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April 26, 2008

Reality TV Fans Make For Promiscuous Facebook Friends

episode-12-photo_350x265.jpgCan't get enough of reality TV? Are half of your Facebook friends unknown to you? Have some unsavory pics of your drunken exploits in your Facebook photo album? If you answered yes to all three questions, you'll be happy to know you're a promiscuous social networker spurred on by your reality TV addiction.

That's right. Joint research from the University of Hawaii and the University of Buffalo has concluded that reality TV fans are more likely to accept unknown people as friends on Facebook and post pictures of themselves than their Survivor-hating cohorts are. According to researchers, we'e always on the lookout for new ways to behave and when we see folks on shows like American Idol rewarded for being the center of attention, we strive to emulate that behavior.

Being your real friends here at TVSnob, we just want to remind you that having hundreds of unknown "friends" on Facebook will not make you the next American Idol, and the 5000 friend Facebook limit has already been reached, so even that won't make you famous. "Promiscuous" is a label you don't want attached to your name.

Via ReadWriteWeb

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April 20, 2008

Five Studio Premium TV Venture Will Have Big Online Focus


Iron Man: Coming To New Premium TV In 2009

Rarely is a major corporate announcement made on a Sunday afternoon, but that's exactly what five Hollywood studio heads did today, spewing out a real conversation starter in the process. Viacom through its Paramount Pictures and Paramount Vantage units will be teaming up with Lionsgate, MGM and United Artists in a joint venture that will launch a premium TV channel and VOD service in the fall of 2009.

The five studio co-op will have access to Paramount and Paramount Vantage titles released theatrically after January 1, 2008 and MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles released theatrically after January 1, 2009, according to the press release. Viacom will head operational support for the JV, with marketing help from its own MTV Networks. While definitely something to look forward to as premium content is a real pain in the ass to find when it comes to cable providers these days, perhaps most interesting is Viacom CEO's revelation that online movie distribution will play a big part in the JV's future plans. In fact in an interview with Philippe Dauman, CEO of Viacom, Rafat Ali from was apparently told, the JV's distribution strategy will have a definite online emphasis.

This will definitely be good for movie viewers, and its important to note that by premium, the JV is referring to the quality of the content. While we kinda doubt it, the new channel could be released as a basic cable addition. Unfortunately, some current cable channels will be hit hard, like Showtime, poised to lose programming from Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate only to face a tough new competitor in the as-of-yet unnamed venture.

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April 11, 2008

2008 Beijing Olympics Will Be The Biggest HD-Broadcasted Event Ever

beijing-logo-small.jpgWhen this summer rolls around, and the torch is lit kicking off the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, networks such as NBC who paid $5.7 billion for exclusive US broadcast rights to the games, hope to see a return on their money. And they just might, as the Beijing games is being touted as the biggest HD broadcast ever, featuring more HD footage and broadband coverage than any other sporting event in the history of televised broadcasting.

The Beijing Olympic Broadcasting Corp. which will handle the main production operations come the torch-lighting August 8 will have 1000 HD camera and 60 HD mobile units set up at the various Olympic venues, and hooked up to fiber optics suitable for HD transmission. Not one standard-definition camera will be used at this year's Olympics. Just 4 years ago at the Athens Olympics, NBC only managed to broadcast 396 hours of HD coverage, compared to the expected 756 hours this year. Plus, with broadband broadcasting now playing a greater role in television, we can expect to see 3600 hours of exclusive content at

Via Variety Asia

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April 8, 2008

How Do You Sell More Real Estate? Sell It As A Filming Location

nb20080409a4a.jpgToyko-based real estate company Orix Real Estate Corp. has found a new and innovative way to sell more real estate and attract tourists, as well as up the value of the selling properties. Orix had started off last year pitching a planned community, The Mark Springs, as an ideal location for TV show and movie filming, offering community locations for more than 60 screen projects.

The company came up with the idea after "At-home Dad", which began filming in Yokohama in 2004, increased the amount of visitors to the town 10-fold and sent Orix Real Estate's web site traffic soaring. Advertising increasing were in the amount of several hundred million yen and some people signed residential real estate contracts for properties featured in the show.

I'm writing this posting from Winnipeg, Canada, called by some the Hollywood of the North. Maybe I should be in the real estate business rather than the blogging business.

Via The Japan Times

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Why You Should Subscribe To Verizon's Fios TV

Quite the stir started when Comcast announced that it would be squeezing 3 HD channels into the bandwidth they previously slotted for two, resulting in a degraded picture for those of us who subscribe to the cable provider. Customers are raging that the new system starting this month will result in pictures that sometimes border on worse than analog. Comcast has decided to go the route of added compression in response to competitive pressures from the likes of Verizon Fios TV, making more channels available without increasing the amount of space necessary to transfer them to your HDTV. So how much will this affect you?

An AVS Forum member decided to find out just how much picture quality would be affected with Comcast's new compression policy by recording two shows, on the same channel, at the same time delivered from both Comcast and Fios TV. The results were astounding. Average bit rates were calculated, and a huge difference was observed, with Fios TV performing at a much higher rate. Screen captures also illustrated the degraded picture quality coming from Comcast as you can see below:


Fios TV

Comcast TV

Take a look at the facial features and you'll immediately see the difference. You'll tend to see more problems with channels that are already highly compressed such as Discovery HD, while some channels hardly seem to be affected. Regardless of the channel though, you're guaranteed to see a decrease in contrast and a whole lot more banding and artifacts on your screen.

The US market won't be the only one affected by compressed HD signals either. Canada's Rogers Cable has announced that effective April 9, a bunch of channels delivered to its Personal TV customers will face added compression. Like Comcast, the cable provider defends its decision by saying that they'll be delivering more channels to its customers without using more bandwidth keeping bill about the same. It seems though that no one is listening. I mean, why would we want more HD channels that look worse than the analog pictures of 30 years ago?

It seems we'll be seeing a lot more HDTV buyer's dishing out thousands for a new flat panel absolutely refusing to pay an extra $10 to their cable provider for a high-def signal this year. Our recommendation: stick with Fios TV, they don't compress their signals.

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March 31, 2008

TVSnob Monthly Roundup For March 2008

And another fast-paced, action-packed month has passed wrapping up the first quarter of 2008. For a look back at all the action in March, take your pick of our March articles after the jump...

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March 26, 2008

Fascinating Fact: Rich People Say Price Is The Decisive Factor In Their TV Purchase, Poor People Lag Behind

113858220923-main_Thumb.jpgAn interesting bit of research from iSuppli has revealed that while price is the most important factor for US consumers in the market to purchase a new TV, the richer folk actually care more about price than the poorer folk.

In the last quarter of 2007, 59.6% of American with incomes less than $25000 annually citing price as the deciding factor in their latest TV purchase. 63.1% of Americans making $100000-$149000 annually cited price as the main factor in their television purchase choice. What does this tell us?

Those who make more money are more concerned about money management than those who make less? No, it's probably the big house, fancy car, and pending divorce putting the screws to them!

Via Digitimes

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March 22, 2008

Microsoft And Onkyo Partner Up, Look To Invade Your Living Room

TX-SR875B_front.jpgLooks like Microsoft is making a move for your living room. Microsoft and Onkyo, maker of high-quality AV products, announced yesterday that they will enter into an intellectual property collaboration giving each company access to the other's patents. The company's hope this will foster innovation in audio-visual home entertainment. What could we expect from this? Most likely Microsoft software integrated into Onkyo's hardware, the obvious answer. A Microsoft interface for Onkyo hardware setup? We'll have to see as the press release linked to below is pretty vague.

Onkyo also entered into the Microsoft Windows Rally program giving Onkyo access to "Microsoft technology, streamlined licensing, and technical guidance for effortless, security-enhanced and reliable connectivity between devices and PCs". Looks like Onkyo is getting ready for the web TV revolution.

Via PRNewswire

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March 19, 2008

Eliot Spitzer's Penchant For Call Girls Prompts ABC To Air Prostitution Special

girl_190_1.jpgThis Friday, ABC's 20/20 will be airing a 2 hour prostitution special titled On Prostitution in America: Working Girls Speak. In the works for 2 years, the special was initially scheduled to air in May or June, but former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's resignation in light of revelations he enjoyed the services of high-priced call girls. Obviously a ploy by ABC to use Spitzer to gain ratings, the network hurriedly set up interviews with top-dollar hookers to supplement a visit to a legal brothel in Nevada and a slew of interviews with street-walking types. Surprising the network said that the special is meant to be a serious look at the issue rather an attempt to be salacious. Yeah, okay.

Via USAToday

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March 14, 2008

Paris Hilton's "My New BFF" Reality Show To Ruin Television

parisrichie_g_wi_0626_260.jpgParis Hilton is getting her own TV show. Yes, I know, I probably just put a damper on your weekend but I thought I should give you fair warning. Coming some time in the 4th quarter of 2008, Hilton's new series My New BFF will feature Paris in a frantic hunt for a new best friend. The series will be paired with an online voting site which launched yesterday. The good thing is the series will only last 10 episodes probably much longer than any friendship Paris has ever had.

To be produced by Ish Entertainment and aired on MTV, My New BFF will follow Hilton as she lives in a house with 20 potential new best friends, all vying for the coveted BFF title allowing them to follow Paris to big Hollywood A-list parties and business functions. How humiliating for the new BFF.

The series is capitalizing on the popularity of Hilton on the web where she is consistently one of the most searched celebrities.

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