Jul 22, 2014

NHK president says no fee cuts soon

President Katsuto Momii said Tuesday that NHK won’t be able to cut viewer subscription fees before April 2018. “It will be financially tough during the next three years and it is unlikely we can achieve a fee cut,” Momii said in an interview. He ...

'Hubot' series focuses on human-robot divide

| Jul 18, 2014

'Hubot' series focuses on human-robot divide

by Erik Fau

He has no special interest in science fiction, but the creator of a Swedish sci-fi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers. “Real Humans,” by screenwriter-actor Lars Lundstroem, stars humanoids called “hubots,” a word mixing humans and robots. They ...

Time Warner win would make Murdoch U.S. media king

Jul 17, 2014

Time Warner win would make Murdoch U.S. media king

Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. made an audacious offer for Time Warner Inc. that, if it succeeds, would transform the American media landscape and cement the 83-year-old’s status as the most powerful magnate in U.S. media and entertainment. While Time Warner, whose assets ...

Hit TV show 'Game of Thrones' puts Northern Ireland on the map

Jul 1, 2014

Hit TV show 'Game of Thrones' puts Northern Ireland on the map

Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland’s folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version — on the sets for the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” But rather than spells and destruction, they’re bringing ...

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Jun 26, 2014

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet. In a decision that could crimp consumers’ hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U.S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc., a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law ...

Product placement puts South Korean TV dramas on map

Jun 22, 2014

Product placement puts South Korean TV dramas on map

The export success of South Korea’s TV dramas has spawned a hard-selling world of branded entertainment that uses product placement to push everything from smartphones to lipsticks. The so-called Hallyu (Korean wave) of TV shows and pop music has long conquered most of Asia ...

British comedian Rik Mayall dead at 56

Jun 10, 2014

British comedian Rik Mayall dead at 56

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult TV series “The Young Ones,” died on Monday aged 56, his management company said. The star, whose portrayal of the puerile anarchist Rick in BBC’s “The Young Ones” endeared him to a ...

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

The United States is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV channel in northern Nigeria meant to counter insurgencies by the militant Islamist Boko Haram and other groups in the region, The New York Times reported on Friday. A U.S. official confirmed the project was ...

U.S. considers allowing commercial drones for movie shooting

Jun 3, 2014

U.S. considers allowing commercial drones for movie shooting

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is considering giving permission to seven movie and television filming companies to use unmanned aircraft for aerial photography, a potentially significant step that could lead to greater relaxation of the agency’s ban on commercial use of ...

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

May 30, 2014

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

Researchers have found less gray matter in the brains of men who perused large amounts of sexually explicit material. The research, which appeared Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if pornography actually caused the brain to shrink, however, and the authors ...

Wanna Marry Harry? TV show draws royal ridicule

May 21, 2014

Wanna Marry Harry? TV show draws royal ridicule

Drastic times call for drastic action. Is Britain’s newly single, media-shunning Prince Harry really so desperate for a wife that he asked an American TV channel to fix him up? Probably not. But that’s the fantasy being peddled to 12 pretty, ultracompetitive American women ...