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TV-Viewing Evolution Reaches TCA Tour

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — As cable networks gathered here last week to tout their new shows and celebrity talent to a cadre of more than 200 TV critics, a lot felt familiar but some things were different.


Navigating the Notion of Pedestrian Dead Reckoning


Dead reckoning. Unless you’re a pilot, you probably haven’t heard the term in a while. Refresher: It’s a navigational term, used to deduce (the “ded” of “dead reckoning”) where you are and where you’re going, using the last known information about your location.


Charles Lindbergh deadreckoned his way over the Atlantic to Paris in 1927 using its basic formula — distance equals speed multiplied by time.


Imagine…The World Cup, LeBron


Imagine if the U.S. men’s national team were in the World Cup final. Our nation would be bumping today like a certain football Sunday in early February.


Imagine if LeBron James had just told the world he was going to take his talents back to Akron a couple of days after the Heat were crushed by the San Antonio Spurs.  There would have been a lot less tweetage and speculative reportage over the past few weeks.  And the world would have been a lesser place for it.


Discovery, Bravo Benefit From Expanded Emmy Reality Universe



The Emmy’s had a quandary to deal with this year—how to separate and honor more series in the ever-growing world of reality TV. They did so by breaking non-competition series into two parts—structured and unstructured reality—and the result was a boon for Discovery and Bravo.


Today’s Telecom: A Plethora of 'Mixed Signals'

Four years ago, the editors at Multichannel News asked me to create a title for my new column.  


Even back then, it seemed like “Mixed Signals” made a lot of sense.


LTE, Are You Always This Loud? Love, WiFi



Say you’re mingling in a room full of people, enjoying a tasty beverage. It’s a polite room of people who listen and respond during pauses. (So you’re in Canada!)


Out of nowhere, a mass of large, loud people enters the room, shouting instructions to each other. It’s like they’re oblivious to anyone who isn’t them.


In wireless protocols, the Canadians are WiFi. The Large Louds are LTE.


World Cup Indexing: Elite Eight To Final Four


To borrow from another famous tournament, the eight quarterfinalists at the 2014 World Cup will be winnowed to the Final Four over the next couple of days.


National loyalties aside, from here it’s pretty clear-cut as to what the most intriguing semifinal matchups would be for U.S. rights-holders ESPN and Univision: Germany-Brazil and The Netherlands-Argentina.


TV Needs More Latinos In Decision-Making Roles


Latinos are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the country and watch more television than most groups, yet they are vastly underrepresented on television shows, according to a new report from the Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.