Showtime

survivor-29Yesterday it was HBO announcing that they were going to be providing a direct to consumer SVOD service without the need for a cable bundle and today it is CBS – who also own Showtime.

“Thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows” will be made available via CBS All Access, a $5.99 per month service that will compete against the likes of Hulu.

The service begins offering full seasons of 15 primetime shows the day after they air; past seasons of eight series including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Survivor; ad-free access to 5,000+ episodes of “classics” including Star Trek, Cheers, MacGyver, Twin Peaks, and CSI: Miami; added content for specials including The Grammy Awards, The Academy Of Country Music Awards, and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show; and live feeds of Big Brother when it returns next summer.

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hbo-logoI’ve been thinking about this for a while now and wondering how long it would take before the likes of HBO and Showtime realised that there is money to be made in direct to consumer relationships without the need for broadcast or cable deals. As it turns out, this may now not be too far away as both HBO and Showtime are signalling the move is on the horizon.

Earlier in the month, CBS CEO Les Moonves told investors that there was a “very strong possibility” that Showtime will be offered directly to consumers over the Internet. Time Warner’s Chief Executive also moved that “up until now” the broadband-only opportunity wasn’t at the point where it would be smart to move the focus from the existing strategy but now concedes that the broadband opportunity is quite a bit bigger. Continue reading »

pshIn a very sad start to the week, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46.

A law enforcement official told the Wall Street Journal that Hoffman was discovered in the bathroom of his fourth floor apartment with a needle in his arm.

Hoffman, who spent 10 days in rehab last May for heroin abuse, was set to star in the new Showtime dramedy Happyish, playing an ad man who is sent adrift when his ad agency is taken over. The project – had been described as a “blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.” Continue reading »