Movies, TV Service, TV Shows

Which TV Streaming Service Is Best For You?

By now society has become pretty acclimated to the concept of TV streaming services. They exist in abundance and come in different formats, offer different prices, and different content. Whether you like movies, sports, or new TV episodes, all of these issues are relevant and will factor into the service that you ultimately choose. In many ways the fact that each online video service is unique is very good, as it gives you the chance to find something that genuinely caters to your interests and needs.

Once most Americans looked at the cable and satellite packages and weighed issues like availability, channel selection/content, and price. Now in the age of online streaming we still do much the same.

Of course, with a big selection also comes a lot of work and time comparing content and costs. It can be hard to come to a decision, and your home’s entertainment is no small issue. This article will break it all down for you in an easy manner so that comparing is an easy task. All you have to do is remember what you like and what’s important to you, and that should lead you to the right answer.

Amazon Prime Instant Video

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For part of the Prime subscription you can get Instant Video for $99 a year. If you would prefer just to receive the Instant Video part of things, the service costs about $8 a month. Which plan you pick really just depends on if you could use a Prime membership for other things, like purchases on merchandise. Prime offers some good deals and savings for people who buy a lot from Amazon.

There are tons of titles to choose from on Amazon but many of them still cost money even with the subscription. Still, Amazon has a selection of available content and, of course, their original series. Some of the top titles include The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, and Transparent. They also feature some CBS and HBO programing.

CBS All Access

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If you know of the shows on CBS and you love them, then you may want CBS All Access. You will be able to enjoy those classics like Taxi and Cheers along with more recent programming like Mom and The Good Wife. Even Star Trek will be coming unto the scene in 2017.

CBS All Access is about $6 a month and features over 7500 on-demand episodes straight from the CBS network. Unfortunately they don’t have Thursday Night Football games on live-stream.

HBO Now

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You will get all of the content and perks of HBO without an expensive cable subscription. HBO Now goes for $15 a month. You will be able to enjoy new episodes of modern shows like Game of Thrones as well as entire seasons of classic programs. There are also hundreds of movies which rotate on a regular basis.

HBO Now also has unlimited password sharing which is pretty cool. If you like HBO but you aren’t

crazy about the other channels on television it is a good way to go.

Showtime

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There is a lot to enjoy from Showtime, including live boxing bouts and hundreds of movie titles. They feature older and more recent shows including The Affair, Homelana, Dexter, and Weeds. Although Showtime is $11 a month if you have a Hulu subscription you can get a discount. On the downside the service lacks a bigger library of acclaimed originals and HBO Now has more quality movies in their library.

Hulu Plus

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One of the biggest hooks that Hulu offers is next-day TV. They have a pretty big library of shows which you can enjoy very soon after they air. If you want to talk to family or friends about the latest episode of some hot TV show this is a big advantage.

A few attractive programs available from Hulu include South Park, Seinfela, Empire, and Casual. The pricetag for Hulu Plus is around $8 a month and there are ads mixed in with the streaming content. If you hate ads they do have a $12 a month option which will be totally ad-free.

Netflix

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It would be impossible to talk about TV streaming services without the mention of Netflix. Netflix is most famous for their movie selection, which is better than most other streaming services. A lot of great shows can be received on Netflix, including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and movies like The Ridiculous and Beasts of No Nation. There are also the very widely liked originals, like Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and Master of None.

Netflix offers an option to stream in ultra HD and many of their titles are also available on DVD to mail. The price for Netflix starts around $8 a month and goes up from there if you want more access.

PlayStation Vue

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If you have a PlayStation console and you live in one of the major markets where PlayStation Vue is available, then you could qualify for the service. The unfortunate part of things is that it has a relatively restricted and limited availability. If you live in San Fransisco, New York, LA, or any of the other four markets, you are in luck.

PlayStation Vue boasts over 59 channels, both live and recorded television. Some of the networks include Bravo, Cartoon Network, AMC, and many others. The rates begin at about $50 a month. If you want local sports they will cost another $10 a month, or $20 if you want college sports and cable nets.

Aside from the content you receive you will also be able to enjoy unlimited storage for recorded programs and live streaming for many networks.

Sling TV

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Also similar to Cable is Sling TV, which offers over 20 traditional cable and online video networks. Among the selection is Disney Channel, AMC, and ESPN. Commercials are included. The standard price is $20 a month and you get about a dozen networks. If you want more programming you can add on HBO, children’s entertainment, and sports for a small additional cost. 

TV Shows

When Netflix’s Gilmore Girls Revival Will Take Place

The Gilmore Girls revival was directed and written by Amy Sherman-Palladino, alongside her husband Daniel Palladino. Amy also happens to be the series creator, so it is only suitable that she would have a major role in the revival. The new season will consist of four episodes or “movies” that last 90 minutes. Each will represent one of the four seasons and it will explore the lives of Rory and her mother Lorelai who live in the quaint town of Stars Hollow. To drive this point home, the revival itself is named Seasons—and each episode is named after a season of the year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

This news came through Netflix in October, so facts about the revival have been accumulating as the anticipation builds. Many fans of the series even considered the announcement as something of an “early Christmas present.” On the other hand, however, a revival of Gilmore Girls has been very big news but it has also been somewhat expected—due to the fact that for almost a decade there has been some talk about a revival. Now that moment has finally come, and most Gilmore Girls fans are thrilled, especially since an entire season is underway.

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There are plenty of pictures to see online which give you a glimpse of the Gilmore Girls set—both external and internal. Sherman-Palladino has talked about the upcoming season and given fans tidbits and teasers about the show. Here are some of the facts we now know regarding the Gilmore Girls revival.

First of all, ET has already visited the set of the recreated fictional town which can be found on the Warner Bros lot. It has therefor been discovered that some Stars Hollow stores and establishments (such as Luke’s Diner) will be just the slightest bit smaller than the originals were.

Aside from Rory and Lorelai Gilmore there are a number of great Stars Hollow residents who will be appearing in the revival, including the sassy Emily and Rory’s major love interests, along with many others. As a matter of fact, just about everyone from the original episodes will be returning to the screen. The actors are also quite excited for the comeback—as can be seen on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. They may be almost as enthusiastic as the fans of the show, and several of them have been seen in some interesting and compelling interviews.

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Apart from some of fans’ favorite faces, there will also be some new names in Stars Hollow, such as: Sutton Foster and Mae Whitman. Some fresh blood will likely be quite exciting, and it might help to make up for some of the familiar characters that won’t be seen in the revival. We certainly won’t be seeing Richard Gilmore in the upcoming season due to the fact that Edward Herrmann tragically passed away in 2014. At first it also looked like we wouldn’t be seeing Melissa McCarthy, but recently news changed and it looks like she will be rejoining the cast. For the most part things look promising for the Gilmore Girls revival, and fans couldn’t be more pumped up.

 

TV Shows

Things You Didn’t Know About CSI: NY.

CSI: NY (Crime Scene Investigation: New York) is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013. At the end of its running, the series had produced nine seasons for a total of 197 episodes. Like its parent show, CSI, the show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists and police officers identified as “Crime Scene Investigators.” They are the experts who determine what a crime means, and what the evidence present might suggestion about whatever crime they’re investigating. The show is a direct spin-off of CSI: Miami, where the characters of the NY-based television show originally appeared.

The show was originally produced alongside Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis, with whom CBS had a partnership. However, when the company dissolved after the third season of CSI: NY, which premiered in 2007, all production was done under the supervision and guidance of CBS Paramount Television. Although the premise of the show is supposed to be focused around New York, a majority of the scenes are actually filmed in Los Angeles, on the completely other side of the country. A few shots do occur in New York, but all of the inside scenes are filmed in the CBS Studio Center, located in Los Angeles.

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The show finished its ninth season in February of 2013, shortly after which CBS cancelled the show, making the ninth season the series’ final season.

Like the two other shows that came before it, CSI: NY focuses on the daily lives and professional investigations of a CSI team. The NY branch is led by former Marine Major Mac Taylor, a brash but fair leader who originally comes from Chicago. Mac is now the direction of a New York Crime Lab, where he works closely with his partner and friend Jo Danville. A former FBI Special Agent in Charge, Danville is a highly experienced investigator whose work ethic is driven by her empathy for the victim. The rest of the elite forensics squad includes Detective Danny Messer, who’s from a family of law enforcers and law breakers; his wife, Detective Lindsay Monroe, a Montana native and a survivor of violent crime; and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes, a surgeon turned coroner turned CSI. The CSI team is assisted by Detective Don Flack, similar to how the original CSI team was assisted by police Captain Jim Brass. He’s a homicide detective who’s usually first on the scene.

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The first season of CSI: NY received generally favorable reviews upon its debut. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds an overall approval rating of 80%, based on 5 critical reviews with an average of 7 out of 10 based on these reviews. Although the show was criticized in much the same way as other spin-offs, in that it brings nothing new to the overall franchise, CSI: NY was complimented for the intelligent and edgy character design of the show’s members, providing a layer of freshness to an otherwise overused scene. Moreover, the NY version of the franchise serves to offer lingering views of the atrocity of the human condition, wishing to remind their audience that, although they’re playing a part, the roles they’re acting out are necessary within the real world, and require a level of bravery that’s often not touched upon in other renditions of CSI. Find other TV & internet entertainment options at CharterCableDeals.org/Charter-Bundles-.html.

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TV Shows

Darryl Dixon of The Walking Dead

AMC’s The Walking Dead is a massive hit the world over. Its wide variety of characters and strong cast members give the show a depth that might not be expected from a show about killing zombies.  Believe me, they kill a lot of zombies on this show but there is a lot more to it.

The characters are what make a show unique, interesting and watchable over the course of time.  The Walking Dead has a set of fantastic character with which audiences and the show’s own writers can sink their teeth into.  One of the main stars of the show, Darryl Dixon, is played by actor Norman Reedus.  The younger brother of another character on the show, Merle, Darryl is a Southern boy and proud of it.  He’s quieter and overall nicer than his overbearing older brother, but you know he is also a product of his environment.

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Darryl’s character changes a great deal over the course of the show’s seasons.  At the beginning he is a mean cuss with a short temper but the guy has skills, especially with his gnarly cross bow and the group tolerates him.  When his brother Merle is trapped on the roof of a store by Rick, Darryl is ticked off something fierce but he eventually comes around, as if his proximity to good natured people and not his brother began to rub off on him.

He soon becomes Rick’s right hand man and the group relies on him for not only his prowess at killing zombies but also his leadership and ability to plan their next move.  He becomes a valuable asset to the group and when Merle returns in season 3, Darryl’s loyalties are put to the test.

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Does he choose his brother over a bunch of strangers, even though the strangers have become closer and more important than his family ever could in the real world?

Because of his time spent with Rick’s group, Darryl began to see the world differently.  He began to realize that people are generally good and that it is up to men of action like him to protect and defend them.  He also begins to see what a scum bag Merle is and even though he chose Merle initially, Darryl does the right thing and goes back to where he

belongs, with Rick and the others. Hop over here to sign up for Time Warner Cable so that you can watch all the future episodes.daryl-dixon-licks-fingers

Movies, TV Shows

Saturday Night Live

Will the long running sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live ever die?  I often ask myself this as the years go by and the show is still on the air.  Closing in on 40 seasons and almost 800 live broadcasts, SNL seems to be finding new life.  It is a pretty miraculous feat.

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The ups and downs from this legendary show are… legendary.  I mean, really, every few years the show seems to reinvent itself with an entirely new cast and it keeps on keeping on.  It’s like a runaway freight train, unstoppable even when left for dead.  I’ve given up on it myself several times, only to get pulled back in.

Sketch comedy is tough.  The writers and actors have to improvise and keep thing fresh and perhaps that is what makes SNL work so well over the years.  The older generation of actors, like Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, et al, move on to feature film success and then make way for another generation of cast members.

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People thought the show was over when that first batch of great comedians left.  How can you replace John Belushi?  Seems impossible but the 80’s paved way for the 90’s and great talent like Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, on and on they inject fresh blood into the show and it was off and running again for another generation.

Will Farrell kept the show going after this and has gone on to star in many successful movies.  And speaking of which, many of the greatest comedy films of all time have been spawned by either characters created on the show, like Wayne’s World, or from major cast members like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters, arguably the best franchise to ever be made by former SNL members.

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Don’t forget The Blues Brothers either, a fantastic musical comedy, inspired by SNL characters.  And here is another reason for its longevity, the musical acts that performed live on SNL.  Every band and solo artist imaginable has played SNL.  Music and Saturday Night Live have long gone hand in hand for decades and here’s to hoping for decades more.