An emergence and convergence of media.


 Entertainment, movies, DVD's in Blu-Ray or Standard Dev; it'll be File Based Format, an electronic download eventually... plus news and more.

How do you define entertainment?

Some say movies, some say music. When it comes down to it most agree entertainment is what keeps us amused or occupied in an enjoyable and memorable way. That's why we want more, if one is good two is better.

What is Entertainment today?

From Wikipedia to quote and cite directly: 

"Entertainment is an activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience. This audience may participate in the entertainment passively as in watching opera or a movie, or actively as in games.[1]

The playing of sports and reading of literature are usually included in entertainment, but these are often called recreation, because they involve some active participation beyond mere leisure.

The industry that provides entertainment is called the entertainment industry."

Then from Unabridged (V.1): Unabridged (v 1.1) en·ter·tain·ment [en-ter-teyn-muhnt] - noun

1. the act of entertaining; agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement: Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many.
2. something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, esp. a performance of some kind: The highlight of the ball was an elaborate entertainment.
3. hospitable provision for the needs and wants of guests.
4. a divertingly adventurous, comic, or picaresque novel.
5. obsolete. maintenance in service.

[Origin: 1525–35; entertain Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006...

Here are examples of Early American Entertainment from the Unversity of Virginia Department of Drama. On one of Professor Frick's websites, from one of his classes, there is a great collection of really interesting information documenting the roots of American Entertainment. Check it out and see what Americans have found entertaining. From Burlesque to Vaudeville, then into other historical reversions. It is done so well. See what fed the hard working American public in days long gone.

 MediaHeads "Must See" picks for the Entertainment Industry
ShowBizData - Probably one of the most comprehensive and well used sites in the insider area of the Entertainment Business. Many a VP and Media Mogul has used this site's incredible data and information. What's in development, what the true Box Office numbers are and more.
IMDB - A site that is one of the largest return visitor entertainment sites that we have found. They claim to have 57 million repeat users. We've used it. It's great to research and answer the difficult who was in that movie, anyway?
Moviefone - This is a great site. It provides movie trailers, a list of movies currently in theaters and even allows you to look up movies in your local area. This provides movie downloads and links to DVD rentals.

  Entertainment News Online is now big business and has evolved into the political seat where media sits at present

MTV Movie Headlines - Catch the latest movie headlines. This site provides up-to-date information on upcoming movie and DVD releases. It also provides links to interviews and a free movie newsletter. - Brings you up-to-date news information on all of the hot topics of the day. Considered to be the least conservative of all the news stations.

Movie City News - This is one of the best places to get your Hollywood news fix. This site provides news angles not seen on other news sites.
A more traditional style of entertainment news, CNN keeps you up on what is hot and what is not in entertainment. Brings you news about all of your favorite movie hits. takes you straight to the red carpet, giving you current information about all of your favorites stars. - This site provides movie reviews of current and upcoming movies. Also get the latest scoop on what the stars are doing.

Yahoo!Movies - More movie news. Find out information about your favorite stars.

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  TV Entertainment begins with the major networks online presenting more and more choices than ever before

+ ABCThe official ABC website. Get information about the upcoming television season and sneak peaks of all of your favorite ABC television shows, such as Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy.

CBSThe official CBS website, home of TV's funniest show, Two and a Half Men. Get information on other CBS great comedies, such as How I Met Your Mother and King of Queens.

NBCOfficial site of one of television's most popular TV stations. Get sneak peaks of this week's episodes of your favorite shows, such as ER, The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, My Name is Earl, The Office and many more.

FOXThe official FOX website. Get all of your pre-season NFL information or find out about this season's hottest shows, such as The Simpson's and The 'OC'. Which FOX shows will be around next season?

Warner Brothers OnlineCheck out all of Warner Brother's classic shoes. View classic clips of Seinfeld, find out whether or not your favorite show has a club or forum and view today's hot television line-up.

The WBThis station is transitioning to a new station, but for now you go still find out about The WB's great shows.

VH -1Read about the latest music videos and find out about your favorite musicians.

+ PBSOfficial site of the number one public access station. Learn about upcoming educational, children's and artistic programming. Read about how you and your family can watch television without violence or commercialism.

The History ChannelOfficial site of the History Channel. Learn about upcoming documentaries or find out when your favorite history shows will be own. Also browse for and learn more about historical events.

CBC ChannelCheck out the official site of Canada's top television station. Learn about the television line-up and find out when your favorite sporting events will be broadcast live.

SahafaSearch Arabic television stations. Find out what is being reported on Arab news stations or learn about what is popular in Arab cultures.

United Nations TelevisionWatch UN sessions as they happen, learn more about international news and keep yourself up-to-date with what is going on in the world.

Sony Pictures TelevisionRead about all of Sony's original television series. View clips of classic favorites, such as Seinfeld.

TV Guide-What could be better than getting your weekly TV Guide? Going to the TV Guide website. Like the print version you will get a peak on the next weeks television line-up, but go online and get this information for free with way more features.

ET TelevisionFind out about all of your favorite television shows and stars. Like the television, ET online will keep your up-to-date on all of the current Hollywood gossip.

+ AOL Television - Read about all the latest television news. Find out which shows will stay for the next season and which will go. Also get daily top 5 television viewing lists.

Television History - The First 75 Years - Learn all about television history, from the first television ever made to HDTV and plasma technology.

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  Sports, a la Internet, more and more sources for sports and content are available for your favorite teams, players and leagues.

ESPNThe leader in sportscasting. Go to to get the latest sports news or find out about your favorite athletes.

Yahoo! SportsFind out about Fantasy Football draft picks or just get current information about your favorite sports.

MSNBC SportsThis gives you more than just sports scores. Learn about all the beyond-the-scenes information regarding your favorites sports.

USA Today Sports - For a very well respected and unique take on the current sporting situations an events.

PropellerRead all of the hottest sporting headlines and vote on your favorite stories. You may remember this to be Netscape's sports website. Great look and feel: easy to navigate.

New York Times SportsRead what the number one newspaper in the world is putting on their sports pages. Then you can compare and see if the others measure up or whether the others have been there first or gotten it right.

Sports IllustratedNot just about the models, sports illustrated reports on all of the top sporting stories. Get today's top scores, or just browse through the swimsuit section.

IGN - In their own site copy about who and what their site is, "IGN Entertainment, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, Inc., is a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets."

EurosportThe best site for European sports news. Organized quite well and is very easy to Navigate around. Keep up on football, rugby, basketball, tennis, cycling and hockey and more that unique to the 'Continent'.

European Union SportsGet all of the European Unions sports info. Find out about your favorite countries sporting teams. Read about who's favored for next years World Cup.

European University Sports AssociationGet all of the latest information on the European University sports. Who's hot? Who's not? Who will be the next big football star and who's hot when it comes to rugby?

Surfing MagazineGet the latest on the hottest surfers on the circuit. Learn whose surfing the best waves and where? Or just view some killer pictures.

SurfingWell organized under Web, Shop, Photos and Video topics with products in those areas for starters.

Surfing AustraliaCheck out all of the upcoming Australian surf events. Learn all you need to know about competitive surfing.

Surfer MagazineCool waves, girls in bikinis, information about international surfing contests, who needs more? The one and only original magazine covering all of surfing on a planetary basis.

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  Online Movies choice expands daily ... available in what is referred to as 'File Based Format' content for virtually all online media
+ Netflix - Probably the most well know and largest available selection of titles and genres.

Crackle - Probably the most well know and largest available selection of titles and genres.

+ Prime Instant Video [Amazon] - Probably the most well know and largest available selection of titles and genres.

+ HuLu - Probably the most well know and largest available selection of titles and genres. - Choice is good and this site definitely has selection of services online.

Blockbuster - Great 'brick 'n Mortar' film and video biz that got wise to online delivery and as a marketing model enhancement.  They have some titles that are not easily found elsewhere.

FanDango - A great site for advance ticket purchases and other movie related entertainment services. It's worth a click to check it out. Cute name and catchy too.

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  Entertainment Blogs and Forums express points of view and  the current popular tastes. Feedback is welcome.
+ ShowHype - Is a scorecard of sorts that shows what blogs have in terms of posts and on what topics. Very intuitive and easy to use.

X-entertainment - A quirky, yet interesting blog. Some of their content is definitely from a kids point of view. Making comments about what their mother paid for certain items for them. Kinda interesting to get another perspective from another generation and viewpoint.

TopBlogArea- From online entertainment news to anime, and more. You'll find Celebrity weddings and Hispanic language based blogs.

The State News - An interesting Blog based in the Mid West and sporting quite an International focus and interest. From time to time a MediaHead will find, test and place some regional sites in various random categories, when they are warranted. - A very unique layout and selection of Entertainment focused Forums. This one caught my interest. It's simple to use and figure out.

Mobile Entertainment Forum - Had to include something top be representative of the 'mobile' aspect of entertainment.

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