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post #87151 of 93699
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

Most HD cable boxes have RF outputs. I say let's phase out the SD channels altogether and let the 4:3 folks see shows in letterbox format.
They've been doing that in Europe for a decade..... wink.gif
post #87152 of 93699
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Originally Posted by mrvideo View Post

With Splicer 3.0 now operational, a station should never have to use the SD downconvert anymore if a crawl needs to be put out. That is assuming that they spent the money to buy the box to interface to the splicer so that a crawl can be done.

The station has to have "compliant" equipment (it is a VERY small list) before FOX will allow it to be connected and configured. The crawl does not come by default engaged. It must be configured by Cisco which maintains the splicer for FOX.
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TV Notes
CBS Pulls Tornado-Themed 'Mike & Molly' Finale
By Philiana Ng, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 20, 2013

CBS is pulling the tornado-themed Mike & Molly season finale off the air.

“Due to the tragic events this afternoon in Oklahoma, we are pre-empting tonight’s season finale of Mike & Molly, which has a related storyline," CBS said in a statement.

Originally scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Monday, the third-season closer featured a tornado hitting Chicago. Here's the official description for the finale: "Mike and Carl get stuck working at the Renaissance Faire after their boss, Patrick, gets dumped by Mike's mother. Later, as a tornado descends on Chicago, Mike and Molly each confess important news to each other."

Instead, a Mike & Molly repeat will air in its place. The season finale will be broadcast "at an appropriate date."

A two-mile-wide tornado hit suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, prompted by a severe storm system that hit the area Sunday.

CBS renewed Mike & Molly for a fourth season, which will receive a midseason premiere.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mike-molly-finale-pulled-due-525705
post #87154 of 93699
TV Notes
‘666 Park Avenue’s Unaired Episodes Slated For Summer, Will Be Paired With ‘Zero Hour’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 20, 2013

Cancelled ABC drama 666 Park Avenue will return on Saturday, June 22, with the unaired episodes slated to run in the Saturday 9 PM slot for four weeks.

666 Park Ave will be paired with another short-lived ABC freshman drama, Zero Hour, whose unaired episodes will launch on June 15 from 8-10 PM and will air in the Saturday 8 PM hour starting June 22, leading into 666 Park Ave.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/666-park-avenues-unaired-episodes-slated-for-summer-will-be-paired-with-zero-hour/
post #87155 of 93699
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

Most HD cable boxes have RF outputs. I say let's phase out the SD channels altogether and let the 4:3 folks see shows in letterbox format.
Except that would mean having to get a box, and those without them don't want them - along with their rental fees.
post #87156 of 93699
TV Notes
Viewers Start to Embrace Television on Demand
By Brian Stelter and Amy Chozick, The New York Times - May 21, 2013

While companies weigh bids for Hulu and industry heavyweights complain that TV Everywhere isn’t going much of anywhere, another way to watch time-shifted television is quietly gaining traction: video-on-demand, or VOD.

Glittery, those three letters are not. VOD rarely gets media attention, partly because of past missteps by cable and satellite providers.

But more and more TV episodes and movies are becoming available through the on-demand systems that cable subscribers can tune in with their set-top boxes. Some shows, like Fox’s “The Following” and ABC’s “Scandal,” now gain hundreds of thousands of viewers every week because of VOD, part of a decades-long shift from television on a linear schedule to television on viewers’ own terms.

“On-demand isn’t always the shiniest new technology. But we are seeing tremendous growth,” said Matthew Strauss, who oversees digital strategy for Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company.

Some providers, Comcast among them, see VOD as a low-key savior — a way, albeit one of many, to make programming more accessible while keeping customers tethered to their cable subscriptions.

Some television networks are also big believers in the technology because it can help partially piece back together their splintered audiences and protect their advertising revenue. Fast-forwarding can be, and often is, disabled by the cable providers, giving advertisers confidence that their commercials are being seen.

This is “crucial,” said Toby Byrne, the president for advertising sales at Fox. Video-on-demand “will hopefully replace some digital video recorder viewing, where fast-forwarding is enabled,” he said.

Mr. Byrne talked up VOD at Fox’s annual upfront presentation for advertisers in New York last Monday, as did his counterpart at ABC, Geri Wang, at her network’s presentation a day later.

In an interview, Ms. Wang said cable VOD now accounts for 3 percent of the prime-time audience that ABC sells to advertisers. That’s because this TV season, for the first time, Nielsen counted VOD views of ABC’s shows the same way it counts digital video recorder playback — that is, within three days of an episode’s premiere.

To count, though, the same ads that were shown on television have to be attached to the on-demand version of the episode. So ABC does that until the fourth day, when it substitutes a different, sometimes shorter set of ads. Two-thirds of the VOD views of its shows happen after that point.

“For the viewers and for our buyers and clients, there has not been, I think, enough attention around this,” Ms. Wang said.

The VOD story is partly one of missed opportunities. Comcast, for instance, introduced on-demand capabilities a decade ago. But for years its system, and the ones promoted by other providers, was cumbersome to use and lacked a critical mass of hit shows. (HBO, which supplied a wide selection of its shows early on, was the exception.) For prime-time viewing, VOD became an afterthought in the minds of many consumers and channel owners.

But the technology caught on in other areas, like movie rentals, children’s shows and music videos. And in the last few years cable providers have made concerted efforts to lock up prime-time programming, especially from the broadcast networks; they say their on-demand libraries need to have a consistent number of episodes, preferably a season’s worth for each show, so viewers have enough trust in VOD that they skip the digital video recorder.

There are signs that this strategy is working. This television season, VOD views of ABC’s shows are up 32 percent versus the same period last season, according to the network. “If viewers objected to not having fast-forwarding capabilities, our episode starts wouldn’t be up 32 percent,” Ms. Wang said.

Over all, Mr. Strauss of Comcast said that the company’s subscribers watch 400 million hours of programming on demand each month. Its subscribers use the DVR less than the national average of 45 percent of cable subscribers nationwide who use one, a statistic the company credits to its on-demand offerings and an improving interface through which to access those offerings.

Of course, the DVR is not the only way to time-shift television; there are also streaming video Web sites like Netflix and Hulu, which pay network owners for the rights to shows. The sites are popular, but there is a case to be made, said one cable industry executive, that they will become less appealing to network owners as the owners get more ad revenue and Nielsen credit for VOD viewing.

Cable VOD has its own advantages, the biggest one being that it’s already hooked up to the main televisions in most of the country’s living rooms. Additionally, no user name, password or additional monthly bill are necessary; having to log in has been one of the biggest impediments to TV Everywhere, a term for the television industry’s four-year-old effort to provide live and on-demand programming to subscribers on a variety of devices.

In March, Comcast held what it called a “Watchathon Week,” in which subscribers could catch up on entire seasons of series like HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Showtime’s “Dexter” through set-top boxes and other devices. The company said on-demand usage spiked 25 percent that week, compared with the same week last year.

Mr. Strauss noted that consumers have long wanted to binge on shows, and used to settle for stacks of DVDs of “Lost” or “The Sopranos.”

“The behavior has always been there, but what’s changed is that the technology has finally caught up,” he said. “This on-demand platform is a better way to facilitate the desire of customers to binge view.”

The “Watchathon” was partly an effort to educate subscribers that VOD exists. Comcast raised the cable bills of 72 percent of its subscribers in the quarter that ended March 31. The company figures that its increasing menu of VOD offerings will help customers tolerate the higher bills.

Still, some VOD interfaces are poorly promoted and difficult to navigate. Mike Angus, a senior vice president at Time Warner Cable, said customers love the personalization and ease of the DVR. The growth of on-demand “depends on how quickly the industry adopts some of the flexibility of the DVR,” he said.

Television’s future most likely involves all of the above on-demand options, not just one. Cable VOD will increasingly operate like online video does: timely ads are beginning to be placed in old episodes of TV shows, a long-held dream of the cable industry. Fox will start testing the function, called dynamic ad insertion, with Comcast this summer.

Said Mr. Byrne of Fox: “It’s another step in the progression to a broad TV Everywhere world.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/21/business/media/video-on-demand-viewing-is-gaining-popularity.html?ref=media&_r=0
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
TUESDAY 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 - The Bachelor: Funniest Moments
9PM - Dancing with the Stars (Season Finale; 120 min.; LIVE)
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Ethan Hawke; TV personality Desiree Hartsock; Thirty Seconds to Mars performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
(R - Jan. 8)
9PM - NCIS
(R - Jan. 8)
10PM - NCIS
(R - Jan. 15)
* * * *
11:35PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Piedmont Bird Callers; Jason Bateman; John Fogerty performs)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (Zach Galifianakis; Andrea Riseborough)

NBC:
8PM - NBC News Special Report: Oklahoma Tornado
9PM - The Voice (LIVE)
10:01PM - Grimm
* * * *
11:35PM - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Eric Stonestreet; TV personality Jeremy Wade; Thompson Square performs)
12:37AM - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Aziz Ansari; Gillian Anderson; J. Cole performs; P.J. Morton performs with The Roots)
1:37AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Adam DeVine; artist James Gulliver Hancock; Milo Greene performs)

FOX:
8PM - So You Think You Can Dance (120 min.)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The Ghost Army
9PM - CONSTITUTION USA With Peter Sagal: Created Equal
10PM - Frontline: The Untouchables
(R - Jan. 22)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Porque el Amor Manda
9PM - Amores Verdaderos
10PM - Qué Bonito Amor

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries
(R - May 16)
9PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
(R - Sep. 28)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Pasión Prohibida
9PM - La Patrona
10PM - El Señor de los Cielos

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Former NBA Coach and Author Phil Jackson)
11:31PM - The Colbert Show (Author Noah Feldman)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Ed Helms; Alice Eve; cast of Alcoholics)

E!:
11PM - Chelsea Lately (Tyrese Gibson; Jeff Wild; Sarah Colonna; Jo Koy)

Edited by dad1153 - 5/20/13 at 8:47pm
post #87158 of 93699
TV Sports
ESPN analysts try to make sense of gay stigma in WNBA
By Scott Gleeson, USA Today - May 20, 2013

With the WNBA season tipping off Friday, the spotlight continues to shine on Phoenix Mercury star center Brittney Griner.

The WNBA's No. 1 pick last week told ESPN.com that the coaching staff at Baylor discouraged players from being open about their sexuality.

Griner spoke about her sexuality in an interview with USA TODAY Sports last month and said "everyone knew" she was a lesbian while at Baylor.

In a WNBA media conference on Monday afternoon, ESPN analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck addressed Griner's impact on the game, both on and off the court.

That led to the discussion on Griner's willingness to be open about her sexuality.

When asked why women's basketball players are more open about their sexuality than their male counterparts — NBA players — both analysts provided their two cents.

"From a coach's perspective, the way I look at it is: players are players. I think the media puts more interest on sexuality'" Peck said: "What people do in their personal lives, I actually don't care about."

Lobo said, from a player's perspective: "Players don't care what teammates' sexual orientation is. In the WNBA, women are more comfortable with themselves, and are very open about who they are. They'll introduce you to their girlfriend, they'll introduce you to their boyfriend. ... I think (professional) players are in different place in their lives (than college players).

"What's interesting to me is that in a professional sport, men are supposed to be straight and women are supposed to be gay. For the women, maybe it isn't the same stigma. In my experience, women comfortable being who they are. I think Brittney Griner is just another (example of that)."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/wnba/2013/05/20/coaches-espn-analysts-try-to-make-sense-of-gay-stigma-in-wnba-brittney-griner/2343635/
post #87159 of 93699
TV Notes
'American Chopper's' Paul Teutul Sr. Lands New CMT Series 'Orange County Choppers'
By Jethro Nededog, Deadline.com - May 20, 2013

Discovery Channel's "American Chopper" star Paul Teutul Sr. is returning to television on a new series for CMT.

Pilgrim studios will produce eight episodes of the one-hour unscripted show, "Orange County Choppers," for CMT. It starts production this summer and slated to air later this year on the cable network.

"We're thrilled to be back on television doing what we do best: building outrageous custom motorcycles," said Teutul in a statement. "We have a lot of very cool projects coming up and can't wait to deliver on this new partnership with CMT and Pilgrim."

The new series follows Teutel Sr. and the employees of custom-built motorcycle shop, Orange County Choppers.

"Pilgrim’s relationship with Paul Sr. goes back more than a decade, and we’ve seen his creative and mechanical genius first-hand," Pilgrim Studios' head and executive producer Craig Piligian said. "We’re so glad to be working with him again and look forward to bringing OCC's unique brand of excitement and inspiration to CMT viewers."

Piligian and Sam Korkis will executive produce the series with CMT’s Jayson Dinsmore, Joe Livecchi and Julia Silverton.

Discovery canceled "American Chopper" last November after previously announcing it was canceled and then bringing it back.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/american-choppers-paul-teutul-sr-lands-new-cmt-series-orange-county-choppers-92841
post #87160 of 93699
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

Except that would mean having to get a box, and those without them don't want them - along with their rental fees.
Not to mention the bandwidth needed to support everything in HD. And what about the sub-channels that are SD? Is cable/sat not supposed to carry those? I wonder if he's not really talking about the analog channels being converted for basic cable users?
post #87161 of 93699
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Originally Posted by DoubleDAZ View Post

Not to mention the bandwidth needed to support everything in HD. And what about the sub-channels that are SD? Is cable/sat not supposed to carry those? I wonder if he's not really talking about the analog channels being converted for basic cable users?

Are we talking SD Digital or SD analog, if it's analog then it actually uses more bandwidth than the HD. Comcast hasn't had any analog channels available in a couple of years here, and we're certainly not a cutting edge system.
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Legal/Business Notes
Warner Bros. Wraps 'Smallville' Lawsuit By Settling with Writers
By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Hollywood, Esq.' Blog - May 20, 2013

At a status hearing on Monday, attorneys for Warner Bros. and Smallville co-creators/writers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough announced they had resolved a dispute.

Although the paperwork hasn't been fully signed by all the parties, an agreement in principle has been reached to end the lawsuit that contended that Warners had robbed the show's profit participants with sweetheart license-fee deals that the studio made with its sister TV networks.

The lawsuit was one of the big ones that tested vertical integration in the entertainment industry. Filed in 2010, the lawsuit contended they were deprived of significant profits when WBTV allegedly undersold the series to affiliates the WB Network and then The CW instead of licensing the series to outside companies.

Originally, the lawsuit also included Tollin/Robbins Productions, but that portion of the lawsuit was similarly settled this past January.

The latest deal comes on the verge of a trial that was to be held in June. The plaintiffs were seeking more than $100 million in damages. Terms of the settlement aren't known.

The plaintiffs were represented by the firm of Kinsella Weitzman, the defendants by O’Melveny & Myers.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/warner-bros-wraps-smallville-lawsuit-525702
Edited by dad1153 - 5/20/13 at 9:02pm
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TV Notes
NBC To Air Live Special On Tornado In Tuesday’s ‘Voice’ Recap Slot
By the Deadline.com Staff - May 20, 2013

The network and its sister outlets MSNBC and the Weather Channel will focus Tuesday on coverage of today’s massive twister that cut a huge swath of destruction near Oklahoma City. Along with live coverage from devastated Moore, Okla., on NBC’s Today and MSNBC’s morning programs, the broadcast network will air a one-hour special hosted by Brian Williams live from the scene at 8 PM ET (delayed in other time zones). That will pre-empt a recap show of The Voice featuring the top 10 performances; a new live episode of the singing competition will air as scheduled in the 9 PM hour.

Meanwhile, the Williams-anchored NBC Nightly News is slated to run in its regular half-hour starting at 6:30 PM and is not expected to be expanded. Today’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist also will report from Moore, as will Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Kate Snow and others. MSNBC anchors reporting live from suburban OKC will include Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Chris Jansing and Thomas Roberts.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/nbc-to-air-live-special-on-tornado-in-tuesdays-voice-recap-slot/
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Business Notes
‘Ghost Army’ On PBS: A Different Way Of Punking Hitler
By Hank Stuever, Washington Post - May 20, 2013

I popped in a DVD of a fascinating new PBS documentary called “The Ghost Army” (airing Tuesday night on WETA), in which, once again, some crafty Americans are tasked with the job of punking Hitler.

In this case, we are talking about the 1,100 or so G.I.s who served in the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, a “field deception unit” entrusted in the summer of 1944 with creating the illusion of advancing tanks and troops across Europe, designed to fool the Germans. Made up of artists, designers, set builders, sound engineers and other creative types, this ghost army successfully confused the enemy — and seemed to have a wonderful time doing it, even if their work was intended to draw fire upon themselves in order to give an edge to Allied troops.

Ahead of and alongside the D-Day invasion, the ghost army traveled with instruments of trickery and outdoor stagecraft, including elaborate recordings that mimicked pontoon-bridge construction and tank movements. To keep themselves entertained, they kept private sketchbooks of war’s everyday horrors, destruction, banality and companionship. (Concurrent to the making of the documentary, an exhibition of the soldiers’ artworks has made its way to several museums.) Their contributions to winning the war were kept classified for four decades.

“The Ghost Army’s” idea of deception seems like a quaint and delightfully absurd notion compared with the many deceptions involved in today’s war on terror. Suicide bombers and the makers of improvised explosives must also invent ways to sneak around and be clever. And what is a drone, meanwhile, if not an elaborate and brutally efficient riff on the remote-controlled toy?

Once more I am struck by the shape and texture of World War II — not only as experienced through these young soldier-artists’ beautiful watercolors of war-torn villages or in their sexy pen-and-ink portraits of French prostitutes, but in the way their war, for all its many horrors, can still provide fresh stories of teamwork and bonhomie.

THE GHOST ARMY
(one hour) premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on WETA, with encores.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/mel-brooks-and-ghost-army-on-pbs-two-different-ways-of-punking-hitler/2013/05/16/cef6c10a-bcb9-11e2-89c9-3be8095fe767_story_1.html
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TV Notes
‘666 Park Avenue’s Unaired Episodes Slated For Summer, Will Be Paired With ‘Zero Hour’
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 20, 2013

Cancelled ABC drama 666 Park Avenue will return on Saturday, June 22, with the unaired episodes slated to run in the Saturday 9 PM slot for four weeks.

666 Park Ave will be paired with another short-lived ABC freshman drama, Zero Hour, whose unaired episodes will launch on June 15 from 8-10 PM and will air in the Saturday 8 PM hour starting June 22, leading into 666 Park Ave.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/666-park-avenues-unaired-episodes-slated-for-summer-will-be-paired-with-zero-hour/

Sweet!!! I've been waiting to finish watching Zero Hour. Although did they film all of the Zero hour episodes? It was a limited run series like 12 episodes or so. If all the episodes weren't finished then I won't bother watching.
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TV/Business Notes
The CW Heading to Apple TV
By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News - May 20, 2013

The CW Network confirmed that it is developing an application that will offer full episode streaming to the Apple TV, marking the first broadcast network to make a broadband connection with the Apple platform.

Like The CW’s app for tablets, smartphones, the Xbox 360 and Windows 8, the upcoming Apple TV version will be ad-supported and non-authenticated, meaning access won’t be limited to pay TV customers. New episodes of shows such as Nikita, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries will become available the day after their original airing by the broadcast network.

The CW has not announced when the Apple TV app will debut, but “it will be launching soon,” according to a CW spokeswoman. Last fall, Comcast became the first MSO to make The CW’s primetime shows available on the VOD platform, joining a VOD menu from Comcast that featured shows from CW's fellow broadcast networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

Apple has sold more than 10 million Apple TV devices. By comparison, Roku announced in April that it has shipped 5 million streaming devices in the U.S. Apple TV has access to a subset of fresh television via Hulu Plus, but the addition of The CW marks the first streaming app from an individual TV programmer for the device, and could be an indicator that more networks, including those that offer authenticated access to on-demand content and live TV streams, could be coming to the Apple TV as well.

http://www.multichannel.com/technology/cw-heading-apple-tv/143365
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Critic's Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - May 21, 2013

LITTLE CAESAR
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

You want to watch a classic genre film – one of the toughest pre-Code gangster movies ever made? Then watch this one. Made in 1931, it stars Edward G. Robinson in the killer role of a hood on the make. And this violent film is one of the movies whose excesses led to a “decency” code. Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell co-star.

THE VOICE
NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Last night, Maroon 5 sang as part of the Top 10 competition show – not in the competition, just as part of the program. Last night’s show, then, was additive: 10+5. Tonight’s voting results show is subtractive: 10-2. But which two?

CONSTITUTION USA WITH PETER SAGAL
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

“Created Equal,” the idea that “all men are created equal,” didn’t become law until after the Civil War, thanks to the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868. In tonight’s show, Peter Sagal crosses the country to find and examine cases where the spirit, and the letter, of that law are being put to the test. Check local listings.

THE PETRIFIED FOREST
TCM, 9:30 p.m. ET

Another classic film noir thriller, this one stars Humphrey Bogart – but not as the hero. In this 1936 suspense movie, he plays a convict on the run, who gathers hostages in a desolate café. Co-stars include Bette Davis and Leslie Howard.

GRIMM
NBC, 10:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE:
Last week’s episode ended with a nice visual image: the zombie-making bad guy locking his entranced victims into a railroad shipping car, only to have the camera pull back and reveal that it’s only one freight car among hundreds. Tonight, this show’s zombies come closer to being set free – and the puffy-and-spiky-faced man shall lead them.


http://www.tvworthwatching.com/
post #87168 of 93699
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The question was in reference to the TWC article. An YES, cable channels still have SD channels. WHY? There are many cable subscribers who still use 4:3 sets, and don't have HD cable boxes.

Most HD cable boxes have RF outputs. I say let's phase out the SD channels altogether and let the 4:3 folks see shows in letterbox format.

And what do you propose doing with the SD channels that don't have HD counterparts?
post #87169 of 93699
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Originally Posted by foxeng View Post

FOX does not provide an SD feed. Because of the splicer, the station has no monitorable HD feed other than off air. FOX provides a receiver that downconverts to SD for those times when a crawl or such needs to be run. This has been complained about forever to FOX by the station affiliate board and individual stations. FOX tells stations to just "box" the SD signal so it isn't as obtrusive as it might otherwise be. This has not been satisfactory for many stations and they have found ways to get around this. Sounds like this particular station hasn't done that.

There was no crawl ... it just goes "poof." It went back to full HD after the next commercial break. I wouldn't be surprised if it was just a botched commercial timing command. Unless something has changed recently, our "local" fox feed is actually controlled from a station about 250mi away ...
post #87170 of 93699
I was referring to SD feeds of channels transmitted in Hd format.
post #87171 of 93699
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Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

Are we talking SD Digital or SD analog, if it's analog then it actually uses more bandwidth than the HD. Comcast hasn't had any analog channels available in a couple of years here, and we're certainly not a cutting edge system.
Note that I said the SD channels converted for basic cable. AFAIK many cableco's still simulcast that tier of channels 2-70 (or whatever). I'm not sure exactly how they do it, but I assume the bandwidth requirements are the same as analog. I just think the OP is talking about these and not digital SD channels that I believe are already letter-boxed on non-HD boxes. That was supposed to be revisited last year, but I never heard what the FCC decided. Comcast went all-digital years ago and I think they provide basic subscribers a free box to work with their old 4:3 analog TVs.

Edit: But then again maybe he wasn't. Maybe he's talking about channels like the SD HBO channel when there is an HD counterpart.
post #87172 of 93699
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Note that I said the SD channels converted for basic cable. AFAIK many cableco's still simulcast that tier of channels 2-70 (or whatever). I'm not sure exactly how they do it, but I assume the bandwidth requirements are the same as analog. I just think the OP is talking about these and not digital SD channels that I believe are already letter-boxed on non-HD boxes. That was supposed to be revisited last year, but I never heard what the FCC decided. Comcast went all-digital years ago and I think they provide basic subscribers a free box to work with their old 4:3 analog TVs.

Edit: But then again maybe he wasn't. Maybe he's talking about channels like the SD HBO channel when there is an HD counterpart.

I guess my whole thing is we get charged HD fees for getting the unchopped version and in essence we also have to pay for the same thing cropped and chopped, they are double dipping and we have to pay extra for the untouched one.
post #87173 of 93699
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I guess my whole thing is we get charged HD fees for getting the unchopped version and in essence we also have to pay for the same thing cropped and chopped, they are double dipping and we have to pay extra for the untouched one.
No argument there. Cable is one of the worse models, but I'm not convinced we'd have what we actually watch any other way. I support ala carte, but I'm not sure we'll be any better off. confused.gif
post #87174 of 93699
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TV Notes
NBC To Air Live Special On Tornado In Tuesday’s ‘Voice’ Recap Slot
By the Deadline.com
.... Today’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist also will report from Moore, as will Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Kate Snow and others. ...

So just how many miles has Roker logged since Friday? Went to Hawaii to film B-roll for Monday's show, then had to bail that to get to Shawnee, Oklahoma (probably through Dallas) for Monday's "Today" show, then to Wyoming (I'm guessing) to do B-roll for Tuesday's show, then the whole crew aborts that to do the show from Oklahoma City.

Al did NOT look happy about having to bail on Hawaii to go to Shawnee for Monday.
post #87175 of 93699
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

Most HD cable boxes have RF outputs. I say let's phase out the SD channels altogether and let the 4:3 folks see shows in letterbox format.

Some HD channels stretch their SD picture if it was a 4:3 program, most if not all of Time Warner stations do (Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT) there are other stations that do it as well. For me when they do that it makes them unwatchable.
So unless those stations stop doing that I will always need the SD feed of that channel.
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MONDAY'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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Business Notes
Layoffs Hit ESPN Amid Record Revenue
By Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter - May 21, 2013

ESPN is laying off upwards of 400 employees, despite continued financial success for the Walt Disney Company-owned sports giant.

The network confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, following an initial report by Deadspin, issuing the following statement: “We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs. While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive."

News of layoffs come less than two weeks after Disney's media networks segment rose 6 percent to $4.96 billion, with operating income up 8 percent to $1.86 billion. One of the company's most consistently lucrative properties, ESPN has enjoyed increased affiliate revenue in 2013.

Forbes recently called ESPN "the world's most valuable media property," estimating its worth at $40 billion.

The layoffs are a first for the ESPN since it last shed staff in 2009.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/layoffs-hit-espn-record-revenue-526212
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
Cha-cha-cha: ‘Stars’ struts in Monday finale
ABC reality show averages a 2.5 in 18-49s, up 25 percent
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - May 21, 2013

Last night’s final “Dancing with the Stars” performance show of the season surged to its best rating since its season premiere.

“Stars” averaged a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up 25 percent over last week.

That was off 14 percent from part one of last year’s spring finale, but in line with the year-to-year declines the show has seen this season.

The ABC reality show will air part two of its finale tonight.

But “Stars’” momentum didn’t help the sneak preview of the new summer show “Motive,” which bowed at 10 p.m. on ABC. It managed just a 1.4, third in the timeslot.

Elsewhere last night, NBC’s “The Voice” was, as usual, the top-rated show of the night, although it did fall to a season-low 3.4 from 8 to 10. That may have been in part due to tougher competition from “Stars,” though it faced mostly reruns on Fox and CBS.

On CBS, the series finale of “Rules of Engagement” drew a 1.8, down 14 percent from its most recent original. It was hurt by leading out of a repeat of “How I Met Your Mother,” which wrapped up last week.

CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” jumped 11 percent week to week for its finale, to a 2.0, its best rating since March. It won the 10 p.m. timeslot over NBC’s “Revolution,” even to last week with a 1.9.

NBC finished first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.9 average overnight rating and an 8 share. ABC was second at 2.1/6, CBS third at 1.9/5, Univision fourth at 1.5/4, Telemundo fifth at 0.7/2, Fox sixth at 0.6/2 and CW seventh at 0.2/1.

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-eight percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. NBC led with a 3.3 for “The Voice,” followed by ABC with a 2.3 for “Stars.” CBS and Univision tied for third at 1.5, CBS for a repeat of “2 Broke Girls” (1.2) and a new “Rules of Engagement” (1.8) and Univision for “Porque el Amor Manda,” Fox was fifth with a 0.7 for a rerun of “Raising Hope” (0.7) and the series premiere of “The Goodwin Games” (0.7), Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “Pasion Prohibida” and CW seventh with “Oh Sit!” drawing a 0.3.

NBC was first again at 9 p.m. with a 3.6 for more “Voice,” followed again by ABC with a 2.7 for more “Stars.” CBS was third with a 2.2 for repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike & Molly,” Univision fourth with a 1.8 for “Amores Verdaderos,” Telemundo fifth with a 0.7 for “La Patrona,” Fox sixth with a 0.6 for repeats of “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project,” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for more “Sit.”

CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. with a 2.0 for “Hawaii,” while NBC slipped to second with a 1.9 for “Revolution.” ABC was third with a 1.4 for “Motive,” Univision fourth with a 1.3 for “Que Bonito Amor” and Telemundo fifth with a 0.9 for “El Señor de los Cielos.”

ABC was first for the night among households with a 7.9 average overnight rating and a 13 share. NBC was second at 5.5/9, CBS third at 4.8/8, Univision fourth at 1.5/4, Fox fifth at 1.0/2, Telemundo sixth at 0.9/1 and CW seventh at 0.5/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/cha-cha-cha-stars-struts-in-monday-finale/

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TV Sports
Putting the PSU scandal in perspective
Coach Bill O'Brien talks about his first year on the job
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - May 21, 2013

Bill O’Brien signed on for arguably the toughest job in sports last year when he was hired to coach the Penn State football team.

He was succeeding a living legend in Joe Paterno, always a tricky task. But he was also coming to the school at a time of scandal, sorrow and confusion in the wake of former assistant PSU football coach Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child sexual abuse charges.

Tonight at 10 p.m. on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” O’Brien talks about his first year with the Nittany Lions and all the accompanying ups and downs.

The details of the PSU debacle are well known, and many felt that the great downfall of the university was allowing football to trump all else in importance, leading too many administrators to overlook or outright ignore questionable actions by Sandusky.

The desire to recalibrate football’s importance on campus was evidently one of the deciding factors in hiring O’Brien, an assistant with the New England Patriots before coming to PSU.

He has always been very vocal about the sport being merely a facet of his life. The coach and his wife have dedicated much of their lives to caring for their eldest son, who suffers from a rare neurological disorder, and O’Brien has said it helps keep his job in perspective.

“Real Sports” will undoubtedly draw a larger-than-usual audience because of O’Brien. Penn State fans are rabid in their interest in their football program and its rebuilding, and there’s been a huge amount of publicity around the interview, as there is with anything related to PSU football these days.

HBO is available in about 30 million households, but clips from the interview will also be released online to a much wider audience.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/putting-the-psu-scandal-in-perspective/
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TV Notes
Hollywood's Disabled Actors Protest NBC's 'Ironside' Casting - When Is It Their Turn?
By Greg Gilman, TheWrap.com - May 21, 2013

When the '60s procedural "Ironside" is revived on NBC this fall, the setting will move from San Francisco to New York and the lead character will be African-American. But one thing hasn't changed: The actor playing Ironside can still walk from his wheelchair when the director yells cut.

The colorblind casting is ironic to some disabled actors -- who say having a walking actor play a paraplegic is as offensive as blackface.

"This would be like being in the '50s and having a white guy do blackface, at this point," said "Sons of Anarchy" star Kurt Yaeger (left), an actor and pro BMX rider who lost his left leg after a motorcycle accident. "You need to start having disabled people playing disabled characters. Period."

NBC declined to comment to TheWrap on the "Ironside" casting, and on whether any disabled actors auditioned for the role, which went to Blair Underwood. But five disabled actors who spoke to TheWrap said film and television should at least give them a chance to play characters whose struggles they truly understand.

Their point comes ahead of a 2013-14 television season in which NBC is putting three disabled characters front and center. "The Family Guide" features sighted actor J.K. Simmons as a blind lawyer, and "The Michael J. Fox Show" addresses the actor's real battle with Parkinson's, a disease of the nervous system that causes tremors and limits motor control.

All are part of a trend toward greater visibility for characters with disabilities. They include the paraplegic chorus geek played by Kevin McHale on Fox's "Glee"; Terry O'Quinn's John Locke on ABC's "Lost," and a man with paralyzing muscular dystrophy played by D.J. Qualls on FX's "Legit." All the actors are able bodied.

They follow the path of Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his first Oscar for playing a quadriplegic man with cerebral palsy in 1990's "My Left Foot," and Raymond Burr, who played the original "Ironside."

Besides Michael J. Fox, some of the only people detailing their own physical struggles onscreen are the women in Sundance's docuseries "Push Girls," which returns for its second season June 3.

Auti Angel (right), a paralyzed actress and muscian on the show, wonders why shows don't want the perspective of an actor who is disabled -- or as she prefers, "differently abled."

"What are they afraid of?" she asked. "There are so many extremely talented individuals who are performing artists with a different ability."

Angel's fellow "Push Girls" star, Angela Rockwood (below, left), says she doesn't object to "Ironside" because the drama, like her show, challenges perceptions of how those in wheelchairs should look and act. All of the "Push Girls" are young, glammed-up, and athletic.

The five actors who spoke with TheWrap said they all believe the best actor should win a role -- as long as disabled actors are given an opportunity to compete. And they said there are circumstances in which it makes sense to use an actor who can walk.

Larry Sapp, a paralyzed independent filmmaker who is campaigning against the "Ironside" reboot with the Facebook page "Don't Shoot Ironside," said he believes O'Quinn's casting on "Lost" was a case where it was reasonable to use an actor who can walk.

"That is legitimate," he said. "You had to get an able-bodied actor to play that role because 90 percent of his role was walking around on that island."

But Robert Romani, an actor born with spina bifida who has appeared as a featured background player in shows including "Castle," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and NBC's "Law & Order: SVU," said almost no role needs to be off-limits.

"Any director worth his salt can use a stand in," Romani (right) said.

Networks often say they need to cast big names. But there lies a Catch-22: There won't be any disabled stars until disabled actors are given prominent roles.

Sapp cited a report that claimed NBC's pickup of "Ironside" was contigent on Underwood playing the lead. While members of Hollywood's tight-knit disabled community interviewed by TheWrap could rattle off names of disabled ctors they felt were capable of taking on the role, none could say if any -- like Mitch Longley ("Las Vegas"), Robert David Hall ("CSI") and Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell ("Brothers") -- had been asked to audition.

Tobias Forrest, an actor and rock singer who became a paraplegic after a diving accident at the Grand Canyon 15 years ago, commends "Glee" for giving him a shot at McHale's role. He was called back several times to read for it.

"Ultimately, my gripe is I need to be able to get into the room, at least," Forrest (left) said. "And if it's something that close to my life, then the opportunity to go into the room to win them over is really what we're looking for."

Yaeger said disabled characters should get to play disabled characters -- and not just disabled characters.

"I want disabled characters being played by disabled people, but i also want characters that were written as able-body to be played by disabled actors," Yaeger added.

Ray Bradford, SAG-AFTRA's former national director for policy and diversity advocacy, and independent feature film casting director Pam Dixon agreed it's much more difficult for disabled performers to find success in Hollywood, but wouldn't blame it on discrimination. Instead, they both emphasized the word "exclusion."

"Every group over the decades has come from a place of exclusion to, little by little, inclusion," Bradford said. "When it comes to performers with disabilities, there has been progress, but there's still a long way to go."

Dixon, who was once the senior vice president of casting at ABC, says part of the problem is that there aren't many places where casting directors and producers can find disabled talent. The Los Angeles' Media Access Office -- a once-rich resource for talent -- has closed and many disabled actors aren't represented by agents or managers.

Dixon hopes to launch a possible solution this summer in the form of ActorsAccess.com -- a database of all disabled actors, which will work in conjunction with industry-leading casting tool Breakdown Services. And it's "inclusive," meaning able-bodied actors can register for the service, too.

"You have to win on your talent, but if you don't have the opportunity, you can't do it," Dixon told TheWrap.

Hollywood's disabled actors also realize that a good portion of their opportunities depend on writers. And since writers write what they know, the first step is helping them get to know more about people with disabilities.

"The second step is to allow us to come in," Rockwood said. "And if we're not good enough, then by all means, go out and hire an able-bodied actor to play the role."

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/hollywoods-disabled-react-ironside-casting-all-we-want-chance-91886
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Technology Notes
Microsoft Unveils New Console: Xbox One
By Marc Graser, Variety.com - May 21, 2013

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Microsoft has taken the wraps off of its new toy, the Xbox One.

But don’t call the videogame console just a plaything. Microsoft is positioning the device as the central hub for all forms of entertainment in the livingroom. The problem is, so is Sony with its PlayStation 4, and Nintendo through its Wii U.

With the trio of rivals competing for the same consumer, the next-generation of consoles hitting the market in the fall are the central players in the “war for the livingroom,” which the games industry is eager to hype as it looks to boost slowing sales as the devices near their 10-year life cycle.

The first Xbox was introduced in 2001, with a slimmer Xbox 360 replacing it in 2005. Altogether, Microsoft has sold 57.8 million Xboxes. It was the best-selling console for the 28th month in a row in April, according to NPD Group.

With its Xbox One, Microsoft now has an even more powerful machine that boasts a larger hard drive, faster processing power and memory for more photorealistic graphics, a live TV tuner, a built-in DVD and Blu-ray player, the integration of Skype video conferencing calls, and the ability to stream games over the web from the cloud.

An Xbox One guide searches TV through voice command, but also finds shows — live or VOD — that are “trending,” based on what people in the Xbox Live community are watching.

Overall response times to all commands were quick and responsive.

The Xbox 360 already was an entertainment hub in people’s homes, with more owners accessing the console to watch video or play music than games. Console continues to add more partners to offer access to streaming video applications like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox, HBO Go, Epix, ESPN, MLB.tv, YouTube, CinemaNow and Crackle, among others, and the ability to search for a growing list of content through Bing.

To unveil the new Xbox, Microsoft invited the media to its own living room in Redmond, Wash. Make that the company’s backyard, given that the press event was held inside a massive tent erected on the Microsoft campus in the suburb just outside Seattle.

In hosting the event in its hometown, Microsoft was clearly looking to control the marketing message around the Xbox One. It has done an admirable job so far of preventing most leaks around what the device would look like, feature or even what its name would be. Many game industry analysts had already embraced the name Xbox 720, while the code name Durango had also been floating around the biz.

The Xbox One is clearly Microsoft’s biggest launch since introducing the Kinect in 2010, a motion-sensing accessory that uses gestures and voice commands to control not just games but the Xbox Live interface of apps.

Kinect has been updated in the Xbox One to feature voice commands to even turn on the device. ”Xbox, watch TV,” turned on live TV by command. In a demo, the TV instantly turned on CBS’ “The Price Is Right.”

Microsoft certainly has more to talk about when it comes to its Xbox One and will reveal more details at next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles, Sony and Nintendo will also use E3 to promote their PS4 and Wii U, as well. Tuesday’s press event was live streamed via Xbox Live and on Spike TV.

With this week’s Xbox launch, Microsoft becomes the last of the major console makers to introduce its next-gen device after Sony unveiled the PS4 at a two-hour launch event in February, to replace its seven-year-old PS3. Nintendo began selling the Wii U, with its tablet controller in November.

http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/microsoft-unveils-new-console-xbox-one-1200484754/
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