• Dinner Is Served: FCC Now Favors A La Carte Cable Programming
    True Republican thinking has finally taken hold in the world of cable programming: let the market decide. The Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin is now in favor of a la carte programming.
  • Explaining TV To Kids Is Tough; Not Explaining, Harder
    How tough is it when your children watch some TV you'd rather not have them see? Tough as it may be talking to one's kids, these discussions are a lot better than having the government do the dirty work for you.
  • Phone Companies Want To Offer More Entertainment Options--Perhaps They Should Offer Less
    With their own set of business growth problems, telephone companies in the end would like you to buy fiber-optic-based video digital services, giving consumers thousand more channels than cable operators presently offer.
  • To Influence Kids, Market To Their Influencers, Says Nickelodeon
    Nickelodeon has seemingly found the secret for kids' marketers: Don't target children, just the people who influence them. Kids' marketers might snicker: Does that mean taking your commercials off Nickelodeon? Nice try.
  • TiVo Is Crashing The Party--Networks Aren't Happy
    TiVo can't get a break. First, it was the advertisers who didn't like TiVo; now it's the content owners.
  • Are TV Affiliates Too Ho-hum About New Network Distribution Deals?
    In the old days, errant and questionable network distribution business decisions would have TV station and affiliate executives screaming at the top of their lungs. Not so these days.
  • "Arrested Development" Almost Gets Sent Up The River: But First, A Send-up
    Your show has been pulled from the November sweeps--which equates to a near-death experience for any TV producer. What to do? Perhaps poke fun at the network that did the dirty deed.
  • Fox and ABC Tangle Again In Vengeance-Filled Fight Over New Year's Eve
    While most TV news of the last two weeks has revolved around the new world of TV programs on cell phones, on-demand, and on your iPod, it's nice to see TV business executive coming back to doing what they know best: revenge.
  • Inside TV Is Gone: Magazine Wasn't Inside Enough
    Gemstar-TV Guide International has turned Inside TV--out. Just eight months on the job, and the nice tabloid that focused on the easy-to-digest stories of TV stars has lost its luster. The company says the magazine is not profitable, and had lost over $24 million dollars since its inception.
  • Time Warner's Old TV Shows Move To AOL: Will Consumers Go Slumming?
    Time Warner's deal to put decades-old TV shows on the Internet--free with advertising on its sister company AOL--points up the problem of entertainment glut.
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