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Smart TV Internet Sucks

December 27, 2012 by News, Television

I never understood the allure of accessing the internet on your TV. Well, according to Mat Honan, neither does anyone else on the planet.

People aren’t using their internet-connected smart TVs for anything beyond, well, watching TV. It turns out, nobody wants to tweet from their TV. Or read books. Or do whatever it is people do on LinkedIn. Worse, more than 40 percent of the people who buy a connected TV aren’t even using it for its ostensible primary purpose: getting online video onto the biggest screen in your home. What gives?

Your TV Ruins Movies

November 29, 2012 by Feature Film, Gear, Television

Stu Maschwitz with the best piece I’ve ever read on why you can’t judge a TV on the showroom floor and how to fix the crappy factory settings that are ruining your movie watching experience on your TV.

Maybe you got a new TV for Christmas. Or maybe you just got one recently. Maybe you are thinking of buying one. Whichever is the case, take heed: your TV will try very, very hard to make whatever movies you watch on it look not just bad, but aggressively, satanically, puppy-drowningly bad.

These days, any TV you are likely to buy, will, by default, have technology enabled that completely changes the emotional quality of the movies you watch. This is a cinematic disaster.

Surfer Girls and Turtles, I Want More from Alana

My thanks to John Sturr @jsturr for the tip on this one. I watched the episode below which has some nice camera work and interesting characters, but overall the video couldn’t quite make up its mind what it wanted to be. Part fashion video, part music video, part documentary all seemingly wrapped up in a pseudo reality show vibe.

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Hollywood is Encouraging Piracy

August 21, 2012 by Hollywood, Opinion, Television

A compelling piece that is dead on by David Pogue writing for Scientific American. Hollywood is doing more to encourage piracy than any other factor out on the internet. The bit about only having 24 hours for an online rental is a particular peeve of mine.

And if you don’t make your product available legally, guess what? The people will get it illegally. Traffic to illegal download sites has more than sextupled since 2009, and file downloading is expected to grow about 23 percent annually until 2015. Why? Of the 10 most pirated movies of 2011, guess how many of them are available to rent online, as I write this in midsummer 2012? Zero.

Pro-Produced YouTube Channels

October 17, 2011 by Television

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Google is preparing to announce more that twenty-five pro-produced YouTube channels at the end of the month. If successful this could provide an opportunity for micro production filmmakers to get access to a formal distribution channel that has some budget to pay for productions.

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One of the Best Articles on Business and Creativity

October 16, 2011 by Television

Kevin Reilly is the entertainment president of Fox Broadcasting Company. Recently at MIPCON he presented a speech on how he used social media to market Fox’s hit shows Glee and New Girl. But the piece is so much more than that. It offers some extraordinary insight into the collision of the chaos that creativity needs to thrive and the surety required by the business side of television.

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