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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“Twin Peaks” Is Coming Back To TV

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“The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 [on Showtime] to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC. In a fact that will delight Twin Peaks devotees, Lynch and Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch set to direct every episode.”

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“Twin Peaks” Made Today’s Prestige-TV Landscape Possible

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“The arty, boundary-breaking drama as we now know it wouldn’t exist without Twin Peaks … Everything from The Sopranos to American Horror Story owes it a debt. … And yet, as incredible as it now seems, there was a time when ABC was thought reckless, indulgent, or just plain stupid for giving Twin Peaks a green light.”

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New Languages Get Invented All Of The Time. Why Do Some Catch On With Hollywood?

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“It would be wonderful if there were tons of conlangers working with fantasy authors, working with science fiction authors, where the author can spend their time on the story and the conlanger can spend their time on the language, so by the time it gets picked up and it becomes the next blockbuster, whether on film or television, they actually have a language there to go along with it.”

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Hollywood, Let’s Talk About Getting Spanglish Right

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“As someone who regularly speaks English, Spanish and Spanglish (that mix of English and Spanish), this made no sense. For American Latinos, there are certain unspoken rules about what language you speak, and to whom.”

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Georgian Cinema Emerges From The Shadows

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“The story of Georgian cinema stretches back more than a century and is filled with remarkable achievements, from silent films featuring stunning landscapes and dynamic editing to subtle anti-Soviet critiques and startlingly inventive poetic narratives. … It’s an aesthetically diverse but often daring cinema that has been internationally acclaimed, and yet some of its filmmakers have been underappreciated and many films have long been unavailable.”

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