Aereo TV will revolutionize the way viewers receive their programming. Aereo is the missing piece in the integration of television and Internet. With new smart tvs being released every month, Aereo TV will streamline media distribution. Viewers are attracted to this option because Aereo is only $12 a month for about 20 cable network local channels that you can stream anywhere Internet is available. This means you can also use Aereo on your mobile devices.
As of right now, Aereo TV has one main drawback. They are limited to only having Broadcast networks because these are the “free” networks that are government subsidized. Hopefully in the future, Aereo will have premium packages that will grant viewers access to a wider variety of programming. The cool thing that could come from Aereo is that subscribers will be able to hand pick which channels they would like to buy so that each viewer has a customized subscription. Some think it may even get as detailed as purchasing individual shows.
Of course, when an outside company is taking your original content and charging customers to watch it, this could cause some issues. Barry Diller, creator of Aereo was once the CEO of Fox, and is now taking “free” content from his past network. Some consider this stealing. On April 1st, 2013, Aereo won a court case against the broadcast networks. So the future is looking good for Aereo TV. The integration of Television and Internet will be an exciting prospect.
The premiere of the History Channel’s mini-series, The Bible, made its way into millions of households, religious and not, this past Sunday. As a lover of film and good television I was anticipating the premiere of The Bible to see how it would do. The idea of producing a series that is supposed to depict stories from one of the most sacred scriptures of our worlds’ history- chronologically and documentary style is something that has never been done. There has been short films here and there but The Bible takes it to another level with the longevity of the series and the special effects.
Mark Burnett is the creator of The Bible. Burnett is also the guy who created reality TV shows, The Apprentice, Shark Tank, and most notable, Survivor. Burnett ventured into deep waters by creating a series out of his comfort zone but because of his passion for this series he pulls it off.
One of Burnett’s goals is to reach the younger population in their teens and early twenties by Special Fx. And the mini-series is definitely full of them. With a scene depicting God destroying the city of Sodom and Moses parting the Red Sea, these effects were tastefully done. Although the effects are nice, I don’t think in today’s society a mini-series on the History Channel is going to make a break through to the younger population.
The series may have the effects but it is still dull and unimaginative. I thought that the idea is interesting and will bring in many viewers but the content was flat. I felt no connection or emotion towards the show and it definitely doesn’t make me want to open up a bible and re enter my faith. I now get more of an understanding of what happened but not why it happened.
BET’s 106 and Park
Last friday was the last day of Terrence J and Rocsi hosting BET’s 106 and Park, an American hip hop and R&B music video show. Terrence J is set to appear as a new co-host on E! News, while Rocsi will moving from New York to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Former Hosts, Terrence J and Rocsi
After a huge contest called “106 The Search” which sought out the fourth round of personalities for the television show, the new team was revealed to the world on Monday. It consists of two former BET affiliates, Shorty Da Prince and Paigion, an upcoming singer/dancer, Miss Mykie, and YMCMB rapper, Bow Wow.
Now many wonder why the set up has changed from two to four hosts, and I too am puzzled. I have been a guest on the the show multiple times and seeing that BET films inside CBS studios, it’s hard to imagine even more activity on such a small set. I personally expected Shorty Da Prince and Paigion to host because they previously hosted other BET series. I believe that the contest was just a hype to get more viewers, and I feel sorry for the other contestants that participated. Now as far as Bow Wow goes, he’s not too far of a stretch seeing that he was named “Mr. 106 and Park” back in the early 2000s as a young entertainer. And Miss Mykie was probably thrown in there to keep the balance, two guys two girls.
Overall, I personally lost interest in the show a while ago. The only thing that keeps me intrigued as I flip through the channels are the music videos which I love so much, but have access to without even bothering to turn on the television. Yet, I wish the show much more success and especially am rooting for Paigion because she is one of Detroit’s finest as well as Shorty Da Prince who relocated to Detroit from St. Louis a few years back.
I definitely plan on visiting the show again this year. If you’re interested you can get free tickets here, or just watch from the comfort of your home weekdays at 6pm on BET. For more information on the new hosts, you can follow them on Twitter.
Ever since the advent of SOPA and PIPA internet piracy has been more frowned upon then ever. In order to not support the illegal distribution of copyrighted video I recently joined both Hulu and Netflix. I have to say that I really prefer Hulu to Netflix. Netflix seems to have some of the cheesiest movies selections that are possible to assemble but Hulu has the most up to date and popular TV shows for streaming. I’ve ended up using Hulu a lot more and one of the most recent recommendations I got was a show called Solitary that was originally aired on the Fox Reality Channel. When I saw the advertisement I realized I had previous seen many episodes of Solitary. ABout three years ago I remember my girlfriend and I stumbled on the show when we were watching random television and we stuck with it for that day since they were airing a marathon. I was really excited to be pleasantly reminded of this show by Hulu and last week me, my girlfriend, and our roommate watched Season One. The game Solitary itself consist of 9 players who are isolated into small pods. They will spend 100 days in the pods isolated from everyone but an interactive computer named Val. Val puts the contestants through various tasks that border sadistic until all but one player cave to the confines of Solitary. If you have Hulu I’d totally recommend watching this. It’s a reality show, a game show contest and a sociological experiment all wrapped in one. I’d highly encourage anyone to check it out and I’ll be watching the other three seasons as soon as possible.