Tuesday, April 24, 2012
  • TV Incentive Social Media Programs Gain Ground

    ACTV8.me -- which has deals with Fox Broadcasting (for "New Girl"), Mark Burnett Productions, Oxygen TV, Virgin Produced -- says early data shows users of the TV apps are interacting an average of 10 times per episode and accepting over two offers per episode. ...Read the whole story

  • Subscribers Jump At 'TV Network' Netflix

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is hammering home the idea that the company believes it is squarely in the TV business, saying that increased competition for exclusive content is "a natural outcome of us becoming a network like other cable networks." ...Read the whole story

  • Sunday Remains Tough For Broadcasters

    Rolling into the final weeks of the season -- and right before the big May finales are set to commence -- Sunday nights continue to yield underwhelming results. ABC gained from the return of its big rookie fantasy/drama -- "Once Upon A Time" -- which posted the top rating that night. ...Read the whole story

    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

    • UK's First Indie Internet Channel Debuts In Manchester Mancunian Matters

      Manchester.TV is the brainchild of James Black, who has dreamt for years of creating a channel that will show off the city at its very best. It was the BBC's intention to win a bigger audience outside of the South of England when the corporation moved to MediaCityUK, Salford, and the loyalty of Mancunians is an important part of that. The online station promises to find the news, features and stories that the people of Manchester want to hear about. ...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