same time it posted a notice to the press that it had removed "all historical broadcast data" from its website as a result of the "technical error" that it […]

THE TOP TEN SHOWS: WEEK OF OCT. 6-12

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The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 10.8/18; 2. NCIS, CBS, 10.7/18; 3. Thursday Night Football, CBS, 10.0/17; 4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 9.7/16; 5. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 9.5/15; 6. Sunday Night Football Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 8.9/15; 7. The OT, Fox, 8.5/15; 8. Dancing With the […]

NETFLIX GOES NOT SO GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM

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Netflix shares continued their fall on the Nasdaq today (Friday), falling an additional 5 percent to $344. Forbes magazine contributor John Archer noted today that one of the factors contributing to the company’s troubles is its recent decision to up the subscription costs for people who want to watch its limited Ultra High Definition 4K […]

CBS TO LAUNCH ITS OWN STREAMING SERVICE

October 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

What could be the death blow to Chet Kanojia’s Aereo service was delivered today (Thursday) by CBS, which said that it will launch its own online service that will allow users to stream CBS TV stations live in the 14 largest U.S. markets. The service, which will cost $5.99 monthly, will also allow subscribers to […]

COWELL PLANNING THE WORLD CUP OF TALENT SHOWS

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Simon Cowell, who launched the Idol, Got Talent, and X Factor franchises that now air in dozens of countries, says he thinks the time has come for what he calls a "pan regional" talent contest. Interviewed by Piers Morgan at the MIPCOM TV conference in Cannes, Cowell said that he thought of the contest as […]

CONSERVATIVES CONDEMN FOX’S BONES EPISODE

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Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox may harbor the conservative Fox News Channel, but its Fox Television Network often broadcasts programs that outrage viewers of the cable news channel. The Simpsons, for example, has for years taken shots at conservative positions. The conservative Parents Television Council flooded the FCC with complaints following Fox’s live broadcast of […]

CHINESE CENSORS BLOCK BBC WORLD SERVICE

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Presumably concerned about the possibility that the pro-democracy protests that have crippled much of the Hong Kong business sector could spread to the mainland, China has blocked the website of the BBC, which has been uploading numerous news accounts of the protests, including video of clashes between the demonstrators and police. Chinese censors had already […]

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