Media

Piracy May Not Be Entirely Bad For Television

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“Illegal downloading and sharing of film and TV content is a major crime. Media piracy has even become fertile new territory for organised crime rings … But the reasons why ordinary people watch pirated programmes are complex – and the effect on a media brand’s content creators may not be so simple.” (video)

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“Goodfellas” Actor Sues “The Simpsons” For $250M

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“Frank Sivero says that The Simpsons ripped off the Frankie Carbone character he played in 1990’s Goodfellas and he wants to be paid for it. In a lawsuit filed today, the actor says he wants to be paid a lot – $250 million and more for the Springfield Mafia’s Louie.”

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“Saturday Night Live” Just Ain’t What It Used To Be – Never Was, Not Even In 1975

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“Matters of time have never been simple for fans, enemies, and frenemies of S.N.L. It is one of the few TV programs that people care about long after they’ve stopped watching it. People still talk about John Belushi as though it’d all been crap since then. Younger people do that with Dana Carvey or Will Ferrell.”

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Nielsen’s Plan To Measure Ratings For All Media

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“The new ratings, Nielsen says, can rank an online video next to a podcast next to an article. Unlike television or radio, the internet isn’t a medium that funnels just one format. The aim of Nielsen’s new ratings is to create a context to figure out what people care about online, regardless of what form it takes.”

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The Medium Is Still The Message, Even After 50 Years

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“Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Assessing all media that came before television and predicting all that would come after, he argued that we shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” Yet, after half a century, lots of folks who spout the aphorism still know nothing of his work. (audio)

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The Artist Who Made Art From Bell Labs Machines For Three Decades

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“This framing embodies the magic of what was happening with Lillian at Bell Labs: it was science and art, instead of science or art. I heard many more stories from which followed the same pattern: brief conversations over lunch would lead to long collaborations, fruitful for both parties involved.”

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This Is How Difficult It Has Become To Measure Who’s Watching What

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“As audiences have fragmented, broadcasters are monitoring them in many ways, yet their core business—selling airtime to advertisers—is still tied to traditional ratings. The network or service that can unite all these pieces for a complete view of what everyone’s watching will hold the keys to the kingdom, because the answer determines where the money goes.”

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How Many Online Video Ads Are Too Many? Or Too Few?

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Is the problem how often those damned ads for Prius or Geico or Viking River Cruises interrupt the stream you’re trying to watch? Or is it that those same damned ads play over and over? (Which would be because there aren’t enough different ads in rotation.)

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Is TV As We Know It About To End?

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“If content providers continue to launch their own platforms, as HBO and CBS have done, the future of internet TV will not just be unbundled. It will be deeply fragmented. That could threaten the very companies that pioneered this space to begin with—and make it more difficult and more expensive to get everything you want to watch.”

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HBO To Launch New Standalone Streaming Service

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“This will be transformative for our company,” Plepler said during his presentation at Time Warner’s Investor Day confab. Noting that there are now about 10 million households in the U.S. that are broadband-only, he declared: “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.”

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Netflix Stock Drops After HBO Streaming Announcement

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“Netflix’s stock slipped about 2% after HBO made a surprise announcement that it would launch a standalone, over-the-top U.S. streaming service in 2015 — representing a potentially robust new competitor to the No. 1 subscription VOD service.”

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Why Are All The Great TV Shows On Sunday Night?

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“It seems counterintuitive to pit all of TV’s best series against one another, as anyone who’s tried to program a DVR on Sundays can attest. But there is in fact a method to the networks’ madness, and five reasons why Sunday night’s quality TV overload exists – and won’t be going away anytime soon.”

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Content And Its Discontents: The Future Of Netflix

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“If you really look at Netflix, it’s a pay-TV company. People still think of Netflix as a video store, because that’s their history. But the way a pay-TV service works is that people subscribe and pay a monthly fee for a service that aggregates content and offers original content of its own. That’s exactly what Netflix does.”

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Hollywood Doesn’t Really Understand – Or Correctly Show – Los Angeles

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“Among the industry’s sins, according to the movie: blowing up the city again and again, just because it’s there to be turned into a fireball; denigrating the city’s great Modernist houses by making them the residences of villains or mentally unstable antiheroes; and ignoring neighborhoods that are not white or wealthy.”

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China Bans Actors With Drug Or Prostitution Busts From TV And Movies

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“Citing the role of broadcast media as an ‘important vessel’ for ‘transmitting socialist culture and core values,’ the new regulations claim that the illegal behavior of actors has ‘corrupted the social atmosphere’ and creates a ‘detrimental influence on the development of many young people’.”

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Today’s TV Superheroes – Just A Passing Fad?

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“Within two months over the summer of ’79, disco went from hero to zero, banished from the airwaves in a blacklist that persists, arguably, to this day. Now it’s superheroes hailed as the pop cult panacea for the industry’s financial woes, with Marvel and DC proudly trumpeting enough comic book flicks to populate screens big and small until 2028.”

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