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Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: tvmitch on December 08, 2004, 12:28:32 PM
Got my copy of Broadcasting & Cable/B&C today, and on the cover is a GSN logo with one of those buzzer toys that were apparently sent out as freebies awhile back (if anyone has one sitting around, I want it badly and will pay you in shows or cash)...inside, there's an 8-page tribute to the network.

Not a mention of classic games. Not that I saw, at least.

The article mentions direct from an exec that GSN plans to go 24-hour interactive in 1Q 2005, quoting "168 hours of interactive television a week."

So this could mean any of or a combination of the following:

-no more infomercials ("And now, the scores for Let's Play Ron Popeil Rotisserie! Play online!")
-less traditional games on the schedule?

And I thought I had more reasons, but I don't.

If you have access to B&C and can pick one up, it's worth a look. (And remember my buzzer offer!)
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: CaseyAbell on December 08, 2004, 12:50:08 PM
That's a joke about no more infomercials, right? As for interactive whizbangery meaning fewer traditional game shows, why? Lots of 'em are already interactive, and GSN is really pushing this Sunday's "You Win Live" with three of the most traditional shows you could want.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: Dbacksfan12 on December 08, 2004, 01:09:56 PM
[quote name=\'CaseyAbell\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 12:50 PM\']That's a joke about no more infomercials, right?[/quote]
A basic mathmatician could tell you there's 168 hours in a week. Hence, no infomercials. Unless they plan to launch: POPEIL! The All New Rotisserie Your Meat!

Please don't bring up your stats and "traditionalist" views again.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: dzinkin on December 08, 2004, 01:33:12 PM
[quote name=\'Dsmith\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 01:09 PM\'][quote name=\'CaseyAbell\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 12:50 PM\']That's a joke about no more infomercials, right?[/quote]
A basic mathmatician could tell you there's 168 hours in a week. Hence, no infomercials. Unless they plan to launch: POPEIL! The All New Rotisserie Your Meat!
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I do NOT want to know what Popeil is doing with his meat.  Or what Casey's doing with his, for that matter. :-)

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Please don't bring up your stats and "traditionalist" views again.
Please don't look for a fight where there isn't one.  (That advice applies to others as well.)
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: CaseyAbell on December 08, 2004, 01:40:32 PM
No stats - gee, there really are 168 hours in a week? Some meat - I won't specify further. Many GSN infomercials and don't expect them to go away - this network just recently inched into profitability.

By the way, it's nice to see WBSM in this Sunday's stunt.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: aaron sica on December 08, 2004, 03:15:43 PM
[quote name=\'CaseyAbell\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 12:50 PM\']That's a joke about no more infomercials, right?
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Don't laugh yet......Someone asked about it on the GSN forums, and "Thericker"'s reply was: "We are looking at paid programming and making that interactive as well or offer other interactive services during those times. "
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: tvmitch on December 08, 2004, 03:55:26 PM
[quote name=\'aaron sica\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 03:15 PM\'][quote name=\'CaseyAbell\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 12:50 PM\']That's a joke about no more infomercials, right?
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Don't laugh yet......Someone asked about it on the GSN forums, and "Thericker"'s reply was: "We are looking at paid programming and making that interactive as well or offer other interactive services during those times. "
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Hey, I'm just posting what I read in the magazine. 168 divided by 7 is 24 hours a day of interactive programming. *shrug* I don't know what it means...all I know is that I'll still be sleeping at 5 in the morning, Rotisserie or not.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: CaseyAbell on December 08, 2004, 04:31:56 PM
The GSN site IS open 168 hours a week with various games. So they're already offering some interactivity around the clock.

But don't hold you breath until you turn blue or GSN stops the informercials.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: parliboy on December 08, 2004, 06:02:12 PM
I'd think you could keep it simple doing overnight interactivity.

Keep the infomercial at the top with a bar at the bottom running quizzes.  They could be simple play-along, or use an interface on the website to answer questions in real-time.  If the latter, give the top scorer the product.  You get added value to the advertiser, which also means GSN can charge more for the airtime.

It's so simple that there's no way they'd do it.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: xibit777 on December 08, 2004, 07:02:05 PM
I can see it now.  

Question 1 :

How long do you think this cooker can grill this piece of meat?  

2 min
5 min
10 min
20 min


Question 2 :

How much will this piece of fine equipment cost

5
10
15
20


I can't wait to see the top scores for this.  Will anyone even play it?  LOL   You'd really have issues to be playing infomercials interactive.   Usually if someone is watching an infomercial its because they want to buy something.   Not because they want to play a game along with it.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: clemon79 on December 08, 2004, 07:10:15 PM
[quote name=\'xibit777\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 05:02 PM\']Usually if someone is watching an infomercial its because they want to buy something.   Not because they want to play a game along with it.
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Not so. I'd do it. Those informercials for kitchen gadgets are at least as entertaining as a lot of cooking shows. :)
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: ilb4ever2000 on December 09, 2004, 02:14:08 AM
[quote name=\'clemon79\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 07:10 PM\']Not so. I'd do it. Those informercials for kitchen gadgets are at least as entertaining as a lot of cooking shows. :)
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Oh, it's funny how edited and staged those Ron Popeil infomercials are...There's voiceover from Ron that is supposed to sound like he's talking "live" ("And Steve, you can even..."), but it was obviously added in post.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: tyshaun1 on December 09, 2004, 07:27:34 AM
[quote name=\'ilb4ever2000\' date=\'Dec 9 2004, 02:14 AM\']Oh, it's funny how edited and staged those Ron Popeil infomercials are...There's voiceover from Ron that is supposed to sound like he's talking "live" ("And Steve, you can even..."), but it was obviously added in post.
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You mean to tell me that informercials are..................
RRRRRRRIGGED?!

God forbid. ;)

Tyshaun
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: Chelsea Thrasher on December 09, 2004, 09:11:11 AM
The QUESTION is:  Are infomercials game shows?!?! :)
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: cmjb13 on December 09, 2004, 09:13:25 AM
[quote name=\'Seth Thrasher\' date=\'Dec 9 2004, 09:11 AM\']The QUESTION is:  Are infomercials game shows?!?! :)
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Would an infomercial hosted by Jim Caldwell count?

I guess you could consider dragging a car door out of the ocean and shooting a driver's side door with a laser "stunts".
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: zachhoran on December 09, 2004, 09:23:00 AM
[quote name=\'Seth Thrasher\' date=\'Dec 9 2004, 09:11 AM\']The QUESTION is:  Are infomercials game shows?!?! :)
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Monty's two infomercials done for the ill-produced LMAD 900 number game in the early 90s had game show elements. Wink Martindale did an infomercial in 1990 for the $25K Telephone Trivia CHallenge. Peter Marshall did an infomercial in 1990 for a telephone game of a similar ilk. Then of course, there's Alex "Molson" Trebek and the Phone Jeopardy! infomercial(or was that just a one-minute infomercial)
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: rigsby on December 09, 2004, 02:00:48 PM
Why does this sound to me like GSN is preparing for "All WinTV!  All the time!"???  (I know, WinTV originally wasn't interactive...maybe this is "WinTV:  the Next Generation"?)
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: Dbacksfan12 on December 09, 2004, 03:23:01 PM
[quote name=\'zachhoran\' date=\'Dec 9 2004, 09:23 AM\'][quote name=\'Seth Thrasher\' date=\'Dec 9 2004, 09:11 AM\']The QUESTION is:  Are infomercials game shows?!?! :)
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Great.
SOmeone makes a wisecrack, and we get a list.
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: johnnyd1788 on December 11, 2004, 11:35:19 PM
I cannot seem to find the magazine anywhere... can anybody scan the whole articles unfortunate to find the magazine?
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: aaron sica on December 11, 2004, 11:39:44 PM
[quote name=\'johnnyd1788\' date=\'Dec 11 2004, 11:35 PM\']I cannot seem to find the magazine anywhere... can anybody scan the whole articles unfortunate to find the magazine?
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Johnny - you have a college or university by you? Most of them tend to carry B&C in their libraries...
Title: GSN in B&C
Post by: Jumpondees on December 14, 2004, 05:57:56 PM
[quote name=\'mitchgroff\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 03:55 PM\'][quote name=\'aaron sica\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 03:15 PM\'][quote name=\'CaseyAbell\' date=\'Dec 8 2004, 12:50 PM\']That's a joke about no more infomercials, right?
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Don't laugh yet......Someone asked about it on the GSN forums, and "Thericker"'s reply was: "We are looking at paid programming and making that interactive as well or offer other interactive services during those times. "
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Hey, I'm just posting what I read in the magazine. 168 divided by 7 is 24 hours a day of interactive programming. *shrug* I don't know what it means...all I know is that I'll still be sleeping at 5 in the morning, Rotisserie or not.
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LOL...This is good stuff here

Maybe they'll offer a free pair of BBQ gloves or a GSN kitchen apron as a prize for the person who can enter the closest prediction as to how many times in a half hour the phrase "Set it and forget it" is used. :-D