Posted in: TV Shows by Roberta Striga on December 31, 2014


Spy World Synopsis

Spy World is a documentary television series produced by the Travel Channel that premiered in December of 2014.

In each episode of Spy World a famous and sometimes forgotten spy stories are reconstructed. The basis for the series are formerly classified files belonging to FBI, CIA and a number of international intelligence agencies.

Spy World is currently in its first season.

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, News, Video Sharing & Video Clips, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on September 12, 2014

4od-logo4oD has been a successful effort, with Channel 4 having offered on-demand television across a range of platforms for several years. But the name is being dumped, and the service is being given a major overhaul to better cater to its target audience. An audience made up of an inordinate percentage of 16- to 34-year-olds.

From 4oD To All 4

Channel 4 in the U.K. is dumping 4oD and relaunching its online streaming television service as All 4. Channel 4 boss David Abraham unveiled the plans during a keynote speech at the IBC entertainment technology conference in Amsterdam.

All 4 is designed to keep up with the times, and especially stay ahead of the curve in terms of delivering content how, when, and where the younger demographics demand it. Channel 4 has always had a healthy youth audience, so it makes sense Channel 4 is the broadcaster to change the status quo.

Continue Reading… is no more, with the pioneering live streaming service having suddenly shut down after seven years. Meanwhile, its replacement,, is making a series of changes which suggests it’s preparing to be acquired by Google. Is No More

On August 5, shut down without its users being given any kind of notice such a big change was happening. The only explanation offered for killing was the popularity of Twitch, with the company stating in its farewell blog post, “Twitch is now the focus of the company’s resources. Unfortunately that means we need to shut down” Short, and not at all sweet. began in 2007 and has provided a place for people to live stream them and their lives ever since. Earlier this year renamed itself Twitch Interactive, showing just how much of an impact its video-gaming offshoot had become. And now it’s absolute focus of the entire company.

Users were given no notice of this change, with accounts being closed and all access to content and settings denied. Users who don’t stream themselves playing video games — and for whom Twitch would obviously be inappropriate — are advised to start using “YouTube, Ustream and Livestream” instead.

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seinfeld-castSeinfeld could soon be available to stream on Netflix, with Jerry Seinfeld, the creator and star of the classic sitcom, suggesting talks are ongoing.

However, Netflix could face competition from rival streaming services, and in order to secure the rights, Netflix may have to stump up a huge sum of cash.


Seinfeld is a hugely successful sitcom that originally aired between 1989 and 1998. It initially struggled to find its audience, but by the time the show came to an end it was the biggest thing on network television.

Seinfeld has made a lot of money in subsequent television runs, and it’s one of those shows that people watch over and over again. Which explains why it hasn’t yet made it across to streaming services such as Netflix.

Yet” being the operative word.

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new-youtube-logoYouTube would be nothing without content, and original content, no less. And the people who create that original content need as many tools at their disposal as possible. YouTube has delivered a new set of features to content creators that should help make their jobs easier than ever before.

Content Is King

The old adage that content is king has never been truer than for YouTube at this very moment. What started out as a site where short, crappy clips ruled supreme, has evolved into a site packed full of interesting and original content.

The production values are through the roof, and certain individuals are gaining fame and fortune purely as a result of running popular YouTube channels. YouTube understands this need to foster the talent, hence its extra efforts to help make the lives of content creators easier than ever before.

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, News, Video Distribution, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on May 26, 2014

netflix-logo-squareNetflix is officially expanding into mainland Europe, announcing its intentions to launch in six more countries by the end of 2014.

In doing so, it faces several new challenges in France, Germany, Austria, and others. Strong competition and localization issues being amongst the issues facing Netflix in these new countries.

Netflix Expansion

There have been strong hints of a Netflix invasion of mainland Europe for some time, but the company has now made it official by announcing its intention to launch streaming services in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

The expansion will, all being well, happen before the end of 2014, but no launch date has been specified. This new expansion follows on from the American company hitting the UK and Ireland in January 2012, followed by Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland in October 2012, and the Netherlands in 2013.

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Posted in: TV Shows by Roberta Striga on May 4, 2014


Penny Dreadful Synopsis

Penny Dreadful is a horror drama television series produced by Showtime that premiered in April of 2014.

Created by John Logan Penny Dreadful combines some of the most horrifying characters from literature and places them in Victorian London. The series follows the story of Sir Malcolm Murray (played by Timothy Dalton), a world famous explorer and his wife Vanessa (played by Eva Green).  They arrive to London and hire a sharpshooter Ethan Chandler (played by Josh Hartnett) and Doctor Frankenstein (played by Harry Treadaway) to help them find someone who has been lost.

Penny Dreadful is currently in its first season.

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