The Rio Olympics are finally here, and provided that the disgusting water doesn’t turn all the competitors into zombies, we should be in for two weeks of fantastic sports. Here’s everything you need to know (and a few things you probably don’t) about watching the Olympics without a cable box.
Ever since it launched its streaming service in 2007, Netflix has been tight-lipped about viewing figures for its original programming. The company is happy to brag about how well its shows are doing and how much creative freedom it is able to provide its creators, but it refuses to tell anyone how many people are actually watching its shows and movies.
It was looking like we might never find out, but on Wednesday, NBC said it had cracked the code.
There is a dangerous level of delusion going around at the major television networks. Via AdWeek, NBCUniversal president of research and media development Alan Wurtzel doesn’t believe that online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon pose any real threat to traditional TV networks because their shows’ audiences are still small compared to the audiences for the major networks. This is true as far as it goes but it ignores the way Netflix has completely changed many people’s expectations for how we watch TV and how these changes will be impossible to undo once they catch on more broadly. More →
After weeks of rolling our eyes, we’re finally done hate-watching True Detective, but sadly, that leaves us with one less show to fill our DVRs with every week. In fact, the schedule is looking pretty thin until the fall premieres start landing next month, but on Monday, three upcoming pilots leaked on to torrent sites weeks in advance of their scheduled debuts. More →
Because the one thing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was missing was a corporate PR disaster, NBC came through on Monday with an unsurprising proclamation. Unhappy with Trump’s incendiary (and offensive) remarks regarding immigrants from Mexico, NBC has announced it will be cutting all business ties with the presidential hopeful.
It’s the end of June. The weather is heating up and the concerts are kicking off and blockbuster movies are trickling out every week, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the fall TV schedule. As of this week, we now know the complete schedule for all five of the major networks, including the premiere dates of every new show coming this fall.
Countless serialized TV shows with a hint of sci-fi were greenlit in the wake of Lost’s success, but few had as much potential as Heroes. The story began with a group of seemingly ordinary people from around the world discovering the superhuman abilities locked within them. The show became a critical and commercial hit… until the show lost focus. More →
On Monday, we shared the cancellations and renewals for the five major networks: NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW. There weren’t too many surprises on the list, but it doesn’t really matter, because what we’re really interested in are the new shows that will be premiering over the next 12 months.
It’s always a shame when your favorite show gets canceled before its time, but if you see your show on this list: rejoice! You’ve got at least another year of episodes coming your way.
The month of May is crunch time for network television shows, as this is the time when networks decide to cut bait with shows with low ratings. We now have the complete list of shows on all four major networks that won’t be returning in the fall — check it out below.
With the rise of video streaming services, binge-watching has become the norm for many viewers. Miss a few episodes of your favorite show? Spend a weeknight streaming them all back-to-back. Tired of being left out of the conversation surrounding the new season of Game of Thrones? Pop on HBO GO this weekend and refuse to get up off the couch.
It might not mean much to you when I tell you that the official NBC app for iOS and Android just hit version 3.0, but trust me, it’s a pretty significant update. As of this Wednesday, NBC will now let you live stream TV shows straight from the app — as long as you are a cable or satellite subscriber and NBC owns the local affiliate in your area. More →