Posts Tagged ‘cable’

Fox News’ ‘Outnumbered’ Host Harris Faulkner Discusses the Role of Social Media in Journalism

September 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Bryan Cranston Acts Out Baseball’s Greatest Moments in Fantastic Ad For the Postseason

September 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As the Baltimore Orioles became the first Major League Baseball team to clinch a division last night, baseball fans, fairweather and hardcore alike, are gearing up for the most exciting time of year—the postseason.

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Dish Adds Food Network, HGTV and Other Scripps Cable Nets to Internet TV Lineup

September 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dish Network is another step closer to launching a cheaper over-the-top TV service, obtaining rights to deliver live and on-demand content from Scripps Networks Interactive’s suite of cablers including Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network. The No. 2 satcaster has cut similar pacts with Disney/ESPN and A+E Networks, and has said it plans to bow an OTT service by... Read more

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Fox’s Maria Bartiromo Follows Everyone From Matt Damon to Matt Drudge on Twitter

September 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Maria Bartiromo Claim to fame:

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Simulmedia’s New CMO Sees the Future of TV

September 8, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Canada May Unbundle Cable TV Subscriptions

September 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

U.S. content providers are warily eyeing efforts by Canadian regulators to unbundle Canada’s cable TV industry, a move that could eat into the profits of companies like Disney and Comcast that service the Canadian market. In Ottawa next week, Disney will be alongside Canada’s largest cable operators to lobby against a proposal by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that would essentially give consumers the ultimate power to decide what they want to view and pay for on cable. Bundling is the heart and soul of the cable TV industry, which is why the CRTC plan is being watched very closely by some big players in Canada and the U.S. If the regulations take hold, Canada would be among the first countries to institute a pick-and-pay cable TV market, which threatens the current cable TV pricing structure. Under the proposed CRTC regulations, subscribers would pay around $20 to $30 for a basic cable service that would include local channels, government feeds and some educational services. Any other additions to the cable TV menu would be customized based on the demands of consumers, not operators. U.S. and Canadian cable TV operators currently package their subscriptions with a suite of channels and a choice of add-ons—for a price. Some Canadian companies like Telus, offer their subscribers an additional 100 channels once they pay for their basic package.

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Netflix Sides With Government-Run Broadband Providers

September 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix filed a startling comment with the FCC today: the company wants the Telecommunications Act amended to allow for "a pro-consumer policy of limitless bandwidth," or to put it plainly, so government-run broadband providers can exceed limits set by the law. The company is echoing FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler's post from June on the FCC blog, in which Wheeler said with surprising candor that phone and cable companies "chose to delay improvements in broadband service to the Chattanooga area market." If Chattanooga seems tangential to debates that are going on in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley, it's worth noting that the city does something unusual: it runs the broadband service available in its area. As the city's power authority says on its website, "Only in Chattanooga, Tennessee is 1 Gigabit-per-second Internet speed available to every home and business—over 150,000 of them—throughout the entire community." Why is it doing this? Well, to attract businesses—the city's unemployment rate is 7.7 percent, well above the 6.2 percent national average—and to improve its network infrastructure, which previously had been served by a cobbled-together union of T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T's more interpid broadband arms. Nobody wanted to build the pipe necessary to fix the place up all the way out into rural Tennessee, so the city took on the task. "Federal preemption is appropriate when state laws unduly interfere with municipal broadband," said Netflix, in its comments on the petition to overturn the Tennessee law. It remains to be seen whether the FCC will agree but Wheeler has been dinged more than once as too soft on the cable industry and overturning these local laws would be a major blow to industry stalwarts like AT&T.

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TV Gets Undressed

August 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

To say that this wedding is unconventional doesn’t quite capture the essence of the nuptials of reality show contestants Ashley and Alika. First off, the bride and groom met with the TV cameras rolling and decided to get hitched after just three months. Six other couples who are attending the wedding fell for each other under the same televised circumstances. A shaman presides over the ceremony, with backup from a chanting yogi and drum circle. Nowhere in sight can one find the usual trappings—no flower girl, no ring bearer, no tulle or tuxedos. Boutonnieres are also in short supply—though bug spray could come in handy. Some of the invited guests are more anxious than even the happy couple—who, even if they don’t get cold feet, may well experience sunburn. For you see, everybody here—the bride and groom, wedding party and guests—is butt naked. Even if you haven’t been tuning into VH1’s summer hit Dating Naked —which has attracted more than 1 million viewers per episode and plenty of social buzz to boot—you might want to cue the DVR for television’s first all-nude wedding, airing Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. To be sure, it’ll be a spectacle not to be missed. For the Viacom-owned basic cable channel, it was a no-brainer to film the union and televise it as an hour-long special, extending the series’ 10-episode run with what are likely to be big ratings.

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TV’s Top 5 Naked Moments

August 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

So yes, there’s a trend of nude reality shows all over TV these days. But nudity on TV is nothing new, especially if your parents had a subscription to Skinemax anytime over the last 20 years. And even broadcast TV has gotten in the skin game. Here are our picks of the top 5 nudie moments on TV. Take that, National Geographic!

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A Look Back at the Mythbusters Explosions That Moved Us

August 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara won't be back on Mythbusters next year, their counterparts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage abruptly told viewers by way of a video released on the website today, which included no statement from any of the three performers who won't be returning. The video feels a little weird, honestly, but the show is "going in a different direction" (it sure is!) next year. Byron's Twitter feed is particularly terse: After a decade of the Mythbusters, we are no longer with the show. Thank you to all the fans who have supported us. — Kari Byron (@KariByron) August 22, 2014 A source says that Discovery is still talking to the three about future work (let's face it, Mythbusters is old), but it's important to celebrate the past. So let's pour one out for the M7 team, and in doing so, let's remember some of the most interesting things they've blown up over the years.

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