Friday, August 23, 2013

Nickelodeon Star Ariana Grande To Perform Two Songs From Her Upcoming Album "Yours Truly" At The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show

Nickelodeon's sister network, MTV, has announced in a press release, via TVByTheNumbers, the exciting Nickelodeon Star news that the Nickelodeon celebrity and platinum selling recording artist Ariana Grande ("Sam & Cat", "Victorious") will perform two songs at the 2013 "MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show", which will be shown on MTV USA on Sunday 25th August 2013 at 8:00p.m. ET/PT live from Brooklyn in New York City, NY! During the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 Pre-Show, Ariana Grande will rock the VMA pre-show stage by performing two of her hit singles, "The Way" and "Baby I", from her upcoming album "Yours Truly", which will be available to buy in stores Tuesday 3rd September 2013!:
As previously announced, the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show” will feature performances by new faces of pop, Austin Mahone and Ariana Grande. VMA “Artist to Watch” nominee Mahone is set to serenade the streets of Brooklyn with his single “What About Love” from his upcoming debut album, set to release later this year. Platinum selling recording artist Ariana Grande, who also stars on Nickelodeon's "Sam & Cat," will rock the stage with her hit singles "The Way" and "Baby I" from her upcoming album "Yours Truly" in stores September 3rd.
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NickToons UK Announces September 2013 Schedules

The Nickelodeon UK fanblog NickUKHub is reporting the exciting Nick UK News that the online British and Irish TV guide Digiguide has unveiled Nicktoons UK and Ireland, Nickelodeon UK's animation channel, 'regular' schedules for September 2013, which will start on Monday 9th September 2013, as part of NickToons UK's Autumn/Winter 2013 highlights!

September may mean the end of the summer holidays and time to go back to school, but Nicktoons UK has the perfect line-up to cheer everyone back up again, packed full of your favourite animated shows!

Below is Nicktoons UK & Eire's September 2013 weekday and weekend schedules, which commence Monday 9th September 2013:


Early Morning:

3:00am - Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids [x2 episodes]
3:20am - Gormiti [x2 episodes]
4:10am - Matt Hatter Chronicles [x2 episodes]
5:00am - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]


6:00am - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
6:30am - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
7:15am - The Fairly Odd Parents
7:30am - Rocket Monkeys
7:45am - SpongeBob SquarePants
8:00am - Robot & Monster
8:15am - SpongeBob SquarePants
8:30am - The Fairly Odd Parents
8:45am - T.U.F.F. Puppy
9:00am - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
10:00am - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
10:30am - T.U.F.F. Puppy
11:00am - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]


12:00pm - The Fairly Odd Parents
12:30pm - Rocket Monkeys
1:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
2:00pm - Robot and Monster
2:30pm - The Penguins of Madagascar
3:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
4:00pm - Robot And Monster
4:30pm - Rocket Monkeys


5:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
6:00pm - The Fairly Odd Parents
6:30pm - Robot and Monster
7:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
8:00pm - Beyblade Metal Fury
8:30pm - Max Steel

9:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
10:00pm - Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids
10:30pm - Rocko's Modern Life
11:00pm - Ren and Stimpy
11:30pm - Invader ZIM



6:00am - SpongeBob SquarePants [x4 episodes]
8:00am - Huntik
8:30am - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
9:00am - SpongeBob SquarePants [x6 episodes]


12:00pm - The Fairly Odd Parents
12:30pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
1:30pm - Rocket Monkeys
2:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
3:00pm - T.U.F.F. Puppy
3:30pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
4:30pm - The Fairly Odd Parents


5:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x2 episodes]
6:00pm - Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
6:30pm - The Fairly Odd Parents
7:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x4 episodes]


9:00pm - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
9:30pm - The Penguins of Madagascar
10:00pm - SpongeBob SquarePants [x4 episodes]
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Viacom To Provide Content For Apple's New Television Set

Hot of the heels after it was reported that Sony has reportedly reached a preliminary deal with Viacom to bring its bouquet of cable channels, including Nickelodeon, to a new internet TV service the company's working to launch before the end of the year (2013), the business news website Quartz and the official website of the UK version of the Apple Macintosh magazine Macworld are reporting in the following articles that "people familiar with the discussions" are saying Apple is talking with production studios and networks including ESPN, HBO and Viacom (including Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) for the companies to provide content for an Apple television set that would emphasise apps over cable TV!

From Quartz:
Apple, closer to its vision for a TV set, wants ESPN, HBO, Viacom, and others to come along

Years of halting negotiations with cable companies haven’t gotten Apple much closer to its grand vision for television. But a newer strategy of talking directly to content providers seems more promising.

Apple is negotiating with production studios and networks to provide content for a television set that would emphasize apps over cable TV, according to people familiar with those discussions. Among the companies that have talked to Apple are Disney’s ESPN, Time Warner’s HBO, and Viacom, which owns MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central.

It’s unclear how close these deals are to fruition. Some people cautioned that, with the TV industry in such flux, “everybody is talking with everybody.” Any deal with an internet TV service like the one envisioned by Apple is likely to be under similar terms as the networks have negotiated with traditional cable companies.

Sources say Apple’s strategy could include forming its own pay TV service, essentially becoming a cable company itself, except with content delivered entirely over the internet. Intel, Sony, and Google are known to be pursuing similar tactics, and could launch their own pay TV services before Apple.

The difference is that Apple wants to release a full-fledged television set, seeking to control the entire experience of watching TV, according to sources. Apple already sells a small set-top box called Apple TV that plugs into the back of other televisions. It’s an add-on device for watching apps like Netflix and video purchased from Apple’s iTunes store. An Apple television set, by contrast, would attempt to usurp the role of the cable box in people’s living rooms.

Apple declined to comment. So did Viacom. ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca, referring to talks with all potential internet TV services, said, ”This is very, very exploratory in nature. There are no formal discussions taking place.” HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson said, “We see our current model as our best model for now and have no plans to go over the top or to enter these markets in a different way.”

The reference to going “over the top” points to a crucial distinction in the industry. Most new television programming is only available to people with pay TV subscriptions, which bundle together lots of networks for a monthly fee. Other ways of getting such content, like paying for shows a la carte, are considered over-the-top services. Streaming internet video companies like Netflix are also included in that category. But an internet-only pay TV service could occupy a gray area—not technically over-the-top, but still a threat to cable companies that fear becoming “dumb pipes” for other people’s programming.

Goodbye, channel-flipping

The main obstacle to an Apple television set has been content. It has mostly failed to convince cable companies to make their programming available through an Apple device. And cable companies have sought to prevent individual networks from signing distribution deals with Apple.

Sources say Apple has concluded that it doesn’t need all, even most, content providers on board before it can release a TV set that people would buy. It just needs enough good programming to distinguish the new product, which will try to simplify the experience of connecting internet video to the TV.

A deal with a top-tier content provider like ESPN or HBO could represent a tipping point that would encourage Apple to bring the product to market. Most networks, though, would be reluctant to strike deals without the participation of others, not wanting to upset their relationships with cable companies, which view Apple as a disruptive competitor.

Apple's TV set could shift the paradigm of traditional television watching. Instead of organizing everything around channels, it would organize around apps from networks, studios, and others that own content. Other features, like search, might help eliminate the notion of channel-flipping altogether. Cable companies, in that scenario, could become just another app that consumers choose to pay for or not, rather than the core of the TV set.

Apple is still interested in striking deals with cable companies that would allow people to plug their cable lines into the back of the TV set, bypassing a cable box, sources say. But at least two years of negotiations haven’t progressed very far. The cable companies worry chiefly about losing control of their relationship with customers, as some believe happened to AT&T with the iPhone.

Apple is reportedly close to signing a deal with Time Warner Cable that would give the cable company’s subscribers an app on the existing Apple TV set-top box, which is about the size of a hockey puck and sells for $99.


It's not clear what would happen to the current Apple TV if Apple also releases a TV set, which would cost much more. Apple’s desire to control all aspects of the experience is typical of the company, which puts a premium on aesthetics and ease of use, but it would still be a risk. TV sets are expensive, and people generally keep them longer than Apple’s other popular products, like computers and phones.

Picking the right moment

The existing Apple TV box is essentially a conduit for Apple’s own iTunes store, which sells and rents a large catalog of movies and TV shows. Apple has repeatedly downplayed the set-top box as a “hobby,” but sales have picked up recently. In May, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “about half” of the 13 million Apple TV’s ever sold had been purchased in the past year, and the product was recently upgraded to a “beloved hobby.”

In recent months, Apple has made various small moves to build its presence in TV land. It just acquired startup, which helps people find a particular program or movie on the internet. Apple also reportedly offered $280 million for the Israeli firm PrimeSense, which makes motion sensing technology that can be used as a gesture-control system for TV.

Meanwhile, competition from other set-top boxes in the US has increased. Microsoft is preparing to release a new version of the Xbox, which is used as much for watching video as playing video games. Roku recently raised $60 million of venture capital, and has struck deals with some cable companies, including Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and DirecTV. Google launched the Chromecast, a small device that plugs into the back of TV sets to stream video and music. And Amazon, not to be left out, is also working on its own set-top box.

The array of video that can be played on such devices is growing, too, and much of it doesn't require a cable TV subscription. Americans today can watch many newly released films, day-old episodes of some popular TV shows, and live network television—all without paying anything to a cable company. That has led to predictions that consumers will cut their cable cords in favor of services like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video. And while the causes aren't clear, subscriptions to pay TV services in the US are now at their lowest level in four years.

Still, cord-cutting isn’t happening in large numbers yet, largely because cable companies have managed to secure exclusive rights to hometown sporting events and other coveted programming. For instance, Apple TV recently added apps for Disney's ESPN and Time Warner's HBO, but both require a cable subscription to use. That’s partly why Apple was so keen to strike deals with cable companies before releasing a TV set.

If you can’t beat them...

One alternative being considered is that Apple could essentially become a cable company itself. Under that scenario, sources say, Apple would launch what is formally known as a virtual multichannel video programming distributor. MVPD is the catch-all term for pay TV services, whether delivered over cable lines, satellites, or otherwise. A virtual MVPD would offer such content entirely over the internet. Intel, Google, and Sony are known to be preparing virtual MVPDs of their own.

To consumers, virtual MVPDs might not seem much different than over-the-top services, but the technical distinction could help Apple and content companies in their negotiations. HBO wouldn’t technically be going over the top and possibly violating its existing contracts if it struck a deal with a virtual MVPD. Viacom seems to have followed that logic in reportedly agreeing (paywall) to let Sony carry its content on an internet TV service.

SpongeBob SquarePants
Viacom’s valuable content. Getty Images/Larry French

However Apple’s television service is formally regarded, it will still be seen as disrupting the TV industry. In its talks with content companies, say sources, Apple notes that it has nearly 600 million iTunes accounts and is good at getting people to pay for content. It made similar claims when it negotiated with companies in music and publishing, and it has indelibly changed those industries.

If Apple or other tech companies were successful at internet TV, cable companies could see their bargaining power diminish with both consumers and content owners. That would squeeze prices in unpredictable ways. More entertainment companies could start to see advantages in selling new shows direct to consumers. Production studios, which typically work with TV channels to distribute their shows, may prefer to negotiate distribution deals on their own. And sports leagues, which sell lucrative contracts to media companies, could instead choose to offer more of their own subscription services.

Consultants hired by one cable company to examine such a scenario concluded that “value would flow up river to the content companies and away from cable, probably irreversibly,” says someone involved in the study. Cable companies will, of course, attempt to prevent that from happening. They are aggressively battling Intel's efforts, for instance.

Years in the making

“I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,” former Apple CEO Steve Jobs is quoted saying in his biography, published in 2011 after he died. That was seen as a sign that Apple would soon release a TV set, but two years later, it hasn’t yet happened, stymied by complexities far greater than other industries Apple has entered.


The same, in a sense, is true for HBO. The network has long been rumored to be preparing to sell subscriptions directly to consumers, instead of doing it entirely through cable companies. It has developed a well-regarded service called HBO Go, which provides nearly all of the network’s programming, including old shows, over the internet. HBO Go is only available to HBO subscribers, who also must be cable subscribers—but the network could easily use the service to cut out cable companies, if that strategy started to make more sense.

HBO has made small steps in that direction, selling HBO Go directly to consumers in the Nordic countries. But it has repeatedly said it doesn’t make sense to do the same in the United States. Cable companies handle some payment processing, marketing, and customer service on behalf of HBO, which reduces costs. It’s also not clear how cable companies would react if HBO or other premium networks, like CBS’s Showtime, struck deals with Apple or other competitors.

ESPN is in a similar situation. Its WatchESPN apps and ESPN3 service allow some cable subscribers to view live programming over the internet. But it hasn’t gone further in that direction because Disney is reluctant to risk the lucrative revenue its able to extract from cable companies for the right to carry ESPN networks—about $5 per subscriber per month, even if some of those subscribers aren’t sports fans. Still, with pay TV subscriptions flatlining in the US, a new customer like Apple or another internet TV provider could prove appealing.

Another complicating factor in Apple’s quest to release a television is internet bandwidth. Cable companies generally own the pipes that deliver their programming and are best at optimizing their performance. Internet-only services, like Netflix, have run into bandwidth problems that can cause delays at busy times. (Netflix says it has improved performance considerably.) That’s another reason Apple is still interested in working with cable companies, according to one source, though internet speeds and bandwidth optimization may have improved enough in some parts of the US for Apple to go it alone.

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Nickelodeon UK Film British Dance Troupe Diversity Dancing On The Roof Of London's O2 Arena For The Nickelodeon Fruit Shoot Skills Awards 2013

The official website of the British national daily newspaper 'The Guardian' is reporting the very exciting Nickelodeon UK News in their "The best news pictures of the day" column, which rounds up some the most eye-catching images taken everyday, that Nickelodeon UK and Ireland today, Friday 23rd August 2013, filmed the British street dance troupe Diversity, including Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely, the stars of Nick UK and Sky 1 HD's "Jordan & Perri's Ultimate Block Party", performing a special dance routine on top of the roof of London's O2 Arena to celebrate and promote the Nickelodeon Fruit Shoot Skills Awards 2013, the awards show which recognises and celebrates talented young people from across the UK with serious skills, which Nick UK and Fruit Shoot will hold at the venues, situated on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London, England, UK, Indigo Arena (also known as the indigO2) on Saturday 7th September 2013, and shown the very next day (Sunday 8th September 2013) at 5.00pm (repeated from 6:00pm on Nick UK's plus-one timeshift channel, Nick+1)!

Nickelodeon's Fruit Shoot Skills Awards 2013 will be hosted by British diver, London 2012 Summer Olympic Games medalist and Kids' Choice Awards winner Tom Daley, and will feature individual awards presented by some of the biggest names in sport, film and television, alongside live music performances, including by Nickelodeon Star Brad Kavanagh, who plays the character Fabian Rutter in Nickelodeon's hit mystery drama series "House of Anubis", who will be making his first musical TV performance, Union J, and The Luminites! Tickets cost just £1 (an Admin fee (for printing & postage)) and will let you be there person to see the Skills, the Stars and the Slime! The Age Recommendation to attend the 2013 Skillies Awards are 6 - 15 years, and all children attending must be accompanied by at least one adult. Disabled tickets include one free carer (One ticket admits two people). Please note: All persons entering the venue, must have a valid ticket. You can purchase tickets to attend the 2013 Nick Fruit Shoot Skills Awards here on the awards official website,!

It is currently unknown whether Nickelodeon UK shot Diversity's dance footage for a special vignette to show during the awards show or for a brand new promo to advertise the awards ceremony. The Guardian also posted a special photograph of Diversity performing on the roof of The O2, which you can view below!:
The best news pictures of the day
LIVE The Guardian's award-winning picture team rounds up the most eye-catching images


11.35am BST Dance troupe Diversity perform on the roof of London's O2 Arena during filming for Nickelodeon's Fruit Shoot Skills Awards. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA


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