5 Pay TV Companies Make 19 Most Hated Company List

5 Pay TV Companies Make 19 Most Hated Company List

5 of the 19 companies getting the lowest scores on the American Customer Satisfaction Index are pay TV providers. In 3rd, it’s Time Warner, 4th, Comcast, 5th, Charter, 17th, Cox, and 18th, Dish. Hmm, why might that be? [More]

Samsung And Science Work Together To Make Smell-O-Vision A Reality

Samsung And Science Work Together To Make Smell-O-Vision A Reality

Thanks to scientists at Samsung and the University of California, San Diego, the next time you’re watching Jersey Shore, you won’t have to imagine the smell of spray tan, jagermeister and Axe body spray, because those scents could be right there in the room with you. [More]

PBS To Add "Promotional Breaks" Within Shows

PBS To Add "Promotional Breaks" Within Shows

In a break with long-standing tradition, PBS is going to start putting those sponsor announcements as briefer breaks within the shows themselves, instead of long stretches at the beginning and end, NYT reports. While the programming and mission remains non-commercial, the format is going to make the messages look more like, well, commercials. [More]

Netflix Now Has More Subscribers Than Comcast

Netflix Now Has More Subscribers Than Comcast

The Rubicon has been crossed. Netflix now has more people subscribed to it than Comcast. Netflix reported 23.6 million subscribers at the end of the 2011 first quarter, while Comcast ended 2010 with 22.8 million. (They could still possibly report more but considering that they’ve been dropping the past few quarters, it’s unlikely). See, we don’t need to worry about hegemony or legal monopolies, they’ll just obsolete themselves out of business. [More]

Watching Shows On DVR Might Save Them From Being Canceled

Watching Shows On DVR Might Save Them From Being Canceled

Stop feeling guilty for watching network TV on your DVR — you might not be contributing to the threat of low ratings, as the programming world is starting to take notice of shows that perform well up to a week after airing. [More]

Hoover Pulls Ads From ABC To Protest Soap Opera Cancellations

Hoover Pulls Ads From ABC To Protest Soap Opera Cancellations

Unhappy with ABC’s plans to cancel One Life to Live and All My Children in favor of lifestyle programming, longtime advertiser Hoover is sucking all its ad dollars away from the network. [More]

TV Continues To Cleanse Itself Of Soap Operas

TV Continues To Cleanse Itself Of Soap Operas

Soap operas were once advertising vehicles for cleaning product manufacturers to promote their goods to homemakers, but their time is now slipping away like sands through the hourglass. [More]

TV Execs Concerned Hulu Is Undermining Their Business Model

TV Execs Concerned Hulu Is Undermining Their Business Model

ABC, Fox and NBC created Hulu in order to get ahead in the web streaming game, but may have been too successful. Now that more viewers are becoming comfortable with catching their favorite shows online rather than through traditional means, Hulu may be hurting the companies’ bottom lines. [More]

YouTube Planning $100 Million Spending Spree To Compete With Cable

YouTube Planning $100 Million Spending Spree To Compete With Cable

Google-owned YouTube is getting quite ambitious, not only aiming at more live sports broadcasts, but focusing on creating its own entertainment programming and shifting to a TV-like channel format to compete with cable and satellite companies. [More]

Netflix Locks Down Exclusive Streaming Rights To Mad Men

Netflix Locks Down Exclusive Streaming Rights To Mad Men

Netflix may not be interested in charging viewers extra to watch specific shows, but it appears very interested in paying companies to make sure it’s the only place you can find some programming. [More]

Showtime Will Yank Shows From Netflix Streaming

Showtime Will Yank Shows From Netflix Streaming

If you’re catching up on Showtime shows via Netflix streaming, you’d better step up your pace, because Showtime doesn’t plan on renewing its pact with the streaming company when it expires this summer. [More]

Mash Up Gender-Targeted Toy Advertisements For Your Amusement

Mash Up Gender-Targeted Toy Advertisements For Your Amusement

The average child watches thousands of television commercials every year. Ads geared to kids don’t just encourage purchases of mass-produced plastic toys and mass-produced junk food: they also enforce rigid gender stereotypes about who should be playing with which kind of toy. Girls want sparkly pink ponies that bake cupcakes and need to be fed bottles, and boys want loud, fast remote-controlled tanks that shoot lasers and green slime. But happens when you pair the audio to a “boy” ad with the video to a “girl” ad? [More]

Netflix Pays $100M To Make A TV Show Of Its Own

Netflix Pays $100M To Make A TV Show Of Its Own

In a risky yet inevitable move into original programming, Netflix is shoving a massive stack of chips onto the table, betting it can hang with the likes of HBO and Showtime. The video streaming and DVD rental giant is committing an estimated $100 million to buy and develop two 13-episode seasons of House of Cards, a drama produced and directed by David Fincher, starring Kevin Spacey. [More]

Consumerist On Bloomberg: Revenge Of The TSA

Consumerist On Bloomberg: Revenge Of The TSA

Catch Ben Popken on “Taking Stock with Pimm Fox” tonight on Bloomberg TV. He’ll be talking about the TSA asking for a cut of bag check fees, as well as the recent decision to uphold a $311,000 verdict against a debt collector. Tune in to Bloomberg TV, or watch online at Bloomberg.com/tv, at 5:45 p.m. ET and again at 9:45 p.m. See you there! [More]

Broadband Internet Keeps Cable Companies Dominant Despite TV Losses

Broadband Internet Keeps Cable Companies Dominant Despite TV Losses

Cable companies are hemorrhaging subscribers, but the businesses are still sitting pretty thanks to the trump card of broadband internet access. [More]

FCC To Reconsider Rules For Negotiations Between Broadcasters And Cable Companies

FCC To Reconsider Rules For Negotiations Between Broadcasters And Cable Companies

In recent years, the disputes between cable companies and broadcasters have gotten especially ugly as boardroom squabbles have spilled over onto the airwaves and online. And in the end, it’s always the subscribers who get hurt with blackouts and eventual price hikes. That’s why the FCC voted today to reinvestigate the rules and its role in these negotiations. [More]

Consumerist On Bloomberg: The Frontlines Of The Borders Liquidation

Consumerist On Bloomberg: The Frontlines Of The Borders Liquidation

Catch Ben Popken on Bloomberg TV tonight at 5:45 pm. He’ll be talking about retail liquidations, including the one that’s going on at certain Borders’ stores, and whether they’re a good deal for consumers. (Yeah, right!) There will also be a Worst Company In America update. Tune in to Bloomberg TV, or watch online at Bloomberg.com/tv, at 5:45 p.m. ET. See you there! [More]

DirecTV Raises "Locked In" Rate

DirecTV Raises "Locked In" Rate

Brance writes in that he signed up with DirecTV who was advertising a rate that was “locked in” for 12 months. 3 months later, he noticed that his bill had gone up $10. When he called DirecTV to complain, the supervisor told him it didn’t matter, they still reserve the right to raise rates when they want. “In the world I grew up in, “locked in” means it will not change,” writes Brance. Well now we live in a world where every promise comes with an asterisk. [More]