Your Favourite Netflix Shows Might Start Looking Different on Your Phone

How do you watch Netflix? If you live here, you probably primarily watch your favourite shows or movies on your TV—or at the very least a laptop—but thanks to features like offline viewing and more generous mobile data plans, mobile usage has increased. This is especially true in markets such as India, South Korea, and Japan. The challenge, however, is that nearly every TV show or movie you watch on Netflix was designed to be viewed on a larger screen. Read More >>

Apple’s First TV Show Looks Like a Cry for Help

Apple, a company that makes pretty good phones and computers, is diving into the world of original content for some reason. The company just released the first teaser trailer for its new show, “Planet of the Apps,” and the experience of watching it is similar to what I’d imagine being slowly lowered into a vat of acid feels like. Read More >>

If Apple’s Video Plan is Really This Half-Arsed, it Will Be a Disaster

Apple is preparing to produce its own original scripted TV shows and potentially films, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Apple executives are reportedly already in discussion with industry veterans about how to create shows comparable to Netflix’s Stranger Things or HBO’s Westworld. If all goes according to plan, the company will begin offering its original TV shows on its $10-per-month streaming service Apple Music by the end of 2017. Sadly, it looks like Apple is going to half-ass the enterprise. Read More >>

Netflix is Rescuing a Tina Fey-Created Series

Saving shows that networks stupidly cancelled has been kind of a thing for the new wave of content creators, with Yahoo famously taking the reins of Community, for example. Now a midseason replacement for NBC starring Ellie Kemper and created by Tina Fey has been saved by Netflix. Read More >>

Netflix is Adapting the Lemony Snicket Books

For its next stab at original programming, Netflix is venturing into kid-land with a series based on Daniel Handler's Lemony Snicket books. The series is a partnership with Paramount, which produced the 2004 Jim Carrey film. How great would it be if Carrey starred in the series, too? [Variety] Read More >>

Microsoft is Already Quitting the Movie and TV Business

As Microsoft sheds employees, it's also shedding aspirations to produce original content: Xbox Entertainment Studios is shutting down. Xbox chief Phil Spencer released the news today on the heels of Microsoft's announcement that it will lay off 18,000 employees. Read More >>

YouTube Axing 60 Per Cent of Its Original Content Channels

Back in January, YouTube announced that it was launching around 160 channels of fresh, original content, and that it would invest to help it compete with traditional cable and network programming. Less than a year on, it's axing over half of them. Read More >>

Microsoft Looks Like It’s Going to Make Original Shows or Movies for Xbox

The New York Times Bits Blog is reporting that Microsoft has hired former CBS executive Nancy Tellem to head up production of "original video content" for the Xbox. Read More >>