Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Golden Globes Drinking Game

Amanda Dobbins, Vulture:

Drink any time an actress cries in a speech.
Drink any time you see a person actively not listening to someone onstage.
Drink any time someone says, "I didn't prepare anything!"
Eat a meatball sub any time someone thanks Harvey Weinstein.
Take off an article of clothing any time they show Judi Dench.
Take off an article of clothing any time Maggie Smith wins.

Behold! Possibly the only time the Golden Globes will ever be worth watching.

The rules have been extracted from The Hollywood Reporter's original interview with the hosting duo. It's worth a read. It might restore some of your faith in the media industry.

(Incidentally, one of my most favorite Tweets of all time was on precisely this topic back in October, 2012 from Mr. Brett Kelly.)

NBC Secures Premier League Rights

Rob Harris, reporting for the Associated Press:

NBC's network will televise the English Premier League under a $250 million, three-year deal that begins next season.

The network will show every match from the world's most popular soccer league, taking coverage away from Fox and ESPN.

NBC's English-language networks will televise six live games a week. One or two of the company's other cable channels will be used along with NBC Sports Network, Lazarus said, but which ones have not been determined yet as schedules are evaluated. Other games will be streamed live online.

Combining NBC's announcement with the Boxee TV making its way to me in the very near future, the obstacles facing a full cable-cutting scenario in my house are depleting.

Honestly, now, the only lingering troublemaker is HBO — a company that has repeatedly expressed its unwillingness to open up a streaming-only option in the United States.

Nevertheless, despite HBO's disinterest in change, I find myself rather excited by the prospect of shedding a largely unused three figure bill each month.

NBC Responds to Removal of 7/7 Tribute from US Opening Ceremony Broadcast

NBC

Michael Hiestand:

So when it came time in the opening ceremony for something that has been widely interpreted as a tribute to the 52 victims of terrorist attacks in London in 2005, it’s not shocking NBC didn’t see lingering on that as helping its overall marketing effort. When asked why NBC didn’t show the memorial, NBC spokesman Greg Hughes on Saturday said only that “our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience. It’s a tribute to (opening ceremony producer) Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”

Utterly classless.

(Via Ben Ward)

Now TV Launches in the U.K.

Now TV

Aaron Souppouris:

As well as offering movies, the service will include access to live sports events including Barclays Premier and UEFA Champions League football, Test cricket, rugby, tennis, Masters golf, and more. The Sky Sports package will launch on Now TV before the end of the year. After the Sky Sports service goes live, Sky will add a further package including shows from Sky 1, Atlantic, Arts, and Living. The service launches for PC and Mac, and certain unspecified Android devices this week, with an iOS app due next month and support for further devices arriving “later this summer.”

During the quiet summer months, I’ve had a distinct yearning to cancel my current cable subscription in the United States. Spending all-too-much on a relatively ill-fitting service is becoming increasingly difficult to swallow, but my prized Fox Soccer and HBO subscriptions continue to meter my cord-cutting-desires. Such is the state of the American entertainment distribution landscape.

On the other hand, in the U.K., Sky is launching its Now TV service. Sporting swathes of digital content and impending agreements with various sporting events, I suspect that Now TV embodies all that I could ever truly need from a television package.

One of the most interesting things to derive from the modern streaming media marketplace is the tidal shift in consumer appetite. Rather than simply gorging upon any and all media that happens to be available at the time, users are becoming increasingly cognizant of their finite needs. Introspectively questioning the need for hundreds of channels and willfully whittling such a list down to the core requirements is an endeavor in rational intelligence — an element otherwise bereft from within the media industry.

Now TV, in many respects, serves as a poignant mirror reflecting such a shift. While I imagine such a service will not arrive on U.S. shores for years to come, it’s utterly fascinating to perceive such a movement in the state of consumption.

I’m excitedly looking forward to personally dabbling with Now TV over the course of the coming weeks.

For further information, the full press release is available from Sky.

"Sorry Cheapskates"

HBO GO

Dan Frommer:

This isn’t to say that HBO and Time Warner shouldn’t study or consider the idea of selling subscriptions direct to consumers. But do you really expect one of the biggest cable giants to lead the attack on cable — with no popular, promising alternatives?

This, of course, opens HBO to potential disruption by the likes of Netflix, YouTube, etc. And piracy, yes. So, studying the TV industry’s evolution and reacting when it’s time will be crucial for networks like HBO. (Many will inevitably react too slow, and will die. That’s why Netflix went nuts with that whole Qwikster thing, remember?) But Time Warner simply has too much invested into the cable industry — which is still very strong — to flip today.

At this point, it would still probably be more lucrative for HBO to squeeze a little more out of the Comcasts of the world than to lead the charge against them.

In many respects, I admire the candor of the TakeMyMoneyHBO campaign. Being relatively young, I certainly sympathize with those that are unwilling to spend the hundreds of dollars requisite for a competent cable package with HBO inclusion.

And yet, for all of the legitimacy of the cause, the opening statement on the TakeMyMoneyHBO site serves to profoundly undercut the credibility of the petition:

We pirate Game of Thrones, we use our friend’s HBOGO login to watch True Blood…

This juvenile attitude toward a truly impressive and powerful content creation network strikes me as utterly meaningless. Perhaps HBO should look into opening the doors to the broader public, but I doubt it will make such allowances based upon the whims of self-confessed pirates.

If you deem HBO to be worth your attention, then there is one legal manner to attain the content. If you want to legally watch such content, there is no reason in the world — aside from reticence to spend money — that any individual should not be able to have access to HBO. It would, indeed, be wonderful if content creators and providers would open their gates to novel new avenues for accessibility and revenue, but such is not the current state of the marketplace.

The market will, of course, move in that direction in due course, but it will not be for the adolescent cries of people on Twitter. Knocking on the door of a shop you admire and telling them you would stop robbing them if they allowed for an entirely new way to purchase their wares is not likely a path toward measured, polite discourse, but rather the inflammation of an already delicate situation.