• Tech: Confusion, Questions On Text-To-Speech Rule

    With the FCC's Nov. 30 deadline for TV station implementation of audible captioning rapidly approaching, vendors of the necessary equipment say that many broadcasters remain confused about what is and isn’t required of them to comply; the difference between EAS rules and the new rule; and even the difference between text-to-speech and speech-to-text. More | Comments (5)
  • Focus: Pearl, APTS Eager To Push ATSC 3.0 At FCC

    The Pearl consortium of several large commercial TV station groups and the Association of Public Television Stations are expected to take the lead asking for FCC approval of the next-gen transmission standard. They want to "sync up" the transition to it with the forced migration to new channels that many stations may have to make if the FCC's incentive auction of TV spectrum is successful next spring. More | Comments (8)
  • Jessell: 3.0 Is The Big Story Americans Haven't Heard

    ATSC 3.0 has tremendous potential. It will allow stations to keep pace with other TV media by enabling them to broadcast 4K and to reach TV sets without outdoor antennas and, perhaps more important, smartphones and tablets wherever they go. Yet, when when the standard took a big leap forward this week, there was no mention of it in the popular press. The gatekeepers are asleep at the switch. More | Comments (25)
  • TVN Tech Q&A: Kim, Luplow Extol ATSC 3.0 Progress

    Dr. Jong Kim, Zenith R&D president and LG Electronics SVP, and Zenith VP Wayne Luplow say ATSC 3.0 will revitalize TV broadcasting. Now that ATSC has moved the proposed standard another step closer to adoption, they explain why this latest decision is an important milestone and claim that, although the standard represents the technology of several system proponents, no compromises were made in adopting the best possible standard. More | Comments (2)
  • TVN Focus: Syndicators Busy With Shows For Next Fall

    Among the new offerings for first-run syndication in the works or being pitched for 2016-17 is Ice & Coco (above), which got a three-week test this summer on Fox-owned stations in eight markets. Another show that just finished a test is Debmar-Mercury's The T.D. Jakes Show.  More | Add comment

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TV Ad Clutter Is Worse Than Ever
Media Life, Oct 9, 2015, 6:11 AM EDT
Broadcast and especially cable are squeezing in more spots as ratings decline. The danger: More clutter means less impact for ads and bigger viewer tune-out. Link | Comments (7)
Ranking The New Shows, Top To Bottom
Media Life, Oct 9, 2015, 6:10 AM EDT
NBC's Blindspot is way ahead of the rest. Two of the top three are heavily dependent on lead-ins. Only a handful have held ratings week to week. Infographics break it down. Link | Add comment
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Teamwork Helps Stations Weather Storms
TVNewsCheck, Oct 9, 2015, 5:43 AM EDT
It’s vital that TV station credit departments have a successful working relationship with their colleagues in the sales department. This is fundamental to achieving overall revenue goals. The principles that can foster better relationships between the two groups can also be used for company-wide teambuilding. Here’s a checklist. Full Story | Add comment
Dates Set For Univision, PBS Dem. Debates
TVNewser, Oct 9, 2015, 7:25 AM EDT
Univision and PBS will host the final Democratic debates, now set for Feb. 11 in Wisconsin (PBS) and March 9 in Miami (Univision). The Democratic National Committee announced the dates Thursday, finalizing the party’s series of six debates that begin next week, with CNN’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Link | Add comment
Twitter Opens Pre-Roll Video Ad Marketplace
The Wall Street Journal, Oct 9, 2015, 6:29 AM EDT
Twitter is making it easier for marketers to buy ads by introducing what is essentially an automated marketplace, or ad network, for pre-roll video ads. Link | Add comment
Comcast Offering Smart Home Devices
SFGate, Oct 9, 2015, 6:54 AM EDT
Comcast is joining Apple and Google in the race to convince customers that they need Internet-connected smart home devices like thermostats, lights and garage door openers. Comcast begins a new program today, Works with Xfinity Home, desinged to give customers the option of controlling all of their smart home devices using a single mobile app and password. As it is, many smart home devices require separate apps and log-ins, creating a headache for consumers. Link | Add comment
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Amazon Fire TV Off To A Rough Start
New York Post, Oct 9, 2015, 6:39 AM EDT
So much for Amazon’s early jump on the Apple TV. The Seattle Web giant’s site said Thursday that the new version of its Fire TV won’t be in stock again until Oct. 30 — just three days after its initial launch. Link | Add comment
Giants of Broadcasting
Herb Granath: Broadcasting, Cable Innovator
TVNewsCheck, Oct 9, 2015, 5:43 AM EDT
The executive led ABC into the top ranks of the broadcast networks, then masterminded the company’s expansion into cable and international arenas, with ESPN, A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime Television and Disney/ABC International. This profile is the fifth in a series featuring individuals who will be honored by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation as Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts on Oct. 15 in New York. This year's other honorees: Don Mischer, Gracia Martore, Bill Persky, Jarl Mohn, Gene Jankowski, Mel Karmazin, the Carter family and Don West. Full Story | Add comment
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  • Gail Pennington

    Kudos to Neil Patrick Harris for trying to bring something different to TV, and to NBC for being open to the idea. But Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris wasn't much of a good time, let alone "the best." Best Time Ever has been described as a variety show, but the reality was more comedy-game-prank show, with segments that felt like outtakes from Fallon or Kimmel, or possibly from Harris' failed Oscars gig.

  • Rob Owen

    Good thing FX executives opted to air the first two episodes of The Bastard Executioner together as a two-hour premiere: The first hour offers a sometimes confusing mix of violent battles, sex, mysticism, scenes of torture, child murders, world-building and a defecating villain before the more gripping, grounded second hour that gives a better sense of the show’s direction going forward. Complex, sometimes convoluted storytelling is popular these days — see HBO’s Game of Thrones — so there’s certainly a place for The Bastard Executioner, which may still settle in and become more comprehensible as it goes.

  • Mark Perigard

    In the dog days of August, just a few weeks before the fall season begins, NBC sneaks in an un­heralded sitcom. You, the savvy viewer, are expecting the primetime equivalent of a turkey surprise. But The Carmichael Show on NBC is something different, a show about an African-­American family that manages to draw on and update the bite of All in the Family and the silli­ness of its spinoff, The Jeffersons.

  • Mike Hale

    Edward Burns’s new series, Public Morals on TNT, is set in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1960s and filmed in New York, at Silvercup Studios and at locations like the Russian Tea Room, the Park Lane Hotel and Barrow’s Pub in Greenwich Village. It doesn’t seem to take place anywhere in the real world, though. That wouldn’t be a bad thing if Burns had the imagination to pull it off, but the 10-episode Public Morals is a mess. Written by, directed by and starring Burns, it’s an even stronger argument than the second season of True Detective against the auteur impulse in television.

  • Hank Stuever

    Whether its star intends it this way or not, TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show will correctly be perceived as a sunnier answer to the cloudy-day tendencies of FX’s Louie. Gaffigan’s world is much less artful, more straight-on and also culled from his real life. Gaffigan has perfected his shtick, mixing deep sarcasm and negativity with a fine-line inoffensiveness. It works as a stage presence, but not so much as a TV character.

  • David Wiegand

    Denis Leary’s new FX sitcom, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, would have been everything he hopes it could be if he’d made it 20 years ago. Maybe even earlier. S&D&R&R has several things going for it that make it passably enjoyable, including some funny dialogue, good performances and, of course, Leary’s trademark grumpy charm. But many viewers are right to expect something more and fresher from Leary.

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