The Myth of Cord Cutting

The news of people cutting their cable and using sources such as Netflix and Hulu to watch their favorite programs is a bit of a mirage. Cord cutting seems to be viewed as synonymous with a rejection of the high cost of cable television and the absurdly poor customer service the cables companies offer. However, the simple fact is that you can’t cut your cable if you want access to the Internet connection that brings you on demand services. If you have decided to cut costs by ditching your cable TV, be prepared to pay significantly more for the Internet bandwidth needed to switch to an OD option. And don’t forget that you’ll no longer have access to live sporting events.

As we wrote late in 2014, the power is moving and it is away from “content is king” to “the delivery of content” is king. The clash of the CBS and Time Warner, which CBS “won,” was only the first skirmish in a battle that the networks can’t possibly win. CBS recently announced, along with numerous other content providers (HBO for example) that they may offer a pay service option for their content.   It’s basically posturing that if cable companies want too much money to carry CBS (called transfer fees) then they will simply provide the channel direct to the consumer via subscription. However, how will they be ‘sending’ it to the consumer? … via Cable.

Granted that the CBS model is likely a profitable one via subscription model, but still it seems like a feeble attempt.

Cable has successfully dominated the delivery mechanism for everything digital – all access must come through that “cord” coming into your home. So if the plan is to cut your cable bill, perhaps you may want to rethink your position … because while it may feel empowering to make a stand, the cable companies have a plan – and it does not include lower profits.

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Dean MacNeil is the CMO of Tveeco a simplified TV guide app for what’s new on Broadcast, Cable and On-Demand. Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter. Comments and Questions: DM@Tveeco.com

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2015 TV Premieres and Finales

The weather is cold, but the good news is that there is no shortage of great TV to watch. January is filled with new shows but some of the most anticipated shows of 2015 are yet to come.

If you want a complete list of TV premiere and pilot dates, check out Tveeco in the Apple Store.

February is shaping up nicely, starting with a powerhouse double-bill on AMC is the return of Walking Dead (AMC-Feb 8 at 9PM) followed by the Pilot date for Better Call Saul (AMC-Feb 8 at 10PM). Rocking it opposite of these hot shows is The Grammy’s airing on CBS, February 8 at 8PM. History Channel’s top drama Vikings comes ashore on February 19.

The stars align when the 87th Academy Awards airs on February 22 at 8:30.

The Voice (NBC) returns to continue it’s strong run with a new crop on February 23 at 8PM, followed by The Night Shift (NBC) at 10PM.

February closes out with a huge double dose of reality when Survivor (CBS) returns February 25 at 8PM, followed by The Amazing Race (CBS) on a special night at 9:30PM. Both are 90 minute launch episodes.

Clear your weekend schedules as House of Cards Season 3 is released in full on February 27.

Closing out their runs in February include State of Affairs (NBC – Feb 16), Mentalist Series Finale (CBS – February 18), Two and a Half Men (CBS – February 19) and the Parks and Recreation Series Finale (NBC – February 24). Closing out the month is ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder which gets away on February 26.

Coming … but not soon enough is the premier of Season 5 of Game of Thrones April 12.

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Dean MacNeil is the CMO of Tveeco a simplified TV guide app for what’s new on Broadcast, Cable and On-Demand. Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter. Comments and Questions: DM@Tveeco.com

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Mid-Season TV Return Dates – January 2015

The Mid-Season Premieres are upon us as well as some of the most anticipate shows of the 2014/2015 Television Season.

If you want a complete list of TV premiere and pilot dates, check out Tveeco in the Apple Store.

Mid-Season Dramas begin with a bang with the first full week of January featuring the NCIS franchise (CBS), Sleepy Hollow (FOX), and State of Affairs (ABC), while new shows (worth watching) Gotham (FOX), Scorpion (CBS), Forever (ABC), and Mysteries of Laura (NBC) all returning in the first full week of January. Don’t miss out on the Mentalist (CBS) on a special date Wednesday, January 7.

Mid-Season Comedy premieres start with 2 Broke Girls (CBS – Jan 5), Modern Family and Black-ish (ABC -Jan 7) while Mike & Molly (CBS -Jan 5) continues it’s late season run.  The highly anticipated farewell season for Parks and Recreation (NBC) begins January 13 at 8:00PM.

SEASON PREMIERES
The return of popular premium cable shows begins with January 9 on Cinemax with Season 3 of the highly entertaining Banshee, and continues January 11 with Shameless and Don Cheadle’s House of Lies on Showtime. HBO’s January 11 slate of premieres features Girls and Looking, with promising Pilot Togetherness sandwiched in the middle at 9:30PM.

Not to be outdone, premieres for popular and critically acclaimed shows Justified (FX-Jan 20), The Americans (FX-Jan28) and Suits (USA – Jan 28) make for a great way to spend the cold days of January.

On the Reality front, The Bachelor Premiere (January 5) is followed closely by the ratings stalwart American Idol Premiere (FOX January 7). A new installment of Celebrity Apprentice begins January 4 & 5 on NBC. Finally, with a quick turnaround, MasterChef Junior (FOX) begins new on January 6.

Comedy Season Premieres begin with the Courtney Cox TBS vehicle Cougar Town beginning another season January 6. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX) begins January 14. Backstrom (FOX), with a perfect departure role for Rainn Wilson, begins January 22.

PILOTS
The pilot for Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC) fills the void for superhero fans with a double launch episode on January 6, as Marvels Agent’s of Shield (ABC) wont return until March 3. FOX will roll out new Terrence Howard Hip Hip music mogul drama Empire on January 7, while SyFy reboots Brad Pitt movie 12 Monkeys (dozen?) on January 16.

And for all those jonesing for a Breaking Bad fix – Better Call Saul (AMC) begins February 8.

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Dean MacNeil is the CMO of Tveeco a simplified TV guide app for what’s new on Broadcast, Cable and On-Demand. Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter. Comments and Questions: DM@Tveeco.com

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Tveeco: What’s New on TV Tonight!

Want to know what’s new on TV tonight? Just launch Tveeco and it has a listing of what’s new tonight, and you can configure it to just your favorite shows. The platform has been designed and developed especially for the purpose of providing a brief of new shows in primetime in a quick and easy daily guide.

It also features a list of Premiere dates, and when you select a favorite shows it automatically sets an alert for the day the show returns for the season.

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The Tveeco Team.  Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter.

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Never Miss a Premiere with Tveeco

With TV programs able to start their season at nearly anytime on the calendar, combined with “Mid-Season Finales” and busy lives, it is hard to keep track of when favorite shows return. It shouldn’t be work to find the date or a premiere, or what is new on TV tonight, but searching the internet for something specific – produces so many results that filtering out what you want becomes a chore.

Tveeco is an app designed to give you just what you want: What’s New in Primetime Tonight, and when favorite show returns – and it can automatically set alerts on your phone for Premieres and Finales.

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The Tveeco Team.  Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter.

 

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They may be on a network, but they’re really “My Shows”

Tveeco provides a searchable database that can easily tell you when your favorite show is back. My Shows on Tveeco allows you to select your favorites, and they will automatically be featured in the listings for what’s New Tonight.

Our expanding database currently features the top 100 Network and 50 Cable programs airing in Primetime. If Tveeco doesn’t have your show, please drop us a line at AddMyShow@Tveeco.com so we can add it to the list.

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The Tveeco Team.  Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter.

 

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How to Easily Find New TV Shows Tonight

Our time is limited and we crave those shows that entertain us every night. Our entertainment world is incomplete without television shows. However, tracking when favorite show are on, new or returning is a difficult task. You want to know about New TV shows tonight. But it is not easy. But with Tveeco now things are different.

TV lovers who want to know about New TV shows tonight will find Tveeco really amazing. But what exactly is Tveeco? Well it is a blessing for entertainment lovers. If you’re passionate about your shows, you know you don’t want to miss the latest new episode, and sometimes it can be hard to figure out if the one you want to watch is worth rushing home for – only to be disappointed to find out it is a repeat. Even if you DVR the show, it is disappointing to settling in and realize the show didn’t record because it was a repeat, and you’d settled infor nothing. Now you are stuck searching the guides and recordings for something to fill the time.

With Tveeco, you can easily check each day to see if your New TV shows Tonight are new. The show listings can be accessed on the website in an easy way. The episodes are updated daily, so viewers don’t have to wait to watch their missed shows.

With Tveeco there is no need to keep a record of New TV shows tonight – at a quick glance you can see what is and isn’t on the schedule each night. The website covers all the popular shows for comedy, drama or then a reality program. The website is user friendly and the shows can be accessed in a quick and easy manner on a daily basis.

Tveeco is designed by the people who have the same busy lives and love of TV that you do. They created a tool to help all of the TV fans out there to watch shows and not waste time.

The home page of the website has complete list of shows that are new tonight. They use social media/Twitter to spread the information which is easily accessible. It also includes a helpful guide on Premieres and mid-season return dates, as well as all of the links to your favorite shows, and their official Twitter accounts, all in one place.

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The Tveeco Team.  Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter.

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Free TV – A Charming But Outdated Notion

It seems that gone are the days when the TV model was to create great shows and make money from commercials … now it is make great shows and maximize your transfer fees.

Gone are the days when “broadcast” actually meant the show was broadly available for free and the exchange was you watched commercial pitches. Now those “free shows” are delivered to us by intermediaries. These ‘delivery’ systems, better known as cable/satellite companies are charging ever-increasing amounts for us to get access to channels that would/should be free. To make it more restrictive, you generally need specific peripherals (DVR/Receiver) to access TV.

The cable companies have situated themselves as the gatekeepers to your home for both TV and the Internet – so even if you did ‘cut the cable’ you will still need to download shows over your high-speed connection. Not ideal news for the consumer.

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Dean MacNeil is the CMO of Tveeco a simplified TV guide app for what’s new on Broadcast, Cable and On-Demand. Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter. Comments and Questions: DM@Tveeco.com

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TV Network Warning… Spoilers Ahead

Online spoilers generally carry a warning label in the form of a “Spoiler Alert” – because as fans of TV you want to avoid ruining a show plot-twist or generally the experience of watching the story unfold.  So why are networks insistent on running “coming up on “Dexter” bumpers?”  You’re already on your sofa – ready to watch a favorite show – it’s not the time you want a preview.   Frankly – I don’t need to see “next week on Dexter” at the end of the show either … The fun of a show or any story is anticipation, without it there’s less of an impact – the adrenaline that keeps shows interesting and engaging is diminished … and viewers ultimately become uninterested.  Who in their right mind would wrap a gift for someone, and just prior to giving it to them reveal what it is? – I suppose some TV executives would be the answer.

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Dean MacNeil is the CMO of Tveeco a simplified TV guide app for what’s new on Broadcast, Cable and On-Demand. Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter. Comments and Questions: DM@Tveeco.com

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TV: Is Content King or the “Control of Content” King? CBS vs. Time Warner Cable

The adage “Content is King” has long been the driver of television – the ‘people’ decide what they want to watch … what shows stay and which ones go. As the CBS vs. Time Warner Cable battle raged on it denied many viewers the largest cities a ‘cornerstone’ network for viewing. The stand-off had CBS off the air for 30 days – the longest time CBS has not been available in some cities since the launch of the network in 1927.

For those that are not aware of the dispute, it came down to CBS asked Time Warner Cable to pay $2 per customer for their channel/content (up from $1) to be part of the Time Warner customer offer, but Time Warner they didn’t feel the 100% fee increase is not willing to pay the amount (technically called “retransmission consent fees”). Time Warner Cable charges its subscribers for TV cable service, and is essentially attempting to reduce the per cent of money it pays to CBS, in an attempt to generate strong profit margins. There is huge money at stake for the two monstrous businesses – as well as all the other mega-companies in the same business, as it sets a new precedent for the business model – and ultimately who has control.

While the titans battle and issue statements how the other party is being disingenuous, some of the quotes are simply amazing for their candor and humor (CBS CEO Les Moonves should write comedy for … CBS), meanwhile the customers are left without the “content” they love. It points to the challenge of the future, where intermediaries, not the producers of content can very well end up controlling what we watch.

CBS eventually won this battle – surprise – just in time for the Fall Season. In the process, they were not shy about more quotes that seem to belittle Time Warner’s executives. So don’t expect this to be over between them – and do expect that Time Warner will that hard fought increase over to you the consumer.

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Dean MacNeil is the CMO of Tveeco a simplified TV guide app for what’s new on Broadcast, Cable and On-Demand. Tveeco is available in the Apple app store, with Android coming soon. You can also follow @Tveeco on Twitter. Comments and Questions: DM@Tveeco.com

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