Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘TV’


Google Search experiment asks users to rate movies and TV shows

Try looking up a movie on Google — if you notice a thumbs up and a thumbs down sign inside the movie’s info box, you’re among the few who has access to the tech titan’s new experimental feature. The big G has confirmed to Search Engine Land that it has begun testing out a way for users to rate films and TV shows right within search results. As you can see in the image below the fold, you can find either option above the usual IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings. There’s even a new “Google users” percentage right next to those two.

At the moment, it seems to only show up on the desktop version of Google search, so you may want to try going a Google search on a computer. One can only guess what other features the company cooks up based on this one, though. Google could start recommending movies and shows, or it could surface certain titles nearer the top of the results page, based on how you vote. We’ll know for sure if ever this experimental feature becomes a permanent one.

[Image Credit: Android Police]

Via: Android Police

Source: Google Operating System, Search Engine Land


Hulu is finally rolling out individual streaming profiles

Sharing a streaming service account is convenient, but it also runs the risk of jacking up your queued shows and movies or those important recommendations. To help keep your personal list in order, Hulu is rolling out profiles for its subscribers. The new feature will allow you to divide your account with up to six different profiles that display a personalized masthead, home page, recommendations and Watchlist. In other words, one person’s obsession with the likes of The Mindy Project won’t wreck suggested options for someone who’s more into shows like Designated Survivor.

When you create a new profile, Hulu will ask a series of questions to get a feel for what you like to watch. Based on your answers, the service will be able to show recommendations from the jump. For younger viewers, there’s a child-specific profile type that allows kids to browse the age-appropriate content on their own without the risk of picking something that they shouldn’t be watching.

If this all sounds familiar, Netflix has offered individual profiles since 2013. The tool works similarly with that streaming service, keeping members of the same household separate in terms of viewing habits. Netflix also has a kid-friendly option that only surfaces selections from its library of children’s shows and movies.

Hulu’s new profiles will be rolling out to smart TVs and other streaming devices “over the next couple of weeks.” However, if you stream via the web, you can create profiles now by accessing your account right here.

Source: Hulu


Netflix gives ‘Luke Cage’ a second season

Marvel must be feeling glad that it bet on a slew of internet-only superhero shows — Netflix has confirmed that it’s renewing Luke Cage for a second season. There’s no mention of a date for the new episodes (the teaser’s “always forward” is a nod to Pop’s motto), but the mere mention of more Cage is likely enough for now.

It’s surprising that the news didn’t come sooner, if we’re honest. The gritty series has been well-received by both critics and fans, and there was even a temptation to pin an outage on the show’s debut (though it wasn’t likely the cause). The big question: will Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders carry the torch as well as Luke Cage, Daredevil and Jessica Jones have so far? The track record suggests yes, but there will always be concerns that the hot streak might end due to either a flop or viewers tired of non-stop Marvel programming.

Always forward. #LukeCage

— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) December 4, 2016

Source: Luke Cage (Twitter)


NFL loosens its policies on teams posting GIFs and videos

The NFL’s current rules social media posts have been rather draconian, even after a recent rethink. Football teams couldn’t post any video during the game window until the NFL made a sanctioned clip available on its servers, and they couldn’t create any GIFs during game time. They couldn’t post more than 8 clips on game day, either. However, the league appears to be changing its mind. Yahoo Finance has obtained a memo revealing that the NFL has once again loosened its policies. Teams can now post non-highlight GIFs and videos (that is, no on-the-field action) on their own, right up to a newly expanded 16-video cap. If they want to celebrate fans or the halftime show, they don’t have to wait for the NFL to act first.

That’s just the start. Teams can post five clips to Snapchat during a game, and stream three non-game day press conferences on Facebook Live. The memo also reveals a “test agreement” that will have Giphy serve as a source of “ancillary game and historical/iconic” GIFs. You won’t visit Giphy to relive an epic touchdown from the weekend, but you won’t have to search the whole web just to find a classic moment. The dry run lasts until June 2017.

A spokesperson confirmed the move to Yahoo and noted that it was a response to “feedback” from teams.

As you’ve probably gathered, the NFL isn’t exactly flinging the doors wide open. It’s still barring anything that might give you a reason to skip those oh-so-lucrative TV broadcasts and official live streams. All the same, it’s clear that the league is acknowledging reality — it can’t pretend that it’s always as quick to react as the teams themselves, or that it can downplay services like Snapchat in the modern era. If it’s going to drive interest in football, it has to capture the moment-to-moment thrills wherever viewers happen to be.

Via: Mashable

Source: Yahoo Finance


Refs will wear GoPros for Fox’s Big Ten championship broadcast

During this weekend’s Big Ten football championship game, Fox Sports will offer fans a different kind of on-field views during its coverage of the match-up. When Wisconsin and Penn State take the field Saturday, December 3rd, referees will be wearing hats equipped with GoPros to give fans another perspective of the action on the gridiron. The network says it worked alongside GoPro and Big Ten officials on a hat that would capture footage it could use immediately during its broadcast.

Fox Sports Lab successfully tested the system during last week’s Wisconsin vs. Minnesota game and plans to share clips via social media this weekend. That means if you can’t watch live, you should still be able to find some snippets of the action afterwards. What’s more, there will be a dedicated stream of Hat Cam footage on Fox Sports Go which could make for a rather interesting multi-screen setup if you can wrangle more than one display. Of course, you’ll need a cable subscription to take advantage of what that streaming app offers.

These referee cameras join drones and VR as tools in Fox’s arsenal to bring viewers different perspectives on sporting events throughout the year. For a look at what you can expect this weekend, you can watch a clip from the referee camera test run right here.

Source: Fox Sports


CBS All Access will stream NFL games starting this weekend

Starting Sunday, December 4th, CBS All Access subscribers will be able to stream weekend and Thursday night NFL action through the service. The network announced today that it agreed to terms with the league on a multi-year deal for live access via its $6 monthly option (or the pricier commercial-free tier). The slate of games not only includes the Sunday schedule, but Thursday night action that CBS broadcasts as well as preseason and postseason slates.

In addition to live and on-demand streaming from CBS’ catalog of shows and events, All Access will also be the exclusive home of the upcoming Star Trek series and a spin-off of The Good Wife. If all of that seems too good to pass up for a few dollars a month, the service is available through the CBS app for Android, iOS and Windows 10 in addition to Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Roku, Xbox One and Xbox 360. If none of those work for you, watch All Access via the web at


Amazon lets Prime members add HBO and Cinemax to their plans

Amazon already offered Prime subscribers the ability to add streaming services to their account and today it tacked on two more big names. If you’re willing to pay a few extra dollars a month, you can now add HBO and Cinemax to that annual membership. Through Amazon Channels, HBO will set you back $15 a month while Cinemax requires an extra $10 monthly fee. Of course, the advantage here is that you’re getting on-demand access to content from the two networks without the need for a cable plan.

Showtime was already available through Amazon’s Channels program alongside NBC’s SeeSo comedy streaming service, PBS Kids, History Channel Vault, Starz and more. As you might expect, any of these networks that you link to a Prime plan are available though the retailer’s video app on phones, tablets and connected TVs. Owners of Amazon’s Fire TV, Fire TV Stick and Fire tablets also get easy access to any of the aforementioned streaming add-ons.

The best part of the news? HBO and Cinemax are available today for Prime customers. Just head over to the Channels page to get started.

Source: Amazon (Business Wire)


‘Halo 5’ is getting an eSports reality TV show

Microsoft really wants to make a big deal out of competitive Halo 5 gaming, and it’s taking an unusual route to get there. The company’s 343 Industries and Electronic Sports League have reached a deal with Pilgrim Media Group to create an eSports-focused reality TV series. Details of what it involves are scarce, but it will bring the “intensity and extreme competition” of Halo 5 to the TV, whatever that might mean. There’s no mention of a planned air date or even distributors, so it’s unclear when you’ll have a chance to watch. It’s safe to say that Microsoft will find some way to make the series available to Xbox One owners, though.

The show isn’t coming completely out of the blue. ESL, Pilgrim and Lionsgate announced cooperation on eSports programming back in May, and the Halo show is the first project to emerge from the team-up. It’s definitely a gamble, though. While the eSports field is growing rapidly and has had its share of TV coverage, it’s hard to say how well conventional TV viewers will respond to a serialized show about competitive video gaming… especially for a title that’s a year old before production even starts. With that said, the fictional Halo web series Forward Unto Dawn got an Emmy nomination. At this point, we wouldn’t rule out another success.

Via: Variety

Source: Pilgrim Media Group


BFI to digitise 100,000 old TV shows before they disappear

The British Film Institute (BFI) has a plan in motion to save old, at-risk TV programmes stored on obsolete video formats. As part of a new five-year strategy, the organisation has vowed to digitise and preserve “at least 100,000” shows for future generations. These include children’s TV programmes Rubovia, the Basil Brush Show and How, and comedy series Do Not Adjust Your Set and At Last the 1948 Show, which featured Monty Python duo John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Regional dramas such as Second City Firsts and Rainbow City have also been earmarked.

Heather Stewart, the BFI’s creative director told the BBC: “The whole infrastructure in relation to video is just disappearing. There are technicians who want to retire. We can’t let them go until we’ve got this stuff off these one-inch and two-inch formats. There’s a limited pool of people who know how to do it and there’s a limited pool of machines.” Another problem is storage. The BFI has a vault in Hertfordshire which holds many of its recordings from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Digitising the lot would fit into “a robot the size of a wardrobe,” according to Stewart.

As the Guardian reports, the BFI is yet to lock down a complete list. Roughly 750,000 shows are held on one and two-inch tapes, so a six-month “discovery phase” will need to be conducted first. Some of the titles have already been digitised, so the Institute will be looking for what it considers to be the most at-risk shows. It will also need to work with broadcasters and rights holders to ensure its preservation efforts are approved. Should it be successful, the BFI will be in a position to share them online, either for free or through its premium BFI Player+ service.

Source: The Guardian, BBC, BFI


YouView’s major update centres on a faster, more visual UI

BT said earlier this month it would be rolling out a major update to its TV service next year, but it can only do that by following YouView’s lead. Today, YouView announced the finer details of the impending platform upgrade, which is coming to all set-top boxes, including TalkTalk’s and, of course, BT’s. Moving in the same direction as all TV UIs, YouView’s has been redesigned to be more visually compelling. Less words and menus, more cards and thumbnails. The EPG remains relatively unchanged, though it’s now translucent by default, with whatever’s currently playing shown behind it.

There’s a new miniguide, also card-based, that takes up the bottom third of the screen and offers immediate access to live channels, on-demand apps, recordings and settings. The main menu and recordings library (formerly MyView, now MyTV) have been rejigged, too, so users can get at more content with less “clicks.” Arguably more important than the fresh UI is the promise of significant speed improvements. Behind the scenes changes — a move to HTML5, if you’re interested — have resulted in a faster UI with slicker navigation. BBC iPlayer loads in a couple of seconds after the update, for example, as opposed to nearly half a minute previously.

To help improve the speed of the service, YouView has offloaded as much as possible to the cloud. The company says this will allow it to personalise the user experience better and iterate new features quicker, including adding multi-room capabilities in the future. One of the immediate impacts of a move to the cloud will be reflected in the updated, companion mobile app — and TalkTalk’s and BT’s. While users have long been able to schedule recordings remotely, there was at least a 15-minute lag time between sending the command, and the set-top box receiving it. After the update, the app will communicate with the set-top box in real-time.

Though it was YouView that spilled the beans today, the update will actually hit TalkTalk set-top boxes first, starting next Monday (November 28th). It’ll take a couple of months for it to roll out to all customers, though. In addition to the platform-wide updates, TalkTalk is adding a new “MoreTV” menu that’ll promote premium content available through its “Boost” channel packages and the TalkTalk TV Store.

Retail YouView boxes will receive the update next year, before summer, at the same time BT’s boxes and app get updated. An update for compatible Sony Bravia TVs is likely coming sometime later.

Source: TalkTalk

%d bloggers like this: