'textbook definition of surrealism'
In his epic new bio of James Brown, "The One
"--an account of not just the man's life and music, but a panoramic view of African-American, southern and American political and cultural history of the 20th Century--author R.J. Smith briefly discusses "Future Shock," a dance show that Brown hosted in the mid-1970s. It aired on a pioneering Atlanta station, WTCG, a Ted Turner-owned UHF station that would become a satellite channel by the end of 1976. Along with the pay-only HBO (started in '75 in select markets), WTCG paved the way for a cable TV revolution. Its name would be changed to WTBS
(otherwise known as Superstation WTBS) in 1979. [more inside]
"The TV Wheel
was a television experiment created by and starring Joel Hodgson
, of Mystery Science Theater 3000
fame. Cable network HBO ordered a pilot, but ultimately passed on picking up the show. The pilot episode eventually aired once on Comedy Central as a special presentation following the last new episode of MST3K to be broadcast on that network."*
The pilot, bookended by introduction segments, is right through this door: [more inside]
What the cable company pays for the channels you don't watch.
A chart of the subscriber fees for basic and digital cable. ESPN laps the field at over $4.00 per subscriber, MTV Hits
("MTV Classic") and Nick Too (west coast Nick) come in at $.01.
Mock the Vote
: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert interviewed.
Enjoy over 170,000 screencaps of your favorite
cable news personalities at ReporterCaps.com
is a new site currently in beta, that tries to combine TV listings, IMDB type information, and aggregate full length episodes of TV shows from places like CBS
. It is also designed to allow you to connect you with shows and movies from iTunes, Netflix, and more. It is owned by Comcast
but anyone can use it. via
So you finally broke down bought that fancy 60" HDTV. Now, you need a fancy HDMI cable for the finest quality picture. BestBuy (et al) promote Monster
almost exclusively. But they can cost up to $250. Meanwhile, Monoprice
) can be had for about 1/10th the price.
Gizmodo just finished their detailed three part breakdown
(including using test machines at Monster's own HQ) and comes to the conclusion that "The only people who should buy Monster cable are people who light cigars with Benjamins."
If you can't get World Cup on regular cable because maybe you haven't got cable, you can try watching with this software
. Schedule of American World Cup TV broadcasts here
I noticed tonight that my Dish TV
basic-subscription service no longer offers MSNBC
and suddenly does offer FOX News
Strange indeed, but the bigger issue methinks is a potential plus in that a la carte programming may be on its way soon
, you say, right? Perhaps not -- because if you only pay for what you get, that means that the little guys (like Link TV
, the RFD network
and Free Speech TV
) likely face a big honkin' challenge in being visible and thus viable.
So. Given that...do we really want pay-per-channel programming? Or is this just a moot point considering that "convergence" is creeping
ever so closer
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession.
In the late 1970s to the end of the 1980s, LA's Z Channel
was a pay-TV cable channel that would play loads of esoteric films
. It'd been credited
with starting the trend of "director's cuts
", bringing passed-over directors
to the public's attention, and in some cases, was directly responsible for Oscar Nominations
-- and was basically
the work of one man, Jerry Harvey. Unfortunately, Z Channel folded shortly after Jerry Harvey killed
his wife and then himself. Xan Cassavetes' film tells
the story of Jerry Harvey and Z Channel through interviews with filmmakers and those involved, including an archival interview with Harvey himself.
Trio close to being cancelled.
They are one of the few good cable nets. They showed Pink Lady and Jeff
fer goodness sakes. Link to how to complain here
. As the poster sez: "Isn't the point of paying for hundreds of different channels to not have them be all the same?"
Caveat: I killed my tv in March and have never been happier.
Anonymously rat out your thieving neighbors.
Cable companies are mounting a television commercial campaign advertising cabletheft.com, where you can rat out anyone you might suspect stealing cable. Tagline of the commercial: "Sooner or later, you're going to pay."