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September 3, 2015


What Do YouTube's New Celebrity Channels Mean for Movies and TV?

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 29th 2011 2:50PM
Psst! Hey, smart guy, did you get your million-dollar advance from YouTube?

If not, why not? According to an announcement made late yesterday, hipsters (Vice magazine, Pitchfork.com), actors (Ashton Kutcher, Amy Poehler), rappers (Pharrell, Jay-Z), and seemingly everyone in between (Madonna, Lionsgate, Shaquille O'Neal) have signed on to provide professional content for a series of new channels the Google subsidiary is expected to launch next year, in a deal valued at upwards of $100 million. Each partner will reportedly get an advance of up to $5 million; if and when that's recouped via advertising revenue, the partners will split any additional revenues roughly evenly.

So what, if anything, does this mean for the future of movies and TV?

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Bill Maher Chides Barack Obama for Not Supporting Gay Marriage (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 4th 2011 1:40PM
On the "New Rules" segment of 'Real Time With Bill Maher,' (weeknights, 10PM ET on HBO) Maher made the argument that since members of prominent Republican families have come out in favor of gay marriage, it's about time that President Barack Obama should also lend his support to the cause, which he has yet to do.

"New rule: Now that a Cheney, a McCain and a Bush have come out to support gay marriage, it's your turn, Obama," Maher said, as a picture of gay marriage proponents Dick Cheney, Meghan McCain and Barbara Bush was shown in the background.

"Who are you waiting for, the state of Alabama?" Maher continued. "The Reverend Fred Phelps?"

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TV 101: An Open Letter To Apple, Google and Roku (From the Future!)

by Jay Black, posted Oct 20th 2010 2:00PM
This is a terminator. It's also probably what the future will look like if what I'm hearing on Glenn Beck every night is true.Dear Apple, Roku, Google, Sony and all the other companies who are gearing up to connect our TVs to the internet:

Greetings from the future! As you will one-day know, ever since a well-meaning historian tried to warn Archduke Ferdinand of his (SPOILER ALERT!) 1914 assassination and accidentally caused 'Two and a Half Men' to happen, time-traveling has been illegal here in the future. Luckily for you, the guard at the time machine is addicted to future-booze (a lot like your own booze, except a million times more powerful) and fell asleep, allowing me to send this letter back in time.

And it's an important letter. See, 2010 was the year that you all decided people wanted streaming media from the internet on their TVs, but none of you actually did it right. It took decades for it to be sorted out!

So I'm writing this letter to speed things up a bit. There are three major things you're doing wrong and I have the solutions ...

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Stephen Colbert Can't Convince Google CEO Eric Schmidt to Be Even a Little Bit Evil (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2010 3:15AM
Eric Schmidt, 'The Colbert Report'Google has a famously unusual company motto: "Don't be evil." Stephen Colbert had the company's CEO Eric Schmidt as a special guest on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM on COM) to talk about this motto and try to understand how it is to live under such a strict and stifling philosophy as an American company.

"You'd never be evil?" Colbert asked him. "Not even a little bit?"

But Schmidt stood by his company motto. "The company was found on the basic principal not to be evil and to do the right thing to make the world a better place," he explained. "It's our principal we operate the company by it."

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Google to Introduce Android-Based TV Software

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 30th 2010 10:15AM
Google AndroidIn another step towards competing with the ubiquitous iPhone and other smartphone operating systems, Google will be introducing television-based software in May that will run Google Android. The software is said to open up television, set-top boxes and devices to more content from the Internet.

Google is essentially trying to develop a television set operating system. It will be tough to make it work, since many of the television manufacturers will likely be protective of whatever software goes on their hardware. However, it sounds like Sony, Intel and a few other companies are already on board.

This is just another step towards the eventual merger of your home television and computer systems. If Google can succeed in this, Android could become a major player in operating systems, competing with the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Linux.

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Google Gets Into Bed With TV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2010 9:00AM
The Google logoGoogle is quite the active gal. She's hooked up with email, telephones, document processing, web browsers and even computer operating systems. Now she's about to hook up with your TV.

The company is testing a new TV searching service with Dish Network that allows TV viewers to not only search for their favorite shows, but also for info on the web and videos on YouTube.

Between this, TiVo, Netflix and Playstation, is there any reason anyone should ever have to leave the comfort of their couch? Not until Google develops a service with AdultFriendFinder, and trust me, they are working on it.

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The Super Bowl Commercials: The Best

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 7th 2010 11:22PM
betty white super bowl snickersLook, I knew as soon as I saw the promo for 'The Late Show with David Letterman' that featured Letterman, Oprah and Jay Leno, that nothing was going to top that. There was just no way anything could be better than that 15-second ad. While I was correct, there were some commercials for non-CBS products that put a smile on my face. Of course there were many others that made me groan, wince or sigh, but Bob's handling those.

The videos below are from Hulu, because they were the first ones available. If you can't view them due to location restrictions, they will all be up at Fanhouse.

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In case you missed it: The Google bug - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 24th 2009 10:26AM
Google's logo was overrun by superheroes Thursday.Just a quick note for those three civilized people on planet Earth who didn't use Google Thursday, the logo (or bug) on the search engine's home page went all Comic-Con International to celebrate the event.

Some of D.C. Comic's mightiest heroes (Batman, Wonderwoman, Green Lantern and Plastic Man) decorate the artsy "Google" for all the world to see.

Stay tuned for TV Squad's continued coverage today.

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What You Missed Last Night: The Daily Show visits The New York Times

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2009 11:25AM
I hope that print journalism survives forever, but this Daily Show visit to the offices of The New York Times is hysterical, from the newsreel voice that Jason Jones uses to narrate the piece to his asking "tell me what's in the paper that happened today." (And if you're wondering why Jon Stewart is surrounded by coffee-related items, it's part of his response to Morning Joe).

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
End Times

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Are you ready to Bing?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2009 6:23PM
So Microsoft has launched a new search engine called Bing. It's supposed to revolutionize the search game and take on Google, but who knows if that will ever happen (I think that "search" and "Google" are the same in the public conscious right now). Here's the new commercial for Bing. It's well-done and dramatic and tries to say a lot, but is it persuasive (beyond the initial "hey, I think I'll check out Bing.com!" thought we'll all have)?

[via AdFreak]

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Google helps NBC sell ads

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 10th 2008 8:22AM
NBCIt looks like Google is taking a step towards having a television station all its own. The Internet search company will be helping NBC Universal sell advertisements for some of NBC's cable stations (including Sci Fi, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, Sleuth and Chiller).

This is yet another step in the inevitable merger of television and the Internet. It wouldn't surprise me if in the future, Google either acquires a television network (it could be NBC or some other one) or starts one all its own. It's certainly ubiquitous enough in Internet advertising to break into another medium (sort of like Microsoft's strategy).

It does say something that NBC is turning over some of its ad sales to a third party. As the article states, it could be a way of attracting businesses who only advertise on the Internet. It could also be a way of streamlining their business model so they can concentrate on producing shows in a more cost-effective manner (I knew that MBA would come in handy some day).

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As if Seth McFarlane didn't have enough to do...

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 9th 2008 11:22AM
Seth McFarlaneAlong with running three shows on Fox (Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show), Seth McFarlane is also getting into online content development. Even worse, he's doing it for a Fox competitor.

McFarlane will be developing fifty two-minute animated vignettes for Seth McFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy which will be distributed via Google's AdSense network (a competitor for Fox's Myspace).

The article goes into the corporate issues behind this strange move and asks a few good questions: why didn't Fox get a first-look offer at this idea? If they did, why did they pass on it? It seems inexpensive enough to produce and given the popularity of the creator, it seems a no-brainer.

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Nielsen to provide information to Google

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 25th 2007 10:02AM
GoogleAccording to an article in Variety, Google is paying Nielsen for demographic data regarding certain TV shows. Google dominates the Internet ad market to the point where billions of small sites use Google ads and it looks like they're trying to break into the TV business.

It's a logical business move on Google's part if they want to expand their business into more mainstream media. There has been a slow merger of television and Internet entertainment over the years (the most recent example being the episode download sites of every major network) and Google knows this and probably wants a piece of the action.

Perhaps Google will even get its own television show in the future. The Google Channel. What sort of television shows would be on it? I bet it'll have fantastic commercials, targeted specifically to the individual viewer. Or maybe not.

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Google wants to depose Stewart and Colbert in YouTube suit

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 14th 2007 11:00AM
Colber Green ScreenWe've all seen the wary and tired look celebrities get when they give depositions and testimony; they all look like they'd rather be getting a prostate exam than be in that chair answering questions from a lawyer. If Google has their way, we'll be seeing both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert with that look on their face.

According to C|Net News, Google and Viacom are in the discovery phase of the media conglomerate's $1 billion infringement lawsuit against YouTube, which was purchased by Google last year; in that discovery phase, the hosts of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, both on Viacom's Comedy Central, are on Google's list of people they want to have deposed in the case.

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You can watch old TV shows on YouTube, but is it legal?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2007 6:40PM

Rocky JonesFascinating piece in the L.A. Times this weekend, about how many old TV shows are showing up on YouTube. And when I say "old" I don't mean All in the Family or Charlie's Angels. I'm talking about stuff from the 40s and 50s, like Captain Midnight, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, old Dinah Shore shows, and old commercials.

It's great to watch these early shows online (you can watch shows from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today on our own In2TV), but is it legal for people to just put these shows online?

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