• Streaming Snarky: The Social Smartness Of 'Schmidt'
    Snarky humor that doubles as social commentary is an art form. One of the high priestesses of the genre is Tina Fey, who has unleashed another wacky, but on-point sitcom, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
  • No More Soup For You: Which Cable Network Will Next Stretch Programming Broth?
    With ESPN making cutbacks of high-priced talent -- not renewing contracts for Keith Olbermann, Bill Simmons, and Colin Cowherd -- the question becomes, what networks and TV shows are next on the hit list?
  • Who Won The TV Seasons
    Cable network dreams don't always come true. Some decades ago, cable TV proponents believed a single ad-supported cable network could someday surpass one of the big major TV broadcast network. Not only that, but at least one cable TV executive believed that one day a cable network would "take" the Super Bowl away from the broadcasters. Come back down to earth: After more than three decades of nonstop battle with cable networks, broadcast networks -- at least the big three -- are still on top (even with viewership erosion).
  • Hulu Gets Into Ad-Free Game - Too Late?
    For Hulu, this has been a long time in coming: an advertising-free subscription version of its service. But is it too late? That service would put it right smack in the race with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, as well as the likes of HBO Now.
  • Sling TV Spot Shows Pesky Bullies As 'Old TV'
    In a series of new TV commercials for its first general marketing campaign, stand-alone digital TV service Sling TV shows pesky kids as bullies representing "Old TV," demanding money and longer term deals from adult TV consumers. F
  • Will More TV Execs Campaign For More Vintage Bands In Hall Of Fame?
    Chris Squire, co-founder/bassist of U.K.-based British rock band Yes, didn't make many TV appearances in the U.S -- especially recently. Part of this was because he grabbed fame and fortune in the early and mid-1970s. But he might get his day soon posthumously. Squire passed away recently from a rare form of cancer.
  • User-Generated Video? So 2005. But It May Be A Real Business -- In 2016
    It wasn't that long ago -- probably the last decade -- that we all thought short-form, user-generated videos would be the norm, replacing all that boring TV stuff -- dramas, comedies, reality shows. YouTube was going to be the bearer of this honor. Turns out that even millennials -- who continue to switch to digital TV platforms from traditional media channels -- are still watching long-form videos, perhaps more so. You know, that stuff on those lower-numbered channels that come in around 30 or 60 minutes in length.
  • More News Consumption On All Platforms?
    Whatever you might think about where Twitter and Facebook are headed, they're definitely gaining in news content consumption. A 2015 study from Pew Research Center says 63% of those surveyed use Twitter to get news (separate, of course, from content about family and friends). That's 11 percentage points up from the 52% who did so two years ago. Meanwhile, traditional TV news sources on three commercial broadcast networks saw good results in 2014. Evening newscast viewership grew slightly for the second year in a row, while morning newscasts saw a 2% growth in average. This followed a 7% increase in ...
  • Best-Performing TV Shows? Look To Ad Revs, Not Ratings
    TV networks would love for business reporters to stop writing about TV ratings -- especially stories that only look at next-day ratings. Networks all want media executives to consider viewership totals that include not just one overnight airing -- but three, seven, 30 days, as well as digital and SVOD airings. All that can get -- what else? -- a bigger number. But I'll go them one better. We should speak to a metric everyone can understand: dollars and cents.
  • Sure, There Are Good TV Shows Around. Finding Them? That's Something Else
    Deep into the summer doldrums, my wife says there's nothing on "television" right now. She means on the broadcast networks. "What about cable" I ask. "Or Netflix? Some TV shows you may have missed?" She's not interested. Hulu? Nope, nothing she really wants to watch. She opts for a "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" rerun. All this may sound strange when headlines always talk about the "golden age" of TV, with seemingly scores of quality entertainment on many different platforms. But the problems run deeper.
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