Reality TV is struggling like a man trying to get out of a glass coffin full of scorpions on a Japanese game show.
How can the producers make it more interesting? We've surely seen everything.
Well, we've never seen the winners being shot into outer space, have we?
So it has come to pass that Mark Burnett, the very clever man behind such cultural artifacts as "The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice," has persuaded NBC to buy as show called "Space Race."… Read more
NBC News is placing a bet that it can harness live smartphone video to deliver news faster.
The news outlet is expected to formally announce Monday it has purchased startup Stringwire, a move that will allow it to beam user-generated video content from cell phones around the world to its studios in New York. The news, which was broken Sunday by The New York Times, was confirmed in tweets by Stringwire developer Phil Groman and NBC News digital chief Vivian Schiller.
The intent behind the acquisition is to turn eyewitnesses to breaking news events into the network's camera operators, … Read more
Aereo is trying to cut CBS off at the legal pass.
The TV streaming service has filed a complaint against CBS (CNET's parent company), to prevent it from filing yet another lawsuit against it. Aereo allows people to watch and record live network broadcasts via the Web, a feature that has gotten it into trouble with CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC. The networks have argued that Aereo's $12-per-month service is illegal because it distributes their shows without compensating them in return.
Both sides have been battling it out in court, and so far the rulings have favored Aereo. … Read more
On Thursday's episode of the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," jokesmith Patton Oswalt made a brief appearance as a filibustering fool attempting to block a city council vote. According to the network, producers asked Oswalt to ramble about any subject during the skit, but what they got in return might be one of most zany and geeky "Star Wars: Episode VII" plot ideas ever heard.… Read more
Comcast now owns all of NBC Universal.
The cable company shared the news in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, revealing that it completed its acquisition of the 49 percent of NBCU held by GE.
To finance the purchase, Comcast said it spent $10 billion in cash (of which $3.2 billion came from NBCU), $725 million in preferred stock, $4 billion in securities, $750 million in cash funded through a commercial paper program, and $1.25 billion in cash from NBCU's credit facility.
Comcast also announced that it now owns certain properties at NBCU's … Read more
NBC's Web site is up and running again after being knocked offline by a cyberattack for several hours yesterday.
The NBC site was the victim of a form of malware known as the Citadel Trojan. This specific strain targets companies in an attempt to steal usernames, passwords and other sensitive data. People who visit sites infected by the trojan can find their own PCs infected as well.
In the past, Citadel typically attacked banks and financial firms but has since expanded its reach to a wider range of organizations.
NBC, which is part of cable giant Comcast, is still trying to figure out how the attack occurred, … Read more
It seems Facebook is blocking links to NBC.com after the TV network's site was compromised earlier today.
Some Facebook users trying to share URLs from NBC.com are running into an error message explaining that the feature isn't available at the moment. "An error occurred while processing this request. Please try again later," the message reads. The message pops up when posting from www.nbc.com. If you try to click on a link, another message pops up: "This link has been reported as abusive."
We've contacted Facebook and NBC for comment … Read more
Comcast Corp. is going to buy all of General Electric's remaining stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion, the cable giant announced today.
NBCUniversal will also buy its facilities at 30 Rockerfeller Plaza and CNBC's headquarters in New Jersey for $1.4 billion. The deal is expected to go through by the end of March.
Comcast already owns 51 percent of NBCUniversal since its purchase of the majority stake from GE went through in 2011. Comcast is the largest cable provider in the U.S.
Today's announcement comes well before the agreed deadline for Comcast to buy … Read more
Dish is taking its digital video recorder, the Hopper, national today, and it's doing it with an ad that declares the death of TV advertisements.
The campaign is just the latest salvo in a fight between Dish and the major broadcast networks, including CBS, the parent company of CNET. Dish and the broadcasters are tussling over the legality of the Hopper's automated ad-skipping technology, which the networks believe threaten a business model heavily dependent upon commercials for revenue.
Dish said it now offers the Hopper's service nationwide and to promote its news, the company has launched, ironically, … Read more