Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Netflix Streaming Eats Up 35% of Downstream Internet Bandwidth: Study

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix’s video-streaming service continues to be the most bandwidth-hungry application on the Internet, now accounting for a whopping 34.9% of all downstream traffic during peak periods on North American broadband networks, according to a new study. The No. 1 subscription-video service outstripped all other services in terms of bandwidth consumption, as measured over a one-month period... Read more

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The Academy Is Ready for Its Closeup

November 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Mickey Mouse, Ronald McDonald, the Geico gecko, Mr. Clean—brand icons so embedded in the global mind-set that babies can recognize them before they can even speak. And then there’s Oscar, that distinguished little gold man honoring achievement in film, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1929. So why would the Academy, of all things, find it necessary to undertake a consumer- facing marketing and branding overhaul? Surely no member-based organization (with the possible exception of the United Nations) gets more exposure than the Academy. The annual Oscar ceremony endures as one of the most popular televised events in the world and that rare thing for advertisers: a chance to reach tens of millions of people in one shot. And yet, the nearly 7,000-member Academy has remained a largely inscrutable body, steeped in secrecy much like those sealed envelopes it’s famous for—and it’s been a mystery not only to the public at large but even within the Hollywood community. As Craig Zadan—a producer of the Academy Awards show who has belonged to the organization since 1991, and producer of films like Chicago and Hairspray—says, “All those years, I didn’t know anything about the Academy other than the Oscars—and I was a member.” The Costume Exhibit, Presented in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the show features more than 150 pieces from films like Shakespeare in Love, The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars.

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The Definitive Ranking of Every Adult Swim Show Currently Running

November 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Over the next few weeks we're going to be looking at some of the highest-rated cable networks on the airwaves in much the same way we ranked the shows on ABC , NBC , CBS and Fox back in September, and we figured we'd start off with an ambitious one: Adult Swim. Our rationale is pretty simple: It's a top 10 network in prime-time even though most of its programming airs in late-night, in total day rankings it beats out everything on cable—ESPN, USA, its huge sister networks like TNT and TBS—for the No. 1 slot, and its median age is 23. If you want those millennials abandoning traditional TV, especially young men, here they are. Much of Adult Swim's staying power is in its acquired or syndicated content (especially its anime programming and its reruns of Family Guy), but its originals are mighty, as well. And of course another part of the network's success is its commitment to really, really weird stuff, and to a pretty free-form renewal/cancelation policy. Everybody's seen the bugnuts 11-minute-long segment from the network's irregular show Infomercials, called Too Many Cooks, that devoured the internet last week—it's not like anything, anywhere. Under senior evp Mike Lazzo, Adult Swim has become a huge financial success; it's also sort of the Wooster Group of cable television. To some extent, this means that its offerings will appeal to disparate audiences from show to show.

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China’s Baidu Sees Profit Growth at 27%

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HONG KONG – Baidu, China’s search engine giant, saw net earnings grow by 27% in the third quarter, less than stock market forecasts, as revenues rose by 52%. Total revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were RMB13.5 billion ($2.20 billion) in the three months to end of September. Net attributable income was RMB3.88 billion... Read more

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Google Launches First Android TV Set-Top: Nexus Player

October 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Google has entered another pony in the Internet set-top derby. The tech giant announced the $99 Nexus Player, a device based on its Android TV platform for watching movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Google Play and other services, streaming YouTube videos and music, and playing videogames. Google announced the new Nexus Player Wednesday,... Read more

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The 25 Best GIFs of America’s Funniest Home Videos, as Selected by Imgur

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Before there was YouTube, there was America's Funniest Home Videos—the place you turned for weekly video proof that Americans are the most clumsy, self-injurious and downright idiotic species of human ever to walk the planet (or fall down trying). Now celebrating its 25th year on ABC, AFV (produced by Vin Di Bona Productions) continues to evolve for the digital era by partnering with Imgur, masters of the Internet GIF, to take every pratfall, pet trick and crotch kick well beyond the TV screen. Under the new partnership, Imgur will take memorable moments from classic and current episodes of AFV and turn them into looping GIFs. It's a fun way for the original user-generated content brand to leave a bigger mark in social. The deal kicks off with the very amusing GIF collection below—the 25 best AFV GIFs. Some are better than others, but the walking dog and the waterslide guy are absolute classics.

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Dish Adds Food Network, HGTV and Other Scripps Cable Nets to Internet TV Lineup

September 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dish Network is another step closer to launching a cheaper over-the-top TV service, obtaining rights to deliver live and on-demand content from Scripps Networks Interactive’s suite of cablers including Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network. The No. 2 satcaster has cut similar pacts with Disney/ESPN and A+E Networks, and has said it plans to bow an OTT service by... Read more

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Fox to Stream 101 NFL Games Online This Season, But Only to Some Pay-TV Subs

September 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox Sports will serve up 101 live NFL games during the 2014-15 season on the web, the first time a broadcaster is making regular-season games available streamed over the Internet — but there are a few catches. Gridiron fans must subscribe to a participating cable or telco TV provider to access the Fox Sports Go... Read more

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Adrien Brody Has No Time for Your Facebook Friend Request

August 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Hulu’s Jenny Wall Is a Pioneer of the Web Series Form

August 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Jenny Wall New gig Svp, head of marketing at Hulu Old gig Vp, marketing at Netflix Age 44 Photo: Karl J Kaul/Wonderful Machine So how did you find Hulu? I think I found Hulu in the sense that I’d been an avid Hulu user on my own—they called me in respect to some recommendations from the field. The opportunity came to me and I jumped on it immediately, and I’ve been very impressed with Mike [ Hopkins, Hulu’s new CEO ]. You’ve worked at some great places that have huge presences digitally, like HBO and Netflix. How have you seen the market change? I think the biggest thing I’ve seen is that it’s not considered “Internet TV” anymore. It’s really just entertainment you consume in a particular manner. Internet television is what we called it two years ago—everybody expected things to be Internet quality, but I had the opportunity to work on House of Cards and it was similar to what happened with HBO. And things snowballed. It took an example to show the public that something delivered through the Internet could be of high quality. It was amazing to be at HBO in those days, too, when the Sopranos and Sex and the City began. I’ve been lucky to land at two great places and now a third. How do you get the kind of reach on digital that TV enjoys? We have incredible content now that we maybe haven’t talked about as loudly as we should. Looking back at House of Cards, it was an incredibly well-produced show, it was a serialized drama, it was unlike short-form Web content.

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