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Topic: Upfronts hit the web, Ikea's Uppleva, Game of Thrones renewed for a third season, and more.
Recorded: April 17 2012
Published: 17 April 2012
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The Big Story
- Hulu to pitch original programming on Thursday
- Hulu Plus subscribers top two million
- Hulu Changes Deal For Advertisers: Now They Only Pay When Viewers Watch The Whole Ad
- Web video eyes TV ad dollars, goes ga-ga for upfronts
Another Big Story
- The 5 Most Over-Hyped “Future of TV” Topics
- The NPD Group put out a survey on Tuesday suggesting that pay-TV rates could hit $200 by 2020 from an average rate of $86 per month now.
Yet Another Big Story
- Google's Brin goes off on big hollywood
- Netflix CEO Takes Swing at Comcast Xfinity over Net Neutrality
- YouTube gives live video streamers better production tools, ways to make money
- Amazon Massively Inflates Its Streaming Library Size
- LG opens up 3D World video store for 2011, 2012 Cinema 3D Smart TVs
- Ikea furniture with integrated TVs and sound systems coming this fall
- Sony announces Nasne, a TV tuner and media box to bring the company's ecosystem together
- Hauppauge adds DVR-style recording features to its Broadway streaming TV box
- From Amazon to HBO Go to YouTube: App availability on 2012 TVs compared (big chart)
- New Roku HD media streamer reaches stores, priced at $58
- Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS launch today in Canada with over 100 channels
- MythTV 0.25 is finally available with a bundle of new features
- GAME OF THRONES renewed for a third season
- Full episode list for Season 2 of GAME OF THRONES
- Music licensing likely keeping SNL's 'Game of Thrones' sketch off Hulu
- Tube: a free/open pro-grade animated film raising money on Kickstarter
- First official trailer for time-travel noir Looper will blow you away
- Major League Gaming and TwitchTV announce partnerships with CBS
- uncanny valley kickstarter
- Piled Higher & Deeper — a movie about academia
What We're Watching
- Brian Brushwood: Memento, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones
- Tom Merritt: A Team pilot, Mission Impossible pilot, Game of Thrones, Eureka, Mad Men, Fringe, Lillyhammer
I wanted to write in and talk about Brian's reaction to the Big Bang Theory. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I'm not out to change minds but I wanted to write in because I hear these same criticisms frequently and they seem to keep smart people away from an otherwise entertaining show. Brian commented on their use of a laugh track and, while awful, it seems to be an unavoidable byproduct of being on CBS. The Tiffany Network loves their canned inhuman laughter for whatever reason. If you remember the producers of MASH had to go to the mat on the issue 40 years ago (yes, 40) and still only managed to keep the laugh track out of the OR scenes. The other criticism that comes up a lot, which Brian touched on, is that it mocks geek culture. As a nerd (according to that venn diagram) and lapsed scientist (a biologist that now works as a web programmer) I see the show as a farce. I don't see any reason for geeks to be any more upset by the Big Bang Theory than police officers/detectives were by Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther. Still, if the choice has to be made; stick with Community as it is a better show.
Just wanted to write in and provide another example of main stream media starting to understand online viewers are just as valuable as television viewers. Up here is Canada the CBC is streaming all Stanley Cup playoff games they cover for free. This is excellent for hockey fans who also may be cord cutters. The quality may not be as good as TV, but hey, take what you can get."
In your discussion of the act that Netflix is trying to overturn, it finally hit me: is vudu breaking the law?
After every single movie I watch on vudu, I rate the movie and then post the fact that I've watched it on their service to Facebook. It seems to me that this is exactly what Netflix is trying to do, but is barred from doing at the moment. Is vudu just flying under the radar here?
ps- vudu is a service that makes me puzzled by the slow movement to digital distribution by the recording industry. I regularly pay $6 per rental on vudu, because the quality is unmatched by any streaming service and the convenience is fantastic. I can't fathom how the industry is not making money off of a $6 rental. I know they'd rather sell me the movie, but I'm done buying movies in disc or digital form. I don't watch 99% of them enough times to justify it."
"You have spoken many times about the need for a streaming service that will replace the cable experience of turning on a channel and letting it play in the background. I have found the perfect analogy to what this service will look like.
Pandora Radio already does this for music. I am a huge fan of Pandora over other streaming services because often times I want a ""radio"" experience, IE: I don't know what song is coming up next, I may not even know who this band is, I just want music that fits a general set of guidelines for what I want to listen to right now (like ska, rock, punk, Christmas, etc.). Even if I create a ""Rolling Stones"" playlist, it doesn't play only Rolling Stones songs, it plays songs that are similar to their style.
What we really need is a ""Pandora TV"", a service where you can have generic playlists, hit ""Play"", and stuff just starts getting thrown at you. Playlists could be genres (comedy, horror, suspense), actors (Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Robin Williams), directors (Spike Lee, Peter Jackson), or any other way you could think of defining a ""mood"" of what you want to watch right now. Of course the ""Peter Jackson"" playlist wouldn't only play Peter Jackson movies, it would show media that is similar to Peter Jackson movies. You could Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down media, better defining each playlist and your personal tastes, and you could switch playlists at any given time, so the possibilities of what you could watch are endless!
The best part is that you don't know what will show next! It may be something you have seen, it may be new, it may be crap, but you know it will fit within the playlist (mood) you have told it to play.
I really think that this type of service could revolutionize the media-watching experience (just like Pandora Radio did for me). The only question is: who will get to it first?
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