It feels as though the world shall soon be divided equally among Microsoft, Apple, Walmart and Amazon.
Sources quoted by NBC claimed that the e-commerce giant has started talks to buy scores of small television channels in an attempt to “supersize its video-channel business,” not just in the U.S. but around the globe.
“They are doubling down on the channels industry,” one person who is included in the talks told NBC. “They’re involved in doing deals with smaller indie networks where they can get benefits to carriers that are not handcuffed into traditional distribution packages and they’re involved in offer
Full Story: Report: Amazon is looking to acquire cable television channels – SiliconANGLE
A quick scan of the nominees list for the major categories turns up a very notable pattern: It is a good year for streaming services and the original content they produce, but not such a great one for traditional network television. HBO is the notable exception, but HBO also boasts a very popular subscription streaming service in HBOGo. HBO racked up an insane 110 nominations, with Netflix tracking fast on its heels at 93. Hulu, it should be noted, put up 18, and many of those are in major categories like Best Drama, Comedy and Leading Actor/Actress performances.
Amazon held steady at 16 nominations, a situation that reportedly has left Jeff Bezos distinctly unsatisfied with the Amazon Studio Team. He’s leveled a pretty clear mandate about what is expected in the future: bring him Game of Thrones. In response, Amazon’s creative schedule is said to be making some major overhauls with aims at appealing to a more mass market — less Man In The High Castle and more Ray Donovan.
Full Story : Amazon Studios Seeks TV Cord-Cutting Emmy | PYMNTS.com
There was something crushingly inevitable about the news that Facebook, the world’s largest social network, would be throwing its hat into the original programming ring.
Earlier this summer, it was announced that the social-network-turned-all-consuming-corporation would be funding a slate of original episodic content – documentary series, reality shows, and scripted programs – that would be hosted on the website’s new Watch feature, which appears to the left of the newsfeed, just below the Messenger tab. While other streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu earn revenue by charging subscription fees, Facebook is leaning into originals in an effort to siphon advertising dollars away from network and cable television and toward its own social behemoth, where easily shareable short-form video has been thriving for years.
Full Story: Can Facebook take on Netflix with its first season of original shows? | Television & radio | The Guardian
BBC Studioworks today re-opens the studio doors to the ‘home of British television’ at the Television Centre site in central London.
Television Centre, originally opened in 1960 and the biggest TV production facility of its kind in the world at the time, has been undergoing major redevelopment works since 2012 when it was sold by the BBC to property company Stanhope.
Read More: BBC Studioworks expands as three studios re-opened at Television Centre site – PSNEurope
Some of our absolute favourites were invented just for the telly.
Full Story: 8 amazing TV characters who weren’t in the original comic books
Very excited for this one!!!
Norman Lear’s longtime passion project Guess Who Died is coming closer to reality. The single-camera comedy, on which he has teamed with Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony TV, where Tolan is under an overall deal and where Lear has the Netflix revival of his One Day At A Time, is the studio.
Full Story: ‘Guess Who Died’: Norman Lear & Peter Tolan Comedy Lands At NBC | Deadline
Looks like television is going to just keep getting better and better!
If recent Hollywood deals are any indication, science fiction on TV is about to get even more interesting and complex. The trend started with the surprising announcement in late 2016 that Lin Manuel-Miranda’s next project—after completing his run on Hamilton and writing the music for Moana—would be to adapt Patrick Rothfuss’ cult fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle for TV and film. Just in the past two months, three more gamechanging options were announced: HBO will adapt Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Deat
Full Story: Four book series that are shaping the future of science fiction on television | Ars Technica
When it comes to TV and film, men haven’t just dominated the screen, they’ve also been at the helm of executive, directing and writing positions for years. Of the overall behind-the-scenes roles—like writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers—women only accounted for roughly 17 percent of the industry in 2016, according to Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film 19th annual Celluloid Ceiling report.
Full Story: Women in TV: CW Aims to Close the Gender Gap With New Shows ‘Valiant’ and ‘The She World’
Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday’s solar eclipse for nearly 40 years.
An astronomer who specializes in solar imaging, he’s been photographing eclipses for more than three decades, and will be using 14 cameras to capture the Aug. 21 celestial event. The cameras have solar filters to capture the eclipse in its partial phases, along with custom modifications that can photograph the corona and light wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, allowing scientists to view and study the sun’s temperature and composition in a way only possible during a total eclipse, he said.
Full Story: Can’t see the solar eclipse? Tune in online or on TV – ABC News
Binge-watching television can cause poorer sleep quality, more fatigue, and increased insomnia in young adults, a study has found.
The findings suggest that the mechanism explaining this relationship is increased cognitive alertness resulting from binge-watching.
Researchers found that more than 80 per cent of young adults identified themselves as a binge-watcher, with 20.2 per cent of them binge-watching at least a few times a week in the previous month.
Full Story: Binge-watching television leads to fatigue, poor sleep in young adults, says study