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Dish Customers React to Potential CBS Blackout

cbs dishJust in time for Thursday Night Football, CBS’s contract with Dish is set to end this Thursday, and both parties are already warning viewers of a possible blackout. CBS has a website up to inform customers, have them petition via social media, and straight up change providers.

CBS does not play around, especially when the markets affected are big ones. From Variety:

The Dish-CBS standoff could black out the following stations — KCBS (L.A.), WCBS (New York), WBBM (Chicago), WBZ (Boston), KYW (Philadelphia), WCCO (Minneapolis), WFOR (Miami), WJZ (Baltimore), WWJ (Detroit), KCNC (Denver), KDKA (Pittsburg), KOVR (Sacramento), KPIX (San Francisco) and KTVT (Dallas) — along with several CW and independent channels. CW stations are WUPA (Atlanta), WKBD (Detroit), WPSG (Philadelphia), Pittsburgh (WPCW), KMAX (Sacramento), KBWC (San Francisco) and KSTW (Seattle); My Network TV stations are WSBK (Boston) and WBFS (Miami); and unaffiliated stations are KCAL (L.A.), WLNY (New York) and KTXA (Dallas).

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

Comcast Launches ‘Talking Guide’ for Blind and Visually Impaired

Comcast "talking guide"Yesterday, Comcast announced a new feature to help the blind and visually impaired better watch television and use the Comcast X1 platform.

The “talking guide” will be released over the next few weeks to Comcast customers. Customers don’t have to download anything or buy new hardware; the feature is available just by tapping the A button twice on the remote control. The “talking guide” is a female voice that reads the guide, with program names, networks, and time slots, as well as On Demand and DVR information. It will also read program information and ratings that Comcast features from Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media. They plan to have search functionality included in future versions of the talking guide.

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An inside look at Cinemax’s social TV strategy for ‘Banshee’ season 2

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 12.33.29 AMCinemax has proven that they can use social to help launch and innovate with new series. We recently wrote about how the premium network made history with Vine. Here’s an inside look at the full social TV campaign they executed for season 2 of the show which, “stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.” Read more

Judd Apatow on social media’s role in season 3 of HBO’s ‘Girls’

girls-season-3-air-dateAt the season 3 premiere of Girls Monday night, we caught up with Judd Apatow and asked him if social media will play a role in the story this season. After thinking about the shows arcs this season, Apatow answered:  “We have some scenes that are pretty funny discussing it, discussing how they feel about it.” Read more

An inside look at Starz’s social TV strategy for ‘The White Queen’

We’ve been tracking the growth of Starz as both a premium cable network and social TV trendsetter for almost two years. The network faces similar challenges that startups face when trying to grow in a world of fierce competition. They’ve proven with Boss, Spartacus and now their new drama, The White Queen that social can make a huge impact on the success of a premiere and building a brand around a show that’s about to be unleashed. We spoke with Starz Executive Director of Digital Marketing Erin Dwyer about their social TV strategy for the show.

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