Game of Thrones on Track to be Most Pirated Show...
MG Seigler reports that Season 2 of the HBO show Game of Thrones is on track to become the most pirated show of 2012. Now I don’t know how much HBO costs exactly (I’m in the UK), but I know you need to have a basic cable subscription in addition to an HBO plan. There is quite literally no other option to watch the show legally for the first few months after linear transmission. How...
Is Content Still King?
AllthingsD report today that the search for audience has superceded the long held mantra that “Content is King”. With the rise of new distribution platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Hulu, there’s no question that the next generation of digital media is as much about distribution as it is about content. Media companies that orient their organizations to prize audience development...
I am halfway through episode 5 of The Bridge, the new drama on BBC Four. I think it may be better than The Killing. Catch up here, if you are in the UK.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. There’s still plenty of meat on that bone. Now you take this...– Carl Weathers - Arrested Development
MTV UK revamp VOD offering
Paid Content believe MTV UK will have a hard time changing public perception in the face of the myriad of free offerings. Charging for catch-up goes against what has become the industry grain. Equivalent catch-up services BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand Five make shows available for free in the same seven-day window, with advertising in the case of the commercial broadcasters. It is a...
Youtube Unveils UK Strategy
Youtube have unveiled their UK strategy, looking for niche markets to create channels for. The Google-owned video-sharing site is advancing producers around £500,000 a year to become part of its Original Channels strategy, and plans to launch “tens of channels” I feel Google need to retain the Youtube branding, while creating a less chaotic destination for this new content.
Amazon Move Into Kids TV
A bold move from the former book store. Amazon Studios is inviting developers to submit proposals for original kids’ and comedy shows. The best will be distributed through Amazon Instant Video…. If a show is optioned, the creator gets $10,000. If Amazon decides to develop the show as a series, “the creator will receive a $55,000 payment, up to 5 percent of Amazon’s net receipts from toy...
Prepare to put mustard on those words, for you will soon be consuming them along...– Maurice Moss - The IT Crowd.
I really like the new ABC drama Scandal, I just have a tiny problem with all the monologuing. In real life, nobody allows anyone else to talk for that long without interrupting. Other than that, cool show. No pickup in the UK as of this moment.
Google, Hulu Plan Online Video Upfront
You all know what an upfront is right? I know we don’t have them in the UK, so indulge me for a second. It’s when the entire US network television industry decamps to New York, in a bid to reveal their fall schedules while at the same time making pretty eyes at the advertising industry. The hope is that Unilever and General Motors will be so enthralled by the trailer for the latest...
Hulu to start authentication process.
An article from Fox Business suggests this is coming. Hulu, which attracted 31 million unique users in March under a free-for-all model, is taking its first steps to change to a model where viewers will have to prove they are a pay-TV customer to watch their favorite shows, according to sources. If this happens it will be a huge setback for the still weirdly nascent US video on demand market,...
I don’t think there’s ever been an appointment in my life where I...– George Costanza.
Girls and Veep renewed.
In other news that is sure to delight viewers of both shows, HBO renewed Veep and Girls for second seasons today. Veep comes to Sky Atlantic in June, Girls is TBA.