Orange is the New Black’s highly anticipated season two will launch tomorrow to fan’s delight. Netflix has been busy executing a large marketing campaign to match passionate fans eagerness to see the new season. Fizziology, the “consultative social media research company,” shared research with Lost Remote showing that in the past week there have been “99,000 social mentions – 83% which are positive.” Here are the full details of their report. Read more
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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.
We’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with our comment system due to heavy traffic. We’re working to resolve these issues quickly.
— The FCC (@FCC) June 2, 2014
For Oliver’s part, he seems sarcastically pleased.
While Orange is the New Black’s second season is of course on the minds of every Netflix subscriber this week awaiting the launch on Friday, another Netflix original recently made a big social TV splash as well. Hemlock Grove, Netflix’s supernatural murder mystery series is launching its second season on July 11th. A first look at the new season was revealed on Vine last week to fan’s delight. Here’s the vine Read more
The New York Times editorial board came out with an op-ed yesterday urging the FCC and U.S. Justice Department to block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In it, the Times cautions against the ill effects a merger could have on Netflix.
By buying Time Warner Cable, Comcast would become a gatekeeper over what consumers watch, read and listen to. The company would have more power to compel Internet content companies like Netflix and Google, which owns YouTube, to pay Comcast for better access to its broadband network. Netflix, a dominant player in video streaming, has already signed such an agreement with the company. This could put start-ups and smaller companies without deep pockets at a competitive disadvantage.
In April, Netflix came out against the Comcast/TWC merger, arguing that it would give the company unprecedented power over high-speed Internet access, with that power creating “anti-competitive leverage.”
“It’s official!! Season 3!!” Prepon wrote to the right of the image, which threw out potential season three titles.
A new research report from Miner & Co. Studio, a research, marketing and brand consultancy was released that showed 7 of 10 U.S. TV viewers are addicted to binge viewing. This shift from niche activity to the norm that’s been happening over the last few years will continue to have a huge affect on the growth of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other popular OTTs. Here are the details of the study. Read more
Ahead of its potential merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable announced this week that Fanhattan’s Fan TV set-top boxes are now available to subscribers for $99. Fan TV is meant as a replacement for current set-top boxes, and blends the pay TV and online streaming experiences in a more visually appealing way.
Fan TV debuted at AllThingsD’s D11 conference last year, but has since lacked support from major cable providers. The partnership with Time Warner Cable should help Fan TV secure more deals, both with cable service providers and streaming services. Still, Fan TV currently remains limited in its streaming content offerings. Fan TV users can, as of now, only access Crackle, Target Ticket, Rhapsody, and Redbox Instant. HBO GO and Netflix – streaming device stalwarts – are conspicuously missing.
Aaron Sorkin made headlines this week for asking “The Newsroom” fans to “start over” ahead of the final season; he also gave his take on whether “binge-watching” is changing the way traditional TV writers work.
“I love House of Cards just like everybody else, I binge-watch it just like everybody else, but House of Cards is obviously the anti-West Wing,” Sorkin said during a Tribeca Film Festival panel. “I am a binge-watcher myself. If House of Cards or any other show can get me not wanting to stop, good on them. I don’t think writers or show runners are changing their style at all.”
Sorkin’s take definitely applies to his work, as his HBO show depicting the TV news industry plays like a traditional TV show airing over the course of a full season, with a week between episodes. As a result, plot and character development develop at a slower pace, as opposed to a show like “House of Cards,” where, spoiler alert, a leading character can rise from a U.S. Congressman, to Vice President, to president all over the course of 26 episodes–or for dedicated viewers, over one enjoyable binge-watching weekend.
But with binge-released shows like “House of Cards,” and “Orange Is the New Black,” still only a couple years old, it’s a little early to see if writers for traditional TV shows are changing their style to meet the demand for quicker entertainment.
Another TV star also appeared at the film festival, stepping back into his legendary TV role.
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