Recent FCC Vote Pushes Us Closer To the Merging of Live and Internet TV
(via The Verge)
Right now, you have to get the cable box of whatever cable company that you’re a subscriber of. Thus, it’s at the sole discretion of that cable company as to what curated, contractually-agreed-upon programming that they’ll offer.
This vote changes might just change all of that and could allow streaming services and cable TV to co-exist meaning watching Broad City and BoJack Horseman on the same box might soon be a reality.
This recent FCC vote in favor, three-to-two, of a proposal to break the stranglehold that cable TV companies have on the cable boxes that subscribers have to use might usher the future of TV a little sooner than anticipated. The proposal will allow third party companies to develop their own set top boxes with the ability to subscribe to various cable TV services.
If passed, any number of set top boxes that are meant for streaming TV that exists exclusively online could potentially be expanded to include live television and bring another drastic change to the already drastically changing landscape of television.
Still, the proposal has to go through a final vote and the decision’s effects would have to be seen, but it’s hard to see this as anything other than a good thing.
You might have the chance to press fewer buttons to switch fewer devices in order to watch the latest episodes of The Simpsons and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
NBC’s New Comedy Subscription Service, Seeso, Might Just Be The Shot in the Arm That NBC Comedy Needed
For $3.99 a month, it looks like you’ll be getting quite a lot.
Starting in January, NBC will be officially launching Seeso, which will not only offer ad free access to all seasons of The Office, Parks and Recreation, Kids in the Hall, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Mighty Boosh, SNL, and more, but also feature boat loads of new content and shows exclusive to Seeso.
Starting off with 20 new series from the likes of Dan Harmon, Amy Poelher/Ian Roberts/Matt Walsh/Matt Besser, Scott Aukerman, Cameron Esposito/Rhea Butcher, Wyatt Cenac, Tom Lennon, Ben Garant, Kulap Vilaysack, Jonah Ray, they’ll feature anything from scripted sitcoms, live stand-up, travel shows with a comedian, reality show parodies, and more.
It would almost seem that the whole of all of this represents the comedy that has been missing from NBC’s line-up for awhile.
They’ll also be bringing a curated collection of movies and series into the Seeso fold as well.
Sound good? Good. Well, make sure you start saving $3.99 a month after Christmas then.
NBC Planning Subscription Based Online Streaming Service For Comedy
(via Wall Street Journal)
NBC must be taking cues from how well comedy does online with the dedicated fan bases of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Community as they’re now developing a subscription online service targeted for comedy. It’s not clear how this service will work specifically, but if it’s more like HBO GO, then that’s probably a step in the right direction.
NBC is saying episodes of The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live will be available, we’re more curious about the fates of the aforementioned Office, Parks and Rec, etc. and whether they will be taken off of Hulu and Netflix to live exclusively at this NBC streaming service.
Also, more content will be developed for this service, which, we hope means that they will be putting more backing behind certain pilots like Adam Scott and Joe Mande’s dispensary comedy.
Shout! Factory Has Launched Free Streaming Service That Has MST3K, Weird Al Show, Home Movies, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks,
Looks like you’re going to have make more free time in your day for binge watching.
Shout! Factory has just launched a free streaming service that will allow you to instantly watch some more niche comedy movies/series/specials/live events that isn’t perhaps available to immediately see on Netflix or Hulu.
So far, you’ll get to watch the likes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Home Movies,The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Steve Martin, ASSSSCAT, Mel Brooks, The Weird Al Show, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and more.
So, you can kiss the rest of this week goodbye and start getting into all of this right now for free right here.