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The battle between DirecTV and Viacom continues to play out in social media with the latter posting a video retaliation to DirecTV CEO Michael White’s initial video.

Viacom has unleashed a VH1-style pop-up video that looks to discredit White’s video statement with the use of text bubbles.

The two companies are locked in a battle over programming fees, with DirecTV subscribers this week losing access to Viacom channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. Continue reading »

The man who invented the first wireless TV remote control has died, aged 96.

Eugene J. Polley, the man whose invention allowed us to flick effortlessly between channel from the comfort of the couch, passed away from natural causes on May 20.

Polley was behind the development of the “Flash-Matic” remote control, which was the world’s first wireless TV remote, introduced in 1955.

He had worked his way up from the stockroom of Zenith Radio Corporation (now Zenith Electronics, a subsidiary of LG Electronics) to parts development before going on to a long career in the engineering department.

Source: tvbythenumbers 

Veteran US television presenter Dick Clark has died, aged 82.

Clark suffered a heart attack at a hospital in Santa Monica a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure.

Known as “the world’s oldest teenager” due to his youthful appearance and enthusiasm, Clark hosted the popular music series American Bandstand and over the years was instrumental in the creation of the likes of the American Music Awards, TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes and The $25,000 Pyramid.

A 2004 stroke affected Clark’s ability to speak and walk but that didn’t stop him from continuing to perform.

Source: Stuff.co.nz

The folks over at ustelevision.com must have a lot of time on their hands as they have put together a graphic depicting around 9,000 logos from TV channels around the world.

As for the purpose, who knows?

See the full 9,000 logo graphic here.

Below is a small portion of the graphic.

Director Kevin Smith is set to take a dip in the reality TV pool with news he is developing a new reality series for American network AMC.

The Clerks director will produce a series that will be set inside his New Jersey comic book store.

A casting call was sent out that sought “real people who live and breathe the comic book lifestyle”.

Smith confirmed that he would be working with AMC in reply to a fan’s tweet this week. 

“A really cool one,” he said of AMC. “That makes awesome shows. That I watch. F**k it: it’s @AMC_TV (sic).”

Source: Digital Spy

Video previews of all the new shows commissioned by the Fox network in the US for the upcoming 2011/12 season.

 

Terra Nova

 

Alcatraz

 

I Hate My Teenage Daughter

 

Napoleon Dynamite (animated)

 

The Finder

 

The New Girl

 

Allen Gregory

 

Fox has axed the following shows:

Breaking In

Human Target

Lie To Me

Running Wilde

The Chicago Code

Traffic Light

Video previews of all the new shows commissioned by the NBC network in the US for the upcoming 2011/12 season.

 

Prime Suspect

 

Smash

 

Up All Night

 

Whitney

 

Grimm

 

The Playboy Club

 

Awake

 

Free Agents

 

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

 

Bent

 

The following shows have been axed by NBC:

Chase

Friday Night Lights

The Cape

The Event

Law & Order: LA

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Television ownership in the US has dropped for the first time in 20 years.

Research conducted by Nielsen has found that 96.7 per cent of American homes now own TVs, down from 98.9 per cent previously.

Nielsen attributes the decline to two reasons: increasing poverty in the US and the advancement in technology.

Many low-income households now can’t afford to own TV sets due to the added expense of digital antennas and young people are now growing up with laptops which give them access to a wide range of television shows and movies via the internet.

The second reason is prompting Nielsen to think about redefining the “television household” to include those who access content via the internet.

“We’ve been having conversations with clients,” said Pat McDonough, the senior vice president for insights and analysis at Nielsen. “That would be a big change for this industry, and we’d be doing it in consultation with clients if we do it.”

Nielsen says the decline also mirrors the trend in 1992 where TV ownership declined due to a prolonged recession. However, it was reversed in the mid-90s during the economic upswing.

While it is still believed that American households hold the TV at the centre of their media life, they are finding ways to live without it.

Source: NYTimes.com

A new pilot from Lost creator J.J. Abrams has been greenlit by CBS.

The project, Person of Interest,  is the brainchild of both Abrams and screenwriter Jonah Nolan, brother of Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan.

Details about the pilot are fairly limited but Entertainment Weekly understands that it centres on a CIA officer who is presumed dead working on a secret project for a reclusive billionaire.

Yesterday’s Super Bowl has just been confirmed as the most-watched program in US television history, beating last year’s match by around 4.5 million viewers.

111 million viewers tuned yesterday in to see the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, a total that surpasses the previous TV audience record of 106.5m.

Not surprisingly the list of the most-watched TV programs in the US is dominated by the Super Bowl, which claims 8 of the top 10 places.

The only scripted shows to make the list are the finale of M*A*S*H in 1983 which pulled 106m viewers and the 100-minute finale special of Cheers in 1993 which was viewed by 93.1m.