I can’t watch TV shows with laugh tracks. Which means all CBS comedies are out.
The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
It’s hilarious how CIA agents are portrayed on British TV: arrogant, cocky, usually corrupt and with a Texas accent. Basically the same way they’re portrayed on US TV, except the part about the Texas accent, we save that for Texas Rangers.
Hulu shareholders are idiots.
There’s also still a possibility that Hulu’s owners avoid an outright sale by bringing in another media company such as Time Warner Cable or Time Warner, through an investment. Some analysts have advised against selling. Part of the reason Hulu is on the block, though, is that its owners have disagreed over what strategy to pursue.
In the face of massive disruption the networks did something brilliant and unheard of; they banned together, pooled their resources (some money and their content) and formed a great online media entity that allows people to watch their favorite TV shows online. Without having to pirate them. And guess what, it was a success!
But now, because these broadcasters are afraid of cannibalizing their own business, and some are subscription based and some are advertising based businesses, they don’t know how to move forward without killing the golden goose. But if they sell to one company, - especially a company who’s business model revolves around subscriptions - like DirectTV, they’ll ruin it.
It’s just ridiculous.
I love seeing video entertainment disruption like this. This space has a really long way to go to break down the big networks but I think it’s going to take a lot of niche channels to disrupt the big guys.
What happens when a creator uses a highly-anticipated web series to launch a new website? The creators of Video Game High School found out when the highly-anticipated web series debuted on Rocket Jump — bringing millions of views to a platform they fully controlled.
This is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I just went and visited the site and from here in the UK I could only really see teen pop shows from Korea but hopefully their success will enable them to continue to add loads more programming. I’d love to have access to a lot of international content.
Studios around the world churn out reams of TV shows. But until now, it’s been inefficient for them to get their shows aired in a large number of markets abroad, which means producers have left piles of money, in the form of international advertising revenue, on the table.
Now that’s changing, thanks to Viki, a Hulu-style video site that was created in 2007 to break down barriers in the international TV trade. A key ingredient in the success of the startup, which raised $20 million in October from heavy hitters like Greylock Partners and Andreessen Horowitz, has been a Wikipedia-style approach to getting shows translated into local languages. Namely, it lets the fans do the subtitling.
For those not tech savvy enough to set up their own VPN, you can use TunnelBear. I love it. It will VPN you into either the US or the UK. Best of both worlds. It’s free to use up to 500 MB and $4.99 for unlimited streaming AND they have an iPad app.