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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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Movie References in TV Shows

10 of the best movie references you’ll ever see in popular TV shows

By on November 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM.

10 of the best movie references you’ll ever see in popular TV shows

I’m torn when it comes to breaking the fourth wall in TV shows. It can be a fun, clever way to connect with the audience, but it can also break the fiction and rip you out of the carefully constructed world of the show.

Thankfully, some creators are smart enough to know how to pay homage to their favorite works of fiction without spoiling their own, several examples of which you can find in the latest video from the Screen Rant crew.

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Time Warner hints that Netflix may be too powerful for its own good

By on November 5, 2015 at 12:27 PM.

Time Warner hints that Netflix may be too powerful for its own good

For years now, Netflix has provided a convenient avenue for TV networks to dump off old reruns and make some money with shows that are past their prime. By every measure, it was a win-win for all parties involved. TV networks were able to generate new revenue while consumers were able to enjoy old favorites and discover new gems.

But the times they are a changin’.

Streaming services today are more popular than ever before, and Netflix in particular wields a tremendous amount of influence. As a result, some networks have understandably grown a bit more cautious when dealing with the streaming giant. Specifically, some networks are worried that they’re contributing to their own demise to the extent that fleshing out Netflix’s library of content only makes it easier for consumers to cut the cord.

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Cable TV Vs Netflix

The Netflix Effect: Fewer viewers are opting to sign up for cable in the first place

By on October 8, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

The Netflix Effect: Fewer viewers are opting to sign up for cable in the first place

With good reason, cable providers are worried that an increasing percentage of viewers are opting to cut the cord in favor of streaming services from the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Arguably more worrisome, however, is the fact that there are a growing number of users who are opting not to sign up for cable in the first place.

In other words, while cable providers are frantically trying to figure out ways to keep viewers from leaving the fold, they might want to spend a little bit more time convincing consumers that a $60-$100/month cable contract is worth it.

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The Simpsons Final Season

We finally know when ‘The Simpsons’ will likely end

By on September 29, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

We finally know when ‘The Simpsons’ will likely end

It’s hard to believe that The Simpsons is still on the air. Even though most die-hard Simpsons fans will gleefully tell you that the show’s trademark wit has been missing in action since sometime around season 10, the show is inarguably one of the most iconic Television programs of all-time.

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Netflix Vs TV

Netflix strikes again: Fall TV ratings are off to a disappointing start

By on September 24, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Netflix strikes again: Fall TV ratings are off to a disappointing start

Are viewers simply waiting for a new must-watch TV drama a’la Breaking Bad or Scandal to capture their attention? Or, are viewers simply leaving traditional TV viewing behind in favor of on-demand streaming a’la Netflix?

Whatever the reason, the 2015 fall TV season is off to a disappointing start.

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Netflix TV Cord Cutting

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says all TV will move to the Internet by 2035

By on September 21, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says all TV will move to the Internet by 2035

No one likes paying for cable, but the way the industry is currently situated, there’s no other way to (legally) have access to all the content you’re interested in. You might be able to get by on Netflix originals, Amazon exclusives and reruns on Hulu, but if you want to watch your favorite sports team or keep up with HBO’s Emmy-winning series, you need cable.

But that may not be the case 10 years from now.
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Save 23% off a 32-inch Roku Smart TV on Amazon!

By on September 16, 2015 at 2:30 PM.

Save 23% off a 32-inch Roku Smart TV on Amazon!

Amazon is cutting 25% off a unique television and streaming player setup — yes, we are talking about the TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart TV. This is of course the unique combination of a television with a Roku smart interface, so you no longer need to buy a TV and a streaming player separately. More →

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Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming

By on August 31, 2015 at 8:44 PM.

Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming

The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving: Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business.

Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif., colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.

An Apple representative declined comment.

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Turn Your TV Into A Tablet

Turn any television in your house into a huge touchscreen with this $130 gadget

By on August 25, 2015 at 1:16 PM.

Turn any television in your house into a huge touchscreen with this $130 gadget

The way we interact with screens has changed drastically over the past few decades. We rarely go more than a day without touching the display of a smartphone, a tablet or a touchscreen computer, so it only makes sense that one day our TVs will begin to move in the same direction.

With the Touchjet WAVE, you won’t have to wait any longer.

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Stephen Colbert Elon Musk

Stephen Colbert’s first ‘Late Show’ guests to include Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

By on August 24, 2015 at 1:25 PM.

Stephen Colbert’s first ‘Late Show’ guests to include Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

With the loss of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, Comedy Central is certainly going through a late night transformation. And while Stewart is, believe it or not, now wrestling in the WWE, Colbert will be taking over David Letterman’s old Late Show spot on CBS come September.

Given the cult like following Colbert has amassed in the last few years, it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how he fares against the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. With the show’s first episode set to air on September 8, CBS today released the full slate of guests set to appear on the show during its first week in production.

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TV Network Comedy

The traditional network comedy is dead

By on August 19, 2015 at 1:55 PM.

The traditional network comedy is dead

The list of 2015 Emmy nominations emphatically confirm something many have alluded to for a long time: the traditional network comedy is dying a slow death. With seven nominations given for Outstanding Comedy Series, only two series — ABC’s Modern Family and NBC’s Parks and Recreation — happen to air on one of the big three networks. In fact, the percentage of nominated comedies originating either from HBO, Amazon, Netflix, or traditional cable is higher than it’s ever been before.

With Parks and Recreation now over, Modern Family may soon be the only traditional network comedy left standing. Now admittedly, there are some great comedies currently on-air that weren’t nominated at all, with Fox’s New Girl and Brooklyn 99 being two prominent examples. Still, its hard to ignore that the smartest and most irreverent comedy these days tends to come from outlets like Comedy Central or from subscription services like HBO and Netflix.

So what happened?

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Blindspot Lucifer Minority Report Leak

Minority Report, Lucifer and Blindspot pilots leak weeks before their debuts

By on August 10, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Minority Report, Lucifer and Blindspot pilots leak weeks before their debuts

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 →

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