All Things D is reporting today that the Hulu deal that resulted in the return of The Daily Show among other programs cost more than you might expect. Those close to the deal say Hulu is paying at least $40 million to Viacom. The payment could go up depending on the performance of the content.
The length of the deal has not been disclosed to the general public, but Viacom has said the arrangement will go into 2012. We suspect a 2 year deal. The Daily Show and Colbert Report will be available the day after they air, but some other Viacom properties will only be on Hulu 21 days after their premiere.
Hulu likely expects to increase ad revenue with these popular shows, and they're going to have to considering the price they paid. Are you more likely to watch Hulu with these shows once again available?
We’ve come a long way, folks. That much should be clear from this archaic clip of NBC's Today Show from 1994. No one in the clip is quite sure how to pronounce "@", and there is some confusion about just what the Internet is. Couric at one point asks her producer to "explain what Internet is." Ah, those were the days.
We can't fault these highly paid TV personalities too much. After all, in 1994, most regular people were still unaware the Internet existed. Whenever you see the mainstream media completely botch a report on technology, just remember they've gotten a lot better in the last 17 years. In the grand scheme of things, that isn't so long. Just take a peek and marvel at how far we've come.
Our parents told us if we sat too close to the television, we'd go blind. Some researchers say cell phone radiation could cause brain damage or cancer. Videogames apparently turn us into blood thirst miscreants hellbent on hurting people, or so we've heard. Here's another one to add to the list: heart disease.
According to a report in the U.K.'s Telegraph, spending more than four hours a day watching TV, surfing the Web, or playing videogames doubles the risk of heart disease and premature death, and even just two hours a day could be asking for trouble.
"People who spend excessive amounts of time in front of a screen - primarily watching TV - are more likely to die of any cause and suffer heart-related problems. Our analysis suggests that two ore more hours of screen time each day may place someone at greater risk for a cardiac event," said Dr. Emmanuel Stamatakis of University College London's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
It's the first study to examine screen time in relation to fatal and non-fatal heart attacks. According to the study, there's an increased risk regardless of other factors, such as smoking, hypertension, BMI, social class, and exercise.
"According to what we know so far, these health risks may not be mitigated by exercise, a finding that underscores the urgent need for public health recommendations to include guidelines for limiting recreational sitting and other sedentary behaviors, in addition to improving physical activity.," Dr. Stamatakis added.
Much of the Maximum PC and Maximum Tech staff is in Las Vegas right now at CES 2011, checking out all the newest gadgets on display. We've got a film crew down there, putting together high-quality videos of the show, but sometimes we know that you just want a quick glimpse at what's hot on the show floor. That's why we're bringing you guerrilla footage, shot by our editors using handheld cams.
First up, Jon Phillips takes a look at the Viera, the newest, thinnest, bad-ass-est 3D TV from Panasonic. Check out our review of the last-gen Viera right here.
You have to really put a lot of effort into setting up a home theater without some form of Netflix integration, even if you're not an account holder. Netflix, now primarily a streaming service, has muscled its way onto a plethora of home entertainment devices, including gaming consoles, set-top boxes, televisions, Blu-ray players, and more. The only thing missing at this point is a dedicated button on your remote control.
That won't be the case for long. Announced at CES, Netflix said it's working with hardware manufacturers to implement a red button sporting the iconic logo on remote controls for "certain new Blu-ray disc players from a vareity of companies including Best Buy's in-house Dynex brand, Haier, Memorex, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba."
In addition, Netflix says Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba will also place a Netflix button on select Internet-connected TVs. The button will offer one-click access to Netflix and underscores just how big the company has grown in the streaming media sector.
If you're one of the few to have a new 3D HDTV, it's about to feel a little smaller. LG has announced they will be bringing their LZ9700 3D HDTV to CES. This beast is going to be 72-inches of three-dimensional glory, making it the world's largest consumer LCD 3D TV. Not only that, but this will be an LED backlit LCD panel with local dimming. That means much better black levels in dark scenes.
The LZ9700 will also support DLNA, USB storage, and Media Link. It will also have LG's 400Hz "TruMotion" motion smoothing technology as well. We've always felt these technologies make images look almost waxy, but they can be good for high motion content. LG says in the press release the set will be on sale in early 2011, but neglected to even ballpark a price. We assume it’s going to be selling somewhere in the neighborhood of 'more money that you have'.
Vizio's latest 3D display trades in those heavy active shutter glasses for polarized specs, which are both lighter and cheaper to produce. They're the same kind you get at the movie theater, so if you pocket a pair rather than tossing it into the recycle bin on your way out of the theater, they should work with Vizio's new 65-inch XVT Series Edge Lit Razor LED LCD HDTV.
Four sets of eye-gear come with the display, and according to Vizio, its 3D tech is up to 50 percent brighter than conventional active 3D systems, has one half of the visual crosstalk distortion, handles fast action motion without annoying blur, has a wider horizontal viewing angle, and isn't affected by eye-strain inducing flicker.
Vizio's display also ships with a handful of Internet apps baked in, including Amazon Video On Demand, Facebook, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, VUDU, and Yahoo TV Widgets, with more apps available.
Netflix announced today that they have acquired streaming licenses to a plethora of ABC and Disney owned TV shows. The entire run of Lost will be available, and will popular programs like Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. For the younger crowd, Netflix is also getting access to many Disney channel shows. New episodes of many of these shows will be available on Netflix 15 days after their original airing. That might sound a little lengthy, but nothing compared to the DVD-length waits many series carry.
It is unclear if Netflix is paying anything approaching the $100,000 per episode rumored last week. We would imagine not, as ABC and Disney have been more receptive to streaming deals with the company before. It's good to see a new range of content hitting the service, and we can only hope that more companies get on board with streaming. Check out the press link to see the full list of new additions. Anything there look particularly interesting to you? Well, other than the Hannah Montana -wait, we mean action movies, manly action movies.
Have you found a good deal on an LCD monitor or large screen television? Perhaps you should pounce. According to market research firm iSuppli, global pricing for LCD panels used in televisions and computers is rising in 2010.
Keeping things in perspective, iSuppli is only quoting a 0.9 percent price hike for desktop PC monitors, notebooks, and televisions, but what troubles the research firm is that this is the first increase in pricing since the end of the first quarter. Ever since March of this year, panel pricing has been falling every month.
"With buyers preparing for this year's holiday season, the introduction of new models in early 2011 and for the Lunar New Year in February, brands and manufacturers alike are starting to buy panels again after maintaining strict inventory control for several months," said Sweta Dash, senior director for LCD research at iSuppli. "This, combined with lower level of panel inventories, is causing pricing to rise after several months of decline."
Looking ahead, iSuppli says LCD manufacturers plan to ramp up production, but it's still uncertain what effect that will have in December and the months to follow.
While major content providers continue to shun the Google TV platform, at least getting hardware vendors lined up doesn't seem to be a problem. According to a Bloomberg report, both Toshiba and Vizio plan to unveil Google TV products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, 2011.
"We are very happy with the launch of Google TV with our initial partners Sony, Logitech, and Intel," Google said. "Our long-term goal is to collaborate with a broad community of consumer electronics manufacturers to help drive the next generation, TV-watching experience."
There's also talk of Samsung joining the fray, thought that's still up in the air. And technically, so are the plans of Toshiba and Vizio -- Bloomberg's information comes courtesy of "people familiar with the matter" rather than talking heads from each respective company.
No other company shipped more LCD TVs in the U.S. in the third quarter than Vizio, while Toshiba was the sixth most active, according to iSuppli.