On Demand News & Links - 12/14December 15, 2009


On Demand News & Links - 12/14

Syfy

ODW rounds up stories affecting the VOD Industry.

 

Nielsen: Top 10 "Timeshifted" Primetime TV Programs Rank Programs

1 Battlestar Galactica  SYFY 59.4
2 Mad Men AMC 57.7
3 Damages FX 56.3…

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Two-Thirds (62%) of Consumers Have Watched Primetime TV Series through Time-Shifted TechnologyAugust 17, 2010


Two-Thirds (62%) of Consumers Have Watched Primetime TV Series through Time-Shifted Technology

Time-Shifting and On Demand TV use continue to rise according to Comcast's annual TV Pulse Survey (8/17/10).

 

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COMCAST’S ANNUAL “TV PULSE SURVEY” SHOWS THE DRAMA GENRE AND NEW HAWAII FIVE-O ARE THE MOST-ANTICIPATED ‘WHAT TO WATCH’ THIS FALL TV SEASON

Time-Shifted Technology Usage Up More Than 60% from a Year Ago and 80% from Three Years Ago

Two-Thirds (62%) of Consumers Have Watched Primetime TV Series through Time-Shifted Technology 80+% of Consumers Regularly Watch Live Primetime Television
 
The fall TV season is nearly here and that means America’s favorite shows will soon be back on the air.  With the fall season heating up in the coming weeks, Comcast announced the findings of its second annual “TV Pulse Survey,” an independent nationwide survey* conducted by International Communications Research, that revealed America’s most-anticipated new and returning primetime series.  The survey also discovered that more consumers than ever before plan to watch their favorite TV shows anytime, anywhere using time-shifting technologies such as, video-on-demand (VOD), digital video recorders (DVRs) and the Internet. 
"Time-shifting has hit the mainstream and is changing the way people watch TV, said Diana Kerekes, Vice President of Entertainment Services for Comcast. “The results of our ‘TV Pulse Survey’ underscore more consumers are watching their favorite shows when and how they want to watch them."
Time-Shifting
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VOD Spotlight on Manish Dayal of Rubicon (AMC)September 28, 2010


VOD Spotlight on Manish Dayal of Rubicon (AMC)

Manish Dayal

On Demand Weekly's VOD Spotlight highlights stories in the On Demand industry. Adam Schartoff interviews actor Manish Dayal from the exciting new series"Rubicon" on AMC. Adam spoke to Manish about getting started, the impact of Video On Demand (VOD) on TV and "Rubicon." 
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On Demand Weekly: Is “Rubicon” your first series?
Manish Dayal: In a recurring role, yes.

ODW: How many episodes have you appeared in?
MD: I have been in 3.

ODW: Will you be in further episodes?
MD: Yes. I’m in Season 2. PI hope that we get picked up. I think we will. I think we have a good shot. The show’s been doing really well. I haven’t seen anything recently but the last few episodes have been real exciting. It’s the first time I’ve been in a tv show where I can’t wait until the next week.

ODW: It’s a fun show. The writing is really good. It’s taught. Does it follow or preceded "Mad Men"?

MD: It precedes "Mad Men."

ODW: So, they’re riding your coat tails, I guess you could say.
MD: That’s right. We’re their lead in.

Manish Dayal
Manish Dayal / Rubicon (AMC)

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Is AMC’s Hell On Wheels Worth Tuning Into? (VOD Hidden Gem)November 18, 2011


Is AMC’s Hell On Wheels Worth Tuning Into? (VOD Hidden Gem)

AMC

Media savant T Tara Turk goes deep inside cable TV to reveal Video On Demand's Hidden Gems so even the busiest of our readers can get the most out of On Demand TV. Tell Tara what VOD shows you think deserves her attention.

 

HELL ON WHEELS (HOW)

By T. Tara Turk

 

Full disclosure: If HBO’s “Deadwood” had been a band, I would’ve been a Deadwood Head. I would’ve toured around each city watching it on a big screen and jamming to its Western Shakespearean mashed up language like I was at a concert The Roots put on spontaneously. Long before the Brolin/Damon/Bridges TRUE GRIT there was already a gritty, dirty wild west with complicated language, characters you loved to hate and hated to love, and storylines that would make a writer swoon. But, in true HBO fashion, “Deadwood” disappeared into the night without even a note, making Eddie and the Cruisers look like a nursery rhyme. (I’m still pissed about “Rome” ending before Rome even got to fall.)

 



So I did a jig when I almost barely heard about AMCTV’s “Hell On Wheels” (I mean every other word out of the TV world’s mouth when it comes to AMC is “Mad Men” and “Walking Dead”... what up with that?). The only person I recognized was the rapper Common who has been popping up like Where’s Waldo in movies that demand a gun with a backbone. I get it, Common. You want to be badass and so far it’s been a mixed review but this time he may have found his niche. As a former slave who never believed the Emancipation Proclamation would do anything to improve his life (and he was almost right), Common finally plays a character that kinda makes me scared. Now THAT’S acting!

 

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THE PITCH (VOD Hidden Gem)May 03, 2012


THE PITCH  (VOD Hidden Gem)

Media savant T Tara Turk goes deep inside cable TV to reveal Video On Demand's Hidden Gems so even the busiest of our readers can get the most out of On Demand TV. Tell Tara what VOD shows you think deserves her attention.

 

 

THE PITCH (VOD Hidden Gem)

By T. Tara Turk

 

AMC TV should be stand for Advertising Made the Channel TV. Not only is their “Mad Men” a hit (full disclosure: I only have ever watched one episode even though I die for that time period, snappy language by Matt Weiner and the fashions. More than I love that stuff, I hate a bandwagon so I’ll catch up one of these days) but they are taking the theme of advertising to a whole new level by building it as a watchable brand.

“The Pitch” is AMC TV’s new reality show that takes a brand challenge and puts in between two advertising agencies who have to compete for the best campaign. Here’s why I would naturally shy away from this:

1) It sounds boring. Advertising people have a rep for being sale-sy and slightly socially awkward on TV. Why is that interesting to me?

2) It’s not new. Donald Trump has been doing this on “The Apprentice” for quite some time now. Granted, sometimes it’s done with yesteryear celebrities and people who you have to Google to remember why they are “famous” but still they compete all the time and, well, sometimes it’s only good when there’s a fight.

Here’s why I shouldn’t shy away from this at all:

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