TV Personalities Taking Home Biggest Paychecks

Forbes recently revealed the 10 Highest-Paid TV Personalities, a powerhouse of talk, game, news, and reality show hosts whose salaries rival those of the most popular movie stars.

Tweeters Move the Nielsen Needle

According to a recent Washington Post article, the tweet-while-you-watch-TV craze is making a small but measurable impact on Nielsen ratings. Competitive reality shows appear to benefit most from Twitter chatter, followed (in order) by comedies, sporting events, and dramas.

TV-related Injuries Up, Tips to Prevent

According to a report published in the journal Pediatrics, between 1990 and 2011 injuries attributed to falling televisions increased by 95% in the United States.

Possible causes the researchers cited included the increase of TV ownership, the popularity of new flat panel styles, which tip more easily than heavier CRT displays, and placing televisions on unstable furniture.

Steps to minimize the risk of such injuries include anchoring or wall-mounting TVs, and avoiding the top of the television as a storage spot for remote controls, toys or items that might entice a child to climb.

In earthquake-prone regions, consider securing TVs, even in kid-free areas.

Old TV Shows Will Get Fresh Format

The Library of Congress is working to convert many 1950s through 1970s TV shows to digital files.

According to The Washington Post, the preservation project is a major undertaking.  An hour of vintage programming could require almost a mile of videotape.  Every inch of that tape must be cleaned and inspected before attempting playback and conversion.

Without the conversion many shows are in danger of extinction, warns  Ken Weissman, supervisor of the film preservation laboratory at the Library of Congress Packard Campus.

Poll Shows TV is Top News Source in U.S.

A new Gallup poll says 55 percent of Americans turn to TV as their primary news source. The Internet claims 21 percent. Newspapers and radio trail far behind, at nine and six percent, respectively.  

While every age group most frequently cited TV news, older adults were more likely to prefer newspapers and young adults were more likely to prefer Internet sources.

Tech Tools Made to Bring Back Family Time

If your family members are more connected to their gadgets than to each other, there are, ironically, tech tools available to help bring everyone together.  Consumer tech journalist Jennifer Jolly explains in “Use Tech to Take Back Family Quality Time.”

Why We Love TV Show Benders

Entertainment writer Jessica Goldstein explores the psychology and sociology behind obsessive back-to-back episode viewing in her Washington Post article, “Television Binge Watching: If it Sounds So Bad, Why Does it Feel So Good?

TNT Presents Competition Series Doubleheader

Two new reality competition series debut tonight on TNT. At 7 p.m. CT, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosts “The Hero.” He tasks nine players with tests of physicality, mental agility and honesty to determine which of them deserves to be called the ultimate hero.

An hour later, “72 Hours” follows three teams of three strangers, armed with only a bottle of water and a GPS device, as they are dropped into challenging terrain and given three days to find a briefcase full of cash.

TNT is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Study: Mobile TV Viewers Stay Home

A new study conducted for the Council For Research Excellence suggests most mobile TV viewing is taking place in consumers’ homes.  Drama and comedy series, the study says, are the most-viewed programs on smartphones, tablets and other devices.   The most common reason cited for at-home watching on mobile devices? Convenience and multi-episode “binging.”

Three TV Fans Host Podcast

If friends and family can’t relate to your passion for all the fabulous fare TV has to offer, you may find the camaraderie you crave through TV Times Three podcasts

This week on episode 182, Jason (@theTVaholic), Carla Day (@CarlaDay) from TV Diehard (@TVDiehard) and Curt Wagner (@ShowPatrol) of ShowPatrolTV.com talk about the 2013 summer TV season and recent episodes of their favorite series.