Bloodline Set To Be The Next Big Original Hit for Nextflix

Netflix are the pioneers of original online hit TV shows, and they have announced that the next show coming off the production line is Bloodline, which will be on our screens next March.

Bloodline-NetflixThe 13 episode series is tells of a family living in the Florida Keys and, “centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.”

As is to be expected from Netflix, the show stars a number of big names that includes Kyle Chandler, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek. The show is produced by Sony Pictures Television, and written and produced by the creators of legal thriller Damages, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler.

Netflix has had massive commercial and critical success after releasing a raft of original shows that includes House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Hemlock Grove.

And Netflix have revealed new seasons of all their hit shows, and just announced that crime comedy drama Lilyhammer, will release it’s third season on October 29.

And it’s not just TV shows that the streaming company are producing, they recently announced a deal with comedy actor Adam Sandler to bring four exclusive films to the service, and they also revealed plans to premiere the sequel to the Oscar-winning movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Below is a teaser released by Netflix for the new Bloodline show:-

Aereo Banned by Judge From Rebroadcasting Live TV

Aereo have been dealt at least half a dozen blows, but are still (just) standing. And on Thursday they got another kick in the teeth when US judge Alison Nathan banned them from streaming live TV via the web.

Aereo-streaming-TVThe copyright-infringement case which has been brought against Aereo by US broadcasters who want to shut down Aereo’s ‘Watch Now’ service that lets subscribers watch live TV streaming.

Judge Nathan issued a temporary injunction that stops Aereo showing any video to subscribers while it’s still being broadcast. She said in her ruling [PDF] that, “The Supreme Court has concluded that Aereo performs publicly when it retransmits Plaintiffs’ content live over the Internet and thus infringes Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works.”

She continued, “In light of this conclusion, Aereo cannot claim harm from its inability to continue infringing Plaintiffs’ copyrights. In addition, in light of the fact that Plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on the merits rather than just sufficiently serious questions going to the merits, they need no longer show that the balance of hardships tips decidedly in their favor.”

The news comes after Aereo lost it’s Supreme Court case as well as a number of other appeals and rehearings of the case, which resulted in Aereo voluntarily suspending its service back in June.

The news is not a fatal blow to Aereo as the order is only preliminary and not final, and the ruling only stops streaming of content whilst being broadcast live. The judge refused (for now at least), a plea by the broadcasts to stop Aereo’s DVR service that stores video for viewing on-demand.  She said that will be decided at a later date.

TuneCore Plan To Give Musicians ‘YouTube Money’

The biggest music stars in the world, despite being on red-alert for any pirated copies of their songs that could lose them a little income, do have a structure in place for getting money out of their content with ad-supported music videos on YouTube from companies such as VEVO.

Tunecore-logoThe system works in a similar way beneath VEVO’s level as well, but obviously with less money changing hands on account of lower viewcounts from lower-profile artists. A company looking to change the structure a little, though, and perhaps give a percentage more to all, is established music distribution company TuneCore, who have announced their plans to help their musician clients better capitalise on ‘YouTube Money’.

Generally more experienced in the fields of iTunes, Amazon, and the ‘digital retail’ market as a whole, the company have this week launched a new programme that aims to get artists money out of any ‘unlicensed music use’ on Google’s video-sharing platform. The service will enable users to choose songs that they track on YouTube, with TuneCore then monitoring the site for uses of such music (via YouTube’s copyright-policing smart scans) to find videos that are not licenced to use it, then claiming a portion of any money generated by that video to go to the artist’s TuneCore account.

TuneCore’s CEO Scott Ackerman said of the initiative in an official statement: “As YouTube’s importance as a point of distribution increases, we want to ensure artists are receiving the full benefits. With YouTube Money, we’re confident TuneCore can help artists by collecting the YouTube revenue artists have earned while artists can focus on what’s most important-making music and getting their music out to the world.”

Considered by artists in a recent TuneCore survey to be the third ‘most important platform’ for their music distribution (following iTunes and Spotify), will YouTube Money do for music what YouTube have been doing for video creators and start to see singers ‘own’ the unlicenced editions of their work?

The Flash Quick To Pick Up CW Full Series

Whilst Gotham is currently taking all the plaudits and the headlines when it comes to superhero-based TV shows, fellow DC comics adaptation The Flash is performing strongly in its first season on The CW network, apparently enough to convince executives at the cable channel to greenlight an extension to its current season.

the_flash_titlecardThe length given to that short-term renewal is ‘full’, with the network’s second biggest new show, critically-acclaimed dramedy Jane the Virgin, also receiving the treatment by The CW, both now set to end their first runs a fair bit later than originally expected.

The superhero series The Flash, which is based (as the name would suggest) on a hero with super speed, made its first appearance on the network two weeks ago (7 October) to an audience of 6.1m, also noted as being The CW’s highest-rated series premiere episode in the 18-49 age demographic since 2009’s premiere of The Vampire Diaries.

The CW’s network president Mark Pedowitz said of the move: “We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with The Flash launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and Jane the Virgin recognised as the best new show this season by critics across the country. Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and The Flash and Jane have both exceeded our expectations on all counts. I’m thrilled to announce full season orders for both of these terrific new series.”

Going from a first-season count of 13 to 23, will The Flash (and Jane the Virgin, which has a similar order) be able to build on a strong start with the network and repay their faith? The sort of thing to expect from The Flash can be seen below:

Sky Go Add 5 New Channels To Go To 70

The Sky Go mobile streaming/catch-up service has just increased in size, with a recent update from the satellite broadcasters that sees 5 new channels introduced onto their platform.

sky_go_new_channels5Boosting the platform’s total number of networks to 70, Sky Go have introduced Channel 5, spin-off networks 5* and 5 USA, sports channel British Eurosport 2, and new female-targeted channel ITVBe.

Sky’s ‘brand director of TV products’ Luke Bradley-Jones said of the deal: “It’s great news for our 5.6 million Sky Go customers who can now get even more shows to watch including TOWIE and Big Brother. Sky Go lets our customers have even more flexibility to enjoy the TV they love, on their terms.”

Channel 5 ‘digital media director’ James Tatam noted: “We’re delighted Sky Go customers will be able to enjoy the incredible line up of programmes we’ve put together this autumn across Channel 5, 5* and 5USA, from Gotham to Can’t Pay, We’ll Take it Away and everything in between.”

Martin Goswami, ITV’s ‘director of pay & distribution’, added: “We are very excited to have launched ITVBe, our first new free-to-air channel in almost a decade, and are delighted to roll this out to Sky customers, expanding ITV’s portfolio of channels on the mobile TV service.”

The update is noted as being the first since the start of the summer, where ITV’s full selection of channels at the time (ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV) were introduced for streaming purposes, that new options have been included for the free-with-a-Sky subscription service,  (though the company also sells ‘Sky Go Extra’ at £5/month to double the simultaneous streams allowed from 2 to 4, amongst other price-locked features).

Claiming to have over 5.6m users at present, will any of the offerings be able to significantly boost Sky’s mobile streaming numbers?

Nielsen and Adobe Prepare Team-Up For Online TV Measurements

For those that thought that members of the traditional TV industry may have some misgivings on partnering with an online specialist that appears to be part of the group gradually chipping away at their market shares, it will be refreshing to hear that two of the biggest sources of viewing data measurement on either side of the fence now have an agreement of co-operation in place.

nielsen_logoSpecifically focusing on the field of internet-based video, Nielsen will be combining with Adobe Systems in an alliance that aims to measure viewership of ‘digital video’ on all connected platforms, such as smartphone, tablet computers, and smart TVs,amongst other devices, with designs on measuring just how the changes to the entertainment industry will play out over the next few years.

Nielsen, a long-time leader when it comes to measuring TV ratings, will combine their brand name and expertise with that of Adobe, the software company who also specialise in collecting data on platform usage and online viewing in general.

As a range of services prepare to launch over-the-top streaming services, and existing market leaders such as Netflix getting more involved in the mainstream production/broadcast process of content, it is seen as important that accurate measurements are made to guage popularity across the developing industry.

Adobe’s ‘vice president of video solutions’ Jeremy Helfand said of the reasoning behind this move: “The way content consumption is rapidly changing you need a measurement system that will be able to help media companies, advertisers and publishers better understand the value of their audiences.”

Fellow research firm vice-president Luca Paderni, of Forrester, gave his view on the matter, noting that Adobe are an easy choice for Nielsen to partner given their central position in the world’s video distribution system, one which can track most video views down to the IP each one has come from. He also stated of Nielsen’s motivation for the move: “A lot of Nielsen clients were complaining and pushing them over the past years that its methodology was not for digital devices.”

Clients to take on the new measurement system as a basis of their own research are said to include ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, Viacom, Univision, and Sony’s Crackle platform, amongst others, once it is launched in 2015. While it is likely that more get on board by then and after launch, will Nielsen be able to have the same presence in streaming measurements as they currently have in TV?