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Why Time Warner Cable is Offering Fan TV to Subscribers

fan-tv-thumbAhead 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. 

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Aaron Sorkin’s Take on the Rise of TV Binge-Watching

aaron-sorkin_rAaron 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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Netflix will be on a set-top box by end of June

imagesThe lines between TV via the internet and TV via a cable provider are continuing to blur. In the midst of the high profile Supreme Court case with Aereo, Netflix “has been in talks with several pay TV operators in the U.S. about integrating its service directly into their set-top boxes,” according to coverage by CircaRead more

HBO Classics Coming to Amazon Prime

AmazonHBO-Logo2Amazon is continuing its streaming-TV push, partnering with HBO on a multi-year deal to exclusively bring classic HBO shows to Amazon prime subscribers, the two companies announced today.

Starting May 21, “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Oz,” “Band of Brothers,” and “Deadwood” will become available on Amazon Prime instant video, at no additional cost to subscribers. Early seasons of current shows will also be 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.

These shows will still be available on HBO Go, but will be exclusive to Amazon, meaning Netflix and Apple TV users won’t be able to stream them on those platforms. The partnership marks the first time HBO has licensed its series to a web-only service.

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Vimeo’s First Original-Content Splash: Joss Whedon’s ‘In Your Eyes’

inyoureyesJoss Whedon‘s latest film ‘In Your Eyes’ premiered Sunday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. For those not lucky enough to score a seat to the premiere, the wait to see the film will not be long. In fact, a digital rental is available now for $5.00 at inyoureyesmovie.com.

Based on Whedon’s loyal fanbase, it is almost a safe bet that a major studio would have picked up the film. Still, Whedon has surely seen the success that Louis C.K. has had premiering yearly stand-up specials via his own website and the appetite that audiences have for alternate distribution methods.

Vimeo is powering ‘In Your Eyes‘ via its Vimeo On Demand platform, and the film has been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, and Japanese for the worldwide release. Read more

Netflix Teases Second Season of ‘Hemlock Grove’ via Vine

Last Friday, Netflix announced that the second season of its original series ‘Hemlock Grove’ is set to return on Friday, July 11 at 12:01 AM PT.  In usual Netflix fashion, all ten episodes of the supernatural thriller will be released at the same time.

On Monday, Netflix released a teaser via Vine: Read more

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Releases Trailer for Season Two

Netflix‘s other hit web-only show, “Orange Is the New Black,” released its season two trailer today, and the show’s social pages are teasing fans with how good the next season will be.

“Extraordinary,” “volatile,” “raw,” “dangerous,” “sexy,” “deeper,” and some other words Lost Remote can’t put in writing are how the show’s stars depict the next season of the women’s prison dramedy.

And the official release depicts darker times for lead character Piper Chapman and her fellow inmates.

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Back from the dead: Netflix begins Instagram promotion for Season 4 of ‘The Killing’

Netflix-The-KillingIn November, it was confirmed that Netflix would be reviving ‘The Killing,’ which AMC had cancelled for a second time.

After the announcement of the first revival, Vulture’s Josef Adalian wrote about “three reasons why AMC’s un-cancellation of the show wasn’t a totally bonkers idea.” Adalian’s third reason – “Because of the show’s procedural format, AMC can try to attract new viewers to season three” – is likely the rationale behind Netflix bringing back a final, 6-episode season of the show. Season 4 does not yet have a release date, and Netflix will be able to take its time trying to cull fans of the first three seasons and potential viewers alike. Yesterday, Netflix began its social push for the show, introducing an Instagram account with behind-the-scenes pictures and videos from the set. Read more

SideReel app lets fans watch and track their favorite shows on iOS devices

81c39a76-7a7f-4750-90f7-6d4458999644Before Hulu and the ability to stream Netflix there was All Media Network’s SideReel. SideReel aggregates links from other websites that host or embed full episodes of TV shows. Yesterday, SideReel iOS was released and the free app lets fans find, track and watch their favorite TV series on iOS devices.

SideReel’s tracker allows fans to mark off episodes of shows that they’ve watched and receive alerts when new episodes of favorite shows are airing on TV. The tracker also features a discovery element, as the deep content library of more than 27,000 shows and 100,000 episodes that SideReel has amassed over the years is easily sortable by genre and user ratings.

“Everyone loves TV. From superfans to casual watchers, everyone has a favorite show they love to watch,” said Laura Murphy, President of All Media Network. “With the huge volume of content across multiple online platforms, it’s hard for busy consumers to discover new shows and keep track of their favorites. SideReel makes it easy for viewers to find and track their TV favorites and points them in the right direction for where to watch.” Read more

‘House of Cards’ live tweets ‘Scandal’ as Kerry Washington and others reply

Screen Shot 2014-03-01 at 5.15.13 PMHouse of Cards continues to ramp up their social TV footprint and it’s now going way beyond just sharing their own show’s content. The show’s official Twitter account, @HouseofCards live tweeted Thursday night’s episode of Scandal and made a point to engage with cast members who were live-tweeting the show.  Read more

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