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post #14911 of 96830 Old 02-15-2008, 05:56 PM - Thread Starter
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Critic’s Notes
Strike unleashed Internet ire
Mob mentality rules on talkbacks, boards
By Brian Lowry, Variety, Feb. 15, 2008

Squabbling over Internet revenues was at the heart of the writers strike, but it was squabbling on the Internet that contributed to the vitriolic tone and rhetoric flung about during the dispute that will leave a bitter aftertaste.

Although hardly Hollywood's first strike, this has been the first conducted in the Facebook/Gen-Web era, underscoring the sometimes ugly, insular and semi-delusional worlds the Net can perpetuate -- a seldom-discussed drawback amid its blessed convenience and abundant economic potential. In that respect, the Internet's supporting role in the strike is another reminder of the way the Web has inadvertently helped pollute society, coarsening the level of discourse and incubating online communities prone to wildly lash out at enemies real and imagined.

Cultural critic Lee Siegel advanced this point in his book "Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob," maintaining that the Web represents "the first social environment to serve the needs of the isolated, elevated, asocial individual."

The book met with some derision, in part because Siegel overreaches on certain fronts. Yet the criticism, which the New York Observer underscored by misleadingly headlining its review "How the Web turned you into a schmuck," downplays a more salient point -- namely, how the Web allows small groups of schmucks to delude themselves into thinking they have plenty of company.

Such criticism hardly represents a Luddite plea to retreat back to the days when we spoke breathlessly about the "information superhighway," even if that were possible. It is, rather, a wakeup call regarding a reality demonstrated throughout the strike -- that new media, like scientific or medical breakthroughs, has crept into our lives without much thought regarding its unintended costs. Nor is it mere elitism to observe that the Net's egalitarian ideals have also yielded some negative consequences.

Take gray old newspapers that once had to partially guess at what caught readers' eyes, but are now preoccupied with tallying online hits. Because fluff and gossip thrive in that space, this works against serious reporting and heightens pressure to behave like Britney-obsessed schoolgirls or newsstand-driven tabloids. When an employee dared ask about news standards at Tribune's newspapers, new owner Sam Zell glibly dismissed such concerns as "journalistic arrogance."

After a brief experiment with being LinkedIn to colleagues and acquaintances, I found the process to be a time-wasting annoyance with no discernible benefits. Yet social-networking adults continue to emulate teenagers, which seems a dubious goal at best.

PBS' "Frontline" recently explored the wired-world's impact on teens in "Growing Up Online," a sobering documentary that found the most egregious online behavior stems from teens assailing peers, transitioning cruel schoolyard taunts into an uncharted new dimension. A few such instances of "cyberbullying" have led to suicides.

The MySpace revolution has also exacerbated the unnerving erosion in conceptions of privacy. Teens and young adults are especially susceptible to such excess, but no one is immune. How often do you see someone saunter into Starbucks blathering away on the cell phone in lurid detail, never engaging the person behind the counter -- a form of rudeness emblematic of the media-encased bubbles in which many unwittingly reside.

For some, the Web fosters an unrealistic sense of how widely held their views are. As an example, a woman indignantly responded to a recent review I wrote by emailing that "the purpose of your job ... is to relate to viewers like me, the general public. Get to know what we tend to like."

Most revealing is her presumption (increasingly common in such correspondence) that she is the general public -- harboring nary a clue that there are now thousands of "publics," each possessing their own specific menu of preferences.

Many striking screenwriters have acknowledged that their recent sacrifices probably won't be offset by short-term gains, saying they endured the financial pain on behalf of future generations.

For their sake I hope that's true, and that the moonbats frequenting chat rooms can return to being schmucks minus the "too much time on their hands" excuse. Still, if those shrill voices or the kids tormenting peers online are even marginally representative of what we can expect from Net-immersed generation for which they've fought, if I were a screenwriter, I'd want that hard-earned cash from the studios right now.



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Last weekend's national sports ratings have just been posted at the TVWeek site here:

http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/02/c...ratings_11.php


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Excuse me, but wasn't last night the second Lost showing of the year?

No, it was the third.


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Ah, so I missed one.

But weakest ratings of the season? That sure sounds misleading -- or just lazy writing -- to me.

I guess we'll just have to wait until James Hibberd starts at THR to straighten them out.


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TV Notes
TLC Learns The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom
Discovery Networks-Owned Cable Channel Adds Reality Show to Lineup
By Alex Weprin, Broadcasting & Cable, 2/15/2008

TLC picked up The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom, a one-hour reality show that takes ordinary stay-at-home mothers and shows them what their lives could have been like had they pursued their careers instead of taking care of the family.

Moms who have always wanted to be chefs, police officers, fashion designers and others will be able to pursue those goals for one week. At the end of the week, the mom can either choose to live the dual life of raising a family and having a career or go back to being a stay-at-home parent.

"Almost every woman experiences the pull between becoming a full-time mom or juggling both family and work. This show will give us the chance to learn what sacrifices and rewards there are in making this challenging and unique decision," TLC senior vice president of programming Brant Pinvidic said in a statement. "Each episode ends up being a remarkable voyage as we see them accomplish goals they never thought possible and then make the decision about which path they should pursue."

Soccer Mom will debut on TLC and TLC HD March 3 at 10 p.m., joining the network’s Monday-night programming lineup, which already includes Little People, Big World and Jon & Kate Plus 8.

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As I recall, Wal-Mart sells about a third of all DVDs in the country. So ditching HD DVD would be a catastrophic loss.

I suspect Wal-Mart sells a lot less than 1/3 of either HD DVD or Blu-Ray discs in the USA. Its selection of both formats has been very small at the stores in my area. I did buy the Planet Earth box set and the five Harry Potter movies on HD DVD from them.

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And didn't it also sell Toshiba HD DVD players for $99 during Christmas season?

Only for a few days around the end of October / beginning of November, which is when I bought my HD DVD player (from Best Buy, which had a similar deal at the same time).
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Digital TV shift affects minorities most

By JOHN DUNBAR Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 02/14/2008 09:27:39 PM PST

WASHINGTON—Hispanics are nearly twice as likely as whites to be left without television service following the nationwide transition to digital broadcasting next year, according to a new survey.

Beginning in February 2009, full-power broadcast stations will transmit digital-only signals, meaning people who get their television programming over an antenna and do not have a digital set won't get a picture without a special converter box.

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It's all getting blurry for the HD DVD format
Wal-Mart's vote for Blu-ray likely to end the war

By MATT RICHTEL and ERIC TAUB
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Feb. 15, 2008, 10:19PM

SAN FRANCISCO — HD DVD, the beloved format of Toshiba and three Hollywood studios, died Friday after a brief illness. The cause of death was determined to be the decision by Wal-Mart to stock only high-definition DVDs and players using the Blu-ray format.

There are no funeral plans, but retailers and industry analysts are already writing the obituary for HD DVD.

The announcement by Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest retailer of DVDs, that it would stop selling the discs and machines in June when supplies are depleted comes after decisions this week by Best Buy, the largest electronics retailer, to promote Blu-ray as its preferred format and Netflix, the DVD-rental service, to stock only Blu-ray movies, phasing out HD DVD by the end of this year.

Last year, Target, one of the top sellers of electronics, discontinued selling HD DVD players in its stores but continued to sell them online.

"The fat lady has sung," said Rob Enderle, a tech analyst in Silicon Valley. "Wal-Mart is the biggest player in the DVD market. If it says HD DVD is done, you can take that as a fact."

Toshiba executives did not return calls asking for comment. Analysts do not expect the company to take the product off the market but the format war is over. Toshiba had been fighting for more than two years to establish the dominance of the format it developed over Blu-ray, developed by Sony.

The combined weight of the decisions this week, but particularly the heft of Wal-Mart, signals the end of a format war that has confounded and frustrated consumers and that had grown increasingly costly for the consumer electronics industry — from hardware makers and studios to retailers.

Andy Parsons, a spokesman for the Blu-ray Disc Association, an industry trade group, said retailers and movie studios had incentives to resolve the issue quickly because it was costly for them to devote shelf space and technology to two formats. Besides, he noted, many consumers have sat on the sidelines and not purchased either version because they did not want to invest in a technology that could become obsolete.

Thus far, consumers have purchased about 1 million Blu-ray players, though there are another 3 million in the market that are integrated into the PlayStation 3 consoles of Sony, said Richard Doherty, research director of Envisioneering, a tech assessment firm. About 1 million HD DVD players were sold.

Evenly matched by Blu-ray through 2007, HD DVD experienced a marked reversal in fortune in early January when Warner Brothers studio, a unit of Time Warner, announced it would manufacture and distribute movies only in Blu-ray. Warner's decision gave the Blu-ray coalition around 75 percent of the high-definition content from the major movie and TV studios. The coalition includes Sharp, Panasonic and Philips as well as Walt Disney and 20th Century Fox studios.

Universal, Paramount and the DreamWorks Animation studios still back HD DVD; none of those studios responded to requests for comment Friday.

"It's pretty clear that retailers consumers trust the most have concluded that the format war is all but over," Parsons said.

Because movie and entertainment technology has become integrated into a range of consumer electronics, the high-definition movie format war has created unusually wide-ranging alliances. The battle included, for example, video game companies; Microsoft has backed the HD DVD standard and sold a compatible player to accompany its Xbox 360 game console.

Sony has pushed vigorously for the Blu-ray standard, not just because it is a patent holder of the technology, but also because it has integrated the standard into PlayStation 3. Sony has argued that consumers will gravitate to the PlayStation 3 because of the high-definition movie player.

Any celebration over the victory may be tempered by concerns that the DVD, of any format, may be doomed by electronic delivery of movies over the Internet. The longer HD DVD battled Blu-ray, the more the consumer market has had an opportunity to gravitate to downloading movies. Such a move, coupled with the growth of technology that makes such downloading easier and cheaper, has threatened to cut the long-term sales of physical movies in the DVD format.

Doherty, like Parsons, argued that digital downloads are not yet affecting the DVD market and that they would not do so for some time. They said that movie downloads continue to face a host of challenges, chief among them that many consumers have insufficient bandwidth to download movies or move them from device to device on a wireless home network. Enderle, however, argued that bandwidth is improving and that major telecommunications carriers, which are pushing to increase speeds, would like to be able to make their pipes the delivery mechanism for high-definition movies. Wal-Mart, Warner Brothers, Best Buy and all the others lining up behind Blu-ray realized they had to kill HD DVD — and fast, he said.

"The later it gets, the much worse it gets," he said.

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Toshiba to exit HD DVD, end format war-NHK

Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:50am EST

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is planning to stop production of equipment compatible with the HD DVD format for high-definition video, allowing the competing Blu-Ray camp a free run, public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday.

Toshiba is expected to suffer losses amounting to tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars) to scrap production of HD DVD players and recorders and other steps to exit the business, Japan's NHK said on its website.

No one at Toshiba could be reached for comment.

The format war between the Toshiba-backed HD DVD and Sony Corp's Blu-Ray, often compared to the Betamax-VHS battle in the 1980s, has slowed the development of what is expected to be a multibillion dollar high-definition DVD industry.

Toshiba was dealt a blow on Friday when Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would abandon the HD DVD format, becoming the latest in a series of top retailers and movie studios to rally behind Blu-ray technology for high definition DVDs.

Toshiba plans to continue selling HD DVD equipment at stores for the time being but will not put resources into developing new devices, NHK said.

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WASHINGTONHispanics are nearly twice as likely as whites to be left without television service following the nationwide transition to digital broadcasting next year, according to a new survey.

And I am twice as likely to buy a Chevy over a Pontiac. And that means what?

I cringe every time one of these reporters write about the transition. They always have alarming phrases like that which mean absolutely nothing and then as one reads further, it becomes clear they have no idea what they are writing about.

We don't really know if ANY Hispanics will be left out.We don't if any Black's, or White's or Asian's will be left out. We don't know, period. WILL some be left out? Absolutely and there is no guarantee it will be Hispanic. What we do know is it will cut across all races, but it is assumed that Whites will be effected less because they have the means and money to avoid it. I am here to tell you that is no guarantee. It is human nature to ignore what is not immediately in front of your face, no matter what race you are. That is a proven. But these hacks do not say that.

I think everything that can be done is being done and we have only just started. The awareness of the situation has taken a huge leap forward. I hear from people all the time asking questions. The word is getting out but using vague emflamatory statements do not help, I tell you from first hand experience and I hear from all peoples, White, Black, Hispanic, you name it, I have heard from them in the past few months. That is why I have a hard time believing some of this stuff.

Someone reads stuff like that and people panic and then call the stations all in a tizzy and most find out since they have a MSO this whole thing is a non-event for them. The ones who do need it, usually already have some idea what is coming and want to know where to get the STBs or coupons. The sky isn't falling Chicken Little, sorry.

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COMMENTARY
Post-strike, why is everyone so happy?
New episodes are too few, and the ax still awaits some of the better shows

By TIM GOODMAN
San Francisco Chronicle
Feb. 15, 2008, 5:49PM

In the post-strike world of television, fans seem to be hiding their disappointment about lost episodes, truncated seasons and mothballed shows. It's almost as if there is irrational exuberance over all these lists popping up and when favorite shows are coming back and how many episodes there will be. Not to crank up a jeremiad here, but shouldn't viewers be a little more annoyed?

Of the shows that do come back this season, none will manage more than nine new episodes. It's one thing to get only five of the expected eight episodes of Lost but quite another to learn that there will be reruns stinking up March, when the whole point of holding the series until January was to avoid interrupting the story (interruption = lost viewers). It's better than nothing that fans of great comedy — and there's precious little great comedy on television — will get five more episodes of 30 Rock and six more episodes of The Office. Except half of the 10 previous 30 Rock episodes seemed to appear randomly — which didn't help in a momentum-killing strike season — and, frankly, five more are not enough. Only eight episodes of The Office have aired (four were an hour in length). Fans were promised 30 episodes this season.

NBC said Heroes wouldn't come back until the fall, where it will be "launched," which sounds suspiciously like a do-over. Fox is delaying 24 until January 2009. Does such loyalty still exist among television viewers?

Not to be ungrateful about the resumption of writing, but shouldn't there be a greater sense of foreboding in the industry, and in your living room, right about now?

As networks announced when series would return and how many episodes there would be, it began to seem a lot like May (when they announce the fall schedule and everything smells like a hit) instead of February (when everybody knows the ugly truth). February is a sweeps month (so much for that), so maybe the truth is being swept under the proverbial rug?

Though some series are clearly a casualty of the strike, with networks deciding against restarting production because the costs outweigh the anemic ratings, a definitive swing of the ax has yet to happen (but it will, and probably within a month). But it gives off the whiff of hope where precious little exists for shows such as Bionic Woman, Journeyman (NBC); Big Shots, Cavemen (ABC); Cane (CBS); K-Ville (Fox); Life Is Wild (CW); and others.

Even where series went back into production, there are no guarantees. Why? Because the viewing audience has proved mighty fickle throughout the strike, virtually ignoring new series, including Welcome to the Captain on CBS and even this week's sputtering and lackluster premiere of Jericho, the miracle series that was canceled and brought back after a famous fan protest.

So even though an abundance of shows is returning to the air, it's no guarantee they won't be killed off by May.

More cynically, a number of freshman series that were doing well or moderately well in the ratings — Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money (ABC); Life and Chuck (NBC), among others — have been postponed until fall. Do you know how far off fall is in the TV business?

An argument can be made that those series are being protected by the network and they will provide the core of the programming next season because this year's development process was essentially torched by the strike. And yet, an argument can also be made that freshman series that were barely on the air won't make appealing sophomore candidates. And what happens if shows that are being developed this year test well? How about this: "What do you mean where's Life? Oh, that. Um, we lost it."

Which is all just a very cynical way of saying, "There will be blood — lists of returning shows or not."

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Post-strike returns, number of episodes and month in which you can see them:
ABC: Boston Legal (eight episodes, April), Ugly Betty (five episodes, April), Desperate Housewives (seven episodes, April), Grey's Anatomy (five episodes, April), Lost (six more pre-strike episodes, five additional, April), Brothers & Sisters (five episodes, April).

CBS: The Big Bang Theory (nine episodes, March), CSI: Miami (eight episodes, March), Cold Case (five episodes, March), Criminal Minds (seven episodes, April), CSI: NY (seven episodes, April), CSI (six episodes, April), How I Met Your Mother (nine episodes, March), Ghost Whisperer (six episodes, April), Moonlight (four episodes, April), NCIS (seven episodes, April), Numb3rs (six episodes, April), Rules of Engagement (six episodes, April), Two and a Half Men (nine episodes, March), Without a Trace (six episodes, April).

Fox: Bones (four pre-strike episodes, two new, April).

NBC: 30 Rock (five episodes, April), ER (six episodes, April), Law & Order: SVU (five episodes, April), Law & Order (five episodes, April), Medium (six pre-strike episodes, seven new, April), My Name Is Earl (nine episodes, April), The Office (six episodes, April), Scrubs (five episodes, April).

CW: Aliens in America (eight pre-strike episodes, currently airing), Everybody Hates Chris (12 pre-strike episodes, currently airing), The Game (eight episodes, March), Gossip Girl (five episodes, April), One Tree Hill (five pre-strike episodes, six more, currently airing), Smallville (five episodes, April), Supernatural (four episodes, May).

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And didn't it also sell Toshiba HD DVD players for $99 during Christmas season? Ouch for the people who bought them.

I bought one of them. But considering I paid about $200 for my super deluxe RP82 with 480 line progressive, component output, DVD-Audio support and the kung-fu grip option, $99 was a bargain.

That having been said, it was clear the end was nigh ... it would have been foolish to believe otherwise.


Let's see, the writer's strike over... check, an end to the format war near ... check ... things are looking up.
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Hollywood Punches Back in As Strike Ends

By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer
© 2008 The Associated Press
Feb. 13, 2008, 4:18PM

LOS ANGELES — Writers have a reputation as master procrastinators, yet they eagerly faced the blank page Wednesday as Hollywood sputtered back to life after a punishing 100-day strike.

One day after the Writers Guild of America voted to end the walkout, writers on idled TV shows were back at the studios, reviewing projects with executives or pestering their agents to set up meetings. Agents were pitching, producers were assessing how to resume interrupted projects, and the little guys who keep the dream-factory engines running were just glad to be back at work.

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Yesterday’s fast affiliate prime-time ratings (which include the 18-49 demographic estimates) have been posted near the top of Ratings News -- the second post in this thread.

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Switch to Digital TV May Benefit a Few

By SETH SUTEL AP Business Writer
© 2008 The Associated Press
Feb. 16, 2008, 6:13AM

NEW YORK — TV's big switch from analog to digital broadcasts will be complete in just one year, on Feb. 17, 2009, and many consumers are puzzling over how the shift will affect them: Do they need a new converter box, a new TV, a better antenna? But it's pretty clear which business interests stand to gain.

Cable and satellite TV companies could see a wave of new subscribers as people with older TVs pass on hooking up converter boxes to older televisions or buying new sets. Local stations are already using some of the extra capacity digital broadcasting frees up by launching auxiliary TV channels with weather and traffic reports, and they're looking for ways to bring programming to portable devices.

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Winners, Losers in Digital TV Transition

By SETH SUTEL AP Business Writer
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Feb. 16, 2008, 1:53PM

NEW YORK — TV's big switch from analog to digital broadcasts will be complete in just one year, on Feb. 17, 2009, and many consumers are puzzling over how the shift will affect them: Do they need a new converter box, a new TV, a better antenna?

But it's pretty clear which business interests stand to gain.

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And I am twice as likely to buy a Chevy over a Pontiac. And that means what?

I cringe every time one of these reporters write about the transition. They always have alarming phrases like that which mean absolutely nothing and then as one reads further, it becomes clear they have no idea what they are writing about.

We don't really know if ANY Hispanics will be left out.We don't if any Black's, or White's or Asian's will be left out. We don't know, period. WILL some be left out? Absolutely and there is no guarantee it will be Hispanic. What we do know is it will cut across all races, but it is assumed that Whites will be effected less because they have the means and money to avoid it. I am here to tell you that is no guarantee. It is human nature to ignore what is not immediately in front of your face, no matter what race you are. That is a proven. But these hacks do not say that.

I think everything that can be done is being done and we have only just started. The awareness of the situation has taken a huge leap forward. I hear from people all the time asking questions. The word is getting out but using vague emflamatory statements do not help, I tell you from first hand experience and I hear from all peoples, White, Black, Hispanic, you name it, I have heard from them in the past few months. That is why I have a hard time believing some of this stuff.

Someone reads stuff like that and people panic and then call the stations all in a tizzy and most find out since they have a MSO this whole thing is a non-event for them. The ones who do need it, usually already have some idea what is coming and want to know where to get the STBs or coupons. The sky isn't falling Chicken Little, sorry.

Way of the world.

Why the outrage? The rest of the article discusses an 18-month Neilson survey that found about 18% of Hispanics would be without OTA broadcasts if the digital transition occurred today, compared to just 9 percent of whites. That's neither an uninformed opinion or alarmist.

Plus, the article raises a valid question: how much effort is being put into Spanish-language PSAs about the digital transition?


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...I think everything that can be done is being done and we have only just started...

I think the government is doing too much, especially with these coupons. Oh, I forgot, terrestrial television is an entitlement.

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I think the government is doing too much, especially with these coupons. Oh, I forgot, terrestrial television is an entitlement.

Actually, if you think about it, it kinda' is. I'd be willing to bet that more American households have a TV verses, say health insurance for all their occupants, or even telephones and radios. And TV's do serve as the first line of notification when disasters happen and people need to be alerted, so that's a public health issue. The portion of the broadcast spectrum where TV resides is free for public use, in part because of just such needs. If the government is going to auction off that [analog] spectrum and make money from it, they have an obligation to help the less fortunate continue to be able to have the same television service they have now. Just seems to be an issue of fairness to me.
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I suspect Wal-Mart sells a lot less than 1/3 of either HD DVD or Blu-Ray discs in the USA. Its selection of both formats has been very small at the stores in my area. I did buy the Planet Earth box set and the five Harry Potter movies on HD DVD from them.

Now, wait a second, that's 6 HD DVDs you bought at Walmart. Unles you have more than roughly 20 discs, that's works out to be about a third of your personal purchases. That tracks with what was mentioned.

Now, if you have 30 or 40 HD DVD discs, obviously that's a lot less.

Of course, if someone buys a player at Walmart, they're likely to buy the discs there, too. People who shop at Walmart tend to shop their often.


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Plus, the article raises a valid question: how much effort is being put into Spanish-language PSAs about the digital transition?

If poor Seth had a clue, he would already know the answer. It is the same. There are Spanish versions of the action spots and Spanish language stations are under the same requirement English speaking stations are.

In one of the other articles posted, poor Seth says that it is relatively inexpensive for TV stations to convert, about $500,000. That is an outright falsehood and everyone who has been around AVS any length of time knows that. Starting prices of full power transmitters, not counting encoders, antennas, transmission line or the labor to install any of this stuff starts at $500,000. For a reporter, he didn't do his homework.

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Oh, I forgot, terrestrial television is an entitlement.

Actually, it is. It is about the only thing government will make sure you can get for free, as long as you pay for the equipment, except for these digital to analog converters.

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'Everybody Loves' HD
Off-net version of sitcom remastered
By Paige Albiniak, Broadcasting & Cable, 2/18/2008

It's not the most likely candidate for a high-definition makeover, but starting March 17, stations will have the option to air CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond in hi-def.

Raymond will be the second off-net sitcom to hit the air in hi-def. (Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men was first.) The task of going HD is more Herculean for Raymond, however, because Two and a Half Men has been shot in HD since its premiere. Raymond required remastering of its first three seasons to get it up to snuff. After that, the show went to high-definition production.

Two catalysts came together to make this happen. Stations told CBS Television Distribution that they would like to receive syndicated product in high definition. And the show's creator and executive producer, Phil Rosenthal, a self-described “tech geek,” was thrilled to help remaster the episodes himself, with the help of Burbank, Calif.-based Modern VideoFilm.

“I jumped up and down to hear that my little TV show was getting this royal treatment,” says Rosenthal. “I think it will pay off because everyone is getting HD TVs. When I'm watching TV, I look for content in HD, almost whether I'm interested in the show or not. This is the future, and it will be marvelous to have what we worked on preserved in high-definition.”

To remaster the first three seasons' 73 episodes, Rosenthal went through the shows frame by frame to make sure everything was perfect. “Every detail has been thought about,” he says. “You can clearly see every detail. There may be the occasional piece of scenery that looks fake, but that's part of the fun for the viewer.”

The process occasionally presented challenges for Rosenthal, who says that “the pilot was done very cheaply, when we were nobodies. When I went back and looked at it, the pilot looked much worse than even the rest of season one. But these guys at Modern VideoFilm took such painstaking effort that when they were done, it looked as good as our finale in season nine. If you could see that episode before and after, you wouldn't believe the difference.”

Like most sitcoms, Raymond is a multi-camera show where the action takes place on a few sets, and most of the humor and plot is driven by the actors and the writing. Unlike a cinematography-heavy show like Discovery's Planet Earth or an action-driven event like the Super Bowl, high-definition wouldn't seem to enhance the program. Still, TV stations are looking for as much HD programming as they can get going into next year's digital transition.

“It looks better and in this case it gives us a competitive advantage because it will be the only show in the time period in HD,” says Lew Leone, VP and general manager of Fox-owned WNYW (Fox) and WWOR (MyNetwork) New York. Raymond will start airing at 6:30 p.m. and midnight on WWOR in hi-def on March 17, the date the Fox stations are taking the show over from Tribune in several markets.

“We haven't heard much from other syndicators, but we will continue to ask them and push them,” says Leone.

Besides Raymond and Men, only two other shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!—produced by Sony and distributed by CBS—are offered in high definition. Those game shows are the only first-run syndicated shows in HD.

Sony's Seinfeld, King of Queens and other off-net sitcoms air on TBS' high-definition network, TBS HD, in upconverted hi-def. That means TBS converts a standard-definition picture to a 16:9 format so it fills a wide screen, but it isn't true HD. Those shows haven't been remastered yet, according to a Sony spokesperson.

“We want to be out front with the quality programs that we have,” says Bob Madden, president and chief operating officer of CBS Television Distribution. “I think you are going to see all of the major syndicated shows going to HD in the next 18 months.”

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Strike ‘Difficult Decision’ To Punt On ‘Inside The NFL’: Greenburg Loves' HD
HBO Sports Boss Eyes More Renditions Of NFL Training Camp Show, ‘Hard Knocks’
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News, 2/16/2008

The New York Giants’ 17-14 triumph in Super Bowl XLII that put an end to the New England Patriots’ pursuit of National Football League single-season perfection wasn’t the only shocker in the pro football world this month.

HBO Sports abruptly announced that Inside the NFL’s wrap-up coverage of Super Bowl XLII would be the show’s last -- ending a 31-year run. The move caught most by surprise and prompted Inside the NFL host Bob Costas to call the program punt a “bonehead” decision.

Multichannel News programming editor R. Thomas Umstead caught up with HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg to discuss the premium service’s decision to discontinue the series, as well as the network’s boxing and sports-documentary strategy for 2008. An edited transcript follows:

MCN: Why did you decide to cancel Inside the NFL after 31 years?
Ross Greenburg: It was a sad day for us. The “Show the Pros Watch” was also a very popular show amongst nearly 2 million viewers who watched every week. There’s no clear-cut explanation, other to say that there are so many ways to watch highlights in modern-day America, whether it’s through the Internet or the multitude of NFL review and preview shows on a number of basic-cable networks.
We felt it was time to put the best football show to bed. It was a difficult decision.

MCN: Were you surprised at some of the negative reactions over the decision? Inside The NFL host Bob Costas, for example, said during the show’s last episode that HBO made a “bonehead” decision. RG: The reaction has been pretty interesting. I guess you don’t know what you’re missing until its not there anymore.

MCN: Will you look to replace the show with a similar NFL-oriented series?
RG: I think we’re now energized to look for different ways to get the NFL on HBO. We will continue Hard Knocks (a summer miniseries that follows one NFL team’s pre-season training camp) and discussions are ongoing now to see what team we’ll follow this season.

MCN: HBO generated a network record $200 million in pay-per-view boxing revenue in 2007. Can you repeat that?
RG: I think we’re going to surprise some people by with some big fights live on HBO in the first half of the year. We’re going to prop up the sport again on HBO and then have some big blockbuster pay-per-view fights to look forward to. The upcoming [Bernard] Hopkins-[Joe] Calzaghe [light heavyweight title fight] will be on the network April 19. [On Feb. 16, HBO is presenting the pay-per-view rematch of Kelly Pavlik-Jermain Taylor bout.]

MCN: What are you working on from a documentary perspective?
RG: We’re developing a documentary on the 1960 Cherry Hill U.S. Open golf tournament where, on the back nine, three generations of golf legends squared off against each other. Ben Hogan, the great Arnold Palmer and the amateur and future of the sport, Jack Nicklaus, all fought it out.
In the fall, we’re going to do a documentary on the integration of college football. In the 1960s and early 1970s the landscape of college football changed, particularly in the South and Southwest, and we want to explain how that story unfolded
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[quote=HDTVChallenged;13129115]I bought one of them. But considering I paid about $200 for my super deluxe RP82 with 480 line progressive, component output, DVD-Audio support and the kung-fu grip option, $99 was a bargain.

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Showtime’s Serial Killer Moves to CBS
(To a Not Entirely Warm Welcome)
By Brian Stelter, The New York Times, February 16, 2008

“Dexter,” the Showtime series about a sympathetic-seeming serial killer, went under the knife ahead of its scheduled broadcast debut Sunday night on CBS. The curse words were replaced, and the most visible moments of gore were truncated.

But some concerned groups say the drama, however edited, does not belong on broadcast television at all, because its story line encourages viewers to root for a murderer.

“They intend to air material that effectively celebrates murder,” the Parents Television Council said in a message sent to members two weeks ago. The council, a conservative-leaning group that regularly mounts campaigns against programming it considers offensive, has rallied supporters to call their local CBS affiliates and file complaints. It says it has collected 17,000 complaints in the past two weeks.

CBS has brushed away the concerns. Nina Tassler, the president of CBS Entertainment, said “Dexter” had been edited to comply with the network’s standards and pointed out that it was scheduled for a 10 p.m. time slot, after most children are in bed. She also noted that the show would include the standard V-chip ratings and parental advisories.

“Dexter” represents the gradual blurring of the lines between broadcast and cable. CBS has said it will be the first show to leap from a premium cable channel to a broadcast network in 20 years. (Fox ran some episodes of the Showtime sitcom “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” in 1988.)

Showtime is a subsidiary of the CBS Corporation. CBS looked to Showtime for original programming when the writers’ strike halted production on most television shows.

During the day Dexter Morgan, the protagonist of the series, works for the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood-splatter analyst, and at night kills people he believes deserve to die. The show made its debut to critical acclaim in 2006 and is often credited with boosting Showtime’s stature.

Robert Greenblatt, Showtime’s president of entertainment, said his network had started revising the 12-episode first season to meet CBS’s broadcast standards at the beginning of January. The edits are not extensive; they mostly consist of language alterations and brief cuts of specific scenes. Commenting on the complaints, Mr. Greenblatt said of the show: “It’s fiction. I think people will know that.”

The actors on “Dexter” had already recorded alternate dialogue to substitute for profanity. This is a regular practice by cable television producers, allowing objectionable material to be removed if a show enters the syndication market.

In some cases shots of a pool of blood or a body part have been shortened, Mr. Greenblatt said. But he noted that “Dexter” relies less on shock value than on hints of violence.

“People who haven’t seen it think it’s like the ‘Saw’ movies or some other horror films,” he said. “We suggest violence — he picks up a knife or turns on a power drill — but then we cut away.”

Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, noted that the group never objected to “Dexter” on Showtime. But he argued that its content does not belong on a network licensed by the federal government.

“The essence of their broadcast license is to serve the public interest, not to establish a new acceptable threshold for television violence,” he said.

L. Brent Bozell III, president of the conservative Media Research Center, echoed the concerns in an Internet essay last week.

“It’s one thing to put this blackened filet of soul on a pay-cable channel,” he wrote. “It’s another thing entirely to take it and paste it on one of the Big Three broadcast channels.”

The council has previously raised concerns when cable programs have moved to broadcast syndication. But if history is any guide, the complaints will not succeed in keeping “Dexter” off the public airwaves. Indeed, the protest may backfire; a columnist for Salt Lake City Weekly said CBS was receiving “free boycott press” that could drive viewers to the show.

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With WGA Strike Over, Nets Get On With Show Business
Cable, Broadcast Programmers Get Ready To Roll Out New Programs
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News, 2/16/2008

The writers' strike is now officially over. So, it's back to business for cable and broadcast networks many of which last week announced production and launch dates for new and established scripted shows.

Showtime, the premium service, said the three-month-long strike by membership of the Writers Guild of America didn't affect the production schedules for many of its shows, like Weeds and Dexter.

We just managed to have all of our shows end their production cycles virtually all of the same time around October and November, so all of those shows took their natural hiatuses and we would normally would be assembling our writers right around this time, Showtime president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt said.

Weeds was able to go forward with production during the strike, because of an interim deal the show's production company, Lionsgate, reached with the Writers Guild in January. As a result, the network will launch new episodes in June of the popular series featuring Mary-Louise Parker. For its part, rival HBO is pushing the launch of traditional summer shows such as Entourage into the fall, due to production delays associated with the strike. (See accompanying chart for a schedule of cable series rollouts.)

The four broadcast networks also announced post-strike plans, with NBC and CBS opting to launch new episodes of popular series in late March and early April. NBC comedies My Name is Earl and 30 Rock will return with new episodes on April 3 and April 10, respectively, while CBS will bring back dramas Cold Case, Criminal Minds and CSI: NY during the week of March 30.

But with the exception of Fox, which will offer new episodes of reality series such as So You Think You Can Dance, the broadcast networks will once again yield the summer months to cable and air repeat programming (see related story on page 8).

They're looking at the audiences that are available, the costs involved and where they'll get the largest potential audience, and that usually begins in the fourth quarter, said Katz Television Group director of programming Bill Carroll. As a result, viewers won't find new programming from broadcast networks airing in July or August.

But cable networks will fill their summer schedules with original scripted series. TNT will return The Closer and Saving Grace sometime between June and September, while Lifetime's Army Wives will return in June.

Other programmers, such as A&E Network and TNT, announced post-strike development of new original scripted series. A&E gave the go-ahead for production of the drama series Cleaner, starring Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) as an extreme interventionist who seeks to cure others of their addictions. TNT will give Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, A&E's Nero Wolfe) a starring role in Leverage, about a group of modern-day Robin Hoods.

Other networks won't be bringing some of their shows back after the writers' strike. Lifetime executives said that State of Mind, about a therapist with her own personal problems, will not return for a sophomore run. The fate of the network's other 2006 summer series, Side Order of Life, is undetermined.

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HBO
John Adams, debuts March 16
Entourage, returns in the fall
True Blood, debuts in the fall
Little Britain, debuts in the fall
12 Miles of Bad Road, debuts in 2009
Big Love, returns in 2009
Tell Me You Love Me, returns in 2009
Flight of the Conchords, returns in 2009

SHOWTIME
Weeds, returns June 16
Secret Diary of a Call Girl, June 16
The Tudors, returns March 30
State of the Union, premieres March 30
This American Life, debuts in May 4
Californication, returns this fall
Dexter, returns this fall (CBS encores begin Feb. 17)
Brotherhood, returns this fall
The L Word, currently airing

USA NETWORK
In Plain Sight, debuts April 24
Monk, no deal yet for new season
Psych, new episodes expected for summer
Law & Order: Criminal Intent, new episodes expected for summer
The Starter Wife, to be determined

SCI FI CHANNEL
Battlestar Galactica, new season bows April 4
Stargate Atlantis, fifth season to run this summer
Eureka, to be determined
Sanctuary, to be determined

TNT
The Closer, returns this summer
Saving Grace, returns this summer
Leverage, debuts later this year

TBS
My Boys, returns this summer
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, new episodes in March
The Bill Engvall Show, returns this summer

A&E
Cleaner, premieres this summer

FX
Dirt, seven episodes start airing March 2
The Riches, seven episodes start airing March 18
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, possibly this summer
30 Days, returns this summer
The Shield, after the summer Olympics, in September
Damages, possibly fall
Rescue Me, this fall or early next year

LIFETIME
Army Wives, returns in June

AMC
Mad Men, second season debuts this summer
Breaking Bad, currently airing

ABC FAMILY
Greek, returns March 24
Middleman, debuts this summer
Kyle XY, to be determined

BET
Somebodies, to be determined
Wifey, to be determined

STARZ
Crash, debuts in August


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Sunday Night's Original Episodes
(And some other shows of possible interest)
(HD Shows in red)

7 PM ET/PT
America's Funniest Home Videos ABC
60 Minutes CBS
American Gladiator NBC (two-hour season finale)
CW Now CW

8 PM ET/PT
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC (two hours)
Big Brother CBS
The Simpsons Fox
Classic 60 Minutes: Elton John VH1 Classic (30 minutes)

8:30 PM ET/PT
King of the Hill Fox

9 PM ET/PT
Cold Case CBS (final pre-strike episode)
Knight Rider NBC (two-hour movie, backdoor pilot)
Masterpiece: Pride and Prejudice PBS (two-hours, check local listings)
When Weather Changed History: Dunkirk Evacuation Weather Channel
Family Guy Fox
The Wire HBO
The L Word Showtime

9:30 PM ET/PT
American Dad Fox

10 PM ET/PT
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Now, wait a second, that's 6 HD DVDs you bought at Walmart. Unles you have more than roughly 20 discs, that's works out to be about a third of your personal purchases. That tracks with what was mentioned.

Now, if you have 30 or 40 HD DVD discs, obviously that's a lot less.

I actually have about 50, or at least I will when my latest order arrives from amazon.com, thanks to their "three for the price of two" sale. Even now, when it appears that Toshiba is giving up on HD DVD, I'll still buy discs when I see something that appeals to me, at a decent price.
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