Tuned In Journal

HBO picks up 'Game of Thrones'

Tuesday, 02 March 2010 09:42 AM Written by

Opening scene, This doesn't mean a lot to me -- I haven't read the books -- but fantasy fans have been drooling over the prospect of HBO picking up a "Game of Thrones" series. And now it has -- the pilot plus nine episodes. Production begins in Ireland in June.  Here are the details:

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Program DVR from Comcast's mobile app

Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:03 AM Written by

Sounds like a tech upgrade has come to Comcast's mobile app (UPDATE: At this point it only works for customers on traditional Comcast systems but will be coming soon for former Adelphia customers). Personally, I wish I could program my Comcast DVR from any Web browser.


Enables iPhone® and iPod touch® Customers to Program their DVR While on the Go

PHILADELPHIA - March 2, 2010 - Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information, and communications products and services, today announced it has released a new version of the Comcast Mobile application, which now includes a remote DVR programming service (rDVR) that is being rolled out across the country. With the Comcast Mobile app 2.0, customers never have to miss their favorite show or movie because they can program their DVR at any time, from anywhere.

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'infoMania' mocks Pittsburgh TV news

Monday, 01 March 2010 07:01 PM Written by

The super-funny but under-appreciated "infoMania" (10 p.m. Thursday, Current TV), which I wrote about last year, often lambastes the media, and in a recent clip Pittsburgh TV stations take it on the chin.

"Deer on the Loose," a musical ode to those frequent TV news reports about deer running about in populated areas, includes three clips from two local stations (two from KDKA, one from WTAE) and concludes with a pun-filled Brenda Waters report.

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Review: 'The Marriage Ref'

Sunday, 28 February 2010 06:01 PM Written by

Jerry Seinfeld executive produces and appears in Executive producer Jerry Seinfeld's "The Marriage Ref" (10 p.m. Thursday, WPXI) got a preview last night after the Winter Olympics closing ceremonies and proved to be a good-natured program. As Seinfeld suggested at press tour in January, the show is not intended to be anything more than a lark.

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Don't believe your eyes

Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:01 PM Written by

This video shows one special effects company's work. It also reveals just how pervasive visual effects -- primarily green screen work -- is in prime time.

Most of these scenes are from shows ("Grey's Anatomy," "Ugly Betty") that are not thought of as special effects extravaganzas.


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TV news loves animals (especially when they're in danger)

Wednesday, 24 February 2010 07:01 PM Written by

If there's one thing local TV news loves more than an animal story it's the story of an animal in pain or danger.

I've long thought local news, especially WTAE, features animal abuse stories to an almost fetishistic degree. Last Wednesday, WTAE reported on animals abused somewhere in the viewing region with lovely descriptions of them attacking and mauling one another. That same night, Channel 4 reported a story about a horse trapped in a pond. Last Thursday, the station wasted chopper fuel hovering over an awning collapse that may have trapped or killed or injured a dog. In typical "breaking news" fashion, WTAE was reporting without having hardly any facts and if they ever reported the outcome, I did not see it.

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Fun video for 'Star Trek' fans

Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:12 PM Written by

A fan has posted a video online from a 1975 Chicago "Star Trek" convention featuring a re-creation of the Enterprise bridge and the full cast. It's a pretty cool little piece of TV/fandom history:

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The Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College announces a new Web site.

LATROBE, PA - The Fred Rogers Center has moved beyond the neighborhood of make-believe to make new friends on the Internet through a new Web site as well as Facebook and YouTube channels. These e-marketing initiatives are the result of a collaboration between the Fred Rogers Center and the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College.

The new site at www.fredrogerscenter.org leverages the potential of non-profit e-marketing for building new audiences and expanding the Center's base of supporters. "We are hoping to use the power of today's digital technology and Web-based networking to develop the Fred Rogers Center community in much the same way Fred himself used Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and the cutting-edge technology of his day - television - to build relationships with children and families," explained Fred Rogers Center co-director Maxwell King.

"The contemporary site design introduces the online catalog for the Fred Rogers Archive and features an inspiring new video that highlights the work of Fred Rogers and several of the Center's programs," noted Rita Catalano, co-director. "In the near future, we will also launch a virtual exhibit that will enable visitors from around the world to enjoy the artifacts, photographs, and information of the physical exhibit located in the Fred M. Rogers Center."

The Center intends to reach a multitude of audiences through its e-marketing initiatives including: academic researchers and higher education faculty; children's media professionals; related nonprofits and government organizations; early learning educators; home-based caregivers; passionate parents seeking a trusted source of information and resources; and student advocates who will be key participants in social networking activities.

The e-marketing initiatives are being coordinated by Dr. Dawn Edmiston, assistant professor of marketing in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College, and student assistants who are contributing to the development of the social networking channels.

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