Apple's first big "original" content announcement was the upcoming new advertisement/original series Planet of the Apps. Now, Apple is snatching up "Carpool Karaoke", the creative work of James Corden and The Late Late Show, to become a new 16-episode weekly Apple Music exclusive.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Netflix recently made a lot of people sad by announcing a block on using VPNs and proxies to access its services, shutting down a popular, semi-shady way to watch TV online. But according to CEO Reed Hastings, it's no big deal because no one was doing that anyway.
Aside from Justin Bieber videos, YouTube's greatest contribution to the internet has been in the 'humans being dumb' genre -- everyone loves watching, say, people failing to pour ice water on their heads. But viral videos don't just go viral on their own; in many cases, there's a viral puppetmaster pulling the strings.
That's it. I've had it. Whoever is making programming decisions in Australia's TV industry needs a swift kicking. I'm not sure how many times I've had to say it, but clearly it bears repeating: if you keep popular, viral international shows away from Australian audiences, they will pirate it. Today's lesson: FOX8 and a new show called Jane The Virgin.
Our Facebook News Feeds already runneth over with links promising to surprise and/or reaffirm your faith in any number of entities. But recently you may have noticed that these Upworthy-esque links have gotten even more mindless. More hollow. More all-around absurd. And, no, we're not talking about The Onion's Clickhole. This is PlayBuzz.
Do you prefer watching stuff on a tablet, smartphone or laptop instead of on a TV? What about binge watching? Are you into that? The ABC has you covered: Auntie is set to stream every single episode of Chris Lilley's new show, Jonah From Tonga on its online catch-up platform iView before the season premiere next week.
The BBC's iPlayer iOS app is a nifty (and legal) way for people outside the UK to access and download popular BBC content. However, it looks like plans for that service to expand to Android and potentially offer live content have been put to one side, with the BBC now planning to focus on a series of premium pay TV channels and streaming subscription content through its BBC.com portal. For Aussie viewers, that means your main legal option is likely to be (gulp) a Foxtel subscription.
"I feel really good about Comcast" is not something Roku, Boxee or Google execs would want said by people who've tried out their connected TV products. Nevertheless this past Friday there were five Boston-based families doing just that.
Hulu is a terrific service. Who could argue with free, current episodes of primetime TV on your computer? But for months now, Netflix has been eating Hulu's lunch. And Hulu's plan to fight back sounds more like a swan song.