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

May 11th 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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HBO just made it harder for some people to watch Game of Thrones

April 20th 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 and Disney are fighting over Apple’s streaming TV service

April 9th 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

April 7th 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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How Apple plans to bankroll its rumored game-changing TV streaming service

April 2nd 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

March 30th 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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How Netflix creates addicting and binge-worthy TV

March 24th 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

March 24th 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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3 new channels emerge as likely candidates for Apple’s cable-killing streaming service

March 18th 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

February 25th 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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Apple poised to enrage cable companies with new ad-blocking tech

August 22nd at 8:50 AM

Apple poised to enrage cable companies with new ad-blocking tech

Apple Broadcast Ad Blocking Patent

In a move that is sure to strike fear into broadcasters and advertisers everywhere, Apple (AAPL) is apparently working on technology that would automatically shut off broadcast advertisements in favor of preloaded content. AppleInsider reports that a new Apple patent covers a system of “seamless switching between radio and local media” that will let mobile devices “automatically switch between broadcast content and stored media to offer the user a type of customized content consumption experience.” More →

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Samsung to showcase flagship OLED HDTV at IFA in August

April 13th at 7:05 PM

Samsung to showcase flagship OLED HDTV at IFA in August

Samsung confirmed on Friday that its 55-inch OLED HDTV will be shown at Berlin’s IFA trade show in late August, according to a report from SlashGear. At the event, the manufacturer will announce the TV’s official launch details alongside a new, premium range of HDTVs. Samsung describes the new televisions as even “more premium” than its OLED models, although that may be in terms of functionality rather than design or display technology. Samsung unveiled its OLED TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, however details remain scarce. Both television sets will reportedly support the newest iteration of Samsung AllShare, which will add a 5GB cloud account to its local DLNA-based service, along with a remote login system, in the latter part of 2012. Using a single account login, the feature will allow users to remotely access any of their Samsung devices located anywhere in the world. More →

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Over 1 million U.S. cable subscribers cut the cord in 2011

April 4th at 11:25 AM

Over 1 million U.S. cable subscribers cut the cord in 2011

More than 1 million cable television subscribers in the United States canceled their service in 2011, opting instead for online films and TV shows available through services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Nearly 2.65 million cable or satellite TV subscribers have canceled their service since 2008 to rely solely on Web-based services according to estimates from the Convergence Consulting Group. “It’s pretty obvious that there’s actual cord-cutting going on in the U.S.,” Brahm Eiley, president of Convergence Consulting, said in an interview with Bloomberg. The firm warns that the pace of defections may slow this year, however, as content providers tighten online access to shows and increase prices. It is estimated that roughly 930,000 customers will cut the cord in 2012, for a total of 3.58 million subscribers since 2008. The group also estimates that traditional television providers will add 185,000 accounts this year, up from 112,000 in 2011. More →

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