‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episodes Leak to Piracy Sites Ahead of HBO Premiere
The first four episodes of “Game of Thrones” season five cropped up on piracy networks late Saturday — nearly a full day before HBO’s scheduled April 12 premiere of the popular fantasy series.
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9 Reasons to Pay Attention to MIPTV & MIP Digital Fronts
If you’re a video creator, producer, distributor, or an advertiser, it’s worth your time to follow their steps at MIPTV and MIP Digital Fronts this year — even if you can’t make it over to Cannes next week. If you’re not convinced that you should pay attention what’s going in Cannes, consider this
Welcome to the Video Revolution
If you’re in the old-school TV business, you might feel vaguely comforted by the bottom two bars in the charts below. The obvious takeaway is that, according to Nielsen, the average American is still watching lots and lots of video in the form of traditional TV, broadcast and cable.
Are the NewFronts Big Business? Media Buyers Sound Off
Execs From UM, Starcom, Mindshare and DigitasLBi Offer Their Expectations
The Streaming Throne: Can HBO Win at Netflix’s Game?
The launch of HBO’s long-awaited Internet television service this week went past with little fanfare or scrutiny. By Sunday night, expect to hear about it — loudly — if HBO Now doesn’t deliver on the promise of real-time streaming video for the return of Game of Thrones, a blockbuster swords-and-dragons series now in its fifth season.
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At the Head of the Pack, HBO Shows the Way Forward
In 2007, just as Tony Soprano faded to black, HBO fell into a deep slump. Forgettable shows like “John From Cincinnati” and “Tell Me You Love Me” did poorly, each lasting only a season. Its content cupboard was bare, and rival TV executives openly referred to the cable network as “HB-Over.”
Netflix Is a ‘Buy’ for Three Reasons, Says Citi
Citi is down with OTT when it comes to Netflix Inc.NFLX +3.32%. The bank upgraded shares of the streaming video service Friday to buy from neutral for three main reasons. First, Citi says the recent pullback in shares has set up a buy-the-dip opportunity for Netflix bulls like itself.
Behind Time Warner Chief’s ‘Cord-Cutter’ Pitch
Just before 2 a.m. at his waterfront home in Greenwich, Conn., Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes early this month placed his fourth call of the evening to Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen.
5 Things to Know About Cord-Cutters
The rise of the Web has created a generation of “cord-cutters,” people who drop cable and satellite TV contracts in favor of online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, and of “cord-nevers” who never signed up for pay-TV in the first place. Their expanding ranks have led companies like Time Warner to look for ways to keep them in the fold, as a Page One story in The Wall Street Journal reports.
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5 Emerging Comedy Channels on YouTube
YouTube can be a much friendlier place than a stage for comedians to get their start. They don’t have to face the dreaded lack of laughter in person, and their internet-wide audiences are more diverse and easier to please.
Hulu Picks Up ‘Last Ship’ Exclusive VOD Rights
Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming video-on-demand rights to all episodes of TNT’s drama series “The Last Ship,” under a new deal with Turner Broadcasting — freezing out, for what it’s worth, rivals Netflix and Amazon.
Amazon to Stream Video in High Dynamic Range Format in 2015
Amazon, after launching select titles in 4K Ultra HD high-resolution video, said it plans to add support for High Dynamic Range displays — promising a richer visual experience — to its Prime Instant Video service later this year.
Dish’s Sling TV Experiences Issues During ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere
Dish’s Sling TV added HBO to its slate of over-the-top programming on April 9, just in time for the fifth-season premiere of Game of Thrones, but some subscribers had a hard time accessing the show and other Sling channels on Sunday night. Several customers posted on Twitter during the April 12 Game of Thrones premiere that they were having difficulty logging into their Sling TV accounts to stream TV. Others said they were experiencing delays accessing their programming.
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Netflix Seeks to Raise Share Authorization in Step to Stock Split
Netflix Inc is seeking to increase its share authorization by nearly 30 times, the video streaming service said in a filing with regulators. The company is seeking shareholder approval to increase the number of shares authorized to 5 billion from the current 170 million, a regulatory filing showed.
Indonesian Live-streaming Startup Zeemi.tv Grabs $1M From DeNA And 500 Startups
Indonesia has been dubbed the “social media capital of the world” thanks to the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram there. Now armed with $1 million in seed funding from DeNA and 500 Startups, Zeemi.tv is betting that its live-streaming video platform will prove just as popular in the country as other social networks.
Fire TV, Meet IMDB: Amazon’s TV Streamers Are Now Experts On Actors, Characters, and Music
A new feature adds a boatload of facts relating to movie and TV shows.
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‘Game of thrones’ is the most pirated show on earth
As the season five premiere of “Game of Thrones” approaches, piracy of the show skyrockets. More than 7 million people have illegally downloaded it.
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Gadget Lab Podcast: Somebody Fix the Roku’s Antenna
We love our streaming boxes — our Apple TVs, our Rokus, and our Fire TVs. But they’re not perfect. We’re still waiting for some of the big kinks to be worked out in streaming tech, especially for live broadcasts and sports. This was quite apparent last week, when Sling TV’s feed of the NCAA basketball games stuttered and sputtered for some viewers.
Hillary Clinton Launches Presidential Campaign: ‘I’m Hitting the Road to Earn Your Vote’ (Video)
Hillary Clinton launched her long-awaited presidential campaign Sunday. The announcement had been expected at noon ET. Instead it came several hours late with the Associated Press and the New York Times being tipped off. A short time later, a video titled “Getting Started” was posted on YouTube.
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Facebook to Host Pre-Newfront Video Event for Advertisers (Report)
According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is planning an event in New York for advertisers on April 22, the week before the annual Newfronts confab are scheduled to start. It will be an opportunity for Facebook to pitch advertisers on its video capabilities, including its growing reach among the important-to-reach millennials, as well as provide a preview of what’s to come.
Icelandic Startup Oz Introduces Subscription Video Platform for Creators
As online video creators and networks continue to seek ways to expand their distribution and revenue streams, an Iceland-based startup wants to help them launch subscription video streaming channels worldwide.
Quick Breaks: Amazon Reportedly Nabs Next Spike Lee Joint; Netflix Releases ‘Daredevil’
Disney/ABC TV Group Digital Chief Albert Cheng to Exit
Cheng, exec VP and chief product officer of digital media for Disney/ABC TV Group, has been the architect of Disney/ABC’s digital initiatives for more than a decade. In a note to staffers, Cheng said he felt it was time to move on after achieving the goals of making Disney/ABC programming available on an array of digital platforms.
Jim Berk Out as CEO of Participant Media After Eight Years (EXCLUSIVE)
Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned Friday after more than eight years atop the multimedia company, with founder Jeff Skoll announcing he would serve as temporary chief executive of the company he built to pursue both profits and social change.
Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat
Twitter is doing whatever it can to help its live video streaming acquisition Periscope beat independent competitor Meerkat. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Twitter has been contacting celebrities who use Meerkat, trying to convince them Meerkat is dying and that they should use Periscope instead.
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HBO’s Richard Plepler: Charlie Rose (04/10)
On “Charlie Ross,” a conversation with Richard Plepler. He is the Chairman and CEO of HBO. The network has just released its stand-alone streaming service. It is called HBO NOW.
CMO Today: Malone’s Next Cable Play
MALONE DIGITAL: An early figure in the rise of cable is making an investment in a startup aiming to give the industry a much-needed digital boost.
CMO Today: Bewkes Bets on HBO Now
BEWKES’ BET: In the past few years, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes often said his company was prepared to sell an online-only version of HBO when the time was right in the marketplace. His position: there was still so much room for growth in traditional pay TV, so why mess up a good thing? Well, the time became right a few months ago, when HBO announced plans to go “over-the-top” in a bid to reach the growing audience of cord-cutters.
Cutting the Cord: How do I get started?
Severing your relationship with traditional pay-TV service — cutting the cord — remains a hot topic. As many as 7% of pay TV homes are expected to drop their service or switch to an online video app instead.
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Beta Visits ‘The Valley’; Romania Orders Keshet’s ‘Trade Up’ — More MIPTV Briefs
Beta Film has acquired world rights to TNT Serie’s The Valley — In The Mist Of Silence. The original production is a six-part drama that was originally made for the Turner Broadcasting System Deutschland-owned network. It follows a man who wakes in a strange town unable to remember his own name as mysterious goings-on unfold around him.
Competition For Drama Heats Up While Reality Recalibrates — MIPTV
For several international television markets now, the search has been on for the next big unscripted primetime show. That’s still the case, but the drumbeat has softened as significant competition is heating up in the drama space.
Kassem G on Honing His YouTube Craft in the Early Days of the Platform
As one of the earliest YouTubers, Kassem Gharaibeh (better known as Kassem G) learned how to grow on the video platform from truly the ground up. He explained to Rhett & Link on “Ear Biscuits” how he honed his craft by going through the classic YouTube motions and finding his comedic niche.