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On July 1st, I posted a piece on the Blu-Ray/HD DVD format war, which showed pretty effectively why HD DVD was on the losing end of the format war. With today’s announcement that Paramount and Dreamworks had been convinced to exclusively support HD DVD, I wondered what the impact would be on the overall picture. While this definitely muddies the waters, Blu-Ray supporting studios still have an advantage when looking at the numbers overall. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Fix Network Television

August 12th, 2007

A Television — Duh!The fall television season is almost upon us, and it’s time for the networks to pull out all the stops in trying to get us to tune into all their new programs. Before the end of October, the majority of the new series will have come and gone, and by December, we’ll have forgotten about most of them (remember Four Kings? No? How about Love Monkey? No? Both started in 2006).

It wasn’t always like this. There was a time when a network would order an entire season’s worth of episodes of a new show, and they’d air every last one of them. Now, if the show doesn’t have a significant audience after episode number two, its days are numbered.

The networks don’t seem to understand their audience, and in their effort to maintain their audience in the face of competition from movies, video games, cable television and even (gasp) books (damn you, Harry Potter!), their patience with new series is at an all time low.

With that in mind, here are 10 tips for the networks as we approach this fall season. I’m providing these free to the networks, because they can’t seem to figure out these common sense items for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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