Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Bazinga! CBS Renews The Big Bang Theory Through 2016-17

March 12, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Nerds rejoice: CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for another three years, ensuring that Leonard, Sheldon and the rest of the gang will be yukking it up through the 2016-17 broadcast TV season. The duration of the pickup is not a shocker; when CBS last renewed Big Bang back in January 2011, it was for a three-season run. Now in its seventh season, Big Bang is broadcast’s top-rated scripted series, averaging a 5.3 in the adults 18-49 demo, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. (The Walking Dead is far and away the highest-rated show on the tube, averaging a whopping 6.7 in the dollar demo through the first 13 episodes of its fourth season on AMC.) With massive deliveries of advertiser-friendly viewers comes premium unit costs. According to media buyers, the average price of a 30-second spot in Big Bang during the upfront was a cool $326,260, making the show network TV’s most valuable scripted real estate . “Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” said Nina Tassler, chairman, CBS Entertainment, by way of announcing the renewal.

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Meet 12 of the Biggest Young Stars on YouTube

March 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a way, it all started with Fred Figglehorn, a chipmunk-voiced, fictional 6-year-old with a dysfunctional family, manic energy and anger issues who proved to be catnip to young viewers on YouTube.

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Suits Star Patrick J. Adams Obsesses Over Instagram

March 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Government Sides With Broadcasters in Aereo Case

March 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The government is siding with broadcasters in their legal fight with Aereo. In an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. copyright office and the Department of Justice told the court Aereo has infringed on broadcast copyright and urged the court to reverse the second circuit's decision that refused to stop the service .

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Netflix and Comcast Reach Internet Connection Agreement

February 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Comcast and Netflix announced a multiyear network-interconnection agreement, under which the Internet streaming company is paying for direct access to the cable operator’s network — promising better video quality for Comcast broadband subs. The financial terms of the pact are not being disclosed. However, a source familiar with the arrangement confirmed a report by the Wall... Read more

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Comcast-Time Warner Cable Regulatory Review Will Be Raucous

February 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The proposed $44.5 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable will keep both public interest groups and regulators busy in the coming months. Expect a raucous and drawn-out transaction before regulators make their decision.

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Super Bowl: Fox’s Streaming Internet Audience Up 4% from CBS’s Last Year

February 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The game for many may have been a snoozer, but Fox Sports claims it set a new Internet streaming record for a sporting event with Super Bowl XLVIII — even though it amounted to just a fraction of the U.S. TV audience. The Fox Sports Go “preview” service delivered the Super Bowl stream to an... Read more

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Aereo Halts NYC Signups, Claiming Service Is at Capacity

January 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Aereo, the Internet TV startup facing a showdown with broadcasters before the U.S. Supreme Court, said it is no longer signing up users in its initial New York City market because it has no more antennas to rent out. The New York-based startup, whose investors include Barry Diller’s IAC, would not disclose how many customers... Read more

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether to Take Aereo Case Jan. 10

January 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Supreme Court may decide Jan. 10 whether to review broadcasters' case against Aereo. After the court meets on that day, it will announce days later whether it will put the case on its docket for 2014. Broadcasters, including TV owners Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal, Fox, Univision, Public Broadcasting Service, and Tribune, petitioned the Supreme Court to review their copyright infringement case against Aereo in October.

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NSA Struggles to Make Sense of Flood of Surveillance Data

December 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

William Binney, creator of some of the computer code used by the National Security Agency to snoop on Internet traffic around the world, delivered an unusual message at a recent privacy conference to an audience worried that the spy agency knows too much. It knows so much, he said, that it can’t understand what it has. “What they are doing is making themselves dysfunctional by taking all this data,” Mr. Binney said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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