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The cable industry is in turmoil. Amid excessive pricing and the emergence of services like Netflix, the value proposition offered by traditional cable companies is arguably less compelling than it’s ever been. Underscoring this shifting market dynamic, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that ESPN in the last year alone has lost upwards of 3.2 million subscribers. Given that ESPN has long been the most profitable cable channel, this data point is certainly eyebrow raising.
Make no mistake about it; we’re currently living in a golden age of Television. Today, the seemingly endless number of incredible and riveting shows currently on-air has made it all but impossible to stay up to date with all of the content hitting our screens from every which way.
What’s more, the increasing popularity of services like Netflix and HBO Go has resulted in an influx of people going back and catching up on old shows — like LOST and The Sopranos — that they missed the first go around.
The popularity of Netflix is exploding, thanks in part to a cheap monthly subscription rate and an ever expanding selection of original content. With each passing quarter, Netflix’s subscriber base expands considerably. During the first three months of 2015 alone, Netflix added 4.9 million new subscribers, finishing the quarter with an impressive 62.3 million members.
With Jon Stewart set to leave The Daily Show this August, his replacement, Trevor Noah, will have some mighty big shoes to fill. Though Noah, who by all accounts is a quick-witted and intelligent comedian with the chops to fill the position, it turns out he wasn’t Comedy Central’s first choice.
The sheer volume of content Netflix provides for just a few dollars a month is staggering. But what makes Netflix truly unique is its commitment towards increasing an already extensive library of exclusive and compelling content. In addition to original shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix has also been known to revive cancelled shows, with Arrested Development being the most prominent example.
Looking ahead, Netflix’s stable of exclusive content is about to get that much bigger with news that the company picked up the recently cancelled Canadian teen drama Degrassi, itself a generational offshoot of the iconic Degrassi Junior High which had a successful run during the late 80s and early 90s.
With the True Detective season 2 premiere now less than two weeks away, HBO has impressively been able to keep the show’s plot lines under wraps. Aside from a few cryptic, albeit cool, trailers, most of what we know about the upcoming show starts and ends with the cast and show’s location — Los Angeles.
Even for a show as zany as Seinfeld, it was a little bit out there when the show abruptly killed off George’s fiancé Susan. If you recall, the character of Susan, played by Heidi Swedberg, died after licking wedding envelopes that turned out to be partially poisonous on account of George buying envelopes with low-quality glue.
Quirky, yet odd.
Flash forward 19 years and we finally have a legit explanation as to why the show killed off Susan, and in such a strange manner no less.
Arrested Development fans who simply can’t get enough of the Bluth family now have something to look forward to. A few months after word broke that Season 5 of the beloved comedy series was officially in the works, we now have more information about when the next installment of Arrested Development will begin filming and, more importantly, when it’ll hit Netflix.
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.
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.
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.
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.”