Friday, October 31, 2014

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Roku in Germany

Janko Roettgers reports that Roku is expanding into Germany but as an online service from Sky.

HBO Streaming

Amol Sharma and Shalini Ramachandran report that HBO is working on the practical details of its upcoming streaming service, such as which partners to work through.

Gay Subtext

In a video segment, June Thomas and Daniel Hubbard highlight the gay subtext in Franklin & Bash.

GoT Raises

The Game of Thrones cast is getting a big raise.

Chernin Profile

Brooks Barnes offers a profile of Peter Chernin.

Reality TV Conscience

Serena Elavia considers the moral complicity reality TV viewers have in watching the most salacious of these shows.

Homeland & Mental Illness

Meron Wondemaghen delves into Homeland's portrayal of Carrie's mental illness.

WWE Network Update

Marc Graser fills us in on how the WWE Network is doing.

Directing Sons

A Sons of Anarchy director talks about scenes from this week's episode.

Tech Changes

Eric Buchman says technology changes are bringing film and TV together, and Shama Hyder highlights ten companies making TV-changing technology.

Post-Television TV

James Poniewozik sets up his print column on recent developments in unbundling.

Netflix on BT

Subscribers of British pay TV service BT will now be able to add Netflix to their bundle.

Chinese Big Brother

Mark Sweney shares details on the Big Brother version that China will air next year.

European TV Portal

A new site called EUscreen offers free clips and programs from European television.

View Troubles

Ramin Setoodeh reports on the ratings spiral at The View, which has prompted an ABC News takeover. Bill Carter also reports.

Adventure Time Profile

Neil Strauss explains who's behind the trippiness that is Adventure Time.

LoC Tapes

Adi Robertson explains why the Library of Congress receives shows like Orange is the New Black on videotape for copyright and storage.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: World Series, Game 7 (Fox), Survivor (CBS), Modern Family (ABC), Black-ish (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: The Goldbergs (ABC)
- Modest: The 100 (CW), Nashville (ABC), Stalker (CBS)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Successful Shows

Tony Maglio considers why Scorpion has done so well in the ratings, and James Poniewozik says Jane the Virgin deserves to do well in the ratings.

Viewing Preferences

Deborah D. McAdams reports on survey results finding that the vast majority of Americans prefer to watch TV on TV sets and many prefer to watch in groups.

Remake Fad

Alan Sepinwall and Daniel Fienberg discuss why there are so many remakes in the development pipeline.

TV Corpses

Eric Thurm considers the treatment of corpses and the concept of death on procedurals and praises Hannibal for a refreshing portrayal of bodies.

Political Viewing

Greg Gilman summarizes a Facebook study on what TV shows Democrats and Republicans prefer.

Bubble Shows

Josef Adalian assesses the cancellation chances for shows on the bubble.

Fighting Streamers

Rupert Murdoch says media companies need to work together to foster competition for streaming services like Amazon and Netflix.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Live Sports Value

Joe Harpaz says the new NBA deal illustrates how live sports are crucial to the future of TV.

Programmatic Ads

Ben Plomion considers what online video service moves could mean for programmatic advertising. And if you're not familiar with what it is, Matt Kapko presents a series of descriptions of it from marketing execs.

Viewing Names

Amanda Lotz argues that "binge viewing" isn't an accurate label for emerging viewing practices.

Asian Investment

Peter Lauria explains why Hollywood has become an attractive investment for Asian companies.

Narrator Praise

Sonia Sariya explains how Jane the Virgin's voiceover illustrates the utility of the narrational device.

Internet TV Rules

Stacey Higginbotham covers the internet TV regulation story, which Brian Fung thinks could be a good thing, while Will Richmond is skeptical of potential impact. Alan Wolk argues that the broadband access monopoly must also be dealt with. Jeff John Roberts summarizes the situation.

News Panic

Brian Lowry says Ebola news reporting is yet another example of fear suffusing coverage.

History Channel Class

Shelli Weinstein reports on a partnership between History and the University of Oklahoma that will put the channel's brand on an online class and include History-produced content.

Sitcom Demise

Andy Greenwald details the decline of the American sitcom.

Wine Signs

Eric Asimov reads meaning in the main characters on The Good Wife and Scandal drinking red wine, while Carrie on Homeland drinks white.

Cable Ratings

Toni Fitzgerald summarizes October's winners and losers in cable ratings.

World Series Ratings

Albeit with a Game 7 to come, World Series ratings have not been good, and Paul Sullivan isn't optimistic about the future for baseball.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Baseball World Series, Game 6 (Fox), The Flash (CW), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Great Halloween Fright Flight (ABC), Marry Me (NBC), About a Boy (NBC), Forever (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Questioning Subversion

Alyssa Rosenberg is tired of pop culture texts insisting that they are subversive, when they rarely actually challenge orthodoxy.

Gay Kiss Censored

Alex Jung reports that Cartoon Network censored a gay kiss on the show Clarence.


Cinematographer Reed Morano explains why we should object to the "smooth motion" setting on TV sets.

Retrans Projections

SNL Kagan has offered new retransmission and reverse retransmission fee projections, with the network take of the latter expected to double by 2020.

Amazon Stick

Amazon will soon release a Chromecast-like stick that could pose competitive problems for Roku, says Joshua Brustein.

Broadband Issues

Stacey Higgenbotham pinpoints the problem of peering as economic in nature, not technological. Meanwhile, the FCC is suing A&T over throttling issues.

Internet TV Rules

Amy Schatz reports on the FCC's move to determine regulations for internet-based TV providers. Jacob Kastrenakes says this could bring huge change, and Brendan Sasso thinks this should make the cable giants nervous.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Voice (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Scorpion (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Millers (CBS), The Originals (CW), Jane the Virgin (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow featuring:

YouTube & Vimeo By Subscription

Will Richmond reports on the possibility of YouTube launching an ad-free subscription service. Peter Kafka says Vimeo is planning this too.

Questioning ESPN

Matt Yoder says it's good for people to question ESPN about its potential biases, such as toward the SEC.

Hulu Renews Viacom

Todd Spangler reports that Viacom and Hulu have renewed their deal, adding in an expansion of Nickelodeon shows.

Twitter Ratings

I haven't linked to one of these lately, so here's a Twitter TV ratings chart for last week.

Ad Exposure

Joe Mandese delves into the question of whether buying ad time means people will actually see and engage with an ad, on TV and online.

CNN Films

Jeff Zucker has indicated that CNN could produce scripted feature films someday.

NBA TV Money

Jon Krawczynski considers how the NBA's new television contract will affect the league's landscape.

Redneck Reality

Ryan Broderick says the trajectory of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo illustrates TV's exploitation of rural Americans.

Bad Debuts

In the wake of Manhattan Love Story's cancellation, Jason Lynch looks back on the first network shows cancelled each season since 2000.

Google Algorithm Change

Casey Jonhston reports that a change to Google's search algorithms last week appears to have already resulted in a significant drop in traffic to certain piracy site domains.

HBO Layoffs

Andrew Wallenstein reports that HBO will be hit with layoffs of about 7% of its workforce.

NPH Variety Show

Josef Adalian offers details about the variety show NBC is giving to Neil Patrick Harris.

CBS Orders

CBS has given full-season orders to Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary and Stalker.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

US Owning UK TV

The Guardian highlights how conglomeration has led to US corporate ownership of significant amounts of British programming, with a Monday night schedule as an example.

ABC's Success

Joe Flint looks at what ABC has to be happy about in this early part of the season.

Boardwalk Empire Finale

Vulture talked with Boardwalk Empire showrunner Terence Winter about last night's ending to the series.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 13.77 million, NBC: 13.76, Fox: 10.50, ABC: 4.47
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 5.0 rating/14 share, Fox: 2.9/ 8, CBS: 2.8/ 8, ABC: 1.3/ 4
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC), 60 Minutes (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Resurrection (ABC), Revenge (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratingsCable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

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