Oy vey. Where to begin?
The fourth season of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" officially came to a close on Thursday, July 17, but I only caught up with it ... let's say, "about a week ago." The episode featured Jon Stewart and two different cars: The 1968 AMC Gremlin and the 1978 AMC AMX. They went to the Tick Tock Diner. Stewart wore a baseball cap. Some people laughed. Others wondered why he or she couldn't get the final 30 seconds of the episode to play on his or her ... read more
Aereo Goes To Washington
"If today's kids become accustomed to Internet-based TV, tomorrow's households will turn to the Internet rather than cable or satellite."
So wrote CNet's Joan E. Solsman on Wednesday. As it goes, the U.S. Supreme Court decided last week that it will indeed hear the case against Aereo, the oft-discussed tiny-antenna service that streams over-the-air channels to televisions via the Internet. In the wake of that announcement, Solsman wrote a sprawling, must-read piece ... read more
Welp. I received a Roku for Christmas. And while there's much to talk about with all the CES happenings, Hulu's original content slate for 2014, and all the scuttlebutt surrounding the season premieres of "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" (already happened) and "House of Cards" (almost a month away!), we're going to start the year off with a first-hand account of what it's like to live with one of these things.
First, this should be said: In an ideal world, I would have initially preferred ... read more
Well, this is fun. Amid the snow, the best rhythm and blues of 2013, a brand new podcast and a love letter to "Ugly Betty" was this tiny tidbit of Great (with a capital "G") news: On the second day of 2014, this blog's favorite 15-minute comedy web-series about nothing, "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," will return to an Internet near you.
"Jerry Seinfeld pioneered a new approach to unscripted storytelling with 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' and his vision garnered record-breaking viewership ... read more
"White House Down" and "After Earth."
Remember them? One's a movie about an attack on the Leader of the Free World. The other was a Will Smith vehicle that approximately 49 people saw. In addition to being strong contenders for Oscars this coming awards season (yeah, that was sarcastic), the two films helped lead Sony Pictures to a $181 million operating loss ... in only the second quarter of this year.
And yet people who make only the minimum wage can't support a household in this country. ... read more
Fun fact: I have two iPods — one for talk radio and one for music. I'm nowhere near getting all my music onto the music iPod and it's already halfway full. I'm almost completely out of room on my talk radio iPod, so I will one day (sooner than later) need another one of those. One iPod has 60 gigabytes of space; the other, 160. At a combined 220 GBs, I know full well that such is nowhere near enough space to store everything I want to store.
Naturally, you don't care about my iPods, my iPod ... read more
Well, this is interesting. The Wall Street Journal reported a couple days ago the following: Viacom, which as we all know is the mind behind MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, etc., has told Sony it could use its channels for an Internet service The Big Walkman is creating. This would be the part where I link the Wall Street Journal piece, but the Wall Street Journal makes you pay to read its content.
Oh, but that doesn't mean there isn't stuff written about it all elsewhere, you know. So, ... read more
Hey, remember Boxee? Sure you do. As I wrote back in January of last year, it "might just be the cheap (finally!) alternative to your normal cable television package." It planned on doing as much by utilizing these four things: Social channel listings. Sharing. Channel editing. And an all-in-one interface. It was unveiled in November 2011, shipped in January of 2012 and ...
... now it's dead. Or, well, at least it's dead as we knew it. From Janko Roettgers at GigaOm ...
"Boxee ... read more
Because we here at TV Without A TV like to subscribe to the notion that all things are better late than never, it's time to look back at 2013's installment of the Consumer Electronics Show (or, as as those who either track their Twitter feed by the second or have not seen daylight in four years may call it, CES). And why should we here at TV Without A TV discuss said happenings at said conference, the mildly attractive disembodied voice asks oh, so politely?
Well, it's simple: 2013 seemed to be ... read more
Catching moments on television these days that stick with us can be rare. In my case in particular, I have two hurdles: 1) "The Wire," "Arrested Development" and "In Treatment" all cease to exist these days, and shows like "Mad Men" or "Breaking Bad," while good, mostly never offer up a single defining moment that leaves viewers both inspired and inquisitive, ready to yell from the mountain tops how wonderful they feel said show is (though, to be fair, the moment when Peggy leaves SCDP on the ... read more