The cast is getting back together on their old TV network, NBC, to pay tribute to the veteran sitcom director James Burrows. Burrows has recently held his 1000th TV episode, he has helmed series such as Taxi and the Bob Newhart Show. He has directed 15 episodes of friends, one of which was the pilot episode.
While the special is about Burrows, the reunion of the cast of Friends — which launched in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons — is obviously the highlight. All six original cast members (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer) are on board.
The average friends episode took 5 hours to film, meaning that in total around 1180 hours were spent making the entire 10 seasons. That is a fair old time for a TV series! Hopefully, the two hour’s air time will be enough to please the immense amount of fans that loved the show. The news comes as a surprise, especially over the news on the 1st of may last year, which came from the shows co-creator Marta Kaufman telling us that there would be no chance of a reunion.
“There will never ever – it’s not to going to happen. They have to let it go,” she told E!’s Marc Malkin on the red carpet for the premiere of her new Netflix show, Grace and Frankie.
Well, that clearly has changed – for this short little get together anyway! The episode will be aired on the 21st of Feb.
Is this really to do with tech? Possibly, as this is a presenter who worked on a show that brought you a pickup truck attempting to drive through the English Channel, building your very own vehicle in the case of a Kit car and nearly freezing to death while navigating themselves to the magnetic north pole in an adapted Toyota.
If you haven’t heard, Jeremy Clarkson has left Top Gear after allegedly lamping a producer over a Prawn Sandwich. It was thought that Clarkson, May and Hammond have a clause in their contract which states that they will be unable to work for any other UK competitive channel until at least 2017. But there might be a workaround after lawyers found that it could be possible to broadcast a car style show in the US, before selling the rights to the program back to for example ITV or Channel 4.
It’s like Geo Blocking within web content, if you are inside a country which restricts access then you cannot view a program, but if you are somewhere else, then technically you are not inside the same place where it was banned. This may also be interesting in the future if program makers decide to sell their shows to Internet TV sites for example Netflix. If a company sells a show, for example to BBC 2, but then sells the same show to Netflix which is an American company, and then allowing viewers to watch said program in the same place where rights have already been sold to a broadcaster, this could be a headache for normal TV channels if they paid for an exclusive and it’s not.
As tech has shifted, so has the wider issue of TV itself, will there be a BBC or ITV in the future if digital content is ubiquitous?
There’s a very common and rapidly growing group within the popular Reddit community, they’re called ‘cord cutters‘. Currently grossing over 60k subscribers, this sub Reddit is dedicated to strategies, alternatives and methods to cutting your cable service for life as more people move to online means. DirecTV has just announced that they will be the first to offer 4K TV streaming via their pre-existing infrastructure. No doubt in a bid to keep their customers satisfied and possibly increase their market share,
4K is the new craze, offering massive resolutions, with massive prices to match. A standard ‘big brand’ 4K TV will set you back upwards of $1,500 here in Australia, more than double that of a 1080p TV. If 4K is something that tickles your fancy however, DirecTV will be offering on demand Holocaust pictures and Paramount Pictures productions in this outstanding resolution, but there’s a catch. As according to DirecTV’s website, this content will only be applicable to Samsung 2014 launched 4K TV sets – which are TV’s with RVU technology and the only devices available on the market supporting DirecTV’s 4K TV-demand functions. Alongside this, DirecTV 4k users will need to install the companies HD DVR set-top box (HR34 or later).
DirecTV offer their service for varying prices ranging from $3.99 per movie up to full subscription plans. They’ve also reportedly claimed that there will be much more on-demand 4K content available in the near future. Next year should see DirecTV launching their 4K broadcast channels alongside competitor Comcast’s similar services.
Some of DirecTV’s most popular on-demand movies currently on offer are: Star Trek (2009), Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Mummy: Pharaoh’s Secret.
The iTunes Festival will be held this year as well. The difference between all other years and this year is that Apple will be hosting it in the US, and not the UK. Yes, after seven years, the iTunes Festival will be held in the US, so ‘yay’ for those living in the US and ‘nay’ for brits who wanted to attend and can’t go to the US.
The festival is reportedly being held in Austin starting from the 11th of March and ending on the 15th. A much shorter Festival this year, however it is compensated by including a mix of well-known American and European artists, ranging from Willie Nelson to London Gramma. The other bit of good news is that the iTunes Festival will be held alongisde South by Southwest.
As always, Apple is using a technological showcase for its Festival, therefore you will get to stream live and on-demand performances from the event on both Macintosh and iOS devices. It might be common to people who have used it before, but for most US residents it can be considered a big thing.
CyberpowerPC are taking this years show by the horns and are giving us a whole heap of toys to look at and play around with. We’ve already seen their Steam Box offering but there is yet another system in their suite that has caught my eye. Tucked away to the side of the room is a system that looks somewhat like a took box or flight case, but with LEDs inside. This is the coveted Fang Battle Box.
Packed inside this mighty little box is a whole LAN gaming system with more than enough grunt to pwn those n00bs with ease. After going to many LAN events, it’s apparent that some people could do with a more robust system to carry from home to the gaming halls and this is exactly the design path that CyberpowerPC have gone down with the Battle Box.
Obviously with a system of this sort, having an easy way to transport it is paramount and on the top a chunky handle is provided – as one would expect with a flight case design and next to this we find two USB3.0 ports, power and reset buttons and the case latch to open the system up,
The underside of the case features some large rubber feet on one end of the system is a full arrray of I/O ports so as soon as you arrive at LAN, all you need to do is plug it in and play!
Opening the case up we find that this is more than just a LAN ready chassis, Alongside a GTX 780 Ti and a 4770k topped with a Corsair closed loop water cooling unit is a 120GB SSD paired with a 1TB mechanical drive, 16GB Dual-Channel memory, cooler master fans and a 500W power supply from Corsair.
The Fang Battle Box is due for release around now and I am certainly looking forward to getting this rather unique system in for review, after all it’s not everyday you see a system in a flight case available to buy off the shelf.