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Celebrate! The TV credits are going to grow again on the BBC

Tony Hall, the BBC Director General on ‘credit squeezing’, where television programs reduce the size of the end credits to shoehorn in a trailer for the next program: Yes. Well, we’re changing it. It’s the curtain call. You want to make sure that the creative team get their proper bow. So we have got a new way of doing it, starting right away.” Now to deal with the voiceover interrupting the middle 8 of the Doctor Who theme.

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Second screening The Masters, and the slow death of television

If there’s one area that TV should have the high ground on, it’s live sporting events of national prominence. Yet… The second screen experience slowly replaced the first — I barely looked up at the television. CBS’s reverent, almost whispered coverage took a back seat as I programmed my version of the Masters. The function that would have allowed me to throw the Internet coverage to my big-screen television was not enabled, but that’s only a matter of time. Change often comes very slowly, but then happens all at once. I await once more with keen interest what this year’s

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The legions of staff employed by NBC to stop piracy speak out

In 2009, Mr. Skinner’s unit sent out 427,000 takedown notices. But last year, as illicit videos became more prevalent, that number grew to 3.9 million. For “Suits,” the unit has sent out more than 40,000 notices. Strike that, they’ve only got twenty employees and lots of automation to try and stem their share of “$58 billion of losses” (a number made up by the MPAA). But the WSJ article shows a huge amount of ‘reaction’ to the issues, and no proactive reasons to try and provide a better solution for people who want to watch NBC’s content.

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Dear movie industry, have you learned from Napster?

Bill Wyman (no, of NPR, not the Stones) lays it al out in depth over on Slate. The trouble facing the movie industry right now is the same one the music industry had to confront 10 years ago. This is the summing-up sentence I referred to above.The easiest and most convenient way to see the movies or TV shows you want is to get them illegally… Again, to belabor the obvious: The illegal version isn’t just free. It’s better. Update: This is really a "blog post to which the answer is no", but Tom Sizemore points out on Twitter the

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Mad Men Crashes To Low TV Figures – Does It Matter With Bittorrent Out There?

Mad Men has returned to UK screens, with a heavily trailed start to Season Two on BBC4. And the results were 240,000 (ish) viewers. That holds up pretty well to the Season One premiere that caught 270,000, A drop of 9% year on year is pretty respectable. Whether the number of viewers is worth what the BBC paid for, I don’t know. But what I would love to know is how many people in the UK have caught Mad Men via ‘the dark corners of the internet.’ That’s a hard number to calculate (if only the TV industry had a

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