Posts Tagged ‘Netflix’

Is The Movie Industry Imploding?

June 13th, 2013 No comments
Future Movie Ticket?

Future Movie Ticket?

“Movie going will be more like a sporting event.” – George Lucas

Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are predicting that the movie industry as we (sorta) know it today is dying. If you look around, there’s truth to what they’re forecasting.

You don’t need to be an economics analyst to understand that movie theaters rely on Hollywood to pump out over hyped films in order to rent you a seat for a few hours and sell you some grossly overpriced sugar water. What’s happened since the American economy tumbled some years ago is that many people still need to be entertained, however we’re guarding our money more and things like going to a movie become a luxury.

Internet services like Netflix, Hulu, and even YouTube are rapidly growing which happen to be lower cost alternatives to cable and satellite television. This year’s E3 expo revealed the Xbox One touted to be a “next generation” entertainment hub for your living room or bedroom, but Microsoft banked on current trends and market clearly failing to understand that many people are ditching ever climbing cable and satellite bills in favor for much lower cost alternatives, much like we’re currently ditching our home telephone service for mobile phones now. That Monday morning water cooler chat about what movies and programs watched over the weekend aren’t the same as they once were. I personally watch more YouTube and stream Netflix than watch television.

So could these two Hollywood giants truly envision the demise of their own industry? I think they’re pretty spot on. Independent film making is growing, however their distribution is still lacking. Producing feature films and television programming have become far less in cost as compared to let’s say 5 years ago thanks to innovations in digital equipment, recording, and editing, however the studios and corporations themselves are equally as greedy to monetize their products for maximum exposure and profits as quickly as they can, forgoing quality. When was the last time you went to a movie theater? Was it worth your $10-$15 USD per ticket? The public at large has spoken by not rushing out to view their content, avoiding the price premium to view it later for less money.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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iPad 2 Review… Toez Style

March 27th, 2011 2 comments

Ok, so let’s cover a few things: I did not own the first generation iPad, however did have the opportunity to “mess with one” just to satisfy the curiosity of what they are. Let’s first remember that even Apple themselves have said that the iPad is not a laptop replacement, therefore you’d better not be expecting to ditch a netbook or a laptop for this. If that was your intention, save your money and get a MacBook Air instead.

We all have heard it; “the iPad is nothing more than a gassy, bloated iPod touch”. Answer? True. Look under the hood; both run iOS software, run apps from Apple’s App Store, both now feature cameras for FaceTime and other uses, and both are lightweight and portable. Yet the iPad has obviously much more screen real estate (almost triple) to read and compose making it more valuable if you’re a more avid user of such devices. Granted, the iPod touch is desired for its portability, but given that device’s #1 function is an iPod, the iPad excels with better usability and, believe it or not, superior battery performance.

Sure, the iPad has the world lining up for one however how many of them passed on the first generation (like me) knowing that a better model was just a year or so away? I think that was many of us since we tried for a year to figure out just how this device would fit into our lives. I use it now for note taking, web browsing, and email mostly however it’s also indispensable as an entertainment source for music and video, including Netflix which looks much better on a 9.7″ screen v. 3.5″. Remember also that there’s just a $200 difference between an iPad and an iPod touch. If you just shuddered over $200 when reading that last sentence, you likely have no business even looking at any of these devices to begin with.

I’ve read that the iPad 2 is much faster as compared to the original iPad… MUCH FASTER. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t have one, but ok. This sucker is pretty fast so I have nothing else to compare it to other than my iPhone 4. Which segways now into functionality. Sure, the iPad isn’t the only tablet on the market, however it might as well be. Here’s the secret: WiFi only model first to market and a massive resource for apps. Period. I’m still shocked that at the time I’m writing this, there isn’t a official Skype or Facebook app specifically for the iPad 2, however I’m also well aware the damn thing just hit market 2 weeks ago to begin with, so I’m pretty sure they’re hot on the trail as of this very moment.

Next up, some tips. Since many people don’t read blocks of text just to get the info that’s important to them, I’m hoping this part doesn’t get skipped should you decide to get an iPad (lots of great deals on the first generation in fact), you will need to sync it first right out of the box with your active iTunes for the Apple ID. Also, if you also have another iOS device that has been paired to that PC with your Apple ID, create a new iPad profile. Trust me, my dumbass selected my existing iPhone 4 profile. No, I didn’t lose anything on either device, however it copied over system settings specifically to the iPhone to the iPad and I had lost keyboard clicks, lock screen sounds, etc. Now that iOS 4.3.1 is out, just restore your iPad with its own profile. Now mine works without a flaw and it really is a remarkable product. You too will like web browsing on it if you surf like I do. Don’t be a cheap ass & skip on a case, you’re definitely going to need one. I would like to track down a set of those low-profile rubber feet bumpers on the bottom of a unibody MacBook for the bottom of the iPad; suggestions?

Oh, and finally, I’m sure my male followers (and a few female followers) would like to know about pr0n on this thing… streams like a champ and hawt! I don’t get really the frenzy and looks when I’m carrying mine around, but if it’ll get me laid like walking a puppy in the park, come have a look ladies.

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Movember, Where Have You Gone?

November 26th, 2010 No comments

Wow, Thanksgiving zoomed passed, it’s Black Friday today and over half of America is scrambling to find “deals of the year” that don’t really exist except on cheap shit. The whole Movember movement has been mostly forgotten by now, but it was a good run. Gran Turismo 5 made a come back after a 6 year silence. Netflix finally went streaming only. iOS 4.2.1 made the Apple fans hearts flutter. All in all, November really was a pretty big month if you think about it.

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Apple TV vs. Google TV… FIGHT!!

October 26th, 2010 No comments

First of all, I’ve yet to purchase either of these, however let’s just look at features & details, shall we?

Yes, Apple TV displays at 720p however your shiny new HDTV clearly reads on the box 1080p… so it must suck, yes? Dumbass, 1080p is Blu Ray movies. That “HD” Discovery Channel feature you saw on sperm whales last week was also broadcast in 720p… it’s still hi def, hello! Bandwidth for 1080p is massive and not just yet widely available, so 720p is just fine to display on your amazing plasma display. Besides, I’m talking movies and music. Who does it better than Apple with iTunes and organizing entertainment
media, eh?

Alright yes, I’m a fanboi but let’s look closer… do you already own a PC in your home already? Do you already have a DVR? Why in the hell do you need essentially yet another “media center” to manage recorded programs and surf online videos like YouTube, Hulu, etc.? Listen, we both have Netflix (if you don’t, meh) and odds are you’re a geek like me, you’ve got gobs of video and audio files already, however watching pr0n, err, that educational DVD you legally own and ripped for your own archiving and personal backup (pfft…) sucks to view on a 15″ screen without squinting like an Asian man outside on a bright sunny day, why not proudly display that shit on your whopping 50″+ HDTV instead?

Google TV is for the layman. Read: dumbass. Sure, they both have the same capabilities with streaming media, however Google TV will have apps (Android Market) when all you really need or want is to watch your media when you want it; now. I don’t need yet another frigg’n computer to manage what’s on or even what to watch; I have my own collection plus whatever I can stream from Netflix. Google TV boasts a Chrome browser in addition to connecting your external Blu Ray player, internet media, DVR, whatever. Basically, another thing to connect to this guy to connect to that guy to connect to the other guy… why for, Jackson? You really need yet another web browsing appliance, SRSLY?

Google TV is cool for those guys trying to act likely they’re hip by flipping through Electronics Today magazine, but I’ll pass while I continue to swig on the Apple juice, straight from Cupertino concentrate for only $99.

Sony dash Personal Internet Viewer

October 19th, 2010 No comments

Funny, you can’t call this a digital frame nor an alarm clock, however the Sony dash has these functions. What’s the purpose of one of these really? They’re essentially an overpriced alarm clock, however with many, many more features.

First of all, you gotta have WiFi near or this just became a $200 brick that tells time. It’s a slick geek toy that puts YouTube, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook and more right at your fingertips while in the guise of a “tablet” on your nightstand, kitchen, or at the office. Wanna know what the traffic will be like on your way to home or from the office, quickly glance at news headlines, stream Pandora, see if your ex-girlfriend replied back to you on Facebook… WHATEVER; this thing has got it all in one shot. It’s a touchscreen with apps powered by Chumby, however there’s no battery backup meaning that it’s not portable.

Again, why would you entertain such an item in your home or office? It’s fucking cool.