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Digital Television Mandate Moved to 2009

It looks like the push for all digital television has been pushed back to 2009. According to The Boston Globe:

The House yesterday approved legislation to complete the US transition to new, higher-quality digital television by Feb. 17, 2009, and to help consumers pay for the equipment needed to ensure their old televisions do not go dark.

Under a deal negotiated by Republicans in the House and Senate, up to $1.5 billion would be available to help some people buy converter boxes to keep their analog-signal televisions working when the transition is finished.

As you'll notice, the subsidy amount was dropped from $3 billion to $1.5 billion. While that's probably still too much, hopefully prices will be low enough that anyone can afford an HDTV and the subsidy for the converter boxes won't even be needed.


At Boston.com

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December 15, 2005

Kids Voice Top Ten Concerns About Television to Linda Ellerbee and Nick News

Nickelodeon has announced they will air "Ten Things Wrong With Television" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 8:30 P.M. (ET/PT) hosted by Linda Ellerbee. According to Yahoo News:

Ellerbee and Nick News surveyed kids across the country about what bothers them about television and posted their responses on http://www.NickNews.com. In their responses, kids said the following things bothered them: TV stereotypes people; too much sex, violence and bad language; TV news is biased; so many channels and nothing to watch; TV shows don't reflect real life; TV makes me feel bad about myself; and TV news is too negative and scary; and there are too many commercials. The order of the kids' concerns will be revealed in the episode.

The sad thing is if you've watched Nickelodeon lately, you'll notice that they're starting to cross the line on many of the issues that kids mention. I can't help but feel that this show is designed to make parents think Nickelodeon is protecting their kids but I'm not so sure about that.

At YahooNews.com

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December 14, 2005

63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominees

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will air January 16, 2006 at 8pm EST. Here are the nominations from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

Motion pictures

Best motion picture, drama - "Brokeback Mountain," "The Constant Gardener," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "A History of Violence" and "Match Point."

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama - Felicity Huffman, "Transamerica"; Maria Bello, "A History of Violence"; Gwyneth Paltrow, "Proof"; Charlize Theron, "North Country"; and Ziyi Zhang, "Memoirs of a Geisha."

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama - Heath Ledger, "Brokeback Mountain"; Russell Crowe, "Cinderella Man"; Terrence Howard, "Hustle & Flow"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"; and David Strathairn, "Good Night, and Good Luck."

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December 12, 2005

Family TV Packages Coming to Cable

I guess the FCC's a la carte discussion scared cable providers. According to MSNBC:

Under pressure from the government, the nation’s two largest cable companies plan to offer packages of family friendly channels to give parents a new way to shield children from sex, rough language and violence.

Industry leader Comcast Corp., No. 2 Time Warner Cable and several other companies will start offering “family choice” tiers, most likely by spring, said Kyle McSlarrow, head of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the main cable trade group.

It's nice to see cable companies reacting but I'm guessing it might be a little late as far as the FCC is concerned. What do you think?

At MSNBC.com

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Ex-"Sopranos" Actor Faces Charges for Murder of NYC Policeman

Wow! This is tragic news. According to 1010Wins.com:

An actor who played a dimwitted aspiring mobster on "The Sopranos'' and another Yonkers man face murder charges in the death of an off-duty police officer who shot them as they fled a home they were breaking into, authorities said Sunday.

Steven Armento, 48, and Lillo Brancato Jr., 29, who remained hospitalized in critical condition Sunday, were known to neighbors as rabble-rousers with drug problems. The neighbors said that Brancato often fought with his on-and-off girlfriend, one of Armento's daughters.

The article continues:

Brancato got his acting break as a 16-year-old in the Robert De Niro-directed film "A Bronx Tale'' in 1993. He also played mob wannabe Matt Bevilacqua in a half-dozen episodes of the 1999-2000 season of "The Sopranos,'' eventually getting executed by fictional mob boss Tony Soprano. He appeared in a dozen other films, including "Crimson Tide'' and "Enemy of the State.''

Obviously here's another story about the tragedy of drug use!

At 1010Wins.com

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December 7, 2005

Just Got Mediacom Phone Service

If you noticed posting on TVSnob has been lean today, you can put the blame on Mediacom. Actually I'm pretty excited because I cut my phone bill in have today by ordering Mediacom's phone service. My new phone service is working great but now my cable internet (the phone connection and internet share the same modem) is sporadic.

Mediacom is working on the issue and hope to be back on the internet in full force soon. I'll eventually give you a review of the phone service for those of you looking at getting phone service from your cable company.

More at Mediacom Phone Service Webpage

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December 6, 2005

iTunes Adds More Television Shows to it's Library

Apple has recently added more television shows to it's iTunes Music store this week. According to Thinksecret.com:

Programming from NBC consists of select episodes and clips from Law & Order, The Office, Surface, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Alfred Hitchock Presents, Dragnet, Adam-12, and Knight Rider. The Sci Fi channel meanwhile serves up Battlestar Galactica and Battlestar Galactica Miniseries, while USA Network is offering Monk.

Nice! I'm pleased with Apple's agressiveness going after TV programming just like they do with music. I'd still like to see a $.99 price tag instead of $1.99 but I ain't complaining.

At Thinksecret.com

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December 5, 2005

I'll Take ESPN With A Side of SpikeTV!

I can't say I spend too much time paying attention to what the FCC does, but their latest idea is pretty interesting. According to News.com:

Cable TV prices are on the rise, but consumers complain there still isn't enough flexibility in the programming packages offered by cable providers.

That could change if the Federal Communications Commission and TV distributors Cablevision and AT&T have their way. Last week, FCC chairman Kevin Martin told a forum sponsored by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, which has been examining indecency on radio and television, that consumers could have more choice in what they view for cheaper prices if operators would sell content a la carte.

According to a new report from the FCC that has yet to be made public, a la carte pricing could actually reduce monthly cable bills for many consumers while also providing more control over what channels they watch at home.

Of course not all networks are pleased with the idea:

And here is where the problem seems to lie. Content providers like ESPN, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, say that a la carte pricing ultimately costs consumers more because it reduces the reach of certain channels, which decreases advertising revenue. It also increases marketing costs, which result in higher prices that have to be passed on to consumers. Even though the FCC's report supposedly refutes these concerns, ESPN and the NCTA stand behind their claims.

I can see both sides of the argument but still like the idea of only paying for channels I want. What I see happening is that the pricing of individual channels will be priced higher so that you'll waste money if you don't get a package deal. The only benefit is that might drive cable and satellite package prices down in general.

What do you think about a la carte pricing for cable? Leave us a comment.

At News.com

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BCS Announces Major Bowl Games


Yesterday the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Games were announced. Since I'm a big Irish fan, I'm pretty pleased with the results. All four games will be on ABC and should make for a pretty exciting extended New Years Weekend.

Tostitos Fiesta - Jan. 2, 4:30 p.m.
Notre Dame (9-2) vs. Ohio State (9-2)
Tempe, Ariz. - ABC

Nokia Sugar - Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m.
West Virginia (10-1) vs. Georgia (10-2)
Atlanta, Ga. - ABC

FedEx Orange - Jan. 3, 8 p.m.
Penn State (10-1) vs. Florida State (8-4)
Miami, Fla. - ABC

The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi - Jan. 4, 8 p.m.
USC (12-0) vs. Texas (12-0)
Pasadena, Calif. - ABC

More Bowl Matchups at CollegeFootballNews.com

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December 2, 2005

Two Stars of Lost Arrested for DUI 15 Minutes Apart

According to the Washington Post:

Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros, who star on ABC's "Lost," were arrested within 15 minutes of each other in Kailua for allegedly driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

Both failed field sobriety tests and were released Thursday on $500 bail each, police said. The actresses, who were in separate cars, were arrested after their vehicles were spotted weaving on Pali Highway, which connects Kailua and Honolulu, police said.

I didn't even know they were rescued?

At WashingtonPost.com

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