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Super Bowl and Academy Awards still make Americans gather ’round the TV despite DVRs and streaming

Some Sunday nights around the television never change, no matter how many streaming devices or extra screens we bring to the living room. Just look at the perennial viewing parties for the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards.

Even as more cord cutters get their TV fixes via computers, tablets and streaming gadgets, and time-shifting fans delay their gratification with their DVRs, there’s still something timeless about those congregations that gather every Super Bowl Sunday and Oscar Sunday to witness the spectacles live on TV.

“These are events in our culture,” said Marc Berman, editor in chief of Programming Insider, a website and newsletter dedicated to all things television and media. “They’ve been around for decades. They’re exciting. They’re live. They’re competitions. And we want to participate, and we want to do it in a group setting. We want to make a party out of it.”

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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