by Wayne Friedman on Feb 13, 1:12 PM
Might smaller cable TV bundles be a savior for some TV networks, producing higher ratings? Networks in traditional pay TV bundles, from cable, satellite, or telco services, can get lost in the growing array of cable channels -- sometimes as many as 150 to 200 channels in a package. So a slimmed-down market of TV channels might be beneficial. No, we're not talking about "a la carte" packaging and pricing, but of smaller 30-channel packages that could develop as part stand-alone digital cloud-based TV services -- a trend that seemingly could grow over the next decade.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 12, 1:41 PM
OK, Comedy Central: What now? Two of your biggest faces -- Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart -- are disappearing from the channel. "The Daily Show" alone pulled in some $55.6 million a year.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 11, 12:23 PM
Trust for those who appear on TV -- personalities, performers, and news professionals -- can be a fickle thing. And so we get to NBC's Brian Williams, who claimed during 2003 he was on a helicopter in Iraq downed by a rocket-propelled grenade, only to admit his story was wrong and/or exaggerated.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 10, 12:04 PM
We already have TV sets with sensors that can see our living/watching activity through interactive TV exercise games/software. Now smart TVs have another option: voice activation, which not only hears your extraneous personal information, but can send it to a third party.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 9, 7:00 AM
Turner Broadcasting's HLN -- which was looking for a brand shift to a somewhat lighter edge to its sister network CNN -- is now moving again -- more into full-on general entertainment. Will movies lift ratings for a news channel? It couldn't hurt.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 6, 7:00 AM
Apple TV -- the streaming device that works to connect the internet to traditional TVs -- is fine for now. But going further we continue expect more -- true integration of traditional TV, video on demand and digital media.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 5, 7:00 AM
Is subscription video on demand viewing eating into linear TV viewing? Another media analyst believes it is happening big time - and especially at the expense of cable TV networks.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 4, 1:23 PM
Crazy to think anyone could give serious thought to competing against the Super Bowl -- a 114.4-million-viewer TV monster this year. Yet this past weekend, Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl" and Hallmark Channel's "Kitten Bowl" was alternative content pleasing to some.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 3, 3:46 PM
Concerning the TV Watch, "Retro/Future Super Bowl: Somebody Move The Antenna!" (TV Watch, Feb 3), NBC says it sold out all its digital live streaming Super Bowl commercials, and that those messages were a separate load to the traditional TV commercials in the game.
by Wayne Friedman on Feb 3, 11:04 AM
It was like watching the Super Bowl in the 1950s. That's because my viewing of the Super Bowl was at a streaming-only TV party. That in and of itself would be quite fine, except for my host's streaming technology problems. Freezes, buffering, and one-too-many black screens during the show were a big part of the experience. Then there was the lack of commercials.