Showbiz Sandbox 124: UltraViolet Is A Solution In Search Of A Problem
October 31, 2011
More than 75 companies have teamed up to form UltraViolet, a new service that promises to give consumers the freedom to watch movies and television shows wherever and whenever they want. However, early adopters have discovered that untethering content from physical media such as DVDs can be a tedious and confusing process. As the entertainment industry experiments with rapidly evolving technologies, viewers seem hard pressed to find any benefits in moving to the cloud.
When it comes to music though, fans have already migrated to online services such as Pandora, iTunes and Amazon. Now Google is preparing to launch its own music offering which is rumored to allow users to share music with their friends and family.
And if you thought digital technology was a tough racket, so is trying to copy the success of the hit television series “Mad Men”. NBC failed with it’s 1960s drama “The Playboy Club” and ABC isn’t fairing much better with “Pan Am”, a similar knock-off. They could have picked up Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom, “Anger Management” as a replacement, but FX scooped it up before anyone had a chance.
We also cover the week’s top entertainment news including new legislation aimed at curbing piracy, Netflix’s continuing struggles and why Adele had to cancel the rest of her world tour.
Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’ Off To A Solid Start At European Box Office
Pro Football Dominates Fall TV Ratings
Slow Start For TV’s X-Factor
Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ Lands at FX
Amazon Becomes A Book Publisher – Is Music Next?
Pandora Prepares To Do Battle With Local Broadcast Radio
Google Music Will Let Users Share Songs After Purchase
At Broadway Box Office This Fall The Plays The Thing
UltraViolet Adds Streaming Access To DVD And Blu-Ray
Doris Day to Receive Career Achievement Award From Los Angeles Film Critics Association
YouTube Announces TV Initiative With 100 Niche Channels
Redbox Raises Its Prices To $1.20
SAG and AFTRA Condemn IMDb Revealing Performers’ Ages
Warner Bros. Closes Harry Potter Vault December 29
CW Strikes 5-Year Deal With Hulu For New Shows
Netflix Takes Up A Third Of Internet Bandwidth
Netflix Stock Falls 35% As Analysts Turn On Company
Despite Millions of Record Sales UB40 Members Are Bankrupt
Leonard Cohen To Release A New Album Next Year
Tim Burton Sews Up A Spot In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Adele To Have Surgery On Vocal Chords
Ticketmaster To Pay $10 To Fans It Redirected To Scalper Site
Amy Winehouse Inquest Rules Death By Misadventure
Hilary Swank Fires Staff Over Chechen Incident
Feds To Blacklist Piracy Sites Under House Proposal