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NBC Sports Group Adds Premier League Games to USA Network’s Lineup
By Richard Sandomir, The New York Times - Aug. 7, 2015

Just as it is trying to keep its English Premier League rights, the NBC Sports Group said Thursday that it will carry 40 weekend games on the USA Network, adding to the matches that will continue on NBC and NBCSN. The first match on USA will be Saturday between Everton and Watford at 10 a.m. Eastern, the time that most USA games will compete against a game on NBCSN.

“We determined that USA should be a key figure when we have a product that could use additional distribution,” said Mark Lazarus, the chairman of the NBC Sports Group. “We may put some Premier games on USA,” to take advantage of its edge in subscribers. USA has about 10 million more subscribers than NBCSN’s 85 million. Last season, NBC placed N.H.L. playoff games on USA.

The 40 games going to USA came out of the Premier League Extra Time package of matches that were not shown on NBC or NBCSN but were available on channels provided by television distributors.

NBC’s announcement that it will use USA to broaden its Premier League reach came the same day that it and its rivals, Fox and ESPN, submitted bids for the league’s next contract that begins next season. Each network was asked to submit bids for three- and six-year contracts — the latter the preference for media giants who have been signing rights deals of eight years and more. The league wants one network to take the package rather than let two networks share it. And it has told the networks that the highest offer must exceed the second-highest by at least 15 percent to avoid a second round of bids.

The league could tell the bidders as soon as Friday if a second round will be necessary, according to people who were briefed on the confidential talks but were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

The question for each network is how much the rights to an elite property like the Premier League are worth in a marketplace that is increasingly besotted with soccer. NBC is paying what now appears to be a bargain-priced $250 million for its current three-year contract — and its success so far suggests the next agreement will cost significantly more.

NBC and NBCSN’s success with its Premier League telecasts has driven up their future value. Last season, the combined viewership on the networks was up 9 percent to 479,000 — close to the average 491,000 for regular-season broadcasts of the N.H.L. last season on NBC and NBCSN. The league has a 10-year contract worth nearly $2 billion with NBC.

The big leap in Premier League viewership came during the 2013-14 season, NBC and NBCSN’s first with the league. The networks’ combined average audience of 438,000 viewers was up 118 percent from the 2012-13 season when the games were shown by ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Soccer.

Neal Pilson, a sports industry consultant and a former CBS Sports president, predicted that the price of the next Premier League deal will rise by at least 100 percent.

“ESPN’s loss of World Cup rights to Fox will put great pressure on Bristol to secure the E.P.L. contract,” he said by email. “NBC, having developed E.P.L. viewers, will not want to lose the package, and Fox continues to invest in quality programming for Fox Sports 1. It’s a perfect storm for the E.P.L. to generate huge offers from the three U.S. networks.”

In England, British Sky Broadcasting and British Telecom have already agreed to pay a 70 percent increase to continue to show its live Premier League games from 2016 to 2019.

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FX’s John Landgraf Warns of TV Apocalypse: ‘Simply Too Much Television’
By Daniel Holloway, TheWrap.com - Aug. 7, 2015

FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf predicts that there will be more that 400 original scripted shows on television this year. That, according to Landgraf, is not sustainable.

“This is simply too much television,” Landgraf said Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “My sense is that 2015 and 2016 will represent a peak in U.S. TV, and afterward we’ll see a decline.”

Landgraf laid out for the press what he described as a “brand effect” in television, in which networks such as FX will evolve into brands that consumers will look to “signposts to their favorite choices,” regardless of platform.

But Landgraf spent the bulk of his session envisioning a tough road ahead for television.

“In the late stages of a bubble you see this kind of desperate scrum, where we’re playing a game of musical chairs and jockeying for position,” he said. The bubble, he predicted, will not “burst” but “deflate” somewhat slowly. “If there are more than 400 shows this year, I don’t think there will be 300 two years from now.”

Muscular network groups such as FX, AMC and HBO, Landgraf predicted, will weather the storm, but smaller networks will have a tougher time.

“I don’t think that independent channels are going to fare particularly well in the future,” he said. He added, “It’s the nature of every industry that you see proliferation, then consolidation,” then described a coming “a culling of the heard” in which some smaller networks will fail.

Asked about the dive that a number of media stocks took this week on Wall Street in the wake of an earnings call by Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger acknowledged the toll taken by cord-cutters on the company’s brands, including ESPN, Landgraf said, “Wall Street’s reaction this week was way over the top. There was nothing Bob Iger said in his call that I haven’t seen coming and haven’t been preparing for, for years.”

Landgraf also revealed Friday that “Louie” star and creator Louis C.K. will take “an extended hiatus” before making a sixth season.

Prior to Landgraf’s session, FX announced a 10-episode series order for the C.K.-produced “Better Things,” and premiere dates for “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “Bastard Executioner” and “Fargo.”

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How to Watch Every NFL Game This Season
It's not cheap or easy, but it's certainly possible.
By Daniel Wroclawski, Reviewed.com - Aug. 7, 2015

There are 256 games in the NFL season, and that's not even including pre- and post-season games. But if you're a diehard football fan, you'll be watching as many of those games as you can.

It's not cheap or easy to access every single NFL game this season (unless you live abroad), but it can be done. Whether you're a cord-cutter or a cable loyalist, we'll show you what services you need to see every minute of gameplay possible.

Note: This guide explains how to access every 2015 NFL game (including pre- and post-season) live. There will obviously be football fans who can do without the occasional out-of-market or pre-season game, and others who do not need to watch live, in which case the costs will be significantly lower. Our intent is to reveal every possible combination of NFL subscriptions and services that are available to you this season.

The Broadcast Rundown

Before we dive into the options, let's take a moment to understand why this process is so difficult in the U.S. It's all due to the convoluted broadcasting rights of the National Football League. Different networks own the rights to different game days. Sunday day games, which are regional games, are all aired by FOX and CBS. However, you can't watch all of the games through these networks due to rules regarding in-market and out-of-market games.

The NFL decides which games will be shown in certain parts of the country, making those games in-market. All other games not shown in a given area are considered out-of-market. And if you want to watch games that are out-of-market for your region, you will need to purchase DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket.

All of the national games are broken down much more simply. Sunday Night Football is broadcast by NBC, while Monday Night Football is broadcast by ESPN. Thursday Night Football is shared between CBS and the NFL Network. For the beginning of the regular season, most Thursday night games are shown on both networks, but for the latter half of the season they will only be shown on the NFL Network.

Still with us? Next, there's pre-season and post-season games. Pre-season games are broadcast in their respective local markets with the exception of eight nationally televised games. Post-season games are divided up among all of the above networks (except the NFL Network) while the Super Bowl rotates between CBS, FOX, and NBC (ESPN gets no love).

Phew...

The only good thing about all this, at least in regards to the 2015 season, is that the NFL has decided to suspend blackout rules, as the league is trying to determine how much game broadcasts still affect ticket sales. (It's generally thought that they don't really affect each other anymore.)

The Complete Option
Total Yearly Cost: $460 - $934


Because the broadcasting rights are so complicated, the easiest solution for watching NFL games is actually rather expensive. But a lot of people will appreciate the relatively few headaches. All said and done, you'll be able to turn on your TV and catch any game you want... live.

To do that, you'll need to subscribe to DirecTV's exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket service. That means you need to subscribe to DirecTV, as well as the NFL Network and the new NFL Game Pass. This will get you all the networks for local and national games, as well as access to all out-of-network games.

NFL Sunday Ticket
The pricing of NFL Sunday Ticket, like the rest of this stuff, is also pretty complex. There are two versions of the service, both with different pricing tiers. There is the regular Sunday Ticket that comes through your DirecTV satellite dish, as well as NFLSundayTicket.tv, which is the over-the-top streaming version of the service.

Sunday Ticket for Satellite comes in two tiers: regular and Max. The regular Sunday Ticket currently costs $251.94, while Sunday Ticket Max costs $353.94. The regular tier gives you all out-of-market games and allows you to watch up to 8 games at once. The Max tier also gives you access to the NFL RedZone Channel, the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, and the ability to stream games on computers, mobile devices, and game consoles.

NFLSundayTicket.tv gives you the same features as the regular service, just over the internet. It is only available in select cities and college campuses, as it's primarily designed for apartment and condo-dwellers that can't install a satellite dish. This version of the service has three tiers: To Go (for computers and mobile devices), Connected Device (for game consoles and streaming boxes), and Max (for all devices and includes NFL RedZone and DirecTV Fantasy Zone). The tiers cost $199, $259, and $359, respectively.

NFL Network
The NFL Network is included with the DirecTV Choice Plan and above. If you're a new DirecTV subscriber, you will also get NFL Sunday Ticket included for free for the first year. The Choice Plan regularly costs $40 per month.

NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass is the only way to watch all out-of-market preseason games live and on-demand. But it also includes a ton of other content, including all regular season games on-demand after they've aired and live audio from all games. The NFL hides the cost of this service on its site, but it turns out that it's charging $99.99 for the entire year.

The Cheapest Option
Total Yearly Cost: $300 - $544


For folks who don't care about the type of screen they use to watch football, there's NFL Mobile. This service offers pretty much all available NFL content for much cheaper than Sunday Ticket, especially if you're already a Verizon Wireless customer. According to the App Store listing, the NFL Mobile is a Verizon exclusive, but it gives you live access to all local Sunday regional, Sunday night, Monday night, and Thursday night games, even the NFL Network.

NFL Mobile is included in Verizon's More Everything Plan, but without NFL RedZone, although you can get RedZone for an additional $1.99 per month. If you don't have the More Everything Plan, you can still get the NFL Mobile Premium plan for $4.99 per month.

The only games not included in NFL Mobile are out-of-market Sunday regional games and preseason games, so you will still need to subscribe to both NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Game Pass to get all that.

The league has been pretty vague about how NFL Game Pass will work with NFL Mobile. Game Pass will be included in the NFL Mobile app, but it will be treated as a separate subscription. The only thing the fine print states is that not all preseason games will be available live when using Game Pass from within the NFL Mobile app. From the NFL:

"Preseason games that are live on NFL Network may not be available live on phones, but will always be available in the archives."

Verizon notes on its website that NFL Mobile only includes regular season games, but considering the NFL let Verizon stream the entire 2014 postseason on the service, it's possible that the same will be true for the 2015 postseason—although that is far from a guarantee.

The Cord-Cutter's Option
Total Yearly Cost: $320 - $564


All cord-cutters know it's very difficult to get live sports without cable, but where there's a will there's a way. You can still get every NFL game as a cord-cutter, but you won't easily be able to catch them all live. This primarily applies to games on the NFL Network, which we will explain momentarily.

First, you need to get an HD TV antenna. It sounds like an archaic solution for a 21st century problem, but it's the only way. An antenna will allow you to see local and national Sunday games, Thursday night games, local pre-season games, and most post-season games on the over-the-air networks (CBS, FOX, NBC), which are all completely free.

Then, you will need to subscribe to NFL Game Pass, NFLSundayTicket.tv, and Sling TV. (NFL Game Pass will give you access to all live pre-season games, while NFLSundayTicket.tv will give you all live out-of-market regular season games.) Just keep in mind, NFLSundayTicket.tv is only available in select cities and college campuses.

If you're not familiar with Sling TV, it's an over-the-top internet TV service that gives you a smattering of major cable channels for $20 per month. This will get you ESPN so you can watch Monday Night Football.

The only channel missing now is the NFL Network, which is crucial for getting those late season Thursday night games. Unfortunately, it is only distributed through other services and does not offer an over-the-top streaming service.

To get around this, you have two options. If you absolutely must watch live games on the NFL Network, you will have to get NFL Mobile. If you can wait, NFL Game Pass will also let you catch all regular season games on-demand after they've aired.

It may not be ideal, but at least you can still watch the entirety of the NFL season without succumbing to the evils of cable. And, of course, you could always just catch the game at a bar or friend's house.

The International Option
Total Yearly Cost: $199


If you live outside of the U.S. and Mexico, you have the easiest solution of all thanks to the international version of NFL GamePass. This streaming service will give you everything, including the Super Bowl, as long as you pony up.

Of course, it also comes in three tiers: Follow Your Team ($99.99), Season ($129.99), and Season Plus ($199.99). The first gives you all games for a particular team; the second gives you just the pre-season and regular season games; and the third gives you everything, including the Super Bowl.

NFL Extras

For those of you who are true die-hard football fans and want more than just the games, the NFL has extra services so you can get your fix.

Aside from NFL Game Pass and NFL RedZone, which literally only airs red zone gameplay, the league offers one more service: NFL Now.

NFL Now is essentially an NFL news channel that you can personalize based on the teams you like. It does not show you any games, but it will give you game highlights and archived NFL films if you pay for NFL Now Plus. The regular NFL Now service is free, while the Plus service costs $1.99 per month in the US, Mexico, and UK, and $4.99 per month in the rest of the world, according to the App Store.

The league used to have a service called NFL Audio Pass that gave you live radio coverage of NFL games, but that service has disappeared from the NFL's site. However, if you still want live radio broadcasts of all NFL games, you can get them with NFL Game Pass.

The Bottom Line

There's really no single best way to watch the entirety of NFL content (unless you live abroad, of course). It really depends on what combination of services works best for you, as well as how much you're willing to spend.

Even cord-cutters can get in on the live game action, it just takes some ingenuity. Hopefully as cord-cutting gains more popularity, it will be easier to watch games over the internet. In the meantime, DirecTV still offers one of the easiest (albeit expensive) solutions around.

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NBC Sports Group adds Premier League to USA, ok for those who are interested.
I find Australian Rules Football much more exciting and deserving of coverage.
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How to Watch Every NFL Game This Season
It's not cheap or easy, but it's certainly possible.
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The regular Sunday Ticket currently costs $251.94, while Sunday Ticket Max costs $353.94.
The regular tier gives you all out-of-market games and allows you to watch up to 8 games at once.
Been mentioned before but alot of people that call directv can get ST free or at the very least a good $$ discount/credits.

& even though their redzone channel (andrew siciliano version) isnt "officially" offered as a standalone channel alot can get just that free.

Theres also a rumour in the ST package there will be a channel showing 4 games at once to go along with the 8 game channel.

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[QUOTE=dad1153;36334770]TV Sports (Football)
How to Watch Every NFL Game This Season
It's not cheap or easy, but it's certainly possible.
By Daniel Wroclawski, Reviewed.com - Aug. 7, 2015


NFLSundayTicket.tv gives you the same features as the regular service, just over the internet. It is only available in select cities and college campuses, as it's primarily designed for apartment and condo-dwellers that can't install a satellite dish. This version of the service has three tiers: To Go (for computers and mobile devices), Connected Device (for game consoles and streaming boxes), and Max (for all devices and includes NFL RedZone and DirecTV Fantasy Zone). The tiers cost $199, $259, and $359, respectively.


Anyone know if you can order the $199 option for a laptop/tablet and play it on the TV through Chromecast?

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I can't get too excited about football in August or, really, anytime during the year if the game is played in the South or the Southwest. To me, football is always at its best when it is played on a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday afternoon in a part of the country that understands what "football weather" means. That's September and October, maybe as late as early November, in New England, the Upper Midwest, or the Northwest. When things are brisk, before the snow flies.

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Summer 2015 TCA Tour Notes (Cable)
Kurt Sutter On ‘Bastard Executioner’ Violence And His Catholic Baggage
By Ross A. Lincoln, Deadline.com - Aug. 7, 2015

FX’s upcoming medieval-set drama The Bastard Executioner will by design have plenty of visceral violence and gore. The series takes place in Wales during the reign of Edward 1 of England (AKA Longshanks, the guy who tussled with Braveheart), and the main character is a former soldier who hides his true identity and becomes an executioner. As such involves some of the most tumultuous and violent events in English history, and one of the bloodiest professions on earth. Which means it’s going to be pretty damned violent.

Of course, brutal violence is something of a hot issue right now, with Game of Thrones a massive hit whose popularity is matched only by the controversies that happen several times a season over its graphically violent content. So it makes sense that during the show’s TCA panel, attended by creator Kurt Sutter, executive producers Brian grazer and Paris Barclay, and stars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, and Katey Sagal, the topic would come up. Asked how the Sons of Anarchy creator draws the line when it comes to violence on the show, particularly in light of Game of Thrones, Sutter defended his approach, insisting that he tries to make sure it comes from “an organic place”.

“I think my mandate, as it was on Sons and it’s the same for [Bastard Executioner], was that the violence, as absurd as it could be sometimes on Sons, that it always came from an organic place, and that it was never done in a vacuum,” Sutter said. “Meaning that to every violent act there are ramifications… yes, it’s a medieval setting, and there are laws in terms of punishment that were brutal and heinous. [But] that’s a reality of the world. ”

He did say that there are ways to keep the violence from being “overly gratuitous,” so that it serves the story. “I sort of had the mandate that anything that happens – be it battle sequence, or an execution, or a torture scene – that it comes out of story, and you see the character’s conflict or their non conflict in carrying forth with that violence,” Sutter said. “But that it always has a ramification, whether it be an emotional ramification, the character, or somehow it impacts the narrative.”

However, he was also quick to note that the show isn’t actually a nonstop parade of violence, despite the premise. Earlier in the panel, he’d already said that in pitching the series to FX, he promised that it wasn’t just going to be a show “where there’s just a head in a basket every week.” Here, he pointed out that in the pilot there aren’t all that many scenes of physical violence, just two battles and one execution. “So I feel,” he said, “like the other scenes in the pilot portray emotional conflict, portray moral conflict, spiritual conflict.”

Asked if he’s mindful of taking the violence too far or thinking about these controversies, he said however that he isn’t approaching the series like that. “I can’t come at something with an external agenda in terms of how I make this or this or this. I feel like when I tell stories, the mythology of the world, the characters, what you’re left with, what I would hope, is some sort of path to all those things. I can’t think of ‘how do I make this not that?’ When you do that, I feel like you’re f***ing with things that are important, in terms of organic storytelling, I personally can’t work that way.”

Other topics under discussion included the attention to period detail – cast members are in fact wearing dentures to make their teeth look dirtier – the mythology of the show that flirts with introducing magic into the otherwise real world setting, and how the show will explore tensions between lingering paganism and ascendent Catholic Christianity as English law overtakes Welsh society. About that last bit, Sutter drew laughs when he admitted that “it’s just an opportunity to work out all my catholic sh*t.”

The Bastard Executioner premieres on FX September 15, 2015.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/bastard-...ca-1201495540/

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Summer 2015 TCA Tour Notes (Cable)
‘You’re The Worst’ Further Probes Delayed Adulthood On FXX
By Lisa de Moraes, Deadline.com - Aug. 7, 2015

Delayed adulthood “has become quite a thing in our culture,” Aya Cash of You’re the Worst said during TCA this afternoon, noting that society’s “changing ideas” about “what is an adult” will be explored more fully in the series’ Season 2.

This morning, John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks & FX Productions, said he “absolutely loves” the first six episodes of the upcoming You’re the Worst season, which makes its move from FX to FXX. In the series, Cash plays Gretchen, whose relationship with Chris Geere‘s Jimmy began when they went home together after a wedding.

Asked how he’s able to write a show about millennials at his age, creator/showrunner/EP Stephen Falk joked that he spends time on the Venice Boardwalk, where he strikes up conversations with millennials using openers like, “Hey dude, what’s cracking today?” The usual reaction? “Like, **** off, old guy,” admitted Falk, who previously served as co-EP on Orange is the New Black and Weeds.

Falk said it’s his job to be able to write in different voices than his own, explaining he and his writing staff “are all pretty tuned in to culture, and pop culture and a lot of trivial dumb **** on Twitter, in order to keep tabs” on millennials, which may be the best put-down of this TCA to date.

The series, he said, is not an excuse to live vicariously through his “cool” characters. Last time the show came to TCA, Falk addressed critics’ concerns that Gretchen and Jimmy were unlikable protagonists. “I don’t mean to be callous, but my job is to make entertaining characters,” Falk snarked back then.

Gretchen, said Cash today, is someone who “would have no interest in being in a friendship with me,” describing herself as “boring” and “stable” – and someone who would like very much to be friends with Gretchen.

Geere’s character, likewise, is a little out of the actor’s comfort zone. “Stephen has given me some wonderful, flowing monologues,” Geere said, including “some words that I’ve had to Google.”

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ Finale Is Second Most-Viewed Episode In Show’s History
By Brian Steinberg and Rick Kissell, Variety.com - Aug. 7, 2015

Jon Stewart’s farewell helped his “Daily Show” capture some of the best viewership in the series’ history, with approximately 3.5 million viewers tuning in to see the witty host bid adieu to the program.

Last night’s fade was the second most-watched episode in the program’s tenure, according to “live plus same-day” Nielsen data released by Comedy Central on Friday afternoon. The most-watched “Daily Show” ever remains an October 29, 2008, episode during which Sen. Barack Obama paid Stewart a visit, which lured 3.577 million viewers overall. (See chart below, which illustrates that politics was the biggest ratings driver for the show over the years.)

An average of 1.8 million viewers between 18 and 49 (a 1.4 rating) watched the landmark episode, according to Nielsen, tying for the show’s second best rating ever — behind only a 1.7 rating for that October visit by Obama six days before his first presidential election.

Though “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” has been a popular latenight stop for many — especially liberals living on the coasts — it has never been a ratings juggernaut nationally. By comparison, the May finale of CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” did a 3.1 same-night rating in adults 18-49 and 13.76 million viewers overall, and Jay Leno’s final night as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” in February 2014 did a 3.8 in the demo and 14.64 million total viewers.

Stewart’s goodbye did stack up well against other cable latenight host departures like Chelsea Handler’s final crack at “Chelsea Lately” on E! last August and Stephen Colbert’s poignant finale on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” late last year.

Comedy Central said an additional 1 million full episode streams of the August 6 episode were transmitted via its own mobile app, the “Daily Show” website and Hulu.

More than most programs that air multiple times throughout the week, “Daily Show” sees meaningful ratings increases in DVR playback in the days following a telecast. For the week beginning July 27, for example, its average same-night viewership grew about 60% in “live plus-3,” which incorporates three days’ worth of time-shifted viewing.

Stewart announced in February that he would be departing “The Daily Show” after 17 years as host. He will be replaced by South African comedian Trevor Noah, who recently spoke about the pressure he feels in taking over the institution.

MOST-WATCHED “DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART” EPISODES
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1. 3.577 million — Oct. 29, 2008 (Sen. Barack Obama’s fourth visit, six days prior to 2008 election)
2. 3.471 million — Aug. 6, 2015 (series finale)
3. 2.921 million — Oct. 8, 2008 (Michelle Obama’s first appearance, 27 days prior to ’08 election)
4. 2.839 million — Oct. 27, 2010 (Obama’s fifth of seven visits, and his first as president)
5. 2.806 million — Oct. 18, 2012 (Obama’s sixth of seven visits, and his second as president)
6. 2.785 million — Nov. 5, 2008 (Election recap; Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel as guest)
7. 2.628 million — Oct. 17, 2012 (statistician Nate Silver as guest, 20 days before the ’12 election)
8. 2.596 million — Oct. 30, 2008 (Bill Kristol as guest, five days before the 2008 election)
9. 2.576 million — Jan. 20, 2009 (coverage of the Inaugural Ball; Bishop Gene Robinson as guest)
10. 2.573 million — Oct. 27, 2008 (CNN’s Campbell Brown as guest a week prior to ’08 election)


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NFL to test more technology during some preseason games
By Lorenzo Reyes, USA Today - Aug. 7, 2015

NEW YORK – Remember those binders filled with freshly-printed black-and-white photos NFL coaches used to flip through on the sidelines during games? The ones they used to show players the formations opposing teams were using?

They are a thing of the past.

After introducing the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet last season, the company is set to unveil the latest version of the product, the Surface Pro 3 to NFL sidelines. Starting with Sunday’s Hall of Fame game, featuring the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the new tablets – specified with tweaks and additions – will be available to every NFL team throughout the season.

And in 21 preseason games, the NFL will be testing two new features that could eventually be incorporated into the regular season: instant video streaming for coaches to use on the sidelines, and instant replay reviews by referees.

“Now, instead of waiting for the referees to go under the hood, waiting for New York to call to make a ruling, they will be able to view the image on the tablet and say: ‘Look at this angle. The guy is out of bounds,’ ” said Jeff Tran, Microsoft’s director of sports and alliances from the devices and studios marketing group. “And he’ll be able to share it with the other referees in the crew, and they can make the determination on the challenge.”

Tran and executive producer at Microsoft Todd Stevens said that depending on how the preseason trial run goes, the replay feature could be brought before the competition committee for permanent use. The same goes for the film streaming, which could revolutionize the way coaches instruct their players during breaks in the action.

“It really allows them to be more efficient during the game,” said Renie Anderson, senior vice president, sponsorship and partnership management at the NFL, in a phone conversation. “They can analyze formations. They can analyze schemes in real time. It’s in high-definition and it’s in color. It’s a vast improvement over the old printed papers that we used for years.”

Another change, Tran said, is a pen that allows coaches and players to diagram on the screen “ under any weather conditions. ”The pen function allows coaches to annotate on top of high-resolution images in different colors to help players visualize the instruction. During the preseason trial, the pen will also allow coaches to annotate over film clips, too.

There’s also an application on the Surface Pro 3 that is a digital version of a whiteboard that coaches use in meeting rooms to diagram plays.

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Summer 2015 TCA Tour Notes (Cable)
Noah Hawley Breaks Down How to Write a ‘Fargo’ Story
By Tony Maglio, TheWrap.com - Aug. 7, 2015

Aspiring TV writers, listen up: Noah Hawley just detailed exactly how to write a “Fargo” story.

Thanks to the cult classic status of the Coen Brothers 1996 film and its Emmy Award-winning TV adaptation last year, “Fargo” is now evocative of both a geographic place and a “truth is stranger than fiction” plot, Hawley explained to reporters during the show’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour panel on Friday.

To successfully write within that world, one must understand, respect and revere those aspects — as well as utilize the below roadmap.

“You meet the criminals before the crime is committed, right? It’s not a whodunit, there’s no mystery,” he began. “And you don’t meet law enforcement until the crime has been committed.”

Of course, it’s not as simple as just that.

“Then there’s a certain moral spectrum that you’re on, where — to use the movie as an example — you usually have a character who is basically a very purely good person and on the opposite pole, there’s usually some element of monstrosity,” Hawley continued. “Then I think in the middle there’s usually some characters who could go one way or the other. And that’s the interesting moral dynamic.”

This year, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons’ characters pretty much exist in that middle ground, the same area where Martin Freeman’s character hovered over Hawley’s Season 1 and William H. Macy’s lived in the movie version. The fun lies in seeing which side they all shake out to by the end, Hawley said.

Viewers can begin to see what way the newbies are headed Oct. 12 on FX. Hawley teased of Season 2: “There are a lot of bad people sort of on a collision course … who will emerge?”

http://www.thewrap.com/fargo-noah-ha...ns-ted-danson/

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Summer 2015 TCA Tour Notes (Cable)
‘The League’ Showrunner: ‘We Tried Pretty Hard’ to Get Tom Brady for Deflategate Episode

FXX’s “The League” often invites real NFL stars to play themselves, although the one guest star producers really wanted this year was never going to happen.

“We tried pretty hard,” showrunner Jeff Schaffer said of his attempt to get Tom Brady for his Deflategate episode this season, which is now in the can. “He’s a little bit occupied right now.”

Brady is currently suspended for four games due to his alleged participation in under-inflating footballs for his New England Patriots offense. In theory, an appeal may reduce that multi-week ban. Should that happen, Schaffer and his cast are prepared.

“We have shot alts,” he said at Friday’s Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour panel. “Let’s put it that way.”

While they didn’t land Brady, “The League” managed to book Marshawn Lynch — whose Seattle Seahawks lost to Brady’s Patriots this past Super Bowl — for another guest spot this season. Lynch previously appeared in a 2014 episode of “The League.”

On Lynch’s famous refusal to speak with the media, cast member Paul Scheer offered the following inside joke for TV critics and reporters in the Beverly Hilton ballroom: “His TCA panel would be really difficult.”

This coming season, the running back spoofs his NFL coach’s controversial decision to pass at the end of the Super Bowl, instead of handing off to Lynch. The ball was ultimately intercepted on the goal line by Malcolm Butler, sealing the game for Brady’s Patriots.

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Summer 2015 TCA Tour Notes (Cable)
'The Strain': Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro Reveal Five-Season Plan
By Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 7, 2015

The masterminds behind The Strain have the FX thriller entirely mapped out.

When asked at the Television Critics Association press tour Friday how many seasons the creative team had in mind for the vampire horror drama, which is based on Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro’s trilogy of the same name, executive producer and showrunner Carlton Cuse revealed a very specific five-season plan.

“From the very beginning, we had really talked about the first book being the first season, the second book being the next two seasons and the third book the last two seasons. We’ve stuck to that game plan,” he said on stage.

Earlier Friday, the network announced that the series, which is currently in its second season, has been renewed for a third, set to air next summer. Cuse noted that unlike seasons one and two, which were each 13 episodes, all future seasons will only have 10 episodes. “And then that will be the end,” he added.

Though the Corey Stoll starrer is heavily based on the novels, it manages to take some creative liberties. “There’s a tremendous amount that’s invented in season two, and the same will be true of subsequent seasons,” acknowledged Cuse, who explained there isn’t enough material in the books to fill the 13, or even 10, hours that each season requires. “The books are a springboard to tell this story in a different medium. In the medium of television, the story needs to look different than what’s in the books,” he said.

The uber-producer, who also oversees A&E's Bates Motel and The Returned, admitted that he was drawn to the material because it had a clear beginning, middle and end. “One of the things that was attractive to me about getting involved is that the story did come to a conclusion.”

But could the show move on beyond the books, the way Game of Thrones has done? Not if creator del Toro has any say in the matter. “The way we see it is as a closed tale, and I’d very much like to keep it that way,” he stated.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...rmo-del-814030

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'American Horror Story: Hotel' Character Details, Setting Revealed
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 7, 2015

The cast and creators of FX's American Horror Story: Hotel used their time in front of the Television Critics Association on Friday to preview what to expect from the fifth season of the anthology series.

As with every drama from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, plot details are being kept close to the vest about the season that explores a haunted hotel.

Lady Gaga leads the cast as an evil character. Kathy Bates plays Iris, Angela Bassett is Ramona, Evan Peters is Mr. March, Matt Bomer is Donovan and Sarah Paulson will play Hypodermic Sally. The Hotel cast also includes Finn Wittrock, Wes Bentley, Chloe Sevigny, Emma Roberts, Richard T. Jones, Denis O'Hare, Lily Rabe, Cheyenne Jackson, Max Greenfield, Glee's Darren Criss and Madchen Amick.

Murphy previously revealed that all seasons of the FX anthology are connected and will feature characters from previous seasons checking into Hotel. He told fans at Comic-Con that it's all part of a "connected universe" that will conclude with a "thesis statement" at the end of the show's run.

The highlight of the panel was the cast, one by one, revealing details of just who they're playing and who they have relationships with.

Wittrock is a male model named Tristan Duffy who is always looking for the next high who "finds the biggest high in Lady Gaga [her character], and they have a lot to do together."

Jackson is Will Drake, a fashion icon who is "trying to creatively re-establish himself" and moves from New York to L.A. He's also a father and a "little desperate."

O'Hare is playing a character named Elizabeth Taylor who is fascinated with the movie icon. "I'm not actually playing the person but someone inspired by her awesomeness" in movies like Cleopatra and her eye make up. "I shaved my head — and other body parts — for the part." The character works at the bar in the hotel with Bates' character.

Sevigny is Alex Lowe, the wife of Bentley's character and a mother and doctor. The couple "had a great loss" in their family and are coming to grips with that.

Bomer is Donovan, a denizen of the Hotel Cortez closely associated with Gaga, Bates and Wittrock's characters, among others. "He has very interesting relationships with the lady folk in his life," he said.

Bentley plays Detective John Lowe, who is married to Alex. He's investigating grisly murders, which leads him into checking into the hotel.

Bassett is Ramona Royal, who has a strong "and real nasty relationship" with Gaga and Wittrock's character. She's an actress and while she doesn't live at the hotel, she visits often.

Bates is Iris, who runs the hotel. "I have relationships with Matt Bomer and Wes and I can't stand Paulson [her character]; I hate you," she said. "Liz Taylor and I have a very close relationship."

Paulson is Sally, who lives at the hotel and "hates Iris in a rather ancient way for reasons that will be revealed quickly," she said. The character has a budding and dark relationship with Bentley's character.

Murphy revealed that Gaga — who begins filming Monday and was not at the TCA panel — will play Elizabeth, the hotel's owner. "She is a very wealthy social doyenne who is consumed with art, fashion and people and she has a nefarious plan that is revealed in the first episode that plays out over the season."

Here are a few more things to know about Hotel that were revealed at TCA:

• Hotel is much more in line with season one of AHS — the Connie Britton-led Murder House. "This season harkens back to the first season and is much more rooted in the honest, primal fears that the first season was," Murphy said. He noted that which season and characters people enjoy says a lot about the kind of horror fan viewers are. Season one was a psychological season that appeals to "true horror fans." Asylum was for people who really like drama. Coven was more for younger fans, while Freak Show was more artistic. Hotel, Falchuk said, further explores the horror trope of being trapped that builds upon Murder House, which was much more claustrophobic. "While I feel like the first season trapped you in that house, the second season was very oppressive in the asylum; [here] the horror is sneaking out of the hotel," he said, noting the show would go outside to the streets more and have a moodier and noir vibe. "When you go home, whereever your bed is, it's the least safe space in the entire world."

• Hotel, like Murder House, is set in Los Angeles. The hotel, Murphy said, is set in downtown Los Angeles and explores a lot of American horrors, including addiction. "We were really inspired by the ideal of this hotel surveillance video that showed a girl getting into an elevator in haunted hotel and who was never seen again," Murphy said, noting Hotel was first conceived around two years ago when the story broke.

• As for how Hotel connects to other AHS seasons, Murphy said to expect those to appear around episode six or seven.

AHS: Hotel debuts Oct. 7 on FX. The 13-episode season runs through the end of January.

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TV Notes (Cable)
‘Utopia’ With David Fincher Dead At HBO As Actors Are Released; Here Is The Cast That Had Been Rehearsing For A Month
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Aug. 7, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: There was no last-minute miracle for Utopia. I hear HBO and David Fincher were not able to reach a compromise on the size of the budget for the conspiracy thriller series. As a result, the cast of the project had been officially released by HBO. While never confirmed, I hear it included Rooney Mara, Colm Feore, Eric McCormack, Dallas Roberts and Jason Ritter. I hear they had been rehearsing for up to a month while budget negotiations were unraveling.

HBO has the rights to Utopia, an adaptation of the British series, so Fincher cannot take the project elsewhere, like his House of Cards home Netflix. I hear HBO brass continue to be high on the project and may try continuing it with a new director. While the pay cable network also is said to be high on the cast, the actors have been released so a potential new director could make their decisions but the current cast members will likely be choices if available.

I hear Fincher reached out to some of the actors a week ago to tell them that Utopia was over though official release by the network did not happen until late this week. It is unclear how the fallout with HBO on Utopia would affect Fincher’s other HBO project, 1980s comedy Videosynchrazy, whose production was halted for additional script work.

Utopia revolves around the die-hard fans of an iconic, underground graphic novel who are suddenly launched into their own pop-culture thriller when they learn that the author has secretly written a sequel.

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
(R - Mar. 15)
9PM - Bachelor in Paradise
(R - Aug. 3)
10PM - Boston EMS

CBS:
8PM - Hawaii Five-0
(R - Feb. 20)
9PM - 48 Hours: The Lost Daughter
(R - Jun. 2, 2014)
10PM - 48 Hours: The Ultimatum
(R - Jan. 10)

NBC:
8PM - Running Wild With Bear Grylls: Ed Helms
(R - Aug. 3)
9PM - Aquarius
10PM - Hannibal
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11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Jim Carrey hosts; Iggy Azalea performs; 93 min.)
(R - Oct. 25)

FOX:
8PM - Bullseye
(R - Jul. 1)
9PM - Home Free
(R - Aug. 5)
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11PM - Animation Domination High-Def
(R)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: Ryan Adams; Jenny Lewis (R - Jan. 24)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Sábado Gigante (Three Hours)

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Movie: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
9PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: Pachuca vs. Club América (LIVE)
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TV Review (Cable)
‘America’s Next Weatherman,’ do tune in
TBS series from Funny or Die deftly spoofs reality competitions
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Aug. 6, 2015

A parody can’t get too far away from its intended target because it will be unrecognizable. But if it gets too close, it risks becoming a simple imitation, not a satire.

TBS’s new series “Funny or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman” takes the second risk. A gentle spoof of reality shows in which people compete for shots at a glamorous profession, it’s sometimes too close for comedy.

But the competitions and eliminations are also about as involving as those on actual reality shows, so fans of the genre can enjoy both the satire and the suspense.

Whether the contestants are in on the joke or not, they’re generally let off easy. We don’t get those queasy feelings of guilt that can come with more malevolent reality shows and parodies.

Premiering this Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m., “America’s Next Weatherman” is hosted by the actor Matt Oberg, who introduces himself to the 12 contestants as “a sexually nonthreatening young man who looks OK in a suit and has a deep resonant voice.”

Although Oberg is being deliberately vapid and smarmy, so many reality hosts are inadvertently vapid and smarmy that it’s easy to believe he’s fooling the contestants. Similarly, the various quizzes and physical challenges are only slightly more absurd than those on many reality competition shows.

Along with the Funny or Die people, one of the show’s executive producers is Mark Burnett, the guy behind “Survivor.” Sometimes one wonders whether his colleagues let him in on the joke here.

Some of the competitors have real experience on air or as meteorologists; others are the usual wannabe or fringe showbiz types who populate most reality shows. Frank, for example, is a fitness model from New Jersey with no relevant experience. Drew is a highly excitable preacher.

On a real reality show, their inclusion would be silly. On this show, it’s silly, but in a good way.

There’s also a fair amount of eye candy, including Aubrey, a model, and Mackenzie, a former Miss Ohio whose talent in the Miss America pageant was ventriloquism.

The winner will get a prize of $100,000, an agent and the opportunity to present the national weather on CNN’s “New Day.”

The contestants are first divided into two teams and taken to a set called the weather center, which has a green screen and some surprises. Their first challenge is to compete to see how long they can hold up a weighted microphone.

As the minutes pass, fake rain and snow fall on them. The winner is given immunity from this week’s elimination.

Then the teams split up to study for a test of geography. “It tell us who we are,” Oberg says gravely, “but it also tells us where we are.”

At one point, the show cuts to a “confessional” that looks like a cleaning-supplies closet. Oberg confides to the camera that he’s not sure how he’s doing as host.

The geography test turns out to involve putting stickers representing various weather conditions on random places on a world map. Jeff, a know-it-all meteorologist, is criticized by his team because he insisted that they study only places in the U.S.

The losing team has to vote to pick two members who will compete in front of two judges — the weather reporter Jillian Barberie and the retired weatherman Johnny Mountain, who also may not have been let in on the joke. The competition involves reading a San Francisco weather forecast off a teleprompter that soon malfunctions.

The ending takes an unexpected turn that one hopes wasn’t planned in advance.

In the second episode, the challenges include giving a standup report in hurricane-force winds and an in-studio report while sealed in a box that is infested with worms and flies.

These challenges test weather-reporting skills about as well as the challenges on “Survivor” test survivor skills — that is, not well at all.

Since the challenges aren’t that outrageous, the comedy sometimes dissipates, replaced by a mild rooting interest in who is going to win.

The show’s gentle approach will probably leave some viewers with a sense of missed opportunities. Although some of the contestants speak or act foolishly — a Southerner who calls himself Cornbread says, “I’m going to be buttered up and down their throats before they know it” — they’re generally less obnoxious and banal than the average reality cast.

It’s hard to be funny when reality surpasses parody. “America’s Next Weatherman” does a pretty good job.

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TV Notes (Sunday Morning)
Marco Rubio on 'Meet the Press'
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog - Aug. 7, 2015

NBC's "Meet the Press" has Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for an exclusive interview, and he can discuss his performance at Thursday's Republican debate.

NBC's Chuck Todd and ABC's Matthew Dowd on Friday agreed that Rubio had a good night. Dowd said Rubio was the most inspirational of the candidates and Jeb Bush was the biggest loser of the night.

"Meet the Press" airs at 9 a.m. Sunday on WESH-Channel 2. The guest list also includes Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who can promote her book, "Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir." Martin Luther King III and Andrew Young discuss the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The political panel will be David Brooks of The New York Times, radio host Hugh Hewitt and Heather McGhee, president of Demos, a public-policy organization.

Also Sunday morning:

President Barack Obama discusses the Iran nuclear deal on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on CNN.

ABC's "This Week" will have three Republican presidential candidates: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The program starts at 10 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., discusses the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The panel will be ABC analyst Matthew Dowd, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Sara Fagen, and Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and hosts of "With All Due Respect."

Presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Dr. Ben Carson, a Republican, talk to CBS' "Face the Nation" at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Other guests are Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and NAACP President Cornell William Brooks. The panel will be Susan Page of USA Today, Jonathan Martin of The New York Times and Michael Gerson and Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post.

Republican presidential candidates Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Carly Fiorina talk to CNN's "State of the Union" at 9 a.m. and noon. The panel will be Kenneth Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general; Patti Solis Doyle, former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign manager; Republican strategist Ana Navarro; and Bakari Sellers, former Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Fiorina is also a guest on "Fox News Sunday" at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35. The panel will be George Will, radio host Laura Ingraham, Lisa Lerer of The Associated Press and Charles Lane of The Washington Post.

Former Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y., another presidential candidate, will be featured on "Sunday Morning Futures" at 10 a.m. on Fox News Channel. The panel will be Republican strategist Ed Rollins, journalist Judith Miller and former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y. Other guests will be Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio.

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and author Carl Bernstein are guests on "Reliable Sources" at 11 a.m. on CNN. Other guests are David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun and Lee Miringoff of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace will discuss moderating the GOP debate on "MediaBuzz" at 11 a.m. on Fox News. Other guests include Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Amy Holmes of The Blaze TV, Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast. Other guests are Fox News Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, who moderated the earlier GOP debate.

The panel on "Inside Politics," at 8:30 a.m. on CNN, will be Ron Fournier of National Journal, Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal and CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson and Jeff Zeleny.

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Business Notes (Media)
Vice Media joins the wave of unionization rolling over new media companies
By Matthew Ingram, Fortune.com - Aug. 7, 2015

A source close to Vice Media confirmed on Friday that writers working for the company have voted to join a union. The move makes the New York-based alternative media outlet the latest to join a growing group of new-media entities whose editorial operations are now unionized. Like their predecessors in that group — including Gawker Media and Salon — Vice employees have chosen to join the Writers Guild of America, the same union that represents Hollywood screenwriters.

In addition to the source I spoke with, who confirmed a report in the Wall Street Journal, a writer who attended a meeting of the Writers Guild where the vote was tabulated — freelance writer David Hill — posted a comment on Twitter about the successful union drive. Several other Twitter users, including the National Writers Union, also confirmed a successful vote.

David Hill @daveh ill77
Spending today with the National Writers Union at their Delegate Assembly. Just announced the @Vice union victory to huge applause! #nwu2015
3:56 PM - 7 Aug 2015


Upstart media outlets like Gawker and Vice were once the lawless cowboys of the new-media frontier, breaking all the rules and somehow getting away with it — but now they are being reined in somewhat by their own writers, many of whom are looking for the kind of stable environment and pay scale associated with more traditional media outlets.

Gawker’s writing staff voted to unionize in June, after a typically public free-for-all debate that spilled over onto the site’s Kinja blogging platform. In Gawker’s case, the union drive was just one subplot in what seemed to be an ongoing drama involving founder Nick Denton and his goals for the site. Not long after the drive, several senior writers and editors left the company following the publication (and later removal) of an contentious story involving a married media executive and a gay stripper.

Salon followed Gawker into the Writers Guild shortly after Denton’s staff voted, and then Guardian U.S. writers voted to join the Newspaper Guild just last week. Vice Media, which has about 700 employees, is by far the largest digital-media entity to have a union.

Salon has been around since the mid-1990s, but Gawker and Vice are somewhat newer to the digital media game (although Vice has technically been around since the 1990s, when it was a printed magazine about music and alternative culture based in Montreal). Both have been going through a process of growing up to some extent: Gawker’s Denton has renounced some of his company’s earlier principles and said he is trying to become nicer, and Vice has raised so much money from existing media entities that it is now valued at more than $2.5 billion.

Some of the writing staff at these outlets clearly feel that if their employers are growing up and becoming legitimate businesses, they would like some of the protections and security that come with traditional media jobs — although executives for both say their pay and benefits are competitive. Whether bowing to union demands makes Gawker and Vice less flexible in the future or simply less stingy remains to be seen.

In a statement released after the union vote, Vice founder Shane Smith said:

“I’m so proud of all my perfect diamonds here at VICE. Every single day your ideas and work continue to blow me away. I am proud to support all of you – and as an old grey-haired man all I want is for my beautiful VICE family to be happy – those writers who voted to unionize and those who did not. I love you all, and together we will conquer the world.”

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How to Watch Every NFL Game This Season
It's not cheap or easy, but it's certainly possible.
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Total Yearly Cost: $199


If you live outside of the U.S. and Mexico, you have the easiest solution of all thanks to the international version of NFL GamePass. This streaming service will give you everything, including the Super Bowl, as long as you pony up.

Of course, it also comes in three tiers: Follow Your Team ($99.99), Season ($129.99), and Season Plus ($199.99). The first gives you all games for a particular team; the second gives you just the pre-season and regular season games; and the third gives you everything, including the Super Bowl.

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There's really no single best way to watch the entirety of NFL content (unless you live abroad, of course). It really depends on what combination of services works best for you, as well as how much you're willing to spend.

Even cord-cutters can get in on the live game action, it just takes some ingenuity. Hopefully as cord-cutting gains more popularity, it will be easier to watch games over the internet. In the meantime, DirecTV still offers one of the easiest (albeit expensive) solutions around.

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C'mon, no mention of using a cheap VPN service along with the international NFL Season Game Pass? Can get every game in the regular season for less than $200 that way - use a laptop with HDMI and voila, every game on your TV in decent streaming quality with good sound. Plus NFL Redzone.
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Old fashion fm, and reception is crap because there is no good fm antenna on the device. You might have to root the phone to run an app that can access the fm signal.
Real FM Radio.

I've used it on my Galaxy S5 from Virgin Mobile, which had the chip unlocked. No rooting required if it's unlocked by your provider. All you need is a set of headphones to act as an antenna. Don't bother with the radio antennas they sell to plug in - those suck, except for the ones made for the Bose Wave Radio, which is more like a traditional FM aerial.

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The connection is only needed to get station data, song titles, etc as well as ads served by some of the free apps. The music comes from the OTA signal. The only reason it won't work in airplane mode is that mode shuts off all radio transmitters and receivers.
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Enough with all this hyping of the NFL. There are really only two pro sports seasons that matter, baseball and hockey.
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The only things more boring than either of those would require the application of grass seed or some fresh paint.
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‘Utopia’ With David Fincher Dead At HBO As Actors Are Released; Here Is The Cast That Had Been Rehearsing For A Month
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EXCLUSIVE: There was no last-minute miracle for Utopia. I hear HBO and David Fincher were not able to reach a compromise on the size of the budget for the conspiracy thriller series. As a result, the cast of the project had been officially released by HBO. While never confirmed, I hear it included Rooney Mara, Colm Feore, Eric McCormack, Dallas Roberts and Jason Ritter. I hear they had been rehearsing for up to a month while budget negotiations were unraveling.

HBO has the rights to Utopia, an adaptation of the British series, so Fincher cannot take the project elsewhere, like his House of Cards home Netflix. I hear HBO brass continue to be high on the project and may try continuing it with a new director.
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What should have happened with "Utopia" was either to just show the original in the US on one of the cable networks or on Netflix or Hulu. It was announced to be on Netflix the 1st but didn't show up and I contacted Netflix support to ask why. They seemed unaware so pointed to a few links of "unofficial" lists for August Netflix titles. They said those were "unofficial lists" and that only Netflix on Facebook has "official lists." But go look at the title of the lists on the Netflix Facebook page.

They also confirmed that all other titles on those lists were indeed released on the 1st. I am speculating that someone at Channel 4 might have licensed it to Netflix then HBO raised a stink about it claiming as is said above to hold the rights on the property. Bet there is quite a story there (that we'll never hear).

The series itself would be hard to improve on. Also I have my doubts that HBO would have allowed it to be filmed in 2:35:1 as it was shown in the UK.
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What should have happened with "Utopia" was either to just show the original in the US on one of the cable networks or on Netflix or Hulu. It was announced to be on Netflix the 1st but didn't show up and I contacted Netflix support to ask why. They seemed unaware so pointed to a few links of "unofficial" lists for August Netflix titles. They said those were "unofficial lists" and that only Netflix on Facebook has "official lists." But go look at the title of the lists on the Netflix Facebook page.

They also confirmed that all other titles on those lists were indeed released on the 1st. I am speculating that someone at Channel 4 might have licensed it to Netflix then HBO raised a stink about it claiming as is said above to hold the rights on the property. Bet there is quite a story there (that we'll never hear).

The series itself would be hard to improve on. Also I have my doubts that HBO would have allowed it to be filmed in 2:35:1 as it was shown in the UK.
That's what I was thinking as well, and since the director and cast are now gone it's basically been shelved in limbo.

Having seen both seasons, the show never struck me as being technically expensive to make(CGI, locations, etc.), I can only guess that Fincher and/or some of the cast simply wanted too much in salaries and HBO balked. Or, Fincher wanted to completely "reimagine" the show and what he wanted($$$) to accomplish it was too high a price for HBO.

Agree, just air the original!
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That's what I was thinking as well, and since the director and cast are now gone it's basically been shelved in limbo.

Having seen both seasons, the show never struck me as being technically expensive to make(CGI, locations, etc.), I can only guess that Fincher and/or some of the cast simply wanted too much in salaries and HBO balked. Or, Fincher wanted to completely "reimagine" the show and what he wanted($$$) to accomplish it was too high a price for HBO.

Agree, just air the original!
The extras on the BD make clear it was a low budget production. The controversial third episode is covered and how they accomplished those scenes on a low budget. The story is not that unique and Dennis Kelly's inspiration was "conspiracy theories." We see the proper path with Channel 4/AMC and "Humans" no additional US remake needed.

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Enough with all this hyping of the NFL. There are really only two pro sports seasons that matter, baseball and hockey.

Methinks we've been trolled. BTW, is poker a sport, or is it a game?
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The only things more boring than either of those would require the application of grass seed or some fresh paint.

I guess you never saw Ozzie Smith play shortstop, and you must not have watched this year's Stanley Cup Finals. Baseball has gone downhill a bit due to the emphasis on home runs, but with the crackdown on steroids, things are getting better. And hockey on TV is now the best that it has ever been.
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Hockey is awesome and it's one of the sports I watch religiously.
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Hockey on ice is a lot like soccer (football) on grass or turf....

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Maybe you're thinking of the indoor soccer from the 1970's or 80's, where the players could bank the soccer ball off the boards.

Hockey is very different from soccer. For one thing, hockey actually has blue lines to define the offside rule. Soccer just lets the refs make stuff up. (How much time is left in the game? It's a secret. Only the refs know!)
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