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Cutting the Cable Cord

May 14th, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

My husband and I think we have 200 channels and nothing is on TV. This is the typical comment about cable.  So we decide to cut back on cable late last year and start streaming more.   This is the avenue the majority of the country is taking.

We have parred back our cable and I am missing Turner Classic Movies the most.  The second they release a streaming service I will subscribe.  Get with the current times TCM!

So, some services are better than others.  Here is a list and some comments about some services.

First, get a Roku. It enables you to have access to several services at once.  We stream Netflix through it as well as several others.

First, Netflix.  We love the service!  Having movies as well as original programming at our fingertips is wonderful.  I’ve enjoyed Grace & Frankie and love that they don’t have to bow down to advertisers.  As a result, they can show brands!  I like the iPad app more than the TV service.  It enables you to see related titles and recommended titles.

Second, is Acorn.  It is $5 per month and gives you access to wonderful programs shown in Australia, Canada, and the UK.  Classic series such as Poldark and all of the Agatha Christie series.

The last service we have is Warners Archives.  They have some great classic movies and it is a great substitute for TCM.  However, they charge $10 per month and their services is lacking in current movies and ever well-known classic movies like Casablanca.

There are so many wonderful streaming services out there!  So cut that cord!

The Evolution of Netflix

November 20th, 2014 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Netflix is revolutionizing entertainment.  I remember when I first subscribed to Netflix. I was fascinated with a service that could deliver movies to my doorstep within a few days.  I could rent anything from a romantic movie I hadn’t seen in 10 years to a documentary about old Hollywood.

I looked forward to the mail coming every day.  Not only would it be delivered on-time, but one could keep the movie for as long as they wished.  This was special for anyone who had late fees from the library or video store.

I loved it!

Now, I still love Netflix but for many different reasons. Here are a few:

1. They have a wide selection.

2. Streaming has changed the way we watch TV.

3. Their specials and original productions.

4. Finally, they are setting new trends every day and this allows other companies like HBO and CBS to launch streaming services.

In the future, I doubt TV will be as we know it today.

Advertisers, beware!

Today, the 65th Annual EMMY nominations were announced.   I love awards’ season and the EMMYs will be a start to award shows honoring every celebrity possible from athletes to movie stars.   In the past there were one or two award shows:  Oscars and Grammys.  Today, we have the Kids’ Choice Awards, ESPYs, Daytime EMMYs, EMMYs, Oscars, Grammys and even more.

I love to watch the award shows for fashion, music and to see who everyone is dating.  Over the years the winners became less important.  In the past, the EMMYS would choose the usual suspects to honor.  If your program is on HBO or Showtime, you were a shoe-in for a nomination.

Today this rings true as well.  They nominated Modern Family, Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad but we also learned about a few surprises and one major surprise.   Kerry Washington from Scandal as well as Connie Britton from Nashville were both nominated.

The big news was Netflix.   Netflix original programs House of Cards and Arrested Development were nominated for Best Drama and Best Comedy.   It is the first time the academy nominated a program not broadcast on television.   The programs are streamable.

Is it the latest fad or a lasting trend?   In my opinion it is a lasting trend.   More viewers are turning to mobile devices to watch programming.   One does not need cable or a TV to watch programming.

Think about the implications:  Will we have an EMMY category for best amateur video,  best YouTube video, or event an awards show for mobile device entertainment.

It’s a brave new world!   Congrats to the EMMYs for being proactive.