Amazon To Launch Transparent In Binge Style Full Season

Amazon have always been a little different to Netflix when it comes to releasing it’s own content. Whereas Netflix give the whole season at once for viewers to gorge on, Amazon drip feeds episodes on a weekly basis. But they have decided that for new show Transparent: they will release the whole 10 episodes of the same day.

transparentTransparent which was announced last year is a dark comedy starring Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker, Rob Huebel, Judith Light, Henry Simmons and Jay Duplass, and is about an LA family with serious boundary issues who have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. It

Previously for their first two original launches,  Alpha House and Betas, Amazon dripe fed the episodes by making a new one available weekly just like TV networks. Speaking about this particular show for Amazon Studios, Head of Original Programming, Joe Lewis said, “We’ve never looked at it as anything but a continuous piece of five-hour entertainment. I don’t think of it as binging, I just think of it as a five-hour movie.”

All 10 episodes will premiere on the Amazon Prime instant video service sometime in September, although no exact dates have been given.

Netflix Prove To Be Top Online Dog With 31 Emmy Nominations

Nominations for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been revealed, and online streaming company Netflix have received a total of 31 nominations, an increase from 14 last year, whilst rivals such as Amazon and Hulu received a big fat zero.

orange-is-new-blackThe Netflix policy of investing in original content is paying off with 13 nominations for House of Cards, and 12 for jail based drama Orange is the New Black.

House of Cards got nominated for 13 awards including the outstanding drama series category, lead actors Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are up for outstanding actor and actress in a drama series, David Fincher is nominated once more for outstanding directing in a drama series, writer Beau Willimon is up for outstanding writing for a drama series.

Orange is the New Black grabbed 12 nominations that include outstanding comedy series, outstanding writing for a comedy series, outstanding directing for a comedy series, and Taylor Schilling got nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

Rival streaming companies got overlooked though. Amazon had hoped for a nomination or two for original series Alpha House, and Hulu had hopes pinned on original shows The Awesomes and Quick Draw.

Ricky Gervais picked up an award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for Derek, which is also exclusively broadcast by Netflix in the US.

Netflix are used to winning awards after becoming the first internet based TV company to win an Emmy for an online-only TV show. In 2013 they received nine nominations for House of Cards, along with three for the Arrested Development reboot.

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted on August 25 by Seth Meyers live from the Nokia Theater in LA on NBC. You can see a full list of nominations here.

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.”