May 14, 2013 |
Can the return of Michael J. Fox, agent Jack Bauer and "Ironside" help vanquish the flesh-eating zombies that are threatening to take a bite out of television broadcasters' fortunes? ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are unveiling their fall lineups this week with the hopes that their latest crop of crime-solving dramas and half-hour comedies will cure what ails the broadcast industry. The networks are coming off a lackluster season marked by falling ratings and a failure to produce new hits on the magnitude of cable channel AMC's zombie show "The Walking Dead.
May 8, 2013 |
Amazon, the online retailer, recently posted 14 original "TV pilots" on the Web for public viewing and reviewing. In an instant, and before a single show has officially debuted, it has established a brand. Television is changing fast, so fast that it is hard now even to know what is meant by the word "television. " Broadcast, cable, satellite and streaming; on flat screens and tablets and smartphones; watching live, on disc, or by DVR - all we can say for now is something like, "Television is any moving image on a screen that requires you to do nothing but watch it. " (This should hold until holographic TV arrives.)
April 30, 2013 |
The three-day Milken Institute Global Conference kicked off Monday in Beverly Hills, with media moguls Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch among the hundreds of business leaders and politicians slated to speak. The annual event, run by financier and philanthropist Michael Milken, will also host talks by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Vice President Al Gore, Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. There are close to 4,000 attendees this year watching 600 panelists participating in some 140 sessions.
April 29, 2013 |
Media mogul Barry Diller said he thinks his Aereo, the startup company that distributes broadcast signals via the Internet, could eventually end up with 20 million to 30 million subscribers. Speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills on Monday, Diller said once Aereo gets a significant subscriber base, it can become an outlet for original content as well as broadcast programming from CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Diller, chairman of IAC, is a backer of Aereo, which charges consumers between $8 and $12 a month to receive broadcast channels through the Internet via a tiny antenna.
April 28, 2013 |
Reggie Theus played in the NBA for more than a decade, covered the league as a broadcaster and coached the Sacramento Kings. So postseason drama at Staples Center draws his attention. "I've been a Lakers fan since I was a kid," said Theus, who starred at Inglewood High in the mid-1970s, "and I know a lot of guys on the Clippers. " But Theus has no time to be immersed in the playoffs. For the last three weeks, Cal State Northridge's new coach has been busy on campus or on the road recruiting, laying the groundwork to turn around a program.
April 22, 2013 |
Grooveshark, still evolving in spite of lawsuits by major record companies, is launching a new feature Wednesday that will let users spin virtual records for their circle of friends. Although it's called " Broadcast ," the free feature is more like a group-listening application than a broadcasting platform. When users hit the "Start Broadcasting" button, the music they play on Grooveshark becomes available as a stream to their friends and followers on the site. Virtual DJs can record comments to insert between the tracks, but don't yet have the ability to do voice-overs.
April 20, 2013 |
Boston Bruins broadcaster Jack Edwards was not just critical of Penguins left wing Matt Cooke, he went so far as to compare him to an assassin. While it's true that Cooke had a reputation as a player who took cheap shots at opponents and has been blamed for ruining the career of Marc Savard with a blindside hit that gave him a concussion, he was neither penalized nor fined for that hit. Savard, who played for several seasons with the Bruins, has struggled with concussions since Cooke's hit and has not played since 2011 because of post-concussion syndrome.
April 18, 2013 |
Psy's new music video "Gentleman" is not only breaking YouTube records, hitting more than 145 million views in less than a week, it just got banned by his home country's biggest TV broadcaster. South Korea's KBS, a state-funded broadcaster, said Thursday it was banning the video because it shows Psy kicking a traffic cone with a "no parking" sign on it. The TV network says it has a policy prohibiting the showing of videos that abuse public property. The ban comes as "Gentleman," the follow-up to 2012's incredibly popular "Gangnam Style" that premiered last Saturday, gallops into YouTube record books.
April 17, 2013 |
As big media continues to press its fight against Aereo in the courts, the little start-up is taking its case to the people. Aereo, which distributes broadcast TV signals to consumers via the Internet -- much to the chagrin of Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC -- took out a full-page ad in the front section of Tuesday's New York Times defending its business against accusations of copyright theft. The company, whose backers include media mogul Barry Diller, also took some shots at the broadcasters.
April 17, 2013 |
Alloy Digital has a new ally. The owner of popular young-adult websites, including Smosh.com, Gurl.com and Teen.com, said it is acquiring Digital Broadcasting Group, a new-media production and distribution company. Besides its distribution reach, DBG is best known for branded entertainment, which is entertainment programming built around a consumer product. It has created content for Ford, Unilever, Sprint and Coca-Cola. DBG is now starting to create its own original Web series.