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More U.S. Households Rely on TV Broadcasts

June 29, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
In a recent letter to the FCC (as reported by TV Technology), head of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Gordon Smith cited new figures about over-the-air television in the U.S. in support of his statement about the FCC auction of part of the TV radio signal spectrum. According to his statement, the portion of U.S. television households that rely solely on free broadcasts has grown to almost 18%. In...

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Supreme Court Throws Out FOX and ABC Sanctions

June 22, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
The FCC suffered a bit of an "enforcement malfunction" yesterday when the Supreme Court threw out sanctions against ABC and FOX. Disney had been hit with a $1.2 million penalty for nudity in an "NYPD Blue" episode on ABC, while FOX was warned about expletives that were uttered on the air during two live award show broadcasts. The Supreme Court decision did not address the overall issue concerning the constitionality...

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Net Neutrality: Justice Department Investigates Cable

June 15, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into cable television company practices, especially as they relate to streaming online video from sources such as Netflix and Hulu. One focus of the agency's concerns is the fact that some cable companies are imposing data caps on subscriber usage of broadband network connections. In particular, the Justice Department is probing Comcast's preferential treatment of its...

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Alfred Poor on Video about HDTV

June 13, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing HDTV and related topics with David Gewirtz of ZDNet, which he captured on video. We covered a wide range of topics, including OLED HDTVs, 3DTV, screen sizes, Smart TVs, and "direct LED" TVs. The video runs almost a full hour and was made during a Skype video call. (David has invested a lot of time and effort to develop a pretty sophisticated "Skype...

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Cable Loses; Telco Wins; SatTV Draws

May 16, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
The Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) recently reported on the pay television service subscriber counts for 2011. The numbers have not really changed much compared with 2010. The big losers continue to be the cable companies; the top 10 U.S. cable services lost more than 1.6 million subscribers in 2011. The telco services (Verizon's FiOS and AT&T's U-verse) picked up the lion's share of the gains, splitting 1.5 million new video...

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Olympic Online Coverage Will Include Every Event

May 14, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
NBC will cover all 302 of the Summer Olympic medal events this summer and you can watch them all online. Well, you probably can. The coverage is only available to those viewers who already have a subscription to a cable, satellite, or telco service that includes CNBC and MSNBC. But if you have a subscription, you'll be able to watch on your computer as well as many smartphones and tablets....

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The Return of Google TV!

May 8, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
According to a Reuters report, LG is going to start shipping televisions based on the Google TV platform before the end of May. Manufacturing of the sets is slated to begin May 17 in Mexico. This is Round 2 for Google TV which drew a lot of interest before it put on the brakes and asked partners not to show products with it at CES 2011. This next version has...

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Will Hulu Require a Cable Subscription?

May 7, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Hulu has made some sizeable waves in the television industry pond. The service makes "catch-up" episodes of current television shows available for free; all you have to do is sign up and endure a relatively few commercial interruptions during the show. (The service also has an extensive list of old show episodes and some mediocre movies, but those don't seem to get as much attention as the current shows.) The...

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Stations Must Reveal Political Television Ad Data

April 30, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Are you curious about how your local television station charges for political advertising? If the FCC has its way, you won't need to guess much longer. On Friday, the commission passed new rules that require stations to post the information on a public website. At first blush, this may seem to be a strong blow for transparency in our political process, but I have to wonder if it will ever...

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Death Spiral for Broadcast TV?

April 25, 2012 | Author: sysadmindgs
Did you ever hear the squeal of feedback in a public address system? It occurs because a sound coming from the amplified speakers finds its way into a microphone, where it travels to an amplifier that makes it louder. This louder sound comes out of the speaker and goes back into the microphone louder than before, where it gets amplified again. And the cycle repeats until someone turns down the...

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