Archives for the ‘major networks’ Category

5 reasons FOX’s ADHD will beat SNL

Quietly in the past few months, FOX laid the groundwork for a revolution in late night. It has nothing to do with Lorne, Fallon, Leno, Conan, Kimmel, Letterman, Stewart, or Colbert. In fact, kids growing up in America for the past 15 years might never have been significantly exposed to those late night titans, thanks […]

Event programming is here to stay, no matter the platform

I’ve written about event programming here before in the context of live TV, so here’s an update. At a certain point, we had to know it was coming: just like the movies, it’s getting harder and harder to take a good risk on TV. That’s a shocking thought during this golden age of television, but […]

YouTube’s live push plays to the internet’s real time strengths

I still find it impressive how much the internet has changed the focus of our communication to real-time, current, relevant information, shrinking the news cycle and creating massive events around happenings that once might have only been a blip on our collective radar. Even if these new real-time events only last a few hours, they […]

Net neutrality isn’t as black and white as I’d like it to be

Information is power. The democratized web has given the public access to more information than ever before, and they’ve taken advantage of it, showing big media companies and politicians that the public can still have control over their systems, much to the big guys’ dismay. With that in mind, net neutrality is a no-brainer – […]

Broadcast is dead. Long live broadcast!

With this week’s announcement of NBC falling under the same corporate umbrella as NBCU’s cable empire (Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, the list goes on…), broadcast television is dead. Where there has always been a dotted line between the profits of the NBCU cable empire and the losses of NBC Entertainment, there’s now also a […]

What NBC’s ratings woes can teach us about TV and web series aesthetics

It’s not news that NBC’s ratings are in the toilet, and the vast majority of critics will argue that it’s a result of the network developing and airing shows that have narrow audience appeal. Shows like Kings, 30 Rock, and the recently-premiered The Listener might be hailed by critics and appreciated by TV nerds like […]

Cold, hard, factual numbers pwn Kevin Wasson, @paidContent

Kevin Wasson posted yesterday at paidContent about how Hulu and other web services offering television for free are doing more harm than good: the networks have simply relegated themselves to being content producers. …The value of NBC is not in a show like Heroes or Friends. The value of NBC is the more than 70 […]

How I learned to stop worrying (and love paying for media)

Cable networks are understandably scared of giving away their content for free; it would completely up-end their business model, and in the end it would hurt all of us who love shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men. I like the solution of creating some sort of openID standard […]

Congrats to the Webby winners, most of which you probably haven’t seen or heard of

No offense to the very-promising Streamy Awards but the Webbys are kind of a big deal, especially for indie web producers who finally get a chance to be put on par with the big guns. I especially like their Jimmy Fallon love this year – what a cool project his new show has been so […]

Your marketing plan might be more important than your show

Marshall Herskovitz (of quarterlife internet fame) had a few things to say about TV working on the web the other day: Marshall Herskovitz, best known for Thirtysomething on TV and Quarterlife online believes an HBO-like subscription model would work if it was backed by known quantities like himself, Steven Bochco and David Chase. “If it […]