Netflix Grab Streaming Rights For CBS Sci-Fi Series ‘Zoo’

Netflix and CBS have struck a deal which gives the streaming service exclusive online broadcasting rights to the upcoming Sci-Fi series Zoo. The 13 episode run of the show which is based on the James Patterson bestselling novel, will broadcast in summer 2015.

Zoo-TV-showNetflix then have the rights to stream the full season for US subscribers straight after the season finishes on CBS, but unlike similar deals, they have to wait until the full season has aired. A similar deal by Amazon with CBS to stream Under the Dome, allows them to stream each episode on the Prime Instant Video service just a few days after airing.

Zoo is a science fiction story about a spate of violent animal attacks against humans all over the world. A young biologist sets out to find out why and how this is happening before the humans and animals are all killed off.

Speaking for CBS, chief corporate licensing officer, Scott Koondel said, “We’re excited to expand our relationship with Netflix as our premium subscription partner on Zoo. This is another creative model to build a summer programming event on CBS and deliver Netflix members an addictive thrill ride series based on a story by one of the world’s biggest authors.”

Speaking for Netflix, vice-president of content licensing, Sean Carey said, “Zoo is just the kind of smart, gripping and shocking series that Netflix members love. We are delighted to be offering all episodes to our U.S. members immediately after its airing on CBS.”


Roku Joins Chromecast As Top Streaming Device

With so many different ways to watch streaming TV, it is always of interest to see which device sells the most. And new research from Parks Associates shows that both Roku and the Chromecast stick were top internet TV devices.

Roku-streamingThe data showed that during 2013 in the US, the Google Chromecast sold an estimated 3.8 million units which matched Roku’s sales through the year.

Although as the Chromecast stick only launched in mid-2013, it would have to be held up as even more popular than the Roku devices. The data showed that poor Apple trailed behind the big two, selling around two million Apple TV’s in the US last year.

When we venture away from American shores the Apple TV device is faring much better. Around the rest of the world, over 20 million Apple TV’s have been sold since it’s launch in 2007. This compares to Roku’s 8 million total sales.

However whereas the Roku is available in only four countries (US, Canada, UK, Ireland), the Apple TV iis available pretty much everywhere just like the Google Chromecast.


Netflix Should Subsidize Local Content Says Canadian Broadcasting Company

The official Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) are suggesting that Netflix help pay for local TV content, as viewers turn more to the web and abandon TV broadcasting.

Netflix-CanadaReported by the Huffington Post, the CBC are arguing that the foreign upstart Netflix who rake in around $25 million each year in Canada from an estimated 6 million subscribers, should help keep the TV infrastructure alive.

They are urging to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, who determine what can be transmitted in Canada, to review over-the-top streaming services such as Netflix, and suggest they should help pay for Canadian content (CanCon) via the CMF.

The CMF (Canadian Media Fund) helps to fund local content of which they say Netflix are taking away millions of dollars of broadcast revenue, and should therefore be made to put some back in.

Netflix do not want a Netflix tax levied as they say it is unfair that it should pay into a fund it cannot then make use of to to pay for content. And they say any tax would have to be passed to the customer in the form of higher prices.

Reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix say that the proposed tax, “might translate into an increase in price without … a commensurate benefit for Canadian content, its producers, or Canadian consumers.”

They also argue that the tax would, “amount to subsidizing productions made primarily for Bell, Rogers, Shaw/Corus and Videotron, who would acquire exclusive online streaming rights in addition to broadcast rights.”

Australian Soap Neighbours Comes To Hulu

Hulu serves up US TV to a US audience, but in a bid to expand viewers horizons somewhat, the streaming company are launching the Australian soap neighbours.

Neighbours-HuluHulu have signed a deal with FremantleMedia International which gives them exclusive streaming rights for the US to broadcast the current season of the soap opera from down under..

The soap tells of the goings on in the fictional suburb of Erinsborough and concentrates on the residents of Ramsay Street. Launching on Monday, July 14,  a new episode will become available each weekday on both the free, ad-supported Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service.

Speaking for FremantleMedia who produce the show, VP of digital distribution and home entertainment, Jeff Siegel said, “Neighbours provides a delicious daily dose of Australian sunshine to soap-opera fans, and thanks to Hulu, we’re coming to the U.S. at a perfect entry point for first-time viewers.”

The Neighbours soap is the longest running Austalian daytime drama having over 6,900 episodes made. It was first broadcast in Australia in 1985, so Hulu have plenty of backdated content if it proves popular.


Get Paid To Watch Netflix. The Perfect Job Has Become Available

There are definitely worse jobs out there, but can you think of many better ones than getting paid to watch Netflix? No me neither and that job is going to be a reality for some lucky jobseeker.

Netflix-jobNetflix, are recruiting for the role, and are looking for ‘Taggers’ based in the UK or Ireland. the job posting says that the streaming giant are looking for individuals who are, “detail-oriented, have a tenacious ability to follow-through on a project, possess great organizational skills and are movie and television content experts.”

The role will involve tagging, to make the Netflix recommendation engine even better. As the posting says, “This ‘tagging process’ is the first stage of the Netflix recommendation system and works in concert with advanced algorithms that generate highly personalized suggestions for every one of Netflix’s nearly 50 million members, offering them an individualized set of titles matching their tastes.”

The Tagger will simply need to take one hand off the popcorn and just add add as many descriptive tags to a movie or episode. Although Netflix already have a team of Taggers working for them, they are all US based.

It certainly gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘Pay-per-View’. Although the posting doesn’t mention any pay details, there must be adequate compensation for all that binge watching. So hurry up and get your application in, The interview process sounds like it will be fun.

Youtube Calls Out Slow Internet Service Providers

In a similar move to Netflix, Youtube are now naming and shaming ISP’s that throttle video streams and leave the viewer frustrated with a buffering and jerky mess.

Youtube-ISPsGoogle has taken the step of pointing out to users who the offending providers are. On some videos streaming from Youtube, a blue bar will be shown at the bottom (see screenshot). This will allow viewers to follow a link which takes them to a Google information page that names and shames the culptrits.

The website lists countries along with the internet service providers that operate there, and offers a video quality report. The information is designed to inform viewers that many factors can affect streaming quality, and it’s not always Youtubes fault.

Results are not available for all countries as yet, but for those that are the report offers information about how traffic is routed and a preferred list of ISPs that will provide better video playback.

Youtube say, “We’ve invested billions of dollars in the bandwidth and infrastructure necessary to bring our services as close to your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) front door as possible, for free. We have an open peering policy for our internal network, which means we’ll directly interconnect with any ISP who can reach our 70 points of presence worldwide without charge.”

The streaming companies want to avoid what Netflix have to do which is essentially pay the ISP to provide customers with a decent bandwidth. They want the public to realize that the providers intentionally throttle the speed to force Google and Netflix to pay up.

From the ISPs side, they want the bandwidth gobblers like Netflix and Youtube take responsibility for using up so much of the internet traffic.