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  1. I think they increased the KTVK/KPHO simulcast considerably since March 2020/covid. Understand the financial/staffing reasoning behind it, but "Arizona's Family News" has to be the dumbest brand on local TV right now (and the Calibri logotype makes my eyes bleed)... regardless if it was KTVK's slogan for years prior to the KPHO merger.
  2. I mean, last night NBCSN was showing a night full of drone racing... which (even as a drone pilot) seems to me like it belongs on YouTube or another streaming service and not on linear cable.
  3. Their now-former FX set is about 10 years old now and has aged pretty gracefully IMO. Wonder if they'll get the same design as KCBS/WCBS/WBBM/KOVR et al or something new? KPIX brought up the rear in the last round of CBS O&O set builds, so I figure we should expect the same old BDI set design seen elsewhere.
  4. Do you have some inside information that leads you to believe Fox doesn't like drawing an average of 14 million viewers every Thursday night during football season? With the exception of Masked Singer (who knows why), it seems Fox primetime scripted series are netting around 1-6 million viewers. TNF is a significant (albeit expensive) improvement over their usual primetime lineup on one of the most-watched TV nights of the week...but if any media company can spend big bucks to double a night of primetime ratings, it's Fox. ABC is ESPN is Disney—the other media company with the dee
  5. Neither NBC nor ABC want to blow up their Thursday lineup for the fall football season, so it's probably just going to stay on Fox/NFLN/Amazon Prime Video for the foreseeable future. Beyond an ABC simulcast of ESPN's Monday Night Football and ESPN/ABC getting some Super Bowls, I have a feeling this is going to be one of the more boring NFL rights renewal cycles. The Sunday Ticket negotiations are really the more interesting thing to keep an eye on as it's highly unlikely DirecTV will continue paying the insane amount for it that they have been. I for one welcome this news as I'm l
  6. If that's the case, it's time to figure out how to differentiate graphics feeds for mobile app streaming vs. TV. This sucks.
  7. I'd be willing to bet that was stringer footage. Amusing to see this top story since I live a few blocks from this spot (which is still a taqueria); a good reminder of how much the hood has changed since the early 90s.
  8. Sports highlights from the pro leagues are incredibly expensive to air nationally—part of why all of the non-SportsCenter highlights shows (Fox Sports Live, etc) flop after a year or so since they can't generate the numbers to justify the exorbitant cost. If NewsNation is indeed covering costs at its current ad rates (an assertion that's debatable, in my opinion), you can throw that out the window if they start airing extended sports coverage.
  9. What exactly would Nexstar be acquiring in such a transaction? NewsNet has a staff of what, like 15 people of ...questionable qualifications and capabilities, and a cute little broadcast facility in the middle of Michigan. Not gonna happen, just let NewsNet die; the money has to dry up at some point.
  10. I think 360 was a Stephen Arnold shell entity created to get around the fact that Stephen Arnold Music was affiliated with SESAC for licensing at the time when SESAC dramatically increased licensing fees (around 2006 IIRC). Nearly all SAM clients at the time dumped the music to avoid having to pay more... so 360 was born to retain customers. Not sure how SAM licensing works these days, but guessing they were able to get away from SESAC and get back into business, and therefore the 360 brand isn't really needed anymore.
  11. ...off cable unless, of course, it's on NFL Network. I'd be very surprised if the NFL goes for another split-network deal for the Thursday night package. I think the point of offering it to Fox was to keep it on one network to give some predictability/consistency, and Fox has been willing to make it a marquee network event similar to how NBC treats SNF. TNF was always second-fiddle back when NBC and CBS split the rights, which annoyed the NFL to no end—recall the commentator drama that ensued with both NBC and CBS' top teams not wanting to add TNF to their workload.
  12. Wow, that's actually a pretty nice upgrade over the standard Sinclair look. Gotta be an in-house job though—doubt this is a sign of things to come for other Sinclair stations. Reminiscent of the pre-diagrid Hearst days when a few stations started to design their own interpretations of the corporate look—e.g. WESH, or WISN's outsourcing to Hothaus.
  13. There are many cheaper options for a NewsNation "Texas bureau" than spinning up a full-fledged news operation at KDAF again. Who knows how much longer NewsNation will even be around. That being said, if Nexstar thought it was financially viable to relaunch in-house morning news (ish) on KIAH, I'm sure they're taking a hard look at the numbers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth market too. The market just seems to have a hard time supporting many additional news outlets though, with both KTXA and KDAF launching and eventually winding down prime time newscasts over the past decade or so.
  14. The set is great. They've succeeded in making the studio look much larger than before—the old FX-designed set felt very cramped, especially coming from the large set they had back in the old building at 1001 Van Ness. Yeah, some of the light bars are weird, but I love the use of the roof camera showing the Embarcadero, though the shot they were using at 5pm was really blown out with all of the white port buildings along the waterfront being lit by the setting sun. I didn't catch any of the primetime shows tonight but betting it looks much better at night. Also, it is kinda nice to see both anc
  15. I remember back in the early days of local channels on DirecTV (before spot beams), there were random days (seemed like it was always on the weekends) when you'd be able to watch out-of-market local channels for a few hours. Distinctly remember watching news on KOMO, KIRO, WEWS, WJW from the Sacramento market... there were probably more, but it was always a fun surprise when it would happen.

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