Monday, May 7, 2012

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    • No 'Mad Men'? Dish Network Set To Drop AMCBloomberg

      Satellite TV operator Dish Network is dropping AMC Networks,Inc.,  whose channels include AMC, IFC and Sundance. Each entity claims differing reasons for Dish's actions. Dish says it's "because AMC is demanding a 'high renewal cost when compared to their low viewership,'" writes Alex Sherman. AMC claims the move is "a response to a court ruling last month that denied the satellite-TV company the right to appeal an outstanding lawsuit," reports Sherman. All we know is, if we were Dish subscribers, we'd be suffering from Don Draper withdrawal right about now. ...Read the whole story

    • YouTubers Engage Audience For Reality ShowGigaom

      Along with many other reality shows, NBC's "Escape Routes" features much "blatant" product placement, but also stands out for an "intriguing" level of audience interactivity that includes online competitions, writes Liz Shannon Miller. Two YouTube-connected onscreen contestants built large virtual teams that have helped them dominate the competition."In the premiere, as contestants struggle to engage their social networks to solve a basic challenge, [the two with the YouTube connection] are shown easily setting up their live feed and interacting with fans," writes Miller. "If this sort of audience interactivity is the future of reality TV, then casting directors might want ... ...Read the whole story

    • News Web Sites Launched By STV In Glasgow, Edinburgh

      The Scottish broadcaster has announced the launch of new city sites for Edinburgh and Glasgow, with the Edinburgh site bringing together its previous platforms for the North, West and South East. In a release STV said the new city sites will bring together content across news, 'going out', 'magazine' and 'Find It'. Looking ahead STV plans to introduce more city-wide sites, including one for Aberdeen. ...Read the whole story

    • LG Slated to Launch Internet-Enabled TV With Google TV TechnologyReuters et al.

      Stateside, LG Electronics is reportedly planning to launch Internet-enabled TV based on Google's platform before the end of the month. “The move reflects an aggressive push by the duo to defend against a potential threat from Apple Inc, which reshaped the handset market with its iPhone smartphone and is widely expected to unveil a full-fledged TV product later this year or early next year,” Reuters reports. As 9To5Google reminds us: “Google TV is a Google-branded smart TV platform that integrates the Android operating system and Chrome browser to create an interactive television user-interface that is overlaid onto existing internet television and ... ...Read the whole story

    Viacom's Lucas: Focus On All Fronts, Not NewFronts Or Upfronts

    Perhaps the message the media industry is sending to the marketplace -- as we jockey for juxtaposition, starting NewFronts to compete with Upfronts -- is doing a disservice to the media that we as content creators ...More