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Forum: HDTV Programming   07-22-2014, 07:46 PM
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Posted By veedon
Yeah, there's something charming about being...

Yeah, there's something charming about being boldly blatant and audacious about shilling for the sponsor. Viewers of "Burns and Allen" knew Harry von Zell as the announcer for the show, so when the...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-22-2014, 07:09 PM
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Posted By veedon
Worst one EVER? Not quite ... Try to find...

Worst one EVER? Not quite ...

Try to find some videos of kinescopes from the early 1950's. In the era of live television, commercials were worked into the scripts all the time.
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-21-2014, 05:19 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
The U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that under...

The U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that under the current regulations that interpret and apply existing law, Aereo does not qualify for a compulsory license.

So, in order to survive, Aereo will...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-20-2014, 09:19 PM
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Posted By veedon
Not quite as in-your-face as the singing Texaco...

Not quite as in-your-face as the singing Texaco men or Lucy and Desi peddling smokes.
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-20-2014, 05:29 PM
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Posted By veedon
Yeah, but those are just visual product...

Yeah, but those are just visual product placements. I was thinking more along the lines of Gracie Allen marveling how the Carnation people could get such wonderful milk from a bunch of flowers. That...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-20-2014, 04:32 PM
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Posted By veedon
Maybe TV shows should go back to having...

Maybe TV shows should go back to having advertisements incorporated into the shows, the way they were in the very early days of TV, when a plug for some product would be put into portions of the...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-19-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
Paying money for an ad-free experience? That's...

Paying money for an ad-free experience? That's terrible. Let's have some egalitarianism. No DVRing and no paying to avoid commercials. Let everyone, rich and poor like, watch commercially supported...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-19-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 2,620
Posted By veedon
Well, Ken Burns has a new documentary coming out...

Well, Ken Burns has a new documentary coming out in September, and a lot of the archival material will be from the newsreel era and the early period of television.
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Forum: Latest Industry News   07-19-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
It sounds as though securing streaming rights...

It sounds as though securing streaming rights could be very expensive for Aereo.
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-18-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
OK. But what about a traditional cable company,...

OK. But what about a traditional cable company, such as Comcast? When Comcast secures retransmission rights for a local station on one of the Comcast cable systems, does that automatically allow...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-17-2014, 07:30 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
Does anyone know the answer to the question of...

Does anyone know the answer to the question of whether local stations have the legal right to put syndicated programming that they did not produce themselves onto the internet? I mean, can a local...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-16-2014, 04:33 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
Aren't negotiations for internet streaming rights...

Aren't negotiations for internet streaming rights often separate from negotiations for cable TV retransmission rights? Does a local station even have the legal right to put the syndicated programs...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-15-2014, 04:48 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
It's because the internet is a very new way of...

It's because the internet is a very new way of distributing "television" content to viewers, and the economics and regulatory environment have not yet been fully figured out.

In the very old days,...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-14-2014, 08:25 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
Perhaps Congress should pass some laws to make...

Perhaps Congress should pass some laws to make OTA a more attractive option again. Tax credits for community antenna installations in apartment complexes, for instance. Or credits for businesses that...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-14-2014, 06:50 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
Poor Aereo. Not even as successful as DuMont. The...

Poor Aereo. Not even as successful as DuMont. The big guys always win.
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-14-2014, 06:03 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
OK, so what's the conclusion? Will Aereo be able...

OK, so what's the conclusion? Will Aereo be able to compete against the big guys, or will Comcast and DirecTV squash Aereo like a bug? I predict Aereo gets squashed.
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-14-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 2,620
Posted By veedon
Why did television production shops switch over...

Why did television production shops switch over almost entirely to videotape in the 1970's? Was it purely a matter of cost savings? The material done on film in the 60's definitely looks better...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-13-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
Exactly. The heritage of broadcast OTA television...

Exactly. The heritage of broadcast OTA television needs to be respected, even if that means the government stepping in in some way to reduce the power of the cable companies. Retransmission consent...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-13-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 2,620
Posted By veedon
My affiliates for AntennaTV and Me-TV seem to be...

My affiliates for AntennaTV and Me-TV seem to be doing a good job, especially with the shows that were originally shot on film rather than videotaped. Of course, George Burns and Gracie Allen were...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-13-2014, 04:43 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
And what is a "minimal access fee"? Cable...

And what is a "minimal access fee"? Cable companies are already required by federal law to sell a very basic package that typically just includes the locals that have given consent for retransmission...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-13-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 592
Views: 21,921
Posted By veedon
There's also an Aereo discussion going on in a...

There's also an Aereo discussion going on in a thread in the Latest Industry News section of the News forum. The discussion deals with Aereo's prospects in retransmission consent.
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-13-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
That's one way of looking at it, but it's hard...

That's one way of looking at it, but it's hard for me to feel sorry for the cable companies when I consider how they have allowed the content of the programming that they carry to degenerate over...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-13-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 2,620
Posted By veedon
Although I am sometimes critical of digital...

Although I am sometimes critical of digital television because of some mild annoyances such as the postage stamp effect, I must say that overall I am pleased with the completed transition to digital...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-12-2014, 08:57 PM
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Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
Those days were long ago. Back then people...

Those days were long ago. Back then people accepted the idea that they cannot get everything they want, and they accepted the idea that some kinds of programming should not be allowed. The FCC even...
Forum: Latest Industry News   07-12-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,964
Posted By veedon
What is the current situation in terms of cable...

What is the current situation in terms of cable companies and retransmission rights? When a cable company gets the rights to retransmit a local station on its system, does it automatically get the...
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