February 2016

All-Star Game draws 7.6 million viewers

The NBA All-Star Game averaged 7.6 million viewers, up 6 percent over 2015, according to Nielsen’s ratings. The West’s 196-173 victory saw a peak audience of 8.7 million for a 15-minute segment from 8:45-9 p.m. EST. The game was the most-viewed program on cable television Sunday night. It was the first NBA All-Star game held outside the United States, so host city Toronto is not reflected in Nielsen ratings. Top

Vevo Considering Music Video Subscription Service

Vevo could soon jump into the subscription race. CEO Erik Huggers told the crowd at the Code/Media 2016 conference in Dana Point, Calif., on Wednesday night that a “more premium” subscription product is something that he’s mulled since taking the helm of the music video portal last April. “Just having an ad-supported model is not sustainable in the long run,” Huggers said. He was hesitant to give specific details about what a

11 Horror Movies for People Who Don’t Like Scary Movies

The Witch is just one of a recent crop of indie horror flicks that may make new fans of the genre Horror movies have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. A slew of spooky arthouse and indie flicks have injected new energy into a genre which many lament often relies too heavily on well-worn tropes, unnecessary reboots and superfluous gore. Movies like The Witch (Feb. 19), Robert Eggers’ historical horror

USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

The Agriculture Department unveiled new rules on Tuesday that would force retailers who accept food stamps to stock a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of business as consumers shop elsewhere. The proposed rules are designed to ensure that the more than 46 million Americans who use food stamps have better access to healthy foods although they don’t dictate what people buy or eat. A person using

Was this N.J.'s final fight to legalize sports betting?

In what could be New Jersey’s last court battle in its six-year quest to legalize sports betting, a dozen federal appeals judges Wednesday grilled attorneys for the state about the ongoing effort to allow Garden State casinos and racetracks to offer wagering on sports games. The oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals were part of the state’s latest attempt to get Las Vegas-styled sports betting at the facilities to give a boost