Cable defenders are down to rationalizing piracy (also known as STEALING) and arguing that HBO as a standalone service is worth $20 a month, just so that we can enjoy the shared experience of watching "Game of Thrones" now.
What in the world makes anyone think that HBO, which might have a half-dozen new television shows airing at once, is worth twice as much as Netflix Streaming, which has hundreds of titles available.
There are also a ton of terrific titles on Netflix Streaming every bit as entertaining as "Game of Thrones" that we're not familiar with because they were produced in Britain or elsewhere.
Finally, for the $240 a year this person is willing to spend annually on HBO, you could BUY all six of those HBO shows on DVD, feast on them in a single sitting, own them forever, and still have the hundred dollars left over necessary for a year's subscription to Netflix Streaming.
See how this works?
The entertainment media is missing this story because the entertainment media is out of touch with the everyday Americans they so despise. In this economy especially, we are looking for value. Leftists love "shared experiences" and bristle at the concept of delayed pleasure. The hive mentality, the water cooler cool means nothing to the rest of us.
Down with bundled cable. Power to the people.
YOUTUBE STRIKES MOVIE RENTAL DEAL WITH PARAMOUNT
In my feature piece today about the streaming revolution, a commenter wrote:
We conservatives take pride in our caution and our ability to ask of an idea "yeah, but what happens next?"
The "what happens next" question doesn't get much discussion when it comes to cutting cable.
When the entertainment sector begins to lose enough money to hurt, what's to stop them from renegotiating contracts with all of the various streaming services?
Enjoy your savings now....
Because of things happening like the story I've linked above. With film revenue reportedly plummeting 40% in just five years, the studios have to go where the customers are if they are going to have any profits at all.
LIAM NEESON TO STAR IN ANOTHER 'DIE HARD ON A PLANE'
Does this sound familiar?
"Non-Stop" will be produced by Alex Heineman, Andrew Rona and Joel Silver and arrives from newcomer writers John Richardson and Chris Roach. Details are still few, but the storyline is said to revolve around an air marshal and an ordeal that occurs while the plane is in-flight.
An ordeal probably involving tea party terrorists who say things like, "Always bet on the red, white, and blue."
SCHWARZENEGGER CONFIRMS 'TWINS' SEQUEL
GEORGE TAKEI: NO MORE ORIGINAL CAST CAMEOS IN 'STAR TREK' FILMS
And who exactly made George Takei the "Star Trek" cameo sheriff?
'COMMUNITY’ CREATOR APOLOGIZES FOR PLAYING CHEVY CHASE’S VOICE MAIL
Translation: I want to call attention to this scandal because my show nearly got canceled and this is the most publicity we've ever received.
COUNTRY STAR GEORGE JONES RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
The legendary country crooner and hell-raiser is 80 years-old now. Hard to believe. I've never been a country fan, but at a 1996 heavyweight boxing match in Nashville, Jones got up and sang the simplest and most beautiful rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" I have ever heard.
‘THE NATURAL’ DIRECTOR BARRY LEVINSON TO HELM HANK AARON BIOPIC
This is going to sound harsh, but Hank Aaron deserves better than a washed-up, 70 year-old director who hasn't made a watchable film since "Bandits" in 2001 and who hasn’t helmed a hit since "Bugsy" in 1991.
Levinson is completely spent.
MADONNA'S ALBUM IS NUMBER ONE
Madonna's at the top of the charts, Keith Olbermann isn't on the air, "Titanic" is about to hit theatres, "Total Recall" is about to hit theatres, "Hawaii Five-O" is on television, Chevy Chase is have temper tantrums, there's an inept Democrat in the White House overseeing a terrible economy and rising gas prices…
Can someone tell me what year this is?
BOX OFFICE REVENUE IS UP 20 PERCENT, ATTENDANCE IS UP 22.8 PERCENT
Amazing turnaround, and we're already a quarter through the year. Hollywood could blow the doors off previous records at half this pace.
C'MON HOLLYWOOD: WHY CAN'T YOU GET 'THE PUNISHER' RIGHT?
If loving the Thomas Jane-John Travolta film is wrong I don't want to be right.
'JOHN CARTER' WASN'T A FAILURE, TAYLOR KITSCH SAYS
Yeah, let's not get bogged down in factors like public interest when judging these things.
PETER DINKLAGE WAS SMART TO SAY NO
If you want to see Dinklage's best performance and one of the best indie film of the aughts, this. He's also a stand out in his film debut "Living In Oblivion."
‘THE MUMMY’ BEING REBOOTED (AGAIN)
Will nothing make it stop.
GEEK DEAL: SODERBERGH’S OCEAN’S TRILOGY ON BLU-RAY FOR ONLY $13.99
$13.99 for one watchable flick actually is actually kind of a lousy deal.
'AVATAR’ PRODUCER SAYS SEQUEL ISN’T LIKELY TO MAKE 2014 RELEASE DATE
They say that like it's a bad thing
HETEROSEXUAL QUOTE OF THE DAY
You know what really carries Titanic 3D? What makes it an essential revisiting? Young Leonardo DiCaprio, who was 21 or 22 when Titanic was shot in mid the late '96. For me, his performance as Jack Dawson is a time-capsule high. For me he was the whole thing-- the one element I couldn't take my eyes off last night.
LAST NIGHT'S SCREENING
Still working my way through season two of HBO's 'Treme'.
COMING SOON TO HOME VIDEO
ACT OF VALOR: The only easy day was yesterday. In the Bandito Brothers’ ACT OF VALOR, an elite military force, portrayed by active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, carries out an impossible mission with insane courage and incredible teamwork in one of the most gripping and emotionally charged movies of the year. Landing June 5th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the ACT OF VALOR Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extras including several deleted scenes, interviews with Navy SEALs, director’s commentary, exclusive featurettes, including a look at the real bullets and tactics used during filming, and much more! ACT OF VALOR was theatrically released by Relativity Media on February 24th and became the No. 1 movie in America in its debut.
BARBARELLA: Who can perform a zero-gravity striptease, seduce an angel and still have time to save the universe? Sexy, sultry, space adventurer BARBARELLA, that’s who! Coming in for a landing on Blu-ray for the first time ever on July 3, 2012, the terrifically titillating sci-fi romp BARBARELLA continues to entertain with its outrageous, out-of-this-world story and brazen sexuality.
Jane Fonda stars as the titular heroine who lands on the planet Lythion in the year 40,000. Faced with robots, monsters and evil of varying stripes, she must vanquish her enemies, all while attempting—and failing—to keep her skin-tight spacesuit on. Along the way she receives assistance from a variety of handsome men, each of whom receives her uninhibited appreciation. Directed by Roger Vadim (Fonda’s ex-husband), BARBARELLA is a kind of sexual Alice in Wonderland of the future and the film is replete with psychedelic set designs, far-out characters and an outrageously entertaining story set amongst the stars.
SCOTTDS' EPIC LINKTACULAR
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'AMERICAN REUNION': FILM REVIEW
"AFTER DARK ACTION" NEW MULTI-FILM FRANCHISE WILL STAR VAN DAMME, LUNDGREN, CAVIEZEL, AND MORE!
JAMES BOND TO DRINK …. HEINEKIN
TRAILER FOR WOODY ALLEN'S "TO ROME WITH LOVE"
6 REASONS WHY YOU DON'T KNOW MORE ABOUT VOD NUMBERS
I DISAGREE WITH JOHN NOLTE IN PART…
THE FOLLOWING APRIL FOOLS DAY MOVIE RUMORS ARE FALSE
"PROMETHEUS" PHOTO GALLERY: MEET THE SHIP’S CREW
VIDEO: HOW THEY CREATED THE EFFECTS IN "CHRONICLE"
'NEW YORK TIMES' REVIEW OF "GAME OF THRONES" MISSES THE POINT COMPLETELY
5 SUMMER BOX-OFFICE SHOWDOWNS THAT CAN LEAVE BLOOD ON THE FLOOR
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FOR YOU FILMMAKERS: "SAW" DIRECTOR DARREN BOUSMAN ON THE JOYS OF GOING INDEPENDENT
HOME VIDEO BLUNDERS: WHEN STUDIOS DO IT WRONG
DWAYNE JOHNSON NAMED CINEMACON ACTION STAR OF THE YEAR
20 FACTS ABOUT "BACK TO THE FUTURE"
CMT PICKS UP TWO NEW SERIES: "BOUNTY HUNTERS," AND "TRINITY 911"
A LOOK BACK AT NICKELODEON'S "ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?"
CLASSIC PICK FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 5
9:45 AM EST: Yearling, The (1946) -- A Florida boy's pet deer threatens the family farm. Dir: Clarence Brown Cast: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr. C-128 mins, TV-G, CC.
I would love to hear what people think politically correct Hollywood would do with this magnificent story today.
The story would open with the deer dying on 9/11 after being captured for lab experiments by an evil pharmaceutical company with an evil lair located at the top of the World Trade Center. Heartsick, the deer's young owner, a pacifist, vegan, and amateur explorer, would venture on a journey of narcissistic self-discovery with a deaf mute and a tambourine. By the time it was over, our young hero would discover he was homosexual and lead the ancestors of the Indians ripped off in the sale of Manhattan on a vision quest to get their land back. The boy would die at the end, a sacrifice to the injustice of America, his heart would go to Dick Cheney, and in a place that isn't Heaven or has anything to do with God, be reunited with his yearling.
Edward Zwick or Stephen Daldry could direct. They're both pretty equal in the department of insufferable sanctimony.
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