TNS – Showtime – NAB – Oscars – AT&T – Yahoo – MediaBytes January 31, 2008

TNS MEDIA RESEARCH will begin receiving data from 100,000 DirecTV set-top boxes to analyze viewing patterns as part of a new service called TNS DirecTView. Households will be asked to join the service, which will record demographic data but be stripped of names and other identifying information. The new service will offer ...

Zucker – Next.TV – Ratings – Landmark – Yahoo – MediaBytes January 30, 2008

JEFF ZUCKER delivered the NATPE keynote yesterday, warning that the television industry is undergoing a "forest fire." He discussed his decision to reduce pilot season and possibly curtail upfront expenditures as necessary steps toward "making less waste." Zucker's goal is to make NBC everywhere - from NBC.com to Hulu and ...

Verizon FiOS – Hey Nielsen! – Spectrum Auction – LX.TV – MediaBytes January 29, 2008

VERIZON announced that it has reached over 1 million FiOS TV customers, making it the 10th-largest multichannel service provider in the US. The company added over 700,000 customers during 2007, netting 226,000 in 4Q alone. The rapid growth rate means it will soon surpass Mediacom, which has 1.3 million cable ...

Mediavest – Zucker – Eric Schmidt – NBC – Quarterlife – Qtrax – MediaBytes January 28, 2008

MEDIAVEST is in talks with two cinema ad networks to transfer up to $100 million in prime-time TV ads to in-theater movie advertising. President of investment and activation Donna Speciale said that with ratings continuing to erode and a lengthy writers strike, "We can't keep our money in TV." The company is speaking with ...

YouTube – NTIA – Nielsen – Comcast – Liberty – MediaBytes January 25, 2008

YOUTUBE has updated its mobile site to include almost its entire library of videos, the social-networking functions and more. Users will be able to upload videos directly from phones to YouTube.com. YouTube also released a free downloadable application that can be installed on phones to access the video site without using a ...

“Islam Will Dominate:” A Dialog for the Information Age

“Islam Will Dominate:” A Dialog for the Information Age

This article is about the flow of dangerous information in the information age -- how will we determine what is dangerous and what might we do with it? I don't believe that all people of faith are dangerous. I don't think that all Muslims everywhere are plotting to kill me. I am not a bigot, racist or hater of anyone. This ...

FCC – NBC – Mindshare – CBS – Last.fm – Netflix – MediaBytes January 24, 2008

THE FCC launches the highly-anticipated 700 MHz spectrum auction today. Bidding is anonymous and will last two months before winners are declared. Daily updates will be available on auctions.fcc.gov. NBC clarified its stance on pilot season, saying it will not cancel any pilot orders for the upcoming season but will scale ...

FOX – CW – NBC – Google – Publicis – WGA – MPAA – MediaBytes January 23, 2008

FOX and CW both released statements promising scaled-back and "truncated" pilot seasons. Fox has cut 8 scripts from 20th Century Fox while CW will drop around a dozen projects. ABC may reduce script orders by as much as 30%. Meanwhile, Jeff Zucker gave more details on his plans for scaling back NBC's pilot season. He told ...

FCC Auction – Comcast – TiVo – NBC Direct – YuMe Networks – MediaBytes January 22, 2008

THE FCC will start the highly anticipated 700 MHz spectrum auction this Thursday, January 24th. On the block are some of the nation's most valuable radio waves, which Chairman Kevin Martin calls "the building blocks for the next generation of broadband services." This is expected to be the most lucrative auction ever ...

HBO – WGA – Jeff Zucker – Yahoo – Getty Images – MediaBytes 01.21.2008

HBO will soon begin testing HBO on Broadband, a service that will allow current subscribers to watch the channel's content online. The service requires a PC application that offers both automatic downloads and live streams of HBO channels. The service will enter a trial period this week in Green Bay and Milwaukee before ...