Tag Archives: TV

“Draw Something” with Ryan Seacrest, coming soon to CBS via @VentureBeat

Draw Something, the game that saved small studio OMGPOP and prompted a huge buyout from Zynga, is coming to CBS. Draw Something is the game in which you draw something and a friend guesses what it is. According to Variety, celebrities and everyday users will test their skills on live TV while audiences at home can join in to win prizes — including a chance to compete with the celebrities. A group including Sony and Ryan Seacrest is producing the show, but no date has yet been set for the first airing.

via venturebeat.com

Odd news in the conflagration-of-media category. First a Twitter Tv show (Shit Your Dad Says), and now a mobile game-inspired TV game show?

This signals bizarre things ahead.

HBO Deals Keep Fox, Universal Out of New iCloud Movie Service

As widely predicted, Apple has updated its Apple TV accessory. This isn’t an overhaul but an update: The new box offers better resolution and software upgrades.

The new device will support video in 1080p, and Apple will now allow users to redownload movies they’ve already purchased from iTunes, like they’ve already been able to do with TV shows, via Apple’s iCloud service.

AppleTV in 1080p! The best solution for streaming media is still a Mac Mini running Plex, however.

Streaming Bits: Apple Prepping Movie Cloud Service via @slashfilm

This week marked the launch of UltraViolet, a new digital locker system that would allow users to purchase content in one physical or digital format and access it across all platforms via a cloud-based system. The service came about through years of negotiation and collaboration between major studios, manufacturers, and retailers, but not everyone in the industry was on board — Apple and Disney were among the two biggest holdouts.

We’ve now learned why Apple declined to participate, and it’s pretty much the same reason Disney did. Apple has quietly been working on its own cloud service, expected to launch in late 2011 or early 2012, and has been working out deals with studios to allow videos purchased through iTunes to be streamed on any Apple device including iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV.

“Digital music locker”? Gosh, even themovie studios’ metaphors sound dated. A locker? Really? That particular metal device is pretty ill-suited to convey the freedom of syncing and listening to your music anywhere you go. A locker? That idea… just stinks.

Fox’s 8-Day Delay on Hulu Triggers Piracy Surge

It’s been a week since Fox stopped offering free access to its TV-shows the day after they air on television. The TV-studio took this drastic step in the hope of getting more people to watch their shows live and thus make more revenue. TV-viewers, however, are outraged by the decision and have massively turned to pirated sources to watch their favorite shows.

foxOne of the main motivations for people to download and stream TV-shows from unauthorized sources is availability. If fans can’t get a show through legal channels they turn to pirated alternatives.

This is one of the reasons why Hulu drastically decreased TV-show piracy in the U.S. Viewers are happy with the legal streaming option it offers them, but not all studios see that as a success.

Starting last Monday, Fox began delaying the availability of new episodes on Hulu and Fox.com for 8 days. The decision goes directly against the wishes of the public but Fox will take this disappointment as collateral damage in the hope that the delay will result in more live viewers and better deals with cable and satellite distributors.

When the plan was first announced last month we predicted that it could lead to a significant boost in online piracy of Fox shows, and this does indeed turn out to be the case.

Time Warner Pulls Channels From iPad App

Time Warner Cable on Thursday abruptly removed several channels, including MTV and FX, from its app that replicates the TV viewing experience on an iPad, after receiving complaints from three major media companies, Viacom, Discovery Communications and the News Corporation.

The companies have claimed that the iPad app is a contract violation — in part because they want cable companies like Time Warner Cable to pay them more for the privilege to stream their channels to portable devices. Viacom and the News Corporation had sent cease-and-desist letters to Time Warner Cable in recent days.

The debate over the app boils down to this question: When companies like Time Warner Cable buy the rights to beam channels to customers’ television sets, do those rights extend to new screens like iPads? After all, computers, iPads and mobile phones can all act as TV screens.

via mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com (slightly edited for clarity)

As TechCrunch says, “Why can’t I just watch the damn television on my internets??!” -> Greedy network execs. Duh!

ABC Tries Mobile-to-Facebook Push to Launch Show

New ABC show Happy Endings may get off to a strong start with a mobile-to-Facebook push the network hopes to use as a template for future campaigns.

The network, working with Mogreet, is asking consumers to text “happy” to 21534, which returns to them a video featuring the show’s stars. Videos are updated every Wednesday when the show airs. The clip then shows up on each user’s Facebook wall. (See image below.)

The idea, like that behind any social media campaign, is to give influencers — who have so far been targeted with a back-page ad in Maxim with more traditional media placement coming — some social currency, which they can spread among their various networks to create buzz for the show.

This ‘social currency’ will be a terrible important concept in the upcoming years. It’s still a rather ham-handed attempt to excite people with b-grade content, but ABC is trodding down the right path.

In NBC Deal, Comcast Gives Up Management Role at Hulu – NYTimes.com

In its successful bid to acquire NBC Universal, Comcast was not forced to sell off any assets. It did agree, however, to give up NBC’s management role in Hulu, the premier online TV Web site, while retaining a financial stake.

I think everyone can agree, this vested interest had to divest iteself a little bit, at least spiritually.

Facebook Woos Big Media

Facebook and Time Warner are now talking about using the social network’s login system to “authenticate” cable subscribers who want to watch online video from cable channels like TBS and HBO. Sources familiar with the companies’ plans say they are in early stages, but that the two companies are hoping to link up first with Verizon’s FiOS TV  service.

Nifty. I wonder, though, if Facebook will share your private data with TWC? That’s not an option I’d consider too seriously given the infoscape and TWC’s past history…

Jon Stewart, the Advocate, on the 9/11 Health Bill – NYTimes.com

Jon Stewart, the host of the channel’s “The Daily Show,” was outraged last week about Republican efforts to block a bill that would provide more medical care to first responders to the World Trade Center terrorist attack in 2001. He called the Republican filibuster “an outrageous abdication of our responsibility to those who were most heroic on 9/11.”

Mr. Stewart was also angry about the lack of television coverage. “None of the three broadcast networks have mentioned any of this on their evening newscasts for two and a half months,” he said, seemingly trying to shame them into covering the bill. He also contrasted the Fox News Channel’s extensive coverage of the controversy over the wrongly called “9/11 mosque” with its little coverage of the first responders bill.

And it made an impression on the news media. The next day on the Fox News Channel Shepard Smith called the delays “shameful” and asked, “Are we going to leave these American heroes out there to twist in the wind?” He said Mr. Stewart had been “absolutely right” to challenge Congress on the issue.

Stewart becomes a legitimate political advocate, and Fox news commends him for it? What’s going on here?

FCC Opens Vacant TV Airwaves

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve the use of “white space” – the broadcast frequencies opened up by switching analog TV signals to digital last summer – for wireless data and Internet services.

As we wrote earlier this week, the move was expected and will open up a number of avenues for “connected devices, or the Internet of Things, which are now coming online faster than new human subscribers to leading mobile phone networks.”