NBC pull out of the itunes store

31 08 2007

Now that is a shame. I know I said this last year, but with the advent of high-def downloads almost upon us, this was going to be the season that I bought an Apple TV, paid Steve Jobs for a season pass and watched season 2 of Heroes and season 4 of The Office legitimately.

NBC accounted for 40% of the TV sales on the itunes store. Now, without knowing the details, they have turned thousands back to bittorrent, and lost a tiny portion of revenue themselves. According to reports, they wanted higher prices for new shows and lower prices for old ones, as well as a tighter DRM restrictions. Wow, thats a lot of demanding from a failing network. Oh well. Hopefully NBC Universal’s joint venture with Fox, Hulu, will get them where they want to be in the online video world. Or not.

On a related note, NBC’s hottest property of the moment, Heroes, has sent the cast and crew on a world tour. For video of Last nights London press conference at the Gherkin, click here.

 UPDATE:- Apple have released statement, saying they will withdraw NBC shows from the itunes store before the new season starts next month. They note that NBC were trying to get them to raise the wholesale price for each show, meaning Apple would have had to charge $4.99 per episode next season. Are NBC crazy??? Are they now going to take down every bittorrent tracker on the internet? Because that is the only way they will regain any revenue from this debacle. Why can’t Apple and companies called Universal get along?


31 08 2007

I just deleted so many drafted posts. Everything from 30 Rock’s Emmy noms, to Pushing Daisies making me happy, to Channel 4 cutting £10 million from their acquisitions budget, I managed to *not* cover quite a lot this past few months. The irony is, I wrote a much longer post than this about what was cut, and it just got lost while publishing. Which is a shame.

Anywho, this is a fresh start, and a slight change to the blog. I’ve been saying to my other half how people don’t really want to read reviews of shows they just watched, or reviews of shows they haven’t watched, but might. So thats out. I’ll just tell you people what I watched, and what I like, and what deserves to be on in the UK, and where I think it would work.

The other half of my new job is dealing with different digital platforms, so I’ll also be looking into the best ways to get the shows you want from the web, preferably for free. Joost is something I will be looking at quite closely. I went to a boring conference and that was the platform that interested people the most, and seemed like a viable money maker. Look at me, sounding all corporate! Anyway, have a good weekend. I’m off to embed some Youtube clips!

New Job

31 08 2007

yep, you read that right. The company I work for, a subsidiary of a large US media conglomerate that not a lot of people like right now, created a new position for me in their programme acquisition department! I have been dying to write this for a month now, but I was sworn to secrecy! And I am going to use it as my excuse for not keeping this blog up to date!

I worked pretty damn hard for this,  shadowing at other TV networks, writing this blog instead of getting a life, so to say I’m chuffed is an understatement. Thanks to everybody who read it and left comments, and proved that I wasn’t talking to myself!!

But this isn’t the end, my passion for good writing runs deep so I will be continuing this blog until I am where I want to be, on a 6-figure salary, swimming in a pool full of money. Ok, maybe a bit before that. But thanks again for reading, I mean it.

At last…

29 08 2007

I just found out that Apple have started selling TV “Programmes” via iTunes on the UK store. Disney and Viacom seem to be the only providers at this time. It remains to be seen how often these shows are updated.

September 25th

23 08 2007

That is the day that I will be watching the Season 2 premiere of Heroes. Its been a long summer, but I honestly can’t wait for whatever they have in store. They have been adding cast members at a crazy rate, but with David Anders and more importantly Kristen Bell on board for “multi episode arcs”, they are bringing quality to the screen. Watch a trailer for Season 2 after the jump..

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I am Ready for de HD…

17 08 2007

After a few teething troubles, all is well in my living room. John Lewis wouldn’t match the 40″ D3000 Bravia, so I opted for the cheaper 32″ which they were happy to match with Empire Direct and their Trafford store, who were also doing it for £799. It arrived last night, along with my sky viewing card. My original viewing card was lost in the post, so it all seemed to come together at about 10.20pm last night. Channels were activated a few minutes later, and I was looking at Nathan Petrelli’s fine nose hairs about an hour after that. I’m in HD land people, and there is no room for facial blemishes… If you want an example of how *not* to buy a TV, or any electrical equipment, watch the fonejacker clip after the jump..

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Some things I know and some things I don’t.

9 08 2007

If you are watching it, you know what I’m talking about. If John From Cincinnati isn’t the most abstract show ever, it is certainly the most off the wall that I have ever stuck with. But I must say at the same time, I have the sense that I’m watching greatness, not just pretentious guff. Don’t be put off by what I’m about to write, but without looking into it too much, or reading up on it, I do believe it is about the second coming, and what it would be like if the messiah landed in a surfer town, and affected everybody he touched differently. I’m really sorry if this is well established, but I’m just taking it all in.

After watching nine episodes and deciding it was time to get my other half’s opinion, I sat through the pilot again last night and saw so much that I hadn’t noticed the first time around. Definitely better on a repeat showing.  I’m really looking forward to  the season one finale, and I don’t actually care if I get answers or not!


6 08 2007

Yea I said it, I am. After lauding the future of TV as the via an Ethernet cable or a wi-fi signal, I did the unthinkable last week and ordered Sky HD to celebrate some great news I received. To top it off I called John Lewis to get them to pricematch a 40″ Bravia, something to dominate my living room.

After picking up a laptop and seeing how easy it was to hook it up to the LCD and watch Bittorrent goodness, I decided to go large, as a McDonalds customer would say. If John Lewis accept my pricematch, I’ll report back and tell you all how the world looks in 1080p!