Posts Tagged ‘internet’

House of Cards Shows Up on Netflix for a Hot Second and the Company’s Tweets Are Great

February 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

That was fast: the third season of Netflix's semi-Shakespearean government drama House of Cards momentarily showed up online for long enough to freak out the entire Internet, but the company is in damage-control (read: joke-making) mode. It's a mode they're good at. This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27. — House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 11, 2015 The company said an internal bug caused the full third season of the show to appear on the streaming service; props to The Verge for catching the error—if you want to spoil yourself ever-so-slightly, you can check out their post here . House of Cards writer Beau Willimon got his licks in, too: Well folks, when Frank Underwood wants to tease...he doesn't fuck around. @HouseofCards @netflix — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) February 11, 2015 All in all, this probably amounts to a great marketing... happenstance, since it wasn't really a stunt or a planned change. It's one of those weird opportunities that requires companies with an upcoming product to think on their feet. Mission accomplished, guys. The show was up for "at least 25 minutes," according to CNBC; it's back down now. You have to wait two more weeks for Frank & Co. to begin the back-stabbing extravaganza. And also to reread Richard III , not to put too fine a point on it.

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With Support From Yahoo, Community Now Looks to Go Beyond ‘6 Seasons and a Movie’

January 14, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Community has managed to cheat death more times than Jason Voorhees . This year, the cult sitcom pulled off its most improbable comeback yet: after NBC's cancellation, finding a home not on Hulu (where its studio, Sony, already had a digital syndication deal ), but Yahoo Screen. The show's sixth season will debut on the streaming service March 17, with a two-episode premiere, and additional episodes following each Tuesday after that. But the Yahoo deal barely came together, creator Dan Harmon said at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. It was finalized June 30, with Harmon getting the news just hours before his cast's contracts were set to expire . "It was very last minute," recalled Harmon, who admitted not knowing why talks with Hulu collapsed . The Yahoo Screen version of Community will be free but ad-supported. "The

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Facebook Buys Video-Compression Startup QuickFire

January 8, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Facebook, in a clear signal of its expanding video ambitions, has acquired video-compression technology company QuickFire Networks. Facebook did not disclose terms of the deal. San Diego-based QuickFire has developed technology to reduce the bandwidth required to deliver video over the Internet. Currently, Facebook serves an average of more than 1 billion videos per day.... Read more

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Investors Add Further $160 Million to Wanda’s e-Commerce Push

January 5, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Two offshore Internet investment funds have paid a combined RMB1 billion ($163 million) for stakes in Wanda E-Commerce.

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Google ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Campaign in Sony Attack

December 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A top Google executive said the Internet search giant is “deeply concerned” about a “coordinated campaign” by the MPAA and Hollywood studios to attack the company through non-legislative tactics, citing emails stolen in the massive hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. In a blog post Thursday, Kent Walker, Google’s senior VP and general counsel, wrote, “We are... Read more

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5 Ways Television Changed Dramatically in 2014

December 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Television advertising has been a pretty conservative marketplace: You buy Nielsen ratings, you make 30-second advertisements and sometimes you buy product placement. But the sudden ascent of non-Nielsen-rated content has created a gaping void in the measurement world. And popular genres like horror, with shows such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story, aren't super friendly to adjacencies and product placement. Who wants to see consecutive bites taken out of a leg and a cheeseburger? (Game of Thrones, of course, isn't even ad-supported). So here are a few ways the industry is changing, and what it means for 2015. 1. Ratings went crazy. What happened? The measurement world's lack of visibility into the mobile and tablet spaces generated shrugs until fairly recently. It's become spectacularly—maybe horribly—easy to spy on computer users' surfing habits (no, "incognito mode" does not hide you from anybody except your mom). But your cell phone and your iPad are still difficult to track, mostly because in-browser viewing isn't the norm. Video apps like Hulu are much harder to track with cookies because you aren't in your browser. And that's where a huge, valuable chunk of viewing takes place. So Nielsen (which suffered a serious black eye at the beginning of the season by spilling coffee on the keyboard or something on a bunch of its Live+SD figures, resulting in some major corrections) is racing to make its gross ratings point tool, the one advertisers pay for in non-theoretical money, the standard across not just linear cable and broadcast, but new media, as well. It's not there yet, partly because there's still significant dispute over whether or not an ad delivered on a smartphone is worth the same amount of money as an ad delivered on a 50-inch plasma screen

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Newly Released FCC Documents Show Just How Frustrated Comcast Is With Netflix

December 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Comcast is tired of Netflix, that's for sure. The cable giant had to answer a number of difficult questions from the Federal Communications Commission last week after Netflix objected in the strongest possible terms to a pending merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The cable giant's answers are now redacted and available for all to see . And one of the most talked-about entities is Netflix: Its name comes up some 179 times over the course of the document, including in the footnotes. It's a complicated case , but Netflix's objections come down to this: Comcast and Time Warner should not be allowed to turn the Web into cable TV. " Unsurprisingly, given their dominance in the cable television marketplace," Netflix representatives stated in

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French Senate Votes To Cap CNC’s Revenue

December 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– The French Senate has voted to cap the revenue of the CNC, Gaul’s national film board, to help offset the country’s budget deficit. In spite of the opposition from the government and parliament, French senators have passed a measure to cap revs from taxes on Internet Service Providers and broadcasters/VOD services exceeding 201 million Euros ($250.6... Read more

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China’s BesTV and Oriental Pearl Merge To Create New Media Giant

November 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shanghai Media Group, a Chinese state-controlled conglomerate, has merged two of its listed subsidiaries to form a new group, that it claims will be the largest Internet media conglomerate in China. SMG is one of largest media and entertainment conglomerates in China and last week announced an expansion of its relationship with Disney. SMG is... Read more

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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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