Tuesday, May 25, 2010

True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard at the Emmy Roundtable Video

Alexander Skarsgard, True Blood joins Lost’s Matthew Fox, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Men of a Certain Age’s Ray Romano and White Collar’s Matt Bomer recently participate in the Emmy Roundtable organized by The Hollywood Reporter.

Does someone in you home have a Playstation ? Good, you can now take it over and watch True Blood

Sony has announced that the firm has secured a deal with American TV Network HBO allowing PlayStation 3 owners to stream shows from the network on their consoles.

HBO is home to a number of today’s hottest TV properties including vampire series True Blood, and marks the latest in a series of deals between Sony and networks in a bid to expand the PS3’s multimedia capabilities.

SCEA boss Jack Tretton commented: "HBO is a high-profile content provider, and a real premium service, so we think this really reinforces that the PlayStation is more than just a video-game console now."

"It gives consumers that big-screen, HD experience in the home on a device other than cable and satellite, and that's becoming the norm now as opposed to the exception."

“Networks like HBO can be beholden to the cable and satellite companies, or they can play wherever the consumers play,” he added.

Meanwhile, HBO Home’s Henry McGee revealed that an episode of True Blood would be made available for $2.99, while episodes for other TV dramas would clock in at around 99 cents per episode.

"We can use this platform to reinforce the premium positioning for HBO," commented McGee.

"The download business in general has become an important profit contributor for us. It's not yet nearly as large as the physical sales channel, but the trend is a good one."

No word yet on whether Europeans can expect something similar, though we'll be sure to keep you posted.


True Blood Season 2 Blu-ray includes social networks

The new True Blood Season 2 Blu-ray Disc has a social networking feature that fans of the HBO series can really sink their teeth into: automatic updates to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Described as the most extensive Facebook-linking feature in a Blu-ray Disc so far, the True Blood Live Feed sends updates to Facebook and Twitter as viewers watch the episodes. Each of the 12 episodes has at least eight scenes that can be posted to Facebook, too, direct from the discs.

One of HBO's most popular series, True Blood averaged 5 million viewers per first-run episode. The tale of vampires and other supernatural happenings in the Louisiana bayou has more than 1.5 million friends on Facebook, which now has a countdown to the June 13 third-season premiere.

"For True Blood, we have such engaged and passionate fans that we really wanted to provide them with a way to extend the fiction beyond what they see in the show," says HBO's Sofia Chang, "and share that passion with their friends."

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: Before The Dawn

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Before The Dawn by Evanscence