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Netflix vs. Amazon vs. Hulu: Who’s Winning?

Yesterday, Amazon announced that it struck a deal that would allow Prime members to stream a number of popular HBO programs. It’s great news for many: Amazon Instant Video beat its competitors to become the first online-only streaming site to get HBO programs, HBO got to stick it to Netflix, Prime members get a plethora of new (and great!) shows to watch, and those who love to incessantly talk about The Wire can now seamlessly work the show into any conversation tangentially related to Amazon.com. … Read More

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The Fate of Television Will Be Decided by People Who Don’t Know What HBO Is

Home Box Office introduced the “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO” slogan all the way back in October of 1996, and in spite of the fact that it seemed culturally ubiquitous in the years that followed, its penetration somehow didn’t extend to the eyeballs of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. So yesterday, during oral arguments for the American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc. case, Aereo attorney David C. Frederick had to explain to Justice Scalia that HBO is not TV — as in, you can’t get it free, over the airwaves, since it is in fact a premium service. And these are the people who are deciding, in the words of the New York Times, the future of television. Worried yet? … Read More

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Amazon Instant Video Acquires HBO Shows

Starting on May 21, Amazon Prime members will be able to stream a number of HBO original programs: The SopranosSix Feet… Read More

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HBO Renews ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

HBO just announced that it has renewed Veep for a fourth season and Silicon Valley for a second season. Both comedies have… Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: “Breaker of Chains”

Game of Thrones returns to disjointed form this week, transitioning straight from the longest continuous scene in its history to the sprawling story that makes Game of Thrones so difficult to discuss as a cohesive plot. But there was one motif, at least, that seemed to run through the episode, and might come the closest to a season-wide theme that we’re going to get. The premiere indicated that our major players would be spending their time dealing with the aftermath of the Red Wedding and the war it technically concluded. Add to that the downfall of yet another monarch, and you’ve got a meditation on what happens once the fighting’s over and a king’s reign is done. How are rulers remembered, and more importantly, what do they leave behind? … Read More

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Watch HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Trailer Starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts

The Normal Heart, based on Larry Kramer’s play of the same name and directed by Ryan Murphy, is HBO’s upcoming… Read More

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Book Fans Investigated Joffrey’s Murder

One could write several books, or at least media studies doctoral dissertations, on the differences between Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which it’s based. There are many, ranging from the insignificant (Theon’s sister has a different name) to the more substantial (the original Mrs. Robb Stark was a complete nonentity). Perhaps the most important, though, is the simple difference between the experiences of reading about 5000 pages of material at one’s own pace and watching a show. And there’s no better demonstration of that difference than the mystery of who killed Joffrey Baratheon, an event viewers have had just a few days to process but readers have been picking apart for the last 14 years. … Read More

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Why ‘Veep’ Is Funnier Than Ever in Season 3

When Veep premiered in 2012, it was a show with great bones and all the potential in the world, but like a student who did all the homework and still bombed the final, it didn’t quite live up to its possibilities. Coming off the perfect Oscar-nominated screenplay for the underrated, horrifying classic In the Loop, Armando Iannucci, the British genius behind work including The Thick of It (English politics with arias of swearing from the current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker, the terrifying Director of Communications) and Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan’s cult-classic TV presenter) had teamed up with HBO to take on American politics by following the hilariously useless life of the Vice President, Selina Meyer, played by American treasure (in England, she’d be a Dame by now) Julia Louis-Dreyfus. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: “Two Swords”

I’ve been a Game of Thrones fan for so long it’s often hard to tell whether I like an episode because it’s genuinely good, or because I’ve been telling everyone I know for years that this is the best show on TV, based on the best fantasy series in print. And as many have pointed out in the run-up to season four, Game of Thrones has firmly established its mood, complexity, and general quality by now; it may waver from episode to episode, but the feel of it is remarkably consistent. Still, it says something that as the credits began to roll, I found myself thinking I’d actually forgotten how good this show is. … Read More

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