Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Knick's Music

Jed Mayer explores The Knick's soundtrack.

4K Sales

Swanni considers why 4K TV set sales are slow.

Good TVeets

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mad Men Ad Sales

You can now buy an ad package for the final Mad Men episode, if you have $1 million to put toward it.

Stanley Controversy

You haven't seen me link to many Alessandra Stanley articles around here lately, because at one point I decided I would just stop and refuse to reward poor TV criticism with any attention. But her latest article has become a story in itself. Stanley wrote an article about Shonda Rhimes filled with numerous specious claims, including a characterization of Rhimes related to the "angry black woman" stereotype. Rhimes responded on Twitter with incredulity. Stanley then responded back, albeit saying little. Margaret Lyons takes the article to task, as do Kara Brown and Willa Paskin.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Fienberg.

Tax Credits Signed

Legislation expanding California tax credits has now been signed.

Warner Bros. Layoffs

Variety reports that Warner Bros. Entertainment will soon lay off as much as 10% of its workforce.

Public Domain Guide

The site RerunCentury links to public domain TV online, which could be useful for TV history classes and research in particular.

TVGN To Become POP

Starting in 2015, TV Guide Network will rebrand as POP.

Netflix Via VPN

Copyright holders are putting pressure on Netflix to bar VPN access to limit foreign access in places like Australia.

Comics Trend

Lesley Goldberg delves into the huge trend of comic book adaptations for TV.

TV Tweeting

Twitter is trying to convince TV producers and execs that Twitter activity can help their shows' ratings and value by quantifying Twitter engagement and impact.

AFHV at 25

Brooks Barnes marks 25 years of America's Funniest Home Videos.

TV + Advertising

Brian Steinberg looks at how the relationship between television and advertising is starting to fray.

Diaries Done

Nielsen diaries will soon be a thing of the past, as electronic devices will instead be used for local TV measurement.

Wednesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

YouTube on Cable Boxes

Janko Roettgers looks at YouTube's success on cable boxes in Hungary, which it hopes to spread elsewhere.

FX Done With 10/90

John Landgraf says FX likely won't do anymore 10/90 deals and has concerns about Netflix.

TV Everywhere Perceptions

Will Richmond shares a survey of user perceptions of TV Everywhere's authentication process.

Amazon & Apple Sharing

Peter Kafka reports on Amazon and Apple's moves to allow families to share purchased digital media files.

Univision's Breaking Bad

Kayla Reed covers Univision's Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad, which ends tonight after a four-month run.

CBS's L+7

Cynthia Littleton reports on CBS adding Live Plus Seven ratings to its overnights reports.

Time Slots Matter

Jason Lynch covers Nina Tassler's belief that time slot scheduling still matters, even in an era of heavy time-shifting.

Premiere List

BuzzFeed has a list of premiere dates for fall shows.

Directing Diversity

A DGA report finds little change in the diversity of the racial and gender makeup of TV directors over the last few years.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amazon's Rise

Richard Verrier looks at Amazon's rise as an investor in original programming.

Domestic Violence

Arielle Bernstein considers how TV reflects on domestic violence.

NFL Problems

Brian Steinberg reports that football sponsor Anheuser-Busch is growing concerned about the NFL's missteps. And Michael Newman interrogates the ethics of being an NFL fan.

Fact-Checking News

PunditFact presents fact-checking scorecards for news on ABC, CBS, Fox/Fox News, NBC/MSNBC and CNN.

Netflix News

A collection of Netflix items: Janko Roettgers says set-top box access will be key for Netflix in Europe; Todd Spangler reports that Netflix has grabbed streaming rights to Gotham in Australia, likely signalling its intent to launch there soon; Netflix will now let you hide parts of your viewing history; and Canada is discussing a "Netflix tax" on internet services.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Daniel Fienberg looks closely at New Girl and Mindy Project ratings.

Roosevelt Ratings

The Ken Burns documentary series Roosevelt has started strong for PBS. Ian Burrell says Ken Burns is an example of public service broadcasting idealism.

NBC's #1

Bill Carter reports on NBC's September-to-September reign at the top of network 18-49 ratings.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Women in Primetime

A new study by San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film finds women losing ground in on- and off-screen prime-time TV jobs.

Dodger Blackout Lifted

Time Warner Cable is lifting its pay TV blackout on the LA Dodgers for the final few games of the MLB season.

Zakaria Plagiarism Charges

Bloggers who had previously accused Fareed Zakaria of print plagiarism now claim evidence of it in his CNN TV show.

Comcast CEO Optimistic

Paul Bond reports on optimism from Comcast's CEO that the Time Warner Cable merger will be approved.

YouTube Stars

Brooks Barnes and Hunter Atkins look at how traditional media companies are trying to court YouTube stars.

Masculinity on TV

In an excerpt from her new book. Amanda D. Lotz calls for greater analysis of the representation of men on television, as women tend to draw more analytical attention.

Clear Channel Renamed

Clear Channel will now be called iHeartMedia. (No, really, stop laughing, that's it's actual new name.)

Cable Profitability

Mike Farrell reports on a study finding that cable operators are the most profitable among media businesses, followed by cable networks and interactive media.

TV Overload

Cynthia Littleton looks at the state of a TV industry saturated with scripted shows.

Utopia's DVR Growth

Utopia's week two ratings enjoyed a DVR boost.

Apatow on Netflix

Netflix has ordered two seasons of a Judd Apatow-created romantic comedy series. Ben Travers says it's a perfect fit.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

CNN News

The NLRB has ordered CNN to compensate and rehire union employees it laid off in favor of nonunion ones over a decade ago. In other news, CNN is rebranding its personlized news platform.

Local Choice Dropped

The controversial "local choice" plan has been dropped from a Senate TV bill, and the new version is now apparently agreeable to broadcasters.

Syfy Pilot Movie

Todd VanDerWerff appreciates that Syfy is letting viewers see a pilot they passed on by airing it as a standalone movie.

HBO Go Europe

HBO Go will soon be available on cloud-based set-top boxes in Europe.

Sons Ratings

The season premiere of Sons of Anarchy set a record for FX.

Late Night Diversity

Vivian Kane explores why late night is so saturated white males.

Net Neutrality Response

The FCC has been flooded with net neutrality comments.

OTT Sales

Andrew Wallenstein looks at the OTT set-top box sales battle, as new Roku figures are available.

Arrow Delay

Warner Bros. has gotten Netflix to delay streaming Arrow in hopes of giving home video sales a boost.

Netflix Expansion

Robert Mann looks at Netflix's expansion into six European countries this week.