Joshua Topolsky of The Verge surveys the devices and services that bring TV shows and movies into our living rooms. From binge viewing to streaming to Apple TV and the Roku Box.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Kim Masters and John Horn banter about some of this week's top Hollywood news stories.
- MPAA announces plans to enhance the explainers on PG 13 films. The Parents' Television Council responds.
- John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners calls for fewer R-rated movies from studios.
- Conflict between Disney and the two large theater chains, AMC and Regal, over the share of tickets for the upcoming Iron Man 3.
-Paramount plans a Chinese reality TV show to cast some Chinese professional and amateur actors in Transformers 4. Hollywood "suits" like a marketing executive from Paramount and Sid Ganis, former head of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura will be the 'judges' on the competition show.
Joshua Topolsky, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Verge and resident tech consultant for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, joins us for a sort of tutorial. He surveys with Kim the devices and services that bring TV shows and movies into our living rooms today and speculates on what will last going in to the future. From binge viewing to streaming on boxes like Apple TV, Xbox, Sony PlayStation and the Roku box, the choices are many. How to sort through what does what. Plus, he addresses which services -- Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming -- rival old fashioned cable.
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