Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV (St. Thomas Times-Journal)

St. Thomas Times-Journal: Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV. “Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes is used to being the only woman of colour in a room of predominantly white men when pitching a documentary. She’s not alone. While change is slowly being made towards increased diversity, Black, Indigenous and creative People of Colour (BIPOC) have for years faced barriers of racism and exclusion. The new… website, an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC creatives and crew working in screen-based industries, including film, television and digital, is out to challenge that.”

BetaNews: YouTube TV gets a massive price hike, but I’m not canceling

BetaNews: YouTube TV gets a massive price hike, but I’m not canceling. “When I first cut the cord and switched my television service to YouTube TV, the price was a very manageable $35 per month. Then the monthly charge went to up $40 and ultimately landed at $50. When it hit the $50 mark I became nervous, as it was approaching cable TV pricing. Sadly, today, the price jumps once again, this time to $65. Uh oh.”

TV’s Coronavirus Crisis: Which Shows Are Facing Shortened Seasons? And Which Series Had Already Wrapped? (TVLine)

TVLine: TV’s Coronavirus Crisis: Which Shows Are Facing Shortened Seasons? And Which Series Had Already Wrapped?. “For some programs — quite a few of them, actually — the news is good. Modern Family, for instance, had already wrapped work on its 11th and final season before one production after another began shutting down. And having completed taping on Season 3, The Masked Singer had closed up its bonkers wardrobe closet until next time around.”

LA Times: TV networks scramble and dig into archives to fill sports broadcasting void

LA Times: TV networks scramble and dig into archives to fill sports broadcasting void. “When U.S. professional basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer and football leagues, college and most high school sports shut down last week because of the global coronavirus pandemic, it left television network executives scrambling to fill hours of air time devoted to live sporting events. If the first weekend without live sports action is any indication, the pickings are going to be pretty slim for those who are holed up in their living rooms with the TV remote in one hand and a bottle of hand sanitizer in the other.”

WGBH: Historic Television Broadcasts Documenting the Conservative Movement in the 1960s Released by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

WGBH: Historic Television Broadcasts Documenting the Conservative Movement in the 1960s Released by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. “Rescued from deteriorating videotape and film, 21 National Education Television (NET) programs produced between 1956 and 1970 explore multiple perspectives on the modern conservative movement. The programs are now available for online viewing, many for the first time since their original broadcast.”

Chicago Business Journal: Facebook secures patent to track users’ TV viewing with microphones, cameras, GPS

Chicago Business Journal: Facebook secures patent to track users’ TV viewing with microphones, cameras, GPS. “Facebook Inc. on Tuesday secured a patent to track what users watch on TV and streaming services and correlate it with the rest of their user data, in some cases using a device’s microphone, camera or GPS to capture audio, images, video or location data that reveals what the user is watching.”

University of Arkansas: First Footage From Historic KATV News Film Archive Now Available Online

University of Arkansas: First Footage From Historic KATV News Film Archive Now Available Online. “The first news footage from the KATV archive is now available for public viewing in a searchable format online through the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.”

BetaNews: Congratulations, nerds! PBS is finally coming to YouTube TV

BetaNews: Congratulations, nerds! PBS is finally coming to YouTube TV. “Unfortunately, YouTube TV subscribers will not get access to PBS or PBS Kids today. Google only promises it will become available ‘later this year.’ We are only in July, so that could mean anywhere from August to December — hopefully it is sooner rather than later.”

Vulture: The Zombie Social-Media Accounts of Canceled TV Comedies

Vulture: The Zombie Social-Media Accounts of Canceled TV Comedies. “Social media has completely altered the way we think of and consume comedy. When it comes to TV comedies, though, hashtag-happy Twitter accounts and desperate Instagram captions don’t necessarily help — in fact, they might even encapsulate what doesn’t work about a show. As a follow-up to an old Splitsider post, we decided to dig into the social feeds for a dozen canceled TV series — several of them long gone, a few recently departed — to see what went wrong and what became of the accounts after the shows themselves got nixed.” I know I am old because I had not heard of any of these programs.

MakeUseOf: How to Record and Stream Live TV With Raspberry Pi

MakeUseOf: How to Record and Stream Live TV With Raspberry Pi . “Watching live TV seems old school in the Netflix era, but you can’t always find every show or movie you want on a streaming service. The alternative is paying out for cable or satellite TV, and who wants to do that? Thankfully, if you’re in a country with terrestrial TV broadcasting, you can cut the cord and record live TV to a network DVR with Tvheadend instead, running on a Raspberry Pi. Here’s how you do it.”

Library of Congress: American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve 50 Years of Sesame Street for Posterity

Library of Congress: American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve 50 Years of Sesame Street for Posterity . “As Sesame Street begins to mark its 50th anniversary, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation, has announced that Sesame Workshop has donated a collection of digitized episodes from the past 50 years of Sesame Street, to be preserved for posterity. Over the next year, nearly 4,500 episodes from the first 49 seasons of the iconic children’s television program will be incorporated into the AAPB’s extensive archive of public media from across the United States. The Sesame Street collection will be available to view on-site at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and by appointment at WGBH in Boston.”

AV Club: Conan’s first episode is now online, and all the rest are coming soon

AV Club: Conan’s first episode is now online, and all the rest are coming soon. “Twenty-five years ago today, a fresh-faced, floppy-haired Conan O’Brien started regularly hosting his very own late night TV show. A quarter century (and a few network changes) later, he’s still going strong with the kind of weirdo sketches and affable celebrity interviews that garnered such a devout following over past decades. Now, in celebration of this anniversary, the very first episode of Late Night With Conan O’Brien has been made available online—with an entire archive of nearly 3,000 more to follow in January.”