TVB Commentary & "Quotables"

TVB provides commentary and POVs on issues that affect the broadcast media industry. We welcome your feedback by emailing commentary@tvb.org.

When Crisis Strikes Home, Viewers Turn To Hometown TV Stations

4-26-13
By Bill Fine TVB Chairman

In one jarring moment, this year’s Boston Marathon immediately pivoted from celebrating the triumph of the human spirit to witnessing the devastation of terrorism. In the immediate moments that followed, the people of Boston demonstrated the kind of human endurance seen in elite athletes as well as heroism reminiscent of the courage of our historic patriots. Today’s patriots are the first responders. They are the ones who put the public’s safety above their own – police, fire and medical personnel who rush into dangerous situations without delay. Local TV broadcasters are a crucial part of these first-response teams……More >

Television Cameras Don’t Shut Off Once Elections Are Over

4-12-13

In today's plugged-in, always-on society, political coverage is necessary 365 days a year, and local broadcasters are practicing what they preach - by holding their elected officials accountable, even after the campaigns are over. …More >

Hold Your App-pause - Twitter "Friends" the DVR

4-05-13

Viewers who opt to watch their favorite programs time-shifted have to deal with an unfortunate side effect - spoliers in social media. That is, until now. One company has a way to time-shift online comments. Meet the latest Internet time machine.
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An Open Letter to Overextended Media Buyers and Planners

3-29-13

There are many components to consider when developing a well-thought out media plan. In an open letter to media planners, we address perhaps the most basic of considerations: cost.…More >

Mars Tweets! And Fans Respond, With Their Wallets

3-22-13

Veronica Mars took their case directly to their fans - and their "Resurrect Our Show" campaign paid off quickly, thanks to the power of the motivated broadcast viewer.…More >

Messing with the (Day)Time/Space Continuum

3-08-13

Daytime may be the place to find soaps, games, and talk. But it’s also the place to find more viewers than you might expect – especially when you look at where they live.…More >

We’ve Almost Always Gotten the Future Wrong – And That’s A Good Thing

3-01-13

In 1967, legendary TV newsman Walter Cronkite hosted a special which previewed the “Home of the 21st Century.” While some of the ideas came true, others were somewhat off the mark – and there are some things in our present that they never would’ve seen coming. Turn on your second screen and let’s look at what the future used to look like.…More >

Broadcast vs. Cable: 5 Recent Truths

2-21-13

We often talk about the ongoing advantages that Broadcast TV has over cable. Instead, we decided to take a look at some very current examples of those advantages. Here are five. …More >

Now Even the Watercooler is Watching Television

2-15-13

The recent acquisition of Bluefin Labs by Twitter is the latest indication of just how much television is the lifeblood of social media. Twitter just wouldn’t be the same without TV. Now they can see just how much. …More >

YouTube – Or Is That CableTelevision.com?

2-08-13

YouTube is working on plans to launch a subscription model for users who wish to view certain channels of special content. Sounds like the online service is letting their TV envy get the best of them. So why are they aiming to be a cable network? …More >

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