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In Heroes, Whores and Handmaidens: 3rd Annual Golden Lamp Awards Rank Best and Worst Media Portrayals of Nursing in 2005, nurses set the record straight. Seems they aren’t oversexed ditzes after all. And here I thought everything on television was true. The list covers the (episode-specific) best and worst portrayals of television nurses. The absolute worst? Grey’s Anatomy, with a whopping six nominations. Ouch.
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Sling Media has an exciting announcement to make: soon, you will not be restricted to the television or computer to watch your favorite TV shows. Instead, you’ll be able to use just about any mobile device. From tv.com:
Sling Media is expected to announce Thursday that consumers can use a wide range of mobile devices to watch their home television from anywhere in the world. The company is set to unveil new software that adds this capability to its Slingbox hardware product this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Sling Media cofounder and head of business development Jason Krikorian said that support for mobile devices has always been part of the company’s vision but that the initial focus was on the PC because of the broadband connection.
“There are solutions for live and recorded TV on mobile phones, but now for the first time you can have full access to every single channel you’ve got at your house,” he said. “It’s not just a TV experience on your phone; it’s your TV experience, like you have at home when you’re on your couch.”
The new mobile client, as the software is known, works with any device that uses Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Platform versions 4.0 or 5.0. A visual version of a remote control pops up on the screen, making it a fairly straightforward process to choose whether to watch television live from a home cable set-top box or satellite receiver or something recorded on a digital video recorder.
“You can watch your home TiVo from the back seat of a car driving on the 101,” Krikorian said.
“You can watch Lost the day after it airs without paying two bucks,” added Sling Media PR director Brian Jaquet, in a reference to the television programs sold on Apple’s iTunes for viewing on an iPod.
Wonderful news for TV fans…though perhaps too much temptation for us TV addicts.
Read More | TV.com
Wow. This online game is truly amazing. The designer must be the ultimate TV fan of all time. You think of a television character, then answer a series of ‘yes and no’ questions. Then the computer guesses which character you are! I know; I was skeptical, too, but it worked every time, and didn’t take very long for the computer to guess. I chose obscure/outdated characters—Blair Warner, Punky Brewster, and Laura Ingalls—and it guessed each time! It would be creepy if it weren’t so fun. Follow the link to play.
Read More | Smalltime
ABC recently announced that it has added its hit show Commander In Chief to the list of television series available through your iPod. Episodes will be available after the day they originally appear on television, and will cost 1.99 each to download. Commander In Chief joins fellow network shows Lost and Desperate Housewives in this iTunes service.
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Earlier today, CNN unveiled their new broadband subscription service, dubbed “CNN Pipeline.” The service offers video news and access to the CNN news archives. “This is another evolution of CNN.com and our commitment to bring people the latest news at their command,” says a senior vice president at CNN, to, um, CNN. The service costs $2.95 a month or $24.95 a year.
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TV Guide (at tvguide.com) has a terrific new game for the ultimate trivia fans: Big Network Boss. Up against other online players, you scramble to answer a series of questions about everything TV. There’s everything from multiple choice to matching to choosing groups of three. Work your way “up the ladder” from peon to Big Network Boss!
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Weird, wild, and way over the top: say what you will about Nip/Tuck, the viewers love it. Just take a look around the Internet sometime to find blogs and message boards galore dedicated to this cult hit. Sure, the fans blog about their favorite show…but did you know the actors do, too? Willam Belli plays the transvestite, Cherry, who had a rather violent encounter with Matt. Belli recently blogged about his experiences on the hit show. The link and excerpt appears after the jump, to avoid accidental spoilage.
Wow, this is something that I would have tried to keep under wraps for, like, ever. It turns out that Blockbuster has the opportunity to purchase rent-by-mail DVD service Netflix back in 2000, but turned it down. Instead, the company went on to partner with Enron in a 20-year video-on-demand deal - but we all know how that turned out. Now, Netflix is worth about $1.4 billion smackers, while Blockbuster is trying to keep afloat at about $850 million. Gotta jump on things while they’re hot I guess.
Read More | Variety
It’s true - 2006 is going to be the year that the HDTV begins its foray into the mainstream culture of America. A few colleagues have told me that they expect record numbers for HDTV sales at the beginning of the New Year, with the Super Bowl being broadcast in high def in January, and the Olympics going HD in February. Aside from that, we will see the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 exploit the benefits of gaming in true high definition as well. Phillip Swann of TVPredictions.com has offered 10 HDTV predictions for 2006, and I must say that all ten points are hard to argue. HDTV is gonna be everywhere - a beautiful thing.
Read More | TV Predictions
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