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TiVo’s Looking Tired

“And more Internet video services are in the works to bring movies to a growing array of portable video players, including Sony’s PlayStation Portable. Suddenly, TiVo and other time-shifting devices look as tired as the VCR.”

Richard Bin Peng, Singapore http://spaces.msn.com/members/richardpeng2001/PersonalSpace.aspx?_c01_blogpart=blogmgmt&_c=blogpart

Family Friendly? Nada

“Telemundo? Have the people at Comcast seen some of the programming on Telemundo, especially during the daytime hours? Those women on those soaps they show have less clothes than half the cast of Showgirls

Joel Keller, TV Squad www.tvsquad.com

Familiarity Kills Credibility

“A nostalgic insider turned outsider can still offer insights, however, and the most useful is that cable-news outlets were ludicrously rah-rah during the invasion of Iraq and that embedded reporters felt a credibility-damaging kinship with soldiers.”

Ned Martel, reviewing a documentary by media critic Danny Schechter http://spaces.msn.com/members/boxingfan4269/Blog/cns!1p2FTSitoflp249SneAXFAhg!152.entry

Anyone Know a Good Plumber?

“The Garlic has learned that The New York Times is close to wooing away from The Washington Post star reporter and author, Bob Woodward, secretly courting him after the disclosure he sat on information of receiving Valerie Plame’s name over two years ago.

'It’s rare when you can find,’ says Bill Keller, Times executive editor, 'that big of a reporter who has such a nose for when to bury a story, how to hold back blockbusting news.’ … Keller went on to say that Woodward would be 'under no pressure’ to break any major stories.

Woodward made numerous appearances on cable television news programs, making comments and observations on the leak case and characterizing it as something that won’t amount to much.”

J. Thomas Duffy, The Garlic, Boston http://puregarlic.blogspot.com/2005/12/tuesday-20-december-2005.html

Best Navigation Tool: Remote

“[FCC Chairman Kevin] Martin said, “Parents need better and more tools to help them navigate the entertainment waters, particularly on cable and satellite TV.

Maybe they do. But it’s not the FCC’s job. Cable TV is not a utility. Besides, parents already have a formidable arsenal of tools. One option is to forego cable. Another is to supervise kids’ viewing. Yet another is a channel- and program-blocking function available through TV sets and cable companies, including central Illinois providers Insight and Mediacom. In other words, let parents parent. See that remote? Use it.”

Peoria Journal Star, Dec. 27, 2005 http://pjstar.com/stories/122705/EDI_B8B9CCT1.002.shtml

Slingbox Is a Must

“The Slingbox is one of the innovations of 2005 that has become a personal change agent for me. Just the thought of being able to travel with all of the Cable TV channels that I enjoy watching, is something, I now take for granted when I’m on the road.”

The Jeff Pulver Blog, Dec. 22, 2005 http://pulverblog.pulver.com/archives/003447.html

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