TV Industry Remembers Those Lost in 2013

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will continue the tradition of honoring TV industry members who died in the past year with an “In Memoriam” segment. Co-stars and friends will pay special tribute by video to Jonathan Winters, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg, and Cory Monteith.

YahooTV recently put together its own slideshow, TV Stars We’ve Lost in 2013.  The Emmy’s will air live, Sunday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. CT on CBS.

Rotten Tomatoes Takes on TV

Film review site Rotten Tomatoes, which has been offering moviegoers one-stop collections of critic and audience opinions since 1998, this week began offering that same service to TV lovers. As with movies, site visitors can search a comprehensive database to see if a TV series has earned a “fresh” or “rotten” grade on the Tomatometer. The search will also produce a show description, cast information, and links to full reviews.

Aggies Game Puts Spotlight on Suddenlink Town

According to the Bryan-College Station Eagle, national media representatives are visiting the Suddenlink-served college town for tomorrow’s big match-up between No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 1 Alabama.  Pregame coverage will be featured on ESPN’s “College GameDay” at 8:00 a.m. The game will air live on CBS at 2:30 p.m. CT.

CBS and ESPN are available to Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Can It Get Any Better Than HDTV?

With its widescreen, movie theater-like format, sharp images and superior sound quality, HDTV has taken home television viewing to an exciting level. The TV-making industry rarely rests for long, however.  USA Today takes a look at OLED and 4K (a.k.a., Ultra HD), two technologies that developers are hoping will soon find a way into your home theater.

Find Fresh Fall Espisodes of Favorite Shows

Fall is coming, so make space on your DVR.  Along with back-to-school and a break from the heat, the change of season brings plenty of fresh TV programming.  TV by the Numbers lists dates and times of season premieres for more than 200 cable and broadcast network shows.

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.