Recode: Facebook is delaying the launch of its original videos until the end of summer. “Facebook’s big push into original video is taking longer than expected. The social network’s plans to release a slate of made-for-Facebook original video shows has been pushed back and may not arrive until the end of summer, according to multiple sources.”
The Next Web: Twitch will marathon 886 episodes of Mister Rogers. “After integrating Bob Ross so thoroughly into its culture (to the point where he’s started cropping up in actual games), Twitch is bringing another beloved, soft-voiced childhood icon to its platform with a Mister Rogers marathon. Twitch will show 886 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a period of 18 days on a dedicated Mister Rogers channel.”
Engadget: Facebook could launch two dozen ‘TV-like’ original shows in June. “Facebook might be getting ready to make its video dreams a reality: According to Business Insider, the social network plans to launch two dozen original shows in June. Its no secret that the company has been looking for partners that can create unique programming since 2016 and even tapped CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen to lead the effort.”
Twitch will be airing the original Cosmos series this week. Twice. (The link is a BusinessWire press release.) “Every episode of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, dating from the show’s 1980 premiere to the season finale, will air twice on Twitch, first on April 24-25 starting at 12:00 PDT, and again on April 27-28, beginning at 2:00pm PDT. … Following the marathon on April 28 at 2:00 PDT on twitch.tv/Twitch will be a live Q&A with Ann Druyan, who co-created Cosmos: A Personal Voyage together with her late husband, the astronomer, Carl Sagan.”
New-to-me: a database of computer appearances in film and television. “Starring the Computer is a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don’t count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 – sorry.”
Found via Reddit: someone created a Bob Ross / ‘The Joy of Painting’ episodes database. 403 episodes are listed, with some available via the official Bob Ross YouTube channel. You can even search the paintings by color. I find the headline font a bit irritating, but otherwise it’s really nicely done.
Saturday fun from Kotaku: Twitch Is Marathoning 23 Seasons Of Power Rangers Next Week. “Since its 2013 North American debut, the Power Rangers series has produced 23 complete seasons of television. In celebration of the upcoming live-action movie, Twitch is streaming every single episode in one massive 16-day marathon, kicking off Tuesday, March 14.”
More TechCrunch, more Google, and holy cow: YouTube unveils YouTube TV, its live TV streaming service. “Distinct from YouTube Red, the new service, YouTube TV, which has been in the works for years at Google’s internet video behemoth, has quietly been inking contracts with media companies to distribute their content on its TV service.” This is really, really big.
Someone is creating a YouTube archive of the old TV show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. It looks like over 150 episodes are up. Comedians guesting on the show include Greg Proops, Maria Bamford, Judy Gold, Scott Thompson, and Jim Norton.
I have never seen an episode of Friends, so I don’t have much context for this, but apparently researchers have turned one of the characters (Joey) into a chatbot. “Researchers at the University of Leeds fed a computer 236 episodes of Friends, which it used to formulate new phrases for Joey that matched the character’s ‘style and appearance’. The program analysed everything from the show’s script to Joey’s manner of speech, body language and facial expressions in the 97 hours of footage to generate an accurate picture of the character’s behaviour.”
Remember that database of Simpsons screenshots and quotes? Now there’s one for Futurama. “Morbotron allows fans of Futurama to search for screenshots and generate gifs based on quotes from their favourite show. It’s by the same team behind Frinkiac (Paul Kehrer, Sean Schulte and Allie Young), and they’ve put 861,414 frames from 124 episodes and four movies, with 63,527 searchable subtitles, into the generator.”
In development: an archive of local TV programming in Seattle, Washington. “The archive’s stated mission is to be an open-ended, publicly accessible research project ‘aimed at recovering, archiving and publicizing the local history of television in Seattle’ and to serve as a site for original scholarship on the history of television.”