Google’s cord cutter app YouTube TV reaches 2 million downloads

 Approximately 2 million people have installed the YouTube TV app, Google’s live TV service aimed at a younger generation of cord cutters, as well as those who never signed up for traditional pay TV in the first place. That download figure comes from app store analytics firms Sensor Tower and App Annie, which both also noted that installs are evenly split between iOS and Android devices. Read More

fsociety ‘hacks’ the ‘Mr. Robot’ Facebook page

LOS ANGELES — Mr. Robot just got a little more meta.

The show's fictional Anonymous-style collective, fsociety, hacked the USA show's Facebook Page Thursday as part of a globally coordinated marketing campaign.

The uploaded video contains a global message against Evil Corp, followed by a minute-and-a-half clip of the Season 2 premiere. 

The clip is a flashback of stars Rami Malek and Martin Wallström minutes before their characters, Elliot and Tyrell Wellick, executed the 5/9 hack on Evil Corp. 

The international marketing campaign, which will be on Facebook Live between Thursday and Friday across 13 countries, has customized “rants” in each territory, delivered in the region’s native tongue. Read more...

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Google is turning its search engine into a live TV guide

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.28.35 AM Google says it will soon add live TV listings to its search engine, allowing web users to find out when their favorite shows or movies will be airing. But in a nod to the many non-traditional ways that consumers watch TV today, the company says that it will also display the apps and websites where you can view the show’s latest episode. This new feature is in addition to a Search… Read More

Gene Roddenberry’s company unearths treasures to fete 50 years of ‘Star Trek’


The photo below might be a little grainy, a little underexposed — but if you look at it through the eyes of a Star Trek historian, its significance couldn't be clearer


A VFX artist looks over a model of the Enterprise that was used in 1979's 'Star Trek The Motion Picture.'

Image: Courtesy of Roddenberry Entertainment

In the picture, an unidentified person who worked on 1979's Star Trek the Motion Picture is inspecting an enormous, highly impressive model of the Enterprise that was used for special effects shots. As Trevor Roth, COO of Roddenberry Entertainment, puts it: "I think that's just an achievement to have created." It's also something that helps to put into context the effort and detailed work that went into the film Read more...

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Watching the ‘Grease: Live’ control room is almost better than the real show


As electrifying as Grease: Live was, it turns out the show was rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong behind the scenes. (Translation: even more exciting.)

Carrie Havel, the associate director for Fox's live telecast, shared a video from the control room showing how she and her team made lighting-fast calls in order to keep the cameras and cuts up to tempo with the show's energetic song-and-dance routines

Havel posted the video — taken during "Greased Lightning" — to Facebook, along with a description of what her job entailed

People reports that Grease: Live, which involved 600 cast and crew members, 300 costumes and 21 sets, drew 12.2 million viewers. Read more...

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Aunt Viv from ‘Fresh Prince’ slams Jada and Will Smith for Oscars boycott


Aunt Viv has some harsh words for her former Fresh Prince family

Actress Janet Hubert, who starred for three seasons on the hit '90s sitcom as Will Smith's aunt (before she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid), posted a Facebook video on Monday slamming Jada Pinkett Smith. The Gotham star had previously called for actors of color to boycott the Oscars after only white actors were nominated for awards this year.

"First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?" Hubert began — referring to Pinkett Smith's husband, Will Smith, a two-time Oscar nominee who was shut out of the 2016 race Read more...

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Google Adds More Music, TV And Movie Content To Mobile Search, Including Recommendations

google-search-android-phone-hand An update to Google search rolling out to mobile users is putting a greater emphasis on music and media, including recommendations on songs, TV shows, movies, and more. Now, when searching for things like singers, actors, films and other related items, Google will return enhanced results that provide information like lyrics, covers, or song recommendations for music searches, as well as details… Read More

Facebook wants you to post status updates while watching TV


What's the fun of watching TV without using social media to catch up with other fans?

Facebook's got some new tools aimed squarely at grabbing the "second screen," a fan experience that fast-moving Twitter has so far locked down

The social giant has announced a bevy of features that look to attract TV broadcasters by offering the chance to receive immediate feedback and content from their viewers.

The goal: Deepening its relationships with a part of the media world that still holds the keys to very big advertising bucks

Bob Morgan, partner engineering director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post that the tools boil down to three particular areas: Engaging fans, polling them for their input, and curating photos and videos that can then be shown on TV. Read more...

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Consumer Watchdog Groups Complain Updated YouTube Kids App Still Exposes Children To Deceptive Ads

YouTube Kids Screenshot YouTube announced changes to its kid-friendly YouTube Kids mobile application this week designed to better educate parents on how the app works and the protections it offers, following a number of complaints, including those to the FTC, from consumer watchdog organizations. But the groups today are saying that YouTube hasn’t gone far enough with the updated YouTube Kids app, calling… Read More

Android TV Gets HBO, Showtime, CBS, Disney And More

googleTV_showtime As the definition of “watching TV” moves further away from meaning “paying for cable,” a number of major tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku and others, are angling to make their streaming media player the connected TV box of choice for those cutting the cord. Google actually has two entrants in this space: its recently upgraded Chromecast dongles and… Read More
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