Unless you have been living under a rock for the better part of the past one decade, you are guaranteed to have heard of Netflix. Starting out with DVD-by-mail services, they have since expanded into online streaming and are now a dominant player in the streaming industry. With literally thousands of hours of content, everything ranging from documentaries to your favorite series available online to watch at your own leisure. However, many of us would prefer to watch on something larger than your average laptop or desktop computer screen (read: a big arse TV). This is actually quite easily done. A bit of your time and a few components is all that you’ll require. So if this piques your interest, then read on.
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Is Cable TV Nearing Extinction Due to the Ever Expanding Market Reach of Streaming TV?
Last year in October, HBO made it clear that the company plans to enter the lucrative and ever expanding streaming TV market by rolling out its own standalone streaming service at some point in 2015. Quite predictably, the market was abuzz with all sorts of speculations within hours – with some even going to the extent that this could well be the end of cable television as we know it.
Adding more to these speculations, CBS announced only a day later that it too was preparing to join the bandwagon by launching a proprietary streaming service. Similar announcement came from Showtime, CBS’s flagship entertainment channel.
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Online streaming movie conglomerate Netflix is supposedly in the first stages of making a new live-action TV series that is based on the well-known Nintendo video game classic Legend of Zelda franchise.
There are presently no in-depth details available about the alleged television series, however, sources have revealed that Netflix is planning on creating a “family-friendly Game of Thrones-like” TV show based on the Legend of Zelda theme. Currently, there is no detailed information being given by the company as to when the show may be premiering, nor if and/or when it may begin releasing sneak previews or other teasers of the planned show.
Apparently, Netflix and the Nintendo video game company have been working very closely together on the alleged television show, and it will be the first Nintendo-themed live-action media to be released in a significantly long time.
There may be somewhat of a good reason why it has been such a long amount of time since any Nintendo or other video game-based shows have been launched. Movies and television shows that have been based on Nintendo video games have not always been the most well-produced. The Super Mario Bros. animated television show and movie are both examples of this fact.
The new Legend of Zelda show, however, is purportedly still needing a writer, and this most likely means that it will still be a considerable amount of time before anything comes of Netflix’s news.
The Legend of Zelda franchise is a huge big-name one for Netflix to be basing a TV show on. Nintendo has released over 20 different Legend of Zelda video games ever since the year 1987. !987 was the debut year of the very first classic Legend of Zelda video game on the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console.
In 1989, an animated series of the Legend of Zelda was launched, however, the series only made it as far as 13 episodes before being cancelled. The show was planning on continuing with more episodes, but it was cancelled around the same time that animated Super Mario Bros. Super Show was cancelled by Nintendo that same year.
Netflix has not commented on the alleged Legend of Zelda show as of yet, but the news of the show does follow comments that were made last year by the president of the Nintendo company, Satoru Iwata, who had claimed that Nintendo was looking to “actively expand our character licensing business, including proactively finding appropriate partners.”
According to Variety, the star of Parks & Rec, Aziz Ansari will partner with Netflix to release his latest comedy special: Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden .
Ansari has teamed up with Netflix once before in 2013. His special ‘Buried Alive’ made its debut on Netflix and was later available to download at $5.
‘Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden’ will handle issues pertaining to gender inequality and the food industry, Variety reports.
Netflix has a wide catalog of comedy specials from famed stand-up comedians Mike Birbiglia, Jim Gaffigan, Reggie Watts, Marc Maron, and Louie C.K.
‘Buried Alive’ will see a worldwide Netflix release unlike his previous shows which were for select countries.
Netflix has been beaten to the punch in the Asian market when Singtel announced that it has partnered with Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers to bring video streaming services to the region.
Described as a “joint venture startup”, HOOQ, will initially offer 10,000 movies and TV shows comprising of Hollywood movies, U.S. TV serials and domestic content from India, China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and Japan.
The Telecom giant did not reveal a release date but said that it will go online in the first three months of 2015, serving first to consumers in Indonesia, Philippines, India and Thailand.
Singtel plans to do a “progressive rollout” to other countries where the company already has business. Singapore and Australia are also possible future markets.
Unlike with Netflix, customers won’t be limited to payment via credit-card as credit-card usage is low in the region. Singtel said it will use “billing capabilities” but no specific indication of the price was given.
Netflix has not yet ventured into the Asia Pacific and only late last year announced that it will launch this year in Australia and New Zealand. This means HOOQ will be the first such streaming service to cater to Asia giving it a first mover advantage.
“We are starting this venture to change the way people across Asia view entertainment. Today, across developing markets, there is limited access to quality entertainment, streamed directly to the screen of one’s choice. It’s either illegal, high cost or difficult to get. We aim to fix that,” said Peter Bithos, CEO of HOOQ, in a statement.
‘The Interview’ is now finally available to stream on Netflix, it was released earlier this month, and it was probably to North Korea’s mortification.
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