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Disney has announced that it will be launching its own streaming service for its central brands, and another one for live sports. Richard Drew/AP Photo

When envisioning the future of TV, think of a shopping mall

Disney recently announced a forthcoming streaming service, leading some to wonder if the company is gearing up for a battle with Netflix. But not all streaming services are locked in a death match.
Beaming in news from far away. Daniel Fung/Shutterstock.com

Here’s why your local TV news is about to get even worse

The FCC has made it even easier for broadcast media conglomerates to focus on making money. The public – who own the airwaves those companies depend on – will suffer as a result.
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) attempts to teach ethics to Eleanor (Kristen Bell) in comedy series The Good Place. NBC/Ron Batzdorff/IMDB

Kantian comedy: the philosophy of The Good Place

The Good Place is a high concept comedy about what it takes to be a good person. One of the show's charms is the way it draws on real philosophers and philosophical dilemmas.
Deep-space journeys will have plenty of downtime. studiostoks/Shutterstock.com

Secret weapon for space travelers: A steady diet of TV?

Astronauts traveling to Mars and beyond would face serious psychological challenges. A well-designed media program – based on an old-fashioned schedule – might help make life at least a bit easier.
Shows like Cleverman and Tidelands are showing how Australia can work as a sci-fi setting, but where has it been until now? Goalpost Pictures

Is the tide turning for Australian sci-fi on the small screen?

Australian TV has been slow to enter the sci-fi genre, but the success of series like Cleverman shows we could have our own distinct brand of local sci-fi.
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. BBC/IMDB

Finally, the first female Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th, and first female, Doctor Who, an announcement that has been a long time coming.
Starting from … Now! tells the story of four women in Sydney. It’s one of many successful web series transforming the TV landscape. Starting from ... Now!

How web series are shaking up Australia’s screen industry

From a supernatural lesbian drama to lipsynching female comedians to a popular You Tube science show, Australian web series are thriving.

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