December 27, 2013 |
"Breaking Bad" marathon (AMC, Friday through Monday) . For those whose year has been marred by not being able to discuss "Breaking Bad" at cocktail parties, AMC brings you the parting gift of a series marathon, airing from noon each day, Friday through Monday. The story of a mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned meth-making drug dealer, and of all his little friends, frenemies and enemies, it is most likely the series most named this year right after the words, "You know, television has gotten really great.
December 21, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if the Mayans are right and this is my last Morning Fix ever. The Skinny: So far, I'm still here. Check back with me later in the day. Friday's headlines include the holiday weekend box office preview, a profile of media investor Gordy Crawford, some division among the owners of Hulu, and reviews of "This is 40" and "On the Road. " Also, News Corp. details financial information on its publishing unit in advance of spinoff and CNN hires ABC's Jake Tapper.
April 8, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before making sure to get home in time for the game. The Skinny: I couldn't help but notice that some of the "Mad Men" recaps I read last night seemed longer than the script for the two-hour season premiere. I like "Mad Men" and have never missed an episode but the obsession with the minutiae is exhausting! Monday's headlines include the box office recap; a potential suitor for Hulu and how ABC is looking to Disney for inspiration. Daily Dose: While lots of people binge-viewed the Netflix political drama "House of Cards," I chose to nibble at it. I finally finished and wonder whether releasing all the episodes at once has some cons to it when it comes to promotion and marketing.
May 17, 2013 |
It's not enough these days to wonder what to watch on your TV; a growing question for many is how to watch. Just like any device in your life, TVs can now connect to the Internet. This lets you grab shows from the Internet and watch content whenever you want. Most new TVs come with the ability to connect to the Internet, but there are a number of ways to easily turn an existing TV into a so-called smart TV. Here's a primer. The simplest way to do so is to connect a TV to a laptop or computer using either a VGA or HDMI cable.
December 15, 2011 |
Hoping to attract a rapidly growing U.S. Latino audience, online video site Hulu has launched a Spanish-language programming service with popular shows from networks Univision, Estrella TV and Azteca America. Spanish-language programming has been scattered across different Internet sites. And some of the most popular programs, including the spicy telenovelas produced by Grupo Televisa of Mexico, were not available online in the U.S. Hulu, which has ramped up its offerings this year, saw an opportunity.
July 14, 2010 |
Loved and feared, Hulu — the online video service that offers free streams of episodes of such popular TV shows as "Glee" and "The Office" — commands more than 43 million users. Hulu's rapid rise since its launch in March 2008 has provoked shudders in Hollywood, where it's feared the website is teaching consumers, especially younger ones glued to laptops, to expect easy access to TV's best shows — all for free. And that, providers fret, will only encourage people to drop their pay TV subscriptions, which pays for the enormous cost of producing sitcoms and dramas.
June 30, 2010 |
Hulu, the 2 1/2-year-old video website controlled by three major media companies, made a bet Tuesday on the future of television by introducing a paid service that would provide viewers with hundreds of additional episodes for $9.99 a month. The move, called Hulu Plus, is a recognition by TV networks that viewing increasingly will shift to online and mobile devices. Along with the cable industry's competing TV Everywhere initiative, which allows cable or satellite TV subscribers to watch programming online, Hulu Plus will offer users a wider selection of programming.
May 31, 2013 |
While News Corp. and Walt Disney Co. consider offers for Hulu from several companies including Time Warner Cable, Yahoo and DirecTV, what all this means for the third owner of the online video site - Comcast Corp. - remain a mystery. Comcast inherited its 32% stake in Hulu when it purchased control of NBCUniversal in 2011. As part of the consent decree Comcast agreed to in return for government approval of the deal, it is a silent partner in Hulu's operations for seven years. There is an assumption that if Disney and News Corp.
May 24, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before deciding what movie not to see this weekend. The Skinny: I'm going to try to not stuff myself on "Arrested Development" this weekend. Just because Netflix is releasing all the new episodes this weekend doesn't mean I have to sit glued to this computer watching them all at once like a little kid with a bowl of M&M's. Friday's headlines include the box-office preview for the long weekend and the latest on the possible Hulu sale. Daily Dose: Aereo is not the only new distribution company that broadcasters are trying to shut down.
September 18, 2013 |
Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video users share one common passion: They all have an appetite for "binge viewing," according to the latest research from Nielsen. Nielsen's analysis of so-called over-the-top services -- a term that refers to video delivered to the TV via an Internet connected device such as a video game console or dedicated streaming box -- found that viewers are streaming video at a brisk pace. All the online video services experienced year-over-year gains in the number of users, Nielsen found.