Game Over for WCBD?
Sports fans may be going elsewhere for their nightly sports highlights. WCBD, Charleston’s NBC affiliate, will no longer do a separate segment for weekday sportscasts. Instead, the station will incorporate sports stories throughout the newscast. “Viewers are not watching TV the same way they used to,” says Dan Fabrizio, WCBD’s news director. “They are consuming news differently.” Meaning, online. WCBD will try to take its online sports coverage beyond stats and scores. “There will be a lot more sports journalism as opposed to ‘Here’s another dunk from LeBron James,'” Fabrizio says. —Myles Hutto
New movie theater
The Greater Park Circle Film Society is due to open the doors of its Olde Village Talking Picture House in December. The North Charleston-area theater will focus on independent films, documentaries, and shorts not well-covered in mainstream commercial theaters. Founded by Nicholai Burton, Richard Campbell, Jim Sears, and Bob Williamson, the Society offers membership to anyone interested in media arts. While funding is generated by member dues, ticket sales, and the sale of beer, wine, and food, the GPCFS is seeking support through sponsorship and grants. —Myles Hutto
‘Exergaming’ in S.C.
According to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 97 percent of American youths play video games. South Carolina ranks as the fifth fattest state in the country. The two stats are unrelated but that may soon change. There’s currently a growing trend among video game makers to use games to get people off the couch. The movement, called “exergaming,” is exemplified by Nintendo’s new Wii Fit. The concept has major potential for getting an innovation-crazed generation motivated, or merely tricking them into getting fit. —Myles Hutto
Death of the DVR?
Cable operators are pushing to make Digital Video Recorders obsolete, the AP reports. Cablevision Systems, Time Warner, Comcast, and Charter serve 70 percent of cable subscribers, and are planning a system that allows you to store television shows et al. on servers instead of on a DVR. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York recently ruled that the new technology was lawful. The move away from DVRs would likely not affect cable pricing but would save Cablevision alone more than $700 million. —Myles Hutto
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