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Talking Tv: The Uproar Over 'homeland'

If you're replacing an existing TV set, those sizes might seem too big (tube televisions had a typical maximum size of 36 inches) but trust me, a big TV is a wonderful thing. In fact, more than any other "feature" like Smart TV, 3D or higher refresh rates, stepping up in TV screen size is the best use of your money. One of the most common post-TV-purchase complaints I've heard is from people who didn't go big enough. The upper limit will be determined by your budget, taste, and by the space where you want to put the TV. If you want to fit an existing entertainment center, make sure you have at least an inch on the sides and top of the TV cavity to allow for ventilation. Or just junk that old furniture and get a bigger TV. <br>Source:

] Approximately 306,000 of the 11.7 million subscribers to Time Warner Cable left the paid TV service during its third quarter, largely because CBS programs became unavailable in some regions during a contract dispute with that network, the cable company announced on Thursday. The two companies reached an agreement on fees for the right to retransmit programming at the start of September, just in time for the start of fall programming and the NFL season. The third quarter earnings report from CBS on Wednesday will show what kind of a hit the network took during that blackout. Broadcasters and cable companies will likely seek to avoid the same fallout from subscribers when negotiating future retransmission contracts, says John Hane, a media lawyer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a firm which specializes in business and technology law. Broadcasters may collect more than $6 billion in retransmission fees by 2018, estimates SNL Kagan market research firm. "In the last 18 months the pay TV companies have been forcing a lot of blackouts as a tough negotiating strategy and in hopes of getting Congress to regulate retransmission consent rates," Hane says. Congress is considering changes to a law that governs satellite TV carriage by the end of 2014, but they may pass a reauthorization of the bill without any changes. <br>Source:

The term "Q Score" was coined in 1963 by Jack Landis who founded a company Marketing Evaluations, Inc. in Roslyn, N.Y. which continues to use the concept as the central measure in its opinion polling and market research work. "Q rating" -- defined by Merriam-Webster as a "scale measuring the popularity of a person or thing" -- is said by those dictionary people as having its "first known use" in 1977. They mean roughly the same: they're measures of likeability. They are the standard for how TV reporters keep their jobs these days, why TV programs are renewed, how products are promoted as well as how would-be holders of the presidency and more info other offices in the U.S. -- and increasingly leaders in nations around the world -- are selected. <br>Source:

TV's Sunday conundrum: Too many shows, so little time

At other times of the year, a range of prestigious series, including AMC's Mad Men and Breaking Bad, HBO's Game of Thrones, PBS' Downton Abbey and Showtime's Dexter, have occupied that same time slot. It helps that Sunday is the top viewing night of the week, according to Nielsen. "It's a rich, rich night for viewership," says Tim Brooks, co-author of The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows. "The networks have discovered there's so much to go around that, particularly if they differentiate themselves, they can do very well on Sunday nights." It's also a busy night for DVRs this season, as Revenge viewership has jumped 40% within seven days, and Good Wife climbs 28%. Sunday has always been a big night for television, says Ron Simon, television and radio curator at The Paley Center for Media. "Some of the most dominant shows on television have been on Sunday evenings," including Bonanza, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Simpsons, Simon says. <br>Source:

[Editor's note: We had technical difficulties with the audio in the live chat. The sound quality improves markedly at the two-minute mark of the video. We apologize for the inconvenience.] Hated Episode 3! Love Episode 3! Too much Dana! Not enough Brody! <br>Source:,0,1424367.story

Slow TV: Norway’s ‘National Knitting Evening’ spins big ratings

Thats on par with a previous Slow TV show about firewood, and visit the website slightly more than the one that followed a 7.5 hour train journey. But market share was up dramatically to 15%. Viewers watched an average of four hours of the program which ultimately went to 13 hours, four more than planned. Moklebust says there is aready demand for another and possibly longer knitting night. He says hes also mulling over his next Slow TV options. <br>Source:

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