April 2, 2014 |
As expected for some time, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its Fire TV, an Internet video-streaming set-top box that will compete against the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Though Amazon was expected to announce a small dongle similar to Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick, the company instead revealed a black rectangular box about the same size as the Apple TV and Roku's various set-top devices. The new box will retail for $99 and is on sale now . Amazon Fire TV comes with a small control, just like Roku and Apple TV. But unlike its rivals, Amazon Fire TV's remote comes with a microphone that users can speak into to search for content with their voice.
February 27, 2014 |
Less than three years after launching a leading online video subscription service in Japan, Hulu has decided to bow out of the country. Santa Monica-based Hulu has agreed to sell its Hulu Japan subscription service to Japan's Nippon Television Network Corp., the companies announced late Thursday. "We have now reached a point in the growth of the business in Japan where we feel the best path forward is to sell the company to a strategic buyer," Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins wrote in a blog post announcing the divestiture of one of the company's most ambitious projects.
January 30, 2014 |
"Neighbors," the raunchy Seth Rogen comedy about a married couple living next to a frat house, will premiere alongside Jon Favreau's restaurant comedy “Chef” and Rob Thomas ' crowd-funded “Veronica Mars” movie as part of the 21st edition of the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, organizers announced Thursday. The 115-film lineup at the film fest, set for March 7-15, includes new movies from David Gordon Green, who will bring his adaptation of the Larry Brown novel "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan; Diego Luna, who will screen his biopic "Cesar Chavez" about the labor organizer; and Patrick Brice, who will premiere "Creep," starring Mark Duplass as a videographer who answers a want ad for a job only to discover the client is not what he appears to be. Filmmaker Wes Anderson also will be on hand for a screening of his new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," followed by an in-depth discussion about his career.
January 21, 2014 |
China is getting "The Ellen DeGeneres Show. " Warner Bros., which produces and distributes the daytime talker, said it has struck a deal with Sohu Video, an online distributor, to carry the show in China. The studio said it is the first time a U.S. syndicated talk show will be available in China. Subtitled episodes of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" will hit China within two days of their original broadcast here. WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows Sohu is an over-the-top video service similar to Hulu.
January 9, 2014 |
Tobey Maquire, star of IFC's "The Spoils of Babylon" has two messages for those who tune in. "I'm sorry and you're welcome," he quipped to reporters at the winter Television Critics Assn. media tour. Maguire was making fun of the intentionally overblown "The Spoils of Babylon," which is a parody of over-the-top miniseries, complete with swelling orchestral music, awkward dialogue and chest-heaving passion. The six-episode project, created and written by Funny or Die's Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele, represents IFC's most aggressive move yet in planting its comedy flag on the cable landscape.
January 9, 2014 |
Playwright and actor Sam Shepard has a theory about looking to the rural life of yesteryear for entertainment: Nothing has changed. The 70-year-old actor stars in the forthcoming Discovery Channel miniseries "Klondike," which tells the story of the last great Gold Rush that swept Alaska and Canada's Yukon territory in the 19th century. While promoting the project Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, the actor mused on backwoods curiosity, particularly referring to "Klondike.