New Top Gear viewing figures

‘Top Gear’ is officially dead

By on June 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

‘Top Gear’ is officially dead

When Clarkson and friends were kicked off Top Gear, we all had an inkling the show was never going to be the same. Last week’s god-awful episode confirmed that, but maybe it was a one-off. Maybe Chris Evans just needed a week to settle in, and we’d have our Sunday evenings back to how they should be.

Nope.

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Here’s how badly the internet thought new ‘Top Gear’ sucked

By on May 31, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

Here’s how badly the internet thought new ‘Top Gear’ sucked

Anyone with two functioning eyes and one half-decent brain cell watching the broadcast of new Top Gear on Sunday knows that the show was bad. But how do you put that kind of terrible into words?

Luckily, the internet has experience crapping on other people’s endeavours, so I’ll let the collected crowd-wisdom do the talking.

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Comcast Cable Box

Comcast is using a lame excuse to avoid competition for cable boxes

By on May 16, 2016 at 8:34 PM.

Comcast is using a lame excuse to avoid competition for cable boxes

Cable boxes are one of the biggest money sucks in pay TV (and when we’re talking about an industry that charges you money to watch ads, that’s a serious statement). The FCC has voted on a plan to open up the cable box market to competition, which would allow you to buy your own, technologically advanced box, rather than renting forever from your cable company.

Cable companies make $20 billion a year from rental fees, so would you like to guess how enthusiastic Comcast is about the new plan?

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Mr Robot Season 2 Trailer

The trailer for ‘Mr. Robot’ season 2 looks seriously intense

By on May 16, 2016 at 2:37 PM.

The trailer for ‘Mr. Robot’ season 2 looks seriously intense

Mr. Robot was one of the surprise hits of 2015, and the second season will be returning to our screens on July 13th. If the first trailer is anything to go by, we’re going to be in for a rollercoaster summer.

We’d already heard that season 2 would be markedly different from the first season, and the trailer seems to confirm that. It’s going to be much more focused on the consequences, and on current hot-button topics in the tech world like encryption and privacy.

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Best Fictional Cars Movies TV

15 of the coolest fictional cars in the history of TV and cinema

By on May 12, 2016 at 6:36 PM.

15 of the coolest fictional cars in the history of TV and cinema

Everyone has a favorite fictional character from a movie or TV show.

If you’re an action fan, it might be Indiana Jones, John McClane or Neo. Sci-fi fans likely prefer Luke Skywalker or James T. Kirk, while superhero fanatics might have trouble deciding between Iron Man, Batman, Captain America and Superman.

But some of the most memorable characters in the history of media aren’t really characters at all, but rather the vehicles that the characters get around in.

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YouTube Ads vs TV Ads

Google says that YouTube ads are 80% more effective than TV ads

By on April 20, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

Google says that YouTube ads are 80% more effective than TV ads

Want to know one surefire way to anger the TV industry? Tell them that their commercials aren’t all that effective. That’s exactly what Google claims in a new report, in which the company analyzed ad campaigns across eight countries to find that YouTube ads were more effective than TV ads 80% of the time. More →

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Netflix vs. TV Networks

With cord cutting on the rise, TV networks have no choice but to be more like Netflix

By on March 11, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

With cord cutting on the rise, TV networks have no choice but to be more like Netflix

If you can’t beat them, join them. That appears to be the mentality of many U.S. TV networks as more and more cable subscribers choose to cut the cord in favor of paying a fraction of the cost for online streaming video services.

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Best TV Shows 2015

The 10 best TV shows of 2015

By on December 17, 2015 at 1:06 PM.

The 10 best TV shows of 2015

There’s too much television.

That seems to be the consensus among both critics and fans alike, but for the majority of us, it’s a good problem to have. If you can’t find anything on a network, there’s probably something for you on a cable channel. If cable doesn’t cut it, HBO and Showtime might fill the void. If you’re still at a loss, you can look to NetflixHulu and Amazon instead. More →

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HBO Vs Netflix Vs Showtime

HBO vs Netflix: Who has the best original TV programming?

By on December 2, 2015 at 1:17 PM.

HBO vs Netflix: Who has the best original TV programming?

Not too long ago, TV fans only had to worry about keeping up with a few select shows at a time. Whether you were interested in staying up to date with The Sopranos or checking out what John Locke was up to on LOST, doing so was always manageable.

Today, the TV landscape is markedly different. While ordinarily a cliche, the phrase “too many shows, too little time” is undoubtedly appropriate in 2015. These days, it’s practically impossible to keep up with the onslaught of new shows constantly being released, not to mention a long list of retired shows that are now easy to binge watch thanks to the magic of online streaming.

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Seinfeld Videos

Seinfeld stars send in-character video messages to man dying of cancer

By on December 1, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Seinfeld stars send in-character video messages to man dying of cancer

One of the many reasons why Seinfeld was and remains such a great show is that Jerry and his cohort of main characters were supported by a seemingly endless and memorable lineup of peripheral characters. From recurring figures like Newman to one-off characters like the Soup Nazi, the iconic show was unquestionably buoyed by a tremendous supporting cast.

Recently, many of the show’s supporting cast members came together for an incredibly heartwarming cause; to help put a smile on the face of Jim Calder, a 67-year-old Seinfeld superfan who was dying of cancer.

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Cable TV Vs Streaming

Netflix strikes again: Streaming services now as popular as cable TV

By on November 30, 2015 at 7:20 PM.

Netflix strikes again: Streaming services now as popular as cable TV

The ongoing fight for the collective viewing attention of consumers is absolutely fascinating to watch; not only are we in the midst of a highly competitive battle being waged by influential media giants, the outcome of the battle itself remains excitingly unpredictable. Sure, we know that streaming services from the likes of Netflix and HBO continue to grow in popularity, but a number of questions about what the media landscape will look like in even two years remains open to debate.

For instance, what can cable providers do to attract new customers and, just as important, keep existing ones? Will Apple’s rumored TV subscription service prove successful? Can Netflix continue churning out an endless stream of compelling and original content? Can Hulu, or perhaps Amazon, steal away a significant number customers from Netflix?

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Best Netflix TV Comedies

The 15 best TV comedies currently streaming on Netflix

By on November 17, 2015 at 2:29 PM.

The 15 best TV comedies currently streaming on Netflix

One of the great things about Netflix is that it provides users with quick and easy access to an extensive catalog of TV shows that are no longer on the air. And with TV lovers cutting the cord in increasing numbers, Netflix, for many people, remains their only option to check out some great TV shows that they might have missed years ago.

While Netflix itself does a decent job of providing show recommendations, it could stand to be a little bit better. Sure, it might ably recommend Louie because I watched Master of None, but trying to find a new show to enjoy when you don’t even know where to begin can be an exercise in frustration.

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TV Vs Netflix

TV networks have a new strategy to battle Netflix: Cut back on commercials

By on November 14, 2015 at 7:13 PM.

TV networks have a new strategy to battle Netflix: Cut back on commercials

Cable providers are still alive and well, but there’s no denying that more and more viewers are cutting the cord and turning towards streaming services like Netflix for their entertainment fix. Currently, Netflix boasts approximately 70 million subscribers, a nearly 75% increase from its subscriber base just two years ago. Looking forward, it stands to reason that the number of Netflix subscribers will only continue to rise, further exacerbating the problem of shrinking TV profits across the board.

With revenue down, networks and cable providers are anything but oblivious to the changing TV landscape. Not only are they well aware of the competitive threat posed by services like Netflix, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO NOW, they’re finally starting to take measures to help reverse the trend.

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