Jeff Zucker. Translated.

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!

currently playing: Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You

For Those Of You Who Need To Know (Edit News!)

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.

currently playing: Yelle – À cause des garçons (Album version)

Someone Connect This To St. Elsewhere!

Mighty Morphing Power Rangers in the Whoverse.

The Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis, or what happens when comic geeks watch too much TV.

currently playing: Radiohead – House Of Cards

Help Me.

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.

currently playing: Yelle – À cause des garçons (Album version)

Kent Shakespeare!

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KENT SHAKESPEARE!

currently playing: Radiohead – All I Need

Tomorrow: The Day The Mac Died

Do Classic Apps work on 10.5 (Leopard?)

No.

currently playing: Saturday Looks Good To Me – Meet Me By The Water

Keeping It Twee

The Royal We @ Madame Jojo's

It seems fairly pointless even trying to review The Royal We’s concert in London on Tuesday. Usually concert reviews revolve around “hey, check this band out!”/“my God, they’re rubbish. Avoid” or some sort of event (e.g. festivals, final concerts from major acts). But you can’t go and see The Royal We unless you hurry up to Glasgow next week for their album release party, as they’re about to split up. And they’re not really big or important enough to be labelled as an event. Also, I must say that I didn’t really enjoy myself too much.

(plus, they only played for twenty-five minutes, which, fair enough, it’s not like they have acres of material to wade through, but seeing as how I’d made the trip especially for the concert, it made the night a little hollow)

Instead, I present an edited selection of my notes from the evening. Edited to make me seem like less of a loser who hangs out at concerts on their own (and as you’ll see, it means the unedited version is even more morose).

Give me a piece of paper and I’l confess all my sins before the first band comes on.

Welcome to hipster central. I just want it to get started. I’m too awkward for the C86 revival. Too timid even for Sarah Records. The Field Mice would beat me up for lunch money while Action Painting look on.

The girls all look like they’ve stepped off the set of Billy Liar and the boys from a Wes Anderson film.

And All Stops And Starts. And Feedback Ahoy.

Did they really want to be here? Six of them cramming onto Madame Jojo’s small stage. Sound system distorting the high end making my eye bleed. That’s not right. The singer, Jihae Simmons is a cross between Bobin from Grange Hill and Robert Smith’s hair mixed in with an American accent. Swoon. (note to reader who would like to try their luck: affect an American accent and I’m basically yours. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Five, six songs? “This is our last song, and the last time we’ll ever play in London”. All done in 25 minutes. Back on the Underground. Piccadilly to Marylebone. Marylebone to Bicester North.

Hmm. That ends up being much more negative than I really meant. I mean, I’m still looking forward to getting the album in the next couple of weeks…

EDIT: My notes don’t mention it, but seriously, how ace is How He Wrote Elastica Man? Very.

currently playing: The Indelicates – Sixteen

An Unexpected Fashion Question!

Erm, does anybody know a high street clothing emporium that sells black turtle-necked jumpers?

lalalala

Moffat In Time

This picture fills me with far too much joy than is healthy for a perfectly-adjusted 28-year-old.

Heh.

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currently playing: Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts (Studio Version)

It's Tearing The Music World Apart!

Though I think the best response to Sasha Frere-Jones’s column is “The first example of ILM trolling in the mainstream media”. That and “Didn’t Simon Reynolds write this twenty years ago?”

currently playing: Electrelane – Between The Wolf And The Dog