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Canada Getting New Video Streaming Service

August 26, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Two of Canada’s largest cable television companies are putting their differences aside and joining forces to launch a new video streaming service as the industry responds in kind to competition from online players such as Netflix. The new service, called shomi (pronounced: show me), will debut in November at a suggested retail price of $8.99 (Canadian) a month. It will be available on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set top boxes, to Rogers and Shaw Internet and television customers. Shomi will feature prior seasons of popular television shows, as well as iconic series from the past, cult classics and fan favorite films, the two companies said in a statement. At launch, the shomi catalog will contain 11,000 hours of television shows and 1,200 movies; 30 percent of the content will be Canadian. Shomi has exclusive past-season streaming rights to a number of popular titles, including Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain and American Horror Story. "We've taken the time to talk with Canadians to find out what they want and to create an unbelievable user experience," said Rogers Media president Keith Pelley. "They told us loud and clear—they want all the past seasons of the most popular, current TV shows and they want it to be easy. Shomi takes the guesswork out of finding what to watch, acting like a new-age video clerk serving up all the best content based on individual viewing habits." Netflix in particular will prove to be a formidable competitor. Although the company does not disclose how many Canadian customers it has, estimates range as high as 5.8 million. However, there’s one point in shomi’s favor: Netflix Canada’s content is considered inferior to the content available in the United States, a weakness the programmers at shomi could exploit.

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Canada Getting New Video Streaming Service

August 26, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Two of Canada’s largest cable television companies are putting their differences aside and joining forces to launch a new video streaming service as the industry responds in kind to competition from online players such as Netflix. The new service, called shomi (pronounced: show me), will debut in November at a suggested retail price of $8.99 (Canadian) a month. It will be available on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set top boxes, to Rogers and Shaw Internet and television customers. Shomi will feature prior seasons of popular television shows, as well as iconic series from the past, cult classics and fan favorite films, the two companies said in a statement. At launch, the shomi catalog will contain 11,000 hours of television shows and 1,200 movies; 30 percent of the content will be Canadian. Shomi has exclusive past-season streaming rights to a number of popular titles, including Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain and American Horror Story. "We've taken the time to talk with Canadians to find out what they want and to create an unbelievable user experience," said Rogers Media president Keith Pelley. "They told us loud and clear—they want all the past seasons of the most popular, current TV shows and they want it to be easy. Shomi takes the guesswork out of finding what to watch, acting like a new-age video clerk serving up all the best content based on individual viewing habits." Netflix in particular will prove to be a formidable competitor. Although the company does not disclose how many Canadian customers it has, estimates range as high as 5.8 million. However, there’s one point in shomi’s favor: Netflix Canada’s content is considered inferior to the content available in the United States, a weakness the programmers at shomi could exploit.

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Video Music Awards 2014: Winners List

August 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MTV’s Video Music Awards will kick off on Sunday night, 6 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Among the biggest nominees at the annual awards show are Beyonce, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. Check back here from a updated winners list as they’re announced at the show:... Read more

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TV Gets Undressed

August 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

To say that this wedding is unconventional doesn’t quite capture the essence of the nuptials of reality show contestants Ashley and Alika. First off, the bride and groom met with the TV cameras rolling and decided to get hitched after just three months. Six other couples who are attending the wedding fell for each other under the same televised circumstances. A shaman presides over the ceremony, with backup from a chanting yogi and drum circle. Nowhere in sight can one find the usual trappings—no flower girl, no ring bearer, no tulle or tuxedos. Boutonnieres are also in short supply—though bug spray could come in handy. Some of the invited guests are more anxious than even the happy couple—who, even if they don’t get cold feet, may well experience sunburn. For you see, everybody here—the bride and groom, wedding party and guests—is butt naked. Even if you haven’t been tuning into VH1’s summer hit Dating Naked —which has attracted more than 1 million viewers per episode and plenty of social buzz to boot—you might want to cue the DVR for television’s first all-nude wedding, airing Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. To be sure, it’ll be a spectacle not to be missed. For the Viacom-owned basic cable channel, it was a no-brainer to film the union and televise it as an hour-long special, extending the series’ 10-episode run with what are likely to be big ratings.

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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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The Parents Television Council Is Already Upset About What Nicki Minaj Will Do on Sunday

August 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Really, you wonder if the Parents Television Council is secretly letting MTV write their press releases. Nicki Minaj's butt-heavy video for her new single Anaconda (why, yes, it does sample Sir Mix-A-Lot) dropped today, and the hip-hop artist's outfits and dance moves already have the PTC outraged about the VMAs, despite the fact that the broadcast is several days away. "Given the explicit video," said a statement from the group, which included a helpful link to a site hosting the video, "the Parents Television Council said that if her performance at the VMAs is anything like her new video, then the show must be rated TV-MA." The VMAs will probably be rated TV-14, as usual. MTV had no comment. The rating of the VMAs is a particular bee in the PTC's collective bonnet this year: earlier this week Tim Winter issued a statement demanding that MTV "commit publicly" to a statement authored by the PTC saying they wouldn't show "explicit sexual content," apparently as defined in relationship to Miley Cyrus's much-discussed twerking performance last year, in addition to agreeing not to violate its own standards, as the PTC claims it did in '13. So why is the PTC getting bent out of shape over this? Well, partly because the organization has logged something of a precipitous decline in donations over the last few years (the most recent form 990 available has the organization bringing in $2.7 million in total for the year 2012, with a little more than $2.5 million coming from donations. As recently as 2008, the organization was seeing

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Islamic State Militants Exploit Digital Services to Disseminate Video of Apparent Murder

August 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The group calling itself Islamic State (ISIS) did something truly abominable by any humane standard today: They posted onto several Internet video services footage of a masked, black-robed man appearing to kill James Foley, a young freelance reporter who had moved to Syria to cover the unrest there and was abducted in 2012 from Aleppo. The video itself is about two minutes of President Obama discussing foreign policy with Arabic subtitles, then a forced speech by the captive Foley, the apparent murder, and some meandering threats of "bloodshed" by the murderer. I'm not going to post any links to the video here, so you can relax. Twitter was quick to respond to the breaking story, but unfortunately, much of the immediate reaction was simply reposts and screencaps of the video's most horrible sections and then immediate outrage. YouTube took action after a little while and removed the original post, but ISIS is exploiting a particular hole in the video ecosphere that has plagued law enforcement for a while: Anything that's disgusting or titillating enough gets posted, reposted and re-reposted with new tricks every few weeks to fool YouTube's automatic censors. For example, a few years ago, for a brief period, you could find any episode of a television show you wanted because uploaders had reversed the screen image; Marge vs. the Monorail was just as good flipped left to right, so for a while, illegal uploads flourished. Then YouTube got wise, and this trick no longer works. Recently, there's been a spate of video uploads that are simply a camerman filming a screen playing copyrighted content—that, too, is hard to flag, unless it's by hand, and YouTube says it deals with an average of 100 hours of new content per minute. With video content like the ISIS footage, the problem becomes even more complex, because users can upload and post information that is playing in a screencap, or is cropped or subtitled differently from the original post. Journo backlash to the post was swift—Foley was well-liked and his friends, colleagues and acquaintances were quick to push handout photos of him available at his family's website, which replaced his blog while he was missing. The site, FreeJamesFoley.org , seems to have been overloaded by traffic at this writing. More frighteningly, ISIS sympathizers tweeted bloody frames from the video at working journalists. Their accounts were quickly suspended, but their message was very clear. Indeed, plenty of accounts are still live with ISIS handles. Most journos responded with cutting remarks, but many said they were shaken by the experience. . @gladiatory48 thanks for my daily reminder that evil exists — Anthony B. L. Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) August 19, 2014 And some services simply don't discriminate: LiveLeak has kept the video up and indeed, does a brisk business in gory images (another popular video on the site at the moment: Man Was Still Alive After He Was Hit by Train).

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Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Pay Tribute to Robin Williams During Latenight Shows (VIDEO)

August 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Latenight hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers paid tribute to comedic legend Robin Williams during their “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” broadcasts on Tuesday, following the actor’s suicide on Monday. Joining numerous public figures who have expressed their sadness at Williams’ passing, Fallon launched into an imitation of Williams’ manic standup performances before replaying... Read more

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Hyundai Will Air an 11-Minute Sci-Fi Short Film During the Ad Breaks of TNT’s Legends Premiere

August 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Serious commercials are hard to do well, but when you're doing content specifically for TNT's upcoming Sean Bean spy thriller, Legends , it's sort of mandatory. So Hyundai and TNT turned to New Form, the ad shop run by movie idea guys Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, to create an energetic three-part story that will air over a combined total of 11 minutes during the limited commercial slots of Wednesday's Legends pilot. TNT

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Kevin Spacey Tries to Take Over the World … in His Ads [Video]

July 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With two Oscars to his name, and a current starring role in one of the most celebrated TV series on the air, Kevin Spacey already has the world at his feet. But it's clear he wants more. Or at least, so it appears from his advertising work. We recently looked at the commercials he's done and noticed a theme. He always seems to portray a man of mystery on the hunt—whether playing a secret agent for for E*Trade, a power-hungry kingpin for Call of Duty or a man seeking perfection on American Airlines. Is Spacey being typecast in his ads? Or could he bring a greater range than advertisers give him credit for? Check out the video above, and judge for yourself.

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