By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 2:48am
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., are partnering to expand the availability of popular theatrical titles in 3D for the home entertainment market, the two companies announced today from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Utilizing Samsung's proprietary 3D image processing technology, the two companies will...
By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2012, 1:00pm
The Federal Communications Commission released a report this month with the descriptive yet cumbersome title of “Report On Average Rates for Cable Programming Service And Equipment.” The results come from a study of cable television service fees in different markets.
The data was divided into two groups: communities where there was no meaningful competition (aside [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 22 2012, 1:00pm
What are the hallmarks of a major television network? It distributes professionally-produced content from other sources such as movies.
It has millions of viewers.
It has its own original programming that is broadcast live daily.
Hmmm, it waddles, swims, and quacks like a duck, so I guess YouTube is now a duck.
By Alfred Poor • Feb 13 2012, 1:00pm
As I have mentioned recently, one of the big topics for 2012 will be the dispute over retransmission fees.
Cable and satellite service providers complain that the content producers are holding their customers hostage in order to extort larger fees for the rights to rebroadcast their copyrighted programming.
The result has been blackouts of channels [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 9 2012, 1:00pm
Touch is transforming our entertainment experience.
Second-screen tablets and smartphones are programming our DVR services, delivering supplementary and interactive social content to linear programming, and becoming content delivery platforms in their own right.
And while there still is a place for keyboard in this brave new world, touch interfaces are playing an increasingly-important role in [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 19 2012, 10:06pm
Wealth TV, the luxury lifestyle and entertainment network, announced today that it launched its linear 3D lifestyle and entertainment channel branded Wealth TV 3D.
Wealth TV 3D is the accumulation of a two year 3D production ramp effort that involved numerous in-house and outside production crews circling the globe.
From the ruins in Machu Picchu and the treasures of the Louvre to the man-made grandeur of Dubai, Wealth TV's 3D production crews have literally traveled the world capturing the most compelling sights and stories in 3D.
The life-like 3D channel features a broad range of programming including adventure travel, automotive programming, compelling documentaries, culinary delights, boys toys, live events, and much more.
Wealth TV 3D has also produced a number of sports related programs, from...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 19 2012, 4:02am
AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) today announced a joint venture that will rebrand HDNet/HDNet Canada to launch AXS TV (pronounced: access).
Scheduled to debut this summer, AXS TV will leverage the global reach and portfolio of content opportunities of its partners to create live entertainment and lifestyle programming.
Capitalizing on AEG's unrivaled presence in live events and affiliation with more than 100 of the industry's pre-eminent venues worldwide, AXS TV will provide viewers with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to live concerts and music festivals, red carpet premieres, award shows, parties, pop culture events, and in-depth interviews with the people and artists who make live entertainment so uniquely fascinating.
HDNet's signature programming including HDNet Fights, Inside MMA, award-winning Dan Rather Report ...
By Alfred Poor • Jan 5 2012, 1:00pm
Roku is probably one of the most successful network media players out there, and they seem to keep getting better.
The boxes keep getting smaller and programming choices available through them keep growing.
It’s a great way to make a dumb TV smart.
But now Roku has decided to think small again.
The company has announced [...]
By Pete Putman • Dec 9 2011, 5:31pm
Americans are reaching the breaking point with ever-escalating costs of pay television.
The rising cost of sports programming is a big reason.
By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 24 2011, 9:14pm
Verizon is giving FiOS TV subscribers more high-definition programming, with the launch of E! HD.
The new addition to the FiOS TV lineup offers E! Entertainment's popular programming dedicated to the world of celebrity and entertainment.
E! HD is now available to...
By Pete Putman • Sep 8 2011, 9:50pm
Are the rights for sports programming getting too expensive for everybody?
By Alfred Poor • Jul 22 2011, 1:00pm
Earlier this year, the U.S.
Ninth Circuit Court threw out a class action antitrust lawsuit (Brantley v.
NBC Universal) that held that bundling of cable channels unfairly forces consumers to pay for programming that they don’t want.
The ruling stated that while consumers may be damaged by the practice, there is not evidence that competition [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 21 2011, 1:00pm
If you haven’t heard about Zediva yet, you may want to check it out quickly.
Like iviTV and FilmOn, this company thinks that it has figured out a way to game the system to provide video content over the Internet.
Where iviTV and FilmOn provided broadcast television programming, however, Zediva is renting DVD movies.
The wrinkle [...]
By The HT Guys • May 27 2011, 4:38am
DirecTV recently began testing what they’re calling a new “media center” that will allow customers to watch live and DVR recorded programming on any TV in the house without the need for a set-top box in each room.
This new media center is built on a technology called RVU.
But what exactly is RVU? There’s an RVU Alliance, but what do they do? What does “RVU” even mean?
By Alfred Poor • Apr 29 2011, 1:00pm
EPIX is a a movie channel for subscription TV services including cable, satellite, and telco (such as Verizon’s FiOS).
It boasts recent releases from major studios, including Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM.
But you aren’t just limited to watching the movies and other programming on your TV service when they are scheduled; EPIX is also a [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 25 2011, 1:00pm
If you watch television programming that has commercials, I’m sure you’ve experienced it more than once.
Your program winds down to a sensitive, thoughtful stopping point, and then there’s a commercial break.
And the very first commercial BLOWS YOUR EARS OUT!!! You lunge for the remote and mash the Mute button, wondering “why doesn’t someone [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 12 2011, 1:00pm
According to the Open Mobile Video Coalition, 76 stations in 32 U.S.
markets are now on the air with Mobile DTV signals that let consumers receive station programming on mobile devices without needing to access the Internet through WiFi or data wireless broadband networks.
According to Anne Schelle, Executive Director of OMVC, “Mobile DTV will reach [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 31 2011, 1:00pm
I love Hulu.
About half of the programming that we watch at home comes from Hulu (and the other half from Netflix).
This is because I have a computer right beside my HDTV, because my television doesn’t have digital tuners and I wanted to be able to record broadcast shows for time-shifting.
A computer was [...]
By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2011, 1:00pm
LIN Media blacked out programming on 27 stations in 17 markets for a total of eight days during a fee dispute with DISH Network.
According to a release by the American Cable Association (ACA), the Univision affiliate WUNI in Providence RI has been blacked out on the local Full Channel TV cable system for 30 [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 22 2011, 1:00pm
Comcast has announced that it’s launching Xfinity 3D, a new 24/7 channel that will have nothing but stereoscopic 3D content.
According to the press release, the channel will carry “concerts from top-tier artists, sporting events, more than a dozen movies and original 3D programming.” (Fans of the serial comma might notice that its use here [...]