*actually we have found eps 1-7 so far.
*How We Got To Now (PBS, still in reruns and the last 3 eps are still available for streaming)
*Finding Your Roots (PBS still running and you can also watch some eps streaming)
*Constantine (NBC Friday nights, some streaming)
1. Home repairs start Friday (the POD storage unit is being delivered). I am, frustrated with how little I can do to help/participate - have already hurt myself several times these past weeks, once so bad I was in bed for 2 days. There will be much disruption of both schedules and locations. Imagine a "Napoleon planning for an Russian invasion" level of logistical planning. But hopefully with a better outcome. For Napoleon that is.
2. We just started watching Lillihammer on Netflix and are enjoying it.
3. We also started re-watching The Middleman
4. We are carefully hoarding the last few Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries from Season 2.
5. My energy/pain free moments to watch any of the above is limited. But they are sitting there with their siren like calls.
2. Demand that your access to over the air programming be restored and that cloud computing be allowed to develop and grow and flourish. Imagine if the Supreme Court had ruled that VCRs were infringing back in 1984...we wouldn't have much of the personal media technology we have today.
"In an open letter on Tuesday, [Aero CEO] Kanojia asked the public to help restore Aereo:
Contact your lawmakers and tell them how disappointing it is to you that the nation's highest court has issued a decision that could take away your right to use a cloud-based antenna to access live over-the-air broadcast television.
The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over-the-air programming belongs to the American public and you should have a right to access that programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television, or in the cloud.
Ask your elected officials to take action to protect your right use an antenna to access live free-to-air broadcasts, including a modern antenna located in the cloud."
3. Recharge your fandom love with this Star Trek vid: "Long Live (Star Trek)". As I watched it, I am reminded of the many Star Trek fans that I have tracked down and spoken with this past year for the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection. These women from the 1970s-80s-90s have said: "Star Trek played such a big role in my life back then. It is wonderful it is being remembered." What I sometimes say back to them is this: "It is you who we are remembering."
If you like your TV, then you have the option of cutting cable or going back to basic cable. I will blog only about the method that I know and have used.
This method requires a wireless router in your home, a computer and decent DSL or broadband(3-4MBS for DSL). For most streaming methods, your computer will need to be on to watch video on the TV. And if you are not comfortable with doing an occasional reboot and restart if something hangs or freezes, then stick to cable.
Step 1: Buy a ROKU (around $50-100 depending on the model you pick)
Step 2: Buy Playon (a software program that runs on your computer). Playon offers a free trial. You can then go month to month and once you are really certain it works for you, buy a lifetime subscription for $60. If you want to use their PlayLater feature to function as a DVR and record shows to your computer to watch later they charge a flat fee of $40/year. We have our own DVR so we went for the lifetime subscription
Step 3: decide if Netflix and/or Amazon Prime are worthwhile add-ons. Netflix is good for TV shows (they carry episodes up through the previous year). The only reason we have Amazon Prime is for the expedited shipping - on occasion we can find a few movies we want to watch. Netflix is around $10 a month. Amazon Prime will end up being roughly the same.
Step 4: Make a list of your favorite shows and see who carries them. Through Playon you can watch anything that Hulu offers for free. Hulu offers most of their shows within 24hrs of airing. Third party add-ons to Playon allow you to watch most any other TV show (yes even HBO and Showtime) for free - we use them sparingly as we still have our HBO and Showtime - mainly when our DVR fails to record a show and the damn On Demand service the cable company offers freezes or stops working (so much for not having to reboot on cable platforms). Local TV stations/news may also available via some Playon addons - you'll need to look through the Playon Scripts listings. Both Playon and Roku offer forums where you can ask questions.
What does it cost in the end? A one time fee for the Roku ($50-100). A one time fee of $60 for Playon (lifetime) or a $3/month fee if you buy the DVR capability). Netflix and/or Amazon Prime for an additional $10 each (personally I'd not get Amazon Prime unless you have a need for the expedited shipping). For the first year, buying the most expensive ROKU and getting the monthly Playon, the cost is $12 month. If you add Netflix or Amazon Prime, an additional $10 each. Theoretically you could get access to most US (and UK) TV shows for around $22-32/month. After the first year....the cost can drop to as low as $10-13 a month.
And now you know why the cable companies fought so hard against Aereo and why the US Supreme Court case which Aereo lost today harms the consumer and technology innovation. Content providers and cable companies want to shut down Internet competition until they can figure out a way to overcharge us for their crappy (you know it will be crappy) Internet streaming service - that we will have to buy piecemeal at a premium from each network separately. Or, if they have their way, force us to pay for each episode, with no ability to store it and watch it later. Don't forget those "special" fees for watching on your smart-phone.
"Legal or not, Aereo was about to deliver something consumers wanted, something the collective will of the indigenous television industry still seems incapable of providing on a ubiquitous level. Broadcast TV. Everywhere." from a newsletter for cable network executives.
...it would be to repeal Citizens United and remove the corporate shield to make the shareholders and managers of companies personally financially liable for the actions of their corporations. you'd see a different set of market place actions when your CEO realizes his personal ass-ets are on the line.
"The revelation was the private companies have been sharing our data with the government, right? And agreed, it was this unholy alliance, so your trust when you embark with a private company in a relationship in which they’re going to share some of your data, your anticipation is privacy. But if everyone would step back for a second and think about how fucked up it is that everyone trusts Mark Zuckerberg, everyone trusts the Google guys. But it’s like, don’t let the government see any of that shit! It’s like, Guys, are you fucking kidding? These are publicly traded companies with management teams who are, because of the bizarre and somewhat outdated jurisprudence when it comes to shareholder rights in the corporate environment, they have no fucking obligation to their customers or to their employees; they only have obligations to their shareholders. They’re literally coupled to a stock market that is itself increasingly run by artificial intelligence. This is where the whole thing spins into a fucking bowl of fuckin’ disaster. You have a stock market that is increasingly dominated by microtransactions, high-frequency trading conducted by fucking computers that have parameters built into them. That value determines entirely the value of these companies into which we have poured our private thoughts, feelings, associations. Tally all that up and frankly, while I’m not terribly happy about the government having this information, at the very least that’s sort of the Social Contract we entered into when we allowed the government to have police powers domestically. But why is anyone more comfortable with anyone having this information than the head of the NSA? And the reason is they have better fucking PR. They have cute names. And they’re friendly and shiny and happy. But that information is for sale. It’s hard to imagine Facebook being bought out by a, not to sound jingoistic, but by a foreign-held corporation. But who the fuck owns MySpace?"
~ Johnathan Nolan, creator of "Person of Interest"
"I guess I will talk a bit about what my concept behind this page is, so perhaps you all can tell me what I can do better if I've missed the mark:
What I'm trying to do with this page is to combine the static nature of an archive with the dynamic nature of a zine or newsletter. That is, there is "archive" material there now, such as back issues of OLAH and HNG, as well as certain images. These things will probably be there as long as the page itself is up.
Then there are also things at the page that you might find in a "zine," such as poetry and fiction (and someday, art). The collection of poetry and fiction that you may find at the page at any given time will rotate, meaning as I run out of room at the page, I'll begin to delete the older material. I don't think this is a bad thing. In fact, I think it makes the page more like a periodical publication. Two visits to the page, spaced apart by six months or a year or whatever, could yield completely different collections of fiction and poetry, just like two different issues of a zine would have different things in them.
Lastly, I hope the page will remain up-to-date with regard to current events. This is where I hope the page acts like a newsletter. For example, the page currently has in it registration info for the '96 con, an order form for the ADS video, info on the SciFi Channel's story on ADS, and Robert Sigman's address, in case you want to write him regarding your opinions on a possible new film. This is all info that will change (sometimes weekly!) as all of you send me updates and corrections. I hope that the page will become the defacto "place to look" for the latest on-line info about BATB and its fandom.
There's info on the show there too, but honestly, there's not much. Our episode guide is rudimentary at best, and we have no faq. But, I don't really see this page as being dedicated to just the tv show, as so many other tv show pages are. Few shows have such an elaborate and creative fandom built up around them. I want this page to serve *all* of BATB: the show, but more importantly (in my mind), the fandom. This page is for you guys, all of you.
I know that not everyone can browse the Web yet, but the ability is getting more and more common. AOL even offers a Web browser to their customers, which I think is fabulous! For those of you who can browse, I really do hope you like the page. To my knowledge, it's the only page for this show in the world, so help me to make it the page you want it to be: give me your feedback, updates and changes."
You can see the 1998 version of the website as it evolved here.
Edited to add: A month later the website owner wrote: ''From August 1 to August 30, the page was hit **2,979 times**, with a total thruput of 69,857,296 bytes! YOWZA!!"
BTW, if anyone has a moment to spare to add more info about the Veronica Mars Kickstarter project to Fanlore, the Veronica Mars page is here And the blank , ready to edit Kickstarter page is here
Enter a new set of "creators". These are ones who bought the TV show rights in the early 2000s. They've been pushing for a reboot and are in negotiations for a new series to be shown on XBox Live (recast with new actors, of course).
Sadly, their attitudes are still stuck back in the
Of course this was 10 years ago...perhaps they might have mellowed a smidge. But really, does anyone care? We didn't when the show was airing, I doubt we'll listen 20+ years later. Certainly not when TIIC call large swaths of potential fans purveyors of an abomination.