Posts Tagged ‘video’

CNNx Promises It’s a New Way to Watch News

April 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

CNN embraced the digital component of its news service on Thursday when it announced CNNx, a new way to watch the network's programming. The app allows users to scroll through a rundown of the past 24 hours of programing on the network, and select what they want to watch with a tap of their fingertips. Viewers will be able to catch up on what they missed or see what’s up next on the docket. “CNNx is a really revolutionary advancement, and allows the consumer to be the producer. It allows the consumer to be able to enhance what they are watching and decide when they want to watch, when they want to watch it,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker told Adweek. Each news topic will contain the original newscast and additional digital content created just for CNNx consumers.

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Xbox Boosts User-Generated Video Play with YouTube and GoPro

April 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Microsoft is making it easier for Xbox One users to share their gameplay videos on YouTube — a hugely popular genre on the Google-owned service — and is adding a channel to bring action videos captured with Go Pro’s personal HD cameras to the console. Starting tomorrow, Xbox One ‘s updated YouTube app will allow uploads directly from... Read more

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Whoopi Goldberg Has Limits on Where She Takes Her Smartphone Calls

April 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Whoopi Goldberg Age 58 Accomplishments Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress; co-host of ABC’s The View; star of the Lifetime original movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short (premieres Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.) Base New York What’s the first information you consume in the morning? The first information I consume in the morning is, “Who do I need to respond to?” and then the news. I turn everything off at 7 o’clock [p.m.], so I don’t answer any emails until the morning. People get really insane with the emails—if you really need me, call me, but don’t email me 50 times and then expect that I’m going to respond instantaneously. I don’t take my gadgets into the bathroom with me! You know how many people do that? And you’re talking to them and then you hear a flush in the background and it’s like, “Wow! I don’t think I needed to know that!” How do you get your news briefings for The View? We all bring stuff that we found or thought of, and [the producers] also give us a packet. The five of us sit together and whittle it down. We don’t talk about everything to death in the makeup room, but everybody has their point of view. And then we start taping, and it’s all ad-lib, baby! You’re on Twitter—what are your other go-to social media platforms?

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Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Video-Streaming Set-Top for TVs

April 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon.com launched an Internet-video streaming TV device – the Fire TV – as the e-retailing giant looks to grab a spot in the living room to promote its own content services and get an edge on rivals including Apple and Netflix. As expected, Fire TV will stream Amazon’s Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, the unlimited movie... Read more

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Amazon Greenlights 6 Series, Including Chris Carter’s ‘The After,’ and Renews ‘Alpha House’

March 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon.com confirmed full-series pickups of four shows – including supernatural drama “The After” from Chris Carter (“X-Files”) — plus two kids’ original series and a second season of “Alpha House” starring John Goodman for its Prime Instant Video service. As previously reported by Variety, the Internet retailer greenlit two hour-long dramas “The After” (pictured above) and cop show ”Bosch,” and... Read more

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Sam Champion Wants to Make The Weather Channel a One-Stop Shop for News

March 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age Sam Champion Age 52 New gig Managing editor, anchor,The Weather Channel Old gig Weather anchor, Good Morning America You’ve said that your new morning show, AMHQ, will cover news, business, sports and other nonweather topics. Will that all be through the prism of weather? Weather affects every story—whether the event happened, whether people got there on time. If you’re talking about the president’s State of the Union address and he’s going to talk about climate change, how does that story “go through the prism of weather”? It’s a factual story. Weather is part of it.

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Pranks Dominate This Week’s YouTube Top 10

March 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Want to go viral on YouTube? Create a really clever prank video, and the odds seem pretty decent that it will gain traction on the social video site. Last week, it was all about snakes . This week, it's yoga pants, bongs and instant dates, as well as an ongoing phenomenon

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Dems Find Fault With Draft to Reauthorize Satellite Bill

March 12, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A proposed bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, or Stela for short, may please broadcasters, cable, and satellite companies, but politics on the communications and technology subcommittee could derail the current draft. Democrats who worked on an earlier draft with Republican Steve Scalise (R-N.J.) made it clear that they didn’t like and weren’t prepared to support the GOP leadership’s draft bill. A lot of political maneuvering went on behind the scenes before communications and technology chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who has been predisposed to a simple reauthorization, released a draft bill that included a few goodies for cable at the end of last week.

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Turner, CBS Outdoor Tip Off NYC Subway Media Play

March 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In what’s being billed as the biggest underground digital out-of-home network to date, CBS Outdoor and Turner Broadcasting System have teamed up to bring a little dazzle to the New York City subway system. Under its recently launched Ignite: Innovations Lab initiative, CBS Outdoor has installed 10 big video screens in some of Manhattan’s busiest commuter hubs, including the MTA stations at Times Square, Herald Square and Columbus Circle. Standing 66 inches, or five-and-a-half feet high, and about three feet wide, the new video installations have been deployed ahead of CBS and Turner’s joint March Madness coverage. While Turner will use the screens to promote the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship , it will also stream promos for its entertainment and news programming on TNT, TBS, truTV, Adult Swim and CNN. While the screens have been set up to maximize impressions in advance of March Madness, the deal will keep the units lit through at least March 2015. According to Dennis Camlek, svp, Turner Media Group, the subway screen loops are about five minutes in duration, and all content is fed to the displays from the Atlanta campus. Camlek said that content can be swapped out practically in real time, with a lag of 30 seconds at the most. While the colors and images displayed on the screens are particularly dynamic, there is no associated audio feed. “That was something we went back and forth on,” Camlek said. “But because the MTA’s safety messages are of the utmost importance, we thought we’d hang back on the audio.” Camlek added that while the 10 screens will be seen by a great number of TV viewers—approximately 7 million commuters walk through the NYC subway turnstiles every day—the number of media buyers and other agency personnel that will pass the displays is a nice bonus. “It’s both consumer- and industry facing,” Camlek said

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A Look at What the Broadcast TV Networks Have in Store for 2014-15

March 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

“Time is a flat circle. Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.” —Rustin Cohle While his musings have more to do with Nietzsche than Nielsen, True Detective’s nihilist ex-cop just as easily could have been inveighing against the infernal hamster wheel that is broadcast TV’s development process. Two-thirds of the way through another unremarkable season, the pilots designed to replace the failures of 2013-14 are a familiar stew of cop shows, bland comedies and spinoffs. And yet, hope springs eternal … Poised to win its first seasonal ratings crown in 10 years, NBC is still struggling with its Thursday night comedy lineup. All three newcomers have been shuttered, but with 19 sitcom pilots in the hopper, the Peacock has plenty of options. The twin comedy suns that light NBC’s corner of the universe are represented in Tina Fey’s Tooken and Amy Poehler’s Old Soul ; along with a Craig Robinson vehicle and Rob Lowe’s turn as a tennis hustler. These are the only projects that deviate from the cookie-cutter relationship comedy template. On the drama front, the resurrected CBS pilot Babylon Fields could bring NBC’s Wednesday 8 p.m. slot back from the dead. Speaking of CBS , the Eye Network once again has few weak spots to shore up, as it is expected to renew the vast majority of its lineup. (As CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves said last week, “The problem with our new development is, where do you put it all?”) Having secured the rights to the new Thursday Night Football package , CBS has a powerful new vehicle with which to promote its ailing Monday 10 p.m. slot. Look for Vince Gilligan’s Battle Creek and an untitled Wall Street drama from Taylor Elmore (Justified) and John Cusack to help level the playing field. Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly has made good on his promise to scrap the insanely inefficient custom that is pilot season, jumping straight into seven series orders. Among these are the Batman prequel Gotham, which could make for a nice fit on Monday nights with the returning Sleepy Hollow , and the Rainn Wilson detective strip, Backstrom. Seth MacFarlane, John Mulaney and Fey have comedies in the works for next season when Fox will have as many as six-and-a-half hours to fill each week.

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