Who’s excited for the return of Stranger Things? Well… Not so fast. It’s not going to be available on Netflix until October 27. Which isn’t that far away, but you still have some time to wait. Full disclosure, I haven’t watched the show. This might sound ridiculous, but bear with me. I have had a lot on the go over the last year and I just didn’t feel like I had time. Especially to get into a new show. I also find that if I get into something, and I really like it, I can’t go without it. I need the second season to start the day after I finish the first. Or I’ll lose interest.
Why am I writing about it, you ask? Well, I think that we should assess whether or not they will give us an amazing second season. Again, not having seen the first, I am basing this mostly on how other Netflix shows have fared. For example – Orange is the New Black. They had a really great first and second season, but it’s petered out a bit since season three. Even this season, while good, went from an us vs. them type of scenario, to everyone coming together for the greater good. Which is appealing in some ways, but I’m not sure that it works for them. Which makes me wonder if Netflix can continue to produce such high quality shows. And maintain that standard for multiple seasons.… Read the rest
Actors with Netflix and Amazon Make Deal for Better Pay
For many of you, your day likely ends by watching some kind of television show. I know mine does. Even if I don’t have time to watch, or I’m too exhausted to stay awake, I still find the time. Usually, it’s a quick 30 minutes, but it’s something. Because of my busy schedule a lot of what I’ve been watching are the typical “streaming” shows. You know what I’m talking about – the original programming from Amazon or Netflix. My life is pretty uninteresting, so why am I mentioning this? Well, what we don’t think about or even consider is the actors and writers in these shows. My assumption has been that they get paid the same way that any TV actor/writer gets paid. But apparently not.
In an attempt to avert a strike, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a tentative deal with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). What exactly does this mean? Well, it means that TV will go on for another day. This deal comes just after two months after AMPTP reached a deal with the Writers Guild of America. Again, what does this mean? Simply put, no writers strike and subsequently more TV for everyone to enjoy. Do you remember the writers strike of 2007/2008? I remember a couple of my beloved shows ended far too soon. It wasn’t a great time for me as I love to watch television. … Read the rest
Netflix Has Finally Surpassed Cable in Numbers of Subscriptions. What’s next?
Finally, Netflix has surpassed traditional cable in numbers of U.S. subscribers. This lends itself very nicely to my theory and rants over the last few months that there will come a time when traditional cable will be obsolete. Case in point, my parents are talking about cutting the cable. My elderly parents! So if they’re thinking about doing it, then I can only imagine who else is. Getting back to Netflix, though. They have just narrowly surpassed cable in terms of subscriber numbers. But their subscriptions have been steadily increasing since 2012. Whereas, cable subscriptions have been only gradually decreasing.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, I should note a couple of things. Just because you have Netflix, doesn’t mean you don’t have cable. But from a statistical analysis perspective, the numbers are the numbers. Cable subscriptions are decreasing. Period. So how are people getting their entertainment needs met? Through online streaming services would be my guess. While Netflix has seen huge growth, it should also be pointed out that cable subscriptions haven’t decreased that much. These numbers also don’t include satellite subscriptions, which has about 38 million subscribers.
So what else do the numbers show? For starters, more people are tuning into Netflix. And why is that? My guess has to do with a lot of new original content. Content that you can’t get any where else. This is really big right now. Another argument I’ve made towards streaming online has to do with the fact that you can watch what you want, when you want. … Read the rest
Netflix Has 100 Million Subscribers, But Are You Surprised?
Netflix is approaching it’s 100 millionth subscriber. Yes, that’s right. 100 million people are currently subscribed to Netflix. Which speaks to my cord cutting theories that I have talked about at length in some of my posts. So why is this such a milestone for Netflix? Just two years ago, it was only at 59 million. That’s a lot of ground to gain in a short amount of time. What is Netflix doing differently that other services aren’t? Well, I think they are giving people what they want. That being, the ability to watch what they want, when they want and how they want. Sure, you’ll have to wait for another season of House of Cards, but you can watch the entire thing on the day it is released. Or you can wait to watch it with your partner over the weekend. Have a binge watching session from your couch or bed. And sometimes other services don’t provide us with those options.
Further, Netflix gives us access to a greater number of their original shows. Which, in most cases, is fantastic. If we look at those alone, it’s no wonder that Netflix is doing so well. Think – House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Bloodline, Narcos, Stranger Things, the recent Gilmore Girls miniseries, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, the Defenders, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie, Master of None, Love and a ton of their own “docu-series” which include a number of comedy specials. … Read the rest
The Defenders Mini-Series is Coming to Netflix in August. Will You Be Watching?
So this is pretty exciting. And I feel like I was out of the loop on this one. Netflix has coyly announced the release date for the Defenders series. Coming to us in August 2017. Why is this so exciting for me? Well, I have to admit that I really got into Jessica Jones late last year and was feeling like I needed more. And immediately. But, like with most things in my life, I just need to learn to be more patient. I then decided to watch Luke Cage, and while I didn’t like it as much as Jessica Jones, it was still a really good series. Yes – I did watch them in reverse order, but I wasn’t sold on Luke Cage to begin with.
Now with the Defenders coming out in August, maybe some of my questions will be answered with this miniseries. Yes, it is considered a miniseries. Only 8 episodes. But the good news is that you will get to see some of your favourite characters in an interim way. What do I mean by interim? They are calling it Daredevil Season 2.5, Luke Cage 1.5, Jessica Jones 1.5 and Iron Fist 1.5. Giving us more information about what happens immediately after the season ends.
With Jessica Jones, there seemed to be a clear story line, whereas Luke Cage seemed to be lacking one. Luke Cage was more about him coming to terms with his abilities. … Read the rest
These are the Best Tech April Fool’s Day Pranks this Year
I know there is no way you were able to get to all the April Fools pranks happening so we did you a favor. Here are the best tech ones in one spot. The T-Mobile one is my favorite. I mean I would actually order it on Amazon if it was real. The Google Ms. Pac-Man game was actually fun to play. This year more than others, April’s fool was a hit.
Google went all out this year. With a few great and a few not so great pranks from the different departments. From the Google Maps team, Ms. Pac Maps. It turns any map on iPhone and Android in a huge Pac-Maps game. It’s actually fun. There is the Bubble Wrap Keyboard, Google Gnome and Haptic Helpers.
Hulu: Hu Short Cuts
Hulu is cutting shows to just a few seconds.
Amazon Echo that can talk to animals.
Lyft: Power Glove
Raise your hand in the air and request a ride.
T-Mobile ONEsie full-body wearable that monitors everything for $40 is fake but I want it!
Lucid: The Haramed Mattress
I don’t know if I want to laugh or smh. I ended up doing both.
First off: There are spoilers in this post. Are you sure you want to read on? Ok… you were warned. The Gilmore Girls show is a cult classic. It is still heavily watched in syndication by millions that have already watched it from the first episode to the last. For sixteen years Gilmore Girls have delivered on the promise heartwarming, funny and witty content. The shows creator Amy Sherman-Palladino could not have guessed that her work would become such an iconic show. A show that personally used to model the way I communicate with my daughter. The show finally came back in the form of Netflix’s mini-series revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The Netflix show fed those fans that have craved for more Gilmore Girls but the series didn’t seem like it was a real finale. I guess fans were not the only ones that felt there could have been more.
“We obviously loved the success of the show, fans loved how well it was done, it delivered what they hoped. The worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, but they sure delivered and people were really excited about more, and we have been talking to them about the possibility of that.” ~Ted Sarandos CCO of Netflix
The Netflix series was such a success that is no way the they would not be thinking of doing another one.