Horror Binge Alert As Hemlock Grove Season 2 Hits Netflix

Hemlock Grove was one of the Netflix original series that didn’t quite hit the lofty heights of heavyweight shows such as House of Cards or Orange is the new Black. But it was an amusing enough horror thriller. And now you can feast on another season of the show as Netflix debut all 10 episodes of season 2 today.

Hemlock-Grove-S2It’s 3 episodes shy of season ones 13 episodes, and the opening episode is set in a Pennsylvania steel town where the mangled body of a young girl is found. As the killer is sought we find that every resident is hiding a dark secret.

The Netflix synopsis for season2 reads, “One cannot quench his all-consuming thirst. The other cannot tame the beast clawing its way out. In the sleepy Pennsylvania village of Hemlock Grove, two young men struggle to accept painful truths: about family, themselves, the mystery of the White Tower – and a terrifying new threat so powerful it will turn them from predators into prey.”

The episode titles for season 2 are – Blood Pressure, Gone Sis, Luna Rea, Bodily Fluids, Hemlock Diego’s Policy Player’s Dream Book, Such Dire Stuff, Lost Generation, Unicorn, Tintypes, Demons and the Dogstar.

For those that need a reminder of where we are in the story, Netflix have very nicely released a recap of season 1 that is narrated by executive producer Eli Roth, and you can see the second season trailer here.:-

Google Fiber Gets Rival As Bell Labs Hit 10 Gig Per Second

The much publized super fast Google Fiber internet delivery system has literally been ‘blown away’ by experimental Bell Labs system called XG-FAST

Fiber gets some competition from Bell Labs

Fiber gets some competition from Bell Labs

Even better though, the service relies on the traditional copper telephone lines that are already widespread, the company say that the technology delivers speeds of 10 gigabits per second, or eight times faster than the existing speed record.

To put it into perspective, the speeds of XG-FAST are 1000 times faster than the average internet speed, and is 10 times faster than the much lauded Google Fiber, which is claimed by Google to be the fastest broadband available currently.

Even though the Bell Labs system uses the traditional copper wiring, they claim that the XG-FAST connection speeds are “indistinguishable from fiber-to-the-home services,” such as Google Fiber and Verizon FIOS.

Google along with Verizon FiOS, are frantically bringing ultra-fast fiber connections to the nation as the demand for bandwidth heats up. But installing fiber is an expensive business that involves digging up roads.

Speaking for Bell Labs, president Marcus Weldon, said,”By pushing broadband technology to its limits, operators can determine how they could deliver gigabit services over their existing networks, ensuring the availability of ultra-broadband access as widely and as economically as possible.”

The testing by Bell Labs has currently only been carried out in a lab across a 100 ft distance, but if they can make it work in real real-life conditions then it could offer a much cheaper super-fast internet connection for online TV watching.


Aereo May Rise From The Ashes As A Cable Company

They may be down but Aereo are certainly not out, and a new strategy being used by them may mean they begin streaming again as a cable company.

Aereo-streaming-TVA month ago when Aereo lost it’s Supreme Court case, part of it’s defense was that it wasn’t a cable company. B ut the court thought differently stating that Aereo were, “substantially similar” to a cable TV company. That helped to condemn Aereo to both a defeat and a shutting down of it’s re-streaming service.

But the latest twist is that Aereo are taking that ruling and are seeking a “compulsory license” to broadcast programming, just like a cable company can.

The Aereo service rents out dime-sized antennas to subscribers, which then capture local, over-the-air (OTA) TV broadcasts and retransmit them live to any connected device.

In a letter sent to Judge Alison Nathan, who is in charge of overseeing the litigation between the two parties, Aereo say that by it’s own interpretation of the law, they should be treated a cable company and be able to license programming and pay a, “statutory royalties” set by the government.

The Aereo letter says that, “If Aereo is a ‘cable system’ as that term is defined in the Copyright Act, it is eligible for a statutory license, and its transmissions may not be enjoined.”

So maybe a small chance of Aerreo returning, although with royalties to pay, would they have to put up subscription charges and become as expensive as cable?

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.”