YouTube Host An Immersive 3,500 Hours Of British Pathe

A brand almost synonymous with black-and-white film reel at least directly either side of the English Channel, the brand known as British Pathe are likely to have provided some sort of archived footage you have seen at some point in your life, but if anyone out there has not yet been reached indirectly, they can now know exactly where to find their content if they have access to YouTube.

british_pathe_1896-1976And by making their content able to ‘find’ in one place, British Pathe mean all of it, after uploading their entire video archive onto the Google-owned video sharing website earlier this week.

In spite of the content on offer covering over 3,500 hours worth of content (146 days, if you wanted to watch the entire collection with no breaks) across over 85,000 video clips, the release on Sunday (13 April) was made to little fanfare other than their own press release, with major news outlets only picking up on the story (or 85,000 of them) near the tail-end of the week.

The collection of footage spans from 1896-1976 and covers almost all genres of everyday life, and is regarded by many as the best film archive for the period in the world for both quantity and quality, particularly for coverage of the two World Wars. While such clips were generally made for either news programmes, documentaries, or cinematic pre-film specials, the archive of British Pathe (self-owned since 2009 after going through a number of owners in its long history), has focused on preservation through more sustainable digital means since 2002, a culmination of the project seemingly in place now with backups of the film reels now contained within an official YouTube channel with content fully prepared to make viewers learn, laugh, and cry.

The YouTube effort comes with support from German company Mediakraft, who are noted in the press release as planning to create English and foreign-language content from the past footage, presumably doing it mainly by modern voice-overs to themed compilations.

British Pathe’s general manager Alastair White said of the release, which has been rolled out in ‘high resolution’ for the best possible footage: “Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them. This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that. Whether you’re looking for coverage of the Royal Family, the Titanic, the destruction of the Hindenburg, or quirky stories about British pastimes, it’ll be there on our channel. You can lose yourself for hours.”

Whatever it is you are looking for, said treasure trove can be found from the link provided, whilst sample footage can be found below to get you started, a nice way to lose a day/week/year if you like…

But all this nostalgia is not without forgetting that British Pathe had some rivals who could keep up in terms of quality back in their dominant era:

Date Confirmed For Oscars Ceremony In 2015

The finer details such as who is presenting are not yet confirmed, and most of the films that will be up for contention might not be out of the production stages yet, but the 87th Academy Awards has an official date it can now count down to, after host network ABC, like its viewers, found out exactly when they will be beginning the ceremonies next year.

oscarstrophiesThe biggest and most high-profile annual evening in the film industry is next time set to occur on Sunday 22 February beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT, broadcasting (and streaming) live from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre in Los Angeles (USA), the building that has been home to the event since its 74th edition in 2002.

While no official arrangements have yet been made for the personnel behind and in front of the camera, organisers will be hoping for people that can provide a repeat of the success and publicity enjoyed by Ellen DeGeneres and her producers last month, although not necessarily having to involve pizzas and selfies.

The official press release from the website addressing the matter, alongside full ‘key date’ details for any movie fans looking beyond the big day, can be read below:



Academy Announces Key Dates For The Oscars®

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 87th Oscars. The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Governors Awards

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Official Screen Credits and music submissions due

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Oscar nominations announced

Monday, February 2, 2015

Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 6, 2015

Final voting begins 8 a.m. PT

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015

87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

BBC Renew Two Sides of the Law For New Seasons Of Online Exports

Not the name of a show in the title above, but rather the concepts in play on either format, as the BBC confirm the renewal of ‘police thriller’ Line of Duty, as well as crime-based comedy thriller The Wrong Mans.

the_wrong_mans_office_warfareThe latter of the two, starring creators James Corden and Matthew Baynton as council office co-workers who become entangled in a world of conspiracy, crime, and corruption when they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, is returning for a second season after a successful first 6-episode run, which aired on BBC Two and in America as an exclusive of streaming platform Hulu.

Corden previously claimed that new episodes were in the planning stages, though no official confirmation surrounding the format had been given until last week. What is likely to be another 6-episode season of The Wrong Mans is set to premiere in September and November, respectively, should last year’s approach be followed.

Line of Duty, meanwhile, is a strongly-performing drama centred on an ensemble cast as a British police force, currently in the middle of its second season, and due to high ratings given a vote of confidence valued at two more seasons. As well as BBC Two, the show will be another to enjoy being broadcast as an overseas streaming exclusive, with Hulu again holding American rights, whilst Netflix have picked up the drama for Danish and Swedish audiences.

Line of Duty‘s creator and lead writer Jed Mercurio said of the official news: “We’re profoundly grateful to the fans who not only watched Line Of Duty but also made it such a talking point, and to BBC Two for this rare and immensely flattering opportunity. For series three and four, I can promise two explosive new cases for AC-12, new guest stars as police officers are investigated for corruption, further twists and turns from the loose ends of series two, and maybe even some surprise reappearances.”

BBC Drama controller Ben Stephenson added: “Line Of Duty shows what the reinvestment of money in drama on BBC Two has achieved – unique, powerful and gripping drama that gets the nation talking. Bringing it back for two more years is the easiest decision I have made. The only thing to expect from the show is the unexpected so I’m excited to see where the next twists and turns take the series.”

As BBC Two retains two of their most recent emerging programmes to be taken toward a more mid-term lifespan, will they be equally as well-received by their streaming providers?

Orange Is The New Black Introduce Second Season Trailer

Just over two months after starting and finishing the second season of their leading show House of Cards, Netflix have set up a similar process for one of their next-best-known original names.

orange_is_the_new_black_castThat name, of course, is of the show bearing the fashion/prison joke Orange is the New Black, which in June this year will broadcast their second season to a Netflix-exclusive audience.

Specifically airing its entire second run on 6 June, the season will see lead character Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) return for another stint of trials and tribulations at Litchfield women’s prison across a new 13 installments.

Some of the events and surprises set to occur when Netflix brings the show’s total episode tally up to 26 can be seen below, as can an unofficial press release on the matter that Netflix handcuffed to the YouTube video:

“The highly-anticipated second season of Netflix’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK goes back behind bars for another sentence with the fearless, funny and unforgettable inmates of Litchfield prison.

The series’ ensemble includes Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mugrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone and more. Lorraine Toussaint joins the cast in season two as Yvonne “Vee” Parker.

Season two is exclusively on Netflix in all territories on June 6, 2014.

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Recognized by AFI as one of the Top 10 Programs of the Year and recently recognized with a Peabody Award, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK is from Lionsgate Television, executive produced by Jenji Kohan and based on Piper Kerman’s best-selling book of the same name.”

Sky Create A New #ViewingMethod

The television industry are always looking for innovative methods with which to develop new ways of engaging or viewing content, and it appears as though Sky have landed on one that will be assisted unofficially by Twitter.

sky_fleming_chips_downWhile plenty of programmes nowadays attempt to kickstart social media conversations and trends with a sometimes cringe-worthy official ‘hashtag’ caption, the idea of using the # symbol to help control your set-top box is one which has not been touched upon until Sky this week announced the unusual combination which they are trialling.

This approach is one which will see users able to access some of their favourite content courtesy their Twitter account, namely through tweets made by the satellite broadcasters on their official accounts. Under their current trial basis, the @SkyHD and @SkyAtlantic accounts are being used as demonstrations, meaning that select programming on Sky in general and more specifically their American-imported content network will benefit from the additional exposure.

Whenever those two accounts now post a message on the microblogging service with the #WatchOnSky hashtag, users are now able to watch and record programming through their Twitter timeline based on links in the post, as well as a function to remotely record a show, movie, or event through the Sky+ DVR platform and its ‘R’ option in the new service.

Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky TV’s brand director, summarised: “#WatchOnSky is another brilliantly simple way for our customers to find and watch the shows everyone is talking about. By simply clicking on a Tweet, customers can either instantly watch live TV or record shows for later. It’s all part of our commitment to make it even easier for our customers to discover great TV and make sure they never miss those virtual water cooler.”

A highly innovative idea that remains vague as to whether or not it will be successful, will Sky’s #WatchOnSky service manage to start setting the trend(ing)s in the global TV industry?

Tubi TV Plans To Be The First Stop After Netflix

A new free streaming TV app and website called Tubi TV is set to launch that will offer ad supported content and will be available on Smart TVs. The Crackle style service is to be launched by San Francisco-based TV startup adRise.

Tubi-TVTubi TV plan to offer the “largest breadth of free content”,  says CEO of Adrise Farhad Massoudi. The service which already is available for the Amazon Fire TV, will also be coming to the Roku and WD TV streamers, TiVo, Xbox 360, Android devices, Chromecast, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, as well as selected Smart TV sets.

The service will have moe than 3,000 titles coming from 120 licensed partners that include Endemol, Hasbro, ITV and Cinedigm. The number of titles available is expected to expand to 20,000 in the next 6 months.

Massoudi said that the app will help companies distribute their content to more numbers in the ever crowded connected TV space, and that
“We’re trying to elevate the amount of quality content that’s available for free” using a “no barrier to entry” model.

Although the content may be old and much of it unheard of, he said that Tubi (which will launch in the US only to start with), wants to become the, “first stop after Netflix.”