Old TV Shows Will Get Fresh Format

The Library of Congress is working to convert many 1950s through 1970s TV shows to digital files.

According to The Washington Post, the preservation project is a major undertaking.  An hour of vintage programming could require almost a mile of videotape.  Every inch of that tape must be cleaned and inspected before attempting playback and conversion.

Without the conversion many shows are in danger of extinction, warns  Ken Weissman, supervisor of the film preservation laboratory at the Library of Congress Packard Campus.

Poll Shows TV is Top News Source in U.S.

A new Gallup poll says 55 percent of Americans turn to TV as their primary news source. The Internet claims 21 percent. Newspapers and radio trail far behind, at nine and six percent, respectively.  

While every age group most frequently cited TV news, older adults were more likely to prefer newspapers and young adults were more likely to prefer Internet sources.

TNT Presents Competition Series Doubleheader

Two new reality competition series debut tonight on TNT. At 7 p.m. CT, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosts “The Hero.” He tasks nine players with tests of physicality, mental agility and honesty to determine which of them deserves to be called the ultimate hero.

An hour later, “72 Hours” follows three teams of three strangers, armed with only a bottle of water and a GPS device, as they are dropped into challenging terrain and given three days to find a briefcase full of cash.

TNT is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Study: Mobile TV Viewers Stay Home

A new study conducted for the Council For Research Excellence suggests most mobile TV viewing is taking place in consumers’ homes.  Drama and comedy series, the study says, are the most-viewed programs on smartphones, tablets and other devices.   The most common reason cited for at-home watching on mobile devices? Convenience and multi-episode “binging.”

Three TV Fans Host Podcast

If friends and family can’t relate to your passion for all the fabulous fare TV has to offer, you may find the camaraderie you crave through TV Times Three podcasts

This week on episode 182, Jason (@theTVaholic), Carla Day (@CarlaDay) from TV Diehard (@TVDiehard) and Curt Wagner (@ShowPatrol) of ShowPatrolTV.com talk about the 2013 summer TV season and recent episodes of their favorite series.

Critic Prefers Reality Shows for Family Viewing

When it comes to prime time viewing with the kids, Time TV critic James Poniewozik finds himself tuning in mostly to reality shows.  While admitting unscripted programs vary greatly in quality — as do their scripted counterparts — Poniewozik defends the reality genre in his column, “Why Reality TV Is the New Family TV.”

Today’s Sound Bars are Cheaper, More Powerful

The days of cumbersome multi-speaker home theaters may be numbered, thanks to soundbars. A soundbar is a slender collection of speakers in a single housing that connects directly to the TV. Soundbars have been around for a while, but recent offerings are cheaper, more powerful and can connect to mobile devices for streaming music.  USA Today explains.

The Soundbar Review Center offers additional purchasing advice.

‘Office’ Gang Says Farewell Tonight

 

Tonight on NBC, long-running hit comedy “The Office” says goodbye with a two-hour finale.  The curtain call begins at 7 p.m. (CT) with a one-hour retrospective, followed by the closing episode. Tissue alert: John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson and others offer tears and thanks in this farewell video.