Cracks at "deaf people, the holocaust, feminine hygiene and incest" seem to be have been the topics that finally sounded the death toll for this marketing disaster.
The marmite of animated comedy is set to split critics once again as Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guy, confirmed that a Windows 7 themed, Microsoft sponsored episode of the irreverent TV show will air soon.
The Hulu that they do so well over in the States could be coming to the UK in a deal that would bring 3,000 hours of US TV to our virtual shores. The free to view VoD service is looking to buddy up with the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in providing an internet platform where all their content can be viewed together in exactly the same way the Kangaroo couldn’t.
But there is a but – two, actually, if I write it like that. There’s issues with how Channel 4 and ITV wish to hold their advertising inventory around the player for their content and, with the Competition Commission lurking round the corner, there’s a horribly familiar feeling in the air that yet another good thing for the consumer could hit the bricks.
I was just about to say that Sky is bound to have a whinge about it, just as they did with Kangaroo, but maybe not so this time. Hulu is backed by News Corp, and News Corp owns Sky. So, maybe this thing does have legs after all.
Still a hell of a lot of teasing out of agreements to do in terms of rules and regs as well as the advertising issue, doubtless, but, fingers crossed, we might actually get what we want this time. Just a shame we needed an American company to come in and sort it out for us.
Seth MacFarlane has agreed to make 50 x 2 minute episodes of a new cartoon comedy specially for Google AdSense and presumably for bucket loads of cash.
The new show, called “Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy”, is designed for, and will be aired on, the internet in the AdSense…
Apple and Twentieth Century Fox used Steve Jobs’ Macworld 2008 keynote to announce a new technology called Digital Copy for iTunes. In short, when you buy a compatible DVD, you’ll get a free digital copy of the film, which can be transferred to your iTunes library, and from there played on your PC or Mac, or transferred to an iPod or iPhone.
Starting today, Americans, who’ve been downloading HD films and TV via Xbox Live since last November, have access to download individual episodes from the first two seasons of Family Guy, with the recent FG movie also up for purchase.
The price? A rather unreasonable 160 Microsoft Points each…