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Technology Battles Primetime, Networks Don’t Give Up

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Thanks to tape recorders, DVR, video on demand, webcasts, and more, statistics have revealed that not only have the 27 series that premiered last year bombed, but nearly 9% of viewers went M.I.A. since last year.

Okay, okay, so maybe it’s not completely technology’s fault. After all, studios do allow their episodes to be streamed online, and yeah, there was that little itty-bitty writer’s strike that went on for 100 days. Either way, network executives are always battling /DVR systems, although no one knows for sure just why they stream their own episodes online. Thankfully, they haven’t given up on us. Instead, they’re getting a bit more creative.

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ABC has decided to renew five out of eleven of its rookie shows, including and Eli Stone, both of which would have been axed had it been any other TV season. The CW is getting people pumped about its revival of Beverly Hills 90210. Over at Fox, Seth McFarlane has gotten his chance to make a Family Guy spin-off, featuring Cleveland. NBC’s big spin-off is bound to do well (hopefully).

Let’s hope this year brings us all something that will get us back on that couch at eight o’clock and make us wanting more, yes?

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Comments:

I never watch any primetime TV live anymore, I always just record it to the HD DVR and watch it later.  Or if it is something that I really want to watch that night, and it is an hour long, I will start watching it 20 min in so I can fast forward through the commercials and be caught up to live TV right after the final commercial break.


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