December 6, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. has heavily marketed its video-on-demand service over the years, and its subscribers have responded with 30 billion downloads since its inception in 2003. The problem: Comcast, a pioneer in the platform, and broadcast-TV companies have little revenue to show for it. CBS Corp. research head David Poltrack now says video-on-demand's day may be here, and it could be a new form of television. "This is beginning to represent a very, very large marketplace," Poltrack, chief research officer at the nation's No. 1 TV network, said in an interview Wednesday.
November 27, 2013 |
LAST YEAR, 6ABC weatherman Adam Joseph overextended himself a bit. After running around all morning as master of the Fan Cam at the 93rd annual 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, he went home and cooked a full dinner for his entire family. At least he didn't have to do the dishes. Joseph made it clear to me that he despises dishes. This year, Joseph is keeping it low-key post-parade, opting instead to dine at someone else's house, although he'll have his signature dessert, a play on an old recipe that he's deemed Adam's Apple Delight (check out the recipe if you're in need of a last-minute turkey day treat)
November 15, 2013 |
6ABC's Rick Williams takes off his anchor hat for the weekend to star in the Moorestown Theater's take on "Thoroughly Modern Millie," about a small-town girl who travels to NYC to marry rich. The whole ordeal is flapper-fringed, and even includes a bit about white slavery in China (it all works, I promise). Williams performs regularly with the Moorestown Theater Company, previously calling it a good excuse to spend time with his family. Williams will play Trevor Graydon III, the wealthy head of the titular character's company, whom Millie tries to woo. Performances run this weekend and next at the Moorestown Upper Elementary School (325 Borton Landing Road)
November 14, 2013 |
E RIN O'HEARN fans, get excited. The former 6ABC personality is back in rotation for the time being. "Erin O'Hearn is committed to being a mom first, but truly enjoys spending time with her Action News family as well," a 6ABC spokesman told me. "She will be contributing to 6ABC on a part-time basis in the weeks to come. " O'Hearn officially returned Monday night to Action News at 5 p.m. O'Hearn took a leave from the station to focus on her family in 2010 and was back to fill in for Nydia Han when she went on maternity leave last year.
September 6, 2013 |
PHILLY has a swimmer in ABC's "Shark Tank. " Lori Greiner, an inventor and businesswoman who relishes her role as the "warm-blooded shark" on the show's panel of potential investors, is from Chicago but keeps a condo in Center City to be close to QVC, the West Chester-based shopping channel where she's been selling her products for 16 years. "Shark Tank" returns for a fifth season at 9 p.m. Sept. 20, but starting at 8 p.m. Sunday would-be entrepreneurs can wade into "Shark Tank Week," a six-night event featuring past episodes chosen by the "sharks" themselves.
August 20, 2013 |
6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli had some excellent news of her own to report last Friday. She and hubby Matthew Pantaleno are expecting their first child. Vitarelli, co-anchor of Action News at 4, surprised a shocked Brian Taff during the newscast with the sonogram picture. Villanova grad Vitarelli has been married to Pantaleno since 2007. She's been with 6ABC since 2010. Jim joins NBC Veteran newsman Jim Rosenfield will join NBC10's weeknight anchor desk with Renee Chenault-Fattah , Vai Sikahema and Jacqueline London starting Sept.
July 28, 2013 |
Jenny McCarthy is not necessarily a bad person. Yet when Barbara Walters announced recently that the anti-vaccination advocate would become the newest cohost of ABC's daytime talk show The View , my scientific colleagues and I cringed. McCarthy's hiring and the reaction to the news were the talk of our vaccine research lab. My coworkers initially laughed at the absurdity of the announcement but eventually settled into a state of unease. Sherri Shepherd of The View had this to say about her new cohost: "Jenny McCarthy is fearless.
June 25, 2013 |
BURIED DEEP in the bowels of the 6ABC complex, at City Avenue and Monument Road, is a heavily guarded room that contains the mounted heads of the dozens (if not scores) of executives who, during the past 35 years, have come to Philadelphia determined to knock that station from its perch as the market's dominant provider of television news. OK, that isn't true. But the point is, even if it were, that wouldn't keep Anzio Williams from being the latest to challenge "Action News," whose decades-long death grip on the hearts, minds and eyeballs of local residents is unprecedented in the broadcasting industry.
June 21, 2013 |
Sam Katz believes Philadelphians need to know "who they are and how they got to where they are today" as they work to shape their city's future. Katz, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor three times, has spent the last 10 years documenting the city's history in a series of films under the heading Philadelphia: The Great Experiment . At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 6ABC will broadcast episode four, "The Fight: 1965-1978," chronicling some of the city's...
June 20, 2013 |
Every once in a while, a new fitness craze enters the scene that participants swear by. It was step aerobics in the '80s, kickboxing and spinning in the '90s, Zumba at the dawn of the new millennium, and now Bokwa. If you haven't heard of Bokwa yet, just wait - it's coming to a gym near you. Urging participants to "sweat the alphabet, dance the digits," the routine that is based on tracing letters, numbers, and shapes with your feet has devotees that span the decades - senior citizens, even 4-year-olds.