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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post


If there's anyway to make the new forum not perform any manipulations on images that fall under some reasonable limits, it would sure help us be able to maintain the high level of discussions about video image quality that have always distinguished AVSForum from those other lesser forums. wink.gif

Yeah, that could be a big problem. You should start a thread in the site redesign forum here:

http://www.avsforum.com/f/276/platform-launch-help-and-discussion

They are pretty quick to respond and as David said he doesn't read this thread very often. Which is scandalous! wink.gif
post #79952 of 93718
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Business Notes
Disney at war with Redbox over new DVD rental policy
By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Jun. 6, 2012
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Hey, Disney~~

Get off the government lobbying Corp. Welfare dole and grow a pair.
post #79953 of 93718
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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

Same for you.
New Jersey is still in New Jersey, right?

No its all the NY DMA....dork. tongue.gif
post #79954 of 93718
Business Notes
‘House’ Creator David Shore Signs Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 7, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: After eight years at NBCUniversal, House creator/executive producer David Shore is moving to Sony Pictures TV with a three-year overall deal to develop new projects. Under the eight-figure deal, Shore will build up his banner Shore Z Prods. into a full-fledged production company. He is expected to hire a development executive, and along with his own projects, will also develop shows with other writers.

Shore, a former partner at a boutique law firm in Toronto, originally planned to pursue a career as a comedy writer but his legal background helped him break into the drama field with a L.A. Law spec script, which landed him his first writing job on Paul Haggis’ Due South. In 1996, David E. Kelley picked Shore as one of the three original writers on The Practice. After stints on several drama series, including Law & Order and Family Law, Shore wrote the pilot script for House in only his second stab at development (The first was a project at HBO a decade ago.). Shore originally developed House at Universal Television, which was consolidated with NBC Studios as part of the NBC-Universal merger just as his pilot was getting picked up to series by Fox in May 2004.

After a slow start, House grew into one of Fox’s biggest drama hits ever and one of the most popular series in the world. It ended its eight-season run last month, with Shore at the helm from the pilot to the finale, which he wrote and directed. In addition to his TV career, Shore, repped by ICM, the Shuman Co. and attorney Bill Sobel, has been active with the WGA where he is on the board of directors for WGA West.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/06/house-creator-david-shore-signs-overall-deal-with-sony-pictures-tv/
Edited by dad1153 - 6/7/12 at 6:08pm
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Whenever i see deadline i think of that show on HDNet with katie daryl....its not as good as art mann presents, bikini barbershop or get out! but its ok.

Speaking of HDNet someone mentioned that the programming changes will start in early july so will be interesting to see which shows survive the format purge.
post #79956 of 93718
This isn't exactly hot off the press, but last week I was reading Maxim (yep...I'm the dude who also reads the articles) and I found this piece on The Wire. Not the best article (more like a series of quotes), but they do talk to just about everyone involved in the show, and there's some interesting stuff. I didn't know that Snoop was playing a character that close to reality. Turns out she did time for murder before she got the part, and was arrested after the show on drug charges.

Also, The Wire: The Musical. biggrin.gif
post #79957 of 93718
It's not the $15 HBO charges it's the $60 I have to pay first just to get access to HBO that's the issue since I don't feel I get $60 worth of entertainment. Not to mention all the fees for STBs, "broadcast surcharges', franchise fees etc etc. I'm seriously considering cutting the cord regardless.

Cable systems will not really admit it but I believe since HBO is a la carte they have to give you to option to get JUST LIMITED BASIC AND HBO!
post #79958 of 93718
Washington Notes
FCC Chairman Proposes Eliminating Viewability Rule
By Doug Halonen, TheWrap.com - Jun. 7, 2012

In what could turn out to be a big win for the cable TV industry, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is proposing to eliminate the viewability rule — a regulation that requires cable TV operators to ensure that all of their customers have access to local must-carry TV signals.

Under the chairman’s proposal, according to several sources close to the agency, the regulation — which is opposed by the cable TV industry -- would be phased out over six months. After the cut-off date, cable’s analog TV subscribers would have to use digital-to-analog converter boxes to continue receiving broadcast TV must-carry signals.

Also read: Broadcasters to FCC: Don't Let Cable Systems Drop Local Must-Carry Signals

One source close to the FCC said it was believed that Genachowski (pictured) may already have the three votes necessary for a majority vote of the agency’s five commissioners on the regulations. But the FCC commissioners either hadn’t responded to inquiries from TheWrap or had no comment.

Neil Grace, a spokesman for Genachowski, also told TheWrap the chairman could not comment because the rules are still under negotiation.

Unless the FCC acts to extend the viewability rule, the regulations will expire June 12.

The FCC originally adopted the rule in 2007 so that the millions of cable TV subscribers with analog TV sets could continue getting must-carry TV station signals after the broadcast TV industry switched from analog to digital transmission.

The rule has required cable operators to either retransmit the must-carry signals in both analog and digital formats or to ensure that all subscribers have the equipment needed to view the signals on their TV sets.

The FCC originally set a three-year limit on the rule, assuming that most cable systems would also have switched completely to digital by this time. But about 12.6 million of cable’s customers are still equipped with analog sets and could lose access to must-carry signals if the rule is allowed to expire.

The chairman’s proposal is opposed by must-carry broadcasters — generally the smaller independent, religious and foreign-language broadcasters in each market -- that depend on the regulations for carriage.

The cable TV industry claims that the regulation violates cable’s First Amendment rights by making operators devote channel space they could use for other programming to delivering duplicative must-carry signals in both analog and digital formats.

Broadcasters on Thursday also announced the formation of a new group, Independent Voices for Local TV, to lobby Congress and the public for a three-year extension of the rule.

The viewability rule, according to a news release from the new lobbying group, protects 12.6 million analog-only cable TV households with more than 34 million cable TV viewers from losing access to the must-carry stations signals. Under Chairman Genachowski’s proposal, according to the group, the FCC is “pushing the burden on to consumers to make broadcast stations viewable.”

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/fcc-chairman-proposes-eliminating-viewability-rule-43211
Edited by dad1153 - 6/7/12 at 6:08pm
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WEDNESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media INsight's Blog.
Edited by dad1153 - 6/8/12 at 1:16am
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Nielsen Notes
Fox cha-chas to big Wednesday win
Averages a 2.4 in 18-49s with 'So You Think You Can Dance'
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jun. 7, 2012

On a night with almost no original competition, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" thrashed the competition.

Fox and "Dance" averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and 7 share from 8 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, double the average for Univision and CBS, which tied for second on the night with a 1.2/3 apiece.

"Dance" grew from a 2.2 in its first half hour to a 2.6 in its last.

The only other original program on the Big Four last night was CBS's "Dogs in the City," which averaged a 0.9 at 8 p.m., down from a 1.3 for last week's debut.

ABC had the night's No. 2 show, a rerun of "Modern Family," which averaged a 1.4.

With Fox No. 1 for the night and Univision and CBS tied for second, ABC finished fourth in primetime at 1.0/3, NBC fifth at 0.9/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1 and CW seventh at 0.3/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won't be available for several weeks. Forty-four percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. Fox led with a 2.3 for "Dance," followed by Univision with a 1.0 for "Un Refugio para el Amor." ABC, CBS and NBC all tied for third at 0.9, ABC for repeats of "The Middle" and "Suburgatory," CBS for "Dogs" and NBC for reruns of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" and "Up All Night." Telemundo was sixth that hour with a 0.6 for "Una Maid en Manhattan" and CW seventh with a 0.3 for a repeat of "America's Next Top Model."

Fox finished first again at 9 p.m. with a 2.6 for more "Dance," while ABC moved to second with a 1.3 for repeats of "Family" and "Happy Endings." CBS was third with a 1.2 for a "Criminal Minds" rerun, Univision fourth with a 1.1 for "Abismo de Pasion," NBC fifth with a 0.8 for a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for "Corazon Valiente" and CW seventh with a 0.3 for more "Top Model."

At 10 p.m. CBS and Univision tied for first at 1.3, CBS for a "CSI" rerun and Univision for "La Que No Podia Amar." NBC was third with a 1.1 for another "SVU" rerun, ABC fourth with a 0.8 for repeats of "Don't Trust the B—- In Apartment 23" and "Modern Family," and Telemundo fifth with a 0.3 for "Relaciones Peligrosas."

Among households, Fox and CBS tied for first for the night, each with a 4.0 average overnight rating and a 7 share. NBC was third at 2.6/4, ABC fourth at 2.1/4, Univision fifth at 1.7/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/1 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/fox-cha-chas-to-big-wednesday-win/
post #79961 of 93718
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

It's not the $15 HBO charges it's the $60 I have to pay first just to get access to HBO that's the issue since I don't feel I get $60 worth of entertainment. Not to mention all the fees for STBs, "broadcast surcharges', franchise fees etc etc. I'm seriously considering cutting the cord regardless.
Cable systems will not really admit it but I believe since HBO is a la carte they have to give you to option to get JUST LIMITED BASIC AND HBO!

Cable companies also rake in huge profits on those premium channels, Comcast charges an outrageous $19.99 per premium channel. Comcast pays HBO $6 for the channel. Nice profit, especially in my market(San Francisco bay area) where we get only a single HD channel of HBO!.
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Washington Notes
FCC Chairman Proposes Eliminating Viewability Rule
I wonder what company and what position Genakowski has been promised once he leaves his present position as cable industry shill in the guise of an FCC chairman?
post #79963 of 93718
Q&A
Top Turner Execs on 'Conan' Ratings, Passing on Charlie Sheen and Canceling 'Men of a Certain Age'
By Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter - Jun. 7, 2012

Steve Koonin is not afraid to make enemies of his broadcast TV rivals. The Turner Entertainment Networks president famously stages his TBS/TNT upfront in the middle of the Big 5 presentations, first using the platform four years ago to blast the quality of broadcast shows. These days, the Atlanta-based Koonin, 54, and his L.A.-based president of programming, Michael Wright, 50, are still nipping at the networks, trotting onstage in May with Conan O'Brien (formerly of NBC) and the cast of Cougar Town (formerly of ABC). Their swagger comes from performance: TBS and TNT rounded out 2011 as top-five cable networks among the coveted 18-to-49 demographic with such series as Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies and The Big Bang Theory repeats -- and both have the ability to be, as Koonin puts it, "broadcast replacement."

In the coming months, the former Coca-Cola marketing exec (Koonin) and onetime actor (Wright) will introduce The Closer spinoff Major Crimes, revive the classic soap Dallas and make their latest foray into reality with The Great Escape. The pair, married fathers with seven children between them, sat down in mid-April to discuss early hesitation on Dallas, a love for reality TV and their most controversial decision.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: You've said TBS is a few years behind TNT. How does the former catch up?

Michael Wright:
TNT had a huge advantage in 2005: Law & Order. That show would routinely do a 3 or 4 household rating, and the demos were in the high 1 to 2 millions. It was a remarkable lead-in, and we knew how to use it. We went around town and said the winner of the pilot sweepstakes was going to go on Mondays at 9 p.m. behind Law & Order. We wanted a show that L&O fans would find recognizable and relatable but one that had its own voice, and we found it with The Closer.

Steve Koonin: Do you remember what our mantra was? We’re a hit waiting to happen. Monday, 9 o’clock.

Wright: We went around saying that. We didn’t dictate the show that we wanted for that spot; we just said here’s the kind of show that we want and the environment that it will live in. We haven't had that, frankly, until now on TBS. As much as I love The Office, it's not a blockbuster. Same with Family Guy. These are marvelous shows, but The Big Bang Theory is a broad-appeal comedy.

THR: As you evolve, who is the TBS target viewer?

Wright:
We're programming to that Big Bang audience, which Steve calls the "comedy relatables." They don't want dark, nasty or snarky. That's the primary target, followed by the "comedy rebels." That's much more of the Family Guy or Conan audience: irreverent and a little edgier. Never say never, but we're not chasing [FX's] Louie. It's a terrific show, but it's not really what we're about. We're about the Judd Apatow or Todd Phillips audience.

Koonin: It's a group that's dealing with a lot of life firsts: first house, first big career and first marriage. We've spent a lot of time understanding those mind-sets so we can build against them. TBS should be their Prozac.

THR: You've bet big on Tyler Perry through the years. How does his fare fit into that plan?

Koonin:
Tyler was a zig and a zag at the time, meaning there was nobody talking to the African-American audience. It was part of our broadcast-replacement strategy. We have one new series from Tyler, For Better or Worse, coming back this July, and we'll see.

THR: Are you looking to do more?

Koonin:
We like where we are with it.

THR: You didn't look at Charlie Sheen's Anger Management. Why?

Koonin:
Charlie was suing our company. We're one company. We work very closely with Bruce Rosenblum and Peter Roth at Warner Bros., and we didn't feel it was appropriate for us. And I have not one regret in the world.

Wright: Steve called me and said, "What do you think of the show?" Honest answer, I just didn't think it was going to work -- not for us. It might be a big success for FX, and I wish them well.

THR: You're moving into unscripted. What's the appeal?

Wright:
We call TNT the drama network, and unscripted is the new drama for, if not the majority, a significant portion of viewers.

THR: How did the deal to move Cougar Town from ABC to TBS come to pass?

Koonin:
In April, Michael got a call from the folks at Disney. It's a very good show with critical acclaim. It wandered a bit on the ABC schedule, and I don't think [creator] Bill Lawrence's dissatisfaction was a secret. We saw it as a chance to get into business with a show that we thought we could make a centerpiece.

THR: Getting Conan was big, but ratings dropped quickly. How has the show fit with your expectations?

Koonin:
We put him in a situation where he could not have matched expectations. He could not have matched his opening week, and we didn't expect him to. The show is everything we thought it would be. We worked incredibly hard to build TBS as a comedy network, but we didn't have a face. We got one with Conan.

THR: What's the most frequent note you give Conan?

Wright:
Be yourself.

THR: How do you plan to fill the hour after Conan, which has been vacant since Lopez Tonight's cancellation?

Wright:
How we program it and who we program it with, we're still talking about. If you can't tell, we'd much rather be the tortoise than the hare. That same lack of impulsiveness is why you'll often see us give first-year bubble performers the benefit of the doubt.

Koonin: I keep the pilots of Sex and the City, Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond in my desk drawer because it reminds me what a show could be one day.

THR: What else is in your drawer?

Koonin:
A rubber nose and a bunch of crap. [laughs]

THR: TNT's ratings have slid a bit. What's to blame?

Koonin:
For a while there weren't a lot of shows to buy off of broadcast, and since we're tasked with building a business that programs 168 hours a week, having [strong off-net options] is a crucial element for both tone and volume.

Wright: We call it the Lost period, when broadcasting went heavily serialized with shows like Lost, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice that [didn't repeat well]. TNT had an over-reliance on Bones and L&O. So what affected us in 2011 and early 2012 was something that actually happened in 2006.

THR: There’s a growing contingent that believes off-net repeats have become expensive and unreliable. Thoughts?

Koonin:
We stand firmly in both camps. With Big Bang, we've got an opportunity similar to Law and Order. We’re bringing in 1.6 million to 1.7 million and on many nights Big Bang beats broadcast comedy. It has allowed TBS to get the bragging rights to number one, which is great; and, more important, it's expanded the whole network. But not everything works, and it’s getting harder because you’re buying these shows much earlier because the market is forcing it and we don’t have a ton of data. In a lot of ways, the acquired is every bit as risky as the original.

THR: How so?

Koonin:
Because when you buy something you give up a lot of control. You’re not in control of the schedule, the marketing or the promotion.

THR: You run these networks with 3,000 miles between you. How does that work?

Koonin:
We talk three to five times a week. I call Michael a lot of nights on the ride home, and he calls me on the ride in. The head of most networks is a programmer; I'm not. He looks at things through a creative lens, and I look at things through a business/marketing lens. We complement and conflict a lot. I like to say oysters only make pearls when they're irritated. We are the irritant to each other.

THR: How do you resolve those conflicts?

Koonin:
Pretty much what I say. No, I'm kidding.

Wright: Aaaand scene. [laughs]

Koonin: But, truthfully, I think we've only really disagreed once in 10 years.

THR: About what?

Koonin:
Whether we should keep Men of a Certain Age on. We both deeply loved the show, but we were the studio. If we were only licensing it, we probably would have taken another run. Instead, we were taking the full brunt of an extraordinarily expensive show, and at the end of the day, I had to make a business call that bothers me terribly.

Wright: In retrospect, I respect the decision. I thought it was one of the best things we'd ever put on, and it meant a lot to the perception of the network, but this is a business.

THR: What else do you watch on TV?

Koonin:
We both love unscripted shows.

Wright: Survivor and The Amazing Race are two of the best shows on television.

Koonin: At 6 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll start downloading Survivor for the plane ride home on Saturday.

Wright: Want me to tell you what happened?

Koonin: No! I've already had to erase six Survivor e-mails today.

THR: Yet you're the guys who are reviving Dallas, the ultimate soapy family drama. What prompted it?

Wright:
When it was pitched to me, my response was, "Oh, we can't do that." Then the script came in, and I said: "It's a great script. We'll pilot it, but that's it." Then I saw the pilot, and it was great. The point is, they earned it.

Koonin: When Michael called me about Dallas, my first thought was, "That show changed my life." I asked out my wife of 27 years on our first date on a Friday night in 1983. She said, "I'd really like to, but it's the finale of Dallas, and I've been watching all season." I said: "I have a VCR. Why don't we go out to dinner and come back and watch it?" It was season six, episode 132. So the idea that I run the network that's bringing back Dallas blows my mind.


This story first appeared in the June 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-koonin-michael-wright-tbs-conan-obrien-334264
post #79964 of 93718
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Originally Posted by mrvideo View Post

Interesting that you say that, and yet your avatar is a pirate ship biggrin.gif

Buccaneers fan.
post #79965 of 93718
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

Washington Notes
FCC Chairman Proposes Eliminating Viewability Rule
By Doug Halonen, TheWrap.com - Jun. 7, 2012
In what could turn out to be a big win for the cable TV industry, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is proposing to eliminate the viewability rule — a regulation that requires cable TV operators to ensure that all of their customers have access to local must-carry TV signals.

. . . .

The viewability rule, according to a news release from the new lobbying group, protects 12.6 million analog-only cable TV households with more than 34 million cable TV viewers from losing access to the must-carry stations signals. Under Chairman Genachowski’s proposal, according to the group, the FCC is “pushing the burden on to consumers to make broadcast stations viewable.”
http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/fcc-chairman-proposes-eliminating-viewability-rule-43211

Why not make it harder on the consumer, that seems to be the way things work in the world today, why should the FCC look out after the consumer, when it can get in good with the big boys. If they haven't noticed the poor are getting poorer and this wonderful recovery hasn't applied to the lower income consumer, the ones I'm sure that make up the majority of the 12.6 million analog-only watchers.
post #79966 of 93718
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Originally Posted by rsambuca View Post

Ah, so you are 100% against piracy, but that certainly won't stop you from stealing Game of Thrones! rolleyes.gif


You better watch what you accuse others of without proof. I didn't say I would do anything. I merely stating an option MANY could take.

Anyways here's a scenario. Black dude goes into a store run by racist white guy to buy $2 loaf of bread. White guy says "I don't sell to blacks I don't want your money". Black guy lays $2 on the counter and leaves with the bread. White guy takes the $2 and tears it up and throws it in the trash. Did the black guy steal the bread? Nope.
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Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

Why not make it harder on the consumer, that seems to be the way things work in the world today, why should the FCC look out after the consumer, when it can get in good with the big boys. If they haven't noticed the poor are getting poorer and this wonderful recovery hasn't applied to the lower income consumer, the ones I'm sure that make up the majority of the 12.6 million analog-only watchers.

you know this rule was passed YEARS ago. This was the rule that stated that cable had to still carry analog channels 3 years after the OTA analog to digital transition. Well 3 years are up. Sorry grandma has to get a little box to hook up to her TV. I'm tired of waiting for more HD and not getting it because my cable company is bandwidth constrained because hangers-on still want their 60 analog channels.
post #79968 of 93718
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Originally Posted by BCF68 View Post

you know this rule was passed YEARS ago. This was the rule that stated that cable had to still carry analog channels 3 years after the OTA analog to digital transition. Well 3 years are up. Sorry grandma has to get a little box to hook up to her TV. I'm tired of waiting for more HD and not getting it because my cable company is bandwidth constrained because hangers-on still want their 60 analog channels.

I'll just pass on commenting on this one. I'll just say I don't believe that this change would help you one bit in getting more HD.
post #79969 of 93718
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Originally Posted by BCF68 View Post

Buccaneers fan.

I'm not a sports watcher, so most team logos are unknown to me.
post #79970 of 93718
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Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

I'll just pass on commenting on this one. I'll just say I don't believe that this change would help you one bit in getting more HD.

Fact, 1 analog channel uses as much bandwidth as 2 or even 3 HD channels.
Fact, cable has a limited amount of spectrum. What is it 865 MHz tops?
math says 65 analog channels=390 Mhz. So nearly half the spectrum dedicated to outdated analog.

Directv, DishNetwork, FiOS, U-verse all require a box. Cable does it and they are evil money grubbing bastards.
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

Hey Dave,
I just tied posting a screen capture to another thread and noticed something that I think is going to be a big issue for this forum.
With the old forum, if we stayed under some limits, it was possible to post an image and the forum software would not resize or recompress the image. But in this new forum there doesn't seem to be anyway around it resizing and recompressing the image. This doesn't matter for most forums, but on AVSForum, we have a long history of posting screen caps to point out video artifacts. Up till now, we were able to crop our screen caps to keep them under the limits so that when we posted the image, we knew that what we uploaded would be what everyone on the forum would see. But now, when the forum automatically resizes and recompresses the image, it adds artifacts that obscure the artifacts that we were trying to expose.
If there's anyway to make the new forum not perform any manipulations on images that fall under some reasonable limits, it would sure help us be able to maintain the high level of discussions about video image quality that have always distinguished AVSForum from those other lesser forums. wink.gif

Also ... some of us would really like to be able to disable the display all of these "screen caps" and whatever else might be lurking amongst them ...
post #79972 of 93718
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Originally Posted by BCF68 View Post

Fact, 1 analog channel uses as much bandwidth as 2 or even 3 HD channels.

Not if you're doing it (HD) right.
post #79973 of 93718
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Originally Posted by BCF68 View Post

Fact, 1 analog channel uses as much bandwidth as 2 or even 3 HD channels.
Fact, cable has a limited amount of spectrum. What is it 865 MHz tops?
math says 65 analog channels=390 Mhz. So nearly half the spectrum dedicated to outdated analog.
Directv, DishNetwork, FiOS, U-verse all require a box. Cable does it and they are evil money grubbing bastards.

I stand by my original statement:
"I'll just say I don't believe that this change would help you one bit in getting more HD."

The math that counts, they don't have to pay for the HD channels, but they still charge you like they do and as far as I'm concerned
they are all evil money grubbing bastards and that includes the content providers as much if not more than the distributors.
post #79974 of 93718
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

I wonder what company and what position Genakowski has been promised once he leaves his present position as cable industry shill in the guise of an FCC chairman?
For exactly how many years are cable companies supposed to subsidize analog viewing, a technology that was phased out at the broadcast level because it was horribly inefficient? Low cost television service is not an entitlement any more than low cost internet service is.

The rule makes about as much sense as a rule mandating that MSN and AOL be compelled to offer dial up service for no reason other than it was once the status quo.
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

For exactly how many years are cable companies supposed to subsidize analog viewing, a technology that was phased out at the broadcast level because it was horribly inefficient? Low cost television service is not an entitlement any more than low cost internet service is.
The rule makes about as much sense as a rule mandating that MSN and AOL be compelled to offer dial up service for no reason other than it was once the status quo.

I really don't have a problem with it, as long as local HD channels do not require a box rental from the cable company, I don't see where there's a differentiation made between digital and analog, it just says "must carry signals", inclusive of both formats.
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
FRIDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options

(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:

8PM - Shark Tank
(R - Feb. 2)
9PM - Primetime: What Would You Do?
(R)
10PM - 20/20
(R)
* * * *
11:35PM - Nightline (LIVE)
Midnight - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Charlize Theron; boxer Manny Pacquiao; Graffiti6 performs)
(R - May 24)

CBS:

8PM - Undercover Boss: University of California, Riverside
(R - May 1, 2011)
9PM - CSI: NY
(R - Nov. 11)
10PM - Blue Bloods
(R - Jan. 6)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Don Rickles; Carrie Underwood performs)
(R - Apr. 30)
12:37AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Author Anne Rice; comic Geoff Tate)
(R - Mar. 19)

NBC:

8PM - Whitney
(R - Jan. 11)
8:30PM - Community
(R - Oct. 13)
9PM - Dateline NBC (120 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Tom Cruise; skydivers Felix Baumgartner and Joe Kittinger; Kool and the Gang performs)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Ben Stiller; chef Anthony Bourdain; Japandroids perform)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham; Foster the People performs)
(R - Apr. 11)

FOX:

8PM - House
(R - Jan. 23)
9PM - Bones
(R - Nov. 10)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)

8PM - Washington Week in Review
8:30PM - Need to Know
9PM - Paris the Luminous Years: Toward the Making of the Modern
(R - Dec. 15, 2010)

UNIVISION:

7:50PM - Fútbol: México vs. Guyana (120 min., LIVE)
10PM - La Que No Podía Amar

THE CW:

8PM - Nikita
(R - Sep. 30)
9PM - Supernatural
(R - Sep. 30)

TELEMUNDO:

8PM - Una Maid en Manhattan
9PM - Corazón Valiente
10PM - Relaciones Peligrosas

HBO:
10PM - Real Time with Bill Maher (LIVE; Journalist E.J. Dionne; editor Michael Brendan Dougherty; filmmaker John Waters; economist Dambisa Moyo)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi from "The Real Housewives of Orange County"; comic Arden Myrin; comic Chris Franjola; comic Jo Koy)
(R - May 31)
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TV Notes
Friday's TV Highlights: 'Common Law' on USA
By Los Angeles Times' 'Show Tracker' Blog - June 7, 2012

[ALL TIMES LISTED ARE PACIFIC TIME]

AN EX PARTNER (Greg Germann) shows up with a high-profile case for Travis (Michael Ealy) in a new episode of "Common Law" at 10 p.m. on USA.

SERIES

Whale Wars:
In this new episode a mysterious vessel heading toward the Steve Irwin is identified as part of the Japanese whalers’ security detail (9 p.m. Animal Planet).

The Ricky Gervais Show: In this new episode Karl shares his idea for a machine that would make doctors more empathetic by letting them experience what their patients are feeling (9 p.m. HBO).

Fairly Legal: Justin (Michael Trucco) introduces Kate (Sarah Shahi) to a Brazilian singer and activist. Virginia Williams and Ryan Johnson also star in this new episode (9 p.m. USA).

Louisiana Lockdown: This new series takes viewers inside Angola Prison, the nation’s largest maximum-security penitentiary (10 p.m. Animal Planet).

Comedy Bang! Bang! Zach Galifianakis discusses his place in the pantheon of comic actors and talking dogs in the premiere of this new series (10 p.m. IFC).

Bunk: Comics compete in absurd games in this new series (10:30 p.m. IFC).

SPECIALS

Seal Wars:
In this special, the Sea Shepherds of “Whale Wars” turn their attention to the nearly 90,000 seals that are clubbed to death each year along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast for use in high-fashion garments (7 p.m. Animal Planet).

MOVIES

Another Happy Day:
A wedding stirs issues for the groom’s (Michael Nardelli) relatives, particularly his mom (Ellen Barkin) in this 2011 drama. George Kennedy, Thomas Haden Church and Demi Moore also star (8 p.m. Showtime).

SPORTS

College baseball: Super Regionals:
LSU vs. Stony Brook (9 a.m. ESPN2); Arizona vs. St. John’s (Noon ESPN2); Florida State vs. Stanford (4 p.m. ESPN2); Texas Christian vs. UCLA (6 p.m. ESPN).

Baseball: The Chicago Cubs visit the Minnesota Twins (5 p.m. WGN); the Angels visit the Colorado Rockies (5:30 p.m. FSN); the Dodgers visit the Seattle Mariners (7 p.m. FS Prime).

Boxing: Kelly Pavlik vs. Scott Sigmon (7 p.m. ESPN2).


http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-fridays-tv-highlights-common-law-on-usa-20120607,0,7211319.story
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Business Notes
‘Body Of Proof’ Drops 3 Regulars, Will Add 1
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 8, 2012

In May 2003, ABC gave then-bubble drama series The Practice a last-minute renewal at a significantly reduced license fee. Shortly thereafter, the show let go seven of its 11 regular cast members, including star Dylan McDermott and female leads Lara Flynn Boyle and Kelli Williams. Nine years later, the last-minute renewal of another bubble ABC procedural, Body Of Proof, at a reduced budget too has led to multiple cast departures. It is not the bloodbath of The Practice proportions as star Dana Delany is staying put, but three of the show’s seven regular cast members were not picked up for next season: Nicholas Bishop, who played Medicolegal Investigator Peter Dunlop, sidekick to Delany’s medical examiner Megan Hunt last seen clinging to life in the finale’s cliffhanger, and John Carroll Lynch and Sonja Sohn, who played the show’s police detectives. News is not that bad for Lynch, who did a pilot in second position that went to series, new NBC drama Do No Harm.

With no detectives, it appears that Body Of Proof will focus squarely on the workings of the medical examiner office. As for Delany, she will be getting a new sidekick. According to a released breakdown, the series will add one new regular next season — a 30something male ethnic guy who works in the medical examiner’s office and spars with Hunt.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/06/body-of-proof-drops-3-regulars-will-add-1/
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TV Sports
Miller says Open 'wide open, except for Tiger'
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Jun. 8, 2012

NBC lead golf analyst Johnny Miller says "golf needs Tiger Woods to at least threaten on Sundays for the TV ratings."

Woods surged to a dramatic win in the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, and Las Vegas betting odds Thursday made Woods an even bigger favorite — at 11-2 — in next week's U.S. Open. But Miller still sees a big X factor: "It looks pretty green light. But what's bandying about in his head I don't know. It seems like he has it together enough to win regular tournaments. But I don't know about the majors because he wants them so badly."

CBS' Nick Faldo saw a "turning point" in Woods' play Sunday. But Miller notes "we were all gushing over Tiger" after he this season won the Bay Hill Invitational and then "fell apart at The Masters with the pressure of another major." Still, Miller says the Memorial "gave me more confidence (in him) because guys would fold around him like in the old days."

Miller grew up in San Francisco and started playing at the Olympic Country Club, the Open's site, at age 12 — "I know Olympic better than anybody playing this year." It's an "awkward course where if you normally shoot 80, you might hit 95-100" with "slopey fairways" that "don't favor the long hitters. Tiger should probably just forget his driver."

The kind of player suited for an Open at Olympic: "Unflappable ones with semi-boring personalities, showing no emotion — almost automatons. … And every one of the top 10 finishers in last year's Open is playing lousy now. So it's wide open, except for Tiger."

ESPN early-round Open coverage, before NBC's weekend coverage, will get a made-for-TV player group in Woods being teamed with Masters winner Bubba Watson and golf's other ratings mover, Phil Mickelson. And Miller gives a plug to ESPN's show: "The secret of the U.S. Open is that first round. Viewers should watch because somebody in that day's top 15 will probably win it all."

Import: Rebecca Lowe is a soccer TV "presenter" at ESPN UK but is now in ESPN's Bristol, Conn., offices as a host for ESPN/ESPN2's 31-game coverage of the UEFA European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine. And yes, she says, she'll call it football on-air, "because that's what it is."

Lowe, one of just two women on TV soccer in England, says she "can't get over how many women there are at ESPN." At home, she says, she's had objects thrown at her. "I've had a huge amount of sexual abuse — beyond sexism — coming down over me over the years. You guys here seem to accept women in top-level roles. … But it's ingrained in the culture in England that football is a man's game."

It's almost a tradition for announcers leaving ESPN to make fun of placid Bristol. But Lowe says so far she "likes to work in a place where I don't get stared at, like I'm an object, even on the street where you hear, 'There's that girl who does football.' ''

Running numbers: After drawing 5% of U.S. households for Wednesday's series-clinching Oklahoma City Thunder-San Antonio Spurs game, TNT finishes its NBA playoff coverage averaging 3.1% of U.S. households for 42 games — its second-highest-rated NBA playoffs in 28 years, trailing only last year's ratings. … The NHL's tiny Stanley Cup Finals ratings remained tiny with the New Jersey Devils-Los Angeles Kings Game 4 on Wednesday on the NBC Sports Network cable channel drawing 1.2% of U.S. households — down 33% from the Boston Bruins-Vancouver Canucks Cup Final Game 4 last year. NBCSN's Game 3 drew 1% — down 33% —while the first two games on NBC averaged 1.8% — down 25%.

Belmont connections: NBC Belmont Stakes producer Rob Hyland has a connection to Saturday's race: His father-in-law, Michael Matz, is the trainer of Union Rags, considered to be a prime threat to I'll Have Another's chances.

While co-producing NBC's Florida Derby in 2006, Hyland met Matz's daughter Michelle, who was working as an NBC production assistant for that race. Married in 2009, Rob and Michelle recently had a daughter, Chloe. During the race, mother and daughter will sit with trainer (and dad/grandad) Matz, who will have an NBC camera focused on him. But Hyland says they shouldn't expect preferential treatment. Matz "stays out of my business and I stay out of his. I treat him and Union Rags no differently that I do any other trainer or horse," Hyland says.

Spice rack: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, in an interview with BobCostas on MLB Network on Saturday (2 p.m. ET), will explain what he would have done for work if he hadn't gone into baseball.

"I'm embarrassed," Leyland says. "I love to sing. … I love soft rock. I'm not into rap too much, obviously." Why should that be obvious?

The main game in Fox's five-game regionalized MLB prime-time coverage Saturday is — surprise! —New York Mets at New York Yankees, going to 48% of the U.S.

Parting shot: With the San Antonio Spurs out of the NBA playoffs, TNT's Charles Barkley says he hopes Spurs star Tim Duncan retires now. "He is obviously slowing down. I want to remember him as a great player," Barkley says.

Engine change: As TNT on Sunday inherits NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Fox, it will add a NASCAR Generations segment to its pre-race show in which announcers and guests share racing memories. On Sunday, TNT's Kyle Petty will share an especially touching one about his father Richard: "The King always used to say, 'When I walk through my house, there are a lot of memories in the trophies. But I don't know where the money went.' "

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/story/2012-06-07/hiestand-miller-says-Open-wide-open-except-for-tiger/55452084/1
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TV Notes
Charlize Theron Sells Hatfields & McCoys Project to NBC
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Jun. 8, 2012

Charlize Theron is ready to go a-feuding with NBC.

The "Snow White and the Huntsman" actress has sold a modern-day version of the Hatfields and McCoys saga to the network, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Theron will serve as producer on the project, which is being produced by ABC Studios via her Denver and Delilah production shingle. "Prison Break" executive producer Dawn Olmstead and "Requiem for a Dream" producer Beau Flynn are also on board to produce, with "Eagle Eye" scribe John Glenn writing.

The pickup follows on History Channel's successful "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries, which set viewership records for ad-supported cable, raking in 14.3 million total viewers with its May 30 finale. That version of the saga starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the patriarchs behind America's most famous family feud.

The actress's Denver and Delilah has produced Theron-starring films such as 2003's "Monster" and last year's "Young Adult."

Deadline first reported the news.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/story/2012-06-07/hiestand-miller-says-Open-wide-open-except-for-tiger/55452084/1
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