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Year: 2011

CableTV.com 2011 Year in Review

2011 was a big year for cabletv.com. Not only did we launch the site mid-way through the year, we got a lot of great exposure from sites like AdWeek, BuzzFeed, About.com, New York Magazine, The Guardian, and much more. And you know what? We couldn’t have done it without you, faithful reader. You simply being here, reading and viewing our work makes it all worth while. So thank you for reading the cabletv.com blog. As we move into a holiday break and prepare for next year, let’s take a quick look back at some of the most popular articles featured on this website during 2011. What 9,000 TV Channel Logos Looks Like. It’s nearly impossible to fully grasp the absolutely massive number of television channels out there today. For each channel, there’s a logo design that is easily recognizable and often memorable. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are more than 9,000 TV channel logos. When’s the Best Time to Buy a TV? There’s no denying it: TVs are expensive. Even if you can find a good TV sale you’re still likely to fork out a lot of money for a decently-sized HD TV. Still, if there were a time of the year when you could buy a TV for the cheapest price, you would be a fool to look the otherway. 300 Remarkable Vintage TV Print Ads What was...

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Why China’s ban on TV ads only hurts viewers

Recently it was announced that ads will be banned from the middle of TV dramas in China starting January 1st, 2012. In China, this strategy is a step towards tightening already strained restrictions on television. Could a similar ban ever take place in the United States or elsewhere? We can’t really say. What we can assume, however, is that removing ads from a network will only hurt viewers, rather than make for a better experience. Why? Well, as you know: ads make up a good majority of television network revenues, removing those profits from the networks means they would have to then makeup the lost dollars in other ways. In the United States, such a ban would force networks to increase their subscription prices even more. Online streaming services such as Hulu and HBO Go are capable of using entirely different advertising strategies to make up for the revenues they lose by streaming shows (rather than broadcasting them over more traditional television connections), but there isn’t really any other way for networks to make up for the revenue they would lose by cutting out advertising from even a few minutes of broadcast time. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars to be made in just 30 seconds of advertising on TV, and such a hit to the network would only result in higher prices. At least, that’s what the...

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5 ways to find the best holiday TV deals.

Looking to get a new TV for the holidays this year? Whether you’re giving a TV away as a gift or planning to get one for yourself, there’s a lot of options on how to get the best holiday deals. If you missed the great TV deals during Black Friday you’re not completely out of luck. There are a lot of opportunities for TV deals, and if you find yourself asking When’s the Best Time to Buy a TV? Now is a pretty good time to start shopping around. 1. Amazon.com, of course. Amazon still has some remarkable deals on televisions, just in time for the holidays. Like this 42″ Panasonic 3D TV for just $670. The best deals are regularly found online, so be sure to checkout Amazon and other online retailers before buying in-store. Though it’s also important to note that some stores will price-match what you find online. 2. Decide.com If you haven’t used Decide.com yet, now is the perfect time to check it out. They have a dedicated TV shopping section that let’s you sort TVs by not only technology, price, brand, or format, but they also use a neat set of algorithms to determine whether or not that TV you’ve been eyeing is worth buying now, or waiting for. 3. CNet’s HDTV gift finder. Having a hard time nailing down the perfect TV deal?...

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The future of television? It’s in the apps.

“When you’re young, you look at television and think, there’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.” – Steve Jobs. But are we getting what we want from television? There are well-more than 9,000 TV channels available around the world. If you subscribe to any, basic cable or satellite television service you have access to more than 250 channels at any time, with hundreds of more available for a higher price. With so many networks available to watch, you’re likely to find at least something you want at any time of the day. The future of television is going to be even more personalized however, and we’re already seeing the seeds of that change taking place. Imagine for one minute what television will be like in the future. We’re not talking about 3D projection or microchips planted into your brain, but how the massive selection of entertainment will shift. No longer will you have to scan through hundreds of channels (all of which you pay for, but only a fraction of which you’re likely to ever watch) or be forced to use the likes of Hulu or Netflix to track down a clip or favorite show. No, in the future: you’ll only...

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