About 8 months ago, I decided to take the plunge and build a PC just for use on my TV. I did this because I wanted to enjoy any streaming service I wanted from the comfort of my living room. Little did I know the tremendous difference it would make in my life. It’s been a great experience. So great, that I don’t think I could ever not have a PC attached to my TV. Here are some top reasons why.
Hulu has added yet another exclusive series to it’s growing list of shows and movies. “Up To Speed” is now 4 episodes into its run on Hulu and though it’s a bit strange, it’s pretty interesting for the tourist in all of us.
Hulu Plus doesn’t seem as popular as other streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. The reason seems to be the commercials. If you’ve never subscribed to Hulu Plus, you may not know that the commercials are still there even though you’re paying $8 a month. Many streamers are turned off by this.
I am a Hulu Plus subscriber, and I have been for over a year now. At first I was immensely annoyed by the commercials, but after a few weeks of using the service I realized it’s totally worth the price. Here are 5 reasons why.
After finishing the last few episodes of Breaking Bad today, I noticed a new feature had been added to Netflix that I had been waiting for a long time. Now when an episode has finished playing on Netflix, it will automatically start playing the next episode. This feature is a must-have for those of us who like to fall asleep to the sound of their favorite TV show. It seemed like Netflix was never going to implement such a feature, since it would consume way more bandwidth in the event that users leave shows autorun for long periods of time.
The auto-play feature doesn’t appear to be available yet on devices like the PS3 or the Roku, but PC users can enjoy it, and I hope it gets added to every device soon.
Remember the days when MTV was actually a music television channel? Music videos would play night and day. You’d get to see what your favorite bands looked like while they expressed themselves via an additional artistic outlet. It was great! These days though, MTV is a reality TV network. VH1 has also followed suit, leaving very few options for viewers such as myself to fulfill their music video fix.
Enter YouTube, a place where you can find almost any music video. Sorting through the choppy videos and the fake crap people post can make it difficult to find the official release versions of music videos though. Fortunately, VEVO can be counted on to always have official music videos available. You can search YouTube for almost any music video you’d like along with the keyword “vevo” to find the official versions of your favorite music videos as well as live performances released by your favorite artists.
Once you find a few music videos you like, use YouTube’s playlist feature to save your favorite music videos. A music video playlist is the perfect solution to an evening when you can’t find anything to watch or to just have on for background entertainment. Just use these steps:
1. Login to YouTube. You’ll need an official account to build a playlist.
2. Search for your favorite artist or song name followed by the word “vevo“. VEVO doesn’t have every video made, so there are certain times when using the term “official video” will work better.
3. Select the video from the list. From the video page, you can select Add to then select an existing playlist, or enter a new playlist name, then select Create playlist.
Now any time you wish to watch music videos, visit your YouTube Playlists and enjoy!
Back in 2000 and 2001, everybody was talking about the movie “Traffic” The award winning thriller about America’s drug war won countless awards including Oscars for Best Actor (Benicio Del Toro), Best Director (Steven Soderbergh), Best Film Editing and Best Writing. It was also nominated for Best Picture, but lost out to “Gladiator”.
“Traffic” is one of those movies that have sat in my Netflix DVD queue for years, never quite making it to the top of the list. Fortunately, I can now remove it from my DVD queue because it’s coming to Netflix Instant August 27, 2012. It will probably sit in my instant queue for a while until I feel like an evening of depression. But it’s one of those movies a person must see before they die.
While performing a search on Netflix for the term “30 for 30”, I came across a couple of strange instant videos. They are “Example 30 Minute 23.976” and “Example 30 Min 23.976 Remote“. I got curious and checked them out. I immediately embarked on a spiritual journey that can only be matched by LSD.
The video features a fountain, a toy train and a guy who is really excited about making sounds with his mouth. Be sure to check these videos out the next time you’re under the influence. Do it soon though, since I’m sure Netflix will remove these videos soon.
I recently noticed that Season 2 of Downton Abbey was recently added to Amazon Prime Instant. I had been waiting to watch the series on Netflix Instant for a while.
After deciding to sit down and start season 2, I noticed the title said “Original UK Version”. UK Version? There’s a difference between the US and UK version?
After watching Season 1 on PBS here in The States, I was concerned that I would be lost if I started watching the UK version of Season 2. It turns out I might be. Apparently both versions have the same actors and story, but the US version has 2 whole hours edited out.
Apparently, being American has made me too stupid to enjoy the series in its entirety. I now plan on watching the UK version of Season 1 to see what I’ve missed, then continue into Season 2.