Wednesday, September 25, 2019

SHOWBIZ SANDBOX #463: Why Is A TV Special Celebrating The Best In TV Such...BAD TV?

Are your ears ready? The latest Showbiz Sandbox podcast is up and running!

How is it that an awards show honoring the best and brightest talent and content on television always winds up being such a poor representation of the medium? We’re talking about the Emmy Awards, which were handed out this past weekend in a ceremony without a host. While it was nice to see a few new honorees take home trophies, the proceedings themselves were rather dull. We try and figure out why.
Meanwhile, in the music business Live Nation and Ticketmaster are once again being scrutinized by the Department of Justice for antitrust. It doesn’t help that the company’s latest attempt to thwart scalpers left some fans of the Black Keys holding worthless canceled tickets.
Speaking of music, Amazon is raising the bar for streaming services by offering a Hi-Def streaming tier with lossless audio. Even the notoriously fussy rocker Neil Young is hailing the move.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including how “Downton Abbey” spurred adults into cinemas, French courts claim you have the right to resell your legally purchased digital content and screenwriters take a big stand in their dispute with talent agencies.

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