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Mad for Baseball!

It was the best of times and the worst of times for Major League Baseball.

Objects of Desire in 'Building Star Trek'

At lunch the other day a Star Trek fan around my age admired the cool ad in our magazine for the upcoming Building Star Trek special on Smithsonian Channel.

Applying OTT Strategy to Innovation Adoption Lifecycle

Over-the-top (OTT) viewing itself may be common, but no two networks approach the concept exactly alike. Some are yet to offer a single program online, while the other end of the spectrum is full of Hulu-esque providers that have never had a numbered channel to turn to. If TV right now isn’t a Wild Wild West of offerings, it’s close. 

 

The Technological Legacy of Time Warner Cable

It was Sir Isaac Newton who said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” The same might be said of many of the companies that today comprise the television and internet universe. This is particularly noteworthy today, as some of the companies responsible for fundamental innovations in the way we connect and communicate, are being absorbed, by consolidation, into larger entities.

 

Enhancing, Engaging and Expanding the Video Repertoire

BOSTON -- The expected consumer appetite for virtual reality and high-quality video -- such as Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range content -- plus the eagerness of program producers to exploit the new display technologies will "drive the need for the gigabit home," says Charles Cheevers, chief technology officer-customer premises at Arris.

Behind the Return of 'Punkin Chunkin'

 

There were lots of important-sounding initiatives mentioned at the Discovery Communications upfront. Documentaries about planetary missions. Specials about audio pollution in the oceans, water use and wildlife conservation.

 

What caught my attention? Science Channel is bringing back Punkin Chunkin after a three-year hiatus.

 

We Like It Like App

As this week’s cover story and four-page chart by Jeff Baumgartner point out — and you all probably know already — more and more of our “television” consumption is being done via apps instead of via cable or satellite or over the air.

 

Bouncing Soccer Ball Stays In NBC Net

U.S. fans of England's Premier League have gotten increasingly spoiled by TV providers here.

'Red Road' Returns: Is a Casino Inevitable?

Season one of The Red Road on SundanceTV was a murky crime and cultural stew set in the mountains of northern New Jersey, where a Lenape Indian tribe and rural New Jerseyans co-exist uneasily. It introduced Jason Momoa as the dynamic anti-hero Philip Kopus, a repeat offender with an honor code (frequently broken, as in when he kills his best friend) but whose disadvantages include having a depraved criminal father, currently incarcerated, played by Tom Sizemore.

Verizon Telegraphs Dismay At FCC Vote

Dot-dash this!

 

Verizon demonstrated its displeasure with the FCC's net neutrality decision via a way-back version for a very special Throwback Thursday. Its Policy Blog, which said the ruling "Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet," was presented in Morse Code (see illustration).  

 

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