BBC America's VOD offering of popular British soap opera "EastEnders" allows viewers to watch the next episode in advance. The soap's extensive use of cliff-hanger endings lends itself well to the rollout of VOD services, says BBC America COO Paul Lee.
Harvard University researchers say there is minimal risk of BSE in U.S. cattle because of strict trade restrictions. However, as a precautionary measure, the USDA will expand BSE testing and consider banning the use of spinal column material in processed meat.
A Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau analysis of Nielsen Media Research figures finds that basic cable averaged a 15% increase during access periods and a 17% increase during late nights -- averaging 22.1 million viewers from Sept. 24 to Oct. 11. These figures compare to prime-time ratings, which increased 14% to an approximate 39.1 million viewers.
The FDA and the National Science Teachers Association have developed a program designed to teach basic food safety and the hazards of food-borne illness to middle- and high-school science classrooms. Parents have applauded the 3-year-old program.