March 4, 2015 |
PEOPLE still yack about what a good pitchman Steve Jobs was for Apple. But when it comes to serving the sizzle as well as the steak in consumer-tech presentations, nobody's ever gonna match Joe Clayton, a 40-year industry exec finally cashing in his chips at age 65, "so I have time to take my new grandson hunting and fishing. " Damn, I'm gonna miss this guy. A few weeks ago, this outgoing president/CEO of Dish Network stole the spotlight at the giant CES electronics show in Las Vegas with a news conference entrance like we'd never seen before.
February 6, 2015 |
The Philly pizza wheel keeps turning as a new oven fires up seemingly each week. But not all the best new pies are round. Gene Giuffi, abandoning the food-cost headaches of his meat-centric Blue Belly BBQ, has decided to go for dough and return to his native Bensonhurst roots with Square Pie. Brooklyn's L&B Spumoni Gardens is the inspiration for Giuffi's deep-dish creations at this tiny corner nook. And while the inch-thick squares are the hearty antithesis of those popular paper-thin Neapolitans, Giuffi's dough is full of handcrafted character.
February 4, 2015 |
NOBODY does disruptive TV tech like Dish, razzing pay-TV rivals with stunts - the "all commercials" Super Bowl playback option, or cutting-edge Sling TV - that challenge the status quo to attract viewers. AutoHop This : Last-yard touchdown steals and Katy Perry roars aside, the post-Super Bowl buzz yesterday was just as loud for the commercials. If you're a Dish customer who missed that Fiat on Viagra or Jeff Bridges' "Om" spots, click the "AutoHop" option on a Dish Hopper satellite TV receiver to see what all the fuss is about.
January 18, 2015 |
"Remembering"? After the Whitney Houston biopic Whitney airs Saturday night on Lifetime, Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney , will air, allowing Brown, with the exquisite sense of timing that has made him a household name, to dump more garbage on the memory of his onetime wife. "There was infidelity in the marriage, yes, on both parts," he says. "Both of us cheated on each other - period. So that's hard to swallow for both of us. " Theirs was one of the most celebrated, and longest-running, troubled marriages in pop history, from 1992 to 2007.
January 8, 2015 |
Analysts say the new $20-a-month Dish Network streaming service is surprisingly robust with live sports - with ESPN and ESPN2, in addition to TNT and TBS - and is targeted at young adults and cost-conscious consumers. But it's not a slam dunk in taking millions of customers away from providers such as Comcast Corp. Comcast itself has experimented with new services aimed primarily at millennials, who have been reluctant to subscribe to traditional TV services. "Everyone is trying new bundles to attract a variety of customer segments.
December 8, 2014 |
Dish Network subscribers again have access to programming such as the Late Show with David Letterman, as Dish and CBS announced an agreement Saturday that will restore access to CBS3 (KYW-TV). Dish Network Corp. and CBS Corp. said they would not disclose financial terms of the multiyear deal for Dish to carry CBS-owned stations, CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel, TVGN, and Showtime Networks. The Philadelphia-area CBS affiliate was one of more than two dozen stations across the country blacked out Friday during an impasse over the CBS Sports Network, Dish said in a statement Friday night.
December 4, 2014 |
SOUTH PHILLY'S own "Mob Wives" star, Natalie Guercio , will bring her "real-deal Italian life" back to VH1 at 9 tonight with the premiere of the fifth season. "Some people that shall remain nameless don't take [the Italian life] too seriously on the show and beyond," Guercio told me. "It's breeding and how you're brought up. " Renee Graziano, perhaps? Either way, viewers will be getting more of that "real-deal lifestyle" this season. Guercio says that this season focuses more on her personal life, including boyfriend London and son Nunzio , and work life at the Carto Funeral Home (2212-14 S. Broad St.)
November 26, 2014 |
Unrelated TV news In "The Mistress," an intervention show debuting Jan. 21 on the new Discovery Life Channel (changing Jan. 15 from Discovery Fit & Health, a channel we didn't even know existed), Sarah J. Symonds , author and self-proclaimed former mistress of Chef Gordon Ramsay and Lord Jeffrey Archer , dishes out tough love to mistresses ready to finally escape the trap of extramarital affairs. "Infidelity is like the distant rumble of thunder in any relationship," said Symonds.
November 26, 2014 |
Dish Network, the nation's third-largest pay-TV company, may drop NBCUniversal's regional sports networks in the Chicago, Washington, Sacramento, and San Francisco areas on Dec. 1. The plan seems to be part of a strategy to slim down the bundle of cable channels offered to its TV subscribers, to control price increases. Dish axed the Boston-area regional sports network in August. Comcast Corp. owns NBCUniversal and the Comcast-branded regional sports networks. Regional sports networks can be the second-most-expensive networks in a cable bundle - exceeded only by ESPN - because of the billions of dollars the networks have committed in recent years to acquiring TV rights for professional sports.
September 19, 2014 |
Back-to-school energy pervades September - even decades past graduation. For Jews around the world, this sense is heightened by the overlapping of the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah, literally "head of the year," celebrates ending and beginning again. As part of the annual High Holiday rituals of taking stock, making amends, and looking forward there are opportunities for feasting and fasting, and always there are wishes for a "sweet new year. " That translates at the table to a widespread tradition of eating apples and honey, and other treats at the holiday table.