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Zafer Kaya

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New TV shows in 2019
« on: January 10, 2019, 04:18:26 PM »

Have at it.

Saw the pilot for Deadly Class on Syfy. Maybe worth a watch for the 80's new wave soundtrack, that's about it. 

It's not horrible, it's just not good.  Usually I'm okay with this since I'm not looking for classic HoF type TV on those shows.  There's special effects, actions, and lots of killing and a few decent pop culture moments and I don't really have to pay attention to it.  You just put it on while practicing guitar or dorking around on the web.  Sometimes you need low effort TV.

The only thing is, it's tough to make even a modest investment in SyFy shows because they all seem to get cancelled pretty quickly.  Like I appreciate the effort scyfy puts in to give the shows a big budget for all the stuntwork and special effects, but it means unless the shows are super, super popular (which they won't be) it won't last more than a season.  Or sometimes they do, but it's like then they keep bringing in new writers or new plots or whatever to try and get it to take off and it just sort of limps along for 4 years not really going anywhere.

I watched The Masked Singer.  The show would be more interesting if the judges weren't idiots.  All they do is repeat the obvious and then make same random wild-ass guess.  (masked guy:  I play sports.  judge:  He must be some kind of athlete.  Oooh I know.  It's Babe Ruth!)

You've got Ken Jeong who pretty much is knowingly being stupid, except that people take him seriously and plus this is probably not the right venue for him.  You've got Robin Thicke and Pussycat Dolls chick who tbf actually bring some knowledge to the show except who gives a fuck about Robin Thicke and Pussycat Dolls chick?  Yes, they actually have first-hand knowledge about some singers and they can judge people's skills but 1) On this show it's not hard and 2) It's not like they're really experts.  They're just better than two people who are famous for being ignorant (one for show, and one who really is just that stupid).

Also, I watched that and The Voice somehow back-to-back.  I know like 1/3 of the songs.  I'm not saying it's the show's problem.  It's me.  I have somehow totally lost touch with pop culture.  But regardless of whose fault it is, it takes away my enjoyment.  Also what's up with the drummer for The Voice?  I'm sure that dude is incredible at drums because you have to try out for that and it's a high paying, high-profile gig.  But he sucks.  He's always out-of-time.  Which okay, you can be like well he doesn't get to rehearse with all these people and sometimes it's the singer who starts going faster or slower. 

But he also has a tendency to get lost in the song as well.  Like he'll start playing a fill in the middle of a line.  Do we even need a fill? It's a singing competition.  And not to harsh on the guy because I'm sure it must be way harder than it looks but I fucks up the show.  Like they had this one chick who got dinged because the judges were like "Well, you have a nice voice and great range and we're pretty sure you can really sing but to be honest you kind of missed a few notes and I think you lacked confidence and it dragged down the performance."  Well of course she lacked confidence.  It's hard to go for it when you don't know what the drummer is on the same page as you, and when he's playing a jazzy eight swing feel when you're trying to do a ballad it'll throw you off.

Killing Eve.  I guess technically a 2018 show.  Yeah, not feeling it. None of the characters or their motivations make any sense.  Which works okay for the chick who is supposed to be kind of psycho but not for anyone else.  Sandra Oh is a great choice for her role, which seems to mostly require her to look worried and confused.  Which is her permanent natural expression.  I think she's probably a pretty good actress not being given much to work with here, but I'm just saying that even if she were a shitty actress, she'd still be good at that role.

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Re: New TV shows in 2019
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2019, 07:15:49 PM »

the haunting of hill house - netflix;

started watching this; fairly compelling plot lines with the supernatural, kinda reminds me of lost with the questions being asked and the cliff hangers. much better than lost with answering questions and tying up loose ends. good acting and some nice tension/scary scenes. one episode was very kubrickian reminding me of the shining. we're at episode 8/10. enjoying it so far. will update when we finish.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 10:41:52 PM »

is netflix now considered a TV show? Never showed up on my TV. I'm not being sarcastic, I just don't get how people are watching all these shows on netflix, hulu, prime plus, etc. Do you watch it on your computer or cell? Just asking.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 12:22:38 AM »

I have a Roku player attached to my TV (via HDMI). I can watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google, PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CW, BritBox, and probably many others. Right now I'm binge watching Brooklyn 99 from Hulu.
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Re: New TV shows in 2019
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 07:07:48 AM »

Besides Roku you also have things like Amazon/Apple TV. And any of the newer smart TVs come with apps built in to watch the major services. And you can use any of the gaming consoles to watch as well.
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Re: New TV shows in 2019
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 09:42:03 AM »

is netflix now considered a TV show?
I would say they are considered a premium TV network, like HBO or Showtime. Shows you can watch by paying for their service.
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Re: New TV shows in 2019
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 10:43:11 AM »

The streaming apps are built right in to my DVR, so it's literally no different than watching cable.
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 10:51:35 AM »

We got a new cable box last month and they have a Netflix channel built into it. You still have to have the account, but yes, it's in the cable box.

Also, we have a "Smart TV" which really just means it connects to the internet. And we could watch Netflix that way as there is an app for it. We don't use it because we don't like the user interface.

However, the way we usually watch Netflix is through my Playstation4, which we've been doing for years.
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Zafer Kaya

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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 11:49:19 AM »

Yeah, nowadays it is less a question of whether you can watch Netflix but rather HOW.

If you have a TV less than 10 years old, it probably has Netflix built in.  Newer cable boxes also have Netflix built in.  Or you can get Roku or Amaxon TV, which also has Netflix.

The various layers can be confusing.  Like my dad has Amazon TV, which he uses for Sling because he cut the cord.  He could make his life easier by just always setting the TV to the Amazon input but for some reason this confuses him.  So he watches Netflix and YouTube from his TV.  Then if he wants to watch cable channels, he has to switch his input to Amazon.  And then because Sling dies not get local channels, if he wants to watch local channels, he has to switch his source to his antenna.  It's maddening to try and Dutch what you want on his TV.

For me, I have a Roku box.  And I have youtube.tv.  So I never have to switch inputs on my TV. 
I watch all oldschool local and cable TV from YouTube TV.  If I want to watch Netflix, I have to switch apps to Netflix.  But at least the Netfkux app is still within the Roku ecosystem. 

The cell phone analogy is that I have to switch apps on my cellphone, when it would be nice if there was some meta-app that could host all the other apps inside it.  But for my dad, it's like  he actually switches phones.

It's a matter of convenience.  Like I used to have Hulu live, but I switched to youtube.tv even though it meant losing Hulu just because youtube.tv's interface is so much better.  And before that, I had Sling but I switched because Sling did not have local TV so I had to switch inputs and plus my reception was not good.  I also had PSVue for awhile even though I do not have a playstation but they also did not have local channels.  When Hulu Live and youtube.tv started getting local channels, that was a game changer for cord cutters.

Nowadays, TVs are coming out with Anazon or roku built into the TV and roku or Amazon remotes instead of separate TV remotes.  So you don't need to purchase a separate box.

But I pretty much watch TV anywhere nowadays.  Youtube.tv and Netflix both have phone apps so if I am not at my house, I can watch anything I would normally watch whether live or recorded on my phone or tablet.  Netflix actually lets you download and store content on your phone now.  So if I have a flight, I will download a couple of movies or the next 5 episodes if a series and watch them on the plane without needing internet.

Nowadays, so much of the best TV is on Netflix and Amazon Prime and Hulu are string as well.  It really doesn't make that much sense to keep cable.  Because you would have to pay for those channels outside of cable anyway.   $40 gets you the local channels plus all the cable channels you would likely watch.  And even Hulu, if you go with Hulu Live.

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Re: New TV shows in 2019
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2019, 06:02:45 PM »

since i've just started to watch netflix (i'm very late to the game), i've been using the app through my apple tv. i might be able to watch direct tv through the appleTv as well, not sure about that.

what i did figure out, is that when watching anything through the appleTv i can send the audio output through my HomePod and get much better sound than what the tv speakers provide. thinking about getting another one to put on the other side of the sofa to get stereo sound.

with you folks so tech savvy, and direcTv rates going up later this month, i may have to consider cutting the cord as well. if i could get the basic channels i like, plus local (PBS is a must) i might have to.

direcTv is crazy expensive. i dropped from the $142 a month to the $119 package. i get a $60 a month rebate from costco so it's not as bad as it sounds, but still.... when i called to drop my package, the person also gave me a $10 rebate after i said times are tough and i just don't use the extra channels enough to justify paying the extra money. they must know the streaming services are cutting into their profits and they have themselves way over priced. my promotional deal runs out in september and if they don't give me the same type of deal, they can pick up all of their stuff; i'll go cordless as well.
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2019, 10:21:44 PM »

One nice thing about streaming is how simple it is.

You just pay month to month, and you can cancel anytime (though they may charge you the rest of the month).  And you can sign up online or through your tv and you get it right away.  Just download the app and enter your login and password and you are set.  No having to wait for the cable guy.  Most of them will give you a free trial, so you can sign up, see how you like it, and then cancel before they start charging you. 

What is a little annoying is they all offer slightly different packages.  Youíll get the major channels with any of them, but if you really like sports some have more regional channels.  Also, depending on your market, you may or may not be able to get local stations.

I finally switched when I moved.  Verizon wanted me to set up two appointmentsó one for my WiFi and one for cable.  And then for the cable package, they did not count me as a new customer so I could net get their promo deals.  But they also cancelled my discounted package.  So I had to sign up for the ripoff regular deal that no one pays.  I told them that they were basically forcing me to go streaming, the sales guy pretty much agreed.  Then of course, right after I cancelled they were mailing and calling me every day with all these promo offers.  Same thing happened to my dad.

I know people still on cable and their reasoning is that basically they are getting a deal from the cable company and so their bill is not much more than streaming.  But itís still more.  For a bunch of channels you donít watch.  And also, do you really want to go through the thing where every year your promo deal runs out and you call five times until you find a rep who will give you another deal?

If PBS is a must for you though, you are SOL.  You can use the PBS app on Appletv with or without a streaming service, but you cannot get live programming. Thatís free.  Most member stations will offer PBS passport which gives you on-demand access to the big, national PBS programs if you donate $50 or so.  But you canít get live streaming, which means none of the small community access kind of stuff.  I donít think itís intentional, just that the little PBS stations donít have the resources to make it happen, or the audiences that would force the streaming services to work something out.

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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2019, 10:51:55 PM »

Honestly, much of this is way, way over my head.

I was on DirecTV for many years (2001-20016 or so), but when that got too expensive, I switched to Spectrum, bundling my TV and internet, and I have to say, I couldn't be happier. Not only did I save a lot of money, when I did that switch, I got the "gold" TV package, which gives me, literally, every single TV channel that is out there, including HBO, Showtime, etc. (all of which is On Demand), and crucially for me all the imaginable sports channels, and all of them in HD.

But of course that doesn't include netflix, hulu, prime amazon, or whatever. To be honest, it doesn't bother me one bit. I mean, how much can one watch? I am already overwhelmed with what Spectrum is offering.

I fully realize that this is an "ol' man's perspective" but I am quite happy with it.

Same with the way music is being made available these days. Am I interested in Apple's $9.99 monthly streaming service? No. I like to listen to music on CDs on my stereo system. Not interested in listening to it in ear-buds or whatever.
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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2019, 01:57:15 AM »

Cord cutting and Netflix are kind of two different things.

Netflix is just like HBO.  Where I am, the choices are Xfinity and Fios and Netflix is built into their cable boxes.  So, you can just subscribe to Netflix like you would HBO.  Itís $11 a month and it is HD, and everything on Netflix is on demand by default.

As for streaming, I donít get it because I want more channels.  I get it because I want LESS channels.  For $40, I get all the channels I want and none of the ones I donít.  Every channel has an app now.  So if I wanted to get Starz, HBO, Showtime, NFL and MLB Network and shitty regional sports networks like I would with cable, I could.  It would end up costing me the same amount as cable, though.  Thatís why I dropped cable.  I didnít want to pay for extra channels I do not need.  Or a set top box, regulatory fees and set top box/DVR just to get th the channels I do want. Itísa Cost saving measure, not a more TV measure.

Hulu is mostly the mediocre Handmaids Tale and on demand acccess to old TV shows.  I can live without it, which is why I ditched Hulu Live.  Amazon Prime has some decent movies every now and again and some okay shows.  I get Amazon Prime for the shipping and other things so Amazon Prime TV is essentially free to me.  Otherwise I could easily live without that as well.

But Netflix I could not live without.  If I were in a money pinch I would probably drop everything EXCEPT Netflix.  Itís what I watch probably 75% of the time, at least.  Itís right up there with HBO as far as their original programming dominating critics lists.  But they have more movies and quirky stuff not intended for mass appeal but are interesting if you are into music or comedy or whatever. 

HBO is the only channel I wish I had, but donít.  I just want to save some money and I like Netflix more.  But Iím constantly toying with the idea of getting HBO and dropping my other tv indulgence, which is NBC Premier League.  Especially since NBC Premier League gets simultaneously more expensive and shittier every year.



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« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2019, 07:23:12 AM »

youtube.tv definitely has a good interface, probably the best of any streaming service I've seen.  But they don't have Food Network or HGTV, so I can't get it.

I got hulu, the "basic" plan not the "with live TV" plan when it was on Black Friday sale for 99 cents a month for 12 months.  I will probably drop it at the end of that period.

I agree on Netflix being irreplaceable.  I have Amazon Prime more for the free shipping because it is my go-to for random stuff.  Need a charging cable?  Need a textbook?  Need a cat toy?  And then on top of that, they have a lot of good movies on Prime, and a lot of original shows that I am not a huge fan of.

I got HBO a while back for the last season of THE LEFTOVERS, and haven't canceled it... it's had enough value for me to continue on.  Very good original shows, and stuff to catch up on... even older movies when you get in the mood.
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2019, 10:35:13 AM »

For us it's a little different: we looked at what Spectrum is charging us, and we looked at what channels we wanted, and then priced out our options. We felt that the costs were less to keep the Spectrum cable service rather than "cut the cord." But it's close. And it's frankly because my wife really likes flipping through channels. I think she'd be fine flipping through just Netflix or Amazon Prime, but we haven't reached that yet.

For us, it's ~$65/month for the internet. So we'd still have to pay that. So the TV we're paying is really only about $65 on whatever year-long deal we're on right now, including Showtime and HBO. So if we cut the cord and signed up for HBO, plus whatever SlingTV or youtube.tv or other streaming options, we'd have to keep the costs less than $65 per month and we couldn't find a way to do that which was better value for our watching habits as they stand right now.

We really like HBO so don't want to cancel that, but even if we decide to do so, we're still waiting for the last season of Game of Thrones. So there's that, too.


*We're not cutting Netflix, obviously
*We have Amazon Prime because of shipping, so the streaming stuff was free to us, too
(same as you folks, I guess)



Separately, I really do want to cut-the-cord because of the obvious reasons but also because I'm so sad/mad at ESPN for how shitty they became since, oh, 2013 or so. They used to be awesome and then I realized how manipulative and boring they were. I would enjoy knowing that they are losing money because another person cut the cord.
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