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CORD CUTTING IS REAL, STUDY INDICATES

May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s no longer a potential threat to cable TV and satellite providers. People actually are canceling their subscriptions and getting their TV entertainment exclusively via the Internet. Daily Variety, in an article headlined “Cord-Cutting: At Last, Hard Evidence It’s Really Happening,” cited a recent analysis by Leichtman Research Group (LRG) that found the pay-TV operators […]

RATINGS PLUMMET FOR SEASON/SERIES FINALES

May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the most part, season and series finales aren’t the big deal that they once were. That certainly seemed to be the case on Monday. On CBS the series final of Rules of Engagement and the season finale of Hawaii Five-0 were each down double digits from last year. On ABC, the performance finale of […]

TORNADO REPORTS: THEY GOT IT WRONG AGAIN

May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again the news media today (Tuesday) were being criticized for failing to question official pronouncements about a tragedy. After reporting most of the day that 91 persons had been killed in the Oklahoma tornado, with that figure likely to rise, and comparing the calamity with previous weather-related disasters, the cable news networks were forced […]

INTERNET TRANSFORMING TELEVISION

May 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TV is rapidly undergoing a fundamental change from a shared experience to a more personal one as a consequence of the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield observed in a letter to clients on Tuesday. “While there may be still be several people gathered around the living room TV, each is likely […]

NETFLIX ALLOWING FREE HOUSE OF CARDS VIEWING

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hoping to hook potential subscribers on its original series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, Netflix said today (Friday) that it is making the first episode free to anyone visiting its website. In a statement, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “By offering the first episode for free, including to non-members, we are opening up […]

TV AD BIZ REVVED UP IN 2012

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Television again captured the lion’s share of spending on advertising from January to September 2012, according to Nielsen’s quarterly Global AdView Pulse report, released today (Wednesday). According to the report, TV advertising was up 4.3 percent worldwide during the period, up from 3.1 percent for the first half of the year. Television accounted for 61.8 […]

NETFLIX ACQUIRES SERIALIZED DRAMAS FROM WARNER BROS. TV

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Continuing to focus on television, rather than “flix” for its principal Internet streaming content, Netflix announced today that it had licensed several full seasons of serialized dramas produced by Warner Bros. TV. They include NBC’s new hit drama Revolution; the USA Network miniseries Political Animals with Sigourney Weaver; A&E’s Longmire; and ABC’s 666 Park Avenue. […]

NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS SPUR RE-EXAMINATION OF FAKE VIOLENCE

December 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Even before we record our first memories, we are entertained by images of violence. (“When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all.”) And few have ever challenged the Bible’s account, taught to a large majority of American children, of God killing off all the first-born children of […]

RATINGS GIANTS TO COMBINE

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For decades, the Arbitron ratings have been to the radio industry what the Nielsen ratings have been to the television industry — the standard source for audience measurement. Now, if regulators approve, there will be only a single source for both radio and TV: Nielsen. The New York-based company said today (Tuesday) that it had […]

NOT MANY WATCHED DEBATE ONLINE

October 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A snap survey by the Pew Research Center has indicated that most Americans — 56 percent –watched last week’s first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama on television live. Of those, 10 percent were two-screen viewers, watching the coverage on a computer or mobile device while the debate was being broadcast. “This would […]

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