Media

Proposed FCC Rule Change Could Help Internet Companies Overthrow Cable And Satellite TV

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission rule would “ensure that over-the-top Internet streaming services are given the same treatment as cable companies and satellite television companies. … Broadcasters would be barred from stopping online video providers from carrying their content and that online video providers would be empowered to negotiate fair licensing deals with content providers.”

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The 100 Most Valuable Movie Stars Of 2014

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Vulture has collected data (including domestic and foreign box-office numbers, social-media buzz, critical respect, Twitter mentions, Oscar nominations/wins, and E-Score Celebrity rankings by E-Poll) in every important metric that measures modern movie stardom, inputting those numbers into a formula crafted with our guest statistician, FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten.”

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Comedies Are So Over – It’s All About The Dramedy Now

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“If we’re really going to move forward, we need to embrace a broader idea of what comedies are capable of. If you think that isn’t a big obstacle … well, how many times have you seen someone complain an episode of, say, Parks and Recreation was terrible because it ‘wasn’t funny enough’ when it really just dealt with weightier material or took a breather to develop its characters?”

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Silent Films Are Now Anything But Quiet

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“Silent film has managed to outwit history. Not only is there a phoenix-like rebirth of interest in the medium, but the films themselves and the artifacts surrounding them are constantly coming to light in rich and unexpected ways.”

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Huge Increase In Video-On-Demand Production

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Streaming video on demand spending “already exceeded syndication dollars spent by broadcast stations last year; it will more than double the $3.3 billion projected for 2015. SVOD, broadcast stations and cable combined will bless the studios with $29.5 billion next year.”

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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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