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 (via • follow)
» 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?
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 (via • follow)