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.”
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?”
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.
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.
When it comes to prime time viewing with the kids, Time TV critic James Poniewozik finds himself tuning in mostly to reality shows. While admitting unscripted programs vary greatly in quality — as do their scripted counterparts — Poniewozik defends the reality genre in his column, “Why Reality TV Is the New Family TV.”