Sunday, January 19, 2014

2013 Movie Data

I have been keeping track of every movie I have watched since November of 2012. I wanted to get an idea of how technology is really affecting how we view movies. I feel like I have seen a movie in just about anyway possible, legal or not.

The results for 2013 were a little surprising. While yes, there was quite a bit of piracy in online bootleg streaming, I found that over 50% of the movies I watched illegally online I eventually purchased a legal Blu-Ray hard copy. This is why I think Netflix should raise subscription prices, and major studios should get on board with the service and push content to the streaming service out faster. If a show is on Netflix a month or two after its dvd release, why can't a movie be?

The theater is still alive. The nearest theater from where I live is 30 miles away and I still managed to see 12 movies in a theater in 2013.

Hard copies of movies are still around, but I see them disappearing in the very near future. I have a growing collection of dvd's and Blu-Ray's, but I love how easy it is to just flip through titles digitally on streaming services like Netflix or Hulu Plus. This is defiantly the future.

2013 was the year where I finally cancelled my Dvd-by-Mail portion of my Netflix subscription. The content available between Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix Instant Streaming are more than enough to make me not regret cutting the dvd cord.

Another thing I noticed was that I have great cable service and I use it all the time but in 2013 I didn't see a single full length movie on cable. The internet has made it so easy to obtain access to uncut and unedited feature length films that watching movies on television feels weird.

Below is the really poor graphic I just slapped together that really puts all the data I collected in perspective. I am keeping track again this year. I predict that the various forms of streaming movies will increase and viewing movies via disc based media will drop dramatically.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Keep Netflix Alive - 10 Shows that should be added to Streaming

Friends (NBC)
This is what I consider to be the greatest sitcom of all time. With all the interest in internet rumors for a reunion special, I have been dying to watch all the episodes in sequential order.

Seinfeld (NBC)
Again, a great sitcom. There are a lot of current and old NBC shows available for binging, so this isn't completely impossible.

Boy Meets World (ABC)
Girl Meets World is making its way to Disney channel later this year. Unless you own all the DVD's, there's no legal way of going back and getting caught up.

Home Improvement (ABC)
Another '90's great. Tim Allen was the face of TGIF in the '90's.

Everwood (The WB)
A perfect WB drama that never made its way to The CW and is only available on DVD.

Breaking In (Fox)
A really funny show that Fox gave many chances, but no one saw. I feel like it would perform really well on Netflix. Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks did really well when brought back for viewing, why wouldn't this?

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (NBC)
Sure, there's Nick at Night, but ever since I got Netflix, I can't help but getting upset seeing episodes out of order thinking one day I might sit down and watch them in order.

The Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Showtime just ended a very successful first season of this show. Lizzy Caplan is perfection. Super racy show, and the drama is so good. Defiantly a front runner for award season.

Shameless (US version) (Showtime)
Sure, the British version is available, but this is a rare show in where I think I like the American clone better. I love the British way of making television, 3 seasons, 8 episodes each, and that's it. It doesn't drag on too long. Anyway, this show is so good. Everyone who watches it will be hooked immediately.

Blue Mountain State (Spike)
Trying to get people to watch this show when it was on the air was impossible. Once it was pulled, and put on Netflix, people loved it. I know it's already available for streaming, but here's why I included it on this list: I think Netflix should buy the rights and create a fourth and final season. Give it a proper ending.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New on Netflix in October

Here's what will consume your October.

New seasons of:
Parks and Recreation
The Office
30 Rock
How I Met Your Mother
The Walking Dead
Saturday Night Live

Forrest Gump
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Road House
The Italian Job
Marc Maron: Thinky Pain

Saturday, September 21, 2013

3 Reasons I Cancelled My PS4 Pre-Order

Playstation 4 has an official release date. November 15th will be the start of the 8th generation of console video gaming. (I'm not counting the Wii U) I had pre-ordered my Playstation 4 immediately after this summer's E3 event and yesterday I cancelled that preorder.  It wasn't because of a lack of funds. I will be getting a PS4, just not on launch day. Here's a few reasons I'm waiting.

1. My Current Games Queue is Backed Up
I have a list of PS3 games I have yet to dive into. I just started playing Grand Theft Auto V and see no sign of playing anything other than that for at least two months. I have yet to play The Last of Us, Diablo 3, Sleeping Dogs, and haven't gotten as far as I want to in Gran Turismo 5.

Those five games alone could last me a year but there's still great titles on the horizon for Playstation 3. I will be playing South Park: The Stick of Truth, Gran Turismo 6, Need For Speed: Rivals, Watch Dogs, and Beyond: 2 Souls .

Watch Dogs and  NFS: Rivals will be next generation games but I think that these are the last of the few titles that will be equally as good on both consoles. The PS3 and the PS4 have a completely different core architecture meaning developers can't just port the same game from PS3 to PS4. They have to build each title from scratch. It won't be a huge deal for the first few months after PS4 launch, but once sales pick up and there's a relatively large user install base of PS4 owners, you're going to see quality of PS3 games slip.

A great example of this was the cash cow known as the Playstation 2. Up until last year, 6 years into the PS3 life cycle, there were still new Playstation 2 titles in stores. You could pick up NCAA football and it would be missing almost every game mode created since 2006. Sony kept the PS2 alive because people were still buying it.


2. There will still be Support for Playstation 3
I use my Playstation 3 for so much more than a video game console. I watch Blu-Ray movies on it, I stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and I rent movies off of the PSN store. The server support for these services isn't going anywhere.

Sony's first hand held, the PSP, is dead. You can't get a new one in stores. You can still get PSP game downloads off of the PSN store. There's money there and Sony knows it. I am confident that the PS3's servers won't be shut down for at least five years, by then many people will have made the switch to PS4.


3. It's too Early 
It's far too early to see what the Playstation 4 is capable of. We're just now seeing what are arguably the greatest games of the Playstation 3. Developers finally know the system inside and out. From what I understand the PS3 had a harder learning curve for developers than any other system and seeing great games took a little longer than normal.

While I understand the Playstation 4 is more like a computer than a video game system and is a lot easier to develop games for, it's still going to be some time before games are put out that are truly graphically superior. I played Bully and Gun on the original Xbox then bought them on Xbox 360 wanting to play in HD, but was extremely disappointed. Those were early games in the Xbox 360 life cycle.


Don't let this article fool you. I am excited for the new Playstation. I hope it succeeds and then some. I think there a lot of people like me waiting a year or so to make sure there's no red or yellow light of death scares and a year into the system life.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay Trailer

Rockstar Games has teased us yet again with a new trailer for Grand Theft Auto V. Only this time, it's an actual gameplay video. From the looks of it, it's going to be one of those games that you easily sink 100 hours into. Possibilities look endless. The landscape looks massive. The trailer showed leisure activities like golf, bike riding, and for the first time ever, scuba diving. It also showed a new way to invest in reality and stocks.

GTA V looks like it is going to be the best title yet in the 16 year old series. I might even go as far as to say this could be the best game in the current generation of consoles. Grand Theft Auto V comes out September 17th for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fox Fall Preview

Fox has a lot of new shows coming out this fall. Check out the trailers for what I think will be worth watching below.

I've learned that NBC passed on the Mulaney pilot but Fox may be interested in reviving it. If it gets picked up, it will be a 6 episode order.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New Video: Garfunkel & Oates

Garfunkel & Oates have found a loophole to pre marital sex. Check out their new video below. Their new album, Secretions, is coming soon. 

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