Media Industry Timeline

MSNBC Most ‘Opinionated’ Cable News Channel [Pew]

MSNBC opinion

Accusations of left-leaning bias for cable news giant MSNBC abound, and, while a recent media study doesn’t exactly address that issue directly, it did find the channel to be the most “opinionated” of the three biggies (with Fox, CNN). Pew’s State of the News Media 2013 report is a very interesting read for media watchdogs,… Read more »

Sky News Reporter Arrested Live On Air In China [Video]

Man arrested during live broadcast

Here’s a weird one for you: A reporter for Sky News was in the midst of a live report from Tiananmen Square when he was abruptly arrested by Chinese police. Sky News correspondent Mark Stone was speaking to viewers live from China when he was arrested by police, and brought to a room with his… Read more »

Netflix Speed Index Highlights The Best ISPs For Video Streaming

Netflix ISP Speed Chart

The Netflix ISP Speed Index chart debuted on Monday, and with it comes a feeling of responsibility on the part of nationwide and international ISPs. The new Netflix Speed Index examines ISP speeds in the US, Mexico, Ireland, UK,Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. The company places the ISP speed tests on a chart to showcase… Read more »

Hooters Ad Campaign Taking Aim At Chipotle

Hooters ad campaign taking aim at Chipotle

A new string of Hooters ads are taking aim at Chipotle restaurants. Hooters has begun a new advertising campaign encouraging viewers to “Step Into Awesome.” The new series of commercials promotes Hooters as the place to be to catch some sports viewing and tastier food. According to the Huffington Post, the new ad campaign also… Read more »

Cablevision Sues Viacom To Break Up Bundles

Cablevision Sues Viacom to end bundling

Media giants require cable and satellite providers to deliver channels in bundles. Cablevision, one of the largest providers of access to TV programing in the United States, is suing Viacom, one of the largest producers of TV programing, to end the practice of bundling unpopular channels with popular ones (PDF). “The manner in which Viacom… Read more »

Offensive ‘Onion’ Quvenzhane Wallis Tweet Explained By Former Staff Member

The Onion apologizes for calling Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word

By now, you’ve all probably heard about The Onion‘s crude tweet last night in which they called 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis a “c**t.” Though the liberal humor publication is known for pushing the envelope and, indeed, pushing it way too far in some cases, there’s just something inherently not-funny about calling an adorable 9-year-old girl such… Read more »

Intel TV Service Unveiled, Content Provider Negotiations Still Underway

Intel TV Service

Intel on Tuesday unveiled its long-awaited Intel TV service. The company unveiled its new platform at the AllThingsDigital Dive Into Media conference. The tech giant plans to roll out the new television service before the end of 2013. The company is still in contract negotiations with content providers, according to Erik Huggers, vice president and… Read more »

Netflix And DreamWorks Working On Original Kids Show

Turbo FAST

Original programming is the new gold standard for TV streaming services, and now Netflix is working with DreamWorks Animation to create a new children’s TV show. The new series titled Turbo: F.A.S.T. will debut in December and is based off the upcoming DreamWorks movie Turbo. The movie will debut on July 19. Turbo is the… Read more »

NBC Shuts Down EveryBlock After Failing To Attract Ad Revenue

Everyblock Shuts Down For Good

NBC on Thursday shut down EveryBlock, a hyper-location based news website along the lines of AOL’s Patch network. The Knight Foundation-backed news and information site was acquired by MSNBC in 2009. Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of NBC News Vivian Schiller announced that the service “wasn’t a strategic fit with our growth strategy… Read more »

Xbox 360 Chosen As RedBox Instant’s Exclusive Gaming Console

Redbox Instant and Xbox 360

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will soon be the first gaming console owners able to access the Redbox Instant video streaming service. On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb revealed the company’s plans in a blog post. Hyrb says the new feature will launch “in the very near future.” News of Microsoft’s involvement in the RedBox… Read more »

Reporter Punched In The Face During Fraud Investigation

Jeff Chirico punched in the face

Jeff Chirico, an investigative reporter for WGCL in Atlanta, was punched in the face while covering a story about fraud at a local car yard. Chirico asked the owner of the car yard’s father, Donald Wilder, about the charges against his son. Wilder looked at the camera before claiming that it would only cost $25… Read more »