Saturday, August 2, 2014

TIME WARNER CABLE STRIKES OUT WITH DODGERS

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Time Warner Cable, which paid $8.35 billion to distribute SportsNetLA, which carries the Los Angeles Dodgers’ games but has been unable to make a sale to any other cable or satellite operator, has acknowledged that the standoff will weigh on its 2014 financial results. The other cable operators, including DirecTV and Cox Communications, have said […]

GOOD MORNING AMERICA WHIPS TODAY — AGAIN

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Just when it seemed as if NBC’s Today was making a move to overtake ABC’s Good Morning America to rule the morning hours on network TV again, GMA’s ratings have surged. For the week of July 21, the ABC talk show averaged 5.1 million viewers, 1.1 million more than Today with 4.0 million, according to […]

CABLE TV VIEWERS CERTAINLY LIKE THEIR SHARKS

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Sharknado 2: The Second One tore through Wednesday’s cable-TV ratings, drawing 3.9 million viewers, 1.6 million of whom were in the 18-49 demographic group, according to Nielsen Research. It was Syfy channel’s most watched original movie ever, the channel said. Compared with the premiere of the first Sharknado movie, ratings for the new one were […]

CORD CUTTING HITS EUROPE

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The number of subscribers to traditional cable and satellite TV services declined in 12 European territories during the first quarter of this year, according to a study published Thursday by U.K. research group IHS Technology and reported today (Friday) in the Hollywood Reporter. The study observed that previously cord cutting had not been considered a […]

DILLER WRITES OFF, THEN WRITES DOWN AEREO

July 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Aereo last month, Barry Diller, whose IAC company was its chief backer, indicated that he would not fight the battle to keep it alive any further. "It’s not a big [financial] loss for us," he remarked at the time. In its latest quarterly filing with the SEC, the […]

REPORT: MURDOCH TO LAUNCH ANOTHER DIGITAL NEWS SERVICE

July 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Rupert Murdoch has apparently not given up hope that completely digital news publications can prove to be profitable. Two years after shutting down The Daily, the digital newspaper developed for the iPad, after it failed to generate enough subscriptions, Murdoch is now planning to launch an app-based daily news service that would include original reporting […]

MEREDITH VIEIRA WEIGHS IN ON ANN CURRY’S 2O12 OUSTER

July 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Two years after Ann Curry was ousted as co-host of NBC’s Today show, Meredith Vieira, whom Curry replaced, has spoken out about the turmoil that ensued. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Vieira, who is about to launch her own talk show, remarked, "That was such a bad time. … It turned so nasty, […]

STANDOFF IN BIG BANG CONTRACT TALKS

July 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros. TV, which produces CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, confirmed today (Wednesday) that production for the fall season has been postponed due to an impasse in contract negotiations with the show’s five stars, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. In a statement, the studio said, "Due to ongoing contract […]

NBC’S AMERICA’S GOT TALENT RETURNS TO TOP OF RATINGS

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NBC’s summertime hit America’s Got Talent returned to the top of the weekly Nielsen ratings list after being bumped the previous week by CBS’s new summer drama Extant, which wound up in a four-way tie for eighth place. The Wednesday edition of AGT attracted 6.99 million viewers, while the Tuesday edition attracted 6.89 million. The […]

GAZA COVERAGE BOOSTS AL-JAZEERA AMERICA

July 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite recent criticism by Israeli officials of its coverage of the current Israel/Palestine conflict and a shelling of its offices in Gaza by Israeli forces, Al-Jazeera America has seen a 30 percent rise in its overall ratings since the conflict began and a 40 percent rise during primetime, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Tuesday). […]

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