Just as Fall TV malaise sets in, HBO brings back “The Newsroom” for its final season. Aaron Sorkin’s take on cable news is probably the funniest show to watch on social media, if only because people hate it so much. Or do they? Last night’s premiere played on this love-hate relationship with an episode on the Boston Marathon bombing to kick off the final five episodes. Here’s some of the best snark you’ll see all morning: Read more
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HBO announced today plans to offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015. Viewers love HBO Go, and its ubiquity across all OTT platforms has led to much speculation about when HBO would make its content available outside of authenticating through a cable provider.
Below, full details via the release:
Speaking at the Time Warner Inc. Investor Meeting today, Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO, announced that the company will offer a stand-alone HBO streaming service in 2015. Following a portion of his presentation focused on HBO’s domestic business, during which he cited significant growth opportunities inside the pay-TV universe, Plepler then turned to the current ten million broadband-only homes, which is projected to grow.
Plepler then added:
“That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.
“So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”
There’s a good chance that if you’re a regular Lost Remote reader, you’ve used a Clearleap-powered product.
The Georgia-based company was founded in 2007, just as networks and cable providers began to make available to consumers TV Everywhere (TVE) and Video on Demand (VOD) options. Clearleap has helped HBO, Verizon, Time Warner, and Scripps deliver content via multiplatform solutions and have helped them monetize these solutions.
Last November, the company raised a $20 million round of funding to expand into the Latin American and European markets – both markets will prove to be extremely valuable to content creators and distributors in the next 10 years. When Netflix released its Q2 earnings report in July it announced that it will be launching in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and that its launch into these markets “with over 60 million broadband households will significantly increase our European presence and raise our current international addressable market to over 180 million broadband households, or 2x the number of current U.S. broadband households.” Like Netflix, Clearleap and its customers have a lot of territory to cover.
HBO’s new drama, “The Leftovers” takes an entirely new look at at a drama that centers around a world catastrophe. The story begins three years after a tenth of the world’s population has disappeared without explanation. As the season continues this summer (episode three aired last night), the network is releasing a digital storybook. “To illustrate the ‘new normal’ of the world of The Leftovers, HBO’s new original series launching this week, the brand is partnering with Argentinian artist Pablo Bernasconi on ‘The ABCs of the Sudden Departure,’ to demonstrate what a children’s book would look like in the world of The Leftovers. The digital content series, created in partnership with agency 360i, will debut two new pages (each representing a letter of the alphabet) each week on the show’s Twitter and Facebook. Here are letters A-D Read more
HBO’s True Blood will kick off its final season (themed #TrueToTheEnd) on June 22nd. Last season left many fans wondering if Eric Northman truly met his true death. In anticipation of the big premiere Insticator, our social TV predictions partner shared some results from what fans are guessing. Read more
“The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Oz,” “Band of Brothers,” and “Deadwood” are now available on Amazon Prime instant video, at no additional cost to subscribers. Early seasons of current shows are also available, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood.”
Other hit shows, including “Girls,” “The Newsroom,” and “Veep” will become available in later years of the agreement. And HBO GO will also become available on Fire TV, Amazon’s recently-announced set-top box.
For this week’s social TV fan prediction we take a look at Game of Thrones, with our partner Insticator. As season four enters it’s halfway point fans are beginning to wonder if Daenerys Targaryen (also known as the “mother of dragons) will grab the throne. From Insticator: “Does anyone else think Daenerys is destined to take the Iron Throne? She may have been a forgotten princess but Westeros is finally starting to take the exiled Targaryen seriously. The rumors of her massive army and her three rapidly growing dragons have been enough to worry even the likes of Tywin Lannister.” Here’s what fans had to say. Read more
VICE, the global youth media company and content creation studio held their first NewFront presentation today at Manhattan’s Sunshine Theater on the Lower East Side. The company impressively did the opposite of what most NewFront/Upfront events have and still made noise. The whole presentation was less than an hour and there were no teleprompters or long presentations. Instead VICE Founder and CEO Shane Smith and Chief Creative Officer Eddy Moretti spoke briefly in between video packages that laid out the company’s new videos and how much they’ve grown over the past year including the success of their HBO docu-series. Read more
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