Unsurprisingly, Disney announced today that it’s free online broadcasts of ABC shows, including Desperate Housewives and Lost, were a big hit. The shows were watched more than 11 million times online in the first month of the test, and an online exit survey showed that 87 percent of respondents could recall the advertisers that sponsored the episodes they watched. A retooled version of the free site, with more shows and features, will be launched in the fall. Unfortunately the free site is only available to Internet users in the United States, but there are easy ways around this.
CNN Europe today changed their TV look. The familiar American red and blue interface has been replaced by a much more British, simple, boxy look. More »
This week’s newly launched Google Video Store has been very badly received by the press and the blogosphere (“So far it’s just a really crap web site,” writes The Register‘s Ashley Vance). Personally I am very disappointed that the TV shows available in the new video store (CSI, Survivor, Star Trek, to name a few) are not available outside the United States. More »
Apple today expanded their selection of TV shows on their iTunes Music Store. ABC’s Lost and Desperate Housewives have been available since October, but today new and old shows from NBC, Sci-Fi and USA were added. Also this week CNN started online television with their new CNN Pipeline service, with four commercial-free live feeds for $2.95 per month.
George Lucas talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the end of DVD’s and the future of pay-per-view.
Since recently we get the American Fox News on our Casema digital television receiver here in the Netherlands, and I have noticed that they don’t seem to understand how the news ticker along the bottom of their screen should work. They put their Fox News logo at the end of every sentence, even if the same story continues in the next sentence. More »
Fox has made a huge mistake. This week the extremely hilarious sitcom Arrested Development was sadly cancelled again, and FOX has reduced the episodes for this third and final season to 13. Sign the online petition at petitionspot.com to save Arrested Development! More »