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Jeremy Piven Leaves Speed-The-Plow: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer December 19, 2008

If you are having trouble viewing our video player, check out MediaBytes on YouTube. Jeremy Piven left David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow this week, claiming mercury poisoning. Piven, who eats sushi twice a day, received a doctor's note after tests showed elevated levels of Mercury. Piven's role will be taken over by Norbert Leo ...

Gov. Paterson Proposes "iPod Tax": MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer December 18, 2008

If you are having trouble viewing our video player, check out MediaBytes on YouTube. Gov. David Paterson wants to solve New York's debt problem by taxing the sale of digital downloads, including mp3's from iTunes. The iPod tax, along with 88 other new fees, is part of the "extreme measures" Paterson is using to tackle the ...

No Steve Jobs Keynote at MacWorld: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer December 17, 2008

If you are having trouble viewing our video player, check out MediaBytes on YouTube. Steve Jobs will not give his usual keynote speech at MacWorld. Not only that but the upcoming conference will be the last Apple will participate in. An Apple spokesperson said "Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, ...

CBS to Pit TV.com vs. Hulu: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer December 16, 2008

If you are having trouble viewing our video player, check out MediaBytes on YouTube. Paid Content is reporting that CBS will re-launch TV.com to compete with Hulu. Originally the domain, secured in its $1.85 billion acquisition of CNet, was more of a "water cooler site" rather than an online video or IPTV destination. CBS ...

FCC Cancels Free Wi-Fi Meeting, Concentrating on DTV: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer December 15, 2008

If you are having trouble viewing our video player, check out MediaBytes on YouTube. The FCC has canceled their December 18th meeting meant to discuss the future of Chairman Kevin Martin's proposed free nationwide Wi-Fi. After receiving letters from Senator Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Henry Waxman, the FCC lacked a ...

NBC: “Must Flee TV” Redux

NBC: “Must Flee TV” Redux

Here's what you already know: 1) NBC's going to put Jay Leno on five nights a week in the fall. 2) This will save them a great deal of money. 3) Jeff Zucker, Ben Silverman, and to a lesser extent, Marc Graboff are being mercilessly chastised in the blogosphere. 4) Les Moonves is delighted by the fact that there will be ...

Lon T. Palmer (1929-2008)

It is with profound sadness that I write to tell you of my father's passing. Lon T. Palmer, age 79. Beloved husband of 56 years to Roberta Boyer Palmer, devoted father to sons Jason and Shelly Palmer and his wife, Debbie, adoring grandfather of Brent and Jared Palmer and Alexis and Andrew Zinberg and great-grandfather to ...

Bush Admin Opposes FCC Proposed Free Nationwide Wi-Fi: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer December 12, 2008

The Bush Administration is opposing FCC Chair Kevin Martin's proposed free nationwide Wi-Fi network. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said a national Wi-Fi network "would likely lead to congested and inefficiently used broadband, and it would be inconsistent with the Administration's view that spectrum should be ...

Moonves Says "TV Model Ain't Broken": MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer December 11, 2008

If you are having trouble viewing our video player, check out MediaBytes on YouTube. In reaction to Jeff Zucker's comment that the old TV business is dying, CBS exec Les Moonves is adamant that "the model ain't broken. The model works." Moonves also harped on the importance of local television, saying "We do not want to ...