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04 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Television, 0 Comments

The Truth About Marika: Lie or Gesamtkunstwerk?


Frequently, cross-media projects are contrived proofs of concept rather than a truly entertaining and inspiring experience. But are there successful models?

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31 Jul 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Television, 0 Comments

Digital TV in shackles


Many hardware manufacturers willingly cave in to demands from the film industry rather than providing consumers with the best usability and compatibility of their products.

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01 Jan 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Reviews, Television, 0 Comments

Thomas Petzold: Gewalt in internationalen Fernsehnachrichten. Eine komparative Analyse medialer Gewaltpräsentation in Deutschland, Großbritannien und Russland (Rezension)


Das Buch zeigt die Grenzen von empirisch-inhaltsanalytischer Medienforschung auf. Der Aufwand ist sehr hoch, während zugleich die gewählte Stichprobe in mehreren Hinsichten bei weitem zu klein ist, um gültige Aussagen zu machen.

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14 Oct 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Television, 0 Comments

Clairvoyance and scandal at the 2008 German Television Awards Ceremony


The annual event, trying hard to bring some glamour to the somewhat bland German television scene, was recorded in order to be broadcast only one day later. But the organisers of the ceremony made, as it turned out, a huge mistake.

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05 Sep 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Reviews, Television, 0 Comments

Reshaping the American television market


Giving Gil Scott-Heron’s famous late 1960s song title a new twist, Amanda D. Lotz examines American television in the post-network era.

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13 Aug 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Television, 0 Comments

German mobile TV a non-starter


After an endless preparation phase and numerous unkept launch dates, German mobile TV is now being terminated before it even really started. This is hardly surprising, because the commercial players’ business optimism was neither matched by an appropriate regulatory environment, nor a clear notion as to what kind of content should be distributed.

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25 Jun 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Television, 0 Comments

Future user guidance in television and online video (2)


In the first part of this article, I summed up how television and online video audiences choose what to watch. In these concluding, remarks, I will cast a glance at how EPGs work today and what the future may have in stock for them.

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24 Jun 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Television, 0 Comments

Future user guidance in television and online video (1)


What we need is a diversity of impartial EPGs out of which consumers can choose freely and without technological difficulties, and a sensible combination of machine-generated automatic recommendations and human editorial input.

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14 Apr 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Television, 0 Comments

Barking up the wrong tree: Quality in commercial television


Early on, private TV seemed to hold a promise. Huge amounts of money flowing into it generated step-by-step more expensive and thus better-looking programmes. Observers got the impression that it was going to mature into a medium of real public value. But then came a shock.

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03 Apr 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Television, 0 Comments

Private Equity investors in German media


Ignoring the impact of private equity on media companies would turn a blind eye on the effects for the general economy and for society. A company that pays corporate income taxes, that creates jobs and that is not overwhelmed with debt is much more of a public asset than a business that goes to great lengths to make an operative profit which is, in fact, consumed by debt service.

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