Author Archives: Phillip Corvus

DISH CEO OPPOSES COMCAST/TWC MERGER

Charlie Ergen has never been the kind to mince words. In meetings last week with commissioners, bureau chiefs, and other staff of the Federal Communications Commission, the CEO of Dish Network was characteristically blunt. He told the FCC that it … Continue reading

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THE ROBOT REPORTER

We’ve often said, jokingly, that Chris Matthews is a robot. Now we have a tantalizing hint that we may not have been far from the truth. On Wednesday, July 2, the Associated Press announced that it will soon begin using … Continue reading

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CABLEVISION’S SUIT AGAINST VIACOM GOES TO COURT

In a case with far-reaching implications for the future of the cable and satellite TV industries, Cablevision sued Viacom last February over its practice of requiring carriage of its unpopular channels as a condition for permission to carry its more … Continue reading

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CULTURE, CHRONOLOGY, AND CONTEMPT IN CONTEMPORARY TV

Showtime has announced that it would air Penny Dreadful for another season. This gives me a chance to air one of my pet peeves about modern TV and movies, a peeve that this series aggravates often. For those who are not familiar … Continue reading

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WOULD YOU SPEND $1.7 MILLION FOR A TV SET?

You think your 71 inch TV set is impressive. Hah! You don’t even approach having the biggest one available. Titan, a British electronics manufacturer, announced last Wednesday that it has produced the largest and most expensive TV set ever built: … Continue reading

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DISH NETWORK ACCEPTS BITCOIN

  Last Thursday, Dish Network announced that it would accept payment in Bitcoin, the ‘crypto-currency’ established as open-source software in 2009. Bitcoins are produced as rewards for users who offer their computer processing power to process and record payjments into … Continue reading

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WHAT DO PAY TV MERGERS MEAN FOR SUBSCRIBERS?

    As you may have heard, Comcast announced in February that it agreed to buy Time Warner Cable. Largely in response to this move, AT&T announced two weeks ago that it would buy DirecTV, the largest satellite TV provider … Continue reading

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PENNY DREADFUL

For the last three weeks, I’ve been unable to escape the internet ads about Penny Dreadful, Showtime’s Gothic horror series set in Victorian London. You may have seen the ads. Most of them feature Eva Green, the star of the … Continue reading

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BURN NOTICE

I often make it a point to watch some of the more heavily hyped movies and TV shows long after their initial release. Doing so makes it easier to see their faults and their merits objectively, without being being unduly … Continue reading

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DISH NETWORK RELEASES SUPER JOEY

The date is January 6, 2014. Vivek Khemka’s Google Glass buzzes. Picking it up, he reads, “The excitement rating for tonight’s College Football National Championship Game is 96.” He says to it, “record”, and a field on the big screen … Continue reading

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