• Not A DONE Deal: NBC Agrees To Sell Women.com, Backs Away, Gets Sued

    DONE! Ventures, a Manhattan Beach, California-based Internet marketing and publishing firm, is slapping NBC Universal with a lawsuit after a domain name sales deal went awry. DONE! CEO Ben Padnos claims NBC Universal accepted an offer to sell the domain names Women.com and Women.net for $1 million, only to have President & CEO Jeff Zucker overrule and block the transaction after the… Read More

  • Foursquare Warns Its Competitors: "We're Running Like A Well-Oiled Machine"

    Foursquare Warns Its Competitors: "We're Running Like A Well-Oiled Machine"

    “This summer is going to be dangerous for anyone else in this space!” That’s what Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley had to say when I spoke to him earlier about the service. Crowley is known for being outspoken. But he’s usually not that outspoken. But maybe he has reason to be. I reached out to Crowley to ask him about NBC promoting Foursquare today. As you may… Read More

  • NBC Chooses The Filter Startup For Video Recommendation Platform

    Fresh from inking a deal with Dailymotion, one of the world’s largest video sites, The Filter, a startup with a white label discovery engine for digital entertainment, has a new commercial partnership with NBC.com to power the short-form video recommendations for its broadcast network website. The Filter’s technology will bubble up relevant video from NBC’s catalog… Read More

  • Our Multimedia Olympics Obsession

    It was no surprise that the Olympics was a ratings blockbuster for NBC. The network’s ratings more than doubled during February Sweeps, up 105% from last year, according to Nielsen and RBC Capital Markets research. The interesting footnote, however, is GE’s cross-platform success on the Web and mobile. According to RBC Capital Market’s latest report, “Media and… Read More

  • Nobody wants the NBCU-Comcast merger to go down

    Looks like nobody in the TV industry wants the NBCU-Comcast merger to go down. And who could blame them! ABC, CBS, and Fox affiliates are afraid that, if the merger goes down, it’ll cause the clouds to darken and the streets to run red with the blood of something or other. Basically, they’re scared that the merger will put the in a very bad position indeed. Read More

  • uTest Finds 908 Bugs In Web And Mobile Apps Of Major U.S. TV Networks

    Software testing marketplace uTest today announced the results of its so-called “TV Networks Bug Battle” competition. More than 500 software professionals from 30 countries around the world participated in the quarterly competition, reporting a total of 908 technical, functional and GUI bugs in the web and mobile apps of NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC. Testers were challenged to search… Read More

  • NBC pulls anti-Jay Leno forum thread after everyone already had their fun

    Well, it was fun for a whole lot of people while it latest, but the “Here’s what I wanna show Jay Leno” thread is gone forever. NBC no doubt pulled it after the pro-Conan shenanigans got out of hand and attracted the attention of Internet media. You’re just no fun at all, NBC. Read More

  • NBC, it's probably too soon to ask the Internet to post things for Jay Leno to see

    NBC clearly doesn’t get it. Don’t invite the Internet to “post photos, ideas, links, and other things” they want to show to Jay Leno after canning Conan. This is what happens. Read More

  • How We Hate NBC's Olympics Coverage: A Statistical Breakdown

    How We Hate NBC's Olympics Coverage: A Statistical Breakdown

    The coverage of the Winter Olympics on NBC has been painful to watch. In addition to the tape delays which ruined the outcomes for anyone paying attention to any other news, sports or social media outlet other than NBC, there are a lot of other complaints. In between the hard-hitting reports of polar bears in the Canadian North and life among the lumberjacks, NBC did manage to squeeze in… Read More

  • The People Of Twitter Think NBC's Olympics Coverage Sucks

    NBC is driving people on the Internet crazy by tape-delaying coverage of the Olympics until primetime. Okay, maybe it’s only driving Henry Blodget crazy, and everyone on Twitter. Well, not everyone on Twitter—68 percent, according to a recent reading I took on Twitter Sentiment. Roughly two thirds of Tweets about the NBC Olympics are negative. Some examples of the venting… Read More

  • A Guide To Following The 2010 Winter Olympics Online

    The 2010 Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver tonight, and for those of you who can’t be tied to your TV every night to watch the opening and closing ceremonies and competitions, here’s a compilation of sites where you can not only watch video highlights of the events but also see pictures, scores, medal counts and news from the Olympics: Read More

  • Don't forget to watch Conan tonight

    This is it. Tonight’s edition of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien will be the last one starring Coco. Come March 1, Mr. Bland himself, Jay Leno, re-takes the show, placating NBC’s affiliates and his elderly fans. We’re all Team Conan here, till the bitter end, so you’d better not miss it tonight. Watch it live, DVR it, watch it on Hulu, grab it off some… Read More

  • Conan O'Brien, NBC reach deal: Conan leaves Tonight Show with $45 million, can start a new show later this year

    Game over, friends. NBC just released a statement saying it had reached a deal with Conan O’Brien that sees him bumped off The Tonight Show and bumped into a large sack of money worth $45 million. Of that $45 million, Conan will keep $33 million, the rest of which will go to his 200+ person staff as severance. Conan’s free to start a new show as of September, 2010. Oh, and Leno… Read More

  • Conan O'Brien, do you want to be a CrunchGear intern for a little while?

    All of us here at CrunchGear are fairly angry at the way NBC has treated you, Conan. So here’s our offer: if you and the peacock decide to part company (and you really ought to, provided the network takes care of your staff and everyone else who moved from New York to Los Angeles, and provided you walk away with some fat cash), we’d like to offer you an internship. That’s… Read More

  • Conan O'Brien puts his Tonight Show set on craigslist

    We forgot to mention this, but if you want to buy Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show set make your way to Craigslist. Conan is asking for your best offer, or Coldplay tickets if you’re willing to trade. Boo, NBC! Read More

  • Done Deal: Comcast Takes Over NBC Universal

    Comcast and General Electric announced early this morning that they agreed to form a joint venture that will be 51 percent owned by Comcast and 49 percent by GE. The joint venture, which will consist of the NBC Universal businesses and Comcast’s cable networks, regional sports networks and more, will be managed by the newly formed Comcast Entertainment Group (CEG). GE will contribute to… Read More

  • NBC Prepares For The Winter Olympics With Silverlight, HD Video, And Facebook Connect

    NBC is gearing up for the 2010 Winter Olympics with some changes to its mainstay site, NBCOlympics.com, scheduled to go live tomorrow. (See screenshots below). Once again, just as it did with the 2008 Summer Olympics, NBC will be using a video player based on Microsoft Silverlight technology to offer full HD videos. Except this time, the video player will have DVR-like functionality, with… Read More

  • Video hilarity: Windows 7 launched on a MacBook Pro on NBC's The Today Show

    Oh, dear. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was on The Today Show (international viewers: The Today Show is a morning news and entertainment program that airs on NBC, a big TV network here) to unveil Windows 7. Call me crazy, but isn’t that a first-gen MacBook Pro in the background? Good job, NBC! Read More

  • The Today Show Jumps On Mommy Blogger Bandwagon With TodayMoms

    As Mommy bloggers steadily grow in ranks, the segment is beginning to wield more influence in both the blogosphere and on the web as a whole. And it looks like NBC is waking up to the potential power of this audience. The media company is launching a web-based offshoot of the Today Show, called TODAYMoms.com. Unsurprisingly, the site is currently sponsored by Walmart. The site will offer… Read More

  • CBSNews.com Goes From Cluttered With Information To Cluttered With Pictures

    CBSNews.com is undergoing a major overhaul and redesign of its sites to make them easier to navigate, more visually compelling, faster and more focused on driving users to content. The new home page features a rotating list of top stories on the left, next to the list of the latest and most important headlines. CBS News programs, as well as the latest videos, photo galleries and blogs, are… Read More