Obama on Colbert

Which president was the first to appear on a comedy show?

When President Barack Obama appeared on The Colbert Report last week — as part of the countdown to the show’s being shuttered on December 18 — some groused that he shouldn’t have. Certainly, Obama has set a record when it comes to connecting with popular culture through niche television shows. But who was the first president […]

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Dear Netflix: please make your UI easier to use

Netflix is now available in 41 countries and its subscriber base grew by approximately one-third from third quarter 2012 to third quarter 2013. It has demonstrated creative chops with House of Cards (first Emmy for an online-only TV show) and Orange is the New Black (highly acclaimed). But to add new customers — and retain its […]

VideoNuze Shares Starz Media Consumption Data

A fall 2008 survey of 5,500 U.S. Internet users suggests that almost two-thirds (62%) watch “online video” each week, making online video more popular than time-shifted television (38%). However, almost half  (47%) who watch online video choose “short-form” video, so it’s not fair for my brain to compare that consumption pattern  with DVRs. Only 15 […]

This Day In History: Truman’s First Televised Speech

On 5 October 1947, President Harry Truman delivered the first televised speech from the White House. In this speech, Truman asked Americans to change their food consumption patterns — no meat Tuesdays; no eggs or poultry on Thursdays — to help Europeans, who were starving. Truman’s speech launched the TV presidency; all of his subsequent […]

The Race Is On

The Sundance Channel has joined the rush to distribute online, partnering with Google Video, not iTunes. “The deal allows consumers to download their choice of 18 of the network’s movie titles at $3.99 for a 24-hour rental or $9.99 to own. Three of the Sundance Channel’s original series are available only for purchase starting at […]