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SDCC 2015 – Danger Mouse New Series: Exclusive Reveal

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SDCC 2015 – Danger Mouse New Series: Exclusive Reveal

Some of you may remember a British cartoon that ran in the 80s for about ten seasons, a little series called Danger Mouse. The cartoon has a loyal fanbase in the US, but it’s wildly popular in the UK. In welcome news to fans of the the Greatest Secret Agent In The World, the BBC in conjunction with Fremantle Media made the official announcement in July: Danger Mouse is coming back! All-new episodes are set to air on September 28, thirty-three years to the day after the iconic show was released back in 1981.

On Sunday, Elizabeth and Kathryn sat in on the panel hosted by Sarah Muller (executive producer, head of CBBC acquisitions, animation and drama development), Chapman Maddox (director of development at Fremantle Media Kids & Family Entertainment) and moderated by Bob Higgins (executive producer at Fremantle Media Kids and Family Entertainment), as they revealed details about the new series, including an SDCC-exclusive showing of a brand-new episode!

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Comic Issues #166 – TV Supreme!

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Comic Issues #166 – TV Supreme!

We’ve all been there, a late night at Denny’s enjoying some mozzarella sticks and pacing yourself to make sure you get the last one, when someone start mouthing off about how great BBC television is and how lame it is here in the States.  Then your other buddy exposes his tattoo of Old Glory and reminds your other friend about the Trek.  Then it’s just Doctor Who and Supernatural and Sherlock, blah blah blah…

Now you can shut up your annoying friends before the manager tells you to quiet down before he kicks you out with this week’s podcast.  The crew take a hard look at what England has to offer compared to America’s library of television to debate, WHO’S MAKING BETTER GEEK TV?  Also asked, what IS Geek TV?  Is Monty Python nerdy because nerds are the ones who watch it most? Was CTV edgier than SNL back in their early days? Who are these porn stars that Anthony is supposed to know?

Tune in and see if you agree with who makes a better nerd show.

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Matt Smith OFFICIALLY leaves Doctor Who

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Matt Smith OFFICIALLY leaves Doctor Who

It’s been a whirlwind year for Doctor Who fans with the second half of the season and the mystery of the Impossible Girl alone.  Then word began to go around that Matt Smith would be leaving the show at the end of the year. Some were upset (and Andrew was thrilled) by the announcement, but recently articles claiming that Smith would continue on to Season 8 began to surface, causing Whovians a great deal of whiplash.

Well now it’s official today that Mr. Smith will be leaving Doctor Who with is last episode being the enormous 50th Anniversary Special this November, as shown in this BBC press release:

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Comic Issues #96 – WHO likes the holidays

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Comic Issues #96 – WHO likes the holidays

You may have seen a Christmas special, but a Doctor Who one?

Join our heroes and heroine this week as they board the Tardis for a bigger on the inside look at the Doctor Who Christmas specials. We’ll be going through each one to figure out which is our favorite. Special guest Leland from Movie Issues Podcast joins us in this episode. So grab your sonic screwdriver and prepare for some Who fun.

Out of all the Doctor Who Christmas specials, which is your favorite?

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Weekly Tech Wrap-up

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Weekly Tech Wrap-up

March already? Blimey this year’s going quick. Speaking of quick, this week had not one, not two, but three eco-sports cars featuring in the news. First up we had Tesla announcing a partnership to make a special edition TAG Heuer Roadster, making yet another entry into the ‘cars you wish you had the money for’ list.

The TAG Tesla Roadster, even more want.

BBC iPlayer iPhone App on the way? [Updated: Nope, says the BBC]

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iPlayer-iPhoneThe BBC send out a press-pack once a month, that normally just includes viewing statistics and other mundane stuff like that. Of course those looking to see what the uptake of BBC’s iPlayer normally find useful stuff in there but the last one included a special gift (.ppt) for the rest of us, two images of an iPlayer iPhone app as seen above. OK, so the BBC has had an iPhone optimised iPlayer stream and webapp since March 2008, but this beauty of a screen shot shows downloads and streaming right within the app. Using data on the app will probably be limited to WiFi, as shown in the picture, but if it’s got a similar download system to the desktop app there’s nothing stopping you downloading and taking your fave programs on the road.

As leaks go, one from the BBC themselves is pretty conclusive, whether we’ll actually ever see the app I guess rests on whether Apple shows it some love or not. UK users, watch this space.

[Recombu Via Pocket-Lint]

UPDATE: Looks like the Beeb is denying it.

PS3 becomes BBC's 2nd biggest iPlayer IP-delivery system

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iplayer_3dshotAlong with a few noticeable features such as larger XMB, some glitter and a new ‘What’s new’ annoyance, Sony released an update to the flash player on the PS3 with a TV shortcut to the BBC’s BigScreen iPlayer in 3.0. The update brought hardware accelerated video and builds on the recent addition of h.264 support in flash video. Along with some tweaks on the BBC side of things, this has brought much higher quality iPlayer content to the PS3, which has obviously resonated with PS3 owning Britons.

Since the update launched a little over a week ago the PS3 has become the BBC’s second biggest IP-delivery system with a 10% share of demand. This even beat out the Mac crowd, who have been pushed back into 3rd place with their lowly 8.5% of all iPlayer views. Of course both are lead by a county mile by Virgin media’s VOD service which incorporates iPlayer. Whether or not this is just the newness factor or exploration bringing in the views, or whether the PS3 will become a shoe-horn to get iPlayer into the non-Virgin living room needs to be seen. Either way it does bode well for the BBC’s other IPTV proposals such as Project Canvas.

[Via BBC]