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Technology Battles Primetime, Networks Don’t Give Up

Thanks to tape recorders, DVR, video on demand, webcasts, and more, statistics have revealed that not only have the 27 series that premiered last year bombed, but nearly 9% of prime time viewers went M.I.A. since last year. Okay, okay, so maybe it’s not completely technology’s fault. After all, studios do allow their episodes to be streamed online, and yeah, there was that little itty-bitty writer’s strike that went on for 100 days. Either way, …

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‘Star Trek’ Remastered for HD DVD

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Posted by K.C. Morgan
Categories: Animation, Sci-Fi/Horror, DVD, HDTV, Video,

Highly original and ground-breaking in its day, Star Trek offered viewers a glimpse of the possible future. Now, it is the future…and Trek is offering viewers a glimpse of what the series might have been if it were made today. In a new HD DVD set, season one of The Original Series is being released to the public with digitally enhanced footage. Here’s the problem: true Trekkies don’t want anything digitally remastered or updated. The perfection …

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Lost: The Man Behind the Curtain - David’s Top Five of Awesomeness

Another week, another very cool and dark episode of Lost.  Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of this episode is that it redeemed, be it ever so slightly, the miserable mess that was Tricia Tanka is Dead (or something close to that; I’m so annoyed with that episode I don’t even want to go look it up) by showing us that Roger Workman is really Ben’s father.  It was a creepy episode, with thankfully lots of Locke and …

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Super Bowl Sunday—Time for a Bigger TV

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Posted by Wendy Michaels
Categories: Sports, HDTV, Ratings,

This one floored me. Is the Super Bowl so important an event that people need to rush out and buy a bigger TV? Does a larger TV enhance the action of the big game? Or is this just an excuse for people to upgrade their screen size? According to a survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA), approximately 2.5 million consumers are planning on making an upgrade for Super Bowl Sunday. This number …

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Meredith Vieira’s First Day on the Job

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Posted by Wendy Michaels
Categories: Daytime, Talk Shows, NBC, HDTV, Internet, News,

Meredith Vieira woke up a little earlier than usual this morning to start her new gig on the Today show. While I was only able to catch about a half hour of the program, I’d say she’s off to a great start; Internet reviews agree, saying that Vieira had a solid debut. She seemed at ease and comfortable in her surroundings. She’s by no means a newbie at this sort of thing, but she does …

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Which New Series Will be Canceled?

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Posted by Wendy Michaels
Categories: Comedy, Drama, Prime Time, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, UPN, WB, Cancellations, HDTV,

Website Brilliant But Cancelled is offering visitors the chance to vote on which new series they think will get the axe. Their contest, Death Watch Fall ‘06 offers weekly iPOD prizes and a grand prize of a 37 inch Aquos flatscreen HDTV. Hey, not too shabby, considering you probably have your own ideas about which shows will succeed or fail. Just log in each week and make your selection—each correct bet puts you into a drawing …

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Jeopardy and Wheel in High Definition

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Posted by Veronica Santiago
Categories: Games, Prime Time, HDTV, News,

While most of the country will be acknowledging the 5-year anniversary of 9/11, fans of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune will be celebrating the debut of HD programming.  That is, of course, assuming those viewers even have an high-definition TV to appreciate the technology. King World Productions and Sony Pictures Television are spending over $4 million dollars to get the production and sets ready for this big launch on September 11.  Upgrades will include wider …

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Arrested Development Airs Again

OK, so we know that Arrested Development was canceled. We just have to accept it and move on (sob!). To me, it always begs the question: “How can sub-par sitcoms continue into their umpteenth season while something cool and hilarious like Arrested Development gets canceled?” It’s just not fair. But anyhoo… Arrested Development will be returning in syndication with a very interesting arrangement. The 53 episodes have been sold to both MSN and cable networks …

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Gas Station TV Coming Soon

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Posted by Eric Chaloux
Categories: ABC, HDTV, News,

Normally when you pull up to the pump you’re keeping an eye on the price as you try to squeeze in each drop of gas.  Now there will be something else to watch - TV. Gas Station TV said it will distribute programming to at least 500 gas stations across the country, in the hope of raising advertising dollars.  So when can you expect to see Gas Station TV?  Possibly by the first of the year …

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The Best Television Products For Holiday Shoppers

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Posted by Rhys Alexander
Categories: DVD, DVR, HDTV, Video,

Need to do some last-minute holiday shopping for a TV lover? No need to worry: tv.com has released their first annual “Holiday Gift Guide.” Jammed with recommendations for the hottest DVDs, soundtracks, DVRs, and much more, this list will make choosing the perfect gift a breeze…for someone else, or for yourself! Read More | TV.com ...

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