Adults Still Like Viewing on TV, in Real Time

Relaxed couple with popcorn and remote control, drinking and watA recent BroadStream Solutions study suggests U.S. adult TV watchers prefer their favorite shows the old-fashioned way.  A full 84 percent of those polled say they still like tuning in at a program’s scheduled broadcasting time over watching time-shifted programming. Similarly, 85 percent chose their television sets as the preferred mode of viewing over tablets, phones, desktops and laptops.  Read more about the study results at TVNewsCheck.

Tonight: Last Call for HIMYM Cast

The final episode of long-running CBS comedy series “How I Met Your Mother” airs tonight, 7 p.m. CT, after a nine-year run that consistently averaged nine million-plus viewers per episode.

“The entire original main cast has remained with the show for the whole run, the only change being the addition of [The Mother, Cristin] Milioti for season nine,” noted the New York Daily News. “That doesn’t happen on television.”

“HIMYM” co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are currently working on their next show. While the cast and characters will be completely new, the theme will be similar, as is the title, “How I Met Your Dad.”

C-SPAN Celebrates 35 Years with Great Moments Videos

To celebrate its 35th birthday this week, C-SPAN has compiled a video list of the network’s 35 greatest moments. The collection features one event from each year C-SPAN has been on the air, live and commercial-free.

C-SPAN, created by the cable television industry to provide public access to the political process without editing, commentary or analysis, is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

‘TV Boss’ Helps Manage Kids’ Viewing

With the change of seasons approaching, it’s a good time to spring into action by talking to kids about appropriate TV viewing and activating or updating parental control settings.

The TV Boss offers resources that help take the mystery out of setting parental controls and interpreting the TV rating system. The site even offers tips for helping parents and caregivers create a healthy, balanced family TV-viewing plan.

Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’ Gig Starts Tonight

Tonight, longtime “Saturday Night Live” writer and Weekend Update host Seth Myers will begin his new role as host of NBC’s “Late Night.”

New York Times’ media reporter Bill Carter spoke with Meyers about joining the ranks of former “Late Night” hosts, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon.

Country Music Special Will Salute Troops

Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry are the first performers announced for an upcoming Academy of Country Music special to honor those serving in the U.S. armed forces.

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops” will be taped April 7, the night after the AMC Awards. Tickets to the Las Vegas taping are available through Ticketmaster outlets. Proceeds will benefit ACM’s charitable foundation, ACM Lifting Lives.

The special will air May 20 on CBS, 8 p.m. CT.

Seasonal ‘Sun Outages’ May Affect TV Viewing

Twice a year, during the spring and fall, TV watchers may experience some degree of interference on some channels due to a phenomenon known as “sun outages.” The following Q&A will help you understand what they are and how they could affect you.

What is a sun outage?

A sun outage is an interruption in TV signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication signal and the sun’s radiation overwhelms it.

How does this affect watching TV?

During this time, people with cable or satellite TV service may experience interference on some channels that can affect picture quality and sound. The picture, for instance, may pixilate slightly, or clicking sounds may be heard. In some cases, picture or sound may completely drop for a few minutes.

Sun outages do not affect Internet or phone service.

How long does the interference last?

Such interference can last up to several minutes a day.

When will this interference happen?

This spring, sun outages may affect some channels – though only intermittently and generally for only a few minutes at a time – between roughly Feb. 22 and March 15. Typically, the effects, if visible, will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT.

What should you do?

If you experience picture or sound interference during these times, please be patient. Your service should return to normal after a short while.

New TV? Keep the Box

After purchasing a television, TV Prediction’s TV Answer Man recommends holding on to the packaging. But for how long?

The odds are good any defects will reveal themselves within 30 days, says TV Answer Man, so this is a good minimum time period to keep the original packaging for the purpose of returning the TV to a brick-and-mortar store, or shipping it back to an online retailer.

If space permits, however, keeping the box longer will prove beneficial if the set must later be shipped to the manufacturer for in-warranty repairs. It also will come in handy if you sell or move the set.

If this advice is coming too late or space is limited, specialty boxes can be purchased for moving or shipping TVs.

‘Rudolph’ TV Special Creator Dies

Arthur Rankin Jr., creator of the iconic stop-motion animated specials “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” died last Thursday. He was 89.

Also among Rankin’s holiday special credits were “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” and “The Little Drummer Boy Book II.”

Today’s New York Times takes a look at Arthur Rankin’s prolific and star-studded career.

Expert Explains TV Binging Phenomenon

The Daily Beast asked a cultural anthropologist to explain why, in an age when society has “the attention span of a house fly sipping Red Bull in a room lit by a strobe light while dubstep plays,” we are compelled to sit for hours watching back-to-back espisodes of our favorite TV series.

The answer in part, he says, may simply be that TV programming has gotten so much better. Check out his other theories in “Why We Binge-Watch Television.”