It's been a pretty rough week for FOX and
The Simpsons. The show hasn't been doing as well as it used to and FOX needs to cut costs in production. The easiest place to cut costs is in salaries, and no one gets paid quite like the primary voice actors. Needless to say, FOX started discussions with the voice talent to see about cutting salaries. The only requirement the voice actors had was that they get some of the massive licensing fee profit in exchange.
It all seems pretty reasonable, especially considering the alternative of terminating the show and no one getting any money anymore. FOX did finally reach a deal with the cast, including a possible 30% salary cut (which still leaves them with an average of $300,000 per episode) and zero back-end profit sharing.
What it does mean, however, is that
The Simpsons will be returning for their 24th and 25th seasons, making them the longest running comedy in US television history. That is an impressive feat by any measure, but for it to be an animated series is even more impressive. It takes a lot more effort to produce an animated series than it does live action, and to stick with it for 25 seasons and manage to keep it entertaining, relevant and funny, my hat is off to you, which is something that doesn't happen often.
I look forward to the FOX jokes that will come out of this over the next 2.5 years. What about you guys? Are you happy to see the series continue, or do you think it was over a long time ago? Let us know in the comments!
this year's E3, we have been looking forward to seeing exactly what Xbox LIVE had planned for video. We've known a Dashboard update was coming, but what we were missing was the list of content providers coming to the platform.
This week, Major Nelson announced the lineup and it is pretty amazing. Major Nelson said,
We have nearly 40 world class TV and entertainment providers coming to Xbox LIVE... that will begin rolling out to consoles in more than 20 countries this holiday.
Want to see the full list, both current and future? Hit the break.
Sprint this week hosted their Network Vision Strategy Update and they made announcements about where their network is headed. While the announcements were major, none were really surprising. The biggest thing to come out of the conference was that Sprint will be ending their partnership with Clearwire, the owners and operators of Clear 4G mobile broadband which also powers Sprint's 4G WiMax network, in favor of a transition to Long Term Evolution, or LTE.
LTE is the technology that powers Verizon's 4G network and
AT&T's upcoming 4G network and would be a major shift for Sprint. Up until now, Sprint was committed to remaining a fully CDMA network and, therefore, partnered with Clearwire to help build and deploy a WiMax (4G CDMA) network. The positive of all CDMA networks is that every time speed is increased, voice capacity is increased. GSM follows the other way, the faster the speed, the less call capacity. The benefit of GSM is that it is the world's most prominent technology, meaning that phones can travel worldwide.
How does Sprint plan to carry out the transition, and what does Clearwire think about the news? Hit the break to find out.
Google has tried to make a go at their Chrome Web Store, an Android-style marketplace for extensions for their Chrome browser and Chrome OS computers. So far, nothing of any true value has graced the store through my screen; that is until this week.
I was surprised to find that Google's Chromium team, the same people who built the OS and the browser, had made a remote-desktop extension for the browser. Now, anyone who works on multiple computers can tell you what a hassle it can be. It's why I reviewed
Mouse Without Borders, a project from the Microsoft Garage that allows you to transition your mouse across locally-networked computers. The problem still exists when you are not next to the computer, however. Companies have tried to produce a usable platform, such as TeamViewer or Windows Live Mesh, both of which we have used here in the office for the past few years. Google's attempt, however, is a little different.
To find out what exactly they have done, hit the break.