Friday, June 24, 2016
Gary Levin reports that Game of Thrones ratings are high for the current season, illustrating that streaming options are expanding viewership, not cannibalizing it. And Tony Maglio reports Symphony data on Orange is the New Black ratings that shows strong viewership, although well short of Fuller House ratings.
People in British film and TV have concerns about the future financial state of the industry following the vote to exit the EU, with the chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance calling it likely devastating for the UK creative sector. You can read speculations on what this vote might mean moving forward from Radio Times, Oriana Schwindt, and Leo Barraclough.
GEORGE: Welp! They did it! They Brexited!— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 24, 2016
JERRY: They Brexited?
GEORGE: THEY BREXITED, JERRY!
JERRY: They Brexited.
this is like eurovision but with a sense of impending doom and no sequins— elliot (@deadnightagain) June 23, 2016
It's okay everybody, this is always when The Doctor shows up.— Kristin Block (@MarsMaven) June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Check out a new set of posts from Critical Studies in Television:
- Reconstructing the Errors From Television History by Marcus Harmes
- It's Not Ghosts...It's History: Sonic Qualities of British Supernatural Television by Mark Fryers
- A Tale of Two Tapings (Full Frontal and Colbert's Late Show) by Liz Giuffre
- Where Do I Point This? (on a new book about remote controls) by Geoff Lealand
Adam B. Vary reports on onerous guidelines handed down by CBS and Paramount in regard to Star Trek fan film productions.
Anthony Crupi notes that when the Big Ten rights deal is finalized, rights to all major sports will be locked up into the start of the next decade.
You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk expresses frustration at the limited categorization of comedy at the Emmys.
Marisa Roffman explores the extent to which fan feedback and reaction can impact TV storylines.
Maureen Ryan notes that Vinyl's cancellation is part of a larger cycle of churn at HBO as it tries to compete in TV's changing landscape, while Oriana Schwindt says reports of HBO's demise are premature.
Brian Stelter reports on last night's C-SPAN coverage of the Democratic sit-in at the House of Representatives, which came via Periscope and Facebook Live due to House video cameras being turned off. James Warren covers how it came about, James Poniewozik reflects on the drama and the streaming technology that relayed it, and Will Richmond notes that this illustrated the power of live streaming.
person: I love my new fandom!— chira (@lionschmion) June 23, 2016
me, a crusted veteran with an eyepatch, drinking whiskey: Give it time, kid. We all loved something once.
Trump asking Bernie supporters to join his movement is like when AMC asked people who missed Breaking Bad to start watching Low Winter Sun.— Todd Berger (@thetoddberger) June 22, 2016
A group of outspoken folks willing to stay in the House for as long as it takes: "Big Brother" premiere or Congressional sit-in?— Roger Catlin (@rcatlin) June 23, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Jason Mittell argues that binge-viewing of serial TV is not truly a serialized experience because of the lack of essential gaps and shared conversations.
Amol Sharma tells legacy media companies that they need to embrace the digital shift and develop new business and programming models to attract new audiences.
Pew Research has released a fact sheet on local TV news, which shows recent viewership drops but retrans fee increases.
Philipe Dauman is defending his accomplishments at Viacom, but Richard Morgan says critics aren't buying it. On Twitter, Matthew Ball explained why Viacom is failing, complete with cool charts.
A new study on internet traffic finds Netflix representing 35% of North American traffic, while Amazon Video has doubled its traffic in a year to 4.26%, outpacing iTunes and Hulu.
Altice's acquisition of Cablevision has been completed. Cecilia Kang talks to the CEO of the European company's US division.
Is there a more American game show than "Family Feud"? Not the correct answers but what a majority of people THINK are the correct answers— (((mike sacks))) (@michaelbsacks) June 21, 2016
I’ve always said, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a Presidential race with the dignity of a Twitter flame war between movie bloggers?"— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) June 21, 2016
The three tweet reactions should be fave, retweet, Lansbury face. pic.twitter.com/hUvhkE315s— Emily (@klickitatstreet) June 22, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Michael Malone reports on a new TiVo study into live and time-shifted viewing of prime-time programming, which finds NBC viewers watching the most live and CW viewers time-shifting the most among networks and ESPN and TBS at the top of the live list among cable channels.
Josef Adalian tells us why CBS's appointment of Julia McNamara as executive vice president of original content for CBS All Access is of great significance.
Gerry Smith covers Comcast's plans for its X1 set-top box to showcase the Olympics and wow subscribers, thereby keeping them from cutting the cord.
Wade Henderson points to a crisis due to the dearth of minority-owned stations, with WHUT's auction as tipping point.
Ryan McGee tumblred thoughts about the current state of TV with reference to Penny Dreadful, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, South Park, and Lip Sync Battle.
Gregory Ellwood talked with showrunners about the challenge of having their shows stand out in an era of programming saturation.
Remember: we all must vote in November. A vote is a tweet that does something.— Chris Kelly (@imchriskelly) June 14, 2016
Real talk: producers on #TheBachelorette are using tabloids to whip up drama, bc if they didn't the guys would just do sit-ups all day long.— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) June 21, 2016
I swear that tabloid was in a lockbox behind the producer booth. When Chad left, an AD solemnly walked over with the keys. #TheBachelorette— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) June 21, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Todd VanDerWerff speculates on why Inside Amy Schumer's latest season generated so little buzz.
ESPN has ponied up to keep half of the media rights for Big Ten football, which it will share with Fox Sports. Ken Fang covers what will and won't change from what Big Ten viewers are used to.
Cynthia Littleton reports Netflix is nearing a deal with The CW to stream current episodes just after their seasons end. Todd Spangler reports on a study into the possible impact of Netflix's subscriber fee increases. Eriq Gardner informs us of Netflix "juicers," people paid to watch Netflix and some of whom are suing for better benefits. Finally, Joe Nocera delves into Netflix's positioning within a new world of TV it helped create.
Brian Steinberg reports that network upfronts deals are looking strong, though complex dynamics are at play and networks are seeking to break up some old practices. Meanwhile, Viacom has wrapped its channels' upfronts deals reportedly with solid CPM increases.
HBO Now had trouble streaming Game of Thrones last night due to heavy usage. And James Hibberd talked to the director of last night's episode about shooting the epic battle scene.
hope Cleveland enjoys these precious few minutes before Trump tweets “our convention is in Cleveland because were [sic] winners too! happy!"— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) June 20, 2016
Tonight’s #GoT is the biggest-budget episode yet. Either there’s an epic battle, or Jon and Ramsay sit quietly and listen to Beatles songs.— Nick Rheinwald-Jones (@rheinwaldjones) June 19, 2016
A weird thing I didn't expect to happen this year is that all my favorite television shows have been about O.J. Simpson.— Sean Burns (@SeanMBurns) June 15, 2016