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Week in Geek S.2 E.1

Week in Geek, season 2 episode 1, recorded 1/28/18. News since last season, including: Tarantino R-rated Star Trek; DC and Justice League and the uncertain future of their films; Star Wars and the absence of news about Solo; and a lot on Marvel, Disney, and the Fox purchase.

Our other podcast is Comparative Opinions, find it and old Week in Geek episodes on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes!

Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros


Week in Geek Episode 2

Week in Geek, episode 2, recorded 8/28/17. Apologies for a couple jump cuts, we got interrupted way more than normal this recording. News since last recording, including: Game of Thrones season 8 release date (2019???); NetFlix Marvel shows watch order; new “Jessica Jones-esque” show for ABC (what does it mean?); and a whole bunch of time spent on James Cameron’s comments about Wonder Woman.

Here’s a link to the Guardian interview with James Cameron, if you’re interested: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/24/james-cameron-well-never-be-able-to-reproduce-the-shock-of-terminator-2

Our other podcast is Comparative Opinions, find it and old Week in Geek episodes on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes!

Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros


Week in Geek Trial Run – Comparative Opinions Episode 56

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, in consideration of starting a new second podcasts, hosts David and Holly try a trial run and discuss some of this week’s geek news! Topics include streaming, with Disney and NetFlix in the news; the Hugo Awards; the digital release of Guardians of the Galaxy; and password rules. Let us know what you think of the format and the episode!

Comparative Opinions is a weekly half-hour-ish podcast hosted on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes every Sunday!



Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

Starting to look at: Sling TV

So we’ve talked about before how we’ve dropped cable and are just streaming. It’s led to some interesting problems like watching shows on the app from the channel and dealing with their new episode embargos, as well as keeping up so as not to have the new episode fall out of the most recent 5. We’ve moved to an unlimited data ISP.

Still, it’s been a cobbled-together replacement for what we used to do, which was watch some TV, record some shows we watched, and all that sort of TV interaction. Now we watch YouTube for “channel surfing,” and constantly feel the need to be keeping up with our other shows, so there’s rarely time to branch out. Then NetFlix for finding shows to binge…

However, we’ve now found there’s a new streaming service that replicates a cable subscription: Sling TV. Sling TV gives you the option of a couple of different basic channel sets, and then the ability to pay to add individual channels that you want. “A La Carte TV” as they advertise it.

They also seem to allow for watching all the way up to live TV, as opposed to the delayed model that exists in other streaming and digital media. But it also has some On Demand options and some cloud-based DVR recording. So really, it’s just an Internet-based cable provider, offering you choice and a lower rate.

It’s a good idea, for sure. And you can also subscribe to both of the basic sets, giving you a wider breadth of channels, and more options for your add-on channels. Unfortunately, as I look at the channel listings, I feel like we would want to go with this doubled-up subscription: several of the kids channels – like Disney – are only available on the “orange” plan, and several of the entertainment channels we would want – like USA, FX, and SyFy – are only on the “blue” plan.

The other thing is that it doesn’t seem to necessarily replace another service we currently have. Okay, we’ve already dropped Hulu, and it does duplicate some of Hulu. But it doesn’t step on the toes of NetFlix or HBO Now, so we would still be subscribing there. And we already have so much we’re watching – would we find time for more?

I’m curious at this point if you, dear readers, have or have considered Sling TV. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

When is Owning No Longer Worth It

We are at an interesting point with technology where more and more media can be accessed any time and any where with a monthly subscription cost. The subscriber does not own any of the media, but they can stream from a library of various media. At one point do consumers no longer really own the media, but instead decide to just use various subscription services to always have access to a multitude of options. There are subscription services that allow you to gain one new item a month, but then for a similar cost you don’t own and just have access. The only issue is the fact that you then only have access as long as you keep paying. So truly at what point does someone say that the subscription is enough. Continue reading