stanley-richard.jpgJericho actor Brad Beyer (aka Stanley Richmond) had an interesting conversation with OnMilwaukee.com:

The biggest problem with our show is that so many people were watching it on the Internet or Tivo (which doesn’t count toward Neilson ratings), so I think the fans are now aware to watch it when it’s on.

Doh! I thought this was some rogue comment in the saving of Jericho, but after reading more from CBS execs (on Brent Evans & PVRWire) it’s clear they blame DVR usage and plead:

Please watch “Jerichoâ€? on broadcast television.

While I’m pleased to see the show renewed for at least 7 more episodes, I think CBS is a bit misguided on this point. If they need a larger audience, they can help themselves by not scheduling directly opposite American Idol and taking a 2+ month mid-season hiatus. Prior to the nutiness, I would have also suggested advertising – but they’ve gotten a ton… 25 tons to be exact. And it wouldn’t hurt to figure out how to track time-shifted viewing. DVRs aren’t going away. Quite the opposite: Their penetration and usage will continue to increase.

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Not that I had any doubts, but (if you did) Engadget has confirmed DivX’s media extender reference design (aka GejBox). And as I surmised from their blurred logo, it is DivX Connected (see below, lower right). Still no word on who’ll be selling these or for how much, but perhaps we can console ourselves in applying for the beta. Continue Reading…

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  June 8, 2007 — 2 Comments

A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs:

Forrester Research just released the results of a survey showing that consumers don’t care that much about a la carte channels and wouldn’t be willing to pay very much for the privilege. I might not have agreed a few years ago, but here’s why my opinion has changed:

  1. Better shows on more cable channelsforrester-survey.jpg
    ESPN and Comedy Central used to be the only networks I watched on cable, but now I regularly tune in to FX, TNT and the SciFi network at the very least.

  2. On-demand viewing
    By ordering Netflix DVDs or downloading shows from the Web, I can get access to almost any content I want. If I wanted to drop my cable subscription, I’d virtually be able to get a la carte viewing through other distribution sources. (ESPN being the big exception) Continue Reading…

connected-logo-blured224.png Another day, another media extender!

Looks like DivX isn’t entirely satisfied with their hardware licensing program, and wants a bit of the action. I am speculating — However, given the nature of their beta signup survey and the blurred image (without a blurred file name referencing their “Connected” initiative) I feel pretty confident in saying that they’re working on a media extender.

Assuming I’m right, the next question is: Do they sell the hardware themselves or let a partner brand it. I’d probably hedge and sell online under my own name and let a partner with sales channel experience brand it for retail. Sort of like Snappy has done with HAVA and Pinnacle. Speaking of Pinnacle, they don’t have a media extender in their lineup… Hm.