By now regular readers of this weekly column have gathered that change is the only constant in streaming TV land.In fact, while I was out on vacation, another Internet company entered the now fiercely competitive arena that is broadcasting live shows online. That company is, of course, Hulu. Before, the company had moderate success selling on-demand-only access to network shows, both current and back-catalog stuff, for about $8 per month.The new product is called Hulu with Live TV, and it is a direct challenger to cable TV alternatives Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now, all of which I’ve discussed repeatedly in past entries.Here’s one interesting stat that suggests Hulu’s live product will be competitive: In a representative poll conducted by CivicScience, 25 percent of U.S. adults said they are at least somewhat likely to purchase it. More importantly, should you buy it? To help you decide, I’ve highlighted how Hulu with Live TV performs across five … [Read more...] about Digital Life: Hulu with Live TV: How does it compare?
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Apple is rolling out a credit card that it says is designed to do things no other card can. So how does it actually stack up? It looks different from a traditional credit card — there’s no number on the front and the users’ name is etched in metal. The card expands the company’s digital Apple Pay services, marrying the physical card to a virtual one and integrating both with the iPhone. And it comes with a bevy of perks — quick sign-up, elimination of most fees, strong security protections and cash back. But industry experts say they aren’t impressed — the financial benefits mirror many of those already out there for consumers. WHAT DOES IT COST? Apple says there are no fees associated with the card. That means no late fee, no annual fee, no international fee and no over-the-limit fees. It also said it aims to have among the lowest interest rates in the industry. Users must have an iPhone to use the card, which comes at a cost. But they will … [Read more...] about Apple tries to take a bite out of credit card industry. How does its Apple Card stack up?
We all know the Oscars — well, the Academy Awards — but how does it actually work? The ceremony of the world’s leading film organisation, the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences, was first held in 1929. It took another decade for the "Oscar" nickname to appear. Academy members vote for the best in 17 sections: actors and directors, but also makeup, sound effects and editing. A film must meet many criteria to be considered worthy of an Oscar nomination. It has to be longer than 40 minutes and meet the Academy's technical requirements, be released during the previous year and shown in a commercial theatre in the US County of Los Angeles for at least a week while being advertised “in a manner normal and customary to theatrical feature distribution practices”. Only if it meets all these criteria can the film be submitted, and if accepted, the film will feature on the Reminder List of Eligible Releases, which is then sent by the Academy to its … [Read more...] about How does a film win an Oscar?
LOS ANGELES - The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don't know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees -- and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes confounding process that leads to the winners of the 24 Academy Awards: WHO VOTES? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles currently has 7,902 voting members. Academy membership is divided into 17 branches -- actors, directors, producers, costume designers, etc -- and candidates must be active or otherwise have "achieved distinction" in the industry. Applicants must be sponsored by 2 Academy members representing their branch. Oscar winners and nominees are automatically considered for membership and don't need sponsors. Applications are reviewed once a year by the Academy's Board … [Read more...] about Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron kicked off his three-month national debate initiative to appease protesters from the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement. Where have debates have taken place so far? The first debate was held in the northern town of Bourgtheroulde with 600 mayors in attendance from the Normandy region. Macron opened the floor by saying he hoped discussions would be free of "taboos" and noted that all questions were welcome. Macron then visited the town of Souillac in the Occitanie region where he again exchanged with mayors for more than five hours. In this second instalment of the grand debate, mayors were more direct with the president and told him that words wouldn't be enough to end the "gilets jaunes crisis". On Thursday, January 24, Macron will meet representatives from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in the town of Valence. What is the 'Great National Debate'? A series of town hall-style gatherings were scheduled across France where citizens … [Read more...] about Macron’s Great National Debate: What is it and how does it work?