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August 7, 2013
11:36 // 1 year ago
January 2, 2013
ericmortensen:


newsflick:



Shouldn’t it read, “Hey! We just bought Current TV”? Odd how networks break news about themselves, so take it from the Guardian. 



Current TV is done. Al Jazeera is simply buying Current’s access to US cable operators. Al Gore will remain as an advisor to the new network. That should shake things up in the cable news scene. 


Question for you guys: Does the fact that Time Warner Cable is dropping Current TV in the wake of this news signify any sort of unsavory motives on their part? It struck me as not a business decision (though that’s what they say, of course), but one critical of what Al Jazeera represents. The fact that the blackout took effect almost immediately after the deal was signed seems like a clear indicator of someone being really pissed that the deal happened at all.

ericmortensen:

newsflick:

Shouldn’t it read, “Hey! We just bought Current TV”? Odd how networks break news about themselves, so take it from the Guardian

Current TV is done. Al Jazeera is simply buying Current’s access to US cable operators. Al Gore will remain as an advisor to the new network. That should shake things up in the cable news scene. 

Question for you guys: Does the fact that Time Warner Cable is dropping Current TV in the wake of this news signify any sort of unsavory motives on their part? It struck me as not a business decision (though that’s what they say, of course), but one critical of what Al Jazeera represents. The fact that the blackout took effect almost immediately after the deal was signed seems like a clear indicator of someone being really pissed that the deal happened at all.

(Source: newsflick)

23:37 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2012

Season premiere of ‘Walking Dead’ sets cable ratings record

  • 7.3M viewers tuned in to Season 2 premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’ when it aired on October 17, 2011
  • 10.9M viewers tuned in for the Season 3 premiere, just shy of a 50% increase from Season 2, and up more than one million viewers from the Season 2 finale which aired on March 18, 2012 source
17:28 // 1 year ago
August 25, 2012
theatlantic:

Foxy Ladies: Why One Network Applies So Much Makeup

Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.

Read more. [Image: Charles Ommanney/Getty]

A truly surface-level issue with some beneath-the-surface implications.

theatlantic:

Foxy Ladies: Why One Network Applies So Much Makeup

Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.

Read more. [Image: Charles Ommanney/Getty]

A truly surface-level issue with some beneath-the-surface implications.

(via businessoutsider)

12:53 // 2 years ago
August 1, 2012
The whole idea that there’s a lot of people out there that want to drop multichannel TV, and just have a Netflix or an HBO — that’s not right. Look for the data, you won’t find them.
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes • Once again shooting down any chance of a web-only HBO GO service, following an inquiry by a Barclay’s Capital analyst during Time Warner’s earnings call. Bewkes told investors that the 7 million additional subscribers to HBO and Cinemax in the last 6 months was proof that there was still an extremely large market for cable-exclusivity. “There are tens of millions of homes with multichannel TV… [that] aren’t currently subscribing to HBO,” said Bewkes, “That’s the opportunity.” source (viafollow)
18:48 // 2 years ago
June 5, 2012
sexpigeon:

slavin:

wow
caveat that the story is more complex than this: people get TV from other sources (including satellite and their telcos) and they aren’t seeing the same decline. But still, it’s nice to see e.g., Time Warner Cable getting what’s due. Or to stop getting what’s not due, or something.
(via UH OH: New Nielsen Data Says People Are Turning Away From TV - Business Insider)

I noticed a small error in your chart! Here is an amended version:


The best graphic response since the graphic was invented.

sexpigeon:

slavin:

wow

caveat that the story is more complex than this: people get TV from other sources (including satellite and their telcos) and they aren’t seeing the same decline. But still, it’s nice to see e.g., Time Warner Cable getting what’s due. Or to stop getting what’s not due, or something.

(via UH OH: New Nielsen Data Says People Are Turning Away From TV - Business Insider)

I noticed a small error in your chart! Here is an amended version:

The best graphic response since the graphic was invented.

(via theawl)

11:54 // 2 years ago
May 7, 2012

Oprah’s slow-growing cable network losing boatloads of money

  • $330 million lost since OWN launched in 2008 source

» Things are looking up though, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Analysts point to a recent uptick in ratings, now that Oprah is appearing on the network more frequently, as a sign that the network may not be dead in the water. The network is also set to receive millions of dollars in new revenue from cable operators. So, do you think it’ll last?

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16:38 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2011
It would be nice to think that the rapidity of the official reaction had to do with legitimate disapproval. Actually, it is a reflex quickened by practice because what cable news now calls political journalism is set up to produce just this kind of ‘television moment’ and its attendant swirl of attention-getting faux controversy.
L.A. Times columnist Tim Rutten • Offering a room-clearing take on the whole situation with Mark Halperin and “Morning Joe.” To put it simply, he doesn’t think it’s actually any sort of controversy of the real kind, but instead an opportunity to create a conversation-of-the-day moment. (Which Halperin’s quip successfully did, by the way.) It’s an idea that started with Fox News but has kinda expanded from there. There’s even a site dedicated to this idea. And well, you know, he’s right. But it makes good TV, and that’s all that matters, right? source  (viafollow) 
12:47 // 3 years ago