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10/10/10 Thought Experiment: 10 Ways TV Would Be Different If the Internet Never Existed

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 10th 2010 1:35PM

Today is 10/10/10, a date that means many different things to many different people. We're going to latch onto two elements of the date for a little thought experiment for a meta-TV thought experiment: its decidedly post-apocalyptic feel, and its striking resemblance to binary code. These two factors, combined with many caffeine-fueled conversations with our web geek buds at Urlesque, got us to pondering this question: How would TV be different today is the Internet never existed? (Urlesque will be exploring this concept in great detail tomorrow, so be sure to check that out.)

It's clear that the Internet has changed TV in a multitude of ways. With so much creative content on the Internet now, TV's audience numbers have taken a hit. It's part of the reason that network budgets have decreased, giving executives constant heartburn and causing some of them to focus content on this audience.

Some say the Internet is improving TV. The competition forces networks to work harder. Cyberspace is a great breeding ground for new talent and a platform for proven talent to present quirky concepts. Websites like Hulu allow viewers to catch shows they've missed and message boards let millions of fans interact. It also gives fans a place to congregate the day after and discuss and analyze their favorite shows.

We can't un-invent the Internet, so we can't fully fathom if TV would be better or worse today without it. We do know the following ten things would not have happened. You can decide on your own whether that's good or bad.

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From URL to DVR: Is TV Ready for More Internet-Based Ideas?

by Ryan McGee, posted Oct 8th 2010 5:30PM
William ShatnerIt's one thing to have scripted television based on existing franchises. Fans who demand original ideas in their evening televised entertainment may not be thrilled by the remakes of 'Hawaii Five-0' or 'Nikita,' but at least those properties have striven in their early episodes to use the previous incarnations as things to jump off of rather than simply trace over. But it's quite another for fans to see the Internet picked over like a worldwide flea market to locate the next hit show. And yet, that very act is happening more and more often.

The first foray into this less-than-brave new world? '$#*! My Dad Says,' the critically trounced yet ratings (semi)-hit for CBS. Networks are ignoring the reviews and looking at the Nielsen ratings, which is the only explanation for learning that the website 'Awkward Family Photos' has also landed a production deal. As difficult as it was to fathom the translation (and, let's face it, execution) of Twitter feed to sitcom has been, it's even more difficult to project how a series of admittedly amusing photographs will translate to the small screen. (One has to assume it won't be a weekly montage of pictures set to cheekily relevant music.) Throw in the critical and financial success of 'The Social Network,' and one can easily see a veritable stampede of 'net-related projects flooding Hollywood's studios.

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Betty White Gets New 'SNL' Promos, GSN Marathon (VIDEO)

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 30th 2010 11:45AM
Betty WhiteAs the date for Betty White's hosting gig on 'Saturday Night Live' comes ever closer (May 8th), NBC is releasing more promos featuring the grande dame of television.

In the first promo, similar to one mentioned here earlier this week, Betty addresses rumors that have her dating Zac Efron. Apparently, as the camera pans around the room, those rumors are totally false. In the second promo, Ms. White wonders if her 'SNL' gig will lead to bigger and better hosting duties for, perhaps, the Academy Awards. To that end, she enlists a trio of computer nerds to fan the Internet rumor flames.

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TV 101: The NFL Can Help the Internet Grow Up

by Jay Black, posted Apr 21st 2010 11:02AM
As American as Mom, Apple Pie, or convincing drunk girls at a Jets game to show you their boobs.Every culture has a coming-of-age ritual. The boys of the Amazon's Satere Mawe tribe aren't considered men until they've worn a glove filled with stinging ants. Among the American Nouveau-Riche tribe, you can't enter adulthood until a minor rap star comes to your sweet sixteen and performs for you in front of MTV cameras. Among my people, the Irish Americans, you can only achieve the full rights of adulthood after you've ruined a Thanksgiving dinner by getting drunk and fighting your father.

The internet is a teenager right now - you can tell because it's always angry and is totally obsessed with seeing Megan Fox naked. The internet needs to grow up with a coming-of-age ritual all its own. And, as much as I'd like to put a glove of stinging ants onto the hands of the people who call me a douche every week in the comments, there's only one real way for the internet to finally achieve adult status ...

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'Tosh.0' Renewed For Third Season

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 8th 2010 2:15PM
Web-slingers, rejoice: Comedy Central has ordered up another season of its Internet-centric series 'Tosh.0,' starring comedian Daniel Tosh.

"I am beyond thrilled about Season Three of 'Tosh.0,'" said Tosh in the press release. "Comedy Central has been like a father to me; they pretend to support my comedy and I am pretty sure they have slept with my mom."

The cable network announced that the show's third season already has a premiere date of Wed., Jan. 12, 2011, will contain at least 29 episodes.

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Cablevision to Debut PC-to-TV Relay

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 24th 2010 12:15PM
Subscribers to Cablevision are about to receive a new channel that provides the broadest range of television programming to date: the contents of their own computer.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cablevision is set to debut a new PC-to-TV relay service that will allow digital subscribers to instantly display computer activity on their television screen without the use of special equipment or hookups. The service, which will be accomplished through a simple one-time software download, is scheduled for a second-quarter trial run.

"We are putting an end to the need for families to huddle around their laptops or PCs to watch content together," Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge said. "This new service will make it easy for our television customers to take broadband services, including Internet video, as well as family photos or anything else displayed on a computer screen and move it to the television with the click of the mouse."

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BBC to bring the Internet to TV

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 21st 2009 9:32AM
BBCThere has been a slow merge of Internet and television functionality into one unit. The Telenet, perhaps? Or Intervision? The BBC looks to take that one step further by joining a consortium of companies intent on bringing Internet services to British television sets. It's a controversial move and nobody is more pissed off about it than cable TV provider, British Sky Broadcasting. After all, they have the most to lose.

I recall reading once that when the Internet became popular, it drove down television viewing. This seems an obvious solution to that problem but it opens its own set. It begs the age-old question: who pays for it all? How will it make money? Of course, if the Beeb didn't already have answers to these questions, it wouldn't have joined the consortium.

It also has the added benefit of no longer requiring a computer or handheld device to access the Internet. What do you think of this new concept?

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The View is shaking things up

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 1st 2009 10:27AM
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You might think that after finally breaking through at the Daytime Emmys and winning the golden statuette in the category Outstanding Host(s), the folks at ABC's The View would be resting on their laurels. Not so. The View is shaking up their production effective immediately.

According to Bill Geddie, executive producer, they're going to try and make The View more interactive, which is code for using email and web cams and other newfangled Internet sort of things to reach out to the viewers.

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Ben Silverman leaves NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 27th 2009 10:33AM
SilvermanBen Silverman is leaving NBC to start a new media company.

A lot of people are going to rejoice over this news because they think that NBC hasn't been the same since he took over the entertainment department at the network. While he did bring The Office and The Biggest Loser to NBC, a lot of viewers have been confused by other moves at the network. Another show that Silverman had a hand in, The Jay Leno Show, will debut in September. We'll have to see how that goes.

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Hulu coming to the U.K.

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 6th 2009 10:02AM
HuluIt's about damn time. The folks behind Hulu are making deals with broadcasters in the U.K. to offer their service to U.K. residents. Hopefully as a result of this, TV Squad won't have to apologize to Brits every time we post a clip from Hulu (at least most of the time... some current American shows like Heroes won't be available in the U.K. due to rights issues).

I'm secretly hoping this also means that some British content will be available to United States viewers. It would somewhat ease my frustration with my cable provider, who can't seem to justify carrying BBC America in their channel line-up no matter how many times I ask. It would be nice to satisfy my Brit TV craving without resorting to Netflix (or, even worse, The Pirate Bay).

Given how protective both countries are of their content, it wouldn't surprise me if this deal fell through. Regulation is a bitch, but Hulu is making some pretty big bucks right now for an Internet venture and I can't see how the media conglomerates behind this deal could be that resistant to profit.

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Around the Web: Remembering Michael Jackson

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 26th 2009 11:30AM
Michael JacksonSites across the internet are reacting to the tragic news about Michael Jackson, who died yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles at the age of 50.

From music video tributes to Anderson Cooper's Studio 54 memories, here are the internet's top finds.

-- 24-hour Michael Jackson Radio Channel [AOL Radio]

-- Stars React to Michael Jackson's Death [PopEater]

-- Michael Jackson in the Movies [Moviefone]

-- Country Stars on Michael Jackson [The Boot]

(more reactions after the jump)

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Are you ready to Bing?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2009 6:23PM
So Microsoft has launched a new search engine called Bing. It's supposed to revolutionize the search game and take on Google, but who knows if that will ever happen (I think that "search" and "Google" are the same in the public conscious right now). Here's the new commercial for Bing. It's well-done and dramatic and tries to say a lot, but is it persuasive (beyond the initial "hey, I think I'll check out Bing.com!" thought we'll all have)?

[via AdFreak]

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Survey says: online television is a fad

by Brad Trechak, posted May 23rd 2009 2:38PM
HuluResearchers think this whole "Internet as a television" concept may be slightly overblown. In a survey, only 8% of teens aged 12 to 17 say they use the Internet to watch television.

Well, duh. You know why that is? Because computer monitor screens are still relatively small ones that go on a desk while television screens tend to be much larger and better for overall television watching.

There's also the factor that most of the time programs are initially shown on television and then move to the Internet. For those who are eagerly awaiting the new episode of Dollhouse, they will likely go to Fox on Friday nights rather than Hulu.

Let's not discount that online television is a relatively new phenomenon.

I predict that eventually the Internet will be streamed directly into one's television via your cable or television provider (and I won't discount satellite at this stage) and then online television viewership will go up. Until then, we're still mostly stuck with the traditional model.

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Kevin Pollak interviews Matthew Perry

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2009 2:35PM
Have you caught Kevin Pollak's new online talk show? It's titled Kevin Pollak's Chat Show, appropriately enough, and it airs (can we still say that if it's on the web, "airs?") every Sunday at 5PM PT. So far he has had a variety of guests on, including Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Levar Burton, Paget Brewster, and Alex Albrecht. It's a fun little show, with a casual atmospshere and a Charlie Rose-like set. Here is his interview with Matthew Perry (yes, that's really him on Twitter). Sure, they talk about Friends, but also tennis, Studio 60, Old Spice commercials, and this.

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What You Missed Last Night: Dave's staff Tweets!

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2009 1:36PM
Everyone is on Twitter, even the guys in the Late Show with David Letterman technical department.

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