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Networks To FCC: No One’s Watching Our Shows, So Stop Being So Uptight About Decency Standards

Remember the days when basic cable was considered a joke and all the real shows were on the broadcast networks? Back in those days, it sort of made sense that the FCC might care about things like bad language, nudity (and supposedly violence, though that never really seemed to be an issue) on network TV. But now, with the majority of viewers spending their TV-watching time glued to basic cable shows featuring loudmouthed, obnoxious, hateful, “real” people shouting at each other in between commercials, the networks are asking the FCC to lighten the heck up. [More]

How Not To React To Internet Criticism: The Epic Facebook Meltdown Of Amy’s Baking Company

How Not To React To Internet Criticism: The Epic Facebook Meltdown Of Amy’s Baking Company

It appears that the owners of Amy’s Baking Company in Arizona expected an appearance on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” program to vindicate them. They believed that they serve quality food, that they have been unfairly slandered by the entire Internet. Maybe they had never seen the reality program, which features last-ditch efforts to save failing restaurants run by people who are delusional or incompetent…and frequently both. [More]

Just a tiny sampling of the Twitter hate for Fox.

Fox Mistakenly Thinks NFL Fans Don’t Like Watching Blowouts, Mocks Them For Getting Angry

This afternoon, football fans all around the country are supposed to be finishing their holiday by watching their favorite teams beat the living crud out of each other. But for some reason, the programmers at Fox think that football viewers have no rooting interests and just want to watch a competitive game. Fox is mistaken. [More]

Dish Tweaks Ad-Skipping DVR Service To Be More Broadcaster-Friendly

Dish Tweaks Ad-Skipping DVR Service To Be More Broadcaster-Friendly

Back when Dish Network first released its AutoHop ad-skipping DVR feature, the service automatically recorded prime-time network broadcasts so that viewers could watch all their favorite NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox shows at a later date without having to fast-forward through commercial breaks. But now that Dish has been sued by those same broadcasters, AutoHop is slightly less “auto.” [More]

The Legal Battle Begins Over Dish's Ad-Skipping DVR

The Legal Battle Begins Over Dish's Ad-Skipping DVR

As was predicted when Dish Network announced its Hopper DVR would allow users to skip commercials on recorded prime-time network TV shows, the so-called “holy grail for TV viewers” has ended up in court, with both sides racing to sue each other. [More]

Fox And DirecTV Kiss & Make-Up Hours Before Blackout Deadline

Fox And DirecTV Kiss & Make-Up Hours Before Blackout Deadline

With only a few hours to go until a retransmission fee dispute would have left DirecTV subscribers unable to watch a number of Fox cable channels, the two sides have put away their swords and decided to work out a deal. [More]

DirecTV Accuses Fox Of Misleading TV Viewers

DirecTV Accuses Fox Of Misleading TV Viewers

If you’ve watched sporting events on Fox in the last week, you’ve likely spotted an ad from News Corp. alerting DirecTV customers that “soon, in some markets, you may lose your local Fox station” as a result of the ongoing contract dispute between the broadcaster and the satellite company. But these TV spots aren’t going over well with the folks at DirecTV who have complained to the FCC that Fox is misleading customers. [More]

DirecTV Theatens To Boot Fox Cable Channels Over Contract Dispute

DirecTV Theatens To Boot Fox Cable Channels Over Contract Dispute

The beauty of signing up subscribers to two-year contracts is you can threaten networks to yank their channels off the air without worrying about anyone canceling their service. Engaged in contact negotiations with DirecTV, Fox says the satellite provider has rejected its latest offer and threatened to pull its programming off the service Nov. 1 if Fox doesn’t accept its terms. [More]

Fox TV Putting New Episodes Behind Online Paywall

Fox TV Putting New Episodes Behind Online Paywall

Because people don’t hate Rupert Murdoch and News Corp enough right now, Fox TV has announced that the only way online users will soon be able to access new episodes of its shows is to prove that they are paying cable, Hulu Plus or satellite subscribers. [More]

Comcast Customers Now Have On-Demand Access To Prime-Time Shows From All Networks (Except The CW)

Comcast Customers Now Have On-Demand Access To Prime-Time Shows From All Networks (Except The CW)

In an effort to actually provide its hordes of unhappy customers with something useful for their cable dollar, Comcast has announced that it has made deals to bring almost every prime-time network show to its on-demand lineup. [More]

Could An NFL Lockout Force Networks To Run Even More Ads?

Could An NFL Lockout Force Networks To Run Even More Ads?

Now that the NFL’s postseason is in full swing (even though my beloved Eagles were so quickly eliminated), it’s time for many to start wondering if owners and players will be able to resolve their problems before the start of the next season. If not, the biggest losers could end up being the networks and, by extension, TV viewers — whether they watch football or not. [More]

Super Bowl Ad Slots Already Sold Out

Super Bowl Ad Slots Already Sold Out

If you were hoping to spend millions advertising your business during the Super Bowl (which will certainly be a face-off of the ages between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills), you are out of luck. According to Fox, they’ve already sold out all the available ad slots for the Feb. 6, 2011 event. [More]

Cablevision & Fox Put Differences Aside, Work Together
To Screw Customers

Cablevision & Fox Put Differences Aside, Work Together To Screw Customers

Just in time for Game 3 of a World Series that very few people in its viewing audience care seriously about, Cablevision and Fox have ended their two-week standoff. Which means Cablevision customers will have Fox stations back on the air — and they’ll be paying more for them! [More]

Cablevision Customers File $450 Million Class-Action Suit
Over Fox Blackout

Cablevision Customers File $450 Million Class-Action Suit Over Fox Blackout

This is what happens when you take Glee away from people — they file an almost half-billion dollar lawsuit against you. Or at least that’s what some Cablevision customers in New York have done as the standoff between the cable company and Fox nears the end of its second week. [More]

Cablevision Gives Customers Free World Series
Streams

Cablevision Gives Customers Free World Series Streams

Good news for aging New York Giants loyalists and Yankee fans who want to do a pre-purchase check-in on Cliff Lee: This evening, Cablevision emailed customers — who have lost all Fox programming, including the World Series, due to the ongoing battle between the two companies — and said they would reimburse them for Major League Baseball’s $9.95 Postseason.tv service. [More]

Fox Says No To Cablevision Offer

Fox Says No To Cablevision Offer

First it seemed there was no chance Cablevision and Fox would settle their differences today. And then Cablevision said it was okay to pay Fox a butt load of cash… but only for one year. And now, we learn Fox has rebuffed this last-minute attempt to end the stand-off in time for Game 1 of the World Series. [More]

Cablevision Offers 1-Year Deal To Fox To End
Stand-Off

Cablevision Offers 1-Year Deal To Fox To End Stand-Off

We may have spoken too soon when we wrote that no resolution appeared to be on the horizon in the Fox/Cablevision water balloon war over carriage fees. [More]

No Resolution In Cablevision/Fox Fracas With Only Hours To
Go To World Series Start

No Resolution In Cablevision/Fox Fracas With Only Hours To Go To World Series Start

The World Series begins tonight on Fox, but it looks like 3 million Cablevision subscribers will have to resort to finding an antenna or watching elsewhere as the thumb-wrestling match between the cable provider and NewsCorp drags on without resolution. [More]