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post #80461 of 93705
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Originally Posted by BCF68 View Post

They do. It's called ESPN. wink.gif
All kidding aside they do have a SEC Network and they do broadcast OTA. Unfortunately for me the 2 closest stations are WJKT in Jackson, TN( actually Alamo ) and WUXP in Nashville. Neither which is carried by my cable company and both are difficult to get in via OTA. WJKT because they choose to broadcast at only 392 kW and has an antenna a good 300 feet lower than it should be. WUXP broadcasts at 1000 kW but they use a very directional antenna that cuts the effective power to 53 kW for me.
BTN (Big Ten Network) took a while for all of the cable companies (including U-Verse) to accept it, so the first year of its existence, I missed several of my beloved Purdue football & basketball games. However, by year two, every football game and all but a couple of very early season non-conference basketball games were available either on BTN, ESPN, ESPN2, or one of the major networks, usually ABC or CBS.
post #80462 of 93705
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Originally Posted by mrvideo View Post

Illinois can't collect tax on something that I bought.
Of course not; you live in Wisconsin.  I was using my home state as an example.
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Never have and UPS trucks have driven thru your state.
UPS trucks aren't the merchant's own trucks.  If the merchant's own trucks sometimes deliver into Illinois or cross Illinois, and there is a sale into Illinois delivered by common carrier and not by any of those trucks, then Springfield wants Illinois sales tax on it.
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If Illinois does collect taxes from IL residents who purchase stuff using that flimsy excuse, ouch.
Yes, ouch.
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Originally Posted by RemyM View Post

This is the way it works in CT. Items shipped by a common carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc) out of state are exempt from sales tax in the state the order originates in and don't give the selling company nexus in the state they are delivered to. Items delivered by the selling company's trucking service are subject to sales tax to the state they are delivered to. If you don't get charged sales tax by the seller, you have to pay the state "use tax" on your purchases. We have a line on our state income tax return to pay our use tax. If you put no amount on the line then you are deemed to not have filed a use tax return and the statute of limitations doesn't start. If you put "0" for use tax when you actually owe it then you have filed a false return. YMMV
That is almost exactly how it works in Illinois, except that our state income tax return has a schedule for calculating the use tax figure for the line on the return itself.  There also are default figures for use tax based on income, which one may use without submitting a calculation or needing to prove it.
Edited by dattier - 6/29/12 at 8:59am
post #80463 of 93705
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Originally Posted by dattier View Post

That is almost exactly how it works in Illinois, except that our state income tax return has a schedule for calculating the use tax figure for the line on the return itself.  There also are default figures for use tax based on income, which one may use without submitting a calculation or needing to prove it.
Illinois is notorious for targeting small offenders under the idea that it will scare the big offenders into complying voluntarily. (like the RIAA ?) Make a mistake on your Federal taxes - you can probably negotiate a reasonable settlement. Make a mistake on your State taxes and you're going down unless you have deep pockets and a good lawyer here.
post #80464 of 93705
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
ESPN extends Rose Bowl deal
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - Jun. 28, 2012

Just watch, baby: The second game of ESPN's NFL Week 1 Monday night doubleheader is as close to a throwaway game as an NFL regular-season game can get.
It generally gets ESPN's worst NFL rating.

Thats not true....for example last year there were 3 MNF games that rated lower as theres always some dog matchup or a game that goes against the world series or something.
post #80465 of 93705
Okay, even the playing field- get rid of all sales taxes! Just joking, but I fail to see why the government should get paid just because I buy something. I am partial to income taxes and users fees to fund government. BTW, some states do not have a sales tax so it's not that big of a leap.
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

I'm confused as to how taxing you for something you buy on the internet that would be and has always been taxed if you bought it at Best Buy instead is unfair. Online shopping is putting a dent in same store sales that can no longer be ignored. Companies that provide retail jobs across the country are finding their stores and their employees serving as show rooms and salespeople for online vendors because of lower prices, partly the result of freedom from local sales tax. In the process, tax free online shopping is not just hurting these brick and mortar businesses; it's hurting state and local governments that depend on local sales tax revenue.
As we often hear on television, the government shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers. Allowing online stores to skirt sales tax obligations is a subsidy that perhaps made sense in the infancy of the internet, but is now doing little more than pad their bottom lines at the expense of local businesses and, yes, the taxpayer.
Amazon and others have gotten a free ride for over fifteen years now and have exploited that advantage to the moon. Time to start playing by the same rules as everyone else now. The long term picture for brick and mortar retail expansion is bad enough without giving online vendors yet another leg up.
post #80466 of 93705
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

I'm confused as to how taxing you for something you buy on the internet that would be and has always been taxed if you bought it at Best Buy instead is unfair.

Im just bitchin n moanin about it cause im so used to not paying that tax.

IMO it should be every state pays amazon tax or no state pays....not a this state does/this state doesnt deal.
post #80467 of 93705
Just came to bash E* for dropping AMC. mad.gif

Don't want to stream or to illegally download Breaking Bad.
I do not want to wait 1+ years for the show to be released on DVD. I do not own a BRD player yet.
I don't have any "friends" in the city to where I can go to their house and watch it in HD & DD 5.1

I think I am SOL for this years Breaking Bad mad.gif
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

Dish to Replace AMC Networks on Saturday Night
DBS Provider to Drop AMC, IFC, WeTV, Add HD Movies, HD Net, Style; Programmer Continues to Talk with AT&T U-verse
Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 6/29/2012 10:51:49 AM

http://www.multichannel.com/article/486603-Dish_to_Replace_AMC_Networks_on_Saturday_Night.php
post #80468 of 93705
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

Im just bitchin n moanin about it cause im so used to not paying that tax.
IMO it should be every state pays amazon tax or no state pays....not a this state does/this state doesnt deal.
The taxation required to support the NYC infrastructure is significantly different than the taxation required to support Billings MT.
post #80469 of 93705
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Sports
How WIll NFL’s Kickoff Time Change Affect CBS’ Sunday Schedule?
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 28, 2012

One possible scenario that the network is looking at is changing its listings for Sunday night when following a game to have 60 Minutes start at 7:15 PM.

Witht the game 4:25 there is no Way 60 mins starts 7:15.

If they think that then theres this bridge in brooklyn that i would love to sell to them.
post #80470 of 93705
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Originally Posted by JMCecil View Post

The taxation required to support the NYC infrastructure is significantly different than the taxation required to support Billings MT.

But i haven paid amazon tax all these years & now i will....how is the infrastructure significantly different today by paying compared to yesterday not paying.
post #80471 of 93705
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Originally Posted by dcowboy7 View Post

But i haven paid amazon tax all these years & now i will....how is the infrastructure significantly different today compared to yesterday.
it has been getting less income than projected as that tax isn't paid (even though you are still supposed to pay it yourself directly). So, the infrastructure is getting squeezed out of projected revenues.
post #80472 of 93705
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Originally Posted by kingpcgeek View Post

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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Monster products are hardly what I'd call "higher scale electronics".
Sarcasm detector not working today?
Hard to tell with that poster sometimes. redface.gif

My comment though was more focused on the fact that Amazon does not really compete with a store like Best Buy anyway because a Best Buy is like a corner drug store of electronics, it's generally just a bunch cheap, low end junk marketed toward the less discerning enthusiast. There are a few exceptions, like Apple, but Apple products generally cost the same no matter where you buy them.

As far as the sales tax thing goes, Amazon probably should be charging sales tax where applicable, but if anyone thinks that being forced to do so is going to hurt Amazon's business, it's just not going to happen. I would say at most, the implementation of sales tax will be nothing but an insignificant blip in Amazon's revenues.
Edited by keenan - 6/29/12 at 10:50am
post #80473 of 93705
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

As far as the sales tax thing goes, Amazon probably should be charging sales tax where applicable, but if anyone thinks that being forced to do so is going to hurt Amazon's business, it's just not going to happen. I would say at most, the implementation of sales tax will be nothing but an insignificant blip in Amazon's revenues.

True, dat. Amazon has already trained its customer base well. People who use it like to use it for convenience, vast selection, one-stop shopping, and [usually] free shipping anywhere in the country. Finally having to pay state sales tax probably won't change their habits. Won't change mine.
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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes to divorce

One of Hollywood's most talked-about couples has come to an end.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce after five years of marriage, Cruise's attorney tells CNN.

"Katie has filed for divorce," Cruise's attorney says in a statement. "Tom is very sad about it and is concentrating on the kids.”

An attorney for Holmes added in a separate statement, "This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest."

The pair tied the knot in November 2006 after welcoming their only child, daughter Suri, in April of that year.

Cruise and Holmes didn't shy away from the cameras, with footage of Holmes' sexy dance with her husband at a benefit in 2010 going viral.

Just last month, Cruise, 49, was gushing about his 33-year-old wife in an interview with Playboy.

"I'm a romantic," the "Rock of Ages" actor said. "I like doing things like creating romantic dinners, and she enjoys that. ... I'm just happy, and I have been since the moment I met her. What we have is very special."

This was Holmes' first marriage and No. 3 for Cruise. The actor was wed for 10 years to actress Nicole Kidman, with whom he has two children, and before that had said "I do" to actress Mimi Rogers.

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/29/report-tom-cruise-katie-holmes-set-to-divorce/?hpt=hp_t2
post #80475 of 93705
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Originally Posted by JMCecil View Post

that tax isn't paid (even though you are still supposed to pay it yourself directly).

Caesar: "And you, by yourself, you get $56,000. Alone. And that's tax-free money."

Winters: "Whadya mean, tax-free?"

Caesar: "Well, I mean, if we go down to this park and we uncover the money, and we. . . um. . . I'm sure he's not going to declare anything. I know, I know, he's not going to declare anything. And I'm, you know, not gonna declare anything. . ."

Winters: "What are you talking about 'declare' it?"

Caesar: "Well, I mean, it's like nontaxable income. It's like a gift."

Winters: "But sure, if we find the money, we still have to report the taxes. Otherwise, it's like stealing from the government."

Caesar (turning to Berle): "Oh, brother, could you explain it to him?"

Berle: "Who, me? Well, you see, if we find the money, there may not be any taxes on it. Because we did find the money. What he was trying to say is. . ."

Winters: "Listen, everybody has to pay taxes - even businessmen, that rob and cheat and steal from people every day, even they have to pay taxes."

Caesar: "I give up."

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THURSDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Solid return for ABC’s ‘Wipeout’
Season premiere top program of the night with a 1.9 in 18-49s
By Diego Vasquez, Media Life Magazine - Jun. 29, 2012

The summer season of ABC's "Wipeout" got off to a solid start last night.

The 9 p.m. reality competition posted a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating in its 9 p.m. timeslot, according to Nielsen overnights, the top-rated show of the night and improving on last season's finale by 27 percent.

The 1.9 was the highest rating for "Wipeout' since Jan. 12, and it gave ABC its best summer performance in the Thursday 9 p.m. slot in just over a year, since June 23 of 2011.

"Wipeout" nearly doubled its lead-in, a lowly 1.0 at 8 p.m. for the struggling reality singing competition "Duets."

In fact, "Duets" pulled ABC's average down to a 1.3 overnight rating and 4 share for the night among 18-49s. It tied for second with CBS behind Univision's 1.4/4.

Fox was fourth at 1.1/3, NBC fifth at 1.0/3, 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.

Also, ratings for NBC's Olympic trials coverage are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data.

CBS started the night in the lead with a 1.8 at 8 p.m. for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and "2 Broke Girls," followed by NBC with a 1.7 for Olympics trials. Univision was third with a 1.2 for "Un Refugio para el Amor," ABC and Fox tied for fourth at 1.0, ABC for "Duets" and Fox for "Take Me Out," Telemundo was sixth with a 0.5 for "Una Maid en Manhattan" and CW seventh with a 0.3 for "Breaking Pointe."

ABC moved to first at 9 p.m. with a 1.9 for "Wipeout," while Univision jumped to second with a 1.3 for "Abismo de Pasion." Fox was third with a 1.2 for "The Choice," CBS fourth with a 1.1 for a repeat of "Person of Interest," NBC fifth with a 0.7 for "Saving Hope," Telemundo sixth with a 0.6 for "Corazon Valiente" and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of "The Vampire Diaries."

At 10 p.m. Univision led with a 1.6 for "La Que No Podia Amar," with ABC and CBS tied for second at 1.1, ABC for "Rookie Blue" and CBS for a repeat of "The Mentalist." NBC was fourth with a 0.8 for "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and Telemundo fifth with a 0.3 for "Relaciones Peligrosas."

CBS was first for the night among households with a 4.3 average overnight rating and a 7 share. ABC was second at 3.0/5, NBC third at 2.8/5, Univision fourth at 1.9/3, Fox fifth at 1.7/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.7/1 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/solid-return-for-abcs-wipeout/

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Nielsen Notes
‘Today’ plunges in second quarter
Morning show falls 10 percent in total viewers, to 5.025 million
By Bill Cromwell, Media Life Magazine - Jun. 29, 2012

Ann Curry's ouster from "Today" reflected just how worried NBC is about its long-dominant morning show, and the latest ratings show why.

The gap between "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America" sharply narrowed in the second quarter to the slimmest margin in 17 years.

And while that was some of 'GMA's" doing–it was up 1 percent in total viewers–it was more about "Today's" undoing.

The NBC show slid 10 percent in total viewers

"Today" averaged 5.025 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, with ABC right behind at 4.953 million, a gap of just 109,000.

That was "Today's" smallest advantage since second quarter 1995.

"CBS This Morning" averaged just 2.428 million total viewers during second quarter, down 2 percent from last year.

"Today's" lead was larger in the key news demo of adults 25-54, where it averaged 2.16 million to "GMA's" 1.919 million. CBS averaged 950,000 25-54s, also off 2 percent.

"Today" still has yet to lose a week to "GMA" in that demo in 15 years, though "GMA" did snap "Today's" 15-year winning streak among total viewers in April.

That ultimately led to Curry's dismissal as NBC searches for a way to revive its lagging show.

But simply replacing Curry is not likely to fix the show's ratings woes, and in the near-term it could conceivably worsen them.

There's already a full-blown backlash over the callous manner in which the network pushed Curry out.

Her tearful farewell yesterday–the network gave her only a few minutes at the end of the broadcast to say goodbye–came off as clunky and almost spiteful, as if she alone was responsible for the ratings slide.

But more to the point, her ouster doesn't address the real source of "Today's" problems. It's certainly not one person or one thing behind the ratings slide, and those other factors have yet to be identified.

If anything, the mangled ouster speaks to just how much at a loss the network is about how to revive the show.

Past departures were handled with far more grace, notably those of Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/today-viewership-plunges-during-second-quarter/
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Business Notes
Dish Network Tells Subscribers That AMC, IFC, And WE Will Be Gone Tomorrow
By David Lieberman, Deadline.com - Jun. 29, 2012

This weekend could begin a tough stretch for AMC Networks — and for Dish Network customers who enjoy shows such as Breaking Bad. AMC, IFC, and WE will no longer be available to Dish’s 14.1M customers beginning tomorrow night at 11:59 PM ET when the companies’ carriage contract expires. They aren’t talking, so odds are virtually nil that there’ll be a last-minute settlement. And Dish this morning continued its attack on the independent programmer, saying that it will replace AMC’s channels with what it calls “stronger movie and entertainment content.” Dish will offer HDNet Movies on Channel 130, Style on Channel 128, and HDNet (which is evolving into an entertainment and music channel called AXS.TV) on Channel 131.

AMC says Dish is using its customers as pawns to pressure the cable networks company to drop a $2.5B breach of contract suit involving the VOOM suite of HD channels. But Dish says it’s sticking up for subscribers by resisting a big price hike for the company behind shows including Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and The Killing. “AMC Networks requires us to carry low-rated channels like IFC and WE to access a few popular AMC shows,” says Dish SVP Programming Dave Shull. “The math is simple: it’s not a good value for our customers.” Dish adds that AMC “has further devalued its programming by making its handful of popular shows available to consumers via iTunes, Netflix and Amazon.com.” The company notes that AMC also faces turbulence from AT&T U-verse, which said this week that it also might yank the networks this weekend. AT&T says that AMC wants it to “pay nearly double what we believe other competitors pay — including a smaller-sized competitor.” AMC responded that it deserves compensation that “reflects the popularity of our programming.” There’s some hope of a settlement here; the companies are still talking. AMC shares have lost about 18% of their value since early May when Dish said it planned to drop the company’s channels.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/06/dish-network-tells-subscribers-that-amc-ifc-and-we-will-be-gone-tomorrow/
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TV Notes
NBC to stage live telecast of 'The Sound of Music'
By Lynette Rice, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Jun. 29, 2012

NBC is alive…with The Sound of Music. The network announced that it will team with Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to present a live broadcast of the venerable musical.

“It is our supreme pleasure to broadcast — live — a new version of the seminal Broadway musical The Sound of Music for a whole new generation,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt. “There used to be a tradition of broadcasting musicals live back in the 1950s and we’re thrilled to do it once again with a musical that has been a family classic for five decades. There is no more talented and creative producing team than Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final – and most beloved – collaboration to network television in this groundbreaking live telecast.”

Added Zadan in a statement, “It isn’t our intention to produce a remake of the movie version of’The Sound of Music’ – that would be artistic blasphemy. What we want to do, instead, is to give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event, combined with the spontaneity of a live performance. And all of the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings.”

Casting will begin immediately and an airdate will be announced shortly.

Besides producing the big screen versions of Hairspray and Chicago, Meron and Zadan also were the masterminds behind the telecasts of Cinderella, Annie, and Gypsy.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/06/29/nbc-to-stage-live-telecast-of-the-sound-of-music/
post #80480 of 93705
FCC/Washington Notes
Supreme Court Declines to Review Broadcast Indecency, Media Cross-Ownership
By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Hollywood, Esq.' Column - Jun. 29, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear two cases involving the FCC, and in doing so, have let stand a lower court's decision to throw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS over Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl broadcast as well as challenges to U.S. media-ownership rules that bar corporations from operating a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in a single market.

The decision not to hear the case involving Janet Jackson's exposed breast at the 2004 Super Bowl, seen briefly by 90 million TV viewers, means that an appellate ruling holding the FCC had acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in making its fines upon CBS will not get further review. The Supreme Court's brief order denying cert puts an end to the long-running dispute.

The case was previously heard by the Supreme Court, finding that the FCC was "entirely rational" when changing its policy on indecency. But, the high court left open the question whether the fine violated the network's constitutional rights, remanding it back to the 3rd Circuit, which last October, decided that the FCC was unclear about its direction to networks.

“The balance of the evidence weighs heavily against the FCC’s contention that its restrained enforcement policy for fleeting material extended only to fleeting words and not fleeting images," wrote 3rd Circuit judge Marjorie Rendell last year.

The Supreme Court's decision not to follow up on this ruling follows a ruling last week that the FCC had violated the networks' due process rights by being "vague" and not giving enough advance notice on its policies.

As for the challenge to media-ownership rules, broadcaster and newspaper groups wanted the Supreme Court justices to take a look policies that the FCC has in place that govern cross-ownership rules. The media appellants cited the First Amendment and believe that advances in technology and changes in the communications medium necessitated a re-examination of the restrictions. They sought a ruling that declared "scarcity" in the public airwaves as no longer being the justifiable reason to limit cross-ownership.

The FCC has tried to loosen the policies in recent years, although not enough in the eyes of some big media companies, and last year, among several cases on this issue, the 3rd Circuit rejected an FCC decision to relax the ban on common ownership of local broadcast stations and newspaper located in the same market; the D.C. Circuit found that restrictions on how many stations one company can own in a market to be arbitrary and capricious.

The Supreme Court denied cert on several appeals on the media ownership rules without comment.

"We're disappointed the Supreme Court declined to review rules that limit local broadcasters' ability to compete with our national and multinational pay programming competitors," said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton in a statement.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-janet-jackson-declines-review-broadcast-fcc-343542
post #80481 of 93705
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

True, dat. Amazon has already trained its customer base well. People who use it like to use it for convenience, vast selection, one-stop shopping, and [usually] free shipping anywhere in the country. Finally having to pay state sales tax probably won't change their habits. Won't change mine.

And as law abiding citizens of North Carolina, we all make sure to pay Use Tax on our yearly tax returns to cover all untaxed out of state purchases. biggrin.gif
post #80482 of 93705
Add in the customer reviews, technical specs, etc. Makes shopping much easier that standing in an aisle trying to read fine print.
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

True, dat. Amazon has already trained its customer base well. People who use it like to use it for convenience, vast selection, one-stop shopping, and [usually] free shipping anywhere in the country. Finally having to pay state sales tax probably won't change their habits. Won't change mine.
post #80483 of 93705
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Originally Posted by BIGA$$TV View Post

Add in the customer reviews, technical specs, etc. Makes shopping much easier that standing in an aisle trying to read fine print.

Absolutely. I get way more useable info out of those user reviews than I do out of a BB sales pitch. At BB I'm left wondering if they just hawk the products with the highest profit margin. smile.gif
post #80484 of 93705
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Originally Posted by BIGA$$TV View Post

Add in the customer reviews, technical specs, etc. Makes shopping much easier that standing in an aisle trying to read fine print.

Absolutely. I get way more useable info out of those user reviews than I do out of a BB sales pitch. At BB I'm left wondering if they just hawk the products with the highest profit margin. smile.gif
I see what you did there... biggrin.gif
post #80485 of 93705
Looks like AT&T is headed towards dropping AMC Networks from it's lineup,
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The AT&T* U-verse® TV contract with AMC Networks for channels including AMC, IFC and WE tv, expires at 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30. AT&T issued the following statement:

We are making every effort to reach a fair agreement and continue providing these channels to our customers. Frankly, we’re disappointed AMC Networks has decided to take its negotiations public, instead of working with us in good faith, especially since we’re still actively in negotiations. We’ve been in ongoing negotiations to renew this agreement, but AMC Networks is seeking an excessive rate increase in our overall fees for the right to deliver these channels. AMC Networks is asking that AT&T pay what we believe is nearly double what other competitors pay - including a smaller-sized competitor. We believe the rates they are seeking are disproportionate compared to the viewership we see across their channels. We don’t think that’s reasonable, especially in these economic times, and we will continue to work toward a fair deal.

There’s an ongoing industry trend in which an increasing number of content providers seek unreasonable price increases from their service providers as those contracts expire. If we accept this cost increase from AMC Networks, it could result in higher prices for customers, and would only encourage other content providers to make similar demands. We don’t want customers to lose these channels, but we need to take a stand now to keep costs down while continuing to provide the quality programming customers want and deserve.

http://uverseonline.att.net/web_files/NEXTGEN/web_files/uverse-custom/one-offs/fighting-4-you/dk_fighting4you.html
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TV Notes
It's Official: CBS Revives 'Unforgettable' for Summer 2013
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Jun. 29, 2012

It's official: CBS is bringing Unforgettable back from the dead.

The network announced Friday via Twitter that it is reviving the Poppy Montgomery drama with a truncated 13-episode order for summer 2013.

"Hey #Unforgettable fans. It's official, the series will return to #CBS for summer 2013," CBSTweet wrote Friday afternoon.

The series about a female detective (Montgomery) who remembers everything except the day her sister was murdered was canceled in May to clear space on the network's schedule for the four drama pilots the network ordered to series.

The drama from Ed Redlich, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman had been a steady performer at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, averaging 12.1 million viewers and a 2.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

The series was one of two at the time (including CBS' A Gifted Man) that hailed from EPs Beverly and Timberman to end their run in May. However, the duo's Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary was one of the network's hourlong efforts to land a series order. They will now have two series on the air.

Unforgettable, which co-stars Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), joins Fox's Christian Slater workplace comedy Breaking In, which the network brought back from the dead after canceling it in May 2011.

Breaking In was canceled (for a third time) in May after it failed to attract viewers in its prime post-New Girl slot on Tuesdays, drawing around 3 million viewers.

Breaking In hailed from Sony Pictures Television, which produced Unforgettable with CBS Television Studios.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-unforgettable-renewed-summer-2013-343776
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TV Notes
Mark Cuban's HD Net to become AXS, but big changes will wait
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Jun. 29, 2012

On Monday, Mark Cuban's cable channel HD Net will become AXSTV. But for now, the only thing that will change is the name.

AXS -- a partnership of Cuban, concert giant AEG, Ryan Seacrest and Creative Artists Agency -- is hoping to eventually become the CNN of entertainment and pop culture.

Cuban apparently is in no rush to throw a half-baked product on the air. Although next week the switch will be flipped to turn the channel from HD Net into AXS, new programming isn't likely to appear for at least a few weeks, and when it does, it will be in small doses.

Fans of HD Net will immediately notice that some shows are gone, including "Girls Gone Wild" and other risque fare. The channel also will run more concerts.

When AXS does launch its own content, it will be for only several hours once a week. The network's flagship show, "AXS Live," will be shot at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. No on-air talent has been hired to host the program, which will serve as a news show of sorts about what's happening in the worlds of entertainment, fashion, sports, music and celebrity.

"AXSLive" is looking for on-air reporters in Northern California; Seattle or Portland, Ore.; Texas; Miami; and Nashville to complement its Los Angeles and probable New York correspondents. A job posting on AXS' website describes the show as "the world’s music and pop culture voice" and says it wants reporters who "take us into the story LIVE, into the music LIVE, into the event LIVE every time, EVERY day."

Tapped to oversee "AXS Live" is Debra Weeks, a veteran producer who has had stints at the tabloid show "Hard Copy" and was a longtime executive for reality TV producer Bruce Nash. And "Extra" producer Drew Lavey has jumped to "AXS Live."

Satellite broadcaster Dish Network is set to add the new AXS in 10 million of its 27 million households next week. Dish is giving AXS the spot that was held by AMC, which Dish said it is dropping this weekend because it hasn't reached a new carriage deal.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-axs-20120629,0,531296.story
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TV Sports
NBC Goes Digital for Olympics, but Tape Will Still Roll in Prime Time
By Richard Sandomir, The New York Times - Jun. 28, 2012

I have, for 20 years, written copiously about NBC’s use of tape-delay during the Olympics. I bore witness to the pre-1992 Summer Games vow of Terry O’Neil, then the executive producer of NBC Sports, that the events from Barcelona, Spain, would be shown “plausibly live” — on tape but delivered as if live.

“Will it feel live to them?” O’Neil said. “Yeah. It’s designed to.”

O’Neil’s coinage codified the way foreign Olympics broadcasts, primarily, were covered. Events were taped because prime time in the United States coincides with the post-midnight hours in Europe. Announcers called races, games and matches live to tape. At its best, hosts like Bob Costas clued us in that what we were seeing was in the past, and hopefully, kept their tenses and time zones straight.

And even when marquee events could be shown live, NBC held them for prime time.

Costas compared the tape-delayed broadcast of the 2000 Summer Games from Sydney, Australia, to the History Channel.

“It wasn’t just delayed,” he said Wednesday during a news conference to preview NBC’s coverage of the Summer Games in London. “It was the next day. I was presenting events that in some cases I had attended and that I then read about in the Sydney newspaper while being driven to the broadcast center.”

But NBC’s plans in London represent a break from the past and a continued embrace of it.

Every event will be shown live, online, at NBColympics.com. Live events will also be seen on the NBC Sports Network, CNBC, MSNBC and NBC in the mornings and afternoons. But in prime time, NBC’s broadcasts will be on tape, focused, as usual, on swimming, diving, gymnastics, track and field, and beach volleyball. And features, shorter and less tearful over the years, will retain their part of the mix.

NBC has been moving toward a digital Olympics, a bit fitfully, and somewhat fretfully, since 2008.

But now, it appears to be a wholehearted shift to the digital present. Starting July 27,

NBCOlympics.com will stream 3,500 hours of live coverage, with a peak of 40 simultaneous streams, to verified cable, satellite and telephone company customers. It is easy, and correct, to ask: what took NBC so long?

Mark Lazarus, the chairman of the NBC Sports Group, said during the news conference: “As times have changed there is a sense to satisfy all people with technology. And the ability to provide live streams of every event is one that we now have.”

The technology might be better in 2012, but it did not appear out of a genie’s bottle last month. NBC has changed. Comcast, a technology-savvy company, owns a majority of NBC Universal. And the regime that runs the NBC Sports Group does not think live-streaming all the sports will cannibalize prime-time ratings — unlike Dick Ebersol, who ran the division from 1989 until last year and slashed the number of live streams from 25 at the 2008 Beijing Games to two during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Costas, NBC’s prime-time host for the ninth time, suggested that the former Olympic business model that Ebersol championed was not wrong — and that criticism of it was off base.

It is easier, he said, “if you’re writing for newspaper X to say with righteous indignation, ‘This is some sort of outrage.’ And yet if you swapped jobs that day with Dick Ebersol or now Mark Lazarus, they would either do exactly the same thing or they would be fired and then taken to a sanitarium.”

NBC did what it had to do, with its dependence on prime-time advertising to finance its rights fees, and without billions of dollars of ESPN-like subscriber fees, to pay its Olympic rights fees. But NBC’s adherence to a business model that made sense internally did not mean that fans, and those who are paid to watch, were wrong in registering their dismay at taped sports events and minimal live streaming.

But technology, and corporate ownership, have clearly altered NBC’s Olympic course.

NBC has so far booked about $60 million in digital advertising, helped by the unleashing of all the live streams. All told, NBC’s national advertising sales for the Olympics are at $950 million, $100 million ahead of the total from the Beijing Games. Still, even when other revenue sources are included, NBC does not expect to earn a profit, not with its $1.18 billion rights fee for the London Games. But Lazarus said that NBC does not expect to lose as much as it originally expected as recently as last year.

This might be the Olympics that hard-core fans and those with casual knowledge of Olympic sports have been craving for a long time. If viewers are satisfied with streaming live events wherever they are, and NBC still attracts a large audience in the evenings, Lazarus could build an early legacy.

“Well, I don’t think you can create a legacy with one Games,” he said. “So my strong legacy is to be invited back to do the next one.” Seated beside him, Costas said: “Well, it’s only a year and a half; they can’t can you in that space of time. You’re going to Sochi, if only as punishment.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/sports/olympics/nbc-will-show-every-olympic-event-live-online.html?_r=1&ref=media
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TV Notes
A&E’s ‘Longmire’ Renewed For Season 2
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 29, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Four weeks into its freshman run, I’ve learned that A&E’s new drama series Longmire has been renewed for a second season. The Western-flavored series starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff premiered with 4.1 million total viewers to become the A&E’s most-watched scripted series debut of all time and the highest-rated new cable scripted drama of 2012 among total viewers and adults 25-54 (1.4 million viewers).

Over the first four airings, Longmire has averaged 3.9 million total viewers and 5.3 million viewers with Live +7 data for the first 2 weeks.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/06/longmire-renewed-season-2-ae-series/
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TV Notes
Savannah Guthrie to replace Ann Curry as 'Today' co-host
By Gary Levin, USA Today - Jun. 29, 2012

NBC's Today show officially announced Savannah Guthrie as its new co-host Friday, a day after Ann Curry's tearful farewell to Matt Lauer and the gang, and the afternoon after she quietly took her seat at the show.

Her official start won't be till July 9, thanks to next week's holiday and planned vacations by the new co-anchor and Lauer.

"In just a few short years Savannah has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player," said NBC News President Steve Capus in a statement, citing her appearances on NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, Rock Center and Dateline. "She's got an undeniable range, and she's earned the trust of the news community, her colleagues and our viewers alike."

But Guthrie, 40, is no stranger to the top-rated morning show either. She has hosted Today's third hour since last June, in what amounted to an on-air tryout, just as Curry took over for Meredith Vieira in the show's first two hours. She also has been a substitute for Vieira and Curry.

The change-up comes amid a ratings dropoff for Today, still the No. 1 morning show, as ABC's Good Morning America has made steady gains.

Guthrie, 40, a lawyer who will remain NBC's chief legal correspondent, has been considered the heir apparent for several weeks as speculation about Curry's future has intensified.

"She's got the right stuff," says Andrew Tyndall, who analyzes network news for The Tyndall Report. "She's clearly smart … and very good live on air. She has the touch you need on a morning show, the ability to switch between being serious and being lighthearted, in a way that Ann Curry didn't."

After working at local stations in Columbia, Mo., Tucson and Washington, where she covered the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Guthrie graduated from Georgetown Law School and had a brief stint as a lawyer at a private firm, according to her official NBC biography. She then joined Court TV as a correspondent, covering news such as Michael Jackson's child-molestation case and Martha Stewart's insider-trading trial.

"So much of the morning TV agenda nowadays is the true-crime beat, and that fits in well with her area of expertise," Tyndall says.

Guthrie joined NBC in 2007, worked as White House correspondent and covered Sarah Palin's VP run. She hosted MSNBC's The Daily Rundown in 2010-11 before moving to Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/story/2012-06-29/savannah-guthrie-today-show/55920638/1
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