Web technology changing face of television
31Mar09

Web technology continues to encroach on traditional media at a rapid pace. While many US newspapers give way to online, television is also being transformed by new technology.

Here are some examples coming out of the US:

TiVo, the ad-skipping, time shifting digital television recording device, is now delivering web video to televisions. Rather than download and watch longer format video on small screens, TiVo allows video to be viewed easily through your television.

TiVo have begun working with YouTube, Amazon, Netflix and over 50 other sources to deliver web video to television. So far TiVo have had over 30 million downloads by 60% of their broadband-connected customers.

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Déjà Vu Ratings
30Mar09

Newcastle TV ratings week 12, 2009

Last week we discussed that it was all about NBN. We’ll deja vu again Newcastle, NBN is not going no where, in fact if it’s going anywhere it’s going up – the ratings that is. NBN is clearing the board again with 8 out 10 ‘Most Watched Programs’ on the leader board and on ‘The Ratings’, almost 10 killing points ahead of Prime, with a 9.8 lead.

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Ten Jumping Ahead
29Mar09

National TV ratings week ending 28 March 2009

Source: David Dale, Sun Herald blogs

It was a truly polymorphous push for the hearts and minds of Australia last week, instead of the usual bilateral battle in which Nine starts strongly then gets swamped by Seven. Channel Ten got a boost from the start of the aerial pingpong season in Melbourne, and the ABC revelled in Specks, Gruen and its evening news, which is now regularly ahead of Nine’s. The ABC’s share of the prime time audience — 17 per cent — was its highest for the year, as was Ten’s 23.1 per cent. Seven got 28.6, Nine got 26.1 and SBS got its usual 5.1.

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NBN – “Newcastle’s Basic Need”
23Mar09

Newcastle TV ratings week 12, 2009

Would you call it ‘Needs NBN’ or ‘Lives NBN’… Newcastle goes Nuts over NBN?
Which one would you rather read it off? The ‘Ratings’ itself or the ‘Most Watched Programs’ list?
Where ever you choose, once again you will see NBN at the top. Top of the ratings and all over the top ten shows the Hunter watched for last week. NBN had the top 10 list filled with 8 of its programs. The only other programs to make a glimpse on the list was good old ABC with Spicks and Specs and just making the cut, Find My Family for Prime. What is going on? What is NBN doing that the other stations seem to not be?
NBN stands for “Newcastle’s Basic Need”. Have a look for yourself:

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National Ratings – Seven back on top.
23Mar09

National TV ratings week ending 21 March 2009

Source: David Dale, Sun Herald blogs

Channel Seven won the week, averaging 28.5 per cent of the prime time audience, while Nine got 26.7 per cent (thanks to U2 and Customs), Ten 22.7 (thanks to dancers and NCIS), ABC 16.8 (Thanks to Specks and Gruen) and SBS 5.3 (thanks to Top Gear). With Packed To The Rafters taking a break for a few months, Seven may have trouble holding its lead next week.

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“Crime Rates”
16Mar09

Newcastle TV ratings week 11, 2009

They try and sell to us in this economic crisis to stay in and save by watching more TV. According to last weeks ratings, what Newcastle did was stay in and watch anything to do with crime. It seems the Hunter is a little obsessed with crime on our local streets or frankly on anyone’s streets. In the most watched programs leader board for last week, lists the first top 7 shows as crime related. As for cute little distressed animals, farmers falling in love and families finding each other…well it seems we were not that interested last week.

As for the numbers game for the ratings… well I just don’t get it. Take the ratings nationally, Seven is kicking Nine’s hiney. Although in Newcastle, Prime has absolutely no chance of even sneaking a peak at the number one prize?? How odd..

Read on to see the full results:

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Nine is stuffed for the year….
15Mar09

National TV ratings week ending 14 March 2009

Source: David Dale, Sun Herald blogs

Having two hit shows is not enough. Underbelly wins Monday night for Nine, and Two and a Half Men performs well every night, but Seven has fallen into the comfortable pattern of averaging 29.4 per cent of the prime time audience, while Nine manages 27.8, Ten 21.5, ABC 16.0 and SBS 5.3. The only difference this week will be a rise for the ABC, thanks to the arrival of The Gruen Transfer. Lets call it now: Nine is stuffed for the year.

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Ratings, Ratings, Ratings….
9Mar09

Newcastle TV ratings week 10, 2009

As the weeks go by the Hunter ratings get more interesting. NBN last week was a clear winner with a 10.6 lead over Prime. This week that lead rises even higher to a 12.5 win. The most watched programs ladder says it all – NBN splashing 6 out of the 10 most watched programs with Prime only 3 on the board with the ABC and its new show ‘New Tricks’ jumping on to join the ride. It seems Novacastrian’s enjoy watching Australian made reality shows…….:Note to self.

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Seven in Heaven
8Mar09

National TV ratings week ending 07 March 2009

Source: David Dale, Sun Herald blogs

Channel Seven easily won the first “normal” week of the ratings year, averaging 30.0 per cent of the prime time audience, to Nine’s 27.0 (Ten 21.7 thanks to NCIS and SYTYCDA, ABC 15.4, thanks to Spicks and Specks, and SBS 5.5, thanks to Top Gear).

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50/50 or can I Phone a Real Friend…
3Mar09

Newcastle TV ratings week 9, 2009

If you were to only look at the most watched programs in the Hunter for last week, you would make the following judgements: NBN and Prime are head to head at 50% on the leader board. Prime is really catching up. As for the reality of that tale, when you look at the ratings figures, this is a different story, why?
Reality! that’s is exactly right. Newcastle loves its reality shows. Apart from again the leader of the week, Underbelly2 (although technically this is based on true events) and Pack To The Rafters (which is set around the reality of today’s family), the 10 most watched programs of last week and nearly every week, has some how to do with what’s happening in our world today… We still like to watch ourselves..

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