QNS: Museum of the Moving Image announces plans to reopen April 30

QNS: Museum of the Moving Image announces plans to reopen April 30. “This spring, with the support of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the museum will launch a new website to better serve a diverse audience with humanities-rich content related to the study and appreciation of the moving image from an historical and contemporary perspective. All of the museum’s recorded events from the past year and earlier will be organized to allow for easier discovery, and the site will allow for improved showcases of the museum’s collection.”

Screen Rant: New Website Helpfully Compares Every Single Streaming Service’s Offerings

Screen Rant: New Website Helpfully Compares Every Single Streaming Service’s Offerings. “A new website Movie of the Night has a chart and graphs that separate content into various categories for people who want to watch something specific on a streaming service. The website includes the number of shows or movies that fit into a category and provides viewers with the list of content based on the five main streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, and Hulu. However, users also have the option to add Peacock, Paramount+, and more.”

Robservations: Media Burn wins grant to launch Guerrilla Television Network (Robert Feder)

Robert Feder: Robservations: Media Burn wins grant to launch Guerrilla Television Network. “Chicago’s Media Burn Independent Video Archive has received a $459,150 grant from the Council on Library Resources to collaborate with the University of Chicago on digitizing hundreds of previously unseen videotapes from the 1970s. In addition to Media Burn’s content, the new Guerrilla Television Network will include work from Appalshop, Community TV Network, Experimental TV Center, Kartemquin Films and New Orleans Video Access Center.”

The Guardian: BBC Four to become archive channel as cost-cutting drive continues

The Guardian: BBC Four to become archive channel as cost-cutting drive continues. “BBC Four is to cease commissioning new programmes and become an archive-focused channel as part of the ongoing significant cost-cutting drive across the corporation. The originator of acclaimed shows such as Charlie Brooker’s Wipe franchise, the Emmy-nominated drama Burton & Taylor and the Bafta-winning comedy Detectorists, BBC Four will now be repositioned as the ‘home’ of archived content, the broadcaster confirmed.”

Engadget: Google AI is battling a ‘Great British Bake Off’ winner in a dessert face-off

Engadget: Google AI is battling a ‘Great British Bake Off’ winner in a dessert face-off. “Baking is as much science as it is art. Perhaps to find out whether the former’s more important, Google Cloud AI is taking on a Great British Bake Off winner in a dessert face-off. Sara Robinson, an amateur baker and Google Cloud developer advocate, built a machine learning model that examined hundreds of baking recipes (including ones for traybakes, cookies and scones) to help her come up with a new one.”

The Guardian: We stan together: the wonderful world of Instagram TV fan pages

The Guardian: We stan together: the wonderful world of Instagram TV fan pages. “The fan account has long been a fixture of celebrity culture, as the focus has moved away from tabloid newspapers to blogs and fansites, and from there to social media. From the now-closed Instagram page @beyhive, which had 1.2 million followers thanks to its regular Beyoncé updates, to the myriad Harry Styles fan accounts on the platform, and the gossipy shots of Ana de Armas Updates, these pages keep their many followers informed with daily repurposing of their favourite celebrities’ images and content. It is a fandom largely made by fans, for fans.”

New York Times: Carl Reiner’s Archives Will Go to the National Comedy Center

New York Times: Carl Reiner’s Archives Will Go to the National Comedy Center. “Reiner, who would have turned 99 on Saturday, also left behind a trove of documents, artifacts and personal memorabilia, working on TV programs like ‘Your Show of Shows’ and ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and films like ‘Oh, God!’ and ‘The Jerk.’ Now this personal archive will live on: his family is donating it to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y., so that current fans and future generations can appreciate the breadth of his accomplishments.”

Penn State News: New tool could help lessen bias in live television broadcasts

Penn State News: New tool could help lessen bias in live television broadcasts. “From Sunday morning news shows to on-air pregame commentary in sports, live telecasts draw viewers into real-time content on televisions around the world. But in these often-unscripted productions, what the audience sees is not always what the producer intends — especially in regard to equity of on-air time for subjects based on their race or gender. A team of researchers, which includes Syed Billah from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, has developed an interactive tool called Screen-Balancer, designed to assist media producers in balancing the presence of different phenotypes — an individual’s observable physical traits — in live telecasts.”

CNN: The pandemic has changed TV viewing patterns, and awards shows are suffering

CNN: The pandemic has changed TV viewing patterns, and awards shows are suffering. “The Grammys free-falled in the ratings despite a telecast that critics praised for its inventiveness and energy. But where some saw a well-produced event, others saw a desperate appeal to youth that was ill-suited for the older demos of broadcast TV. The bigger-picture problem is that a great splintering is underway — a loss of communal experiences, whether at the movies or on broadcast or, to some degree, in music.”

ReviewGeek: Lay’s Browser Extension Turns on YouTube Captions When It Hears You Eating Chips

ReviewGeek: Lay’s Browser Extension Turns on YouTube Captions When It Hears You Eating Chips. “When artificial intelligence rises up to take over Earth, it will be because of browser extensions like Lay’s Crispy Subtitles. The new AI-powered Chrome extension from Lay’s taps into your microphone and listens for the sound of crunchy, crispy potato chips. If it hears you eating chips while you watch a YouTube Video, the AI will automatically turn on captions for your video.”

Neowin: Google TV is adding support for kids’ profiles, rolling out this month in the U.S.

Neowin: Google TV is adding support for kids’ profiles, rolling out this month in the U.S.. “Google today announced that it is adding support for kids’ profiles on Google TV. The feature comes as a welcome addition to the offering, as Google TV currently does not offer support for multiple profiles to allow catering content on the TV based on individual preferences. With kids’ profiles, parents can now control the content served to children, their screen time, and more.”

Lifehacker: 11 Things to Stream If the Pandemic Stole Your European Vacation

Lifehacker: 11 Things to Stream If the Pandemic Stole Your European Vacation. “Whether you were planning to go to grad school in the UK or were finally going to take that long-planned trip to Greece, it’s likely the pandemic changed everything. Well, we’ve spent the last year living through our screens, so why stop now? While you can’t physically take that life-affirming trip, here are 11 transporting recent movies and TV series that will take the trip for you, giving you an approximation of that European vacation experience.”

Women’s History Month 2021: Movies and TV shows to uplift and inspire (CNET)

CNET: Women’s History Month 2021: Movies and TV shows to uplift and inspire. “Women’s History Month, which runs through the end of March, is a time to honor the vital role of women in history and celebrate their diverse achievements and stories. To mark the occasion, the CNET team has come up with a list of inspiring and illuminating movies and TV shows that explore the triumphs and challenges of the female experience. Some are documentaries, of activists, artists, politicians and more. Others are historical dramas that open a window on women’s lives in the past, or contemporary takes that feature compelling female characters navigating modern life.”

New York Times: How the Pandemic Stalled Peak TV

New York Times: How the Pandemic Stalled Peak TV. “Nearly a year ago, when the full force of the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, home viewing became the main leisure activity for those who found themselves working remotely and unable to go out in their off hours….But pandemic-related production delays, which all but shut down the filming of scripted shows and films for much of 2020, have started to have an effect.”

The Register: Machine-learning model creates creepiest Doctor Who images yet – by scanning the brain of a super fan

The Register: Machine-learning model creates creepiest Doctor Who images yet – by scanning the brain of a super fan . “AI researchers have attempted to reconstruct scenes from Doctor Who by using machine-learning algorithms to convert brain scans into images. The wacky experiment is described in a paper released via bioRxiv. A bloke laid inside a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, with his head clamped in place, and was asked to watch 30 episodes of the BBC’s smash-hit family sci-fi show while the equipment scanned his brain. These scans were then passed to a neural network.”