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Episode 72

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Frame Rate 72:

Intro Video

The Big Story

Another Big Story

Yet Another Big Story

Slip Stream

Tube Tops

Film Falm

What We're Watching

Feedback

I wanted to write in and talk about Brian's reaction to the Big Bang Theory. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I'm not out to change minds but I wanted to write in because I hear these same criticisms frequently and they seem to keep smart people away from an otherwise entertaining show. Brian commented on their use of a laugh track and, while awful, it seems to be an unavoidable byproduct of being on CBS. The Tiffany Network loves their canned inhuman laughter for whatever reason. If you remember the producers of MASH had to go to the mat on the issue 40 years ago (yes, 40) and still only managed to keep the laugh track out of the OR scenes. The other criticism that comes up a lot, which Brian touched on, is that it mocks geek culture. As a nerd (according to that venn diagram) and lapsed scientist (a biologist that now works as a web programmer) I see the show as a farce. I don't see any reason for geeks to be any more upset by the Big Bang Theory than police officers/detectives were by Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther. Still, if the choice has to be made; stick with Community as it is a better show.

Derek



Just wanted to write in and provide another example of main stream media starting to understand online viewers are just as valuable as television viewers. Up here is Canada the CBC is streaming all Stanley Cup playoff games they cover for free. This is excellent for hockey fans who also may be cord cutters. The quality may not be as good as TV, but hey, take what you can get."


Mike



In your discussion of the act that Netflix is trying to overturn, it finally hit me: is vudu breaking the law?

After every single movie I watch on vudu, I rate the movie and then post the fact that I've watched it on their service to Facebook. It seems to me that this is exactly what Netflix is trying to do, but is barred from doing at the moment. Is vudu just flying under the radar here?

ps- vudu is a service that makes me puzzled by the slow movement to digital distribution by the recording industry. I regularly pay $6 per rental on vudu, because the quality is unmatched by any streaming service and the convenience is fantastic. I can't fathom how the industry is not making money off of a $6 rental. I know they'd rather sell me the movie, but I'm done buying movies in disc or digital form. I don't watch 99% of them enough times to justify it."


Matt



"You have spoken many times about the need for a streaming service that will replace the cable experience of turning on a channel and letting it play in the background. I have found the perfect analogy to what this service will look like.

Pandora Radio already does this for music. I am a huge fan of Pandora over other streaming services because often times I want a ""radio"" experience, IE: I don't know what song is coming up next, I may not even know who this band is, I just want music that fits a general set of guidelines for what I want to listen to right now (like ska, rock, punk, Christmas, etc.). Even if I create a ""Rolling Stones"" playlist, it doesn't play only Rolling Stones songs, it plays songs that are similar to their style.

What we really need is a ""Pandora TV"", a service where you can have generic playlists, hit ""Play"", and stuff just starts getting thrown at you. Playlists could be genres (comedy, horror, suspense), actors (Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Robin Williams), directors (Spike Lee, Peter Jackson), or any other way you could think of defining a ""mood"" of what you want to watch right now. Of course the ""Peter Jackson"" playlist wouldn't only play Peter Jackson movies, it would show media that is similar to Peter Jackson movies. You could Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down media, better defining each playlist and your personal tastes, and you could switch playlists at any given time, so the possibilities of what you could watch are endless!

The best part is that you don't know what will show next! It may be something you have seen, it may be new, it may be crap, but you know it will fit within the playlist (mood) you have told it to play.

I really think that this type of service could revolutionize the media-watching experience (just like Pandora Radio did for me). The only question is: who will get to it first?


Matthew


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