September 16, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before proclaiming next week's "Breaking Bad" to be the best episode of TV ever. The Skinny: The bad news is that the Redskins are 0-2. The good news is they play in the NFC East, where everyone is mediocre. Still, if they don't beat Detroit next week it will be a long and ugly season. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box-office report and NBCUniversal's big hire. Daily Dose: You know your football team is bad when the local TV station is basically apologizing for carrying its games.
August 30, 2013 |
Millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers deprived of CBS and Showtime have every reason to be enraged. But they should put that anger to good use. The standoff tells us something important about the television industry. Despite urging from the Federal Communications Commission, countless angry customers and an array of elected officials, a cable operator already reviled for its skyrocketing rates can't cut a deal with an entertainment behemoth that just trumpeted its best financial quarter ever.
August 28, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before the New York Times comes back online. The Skinny: Anyone reading "Gone Girl"? I'm apparently late to the psychopathic party. Another reading recommendation: A deep interview with Paul DePodesta, of "Moneyball" fame, on the Nautilus website. Today's headlines including the continuing dispute between the WGA and Peacock Productions and the New York Times outage. Daily Dose: As of this writing, the New York Times' website is down.
August 15, 2013 |
CW Seed, an experimental digital entertainment studio and website, launched Thursday with four original Web shows. The ambitious effort represents a dramatic increase in the CW television network's investment in original programming for digital platforms. CW intends to roll out fresh episodes each week and add two other Web shows to the site later in the fall. CW Seed will be anchored by the third season of the cheeky comedy "Husbands," which was formerly on YouTube. "Husbands" tells the story of two young guys (a professional athlete and a tabloid personality)
August 1, 2013 |
Google Now, the Web giant's proactive personal assistant, could soon be beefed up with local news. Currently, Google Now shows Android and Apple mobile device users "cards" with information they may want to know before they search for it. The cards display information such as a friends' birthdays, upcoming flights they might have, local weather or traffic to users' place of work. Google is now experimenting with a local news card that would show users stories that are geographically relevant to them, according to a report this week by online news site Quartz . PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet “One thing we're testing right now is a very local hyper-local news card, which is really useful,” said Johanna Wright, vice president of search and assist at Google, according to Quartz.
August 1, 2013 |
Chromecast's lack of content may not be a problem for too long as Hulu, HBO and others have expressed their interest in working on an app for Google's new digital TV receiver. The $35 Google TV dongle has been off to a quick start thanks to its low price and the fact that it is compatible with Android, Apple iOS, Mac computers and PCs. However, the most glaring issue with Chromecast is the fact that besides services like YouTube and Google Play content, only Netflix's mobile apps work directly with the new Google product.
July 18, 2013 |
For the past two years, Netflix has sought to redefine itself as not merely a distributor of other studios' content but also as a programmer in its own right. Now, after collecting 14 Emmy nominations Thursday, Netflix's original-content strategy has won validation from the company's traditional-media peers. The Los Gatos, Calif., company has been refining its approach to programming, opting to stop paying top dollar for every movie and TV show out there, unless Netflix can offer them exclusively to its 36 million subscribers.
July 15, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before working "Sharknado" into all my stories. The Skinny: I know a lot of you have always wondered, but no, J.K. Rowling is not the secret author of the Morning Fix. Just wanted to make that clear. Monday's headlines include the weekend box office recap, Lassie attempt a comeback and the Hulu sale canceled. Also, the sad passing of "Glee" star Cory Monteith. Daily Dose: The Tennis Channel is continuing its fight against Comcast Corp. Friday it petitioned the full D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse a decision by three of its judges that said Comcast did not have to carry the network in all its homes as it does with sports channels that the cable giant owns.
July 15, 2013 |
"Sharknado," Syfy's made-for-TV movie about a swirling cyclone of ocean predators, did indeed take Twitter by storm, according to the latest rankings of the week's most, er, chewed-over topics on social media. SocialGuide, a Nielsen division that measures social-media activity related to TV shows, ranked "Sharknado" as the most-discussed program of the night -- with some 318,232 tweets -- during its Thursday airing. That's more than CBS' reality series, "Big Brother," the Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees baseball game, or MTV reality series "Girl Code.