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Ok, has Netflix just lost its mind?

"Ok, has Netflix just lost its mind?

Netflix is rebranding its 12-year-old movies-by-mail service as Qwikster and adding video games to its catalog, Reed Hastings, the company's CEO, announced Sunday night. The Web-streaming portion will continue to be called Netflix, he wrote on the company's blog.

After the separation, people who subscribe to both services will have to log into two separate websites, Netflix.com and Qwikster.com, to manage their movie queues and account information...  (via cnn)

I was one of the few who didn't freak out about the new pricing structure Netflix introduced. As a person who works online, I understand the need to make money on those endeavors, but now seeing that they are spinning off part of their service I am not sure I understand it at all anymore.

Why split off the DVD part of their service? 

The only thing I can think right now is that Netflix has decided it is their mission to kill physical media. 

This feels so premature. After the studios pulled out or instituted stalling tactics on streaming rentals my Netflix streaming dropped.  After all If their streaming offering was better, I could see how this is a good move, but right now... ugh.  To compensate I had plans to keep both.  Renting DVD's for those few things I wanted to see right away and that was not available for streaming.  For the rest I would just wait for it to show up on streaming or never bother watching. 

I was fine paying a little more to have both physical DVD rental and streaming rental in one convient place.  The convience of managing my ratings and que was one of the biggest draws to Netflix.  Like most we live a busy life with our time divided and enough inconviences that no one wants to pay for another one.  On top of that the extra step is one I know I will forget to take...

Then that name: Qwikster.

Really? That sounds like something Randal from Clerks thought up one morning after recovering from a heavy night of binge drinking and salsa shark attacks. Time to cancel the DVDs?

Video game rentals sweeten the deal, but I haven't turned my 360 on in about 6 months.  In addition to that I tried a seperate Video game rental service but the inconvience added an extra step that I did forget to take.

And then their subscribers drop and stock drops.  Not a suprise here.  They claim they made the split and price changes for 4 reasons:

(1) to create a dedicated DVD rental division that takes pride in great execution and maximizes the opportunity for disc rental over the coming decade;
(2) to enable us to improve our global streaming service even more rapidly, because it is not meshed with a domestic DVD business;
(3) to enable us, with the growth in revenue, to license more streaming content and thereby improve our streaming service even more;
(4) to remain very price aggressive, with $7.99 per month for unlimited streaming of a huge library of TV shows and movies, and $7.99 per month for unlimited DVD rentals, 1 out at-a-time.  (via  Online Video News

  1. Didn't they already have a great rental division that had pride?
  2. A big improvement to streaming would be providing a service in which I could manage both my streaming videos and my rental videos.  By the way wouldn't the extra cost help to pay for them to make streaming improvements?
  3. Wouldn't it be easier to streamline costs when both divisions are under one roof verses two seperate companies?
  4. Sadly they forgot about and now are loosing the convience and service of one que one rating place.

 

Fargo to Visit Warehouse 13

Exploring: Warehouse 13 Season 2

Season two will premier on Tuesday July 13th and run for 13 episodes this season.

Eureka Crosses Over Into Warehouse 13 crossover

Douglas Fargo from Eureka's Global Dynamics is sent to Warehouse 13 to help update its aging computer system.  A seemingly sentient computer virus is triggered which locks down the Warehouse with the team inside.

The episode is entitled "13.1" airing on August 3.

Cast

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All of the main cast members will be returning including: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti and CCH Pounder.

Artie Lives!

I hope… With Saul Rubinek returning to play Artie maybe this means that he survived.  I can’t wait to see what little Warehouse toy he used that he was not supposed to have on him.

Season 2 guest stars:

  • Jewel Staite:  Little is known about her character yet just that she will appear in season two.  Via her Twitter "Got offered a lovely role on Warehouse 13. Wish I could tell you more. All I can say is, you Browncoats are gonna freak."
  • Tia Carerre:  will replace Gina Torres as Kate an agent from Pete's past who rekindles a relationship with him.
  • Paula Garces:  will play Kelly a recurring character who is a sexy, spunky, headstrong veterinarian in the Warehouse town of Univille who catches Pete's eye.
  • Lindsay Wagner:  will play an in house doctor for the warehouse its self
  • Sean Maher:  He will get a guest character but little is known as to who he will play.  I would like to see him play a Halloween episode maybe a doctor and fundamentalist who got a collector scalpel that used to belong to one Jack the Ripper and goes on a morality campaign.
  • Rene Auberjonois:  will guest star as former Warehouse agent Hugo Miller.

I'm bummed that Gina Torres may have been bumped from the role of Kate by Tia Carerre.  I love Tia and think she will rock in the role of Kate.  Hopefully Gina will get to appear as a different character.

Episodes

  • In the Warehouse town of Univille an object is transmitting increasingly dangerous scenes from old Hollywood movies. Philip Winchester plays 1950s matinee idol "Raymond St. James," the star of these movies, in roles which include a Cowboy, a Marine, a Gladiator and a Mad Scientist.  This episode description makes me chuckle and think of Charmed and Phoebe's old time movie boyfriend.
  • 13.1:  Douglas Fargo from Eureka's Global Dynamics is sent to Warehouse 13 to help update its aging computer system.  A seemingly sentient computer virus is triggered which locks down the Warehouse with the team inside.

More Warehouse 13 Fun

Watch Warehouse 13 streaming online below.

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Chuck and V Renewed!

Good news everyone!  ABC picked up Chuck for a 4th season and V gets a second one. I've been enjoying watching both shows.  With their season end approaching fast I had concerns whether they would get a next season.

This is a good time for those not watching V to get back into the show.  The first few episodes are slow and it's difficult to get into the characters but they build so that by mid season all of the set up pays off and the intrigue gets really good.

Both Chuck and V are available streaming online.  Watch them below.

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(via SCI FI Wire)

Out This Week: April 20 2010

Out this week we have four DVDs to feature:  Avatar, Star Wars Omnibus: Boba Fett, Xena: Warrior Princess - Season OneHercules: The Legendary Journeys - Season One.  Do we Love It, Rent it, or Avoid Like Plague?

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A-Team 2010 Trailer

When I first heard that they were doing an A-Team movie I thought this was such a bad idea.

Then watching the trailer impressed me.  They did a good job matching up the characters and capturing the feel of the A-Team.

I grew up watching A-Team on TV.  I loved what they stood for:  justice and helping those in need.  I can only hope those elements are in the movie.

Watch the original A-Team streaming online below.

Neilsen’s Ratings: A Lesson For The Studios

decabled450Neilsen put out their 3rd quarter report and there are some interesting trends I hope the studios notice.  Don’t fear online viewership it’s an asset.

...in the third quarter DVR use and online video grew 21.1 percent and 34.9 percent respectively, year-over-year, according to the latest Nielsen A2/M2 Three Screen Report.

The rise in time shifted viewership is a trend the studios need to take advantage of.  What appears to be the main resistance to streaming online content is the fear that it takes away from appointment viewership.  Although there is a slight loss due to the shift the rise in viewership is far larger then the loss.

Regular appointment TV ratings have dropped over the past decade because of:

  • Alternative work schedules / rise in 2nd and 3rd shift workers
  • Working multiple jobs
  • Rise of the MMO
  • Rise in decabled audience

Where is this rise in viewership coming from?  The audience share that has other things to do at the appointed time of the regular show.  Those who are curious about what’s on in their spare time and want to see what their friends are talking about.  Those who are decabled.

I hope the studios realize that their cash cow isn’t dying it’s just started feeding in several different pastures.

(via NewTeeVee)

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Could Hulu Be in Trouble?

Some sad news out, GE is moving forward on a deal between Comcast and NBC.

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Under the terms of that deal, Comcast would own 51 percent of the new entity, which would combine NBC Universal’s broadcast network, theme parks, movie studio, and cable-television channels USA, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC with Comcast cable networks E! Entertainment, Versus and Golf Channel.

What does this mean for Hulu?

Hulu would then have 2/3 of their owners more interested in the company going away rather then succeeding.

Comcast is interested in keeping the public watching appointment TV and paying for a cable bill, putting their interests against Hulu.

Disney owners of ABC have a long history of ownership issues which is only furthered by the odd change in Hulu’s direction with their acquisition this year.  This season’s lessening of Hulu with many shows on a one week delay and the things going down with yanking Eastwick.

I’m not so concerned that Hulu would get shut down overnight.  What I do see as a possible future is a slow corruption in the quality of the product.  Lessening and restricting Hulu from making the advances necessary to grow it’s audience share.  This would allow it to become insignificant and to fade away.

With hope I want to believe that Hulu’s success will keep them from taking this great product away from everyone.  Hope is not enough.

How do we move forward?

What steps do you recommend we take to help the big studios see the value in offering shows streaming online and the value in services like Hulu which can aggregate those shows into a good player?

(via NewTeeVee)

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Sanctuary Season 2 Trailer 2

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The second trailer for season 2 of Sanctuary.  Season 2 will air on October 9th 2009.

This is a fun video with some excellently placed teasers.  They bring up the Cabal and their desire to bring down the sanctuary.  I like the introduction of Kate Freelander the new addition to the Sanctuary.

Sanctuary Season 2

Sanctuary-season2The Sanctuary is a place of refuge, a safe haven, for those that are different from humans.  Known as Abnormals they are non-human intelligent creatures and humans with genetic variants.  They range from the cute to the extremely dangerous. Dr. Helen Magnus, a 157-year-old English scientist, and her team of experts run the Sanctuary.  They try to help the Abnormals and learn from them.  Working toward a peaceful existence between the humans and the Abnormals.

The show follows the adventures of Dr. Magnus and her staff as they struggle to bring harmony between the world of the humans and that of the Abnormals.  This difficult task because of the more dangerous Abnormals like Vampires and Nubbins is complicated further when the Cabal goes on the move.  A shadow organization with desires to spark a war between the humans and Abnormals the Cabal desires to see the extinction of all Abnormals.

Sanctuary is a great contemporary fantasy show with a polder society full of a wonderful array of exotic creatures.  I loved the episode with the Yeti, their portrayal of vampires and werewolves.  Sanctuary is also not afraid to tackle those social issues which makes for great speculative fiction, never being afraid of asking what if and exploring it thoroughly.

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Sanctuary was originally an independent production which used a web publication model.  After their first season became a big hit the show was bought up by Sci-Fi channel.  They did some re-writes did some new shots and aired what is now referred to as the first season.

Looking Forward at Sanctuary Season 2

  • Finding out what happened to Ashley Magnus, who changed after being kidnapped by the Cabal at the end of the first season.
  • Many more Abnormals including an oil rig extraction.
  • The conflict between the Cabal and the Sanctuary heightens.
  • The Tokyo Sanctuary.

For more read:  Looking Forward At Sanctuary Season 2

Sanctuary Season 2 Trailer 1

Cast

  • Helen Magnus  Played by Amanda Tapping
  • Will Zimmerman Played by Robin Dunne
  • Henry Foss Played by Ryan Robbins
  • Kate Freelander Played by Agam Darshi
  • John Druitt aka Jack the Ripper Played by Christopher Heyerdahl
  • Nikola Tesla Played by Jonathan Young
  • Clara Griffin Played by Christine Chatelain
  • Ashley Magnus  Played by Emilie Ullerup

More on the cast and picture here

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DVD Releases: October 6, 2009

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Out this week we have three DVDs to feature:  The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2, Year One, and Red Dwarf: Back to Earth.

  • The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2: The Guild is hilarious, geeky, fun! Fans of RPG's and MMORPG's will love this show. I first got into it because Felicia Day rules and am not let down. The guilds actual release was on September 29th but I did not want to miss this one. A great example of an independent production The Guild is a must own.  Watch a music video "Date My Avatar" from the Guild to get an idea of how funny this show is.

  • Year One: Banished from their primitive village after the tribe elders deem them too lazy, Zed and Oh embark upon an adventure-filled journey through the ancient world.  Being a Jack Black movie sparked my interest in Year One.  The trailers looked funny and now I can rent it.  If you have watched Year One let me know what you think about it.

  • Red Dwarf: Back to Earth: I love Red Dwarf. I started watching it on PBS as a child and have really enjoyed watching it now on DVD.  For those just getting into Red Dwarf you should really start back at the beginning since the impact and probably several jokes will be lost like Lister getting to finally go back to earth to get his Island home on Fiji.  I haven't watched Back to Earth but eagerly await to rent it.

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Destination Truth Season 3

Destination-Truth-LogoDestination Truth Season 3 will start on September 9th on sy-fy for a 9 episode season.  I wish they would give Josh and the gang more episodes so they can investigate even more of the cryptid myths.

About Destination Truth

Follow Josh Gates as he explores tales of the unexplained around the globe.  Each week they travel to the location of the unexplained event, interview the locals, and explore the myth trying to prove or disprove it.

The show is a lot of fun to watch and we get to also learn about distant cultures along with the exploration of the unexplained.

What to Expect in season 3

  • A mystery in Alaska
  • A mystery in Florida
  • The ghost towns of Chernobyl
  • Turkish lake serpent
  • The Bermuda Triangle
  • A return to the Himalayan Mountains Bhutan for another look at the Yeti
  • World's first overnight exploration of King Tut's cursed tomb
  • Pitch-black dives in ancient Caribbean caves for a giant octopus
  • haunted lost city in Peru & a Chilean high speed desert creature
  • watch the video below of Josh highlighting some of the mysteries to be investigated in season 3

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