If you’re a Dish Network subscriber and were watching TV late last night you may have experienced channel blackouts. Dish’s deal with Raycom Media ran out at midnight on Aug. 1 so the company pulled the plug on 53 local channels in 36 markets. Local channels at that time may have been broadcasting late night favorites such as Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC), Late Show With David Letterman (CBS), and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC) as well as local programming.
Given the success of Amazon Studios’ previous set of show pilots that utilized customer feedback to determine which titles would be developed into full series, Amazon has given the greenlight to another 5 pilots. The shows, geared towards children ages 6-11, will be available for free viewing on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM in the UK later this year and into 2014. The greenlit titles include Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Grid Smasher, Hard-Boiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, and Wishenpoof!. (See descriptions below.)
Starz and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution have reached a distribution deal that will put hundreds of Fox movies on STARZ and ENCORE movie channels. The multi-year agreement includes standard-definition and HD versions of titles, as well as On Demand and …
Google has been seeking media partners to bring traditional broadcast television channels online. The Wall Street Journal reports the tech giant is proposing what the industry refers to as an “over the top” TV service, named so because it would piggy back on existing broadband networks. Sources close to WSJ say Google has been meeting with media companies for the last few months. One source claims to have seen a demonstration of Google’s Internet TV product, although no other details were revealed.
In the coming months, Microsoft will launch an app for the Xbox 360 that let’s subscribers watch up to 300 live television channels through the Xbox 360. TWC subscribers also need to be Xbox Live Gold members, but the TWC TV app will be free to download from the Live Marketplace. It’s worth noting channel selections via the app may vary according to market.
Following the reveal of the next-gen X2 platform last week, Comcast announced today the launch of the Xfinity X1 Platform in the greater Baltimore area. The X1 Platform utilizes Comcast cloud servers and IP technology to integrate social media, apps, web and TV into one software experience for customers. Got a TV set in every room? With X1, up to four shows can be recorded at once while watching DVR recordings from any set in your home. Apple iOS device users can also download the X1 Remote App to control their TVs using voice commands and gestures to search or scroll through libraries and channels.
In case you missed it DISH Network is offering free previews of HBO and Cinemax this weekend through Monday, June 17. HBO can be found on channels 300-309, while Cinemax can be found on channels 310-314. Over the weekend Cinemax is showing movies like Wrath of the Titans, Cowboys and Aliens, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. HBO is showing The Dark Knight Rises, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and the original series True Blood.
Comcast customers who already have the Xfinity X1 Platform will appreciate the new features of the next-generation X2. Using more cloud innovation, X2 promises to be “smarter and faster,” with a more personalized interface accessible across multiple devices including TVs, PCs, …
Among the many announcements Apple made at WWDC today in San Francisco was the reveal of the new Mac Pro desktop computer that will support multiple 4k Ultra HD displays. How many 4k displays exactly? Apple says up to three (that’s 4k mind you, 3840×2160 pixels). The new MacBook Pro won’t look anything like previous Macs. It’s futuristic cylinder shape looks more like a sub-woofer than a desktop computer. But the graphics power of the Mac Pro boasts up to 7 teraflops, with standard Dual GPUs and up to 6GB dedicated VRAM. To compare, the current Mac Pro can handle up to 2.7 teraflops.
The premium network also changing programming focus of WMAX.
Starting June 1, 2013 Cinemax will be making changes to the @MAX and WMAC channels. The most impactful change is @MAX channel will become Spanish language channel MAX Latino, broadcasting the hit movies and original series found on the network’s flagship English-language channel Cinemax.
Free ride over for TWC customers grabbing basic analog channels via coaxial.
Time Warner Cable customers in the New York City area will no longer be able to receive analog channels from the Basic TV package, as the provider moves to switch to an all-digital platform. Starting in Mount Vernon, Staten Island, and Bergen County, NJ, customers will need a digital-to-analog converter to see the channels once the conversion is completed. This means you’ll no longer be able to plug your coaxial cable directly into your TV or VCR, a method long embraced by many New Yorkers. The good news is Time Warner will ship an HD-compatible Cisco DTA (Digital Transport Adapter) to customers for free. And, you won’t be charged for the adapter until 2015, at which point subscribers be charged .99 per month per adapter.
LG announced that they will begin taking pre-orders for a curved 55-inch OLED display today, but alas alack… it’s only for the South Korean market at this time (take that, North Korea!) and won’t be available in the U.S. for …
Outdoor Channel and Comcast announced a multi-year deal today that gives XFINITY TV customers access to programming on multiple devices. Via the XFINITY TV Player app for Android and iOS, customers can watch Outdoor Channel shows such as “Bottom Feeders,” “Jack Link’s Major League Fishing,” and Bone Collector” on tablets and smartphones. Subscribers can also watch Outdoor Channel programming on PCs at xfinity.com/tv.
Want to stream the men’s NCAA Final Four basketball game between Louisville and Michigan? If you’re away from your TV and want to watch the game on your tablet or smartphone, simply download the NCAA March Madness Live app. The app is available for Apple iPads, iPhones and iTouch devices with Apple iOS 5.0 or later, as well as for devices using Android 2.2 or later. The Apple iOS app is available on iTunes (42MB download), and the Android version is available on Google Play (14MB download).
DISH Network is now offering free previews of several movie, sports and TV show channels such as CINEMAX, HBO, and Universal Sports Network. And, several of the channels are available in HD including Hallmark Movie Channel, MLB Network, and some CINEMAX and HBO channels.
Time Warner Cable is offering a new collection of On Demand titles that fall under the “Epic Fantasy” category, and among them is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — the first film in Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ trilogy. The movie is offered …
Netflix has put four teasers for their upcoming horror series, Hemlock Grove online (behind their paywall and on YouTube) and though it’s difficult to tell just where this type of series may be headed from the somewhat vague, atmospheric trailers
DISH Network has announced updates to their Hopper, Second-Screen and mobile apps with intent improve your viewing of the NCAA Tournament. The Hopper Game Finder app has improved navigation and score presentation, added the ability to sort games by …
ABC has announced the official finale dates for TV shows from the 2012/2013 season. Among the series listed are “The Neighbors” ending on Mar. 27, “Suburgatory” which will end on April 17, and the fourth season of the reality show …