Netflix Original BoJack Horseman Recieves New Trailer

Soon to be entering the realms of adult-focused animated comedy shows on the market, Netflix‘s first effort in the genre (ignoring the more family-centred snail effort Turbo Fast), original series BoJack Horseman, has moved a step closer this week with a new official trailer.

bojack_horseman_drinkStarring Will Arnett (Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Lego Movie), the new show will focus on the life of a humanised horse attempting to live off the glory of being the star of ’90s Nickelodeon show Horsin’ Around, traversing the celebrity-powered world of Hollywood and attempting to remain recognised 20 years on from his main role.

Also lending voices to the show are Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Alison Brie (Mad Men), Paul F. Tompkins (Tangled), and Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy), with oversight of the project coming from creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Save Me).

With the programme set for a now-traditional ‘all in one’ season premiere on Netflix (with 12 full-length instalments being introduced at once), a start date for watching in all Netflix markets has been designated for 22 August.

An official description by Netflix of the ‘darkly hilarious, irreverent, serialized, animated comedy for adults’ reads: ”Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the ’90s … 20 years later. Set in an L.A. where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, “BoJack Horseman” is about one man (well, horse-man) who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next. Starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul. BoJack Horseman, a Netflix original series, launches on August 22 in all Netflix territories.”

The new trailer for the animated comedy can be seen in full below, but performance-wise will BoJack Horseman be able to stray clear of too many stereotype-based jokes, yes or neigh?

Sharknado 2 Earns Record Ratings For SyFy

Cable network SyFy‘s efforts to provide ‘event cinema’ have paid off massively in terms of their ratings this week, as the worldwide premiere of parody viewed became SyFy’s best-viewed original movie in history, to the tune of 3.9 million people.

sharkrainAlongside the statistic that 1.6 million of those viewers were in the ’18-49 adults’ demographic, the film’s highly-publicised release on 30 July easily eclipsed last summer’s original release Sharknado, which witnessed a rise of 183% in the measurement of total viewers between the two films, whilst ’18-49′ viewers increased by 190% for the network. That core demographic was even enough to beat out a number of several broadcast network’s shows in the same timeslot, including programming on ABC (Motive), CBS (Extant), and Fox (So You Think You Can Dance).

Meanwhile, SyFy have also announced their estimations that Sharknado 2 has been the most ‘social movie’ airing on TV in all-time, though their prediction of ‘one billion Twitter impressions’ appeared fairly inflated in comparision to Nielsen’s ‘Twitter TV rating’ of around 67.2 million, still recognised as a strong performance, and one that dominantly out-performed all other programming on US television for the night.

Also noted in Nielsen’s statistics, along with the fact of out-performing the original Sharknado in this department as with others, with 188,000 unique authors providing the world with 581,000 relative tweets across the airtime, compared with 112,000 providing 318,000 live tweets in last year’s premiere ago, showcasing a growing trend which some believe could be the future direction of made-for-TV movies… make it bad on purpose.

Critically, Sharknado 2: The Second One is a film which has received rave reviews for its ridiculous concept and poor nature, earmarked as a self-aware satire of ‘camp disaster films’. Parody aside, though, the Sharknado brand seems to have a keen audience now, with a video game release this year and a 3rd instalment of the SyFy movie series primed for 2015, that new fans and old of the ‘story’ will be able to enjoy:

Hulu Update For Android App Offers Free Streaming

The Hulu app for mobile devices is of no use to anyone, unless they pay the $8 per month for the Hulu Plus service. But today Hulu have announced that a new Android update will offer a selection of free content. With a couple of exceptions the app will offer the free Hulu service on mobile devices.

Hulu-mobile-appThe move was announced by Hulu back in May,  and will currently will work on Android smartphone and tablets only. The update offers mobile users selected free episodes and content from Network shows from NBC, Fox, and Comedy Central as well as Hulu Originals, Anime, Kids, Movies and Latino.

For viewers that still want whole seasons and full access to the Hulu back catalog, then signing up to the premium Hulu Plus subscription service is the way to go. And conveniently Hulu have that option staring you in the face from within the app.

But any free content for mobiles is a great bit of news. No dates have been given for an iOS version, but it cannot be too far away. Android users can download the updated app from the Google Play Store.

Television Losing Entertainment Top Ranking To The Internet

Consumers looking to be entertained are increasingly switching off the TV, and instead logging in to online entertainment says a new survey. The survey taken by Deloitte in Australia, shows that the country is reached the ‘digital tipping point’ and that digital has finally ‘come of age’.

TV entertainmentThe survey of 2300 respondents showed that the internet ranks in their top three entertainment sources, 18% of respondents say they make use of catch-up TV services such as ABC iView and Foxtel Go to watch shows, and that 80% say they multitask on devices whilst watching the TV.

At the current rate of growth, and within the next 12 months online will ­overtake the TV as the preferred source of entertainment. A recent connected life TV survey came up with similar findings.

The Deloitte Media ­Consumer ­Survey shows that Pay TV is not being cut at a greater rate with cancellations at a steady 4%, but that consumers are using the internet more as a supplement to their entertainment needs. 25% of Australians are planning to subscribe to an online ­television ­service in the next year.

Binge viewing on TV show sis also a massively growing trend, as people move to the web to view TV. 70% of respondents said they have watched over three episodes in one viewing session. Social media is also a big part of peoples daily lives, with 54% saying they post daily, a rise of 170% on 2013 stats.

Speaking about the survey, Deloitte’s Niki Alcorn said, “Our findings on what we use, where we use it and how, all show that Australians are increasingly sophisticated and savvy when it comes to digital.”

Manhattan Coming To Hulu

Hulu has picked up the streaming rights to WGN America‘s new historical drama, Manhattan. The streaming company revealed that the entire 13 episodes of the first season will be available on the pay-to-view Hulu Plus platform.

MAnhattanManhattan made its debut last Sunday and will become available to stream on Hulu Plus from Monday. Each episode will then become available weekly, and the entire season can be viewed as soon as it finishes airing on TV. For those that do not subscribe, the five most recent episodes will also be available on the free Hulu service, but the latest episode will not be available until 3 days after airing.

Manhattan is set in the 1940′s in WWII America in a town who’s very existence is classified. The federal government has set up a top secret project to research the first atomic weapons, and the military and scientists who inhabit the community keep secrets from each other.

The deal will be the first time that Hulu has secured streaming rights to a TV series before it even airs. Speaking about the deal, Senior Vice President and Head of Content at Hulu, Craig Erwich said, “After seeing the episodes, and enjoying every minute, I knew this series represented the kind of high-quality, addictive programming that we strive to bring to Hulu. That’s why this deal marks the first time that Hulu has committed to a series before a single episode had even aired.”

For Lionsgate, President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution, Jim Packer said, “We’re delighted to extend a partnership with Hulu that should help further expand the audience for this deserving show. We believe that this innovative arrangement will be a win/win/win for Lionsgate, our partners and, most of all, our audiences.”

Netflix Peering Agreement With AT&T To Bring Faster Streaming

Netflix have made an agreement with AT&T that will both improve streaming and reduce buffering for AT&T subscribers that use the online TV company. The ‘peering’ or ‘interconnection’ deal will give the Netflix service direct access to the AT&T network.

AT&TAlthough Netflix have made it clear that they oppose having to pay to get their content delivered, they have embarked on a strategy of paying for direct access to certain US Internet service providers. The company have already signed deals with both Comcast and Verizon to achieve the same result.

The ISP’s have been accused of ‘throttling’ or ‘data capping‘ the download speeds for services such as Netflix and Google owned Youtube. Both companies supply video quality reports showing the speed of different ISP’s. You can view them from the following links, Netflix and YouTube.

AT&T said of the deal in a statement, “We reached an interconnect agreement with Netflix in May and since then have been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience for our mutual subscribers. We’re now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days.”

Although Netflix have made clear it is not happy having to pay broadband providers to deliver its content at a decent speed, the providers argue that Netflix should help with the costs as they are responsible for a massive amount of data used for video traffic across the networks. Although Netflix are paying up, they have asked the Federal Communications Commission to review the broadband market.