Critics say such video games increasingly play on racial and ethnic stereotypes, a trend they say may teach negative lessons to the children who play them. Video-game companies say the games are parodies and are not meant to offend.
During the next two weeks, NBC will be pre-empting its daytime programming for the Olympics, and ABC sensing an opportunity, is launching the "Wide World of Soaps" campaign to poach the Peacock's soap fans. The campaign will be hosted by former "Bachelor" Bob Guiney.
Improvements in hardware, software and connectivity, coupled with an increasing amount of content available, is paving the way to make streaming video a more palatable option. VOD downloaded to a computer can easily be viewed on a standard TV with new home-networking equipment.