Hollywood has the vapors!
Google revolutionized the way people access information. Now it wants to transform how people get entertainment.
The search giant is touting an ambitious new technology, called Google TV, that would marry the Internet with traditional television, enabling viewers to watch TV shows and movies unshackled from the broadcast networks or cable channels on which they air. Users would need to buy a TV or set-top box with Google software that could connect to the Internet, along with a keyboard to type commands. Users could also use their iPhone or Android phone to operate Google TV.
The prospect of Google getting into television frightens many in Hollywood, who worry that Silicon Valley will upend the entertainment industry just like the Internet ravaged the music and newspaper industries.
By bringing the Web directly to the living room TV, entertainment industry executives fear Google TV will encourage consumers to ditch their $70 monthly cable and satellite subscriptions in favor of watching video free via the Internet.
Others believe it will fan piracy because Google refuses to block access to bootleg movies and television shows.
And, perhaps most troubling to Hollywood, Google doesn’t yet know how it will make money on Google TV — and whether it intends to compensate the studios and networks for the content.
I am aghast at the very thought of the demise of cable TV!
Imagine how bad it is when Pat frickin’ Buchanan says Newt Gingrich has gone too far:
Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, the former presidential candidate and conservative commentator said recent comments from Gingrich likening the proposed project to the hanging of a Nazi symbol outside the Holocaust Museum were merely part of the former Speaker’s efforts to appear more controversial than Sarah Palin.
“Newt is a political opportunist,” Buchanan said. “What Newt is doing is he’s trying to get out and be more flamboyant and more charismatic, if you will, and more controversial than Sarah Palin, who is his primary challenger, if he gets into Iowa and New Hampshire. She will take all his oxygen and a lot of his support.”
DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen refuses to deny he might vote for Social Security cuts, depending on “what’s in the package”. Yet people think I’m exaggerating:
Which is one of the reasons I despise sanctions. Now people are refusing to help Pakistan in their time of need because of what their government does.
Hmm. Maybe helping them anyway might soften their attitudes? Nah, watching their babies die will help them see the light. It’s worked up til now, right?
Another terror attack by a white male member of Beckistan!
When I was just out of high school, my boyfriend (later to be my husband) and I used to go see John Denver perform at the Main Point. On Friday nights, we’d all hang out at the house he shared with his friends. Someone would get out a guitar and this was a song we always ended up singing.
I just realized three of those guys are dead now: