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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”