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John Oliver’s Income Inequality Barometer: Whether You’re Paying for Or Stealing HBO

OliverHBO’s John Oliver led “Last Week Tonight” last night with a look at America’s income inequality issue. And for Oliver, the main measuring stick for which side of the gap you’re on comes down to HBO.

“A good way to know which side of it you’re on is if you’re currently paying for HBO or stealing it, ” Oliver said. The joke drew laughs from the audience, but Oliver was actually hitting on a real issue for HBO.

As we reported earlier in the year, HBOGO crashed during the “True Detective” finale due to so many people—including folks borrowing their friends and family members’ passwords—watching at the same time.  HBO’s CEO isn’t all that concerned about people stealing passwords to watch, so it seems for the time being, HBO is available for subscribers, and as Oliver describes them, “stealers.”

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Late Night Reigns Supreme in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In the next installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Trending this week is a blitz of videos from the increasingly crowded late night television field. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

The biggest names in late night TV are continuing to make their presences known both on the small screen and second screen. Let’s face it, why stay up until midnight to watch 45 minutes of interviews, monologues and commercial breaks when all of the best clips are shared the next day for free, online (and on 5by!)? 

John Oliver is crushing it week after week, Fallon, Kimmel and Letterman all pumped out incredible viral clips, and the latest addition to the late night game, Seth Meyers, gets news host Brian Williams to admit his TV guilty pleasure. They don’t call it the “late night war” for nothing. Read more

Will HBO’s Free Content Strategy Spark a New Wave?

HBOHBO wants you watching its programs even if they have to offer them for free— temporarily, that is.

A wide number of people feel no need to pay for a premium cable channel anymore, so the network is doing more than ever to lure them in, especially after premium channels have seen a decline in new subscribers while Netflix and other video streaming services are surging.

And if that wasn’t enough, HBO’s multi-million dollar juggernaut “Game of Thrones” is the most pirated show ever. HBO knows it has to get new subscribers in order to make up for the costs of production; being a “premium” channel is a luxury that simply won’t sustain them anymore.

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Reading Rainbow and Boardwalk Empire: A Look at the Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In the third installment of our weekly partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Trending this week is the return of ‘Reading Rainbow,’ a ‘Boardwalk Empire’ teaser, and the news that Walter White may return via ‘Better Call Saul.’ For more on the videos selected for this week, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

Whenever a TV show comes out of retirement, you’re almost guaranteed a following will re-emerge (cue the Jack Bauer fan clubs). Case and point: Reading Rainbow. This 90s favorite is making a comeback with one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever, so get ready to see Levar Burton back in action soon. Other shows to watch in the coming months are the final season of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and John Oliver’s show ‘Last Week Tonight,’ which is picking up social steam as his hilarious bits go viral.

Another trend we’re seeing is the power of the guest appearance. ’Better Call Saul’ - the ‘Breaking Bad’ spin off - is rumored to have some Walter White appearances peppered throughout the series which will definitely reel in faithful viewers itching to get their ‘Breaking Bad’ fix. ’Orange is the New Black’ also just picked up extras from ‘Law & Order,’ so you may see some familiar faces in the next season. Read more

Did John Oliver’s Netflix Defense, Anti-Net Neutrality Rant Crash FCC Servers?

HBO funnyman John Oliver‘s 13-minute net neutrality rant from this past Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” might have gotten more than laughs out of viewers.

From Monday through this afternoon, the FCC website received nearly 3,000 comments: almost triple the amount posted on Thursday and Friday combined.

“This is the moment you were made for, commenters,” Oliver said on his show, urging viewers to go to the FCC website and make their comments useful. “We need you to get out there, and for once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction. Seize your moment, my lovely trolls, turn on caps lock and fly, my pretties!”

Apparently they listened, as the FCC tweeted this on Monday.

For Oliver’s part, he seems sarcastically pleased.

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‘Last Week Tonight’ Urges Fans to Keep Ignoring the News Ahead of Its Premiere

John Oliver has been making the interview rounds this week to promote his new HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” which premieres Sunday night at 11pmET.

And his show is getting clever on social.

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