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Amazon and NBCUniversal bring Battlestar Galactica, Parks & Recreation, more to Prime Instant Video

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Amazon has announced a deal with NBCUniversal that brings even more video content to its Prime Instant Video streaming offering. Hundreds of new episodes of plenty of different shows are now part of Amazon Prime Instant Video including Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Parenthood, and many more. Amazon Prime members can access Instant Video from their PC, Mac, Kindle Fire, iPad, Roku, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. The service also recently added hundreds of offerings from both Paramount and MGM.


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Google’s Taking Over TV, Too

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: HBO, Internet, News,

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It’s official: Google is in charge of the modern world. The Internet giant recently signed a deal which brings together HBO, Netflix, Pandora and the NBA under a new banner: Google TV.

It’s all part of Google’s multimillion-channel TV system, which will launch in the fall. The system runs on Google’s Android OS, making it possible for Web viewers to watch content on their television sets. And next fall, Google’s going to present Google Mind, which allows users to plug their brains directly into their computer systems. (We’re just kidding about that last bit … or, are we?)

NBC Universal, Time Warner and Twitter will also be involved, offering apps which will allow users to access content from their TVs. alone plans to offer 600-plus hours of programming (which just about covers the first two seasons of The Sopranos), and the NBA has created an app which will keep viewers updated on games and scores in real time. Google is hinting that even more news will unfold in the next few weeks.

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Project Runway to Air this Summer on Lifetime

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Prime Time, Reality, Bravo, Cable, News,

Project Runway's Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum

is finally back in style.

After months of litigation between NBC Universal (owner of Bravo), The Weinstein Company and Lifetime, the hit reality show now has somewhere to go. Starting this summer, Season 6 will air on Lifetime.

The trouble began last year when the move to the new cable channel was first announced. NBCU, upset by the loss of its popular program, filed a lawsuit. That action eventually led to countersuits and a preliminary injunction.

Today’s agreement means Runway will be at its second home for at least five seasons. “The Weinstein Company will pay NBCU for the right to move Project Runway to Lifetime. All of the parties are pleased with the outcome,” NBC Universal announced in statement.

No start date yet has been announced for the next installment. The Fashion Week finale was taped back in February.

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Layoffs for MTV, Paramount and NBC Universal

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: MTV, NBC, News,

NBC Universal logoNot even those reporting on the nation’s massive layoffs are immune from them.

Today, continued the downsizing of its worldwide workforce. Hoping to reduce its upcoming budget by $500 million, the company began laying off approximately 500 staff members - including people from the NBC News division - earlier this week. That number equates to approximately 3% of the total corporation. Sources claim that several correspondents have been cut while Donny Deutsch’s CNBC Show, The Big Idea, has been put on hiatus. (Apparently it’s getting harder to find successful entrepreneur stories at this time.)

Meanwhile, Variety reports that 300 staffers from MTV Networks and 100 employees from also became casualties of the economic downturn.

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Battlestar Galactica Memorabilia Up for Auction

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Looking for a special way to celebrate ‘s series finale? Why not consider taking a piece of the Sci Fi series home? Starting Friday, January 16th, NBC Universal will begin the process of auctioning off items from the show’s four seasons. The timing of the initial three-day event will coincide with Galactica‘s network return.

Participants visiting the Pasadena Convention Center will have the opportunity to attend live panels hosted by members of the program’s creative team. Friday’s preview day will then be followed by two days of rabid bidding on hundreds of items. Those unable to travel to California will luckily still have a chance to get in on the action online. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the United Way.

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Project Runway’s Move to Lifetime Blocked

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, News,

Project RunwayDespite Lifetime’s plans to unveil Project Runway this January, the reality hit’s future is now a big mystery. A New York Supreme Court judge has just temporarily blocked the reality program’s move to its new network.

This ruling comes months after The Weinstein Company announced it was ending Project‘s run on Bravo after five seasons. Believing the producers had violated a “right of first refusal” agreement, NBC Universal (Bravo’s parent company) filed suit. On Friday, the judge issued the preliminary injunction barring Lifetime from any marketing of the series until after the issue is settled.

Although NBC Universal was pleased by the ruling, the Weinsteins (who have vowed to appeal) also declared a minor victory. “We are glad that the court held that NBC Universal cannot exhibit the program on Bravo and that the court required NBC Universal to post a minimum $20 million bond,” a company statement read.

The season finale of ‘s current season will air on Wednesday, October 15. Meanwhile, production on the show’s sixth installment is scheduled to continue during the ongoing dispute.

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Hellboy’s Television Campaign

To promote the upcoming release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, has paired up with the stars of NBC Universal. (If you recall, had a Hulk-themed episode recently.)

In this video, Hellboy (a.k.a. Ron Perlman) has a sit down with Bravo’s own James Lipton.


You can see other clips with NBC stars after the jump.

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Project Runway Producers Sued

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Reality, Bravo, Cable, NBC, Gossip,

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was that Bravo’s hit series Project Runway (the most successful for the channel) will move to Lifetime in a new, five-year contract. Today, the fashion has really hit the fan.

is owned by NBC Universal, who has subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Co. (which produces Runway) to prevent the switch. Citing breach of contract, the network filed suit with the New York Supreme Court. According to the suit, NBC Universal and Weinstein were in previous negotiations regarding future seasons of the show.

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Apple May Lower Price for TV Show Downloads

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: NBC, Internet,

AppleDespite a severed relationship with NBC Universal, Apple is supposedly considering lowered prices for iTunes users.  (Lack of pricing flexibility had been a point of contention in the failed negotiations).  Currently, downloads of television shows cost $1.99/each.  If changes are made, consumers may soon pay only $0.99 for song and episode purchases.

It’s expected that many entertainment companies will balk at the proposal fearing slashed prices would hurt their bottom line.  Why would fans still purchase boxed-set DVDs if packaging a season online proves more cost-effective?  But Apple conversely believes that reducing prices would actually boost revenue for all parties involved. 

There’s no indication at this time when or if this strategy may ever take effect.

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NBC Leaves Apple, Turns to Amazon

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: NBC, Announcements, Internet, News,

Bionic WomanAfter severing ties with Apple, Universal has forged a relationship with Amazon.com.  So fans in need of a missed show can now turn to Amazon’s ‘Unbox’ service for their fix.  NBC claims this new partnership allows for more pricing flexibility and packaged content.

To whet your appetite, the network will be allowing fans to download for free pilots of their new fall shows (including those for , and ).  Interestingly enough, later episodes will then be available for $1.99 (the same price made familiar by iTunes). 

Be looking for those new pilots come next Monday (September 10th).

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