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Mike Wolfe on How American Pickers Became a Hit

In a Q&A, Wolfe (pictured, left) recounts how he came to be the creator and star of The History Channel show, and he provides some behind-the-scenes glimpses into the life of a collector always hunting the next big find. Also, he recalls finding his "holy grail" in a barn near Philadelphia.

The News Biz Glimpses a Cable-TV Model in the Booming iPad News Apps

Apple has just annointed Flipboard, an innovative news aggregation app, as its App of the Year. It's just one of several such apps that sort of mimic how cable companies operate as bundlers of content. And therein lies the promise of a mass, ad-supported business model.

5 big household expenses you can easily cut

While cutting out that daily latte may help your day-to-day expenses, cutting the cable service or a telephone line can mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars in savings.

Tech Titans' New Battlefield: Your Living Room

With Apple and Google joining Amazon and Netflix in aiming to channel entertainment to your TV, where does that leave the cable guys and broadband providers? They're all girding to fight it out. The biggest winner: consumers.

Why Netflix's Epix Deal Will Help It Find a Happy Ending

Netflix's deal with Epix to add movies from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM to its Watch Instantly service's inventory drew bearish reactions from analysts and investors. But the needed deal will help Netflix gain a winning position in the long run.

TiVo Announces Quarterly Loss of $15.3 Million

Television services company TiVo Inc (TIVO) reported a net loss of $15.3 million for the second quarter, compared with a loss of $2.7 million a year earlier. Net loss per share was 13 cents. Net revenue slipped to $51.6 million, from $57.6 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Legal Briefing: Court Gives the OK for 'Indecency' on TV

When the FCC decided in 2004 to start fining broadcasters over the use of fleeting expletives, the agency became a caricature of a state censor. Now, the Second Circuit has ruled that the 'indecency' policy was unconstitutionally vague. So what's next for dirty words?

Oprah After Dark: Will Daytime Viewers Tune In?

You couldn't ask for a better star to build a new network around than Oprah Winfrey, who just might be the most popular entertainer in America. But will her magic be as potent on cable as it was in broadcast -- and in prime time as it was in daytime?

Oprah's New Show Could Threaten Big Networks

Oprah returns with a new show that will air in the evening, vying with the big networks for audience share. Her new show could be up against some of the most popular shows on television, competing for eyeballs and top advertising dollars.

The Cablevision-Disney Oscar Fight Hints of Things to Come

While the two sides in this dispute reached a tentative agreement to settle before millions of viewers were left with no Academy Awards telecast, more fights like this are bound to occur. So, don't be too quick to ditch your rabbit ears.

Viacom's Daily Show and Colbert Report Exit Hulu

The two sides couldn't agree on terms for an extension, apparently because Viacom was asking for a more generous split of ad revenue than Hulu was willing to provide. The move is the latest indication that free video site was too good to be true, or at least to last.

Microsoft Xbox Challenges Cable TV

Microsoft plans to use its XBox Live as a means to stream movies and TV shows into people's homes. If the extremely ambitious program eventually works as planned, customers could have no need for their cable TV.

Comcast and NBC Universal Merge

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) Thursday officially announced its long-awaited deal to gain control of NBC Universal from General Electric Co. (GE). The parent company of the NBC television network and Universal Pictures will be run through a joint venture.