Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Netflix in Germany

Janko Roettgers reports that Netflix will launch in Germany in September.

Torrent News

Javier Espinoza reports on BitTorrent's attempts to go legit, while Game of Thrones has set a torrent record.

The Americans Renewed

FX wants a third season of The Americans.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.02 million, NBC: 8.42, ABC: 3.83, Fox: 2.26, CW: 1.55
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.1 rating/6 share, CBS: 2.0/ 6, ABC: 1.3/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Glee (Fox), New Girl (Fox), The Mindy Project (Fox), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Mad Men Style

Tom and Lorenzo's costuming analyses of Mad Men episodes are back.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adventure Time Praise

Emily Nussbaum discusses the unique Adventure Time experience. Maria Bustillos also explores the greatness of the series.

Directing GoT

Alan Sepinwall interviews the director of Game of Thrones' last episode about the big wedding scene.

Cable Complaints

DirecTV is crowd-sourcing complaints about cable for a new ad campaign.

Lee Extended

Paul Lee's ABC contract extension is now official.

Wheeler Profile

Cecilia Kang analyzes the background and perspective of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.

Writer Diversity

The WGA West has completed a report on women, minorities, and older men employed as writers in film and TV.

Aereo's Legality

Jeff John Roberts lays out the case Aereo will make in front of the Supreme Court, while Jonathan Handel reports on the perspectives of some who are skeptical of Aereo's chances to be declared legal. Amol Sharma and Brent Kendall consider what broadcasters could do if Aereo is ruled legal.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: ABC: 12.15 million, NBC: 9.80, CBS: 6.08, Fox: 5.04, CW: 921,000
 -Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.7 rating/8 share, ABC: 1.9/ 6, CBS: 1.7/ 5, Fox: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1
 -Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Blacklist (NBC)
 -Fading: The Following (Fox)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): Star-Crossed (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Independent Scale Problems

Brian Steinberg notes that The Weather Channel's capitulation in its deal with DirecTV illustrates the challenges faced by independent channels that don't have the leverage of big conglomerates.

Data at Upfronts

Jeanine Poggi says this year's upfronts will put a premium on data for advertisers.

Fargo Interviews

Alan Sepinwall talks to creator Noah Hawley and producer Warren Littlefield about Fargo, Lesley Goldberg talks to Hawley about the show's format, and Daniel Fienberg talks to star Billy Bob Thornton.


Brian Stelter introduces us to CNN's new TV app.

Channel 5 Sold

Discovery and BSkyB have reportedly purchased Britain's Channel 5.

Cable Rates

Claire Atkinson reports on new research finding that Comcast raised its basic cable rates the most over the past four years, while Time Warner Cable was the only major pay TV company to reduce its rates. But Todd Spangler questions these figures. Evan Weiner explains why cable rates keep rising.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Transmedia Essays

The new issue of Networking Knowledge focuses on transmedia practices.

Ad Buyer Concerns

Brian Steinberg reports on ad buyer concerns about football ad rates, while a new study tackles the concept of TV and online ad waste.

CBC's Future

Simon Houpt considers what lies ahead for the CBC.

Turner Departure

Brian Steinberg reports on a Time Warner shakeup, as Steve Koonin leaves his Turner stewardship.

Yahoo TV

David Carr checks out Yahoo's TV plans and finds some expressing skepticism.

New In Media Res

Theme: Representations of College

  • Monday, April 14, 2014 - Laurel Ahnert (Georgia State University) presents: What is College For? 
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Chris Tokuhama (University of Southern California) presents: On College, "Sex," and Experimentation 
  •  Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Trent M. Kays (University of Minnesota) presents: Imagining the Engaged Academic 
  •  Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Marijel Melo (University of Arizona) presents: Gone Viral: Complicating Buzzfeed’s "College Student" 
  •  Friday, April 18, 2014 - Simone Becque (Southern Illinois University) presents: Cutthroat Competition: Doctoral Students on Prime Time Crime Procedurals

Zeebox becomes Beamly

That which used to be known as Zeebox is now called Beamly, and it is has now targeted its attention toward young women. Mark Chacksfield considers its chances to compete with Twitter and Facebook.

Spoiler Opinions

Indiewire asked critics for their take on TV spoilers and critics' responsibilities therein. (Warning: The picture at this link could be construed by some as a Game of Thrones spoiler. This night is certainly dark and full of spoilers.)

Sharknado Crowdfunding

Sharknado 2's production company has turned to Indiegogo to fund a scene.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.73 million, ABC: 6.04, NBC: 3.96, Fox: 3.18
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 1.7 rating/5 share, ABC: 1.6/ 5, Fox: 1.3/ 4, NBC: 0.9/ 3
- Winners: “60 Minutes” (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “Dateline” (NBC), “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox), “American Dad!” (Fox), “American Dream Builders” (NBC), Believe (NBC), “Cosmos”: A Spacetime Odyssey” (Fox), “Revenge” (ABC), “Crisis” (NBC)

(Wow, that's a long list of losers)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

The premiere of Mad Men's final (half)season didn't impress Nielsen. Also, Mad Men got beat by Game of Thrones on social media, as well as in the ratings (Warning: even the URL of that link has a spoiler, so be careful out there).

Netflix Speed

Janko Roettgers reports that Netflix is running faster for Comcast subscribers following the companies' peering agreement, but Chris Morran questions the larger cost.

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Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers at the end.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Google & Android TV

Todd Spangler explains why Google is pushing Android TV, and not just Chromecast.

Streaming is the Future

Derek Thompson says trends in TV, movies, and music all point toward streaming.

The Cost of Great TV

Liz Shannon Miller notes that while we are in an era of great TV, we're also paying a lot for it via subscription fees.

YouTube Courts TV Dollars

Todd Spangler says YouTube is trying to show TV it can drive viewers to sets, as part of Google's attempts to draw more network promo dollars to the online video site.

Exec Salaries

SEC filings have revealed salaries for Les Moonves and Sumner Redstone, as well as Brian Roberts and Steve Burke and a few other media execs.

AJAM Layoffs

Joe Flint reports on significant layoffs at Al Jazeera America.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.76 million, ABC: 7.92, Fox: 5.00, NBC: 2.95, CW: 1.05
- Adults 18-49: ABC and CBS: 2.4 rating/8 share each, Fox: 1.4/ 5, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Shark Tank (ABC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Scandal (ABC) - Time to Call it Quits: American Idol (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Community (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Parenthood (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Network Problems

The WSJ predicts middling results for the networks this upfronts season as competition from the internet increases, and in fact, internet ad revenue has now surpassed broadcast TV ad revenue for the first time.

Critic Convo

Myles McNutt and Noel Holston discuss the state of television criticism.

Bad Merger

Susan Crawford says history shows why the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is a bad idea.

Mad Men Writing

Katy Steinmetz talks to Mad Men's head of research about how the writers try to get the 1960s-era dialogue right.

New ABC News Prez

The new president of ABC News is James Goldston.

Twitter/Facebook Impact

A new Nielsen study finds that Twitter and Facebook chatter doesn't boost TV viewership much.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.48 million, Fox: 8.79, NBC: 6.04, ABC: 3.51, CW: 1.52
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.1 rating/7 share, Fox: 2.0/ 6, NBC: 1.5/ 5, ABC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: Survivor (CBS), Criminal Minds (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Law & Order: SVU (NBC), CSI (CBS) 
- Fading Fast: American Idol (Fox)
- dailLosers (excluding repeats): Mixology (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Colbert Replacing Letterman

Catching up on news you all know already...Stephen Colbert is getting David Letterman's show. Tim Goodman says it's a perfect choice. Colbert spoke about it on his show. Tim Molloy looks at how the deal came togetherLate Night will likely stay in New York. Marissa Marr wonders how Colbert's style will translate, and Mike Shields notes that he doesn't have major viral video prowess. Josef Adalian has multiple late night questions. Meg James considers the impact on Comedy Central. Nina Tassler is pleased.

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