A lot of people are pretty upset with DirecTV right now. This week, a group of people rallied to complain about the service’s ads, one of which features Rob Lowe mocking people who can't urinate in public.
There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at big television networks, most of which we innocent audience members needn’t worry our pretty little heads about. The only time we do see the smoke of a blazing corporate fire is during contract disputes. Forget battling walkers. It's the corporate suits that are the real problem for Rick and co.
Luckily, Kingdom’s first trailer doesn’t present viewers with a carbon copy of Warrior, teasing a darker and more low-key story, perhaps with an eye on something larger down the road. Frank Grillo stars as former MMA superstar Alvey Kulina, who is spending his ring retirement as a trainer and owner of a gym in Venice, California.
Original programming is where its at for cable providers and streaming video services these days. In terms of delivering exclusive content to its subscribers DirecTV got its feet wet by offering seasons of Friday Night Lights and Damages ahead of their network debuts. And this spring, they made their first venture into scripted original programming with Rogue, a suspense drama starring Thandie Newton, which premiered in April. It looks like DirecTV's game for keeping this series around as they've renewed the drama for a second season.
DirecTV is getting into another original program with Full Circle, a series written by famous playwright Neil LaBute, whose works, including Wicker Man and The Company Men, have been adapted for the big screen in the past. Full Circle will be LaBute’s first foray into the small screen. DirecTV has actually already ordered 10 episodes of Full Circle.
Television viewers today have a variety of programming choices available to them unlike anything ever seen before. Not since the advent of cable has such a cornucopia of entertainment been laid out for our consumption. But with everyone from DirecTV to Hulu getting in on the original programming action and the cost of adding every conceivable option mounting, the question of television’s future has become a complex one.
DirecTV is starting production on its new crime drama Rogue, which started filming in the ever-moody and popular production city of Vancouver, Canada this week. The series, which stars Thandie Newton and Martin Csoskas, builds on DirecTV’s recent move into original programming, They’ve already brought a few new series to life and also saved cancelled series like Friday Night Lights
It took ten days and twenty-six blacked out channels, but Viacom and DirecTV have settled their feud and are once again business partners. MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and almost two dozen other networks have been officially brought back into the fold, allowing subscribers the privilege of watching exactly what they assumed they’d get when they first agreed to a deal with the provider.
There’s no clear winner in the stand off between DirecTV and Viacom, but there are plenty of losers, most specifically all of the service’s subscribers who are now without Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, BET, VH1 and others. The channels, seventeen in all, went dark at midnight EST last night, and for the time being, there seems to be no clear solution within reach.
DirecTV has been in the exclusive programming business for some time, offering its customers first-runs like Underbelly, as well as providing a new sub-based home for series like Damages, but they have yet to actually produce a show of their own. Until now. Under the influence of competitors trying their hand at original programming, DirecTV just announced an order for Rogue, an original thriller starring Thandie Newton exclusive for their customers.
The DTVE app allows DirecTV customers to stream on-demand movies and TV content to their iPads or Android phones anywhere they go. Well, anywhere with a wifi signal, that is. If you wind up stranded on a desert isle, you're probably still screwed.
Created by Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, Damages stars Glenn Close as ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes and her protege, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne). Each season tracks the ins and outs of a single case being represented by Hewes & Associates. The series examines both the perspective of Hewes' legal team and the machinations of their opponents in the case, while also tracking the often turbulent relationship between Parsons and her mentor.
DirecTV has given the greenlight to its first original scripted programming; the drama Rogue is moving forward, and the satellite TV company is looking to Thandie Newton to headline it. She’s in talks for the leading role in the series, which has a 10-episode order.
It’s a Halloween miracle! DirecTV subscribers who were concerned that they might be losing some Fox cable channels can rest assured that the channel-blackout has been averted. DirecTV and Fox have reportedly worked out a deal, which means FX, National Geographic, among other channels will still be available to DirecTV subscribers tomorrow.
DirecTV executive vice president Derek Chang has taken the dispute to the FCC. In a letter to the commission, Change claims that Fox's ads have been misleading customers by suggesting that they may lose their local Fox channels after the November 1st deadline. According to his letter, these local channels are handled under an entirely different contract and don't expire until December 31st. Chang says Fox is intentionally trying to create confusion over the issue.