Saturday, October 25, 2014

AMC TO RUN BBC AMERICA

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

AMC, the cable network behind such original scripted hits as Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead, is paying $200 million for a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America, a channel that also airs several scripted hits, such as Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Orphan Black. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, will […]

SOLID SEASON ENDING FOR CBS’S THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a travel day for the World Series on Thursday, giving CBS’s Thursday Night Football free reign to clobber the competition. The Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers matchup, which saw the Peyton Manning-led Broncos score a 35-21 win, averaged 15.1 million total adult viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. It was the final NFL football […]

AEREO IS STRUCK DOWN AGAIN

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Aereo is running out of legal alternatives. On Thursday a federal judge rejected the streaming company’s latest argument — that since the Supreme Court had ruled that it operated like a cable company, then it should be entitled to a "compulsory license." However, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan likened Aereo’s argument to an attempt to […]

TOYS R US REMOVES BREAKING BAD ACTION FIGURES

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Breaking Bad toys are no longer part of the "us" in the toy-store chain with "us" in its title. The chain removed them following an online petition campaign instigated by a woman in Florida. On Thursday, Aaron Paul, who stars in the AMC series, let loose a series of tweets, ending with "And what about […]

RATINGS REMAIN LOW FOR WORLD SERIES GAME 2

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The number of viewers who tuned in to Fox’s coverage of the second game of the World Series on Wednesday was virtually identical to the number who tuned in on opening day on Tuesday. The difference was that the audience on Tuesday trailed off as the game progressed. On Wednesday, the audience increased. At 8:00 […]

COMCAST AND THE CANNIBLIZATION PROBLEM

October 23, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

If consumers can stream CBS and HBO shows — and perhaps shows from other networks in the future — to their smartphones, tablets and Internet-connected TV sets, is there any reason for them to continue to subscribe to more expensive pay-TV "bundles?" On Wednesday, during a conference call with analysts, Comcast executives expressed confidence that […]

WAS THE CANADIAN SHOOTER A "TERRORIST?"

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

American cable networks shunted aside reports about most other events occurring worldwide on Wednesday to devote virtually fulltime coverage to the shooting of an honor guard at Canada’s National War Memorial. Nearly all reports jumped on a comment from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who said following the shooting, "In the days to come, we […]

CONSUMERS WATCHING MORE TV ONLINE

October 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The past year has seen an exponential increase in the numbers of viewers watching broadcast and cable content online, according to a new Video Benchmark Report by software maker Adobe. Major sports events such as the Winter Olympics, basketball’s March Madness and soccer’s World Cup were the biggest contributors to a 388 percent rise in […]

TURNER CHANNELS, INCLUDING CNN, GO DARK ON DISH

October 21, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

As if Turner Broadcasting channels didn’t have enough worries over falling audiences, exiting advertisers, and brutal critics — all of which has resulted in staff cutbacks and other retrenchments — it now must do battle with one of its principal carriers. The Dish satellite TV service on Monday shut down Turner’s channels, including CNN, Cartoon […]

FXX LAUNCHES "SIMPSONS WORLD" APP

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Users of smartphones, most tablets and other Internet-connected devices are now able to download an app that will allow them to watch any of the 552 episodes of The Simpsons anywhere at any time. The "Simpsons World" app is available at all the usual iOS and Android places. However, users must be "authenticated" — meaning […]

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