Tag Archives: Instant

Amazon Instant 4k Hits Vizio P Series

As expected, Amazon Instant streaming has gone 4k this month… via a number of award-winning blockbusters such as Vendetta and Time Runners. […] I’m not certain if the content is natively 4k or if the video has been upscaled from 1080. Irrespective, the future is here… should any of these titles appeal and our bandwidth caps be sufficiently generous. – Dave Zatz,Zatz Not Funny
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With ‘Bosch’ in production, Amazon revs up Web-TV foray

“Bosch” is based on the popular book series by mystery writer (and former Los Angeles Times reporter) Michael Connelly, who is also an executive producer on the series. […] Web-based TV production in Los Angeles has surged 353 percent from 2008 to 2013, according to a report by FilmL.A. Inc., which tracks film permits for the city and county. Web-based shows now account for as many production days in L.A. as sitcoms. These shows aren’t just low-budget Web productions but high-end dramas like “Bosch” that employ hundreds of crew members and film heavily on location like conventional network or cable dramas. “Bosch” is set to launch early next year with an estimated budget of more than $2.5 million per episode. – Richard Verrier,Los Angeles Times via The Seattle Times 
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‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway: Online Streaming Is A ‘Creative Explosion’

[Jill Soloway] made her name as writer and producer on HBO’s Six Feet Under and Showtime’s United States of Tara before writing and directing the indie feature Afternoon Delight, which won her the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance in 2013. She also co-created the site Wifey.tv with Rebecca Odes, which publishes daily video content geared towards women. […] Because [Transparent]’s streaming online, Soloway says she had to approach the project differently than she would an indie feature or a cable or network show. “One of the things I try to do as a creator is take very seriously that people have a lot of entertainment options,” she says. “Whether it’s ABC or CBS or NBC or Facebook or video games, I knew I needed to make something where somebody would go to work and somebody else would say, ‘You have to see this.’ That’s the mandate.” – Dina Gachman,Forbes
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Offerings From Boutique Streaming Services

For this weekend, we’ve chosen six sites (from among the hundreds of possibilities) and highlighted one current offering from each — a Scottish mystery, a Korean reality show, a movie by a Japanese cult director, an American TV classic, the new Hal Hartley film — that isn’t available from any other streaming service in the United States. If water cooler currency is your goal, stick with “Orange Is the New Black.” But if you like the idea of discovering something the rest of America isn’t already talking about, you can find it here. – Mike Hale, The New York Times http://ift.tt/1qynQjO