Monday, April 23, 2012

Around The Net

  • Nimble TV To Stream TV SubscriptionsGigaOm

    Legal or not, a new service named NimbleTV plans to let users stream TV subscriptions online -- with or without the distributor’s permission. Backed by Greycroft Partners and Tribeca Venture Partners, as well as the Tribune Company, NimbleTV is “offering an online TV platform that allows a customer of a paid TV subscription plan to get their content streamed to them wherever they are,” GigaOm writes. Having just entered beta tests, The New York Times suggests that NimbleTV “could hasten the slow pace of so-called TV Everywhere” -- if cable companies and distributors don’t pull the plug first. Along with allowing for thousands of hours ... ...Read the whole story

  • NimbleTV Begins Testing Its TV Everywhere-Like ServiceThe New York Times

    NimbleTV, which allows viewers to stream all the programs in their pay TV packages onto the Web, today began a test phase in New York City with 26 channels. Backed by Greycroft Partners, Tribeca Venture Partners and the Tribune Company, (which owns 23 TV stations), "the service is positioned... as a way to enhance existing cable or satellite packages and to help distributors sell more such packages," writes Brian Stelter. Still, chief executive Anand Subramanian "declined to name any providers that are already on board, and he asserted that NimbleTV did not need their blessing." Users will still pay for ... ...Read the whole story

  • How Investigation Discovery Became 'America's Fastest-Growing Network'Fast Company

    After Discovery Communications created Investigation Discovery (ID) in 2008 as the third reboot of its culture-themed cable channel, the network earned its billing as fastest-growing, writes Sarah Turcotte. It jumped from number 55 to 3 in cable ratings for a key demo, women aged 25 to 34, and added more than 30 million new subscriptions. This accomplishment was achieved by "making ID an all-day destination" filled with inexpensive true crime and mystery-oriented content, according to Turcotte. "ID shows capitalize on their viewers' affinities for reality TV and crime dramas, and most contain a mix of low-cost reenactments; unpaid interviews with ... ...Read the whole story

  • CBS V. ComStar In Suit Over Rights To 'Happy Days' & Other SitcomsThe Hollywood Reporter

    CBS Television Distribution is suing ComStar Television for more than $1.5 million in license fees allegedly owed for airing episodes of old TV shows like "Happy Days" and "My Three Sons," writes Eriq Gardner. ComStar alleges that its purchase of FamilyNet Television in 2009 gave it access to a library of sitcoms without having to pay off all the license fees because it "did not acquire the corresponding liabilities," according to the complaint. ...Read the whole story

CW's Loyal Viewers May Provide Clue To TV Stations' Future

TV station execs continue to be angry that content and viewers are moving offline to digital sites. The CW, for example, now gets 25% of its viewers via cwtv.com -- and, in the future, should get ...More