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New online media streaming platforms challenge Netflix


It’s an interesting time for streaming media, both in the level of competitiveness and the possible legal trauma associated with it. With the competition becoming more serious, companies are trying to get exclusive content to entice the masses. The biggest acquisition of late was Amazon obtaining the rights to classic HBO shows, the first time […]

HBO’s Game of Thrones slays viewer expectations


Game of Thrones is back, and the bodies — from warm-blooded lovers to frostbitten corpses — are already piling up. Eleven months after the horrific events of the Red Wedding left millions of viewers simultaneously anguished and awestruck, HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s sprawling fantasy series returned with a vengeance last Sunday. The fourth […]

Chaos looming after Thrones’ premiere


Fans of Game of Thrones have been promised that this season will be the bloodiest, most action-packed yet, which has viewers guessing which main characters will be killed off over the next 10 episodes. We didn’t receive any big shocks in Season 4’s long-anticipated premiere — though we did see a fair amount of blood, […]

‘Game of Thrones’ screening held in Bovard


The USC Special Events Committee hosted a pre-screening of HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 for an audience of more than 800 in Bovard Auditorium Wednesday evening. Game of Thrones, the television adaption of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, premiered in April 2011 to critical acclaim, garnering […]

Fantasy, sci-fi push artistic boundaries


With the upcoming premieres of The Host and Game of Thrones, fans of science fiction and fantasy are prepared to see some of literature’s hottest titles portrayed on the screen. Whatever your opinions on Stephenie Meyer or George R. R. Martin, it’s undeniable that the fantasy and science fiction genres have a large market for […]

64th Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions


Though the Oscars have always been the most buzzed-about event of awards season — and likely will be for the foreseeable future — they might no longer be the most important. Long thought to be out of touch and subject to the whims of Academy politics, the ceremony’s self-righteous sanctimony and lack of any real […]

Popular TV shows rely on moral ambiguity


If there’s an unspoken rule in this golden age of television, it’s that the truly great shows embrace moral ambiguity. The Sopranos kicked things off with a sympathetic portrayal of mafia life and paved the way for mature, serialized storytelling like nothing the small screen had ever witnessed. From the cops and dealers of The […]