Tuesday, March 15, 2011



A&E Television Networks seeks a creative Pro Tools Engineer for its Avid Post Production facility located in our LA office. The candidate will act as technical and creative collaborator with Marketing producers on a variety of projects; including audio recording, mixing and finishing for high-end broadcast promotion.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not restricted to the following:

  • Collaborate with Producers and Creative Directors to record, design, mix and finish audio for promotional campaigns and related projects.

  • Digitizing to and from videotape or importing/exporting Avid sequences and audio files to and from various network locations and system storage drives.

  • Ability to work in supervised or unsupervised environment

  • Shift work is mandatory

  • Must be available to work overtime and weekends as necessary

    Required Experience:

  • 5 years of creative Pro Tools editing and mixing in a commercial or broadcast facility.

  • Knowledge of Pro Tools HD and TDM Plug-Ins 

  • Knowledge of ICON D-Control Audio Board 

  • Experience with Pro Tools / Avid Satellite integration

  • Outstanding communication and customer service skills

  • Experience with deadline oriented short from promotion

  • Knowledge of related audio/video test equipment

  • Knowledge of Digital Betacam and HDCAM tape formats         

  • Audio Manager - Golf Channel - Orlando, FL

    NBCUniversal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake. 

    Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer and a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. Exclusive partnerships with the world's top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf's best news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel's digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, the number-one golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf

    Overview: Golf Channel's Audio Manager will be responsible for direct supervision of the post & studio audio staff. This responsibility will include: scheduling, performance management and development, critiquing individual projects and mentoring the staff. They will act as the senior post audio mixer for Golf Channel's original programming. The Audio Manager will also liaise with engineering relative to the audio facilities and will provide input regarding future technologies and workflows

    - Mix & Sweeten content for Golf Channel's Original Productions, News and Marketing departments
    - Daily supervision and scheduling of the post & studio audio staff
    - Interface with post production, production, promotions, & international on audio staff assignments
    - Critique the work of the post & studio audio staff, providing feedback and creative input while mentoring staff
    - Evaluate the creative and technical skill level of each audio technician, providing training and development as required
    - Maintain performance management system for the post & studio audio staff, including performance evaluations, individual goal setting and development plans
    - Perform periodic performance reviews to determine employee eligibility for, among other things, merit increases, bonuses and promotional and transfer opportunities
    - Interview, evaluate, hire, lay-off, promote and reward employees and/or applicants or effectively recommend such actions
    - Provide feedback, coaching and disciplinary action (up to and including termination or discharge of employment) to employees, or effectively recommend such actions, to help improve employee performance
    - Evaluate the Golf Channel post & studio audio facilities and serve as the audio liaison with engineering and operations management relative to technology needs and planning
    - Interface with Engineering regarding maintenance & equipment issues
    - Ensure adherence to Golf Channel's technical delivery specifications
    - Work with Engineering on improving file based work flow including file based archives 
    - Creation of SOP for Post Audio, Studio Audio, and localization for international tournaments and studio shows 

    Required Skills: 
    5+ years experience Managing Post, Studio, Remote Audio departments 
    - 12+ years experience as a Post Audio, Studio or Remote Mixer/A1 at a network level
    - 7 + years experience as an audio mixer with large format audio consoles
    - 5+ years experience mixing with Pro tools for Avid, video satellite is preferred
    - 5 years mixing 5.1, Dolby E experience is preferred
    - Extensive Avid experience, including Avid Interplay & Video Satellite is preferred
    - Intercom programming experience, Clear-Com is preferred
    - Exceptional Creative skills
    - Strong work ethic, positive attitude & leadership qualities with the ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities a must following Comcast Credo
    - Ability to work in fast paced, high pressure environment
    - Willing to work flexible hours including holidays, nights, and weekends
    - Punctual, regular and consistent attendance
    - Ability to travel for remote Broadcasts as required by supervisor. 
    - ScheduALL experience is preferred
    - College degree preferred
    - Punctual, regular and consistent attendance

    Comcast is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Comcast via e-mail, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from Comcast HR/Recruitment will be deemed the sole property of Comcast. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Comcast as a result of the referral or through other means

    Comcast is an EEO/AA/Drug Free Workplace

    Eventide Space Effects

    Space features 12 of Eventide’s signature reverb combination effects taken from the H8000FW and Eclipse V4 along with some startling new magic. These unique effects, previously available only in Eventide rack processors, are now available in a compact, roadworthy package. Never before has there been a more dazzling collection of reverb algorithms combined with delays, pitch shifting, tremolo, modulation, and special effects in such a compact and affordable package. Space will be available in February at an Eventide stompbox dealer near you.

    Tea Towel Drum $9.95


    Common - Resurrection

    "Resurrection" is the second single from rapper Common's 1994 album Resurrection. Its piano-led beat, produced by No I.D., contains samples from "The Signs Pt. II" by David Axelrod, "Dolphin Dance" by Ahmad Jamal, "Sorcerer of Isis" by Power of Zeus, "Ice" by Spirit and both "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" and "Help Is on the Way" by The Whatnauts. The song contains free-associative lyrics by Common and scratches by DJ Sinister that "blend harmoniously with the jazzy melody."[1] Nick Quested directed the "Resurrection" music video.

    News: Harmony Systems gbTouch 2

    Harmony Systems announced the availability of Delora gbTouch 2, an iPad application that functions as a remote controller for the Apple GarageBand Mac application program.

    gbTouch 2 adds control surface features, and the ability to change the look of the app with a preference setting.
    New Features & Benefits
    gbTouch 2 includes new features by gbTouch 1.0 users: track names and color-coded track type. Tracks now have individual volume faders that adjust and show each track's current volume setting. A "sound generator" edit panel has been added to tweak software instrument details, and all edit panels now show the corresponding track name.

    The look of the app can be changed to one of four styles from the iPad Settings application. Users can stick with a favorite or vary it frequently. gbTouch 2 is optimized for both landscape and portrait orientations in all theme styles.

    gbTouch also serves as a control surface for GarageBand. The individual track controls - record, mute, solo and volume - and transport buttons on gbTouch are designed to allow the songmaker to adjust and evaluate tracks before heading into the mixing session.

    gbTouch 2 requires the installation of gbLink 2.0, a small OSX application, on a Mac. gbLink provides the ability for gbTouch to communicate with GarageBand using a Wi-Fi network. gbLink is free and available for download at the Delora website,www.delora.com.

    Pricing & Availability
    gbTouch 2 is available for $7.99 on the App Store, and is a free upgrade for existing gbTouch 1.0 customers.

    FCS Mastering Compressor

    > 24 step Elma/Goldpoint controls on Threshold, Ratio and Gain
    > High quality conductive plastic pots on Attack and Release
    > Hand matching on critical components
    > 5dB GR meter range in 20 .25dB steps
    > 11.5dB makeup gain range in 24 .5dB steps
    > 1:1 through 4:1 ratio range in 24 steps
    > -8dB through +15dB threshold range in 24 1dB steps
    > Carnhill output transformers with full bypass
    > Precise HPF in sidechain
    > External sidechain inputs
    > Feedback mode
    > Continuously variable Attack and Release
    > Full "hardwire" bypass (passes audio through unpowered)
    > +25dBu maximum level

    >Price: $2,150.00 USD

    API 599 Channel Strip - I will buy this

    API has always made great mic pre's, EQs and compressors, so to have it all in one in this compact space  is a blessing

    Job Alert - Art Director - Ignited , El Segundo , California 90245

    Job Details

    While Ignited is an award-winning, mid-sized indie ad shop with some blue chip clients,
    there's still a frontier spirit friscalating in these hallways. A feeling that anything is possible.
    A constant curiosity to discover what's next. If you're up for some pioneering and can
    check off everything on our wish list below, you may be our dream ART DIRECTOR.

    What you'd be doing:
    • Concepting with a copywriter to create fresh solutions to clients' business challenges (a.k.a. advertising)
    • Art directing and designing for traditional, experiential and digital media
    • Presenting work with passion and professionalism, both internally and to clients
    • Creating Photoshop and InDesign files so tight, you could bounce a quarter off of those
    suckers (familiarity with Flash a plus, but no programming required)
    • Overseeing production to ensure mechanicals/final assets are up to snuff
    • Hiring and supervising vendors, such as photographers and animators
    • Staying current with the creative landscape and new technologies
    • Demonstrating enthusiasm for the work and always striving to top yourself

    Sound good? If so, please send us a link to your portfolio (hr@ignitedusa.com). We'd love to
    see your stuff. EOE.

    Link to job posting: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA9/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IGNITED&cws=1&rid=72

    Report: Japan Apple Store offers power, support, shelter

    As the tragedy and aftershocks of the Japanese earthquake still unfold, one Apple Store employee offers an account of how Apple is doing its part to help.
    On his personal blog, Web investor Kevin Rose posted an e-mail he received from a friend who works at an Apple Store in Japan. Rose’s friend, who wished to remain anonymous, explained how the store has been offering power strips and device charging cables to anyone who needed them. The store has stayed open late into the night teaching people how to check news on their devices or use the store’s free Wi-Fi to e-mail and FaceTime with loved ones.
    Apple told both its retail and corporate staff that they could sleep at Apple stores. After the initial earthquake hit on Friday, senior managers ran out to stock up on food and drinks to prepare their stores as emergency shelters. Employees have been able to stay overnight in the store and even bring family, with one business team member’s mother walking 3.5 hours to get there. When she arrived, store staff greeted her with the kind of standing ovation that Apple Stores use for big product launches.
    Apple corporate employees also told retail staff that, should they want to attempt to go home, Apple would cover the costs of food and transportation. Should employees find that they couldn’t make it home, Apple would also pay for a hotel.
    Of course, stories of businesses pitching in during times of crisis are nothing new. Sony, for example,announced that it has donated 300 million Japanese yen, set up a disaster relief fund that employees can donate into, and donated 30,000 radios for relief efforts. But anecdotes like this, from citizens on the ground, offer a sliver of a silver lining to what is an increasingly dark cloud.

    Murdered Singer Sam Cooke One Step Closer To Getting Biopic

    For a long time, Sam Cooke was a brilliant businessman and a beautiful voice. He recorded numerous top ten songs, started his own record label and was fast on his way to becoming a reasonably important cultural icon. Then he heard Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” and suddenly all of his success wasn’t enough. He couldn’t remain quiet about the trumped up arrests and the stifling inequality. If Bob Dylan could comment on the Civil Rights Struggle, so could he. The result was one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever recorded. Honest and haunting, “A Change Is Gonna Come” was voted as the twelfth greatest song of all-time by Rolling Stone, and it ultimately became the piece of music we most closely relate to the fight against inequality. Unfortunately, Cooke didn’t live to see it released. He was robbed of both his clothing and wallet by a prostitute. He ran to a hotel manager for help, who, fearful of a screaming naked black man, shot and severely beat him with a broomstick until he died. Chargers were never filed against her. 

    A few years back, Peter Guralnick published what many consider to be the formative biography on the singer Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke. Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais have since adapted it into a screenplay, and now, according to THR, ABKCO, the holder of most of Cooke’s master recordings, is actively looking to make the biopic happen. No director or stars have been signed, but the script does cover the musician’s entire life. Expect the result to be happy, sad, joyful and triumphant. 

    I’ve gone ahead and embedded Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” below. If you’re not at work, take a listen. It’s still just as beautiful nearly fifty years later… 

    JAM, the studio quality guitar input for iPad, iPhone and Mac

    JAM brings the legendary sound quality of Apogee to iPad™, iPhone® and Mac for just $99. Now guitarists can have a pocket-sized, plug in and play interface at an unprecedented price and experience ultimate tone with the guitar amps and effects in Apple’s GarageBand software or other compatible applications.

    Mike - Studio quality microphone for iPad, iPhone and Mac

    Meet Mike

    The portable studio revolution continues...

    Mike by Apogee is the most compact studio quality USB microphone available for iPad, iPhone and Mac. About the size of an iPhone, Mike makes it easy to capture your best take with incredible quality, anywhere your music takes you. Record any sound you can imagine, from vocals to vibraphones, acoustic to lap steel guitars, pianos to percussion and everything in between, and build a track right on your iPad with GarageBand. Mike is also the perfect companion to JAM, Apogee’s studio quality guitar input. Never before has the personal studio been so portable or so powerful. Join the recording revolution with Mike, JAM and GarageBand on iPad.

    Mike Highlights

    • PureDIGITAL technology delivers pristine sound quality
    • Designed to record vocals and acoustic musical instruments
    • Great for voice overs, interviews and podcast recordings
    • No configuration, just plug in and record
    • Easily adjust input levels without accessing software
    • Multicolor LED for status indication and input level monitoring
    • Made for GarageBand on iPad and Mac
    • Includes desktop stand and mic clip
    • Size: 4.5" tall

    Sir Elliot RT-1 Vintage Preamplifier

    The RT-1 is designed to offer tonal characteristics found in home audio preamplifiers designed decades ago. If you are frustrated with your music material sounding too translucent, Sir Elliot’s RT-1 may be able to remedy the problem.
    Main Features
    Nine audio inputs (AUX, 78 R.P.M, AM, FM, TAPE HEAD, 3 ¼ IPS, 7 ½ IPS, 15 IPS, 30 IPS) to choose from
    Selector, Loudness, Level, Bass, Midrange &, Treble Contours
    Fixed Delay
    Optimised for High Sample Rates
    CPU Consumption:
    44.1 kHz: 7%
    88.2 kHz: 14%
    96.0 kHz: 18%
    CPU Consumption is based on a single-core, 2.8 GHZ Pentium 4 Computer using Windows XP (Non-Service Pack) playing a wav file.
    If Sir Elliot’s RT-1 Vintage Preamplifier sounds pleasing to your ears, you are welcome to use it for as long as you like.

    ‘Sonic’ and ‘Street Fighter’ Titles Now on Sale, Proceeds Go To Japan Relief

    Two iOS game developers based in Japan are doing their bit to help out with the recent tragic events in their country by slashing the prices of some of their most popular iOS titles and donating 100% of the proceeds to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. Sega has reduced the price of all four of its Sonic titles, while Capcom has reduced the price of Street Fighter for a limited time:
    If you’ve been thinking about purchasing these games, there’s never been a better time to buy them, and they’re even more satisfying when you know your money is going towards such a great cause. And if you already own them, why not gift them to a friend?

    Google to refresh Blogger by Brennon Slattery

    In Google’s promotional video showcasing the improvements headed to Blogger over the course of 2011, the company asks: “Have You Looked at Blogger Lately?” Chances are the answer is “no.”
    Even though Blogger is one of the top 10 most-visited Web sites—leagues ahead of competitors WordPress, Tumblr, and the like—the Blogger interface has been mostly static over the platform’s 11-year history. The most significant update came last year when Google unveiled the Blogger Template Designer, but since then, the service has been quiet.
    Meanwhile, competing blogging platforms have matured with slick interfaces and intuitive mobile apps. Tumblr has made notable headway in this direction—the Tumblr iOS appis streamlined in such a way to allow for specific types of posts, such as photos, quotes, and links; and has a built-in content discovery system that makes Tumblr more of a social network than a blogging tool. It’s precisely this kind of eye candy and ease-of-use that Google hopes to emulate with its forthcoming updates.
    The new Blogger—which the company says will be updated “throughout 2011”— uses the Google Web Toolkit, a development toolkit for building and optimizing complex browser-based applications. It also sports a modern publishing dashboard and a more customizable template designer.
    What’s exciting for the socially networked is Google’s new content discovery feature. Depending on the blog you’re currently reading, Blogger finds topic keywords and feature them in a drop-down menu, allowing users to quickly hop between (or stumble upon, if you will) different Web sites posting similar material.
    With 400 million active readers and approximately 5000 novels worth of new words per day, Blogger’s update ought to reach a lot of readers and writers.

    Job Alert - Director of Creative Services - WCAX-TV, Burlington, Vermont 05401

    Job Details

    Director of Creative Services - WCAX is looking for an energetic, creative and detailed oriented person with managerial experience to lead our Creative Services team. WCAX is a family owned CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont.  We have won numerous awards, both nationally and locally for our news broadcasts and creative content.  Responsibilities will include: managing production of commercials for our local clients, promotional videos for our news department and other station entities, as well as building the department as it takes on more digital and new media projects. Please email cover letter and resumes to jobs@wcax.com.  No phone calls please.

    MySpace Still Pushing for Big Brand Ad Dollars Site is pressing ahead with a suite of innovative ad placements

    Despite actively searching for a buyer, MySpace has a message for the online ad market: It's still open for business.

    “We still have a sizable audience that is enormously valuable in the market [where] we still reach 40 million unique users—especially for anyone who wants to reach Generation Y with content,” said MySpace’s chief revenue officer Nada Stirratt. “We don’t care who owns us; we still have the biggest audience for this demo.”

    In fact, the News Corp.-owned social entertainment site—which has seen its stock fall sharply as Facebook’s has risen over the past several years—is pressing ahead with a suite of innovative ad placements. The site has looked to reinvent itself starting with an entertainment-focused design last fall and is now going after brand dollars by rolling out a trio of impactive ad placements. It's also creating a more robust platform for brand pages.

    “A lot of Web sites say they offer ‘roadblock’ ad opportunism, which really means two ads on one page,” said Stirratt. “We wanted to create a true site-wide roadblock.”

    As a result, MySpace has started offering a new ad treatment, which allows brands to buy every ad a user sees on a MySpace page as they scroll down. That's four to six ads in total. The sequence of those ads can be changed based on an individual user’s response.

    Additionally, MySpace has begun selling a push-down video ad, which expands to merge with two other ads on a page to form one large, nearly half-page ad unit that covers both the horizontal and vertical portions of a user’s screen.

    Lastly, the site has introduced a pre-roll video treatment, which has e-commerce and social sharing functionality built in.

    Besides ad placements, MySpace is overhauling its brand pages using a new patented technology platform called Foundry. According to Stirratt, MySpace took down nearly all of its brand communities and is in the process of replacing them with Foundry. Stirratt claims advertisers can put together a video-rich MySpace page in minutes—a process that in the past could have taken 30 hours.

    MySpace recently tested the Foundry platform with HP, using video content that features music artist Antwan "Big Boi" Patton of Outkast. HP saw its collection of MySpace friends soar from 132 to 1.4 million.

    Job Alert - Digital Group Content & Entertainment Director - HOT97.com, 1019RXP.com and 987KISSFM.com

    Emmis New York is seeking a Digital Group Content & Entertainment Director for our three unique and highly respected brands of HOT97.com, 1019RXP.com and 987KISSFM.com.
    The appropriate candidate should be a self motivated visionary with the track record and ability to build and evolve a division that we deem imperative to the future of our business.
    This leader of our digital content evolution must also be able to communicate and collaborate on vision, direction, organization, creativity, and strategy and intelligence continuity regarding the digital brands.
    You will oversee and organize priorities, staff and production work flow process of content of music, talent, promotions and production necessary to produce marketable and sellable digital executions/ metrics on behalf of the Emmis NY cluster defining a constant competitive advantage and value proposition.
    You will build a content aggregation strategy and determine what unique and exclusive content is best produced in house with limited resources.
    Beyond development and oversight of all on-line programming, design/video production and work flow processes; you will meet with programming, marketing and sales staff to brainstorm, plan and execute digital promotions and image campaigns, evaluate digital content/ programming available from distributors, syndicators, and independent producers, web partners to recommend acquisitions for aggregating content.
    You must bring experience in developing, coaching and motivating digital content staff, manage department budget, tools and resources effectively and analyze metrics regularly for continued improved results.
    Your background should include a track record in leadership, successfully building or growing a digitally focused business that enabled revenue results; significant digital content production experience and some radio or traditional media background is an asset.
    This role will require a strong, accountable yet collaborative individual who posses both business savvy and creative genes to deliver innovative modeling with talented staff and high caliber brands into real and viable digital destinations that are profitable. 


    • Bachelor's or Masters degree in Communications/ Journalism or related area and/or with five years or more related experience with an emphasis on fine arts/new media/digital/design.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead projects, work well with people, and
      foster and facilitate collaboration.
    • 5+ years of web & graphic marketing/productmanagement/project direction experience.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skill set.
    • Detail oriented and extremely organized, with proven ability to establish priorities and achieve results.
    • College degree or equivalent required.
    • Background in internet services (graphic design experience) and/or arts sector preferred.
    • Web-savvy and fluent in the discussion of web-based tools and broad understanding of the software development process required; additional knowledge of online advertising preferred.
    • Experience driving customer research.

    • Understanding of web statistics, web programming, and related aspects of web and video technologies.
    • Strong graphic design sensibility.
    • Understanding of HTML, Dreamweaver, PhotoShop, and related programming is a plus.
    • Strong writing/editorial and editing skills.

    Application Process:
    Please send resumes by March 18, 2011.
    If you are interested in this position and meet the requirements listed above, please submit your resume and information online at www.emmis.com.

    Phone calls will not be accepted.
    If applying on line is not possible, please fax your resume to:
    Patricia Robinson Fax: 212-206-3320
    You can also  mail it to:
    Emmis Communications, 395 Hudson Street- 7th Floor, New York, NY 10014.

    Emails can be sent to: probinson@emmisny.com.

    Emmis Communications -Emmis Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    Emmis Communications (NASDAQ: EMMS) is a diversified media corporation with award-winning radio broadcasting, and magazine publishing operations in markets across the country.
    Emmis is as well-known for its creative culture as for its operations. Our people are aggressive, knowledgeable and deeply committed to each of the communities in which we operate.

    Because employees are the key to our success, Emmis offers strong benefits and incentives, including
    health, dental and life insurance and a 401(k) contribution plan.

    For more information about Emmis, visit our website at www.emmis.com.

    Cable Nets Riled Up by Time Warner App Allows subs to stream video content to iPads

    TV rights holders this week have unleashed their legal eagles, warning Time Warner Cable that its new distribution scheme is for the birds.

    Network legal reps are issuing a flock of heated missives to the nation’s No. 2 cable operator, calling for an immediate halt to a new service that allows subscribers to stream video content to iPads and other tablet devices. Although Time Warner Cable introduced the free app just 24 hours, a number of cable network groups have already made it abundantly clear that they had not signed off on any such distribution arrangement.

    While the initial barrage consisted of warning shots––programmers dispatched carefully worded reminders that such distribution pathways are not authorized by existing affiliate agreements, but stopped short of threatening immediate legal action––this is the latest salvo in the long and bloody war between rights holders and operators. A similar barrage was leveled at Comcast after the cable giant demoed its new Xfinity TV app on Jan. 5.

    TWC is actually a bit late to the game, following on the heels of Comcast, Cablevision and DISH Network. The satellite-TV company introduced its iPad app on Dec. 1, 2010. 

    While TWC is concentrating on in-home tablet streaming––iPad users can only stream recorded content within spitting distance of their primary set-top box––content owners argue that the portable wrinkle is not explicitly sanctioned by existing carriage deals.

    “Distribution via any sort of third-party app is not addressed in our carriage deals with Time Warner Cable or any other operator,” said one affiliate chief. “There is going to be a messy dissection of what the rights are but our position is that [this sort of distribution] is not authorized by our affiliate agreements.”

    TWC CEO Glenn Britt has cautiously navigated the syntactic rapids, offering carefully worded assessments about the nature of the service. “Certainly all the business structures with the owners of copyrights are not fully in place, but you can begin to see a very exciting future for this set of industries and for the American consumer,” Britt said last August, after announcing plans to bow the iPad app. “There is great potential in all these devices ... But it’s also a complicated process.”

    During a demo of the iPad app, TWC vp of web services Jason Gaedtke let slip that the operator may be looking to extend the range of app beyond the front porch. “We’re enabling the direct experience between the user and the content they love,” Gaedtke said in a conversation with Britt and TWC chief technology officer Mike LaJoie. “If you’re on the road, on a train perhaps, maybe you can stream to that device, start watching an episode or a news program.” 

    The TWC app allows subs the option to stream content from as many as 32 cable networks on their iPads. Among the more popular channels on the menu are A&E, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, E!, MTV, Nickelodeon and USA Network.

    Although CNN is also on the roster, none of the Turner Broadcasting entertainment networks (TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies) are as yet available for streaming on the iPad. Earlier this year, Brain Roberts said Turner would be on board for his company’s iPad service. The Comcast CEO in January specifically mentioned that TNT’s The Closer will be available for viewing on iPads and Androids “hopefully very soon.”

    That Turner seems to have sat out the first round of its former corporate sibling’s mobile streaming initiative is a bit curious, given how vocal Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes has been about the promise of “TV Everywhere.” Speaking to investors last autumn, Bewkes said advertisers were particularly enthused about agnostic media, as the spot loads in the C3 window remain consistent, no matter the platform.

    Comcast and DISH Network have also been on the receiving end of written complaints from the networks, which argue that such streaming apps are not expressly covered by standing carriage agreements. In a December filing with the FCC, Discovery Communications said DISH Net was not granted permission to deliver its content via the tablet app. (On the other side of the table, it can be argued that tablet distribution within the home is covered by fair use.) 

    While no network affiliate/distribution execs would speak for attribution, a handful of programmers have acknowledged misgivings about the various tablet scenarios now in play. That said, one affiliate chief acknowledged that streaming to gizmos within a limited range of hearth and home may be “less of a threat” than the networks are letting on. “There’s the worry that you’re letting our content out the front door, and then there’s the reality that, right now anyway, none of the MSOs are going that far with it. So, yes: Our reaction is somewhat informed by our wanting to give ourselves a little more leverage down the road.”

    If nothing else, the tablet fracas may only serve to make the negotiation of new carriage deals even more contentious a process than it already is. “If it’s not the portability issue, there’s the ad-insertion issue,” the exec said. “There are a lot of things to be wary of when someone starts moving your stuff around.”