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How the Novel Coronavirus is Going to Impact the Entertainment Industry

The confirmation of the novel coronavirus – or covid-19 – as a pandemic this week has come among a sea of event cancellations, as companies and event managers begin to wrestle with the reality of mitigating the spread of a virus predicted to potentially infect millions. In the world of entertainment, right now that’s meant delayed movie premieres and cancelled cons like ECCC and SXSW. It’s an impact that continues to be hammered home on a daily, if not hourly, basis at this point. Read More >>

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Google Search Now Has a (I’ll Probably Never) Watchlist

There is entirely too much content out there – so much so that plenty of people find it quite literally overwhelming. And trying to keep track of all those horror movies and melodramatic reality shows and whodunnits starring Chris Evans in a cable knit sweater (oh ok, fine. There’s only one of those. But I’m optimistic for the future.) Read More >>

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TiVo Reportedly Rolling Out Pre-Roll Ads That Play Before Users Can Watch Recorded Video

TiVo is introducing skippable pre-roll ads before customers can watch shows taped on their retail DVRs, Light Reading reported, with a spokesperson telling the site it will be a “permanent part of the service.” Read More >>

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Report: Apple is Pouring £5 Billion Into Apple TV+, Including Nine Figures on The Morning Show

Apple’s budget for its forthcoming streaming service – previously reported to be around $1 billion (£827m), give or take – has exploded to $6 billion (£4.96bn), according to a Monday report in the Financial Times. Read More >>

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The US Department of Justice Just Warned the Academy About Blocking Netflix From the Oscars

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has warned the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Dawn Hudson, that any attempts to prevent Netflix and other streaming video companies from receiving eligibility to be considered for an Academy Award may earn it antitrust attention, Variety reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Android TV is Good Now

While often derided as buggy, slow, and not as good as alternative options like the Apple TV or even the Chromecast, Android TV has been quietly fixing a lot of its problems and adding a pile of features that make it worth a second look. Nearly five years after launch, there are a lot of reasons Android TV might be worth a second look for your living room. Read More >>

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Disney Reportedly Wants the Star Wars Broadcast Rights Back for Its New Streaming Service

Basically, Disney wants to alter the deal. And it’s hoping that American TV is praying it doesn’t want to alter it any further. Read More >>

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This Futuristic Colour TV Set Concept From 1922 Was Way Ahead of Its Time

I’m pretty obsessed with the ideas that illustrators, writers, and technologists had for television in the 1920s. It was a decade when radio broadcasting went from niche to mainstream. So the ideas that people had for TV, before the first successful TV transmission was demonstrated in 1925, look like amazing contraptions that stretched the sci-fi imagination. Read More >>

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The Surprisingly High-Tech Super Bowl I Broadcast

When footage of CBS’s 1967 coverage of Super Bowl I first emerged from the ashes seven years ago, sports historians reacted with glee. Long considered one of the Holy Grails of sportscasting history, the footage, found on a set of two-inch Quadruplex video tapes in a dusty Pennsylvania attic, provided a rare glimpse at an event once held exclusively in the memories of the nearly 62,000 attendees that January afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Read More >>

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This Artist Drawing an Incredibly Detailed Mechanical Crab Is Like a Human Printer

Watching this timelapse footage of artist Steeven Salvat drawing a cutaway illustration of a mechanical crab, revealing its impossible inner workings on one side, will make you marvel at his patience and incredibly steady hand. If the art thing doesn’t work out, Salvat could easily find work as a surgeon. Read More >>

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CES 2018: Samsung Swears Its Top-Shelf Displays Won’t Suck as Much as Last Year

Samsung may not come out and admit its 2017 QLED televisions were pretty terrible, but when we actually reviewed one last year, we came away far less impressed than we should have considering the £3,000+ price of the TV. The television kind of sucked! Samsung actually seems to recognise its dropped the ball, because this year it gave a select group of journalists a demo of a new and improved display. It wants you to know its changed, and if that demo is anything to go by, Samsung has. Read More >>

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This Fan Edit Mashes up The Simpsons With Classic Anime

I spend a lot of time on the internet, and I’m going to level with you: I have no idea how “Steamed Hams” became a meme. Read More >>

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Why Didn’t You Watch the Best Show Ever Made About Silicon Valley?

It’s hard to make good TV about Silicon Valley and its predecessors. Especially a drama. Watching a bunch of nerds talk about coding and CPUs is appealing to a only a painfully small fraction of the population—but someone definitely thought that same thing about advertising before Matthew Weiner trundled into AMC and pitched Mad Men. That show proved even the most boring subject matter could be riveting with the right approach. Over the course of its four seasons, Halt and Catch Fire, which ended earlier this year, discovered the fascinating, frustrating human side to the soulless monsters who built Silicon Valley. Read More >>

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Keith Chegwin Has Died

Sad news for Brits this afternoon after it has been confirmed that Keith Chegwin has died following a long illness. Read More >>