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Tuning in Happiness: Why Broadcast Still Wins With Viewers

One month into the launch of the new fall season, some new network brands have begun entering the viewer mix.  Or have they?  While the industry pundits debate the relative merits of each new broadcast show on the schedule, several cable premieres have not-so-quietly entered the scene. The most notable is AMC’s The Walking Dead,

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Tweeting the Shark?

There was a full-blown feeding frenzy recently on Twitter. Chances are pretty good you saw the Tweets (or stories about them), but not the TV movie that inspired them. As a television event, SyFy’s “Sharknado” was great social media. And a great example of what the Twitter Effect can have on programmers and the television

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3D’s Cautionary Tale

The recent announcement by ESPN that they were shuttering their ESPN 3D channel should come as a surprise, but it really doesn’t. The 75 million homes that had the network available in their homes hardly knew what happened — or that anything happened at all. So why did this promising new home technology falter? Basically,

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The 2012/2013 Television Season: The More Things Change…

When you look at the results of the past broadcast season, you might just find something interesting. It looks very much like last year. And the year before that, and the year before that, and before that, and so on. Over 90% of the top 200 A25-54 primetime programs airing during this season were on

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YouTube – Or Is That CableTelevision.com?

So this seems very interesting. YouTube, the website synonymous with any online video, is looking to evolve. They know the facts – according to the latest numbers from Nielsen’s Cross-Platform Report, people only watch 52 minutes of online video per week versus 32 hours of television. If you’re the biggest player in a limited market,

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So Lance Admits Guilt on Cable, But Did Anyone See Him Fall?

So Lance, you’re a fallen American icon seeking some damage control and a way to rebuild your brand. But you have some harsh realities to face. You’ve been branded a cheat by most of the public. You need some soft focus and a gentle hand, hoping that the public can see you as a sympathetic

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Electing a President: When the Stakes are this High, Local Broadcast Television Delivers

At the end of the day – Election Day, that is – numbers matter. They matter very much. There are three numbers that matter for two men in particular, and thus for their beloved country. They are: 65,899,557, 51.1%, and 332. Total votes, percentage of the popular votes, and the Electoral College delegates. Those were

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Hey, Ad Men! Mad Men is Bad, Man!

Mad Men is not great television. Just ask TV viewers in markets like, Denver, Miami, Phoenix, Seattle…and LA! Let’s be clear about something — this is not a value judgment over the dramatic quality of the show.   Whether or not you feel that it’s chock-full of nuanced performances and pretty set pieces, a storytelling oeuvre

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What’s Below a Subchannel? In Some Cases, Cable

Back in 2009 the television industry was in the full throes of opening up a fully-digital broadcasting spectrum, giving birth to a multitude of digital subchannels.  At the time, there was concern that broadcasters would have to struggle to justify their dominion over this additional bandwidth. It turns out to be a needless worry. Not

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“Game Change” – Moore, but Less

HBO’s movie adaptation of the book “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime” focused its narrative upon Sarah Palin’s virtual takeover of the 2008 election.  “Game Change” had a lot of things in its corner to make for a great story – a polarizing central character, political

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