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What is “quality TV?”

As we inch closer to the end of Breaking Bad… there’s some argument as to what real “quality TV” is. Breaking Bad is arguably the best-produced, most meticulous show of the 2010s so far, but it’s not the only…



Why a phablet?

For a generation raised on ever-smaller devices, the “phablet” craze doesn’t make any sense. Didn’t we leave gigantic cell phones behind in the 1980s? Younger folks are snapping up these half phone, half tablet devices in…



Another take on a la carte programming

A la carte programming. Everyone wants to pay for just what they watch. We’ve shown you before how that could end up costing you more, and how it’s not likely to happen as long as cable companies and content…





EDITORIAL: Copyright law is out of control

You know that song? You know, the one people sing when it’s someone’s birthday? I’d sing it to you now but it turns out it’s copyrighted. That’s why the people at The Olive Garden mumble something…


The nightmare scenario of streaming TV

No live video, anywhere. It could happen. Here’s the recipe for Armageddon: First, local broadcasters start to fall when the networks stop being able to deliver full-time programming. Honestly we’re halfway into this. NBC’s well-publicized fall will be just…



Is it worth looking for a brand name?

Before 1975 or so, most people didn’t know what “generic” meant. All of a sudden, though, there was a feeling that you could “stick it to the man” by getting the same quality goods in a…