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SXSW Panel "Are My Tweets Making TV Better?" Needs Your VOTE!

@johnsolit

August 21, 2013

When David Chase’s hit show “The Sopranos” debuted on HBO in 1999, I was instantly hooked. It was chock full of complex characters, drama, allegiances, and lots and lots of symbolism. Online, through message boards (and eventually social media), and with friends and strangers alike, I discussed why Paulie let that Russian guy go in…

Cable Programming

It's the Little Things that Make Breaking Bad Big

@johnsolit

August 15, 2013

I waited patiently. I desperately avoided Internet theories, show-runner interviews, and reddit AMAs.  When I found out the first five minutes of the first episode were screened at Comic Con 2013, I immediately stopped reading anything that even referenced the city of San Diego. I cloistered myself. Thanks to months of diligence and in spite…

Cable GrowthCompetition & GrowthPublic Policy

An Evolving and Expanding Video Marketplace

July 19, 2013

The FCC today adopted its 15th annual Video Competition Report, which highlights how the video marketplace continues to evolve and looks at how trends are changing in home video consumption. Without question, the video distribution marketplace is more competitive than it has ever been before. While cable in 1992 enjoyed a 98% share of the pay TV…

A La CarteCable Programming

Cable Lowers the Cost of Quality Time

@juliannetwin

July 12, 2013

We all know you can’t buy much for a quarter these days. One song on iTunes costs a dollar. So does an average movie rental at Redbox. Reading the newspaper can cost you anywhere from $0.75 – $3.00! Take a look below at the price of a few other popular entertainment outings compared to cable…

Cable Programming

Cable TV Show Inspired Products [GALLERY]

@juliannetwin

July 10, 2013

In today’s competitive TV marketplace, cable shows are going way beyond the television screen in order to get the attention of fans. In fact, they’re going all the way to the food and beverage, home improvement, and clothing industry, to name just a few.  Strategic partnerships like these excite fans and strengthen both the product’s brand…

The Cable Show

Michael Powell Opens The Cable Show 2013 [VIDEO]

June 10, 2013

“Storytelling,” Powell started off, “is the most ancient of human endeavors.  It lets us learn our history, share a laugh, feel a thrill, celebrate, and mourn together.” From that foundation, and in front of a crowd of thousands both here in Washington, D.C. and around the world via online stream, Michael K. Powell, NCTA President…

Cable Programming

9 Fictional Cable Towns Where We'd Like to Live [GALLERY]

May 21, 2013

If the first rule of real-estate is “location,” the second must be “must actually exist.” But ignoring that second rule, here’s a list of fictional cable towns we’d seriously consider if we were moving. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments. And check out MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO, SyFy, ABC Family, and A&E to learn more about the channels…