iTunes Movie, TV Show Rentals Are On The Way

iTunes Movie, TV Show Rentals Are On The Way

Unless you enjoy buying TV show episodes on iTunes and watching them over and over, you’d probably rather save some money and rent the videos instead. According to the anonymous whispers in the ear of Bloomberg, $1, 48-hour iTunes video rentals from Fox, Disney and other giants are on the way. [More]

Like Everything Else Copyright Problems Are Simpler On TV

Like Everything Else Copyright Problems Are Simpler On TV

In TV Land, where murders are solved and prosecuted in an hour and family issues are wrapped up in a cool 30 minutes there is a new problem being simplified — copyright infringement. Despite being brought to us by Rupert Murdoch, Fox’s Glee is full of depictions of behavior that News Corp supposedly objects too. [More]

Fox No Longer Has Anything Against This Woman's Boobs

Fox No Longer Has Anything Against This Woman's Boobs

Remember yesterday, when we wrote about some major TV networks balking over whether or not to air a sexy Lane Bryant lingerie ad? Well, it looks like Fox — the arbiter of good taste in prime time — has decided to not be so prim and proper, and will actually air the commercial. [More]

What Do Fox & ABC Have Against This Woman's Boobs?

What Do Fox & ABC Have Against This Woman's Boobs?

For some reason, the ad sales peeps at ABC and Fox don’t think this TV ad for some sort of new lingerie from Lane Bryant is appropriate for airing in prime time. [More]

Blockbuster Uses Canadian Stores As Collateral To Make Deal With Fox & Sony

Blockbuster Uses Canadian Stores As Collateral To Make Deal With Fox & Sony

Never you mind Blockbuster has admitted they might need to declare bankruptcy, or that it’s in danger of being thrown off the NYSE, or that its single biggest investor dumped his stock in a 3-day fire sale… the once-majestic video rental giant is still gripping onto life with both of its arthritic hands, having signed deals with two more studios — Fox and Sony — that will allow Blockbuster to make new movies available across multiple platforms on the day of release. [More]

Hey, Time Warner Customers, Ready To Pay For Fox?

Hey, Time Warner Customers, Ready To Pay For Fox?

Customers of Time Warner Cable may consider themselves the victors in the battle between their cable operator and the Fox network. After all, the two sides came to a last-minute agreement on New Year’s Day guaranteeing that TWC customers will still be able to catch up with Homer Simpson, Walter Bishop and Jack Bauer. But guess who’s gonna pay for that? Here’s a hint: It’s not Rupert. [More]

Le grille? What the hell is that?

Non-Crisis Is Over: Fox, Time Warner Reach Agreement

Fox and Time Warner Cable have settled their differences, and come to an agreement regarding Fox content over Time Warner’s cable network. [More]

FOX Did Not Pull Its Programming From TWC, Food Network Pulled From Cablevision

FOX Did Not Pull Its Programming From TWC, Food Network Pulled From Cablevision

After much lambasting and ballyhooing, FOX agreed to keep arguing with TWC over what it charges for the cable company to carry its programming — without pulling the shows as it had threatened to do. Cablevision customers, however, are going to go without Food Network and HGTV. [More]

Fox And Time Warner Cable Threaten Football, Annoy John Kerry

Fox And Time Warner Cable Threaten Football, Annoy John Kerry

Say what you will about John Kerry, but the man does not like the thought of missing football games. If that’s what you are looking for in a Senator — he’s your guy. For a while now, TWC and FOX have been embroiled in a dispute over what the TV network can change for its programming. Now FOX is threatening to pull its channels, including NFL games from TWC if it doesn’t get more money. [More]

Coming Soon: Family Guy Windows 7 Infomercial (Sort Of)

Coming Soon: Family Guy Windows 7 Infomercial (Sort Of)

Is it s sponsored special? A glorified infomercial? We’re not sure, but on November 8, the Griffins of “Family Guy” will be hosting their own Windows 7 launch party of sorts, in the form of a half-hour special sponsored by Microsoft.

Data Recovery Corp Invents Terms To Convince You Your Hard Drive Is Broken

Data Recovery Corp Invents Terms To Convince You Your Hard Drive Is Broken

Fox 11 News in LA went undercover with an intentionally damaged hard drive to find out whether online complaints about Data Recovery Corp, Inc. were true. Can you guess what the result was?

Studio Turns High School Graduation Into Marketing Stunt, Nobody Cares

Studio Turns High School Graduation Into Marketing Stunt, Nobody Cares

The Wall Street Journal looks at how an unfortunately named marketing agency called the Intelligence Group tried to promote recent bomb “I Love You, Beth Cooper” with a viral video on YouTube. (Can we just once and for all ban anyone who works in advertising from accessing YouTube?) They paid the valedictorian of a Los Angeles high school $1,800 to “spontaneously” blurt out a secret crush during her speech, and they hired someone to film the speech in a faux-homemade style to post online.

Time Warner Cable: You're Not Getting HD Because FOX Stopped Broadcasting It

Time Warner Cable: You're Not Getting HD Because FOX Stopped Broadcasting It

Reader Dave has graciously shared with us a tragic series of emails he sent to Time Warner Cable, the highlight of which comes when he tells them about the time that he called in because the New York City FOX affiliate wasn’t working (he wanted to watch the NY Football Giants) and was told that FOX 5 had decided to stop broadcasting in HD.

These Martha Stewart/Kmart Lounge Chairs Keep Cutting Off Fingertips

These Martha Stewart/Kmart Lounge Chairs Keep Cutting Off Fingertips

Holy $#!@, this lounge chair will eat your fingers! Fox5 New York has a video report on dangerously unsafe lounge chairs sold at Kmart under the Martha Stewart brand. Naturally (we’re not making this up), the chairs are designed to complement the Martha Stewart Spontaneously Shattering Glass Patio Tables also sold at Kmart.

Ben Popken On TV Talking 'Bout Shrinking Packages

Ben Popken On TV Talking 'Bout Shrinking Packages

Here’s the clip of yours truly, Ben Popken, on FOX 13 Tampa yesterday talking about the Grocery Shrink Ray that all the writers on the site have been doing a great job of covering. The interview was done over Skype webcam and I think it came out pretty well. “Shrinkage” and “downsizing” may be nothing new, but I think we’re going to see more goods shrinking and by greater degrees in the coming months. It’s practically a secret inflation. At the end of the story they say that some manufacturers are considering doing away with gallons of milk and instead selling 3/4 of a gallon, for the same price. If that happens, I think a lot more messages like the recording of the good ol’ boy upset over the downsized Jimmy Dean’s sausage are going to be left on customer complaint lines across America. As the guy in the New York Daily News shrinking package article (which I was also quoted in, whoo), said, “Soon people will be buying empty bags and empty boxes.”

http://consumerist.com/2008/06/19/consumerist-editor-ben-popken-hey/

Consumerist Editor Ben Popken (hey, that’s me!) talks about the grocery shrink ray today at 5:30 PM Eastern on WTVT-TV FOX 13 in Florida.

http://consumerist.com/2008/06/17/attention-floridian-consumerists-provided-everything/

Attention Floridian Consumerists! Provided everything goes according to schedule, I will be on Fox Tampa Thursday during the 10pm newscast, talking about the mysterious Grocery Shrink Ray sweeping across America.

New Die Hard DVD's Digital Extras: Too Little Too Late?

New Die Hard DVD's Digital Extras: Too Little Too Late?

Well, the details of 20th Century Fox’s new digital experiment are now public: the DVD of “Live Free Or Die Harder,” which goes on sale tomorrow, will allow purchasers to transfer a digital copy of the movie twice, once to their PC’s hard drive and once onto a PlaysForSure portable device. If you’ve got an iPod device or even a Zune, you won’t be able to do anything with it.