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CBS News 24/7 Online Channel Adds Momentum to Digital Shift


"CBSN," the 24-hour news channel that CBS News will launch (possibly by Election Day), brings a familiar brand and recognized reporters to the online, on-demand news marketplace. 



Although details about the CBS News digital channel are still scarce, published reports indicate that the project will enable the network to leverage assets of its existing news programs (Evening News, This Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours) as well as creating new content for the Web stream. 


TNF: A Big One In The Mile High City

(Editor's note: Turns out quite a lot. Peyton's punishment of the Chargers averaged 20.2 million watchers, the second-highest of the simulcasts behind the opener, resulting in the seven-game average jumping to 16.5 million from 16.1 million over the first six.]


Is the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers Thursday Night Football matchup a big one for the NFL and CBS?


On Upstream, 'Half Fast'

If you live in a Verizon FiOS market, you’ve likely seen the video ads denouncing upstream speeds other than theirs. If not, here’s the gist of it: Families, at home, surfing the Web but running into slowdowns when posting music and video. The tagline? “Stop living with half-fast Internet,” voiced by Modern Family’s famously funny Ty Burrell, a Verizon spokesman.


Multiplatform, Simultaneous Release Augurs Distribution Upheaval


 "We The Economy," a bundle of 20 short films, will debut simultaneously next Tuesday, Oct. 21 on cable, broadcast, online and mobile platforms, including Comcast's Xfinity TV, Time Warner Cable, Cox, BrightHouse, Mediacom and Suddenlink.



MLB Moniker Matchups Marred

(Updated: Oct. 16, 1:01 a.m.: With the Royals dispatching with the Orioles in four and the Giants plucking the Cards 6-4 to move within one game of the Fall Classic, so much for the Orange Is The New Black theory,,,How about the frst-ever Wild Card World Series under MLB's new format?)

Before the first pitch was thrown out on the 2014 MLB postseason  party -- and prior to the Kansas City Royals starting to evoke the 2002 California Angels -- there were plenty of monikered World Series in play.


Capacity Observations

DENVER — Capacity. It’s always a hot ticket at tech-fests, like the 2014 Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Cable-Tec Expo, staged during a week of Colorado gorgeousness. (The last time Expo graced Denver, it was Blizzard City.)


Money, Technology, Timing Have Vexed Cable's Game Attempts


This week's Multichannel News "Game Over" cover story pinpoints cable's failure to capitalize on the latest videogame phenomenon: letting viewers watch videogame players do their thing. 



Some Post-IBC and -Automechanika ’14 Show Thoughts…


My 10-day European excursion ended  a week ago Monday (following another horrendous experience with United Airlines), with visits for three days each to the International Broadcasting Conference 2014 in Amsterdam; Messe Frankfurt’s Automechanika 2014 in Frankfurt; and to one of the world’s largest (and best) fixed satellite services (FSS) providers, SES, in the tiny principality between Francfe and Germany, called Luxembourg.


Jeterian Rewrite

Some people are blessed.


With meteorologists calling for steady rain that would drop inches if not Biblical flooding on some areas of the New York DMA, the Yankees captain’s final game in The Bronx was in jeopardy.