Showbiz Sandbox 207: Which New TV Shows Are Hits? Ratings Alone Won’t Tell You

September 30, 2013

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The new television season got off to a strong start last week with major broadcast networks celebrating higher prime-time viewership. That is what initial ratings results would lead one to believe, though such figures are increasingly inaccurate. Delayed viewing on DVRs and online has made it more difficult than ever to properly measure viewership in a timely fashion.

Changes are also afoot at the Oscars as the Academy is modifying the way animated films are nominated for Best Animated Feature. Rather than rely on a selection committee, a majority of the organization’s 6,000 members will now be able to participate in the nomination process by viewing films on screeners.

Meanwhile as the film industry moves from celluloid film to digital projection, object based audio is also being adopted over traditional channel based surround sound. Major studios recently made the issue more contentious by mandating any new audio be distributed in a common, non-proprietary format. Will this stifle future innovation in the cinema space?

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why iTunes music purchases have started disappearing, Robocop returns to Detroit (literally) and “Star Wars” fans draft an open letter to director J.J. Abrams about how to make the franchise.

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Sony’s ‘Cloudy’ Sequel Takes a Bigger Bite Stateside With $35 Million
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/box-office-sonys-cloudy-sequel-takes-a-bigger-bite-stateside-with-35-million-1200679076/

Box Office Milestone: ‘Instructions Not Included’ Top Spanish-Language Film of All Time in U.S.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-instructions-not-638860

Oscars Revamp Animation Nomination Process
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/oscars-revamp-animation-nomination-process-637555

R.I.P. Romantic Comedies: Why Harry Wouldn’t Meet Sally in 2013
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rip-romantic-comedies-why-harry-634776

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Opens Big for ABC; NBC Is on Fire
http://www.vulture.com/2013/09/premiere-week-ratings-shield-opens-big.html

Robin Williams Beats Michael J. Fox in Thursday’s Battle of the Eighties Comedy Icons
http://www.vulture.com/2013/09/premiere-week-ratings-big-win-for-cbs-comedies.html

‘Blacklist,’ ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Popular Early With DVR Owners
http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/agents-of-shield-sleepy-hollow-and-blacklist-popular-early-with-dvr-owners-1200680100/

‘Downton Abbey’ U.K. Ratings Rise for Second Episode of Season Four
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/downton-abbey-uk-ratings-rise-638912

Days After Launch iTunes Radio Is 45% As Popular As Spotify, Pandora Stock Drops 10%
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/09/3-days-after-launch-itunes-radio-is-45-as-popular-as-spotify-pandora-stock-drops-10.html

Spotify, Pandora and TuneIn Form Streaming Audio Task Force, Release Online Listener Survey
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/09/spotify-pandora-and-tunein-form-streaming-audio-tack-force-release-online-listener-survey.html

Apple’s iCloud Is No Safe Haven for Some iTunes Purchases
http://gigaom.com/2013/09/25/apples-icloud-is-no-safe-haven-for-some-itunes-purchases/

Amazon Brings MP3 Purchasing To Its Cloud Player for PC App
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/25/amazon-brings-mp3-purchasing-to-its-cloud-player-for-pc-app/

CNN Films Cancels Hillary Clinton Documentary
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cnn-films-cancels-hillary-clinton-639091

Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/technology/give-yourself-4-stars-online-it-might-cost-you.html?et_mid=638257&rid=240996315

Fox Loses Bid to Stop Hopper’s Place-Shifting Technology
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-loses-bid-stop-hoppers-634791

Google Books Case Appears Ready to Be Decided
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/copyright/article/59222-after-quick-hearing-google-books-case-appears-ready-to-be-decided.html

Giant Robocop to Loom Over Detroit in 2014
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/giant-robocop-loom-detroit-2014-636481

Apple Issues Credit To Angry ‘Breaking Bad’ Fans
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-apple-credit-breaking-bad-20130924,0,1659879.story

Target Launches Its Own Video Service Dubbed Target Ticket
http://gigaom.com/2013/09/25/target-launches-its-own-video-service-dubbed-target-ticket/

4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_joDNOpeWWo

Sincerely Truman Website
http://sincerelytruman.com/

DCI’s Digital Cinema Object-Based Audio Addendum
http://dcimovies.com/specification/DCI_Object-Based_Audio_Addendum_2013-0909.pdf

Cine Tech Geek Website
http://www.cinetechgeek.com/

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