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The traditional network comedy is dead

August 19th 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.

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Blindspot Lucifer Minority Report Leak

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

August 10th 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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Arrested Development Plot Season 5

We finally know what Season 5 of ‘Arrested Development’ will be about

July 11th at 4:00 PM

We finally know what Season 5 of ‘Arrested Development’ will be about

Following the 2013 Netflix premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season, we were soon bombarded with rumors hinting at either an Arrested Development movie or, perhaps, a fifth season of the critically acclaimed show. As time marched on, it soon became clear that the show’s creators were more inclined to release yet another season than to try their luck on the big screen. This, of course, bodes well for fans of the show as we can now look forward to hours upon hours of new hilarity as opposed to a frustratingly limited 2-hour film.

As a cult classic, fans of Arrested Development are notoriously quick to look for and jump on even the tiniest crumb of news regarding the future of their beloved series. Well, look no further as we have quite a sizable crumb to share with you today.

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TV Show Spoilers

Hilarious Video: Why it’s Impossible to Talk About TV Shows Anymore

July 3rd at 5:05 PM

Hilarious Video: Why it’s Impossible to Talk About TV Shows Anymore

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.

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Netflix Degrassi Tarzan Jane

Netflix adds to its growing content empire with 5 new shows

June 11th at 11:30 AM

Netflix adds to its growing content empire with 5 new shows

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.

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Why Are All Cable Channels Bundled

This is why you have to pay for every single channel when you sign up for cable TV

June 9th at 3:33 PM

This is why you have to pay for every single channel when you sign up for cable TV

Have you ever wondered why you have to pay for every channel under the sun when signing up for a cable TV subscription? If you spend most nights watching sports, chances aren’t great that you’ll be flipping back and forth between the NBA Finals and The Real Housewives of New York. So why are you paying for ESPN and Bravo? More →

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Mute TV Commercials

Meet MuteMagic, a little $40 box that automatically mutes TV commercials

May 25th at 9:56 AM

Meet MuteMagic, a little $40 box that automatically mutes TV commercials

While there is absolutely no question that the MuteMagic is a couple decades too late to find real success, there is also no question that people who do decide to buy it will wonder how they ever lived without it — presuming it works as advertised. The website is a throwback to the dawn of the Internet and the device itself looks like something slapped together using parts from RadioShack, but MuteMagic’s promise is nothing short of a game-changer: For just $40, this little gadget will automatically mute commercials while you watch TV. More →

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Netflix TV Original Programming

Netflix’s not-so-secret plan to kill TV

April 21st at 1:54 PM

Netflix’s not-so-secret plan to kill TV

Netflix is a freight train seemingly incapable of slowing down. Just last quarter, the online streaming service netted an additional 4.9 million subscribers. Looking ahead, Netflix has no plans to rest on its laurels and will continue to aggressively attack the entrenched TV model that seems to be gradually losing its hold on the masses.

At the heart of Netflix’s plan to take on TV, aside from its affordable monthly rate, is original content. In a relatively short amount of time, Netflix was able to pivot from a company that primarily sent subscribers DVDs to a media powerhouse with an impressive stable of its own original programming. From House of Cards and Daredevil to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Arrested Development, the value proposition of Netflix’s exclusive content is slowly but surely starting to rival HBO.

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Game of Thrones BitTorrent

HBO is sick of Game of Thrones torrents and it’s now going after individual pirates

April 20th at 7:00 PM

HBO is sick of Game of Thrones torrents and it’s now going after individual pirates

Long gone are the days when HBO seemingly paid little mind to piracy. Following the leak of the first four episodes of season 5 of Game of Thrones, TorrentFreak is reporting that HBO is now dead serious about thwarting individuals from illegally downloading the world’s most pirated show.

Specifically, HBO is now putting individual pirates on notice. HBO has already issued “thousands of warnings to Internet subscribers whose connections were used to share leaked Game of Thrones episodes.” The warning messages, naturally, are being relayed through each individual user’s ISP.

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Netflix Our Planet

Netflix to deliver Planet Earth sequel in stunning 4K quality

April 16th at 8:45 PM

Netflix to deliver Planet Earth sequel in stunning 4K quality

Netflix’s stable of exclusive content is about to get bigger and better. The Internet streaming juggernaut announced this week that it plans to revive the BBC’s award winning nature documentary Planet Earth, a series which initially aired back in 2006. In case you’re unfamiliar, Planet Earth — the most expensive nature documentary ever produced — provided viewers an incredible and in-depth look at the world we live in, all in stunning HD. More →

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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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Netflix Video Quality

How Netflix is spearheading a video quality revolution

April 6th at 1:01 PM

How Netflix is spearheading a video quality revolution

Netflix has sure come a long ways from its humble beginnings as a company that simply made it exceedingly easy to watch DVDs. These days, Netflix is a media powerhouse with its own stable of award-winning and increasingly popular original content.

What’s awesome about Netflix is they’re not just pushing the envelope content wise, they’re leading the charge on the video quality front as well.

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Apple TV Streaming

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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