many of you out there are still just discovering “Netflix”, a popular streaming video company that allows people to “stream” (“video-on-demand”) tv shows and movies directly to your tv set that requires an external component, like an xbox or “Roku” device that makes it so your tv can stream from netflix.
once you are up and streaming, you can finally help save the planet, waiting time, gas, and more just by getting rid of DVD rentals.
personally, i prefer xbox. no…not because i can play games, but rather because it’s the most comprehensive home theater system there is. just add speakers and a tv! and yes…you can also play a bazillion different games on it. 🙂
most importantly about xbox is that they offer the most up-to-date movies and tv shows than any other device that i’ve seen to date. you can even stream some movies on xbox before it hits theaters, too. don’t want to pay microsoft prices on movies? then xbox also allows you to download about any movie company app that there is (like netflix and hulu plus).
btw…i don’t recommend amazon videos yet. more on that in another post.
so let’s get rid of the dvd’s, grab your roku or xbox, and start streaming instead!
bing will officially become a major threat to google very soon. you read it here first, folks. searchers and webmasters have waved the google banner all of their google lives, but google MUST stop treating their good webmasters like crap….or these webmasters will drop them like a safe at the first opportunity.
"oh, how the might have fallen" comes to mind. the company's been lucky that "google" has become a part of our vernacular as a verb to find information. but….all it takes is for colbert, letterman, the daily show, etc. to start using "bing it" and the sheep will follow. so now where are you, google? a severe decline in users/searches and webmasters who have left you. how will your advertisers and stock holders feel about that?
you've been in power a long time and it's beginning to show. unfortunately, in a negative way.
i usually praise google/android's existence, but i think they need a little wake-me-up call. be good people. be ethical. don't be machiavellian. then the people will follow you to the ends of the earth.
"People are making major changes in their on-line habits and looking for ways to protect their private information from US government surveillance. Our fans especially appreciate the fact that we are a Dutch company, which means we are not directly subject to the US Patriot Act. And of course, we have never participated in any program like PRISM."
Years ago, this company asked me (and I accepted) to be an "Ambassador" to their company. Little did I know what a fail that would end up being (fail being their company, not my mad skills). The owner (or one of them) is a piece of shit bully who, instead of fixing problems, calls people out in public. I asked that their software work and this piece of shit at coffeecup.com spends OVER a year telling everyone that it's the user not the software (it was the software). His purpose on the forums seems to serve being a bully, a typical troll and, accordlingly, a piece of shit. They are someone who will never, never, never admit any wrongdoing. Ever.
I finally got my new computer today. It's a beast. I'll post the sordid details after I set it up, make sure it works, etc. and then post some specs and thoughts on it. It's an Origin PC (I believe they used to own Alienware before selling that to Dell?).
In addition to getting rid of cable, I'm also stopping DVD's from Netflix and only using their streaming. New stuff takes too long and I can just rent it on the cheap, on the fly, from the numerous companies on my Xbox and PS3. Now I'm down to $7.99/month for Netflix, $7.99/month for HuluPlus, and around $60.00 for cable internet (with turbo boost! :). Not a huge saving, but I was finding myself trying to find DVD's that I haven't watched yet and most were available in streaming or some other venue. I can always add back receiving DVD's at any time, if I change my mind.
Xbox and Hulu announced today that Hulu is now on Xbox. I will begin testing everything on my Xbox in my room but I need to learn a few things first:
1. Does it work and how well?
2. Do we have to pay for a second Hulu account to view on both Xbox's? (You must "activate the device". We did on the living room box and it shows it on our Hulu account as that Xbox gamer's account name. Activating my separate Xbox and account in my room, might present issues. Tune in.)
3. Will turning in my remaining DVR increase the cost of my internet price? (Since it's a "bundle" deal, I'm sure it will 🙁
4. Depending on the above variables, what is my new cost compared to my old one after all of this?