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Tuning in to TV: CW cuts wait time to view shows online
Fans of CW shows such as “The Vampire Diaries” no longer have to wait three days after broadcast to watch them online. Now, the wait time will be, at most, eight hours before the CW streams full episodes on CWTV.com and its mobile apps.
Shows will stream with the same number of ads they had on TV.
According to the Associated Press, the move is designed to cut into the popularity of pirated streams.
The network, jointly owned by CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros., said 20 percent of online streams of its shows were unauthorized. Half of those were offered within three days of the original broadcast.
The shortened wait times have been available since last year to paying subscribers of Hulu Plus, which streams the shows with fewer ads.
Previously, the CW had kept its shows off the Internet for 75 hours to encourage people to watch on TV. That allowed the network to get more credit with Nielsen, which measures TV audience sizes. Nielsen ratings are crucial in determining how much advertisers pay for commercial spots.
Who gets wetter, someone walking in the rain or running? Is it really possible to hang from a cliff by your fingers until help arrives like they do in the movies? And is Superman the only one who is faster than a speeding bullet?
Those are questions the Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” has asked for years, and now, anybody who’s wondered how long it takes to put on a superhero outfit in a phone booth - don’t forget the cape - can answer them for themselves at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
“MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition,” opened Thursday, marking the first time the show has taken such questions on the road. The Chicago exhibition, which runs through Sept. 3, is the first of a planned national tour that will include stops at several other U.S. cities, the Associated Press reports.
“This has both the science and also a sense of humor, what we’ve been doing for a decade,” Adam Savage, one of the show’s hosts, said before the exhibition opened.
Just like on the show, the exhibit is a kind of scientific bait and switch. It starts with something visitors have seen in the movies or on TV or that they can recall from their own experiences, such as dishes crashing to the floor when the tablecloth is yanked.
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