Clive Barker’s Imajica to be televised

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

According to a podcast from movie industry commentary series Hollywood Babble-On, as relayed by the JoBlo Movie Network, Clive Barker’s Imajica is to be adapted for television by Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars, who is also working on the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s [...]

Google releases Chromecast SDK

By Chris Meadows
February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ars Technica reports that Google has finally issued a public SDKpublic SDK (software development kit) for its Chromecast HDMI TV dongle, meaning that for the first time, coders of random audio and video playing apps for Android, iOS, or the Chrome browser will be able to incorporate Chromecasting [...]

Thirty years of time shifting: The Supreme Court decision legalizing the VCR

By Chris Meadows
January 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Today marks an important anniversary for our digital media era—an era that couldn’t have been foreseen thirty years ago, but nonetheless relies to a very great extent on a legal decision exactly thirty years old. Today is the 30th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared [...]

The 'Future' of Entertainment Looks a Lot Like 1995

By libertyc
July 21, 2013 // 4 Comments

This weekend, we hit a milestone in my household: the Beloved finally got sick enough of the limited selection on flat-rate Netflix to venture into the pay-per-movie world of the iTunes Store, which we can access on the bedroom television via the spiffy little Apple TV box. And … color us [...]

Veronica Mars Novels to Follow Kickstarted Movie

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

This is the kind of media circle of life I like to see: GalleyCat is reporting that Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas plans to release some Veronica Mars novels as a follow-up to the upcoming Kickstarter-funded movie. From the article: “The books will contain completely new stories, and will [...]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: 'Cord Cutters' Survey Makes Wrong Point

By libertyc
July 12, 2013 // 7 Comments

GigaOM has a report about a comScore survey showing that 16 percent of Canadians “stream all of their TV from on-line sources.” The survey also has an additional 35 percent of Canadians watching both traditional television and a further 35 percent only watching traditional television. [...]

Netflix and e-books: E-media symmetries

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

At first glance, this story about how Netflix is changing the nature of how Hollywood thinks about TV doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with e-books. But if you take a second look, you might notice how the service’s “celestial jukebox” nature lines up with the instant gratification and [...]

Is this the first-ever TV commercial about e-book lending?

By Dan Eldridge
February 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Good e-Reader ran an interesting post earlier today about Oklahoma’s Metropolitan Library System, which took the unprecedented step back in December 2012 of advertising its e-book lending services on broadcast television. According to the post, the 60-second spot was developed by the library [...]

Amazon Kindle Fire HD One-Ups iPad Retina Screen in New Ad (Video)

By Matthew Marchesano
February 6, 2013 // 3 Comments

“You may not be able to tell the difference,” says the advertisement’s narrator, as both the iPad and the Kindle Fire HD sit side-by-side displaying the same images. “But your wallet definitely can.” Amazon’s new 30-second ad draws the comparison in screen resolution between the iPad [...]

David Gerrold: E-books ready to begin their next evolution

By libertyc
April 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

On Maximum PC, author David Gerrold slots the e-book into place as the latest member of a distinguished lineage of disruptive media that build on what came before them. Movies built on novels and Broadway plays, radio built on records and vaudeville, television built on radio, and so on. He points [...]

Tech support reps know where the problems are

By libertyc
February 24, 2011 // 6 Comments

It’s a cliché (or at least a TVTrope) that if you want to know what’s really going on in an organization, you talk to the janitors—or other people who have the same habit of being around all the time, observing people and things, without being noticed. In my current “day job” working for [...]

Book promotion: beware of pay-to-play TV shows, by Kim Brittingham

By libertyc
February 13, 2011 // 0 Comments

If you’re an author — whether you sold your book to a publisher or self-published it — you’d probably jump at the chance to talk about your book on national television.  Who wouldn’t? But beware of predatory producers of “branded entertainment” TV talk [...]

Mark McLaughlin: ‘Audiences don’t pay for content’

By libertyc
March 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Last week, writer and consultant Mark McLaughlin had a great article in the Huffington Post about the current attempts of newspapers and others to get audiences to pay for on-line content. McLaughlin points out that audiences usually don’t pay for content, but rather for distribution. It is the [...]

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