HBO Game of Thrones Piracy

HBO can’t do anything to stop Game of Thrones piracy

By on May 21, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

HBO can’t do anything to stop Game of Thrones piracy

Try as it might, HBO simply can’t keep Game of Thrones piracy at bay. Despite HBO’s best efforts as of late, which have included going after Periscope users and even bars holding public viewings of the show, the demand for GOT is simply too overwhelming to keep piracy in check.

This week’s most recent episode was reportedly downloaded over 3.5 million times in just a 24-hour period, setting a new record in the process. So even with HBO Now subscriptions presumably doing quite well (the iOS app is the 8th highest grossing app on the App Store), GOT related piracy is seemingly a force that can’t be stopped.

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Apple HDTV

Why Apple decided to axe its mythical HDTV

By on May 19, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Why Apple decided to axe its mythical HDTV

After nearly a decade worth of research and prototyping, Apple last year finally put to bed any designs it may have had on releasing a branded HDTV set, this according to a recently published report in The Wall Street Journal.

According to the Journal, Apple seriously investigated the development of an HDTV but was ultimately unable to come up with a set of differentiating features that would position its own offering apart from the competition.

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American Idol

American Idol is ending after 15 seasons

By on May 11, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

American Idol is ending after 15 seasons

After 15 seasons on the air, American Idol is coming to an end. The arguably iconic show originally debuted all the way back in 2002 and helped launch the careers of artists that have since become household names, with Kelly Clarkson and Phillip Phillips being two prominent examples.

Whether you loved or hated the show, or even if you were wholly indifferent, one can’t deny the impact American Idol has had on popular culture. In addition to creating bona fide music stars and pop idols, the show’s success also had a tremendous impact on the broader TV landscape. Idol’s success paved the way for a number of other talent-based shows with similar structural elements, from America’s Got Talent to So you think you can dance.

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24 New Season

Jack Bauer fans rejoice: Fox working on another season of ’24’

By on May 11, 2015 at 3:48 PM.

Jack Bauer fans rejoice: Fox working on another season of ’24’

The series 24 is proving to be as resilient as the show’s protagonist, Jack Bauer. During a Fox conference call discussing the network’s 2015 fall schedule, 20th Century Fox TV co-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said that Fox is currently developing yet another season of 24.

“We have been developing another version of 24, but it’s still fairly early in the development process,” Newman said on the call. “So there just would be nothing we can tell you at this time other than we are working on something.”

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Game of Thrones Season 5

HBO just made it harder for some people to watch Game of Thrones

By on April 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

HBO just made it harder for some people to watch Game of Thrones

HBO recently sent a cease and desist letter to a Brooklyn bar for hosting Game of Thrones themed viewing parties on Sunday nights, according to a report in The Village Voice.

The bar in question is Videology, a venue that’s equal parts bar and equal parts screening room. The bar owners presumably decided to capitalize on the immense popularity of GOT and make each new episode a communal event. In fact, some patrons would even show up to the screenings in Game of Thrones themed attire.

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Apple TV Disney

Apple and Disney are fighting over Apple’s streaming TV service

By on April 9, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

Apple and Disney are fighting over Apple’s streaming TV service

Apple is currently getting a quick and dirty lesson in how challenging hammering out TV contracts can be, according to a recent report in The Street.

The report specifically claims that Apple remains tangled up in negotiations with Disney regarding the number of Disney-owned TV stations which should be included in Apple’s rumored TV service. If you recall, Apple is reportedly aiming to launch a $30-$40/month TV streaming service sometime next fall with a somewhat lightweight selection of 25 or so stations. It’s expected that Apple will officially announce the service this June at WWDC.

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Arrested Development Season 5

Arrested Development Season 5 is official: 17 new episodes coming

By on April 7, 2015 at 3:40 PM.

Arrested Development Season 5 is official: 17 new episodes coming

Arrested Development fans have a lot to be grateful for this year. While appearing on Bill Simmons’ The B.S. Report this week, Arrested Development executive producer Brian Grazer confirmed that Season 5 of the beloved and quirky show is official, with 17 new episodes in the pipeline.

While talking about popular TV shows and their influence on mass culture at large, Grazer let this little tidbit fly.

“People are loyal to it,” Grazer said, “and we’re gonna do another 17 episodes.”

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Apple TV Streaming

How Apple plans to bankroll its rumored game-changing TV streaming service

By on April 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

How Apple plans to bankroll its rumored game-changing TV streaming service

Amid reports that Apple is planning to roll out a $30-$40 TV streaming service this fall, Re/Code reports that Apple is hoping that TV networks will handle the infrastructure costs involved in rolling out such an endeavor.

What this means, in a nutshell, is that Apple doesn’t want to actually serve the streams from its own servers, but rather provide the hardware and software that TV networks can tap into. While this may seem, at first glance, like Apple is trying to protect its pocketbook, it’s worth noting that many of the content providers Apple is reportedly talking to already manage their own streaming infrastructure.

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The real reason Apple’s TV streaming service might not include NBC

By on March 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

The real reason Apple’s TV streaming service might not include NBC

According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to roll out its own TV streaming service later this fall in a bold attempt to take control of the living room.

The rumored TV service will reportedly offer users about 25 channels and will cost about $30-$40 a month. Some of the big name channels reported to be on board include ESPN, FX, along with content from 3 of the 4 major broadcast networks, with NBC being the lone holdout.

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Netflix Movies

How Netflix creates addicting and binge-worthy TV

By on March 24, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

How Netflix creates addicting and binge-worthy TV

Netflix arguably ushered in the phrase “binge watching”, a term which refers to when one plops down and watches a few episodes of a TV show in quick succession. And given the unprecedented level of TV quality these days, it’s not unheard of for fans to binge watch entire seasons of certain shows over the course of one weekend.

Netflix in recent years has successfully differentiated itself from other streaming services by developing its own programming. From House of Cards to Orange is the New Black, Netflix has seemingly perfected the art of not only producing incredible TV shows, but producing shows that are exceptionally binge worthy.

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Cable TV Decline

The fall of cable is coming

By on March 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

The fall of cable is coming

Cable is amazing. For as much as people justifiably rag on cable providers, the actual content and breadth of channels is absolutely mesmerizing. When you toss DVR and on-demand functionality into the mix, there’s really never been a better time to be a TV and movie fan.

But cable is expensive, and cable providers, like most successful incumbents in any given industry, have failed to keep up with the times. Cable providers, by remaining dead set on preserving current revenue streams, simply haven’t adjusted to a marketplace where paying well over $100 a month for cable is increasingly falling out of favor with consumers, especially when a monthly Netflix subscription can get the job done for less than $10.

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Apple TV Channels

3 new channels emerge as likely candidates for Apple’s cable-killing streaming service

By on March 18, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

3 new channels emerge as likely candidates for Apple’s cable-killing streaming service

Hot on the heels of a report indicating that Apple has grand plans to take on the cable industry with a streaming TV service of its own, more information about what that service will look like has started to trickle in.

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the initial rollout of an Apple TV streaming service will likely include about 25 channels, including ESPN, ABC, CBS, FX, and Fox.

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Hilarious video shows what House of Cards would look like as an 8-bit NES game

By on February 25, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Hilarious video shows what House of Cards would look like as an 8-bit NES game

If you have any plans this upcoming weekend, you might want to cancel them. This coming Friday, the third season of House of Cards will premiere on Netflix and it’s a good bet that binge watching will be the name of the game for a good number of Frank Underwood fans over the weekend.

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