The Game: Lauren London with guest star John Singleton
*Tuesday’s return of BET’s “The Game” delivered more viewers and adults 18-49 compared to all other returning cable sitcom telecasts this season, making it the No. 1 returning sitcom telecast on cable, the network announced in a statement.
Returning for a sixth season and marking its 100th episode, “The Game” premiered at 10 p.m. to a total of 2.5 million viewers. When combined with the show’s 11:30 p.m. encore, it attracted almost 4 million total viewers.
Cast of Let’s Stay Together
Meanwhile, the season 3 premiere of “Let’s Stay Together,” which aired immediately after “The Game,” was the No. 1 sitcom telecast in its time-slot on cable among all viewers and adults 18-49 this season.
The premiere drew 1.9 million total viewers. When combined with its 12:30 a.m. rerun, the season premiere attracted nearly 3 million total viewers.
*NBC Universal and has promised to launch 10 minority-owned independent networks over a period of eight years.
That’s a huge commitment. But right off the top, two well-known African American will take on the task of introducing two new channels as majority owners.
Diddy and Magic will be making the dream work as majority owners of the channels.
Coming in 2013, Diddy’s Revolt Network will be a pop culture and music channel.
“We’re gonna be like the CNN or ESPN of music,” the media mogul said.
But the two are both promising to open more opportunities for African Americans on television and behind the scenes.
In an interview with Jenée Desmond-Harris of The Root, Johnson explained that the opportunity is a combination of a business venture and a service to the Black community.
“It has to be business first because of the fact that if I don’t make sound business decisions or if we don’t do it right, then we’re out of business. So that has to be
first. Second, it is for the community. The community wants Aspire to be successful — it’s for them. It gives [the African-American creative community] a platform, where they can be on TV, they can sell me shows, they can create shows and they can work the camera behind the scenes, and on and on. So there are job opportunities, and that’s part of the blessing of Aspire. Also, we need programming that will inspire people — will make them think, cry, make them feel good. That’s what we’re trying to provide.”
Read/learn more at TheRoot.
*The competition has already begun for new African American owned television network Bounce TV which just opened its doors this past Monday. Another network is about to make its debut soon.
KIN TV, rumored to possibly be backed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor Studios, is expected to launch some time before the year is up, if not then, by the summer of 2012.
It’s programming will rival that of the first broadcast network (over the air – not cable) for African Americans, Bounce TV.
The network will be marketed as a “diginet” channel and will take the lifestyle approach to programming choices, including topics of travel, cuisine, parenting, work and relationships.
KIN TV will offer a “wide range of programming designed to entertain, inform and inspire a broad audience of modern African-American viewers,” according to a video presentation.
KIN TV, according to reports, is headed by Basil Street Media’s Lee Gaither, who also helped launch TV One.
*The Federal Communications Commission is trying to get the attention of cable companies and application developers.
They are going to try and pass a ruling that will help them break the Internet down into “two classes of Internet access, one for fixed-line providers and the other for the wireless Net.”
According to the New York Times, this will give wireless carriers an advantage over landline cable carriers like Comcast.
Services like Verizon wireless will be able to disable apps on their phones like Google Maps and force you to use Verizon’s Navigator. The segregation of wireless and landline online (more…)
*A dispute between Comcast and one of Netflix’s partners in streaming videos, Level 3 Communications, erupted into public view Monday, reports The Daily Beast.
Level 3 accused Comcast of demanding an additional fee in order to transmit online movies, a move that it said was “effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content that competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity-delivered content.”
The New York Times says Netflix represents 20 percent of Internet download traffic at peak times-a number that makes it a competitor of Comcast and Time Warner.
The FCC will take up net neutrality-the idea that Internet providers should not be able to charge based on the content they provide-in December.
Read more HERE.
*(Via WSJ.com) Major Hollywood studios and one of the country’s largest cable operators are in discussions to send movies to people’s living-room TVs just weeks after films hit the multiplex, a step that would shake up film distribution.
During a cable industry convention last week, executives from Time Warner Cable Inc. made the first formal pitch to the Hollywood studios for what is known as “home theater on demand.”
The cable company presented a variety of scenarios. But the main one, which has received early support from some studio executives, would allow consumers to watch a movie at home just 30 days after its theatrical release-far earlier than the usual four months-for roughly $20 to $30 a pop.
That proposal is still being debated and talks are fluid. People close to the matter say that several studios could sign on to a version of it as soon as the fall, making the first movies available on such a system by the end of the year or early 2011.
Read MORE HERE.