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TV/Business Notes Cord cutting trend is not Comcast's friend By Carol Kopp, USA Today/Minyanville.com - Apr. 21, 2014 The trend is not a friend to the cable television industry. And soon the phrase "cable television industry" is likely to be more or less a synonym for Comcast, which is in the process of a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable that would give it a combined reach across 30% of America. The company will have about 35 million subscribers compared to fewer...
TV Notes Aaron Sorkin Apologizes for The Newsroom By Anna Silman, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Apr. 22, 2014 The Newsroom tends to take a sanctimonious approach to recent history, and many journalists take issue with the show's apparent desire to tell them how they should have done their jobs. In an interview with former Obama speech-writer Jon Favreau on Monday night at a Tribeca Film Festival discussion, Aaron Sorkin tried to make amends with the press corps. “I’m...
TV/Critic's Notes Layoffs, Low Ratings and Image Problems – Al Jazeera America Faces Uphill Battle By Anita Bennett, TheWrap.com - Apr. 21, 2014 After hiring hundreds of people, including former CNN anchors Joie Chen and Soledad O'Brien; and promising to deliver unbiased reporting, Al Jazeera America launched to lots of attention last August. But so far, the network hasn't sparked much interest from viewers. “Al Jazeera America launched with the intent to fill a...
Nielsen Overnights (18-49) ‘Believe’ and ‘Cosmos’ grow on Easter NBC drama posts a 1.2 in 18-49s, hitting four-week high By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Apr. 21, 2014 Easter is generally a slow night for broadcast, but two new midseason shows saw nice week-to-week gains last night. NBC’s “Believe” hit a four-week high with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up 20 percent from last week. In the same hour, Fox’s “Cosmos: A...
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Critic's Notes Aereo Case Will Shape TV’s Future By David Carr, The New York Times' 'Media Equation' Column - Apr. 21, 2014 Throughout America’s business history, the victories and spoils went to the visionaries who made all manner of things — actual things like cars, pharmaceuticals and entertainment. But more and more, many of the splashy business victories are going to companies that find a way to put a new skin on things that already exist. Uber does not own a single...
TV Notes John Turturro Replaces Robert De Niro in HBO's James Gandolfini Mini 'Criminal Justice' By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Apr. 21, 2014 HBO's long-gestating miniseries Criminal Justice -- originally planned as a starring vehicle for the late James Gandolfini -- has undergone a casting change. Robert De Niro, who signed on to replace the late Sopranos star, has exited the seven-hour miniseries due to a scheduling conflict, with O...
TV/Technology Notes Cutting the Cord: Antennas let you tune in TV for free By Mike Snider, USA Today - Apr. 19, 2014 The oft-forgotten TV antenna could help lessen your dependence on pay TV. In addition to making their programming available on cable, fiber and satellite TV systems, more than 1,780 stations are transmitting digital TV channels that can be picked up in many cases by small indoor TV antennas. Antennas are catching on as many consumers wean themselves off...
Business Notes Netflix to raise prices, says it opposes Comcast-TWC merger By Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Apr. 21, 2014 Higher prices are the new black for Netflix. The Los Gatos, Calif., streaming video company plans to raise prices for new customers by $1 or $2 a month this quarter, the company said Monday in its quarterly earnings release. Existing customers will continue to pay the current prices for "a generous time period," the company...
TV Notes HBO Renews Comedies ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Veep’ for 2015 By Rick Kissell, Variety.com - Apr. 21, 2014 HBO has extended the runs of comedies “Veep” and “Silicon Valley,” picking up both shows for a 2015 season. “Silicon Valley,” from Mike Judge and partially inspired by his own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s, premiered April 6 with 1.98 million viewers, according to Nielsen. Its second of eight episodes in season 1, on April 13, drew...
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