Nov 5, 2007 · 1 minute read
Up the WGA! I’m actually quite impressed; there hasn’t been a television strike on the same level in this country since the ITV strike of 1979, and I was all of two months old back then. Again, I was young (nine) during the last WGA strike in 1988, but I have this feeling that UK networks weren’t quite so exposed as they are currently. Though if it causes Sky One to have troubles after spending so much money to poach Prison Break, I will enjoy a hearty laugh.
Hurrah for Jon Stewart, as ever.
(Also, I love the idea of John Oliver as union rabble-rouser.
I want Scargill-inspired shorts when you come back!)
And all this for eight cents…
Nov 4, 2007 · 1 minute read
It says that it includes green tea. Which means that the bright spark that came up with Coke Blãk must still be with the company. They’ve obviously got good blackmail material on the CEO.
Diet Coke Plus (antioxidant) is a mixture of normal Diet Coke, green tea, and 175% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin C (if you manage to finish an entire bottle). It’s healthy! Much better than pesky orange juice!
I know what you’re wondering - how does it taste? Hrm. Bizarrely, it seems to taste like carbonated flat cola, if such a thing could exist. That might be the tea taking the edge of the usual flavour, I guess. On the bright side, it didn’t make me want to go down to Atlanta with a shotgun like the Coke Blãk experience…
(some time later)
But there’s still enough of an unpleasant aftertaste to make finishing a full bottle a chore. But I managed two-thirds! That has to count for something! At least I’ve had a lot of vitamin C!
Nov 1, 2007 · 1 minute read
Aside from that, though, everything else is lovely so far…
Oct 30, 2007 · 2 minute read
NBC U wanted to explore higher pricing for hit shows such as "Heroes" by raising the price from Apple's standard $1.99 to $2.99 on an experimental basis. "We wanted to take one show, it didn't matter which one it was, and experiment and sell it for $2.99," he said. "We made that offer for months and they said no."
Apple wouldn’t let us fleece the customers! Waaaah! Waaaah!
In lieu of more flexibility on pricing, NBC U sought a cut of Apple’s hardware sales.“Apple sold millions of dollars worth of hardware off the back of our content, and made a lot of money,” Zucker said. “They did not want to share in what they were making off the hardware or allow us to adjust pricing.”
And when we’re done, JVC, Panasonic, LG, we’re coming for you! We’ve heard about these ‘VCR’ machines! We want our share!
Zucker took on a wide range of questions from Auletta and the audience, including whether NBC U would be spun off from GE and what he thinks of the newly launched Fox Business Network.
Hi, I’m Jeff Zucker. I took NBC from ruling all in its path to turning into a laughing stock! And I can still screw up the Leno/O’Brien deal! Just watch me!
Oct 29, 2007 · 1 minute read
The Young Ones: Complete Series One & Two. Contains Subterranean Homesick Alien for the first time since 1992.
This has been your SOTCAA post of the week.
Oct 27, 2007 · 1 minute read
I am about to buy a French Euro pop album.
I need help.
I am saying to myself that I’m supporting iTunes Plus by getting it.
This is a flimsy excuse.
I expect to regret this in the morning.
Oct 27, 2007 · 1 minute read