Comparison of television services online

Comparison of TV Streaming Services

In the age of high speed internet, streaming your favorite movies, television shows and music is as easy as touching a button—the play button, that is. No longer are you required to sit down in front of the television at a certain time to watch the newest episode of your favorite series. No longer are you expected to buy expensive box set DVDs because a show is no longer running on its original network. No longer do television networks have the monopoly on amazing content.

Streaming content has come a long way and now finds itself venturing into the territory cable television. But this is good for you, ultimately providing you as the customer a wider variety of television streaming options—all at affordable prices. In the digital age of live streaming content and high speed internet, the only thing required of you is picking your favorite streaming site.

Netflix – $9.99/month

Netflix

The progenitor of the streaming service era and ultimately responsible for shaping the way we understand and interact with streaming websites in general, Netflix stands at the front of the line where streaming is concerned. Geared towards making its customers happy, and understanding your need to watch your favorites with ease, Netflix has an easy to use interface that even the newest of its customers is able to navigate. Additionally, with no commercial interruptions, you can catch up on any show they have available without having to sit through another cat food commercial.

In addition to hosting a variety of your favorite shows, Netflix is also responsible for the production of such shows as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, both of which are Netflix original shows.

Hulu – $7.99/month

Hulu

Another amazing streaming service is Hulu, with plans starting at just under 8 bucks a month. Unlike Netflix and Amazon, Hulu gets access to current television shows immediately, allowing you to watch all of the current shows airing on cable right now.

Like Netflix, Hulu produces original content, as well, including shows like Difficult People and Casual. Additionally, Hulu also hosts some shows that have been cancelled on television networks, like Fox’s The Mindy Project, which is now available for streaming on Hulu.

As it’s a partially ad-supported service, Hulu oftentimes has commercials at the beginning and end of its shows. An ad-free tier has been added to its list of services, allowing users to watch shows without ads, for just $11.99/month.

Amazon Prime Instant Video – $8.99/month

Amazon prime

Amazon’s online streaming service provides a large variety of content, and also produces its own original content, as well (including shows like Alpha House, Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle). Additionally, the service works even better for customers who frequently use Amazon.com for online shopping services. When bundled together, users get free two-day shipping with their online purchases from the website, as well as access to Amazon Music and Amazon Prime. The Amazon streaming service also allows for unlimited access to an extensive HBO collection of classic television shows, like The Sopranos and The Wire. Working with Viacom, Amazon Instant Video has even greater access to comedic and children’s programming, making it an excellent choice for families.

While many streaming services offer monthly subscription purchases for its customers, Amazon only offers an annual subscription. At $99 for an entire year of service, this service is a slightly more expensive investment up front. Another aspect to consider is how infrequently Amazon Instant Video gets access to new television series and its à la carte service for access to additional movies.

Sling.TV – $20/month

SLingtv

For those interested in watching cable television, you might be put off by the expensiveness of it all, as well as the access to more channels than you’ll ever watch and not want to invest. Luckily for you, there’s an alternative that’s both cheaper and more manageable channel-wise than traditional cable television.

Presented as a traditional cable television service with no hidden fees easy online cancellation, Sling TV is the best of both worlds: access to a dozen channels, without needing to sign a contract or pay a cable box rental fee. Sling TV offers channels that might otherwise be inaccessible without either cable or satellite television, including ESPN, CNN and Cartoon Network.

At 20 bucks a month, however, Sling TV is the most expensive of the streaming services by far. Those with larger families who want to watch multiple channels are also less likely to want to invest in this service, as Sling TV does not support access to its services on multiple devices.

HBO Now – $14.99/month

HBO now

HBO Now is the first premium cable network to branch out into the streaming service, and has done so amazingly. Although it comes second to HBO Go, this service does not require customers to have a cable service already. Instead, HBO Now is a streaming service that’s totally separate from cable television.

The newest episodes of your favorite HBO television shows (like Game of Thrones, Veep and True Detective) become available for streaming only minutes after premiering on the HBO television counterpart. In addition to access to current shows, customers are also given access to everything available on HBO Go, giving you a wide variety of premium shows, at a fraction of cable television prices.

While HBO Now gives its customers access to all of HBO’s premium content, including HBO originals, there’s not a lot to choose from on this front. As compared to other streaming services, HBO Now is lacking in content, giving customers access to shows that only aired originally on the television channel. With only 2,000 titles available (as compared to Hulu’s over 10,000 or Amazon Prime’s over 20,000), this service might not be the best for those interested in having access to a large amount of streamable content.

The Verdict

If you’re interested in having access to the most content available, with free two-day shipping, Amazon Prime might be the right choice for you. If you’re interested in premium cable content, give HBO Now a look. Netflix will provide you with an amazing amount of original shows, and Sling TV will act as the more manageable cable television.  At the end of the day, however, you’re the best decider when it comes to what online streaming service is best for you. Just be sure you get exactly what you’re looking for, and nothing less.  You can hop over to http://www.vidgostreamingtv.com/ if you want to find out about the next company in the streaming TV business.

The show is back on!!

Gilmore Girls Rises Again

Easily one of the most successful TV dramas of all time, Gilmore Girls ran from 2000 until 2007 and gained a massive following of dedicated viewers along the way. Based in the idillic, and fictional, town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, Gilmore Girls followed single mother Lorelai and her daughter Rory as they found their way through various romantic dramas and life issues. As a rare show that was both critically acclaimed and adored by the public, these two Gilmore Girls were long-running staples of America’s TV diet.

In the near-decade since the show closed, the legend of the Gilmore Girls has never faded. Individuals who watched the show during its original run can recall fondly the twists and turns of their favorite characters, and a whole new generation has discovered the show through streaming technology. Unlike many past successful shows, the popularity of the Gilmore Girls has not only never faded, it has grown. Still it came as quite a surprise in January when Netflix announced the return of Lorelai and Rory in The Gilmore Girls: Seasons.

Madeline Albright and Lauren Graham tweet about the revival
Madeline Albright and Lauren Graham tweet about the revival

As the latest show to be resurrected by Netflix, hot on the heels of the high profile X-Files reboot, the announcement of this Gilmore Girls resurrection has had many fans trying to guess at what is in store. Although Netflix is keeping the mystery firmly under wraps, there are some facts that are known, and from these facts fans can attempt to guess at what lies in store for Lorelai and Rory in 2016.

The first thing that is known is that Gilmore Girls: Seasons will only be four episodes. Viewers won’t be getting another seven seasons, so all of the action will have to be condensed into a much shorter span of time. In actuality, viewers will get a full year with Lorelai and Rory, as each of the four episodes will cover a season in Stars Hollow. We also know that the show will pick up after a time jump, catching up with our main characters after seven years. What has happened in the seven years since the last episode? One of the major aspects of this year we will spend with the Gilmores is finding out what has taken place over the past number of years.

Gilmore Girls will have everyone, but sookie back
Gilmore Girls will have everyone, but Sookie back

Another fact that is known is that most of the original character will indeed be back in action. Of course the two main Gilmores will be present, as will Dean and Logan, their romantic interests from the original episodes. Also back in action will be fan favorite Luke. The most controversial aspect of the new Gilmore Girls, however, will be the absence of Sookie. As Lorelai’s best friend and all-around warm and funny individual, Sookie will certainly be missed by any Gilmore fan. Apparently Melissa McCarthy is much too busy with her successful career to reprise the role, leaving a major hole in the original cast that may be tough to fill.

No matter what takes place in Gilmore Girls: Seasons, there is no doubt that this resurrection of the popular drama will be intriguing enough to bring in a huge number of viewers. Lets hope they won’t be disappointed.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Battle Creek

Battle Creek is an American drama television show that premiered in March of 2015. CBS green lighted the show from the creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan. After the series finale of Breaking Bad, Gilligan began immediately working on his next television drama. The show’s namesake is a city in Michigan, where the show’s story is based. The story follows an unlikely pair of partners; a police detective named Russ Agnew, played by Dean Winters, and an FBI Special Agent named Milton Chamberlain, played by Josh Duhamel. The show’s interesting dynamic focuses around the underdog police detective, coming from an under-budgeted police department, and a too-perfect-to-be-real golden boy FBI Agent.

Dean Winters is Detective Russ
Dean Winters is Detective Russ

The two are an unlikely pair, but they need one another in order to survive the wave of crime that has flooded the streets of Battle Creek. But their differences are what make their partnership all the more entertaining. Agnew and Chamberlain have two different—if not polar opposite—views on the world, crime solving, law enforcement and life in general. Special Agent Chamberlain is all sunshine and rainbows, adamantly believing in the goodness of humanity, while Detective Agnew is the aged cynic disgusted with the world and people in general. This dynamic is purposeful and deliberate, aimed at challenging the idea of buddy cop shows and the effortlessness of the friendship that sprouts between them. In Battle Creek, no such warm feelings come from these agents, who are stubborn and stuck in their ways, each for the own personal reasons.

This dynamic makes for a show that constantly puts these two officers at odds with one another, very unlike buddy cop shows in the past. Seeming to have a sort of “identity crisis,” it’s unclear if Battle Creek is meant to be a comedy about two mismatched cops, or is a linear story about the daily lives of law enforcement agencies and their agents? While the series seems to go back forth a bit, mixing in both comedy and drama, the show seems rather stable, forcing the audience to be just as engaged in the nonsense episodes as they are in the more serious episodes.

Josh Duhamel is special agent Milton Chamberlain
Josh Duhamel is special agent Milton Chamberlain

This mixing of light humor and dark humor is what makes Battle Creek an interesting show. Stemming from the show’s producers, Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House) this delightful mixture is what their previous shows as entertaining and interesting as they were during their airings. The characters presented in Battle Creek are more than what they present themselves as, having deeper, real-life struggles that are unique to their situation and their lives.

That said, there’s also this feeling of brotherhood between these two agents, despite their obvious disliking of one another. They’re not buddy cops in the traditional sense, but their constant challenging of one another is what constantly pushes them forward to clean up the messy streets of their city. To some, Battle Creek may not seem to be breaking any new ground in the realm of television, but it’s a challengingly fresh look at buddy cop shows, one that’s both convincing and genuine in its storytelling and characters. It’s witty and funny, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, finding time to parody Breaking Bad in the second episode. In that regard, it’s well worth the watch. You can find more TV & web entertainment options

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Marley & Me: An Emotional Roller-Coaster

Josh Grogan is best known as the journalist who penned the original bestselling Marley & Me memoir, which inspired a motion picture by the same name; a potential television series based on the characters is also currently in the works from NBC. Although it is his most popular work do ate, Grogan’s literary Marley career didn’t end with the film or even the original book—Grogan has penned a series of “Marley” books aimed at younger readers. The book series is fairly popular, although its sales and awards have not yet achieved the same breakout success as the original memoir. The following is a brief guide to Josh Grogan’s “Marley” books.

Owen Wilson is John Grogan
Owen Wilson is John Grogan

Marley: A Dog Like No Other

The original Marley and Me (2008) memoir was written with an older audience in mind, as it contains references to some adult situations and concepts. Marley: A Dog Like No Other is Grogan’s adaptation of his original memoir, which was written to be appropriate for younger viewers. The adaptation removes references to certain violent and adult situations that are present in the original novel, and focuses much more on Marley rather than on the Grogan family as a whole.

‘Marley!’ Picture Books

Jennifer Aniston is Jennifer Grogan
Jennifer Aniston is Jennifer Grogan

The ‘Marley!” picture books are a book series intended for younger readers. The picture book series is very loosely based on Grogan’s original memoir and some of the stories are based on real-life Marley antics; but they mostly contain new stories which are intended to engage younger readers. The picture book series includes the following books: Bad Dog, Marley; A Very Marley Christmas; Marley Goes to School; Marley Steals the Show; Sit, Marley, Sit; Marley and the Kittens; Christmas is Coming, Marley; Marley Looks for Love; Marley Springs Ahead; Marley, Thanks Mom and Dad; Trick or Treat, Marley; and Marley and the Great Easter Egg Hunt.

‘Marley’ I Can Read Books

Eric Dane is Sebastian Tunney
Eric Dane is Sebastian Tunney

The ‘Marley” I Can Read books are were written with slightly older readers in mind compared to the picture book series, and contain a larger vocabulary and more complicated stories than Grogan’s Marley picture books. The books in the ‘Marley’ I Can Read book series are: Marley and the Runaway Pumpkin; Snow Dog Marley; Marley, Farm Dog; Marley, Messy Dog; and Marley Learns a Lesson. Grogan has also published several Marley activity books, including a coloring book and an activity book filled with Marley stickers. Do you and your lab love Marley and Me? This hoodie is for you.

 

Behind the Scenes with Once Upon A Time

Once Upon a Time and Fractured Fairy Tales

The popularity of Once Upon a Time may come as a surprise to some TV critics, who predicted the show would fail, to television viewers, Once Upon a Time’s success is just another home run for fractured fairy tales.

Fractured fairy tales, if you haven’t heard of the term, refers to fairy tales with some kind of twist that “fractures” the story. These twists ‘fracture’ the story by telling it in a different way than what is normally expected. A fractured version of Snow White might tell the story from the Evil Queen’s now-sympathetic point of view—or, to use Once Upon a Time as an example—take the seemingly sweet, innocent character of Snow White and have her become a forest bandit. The reason for the popularity of fractured fairy tales might just lie with our perpetual fascination with fairy tales in general. Many children are exposed to the “classics” when they are young—usually as storybooks—and for many people; the fascination does not necessarily end with puberty. Fractured fairy tales are especially popular in the middle grade and young adult literature scenes, where once again seemingly innocent or sweet storylines are turned darker, edgier and even sexier.

Being part of OUAT's production must be fun. Their bloopers are hilarious
Being part of OUAT’s production must be fun. Their bloopers are hilarious

Speculation could be made that more adult fractured fairy tales, like the ‘fractures’ found in Once Upon a Time, allow older children and adults to enjoy the story of fairy tales without feeling guilty or embarrassed for having done so. Although many of the original fairy tales found in countless anthologies contain gruesome imagery (Cinderella’s stepsisters getting their eyes plucked out, anyone?) most people have a sanitized view of them that puts them forever in the “childhood” market.

Emilie De Ravin is Belle
Emilie De Ravin is Belle

Fractured versions take them out of the realm of kiddy material and make them seem more age appropriate. What a show like Once Upon a Time may do, then, is create a more adult fractured fairy tale that lets viewers enjoy the true love aspect of Prince Charming and Snow White’s love that harkens back to the storybook s they adored as children—while also rooting for Snow White when she decides to raise an army against the queen and kick some fairy tale butt. Find more information here. Of course, many people simply love fairy tales without guilt or hesitation, and their enjoyment of Once Upon a Time is another extension of that love—fractured or not.

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The A-Team

If there was ever a show that followed a formula until it wore it down into infinity, it was The A-Team. I liked the show for a long time but once you sit down and watch episode after episode, it’s like, really? This is happening again? We did this last episode. Yeah, it’s fun and all but can we grow a little bit, can we become a little wiser or different or more mature? I suppose a show like The A-Team, where a former crack commando team wrongly accused of a crime go on the run and help people in need, appeals to the stupid young man in all of us.

Starring George Peppard as John 'Hannibal' Smith
Starring George Peppard as John ‘Hannibal’ Smith

This is not a show that appeals to women. Not at all. You’ve got four men, all former military, working together to fight crime and save the innocent, all the while shooting up anything that moves and winking at hot girls, many of which just happen to be the victims they are saving. Yeah, a lot of macho guy stuff going on here. Which is great for a while. I love seeing Murdoch, the crazy tech guy, arguing with B.A. Baracus, played with reckless energy by Mr. T, who is the team’s mechanic and muscle. Faceman was the guy that could go undercover, swindle the ladies into anything, and also drive a pretty wicked corvette. They were led by Colonel Hannibal Smith, played by the character actor George Peppard. They all worked well together and had strange character traits. Murdock was crazy and lived in a military insane asylum and much of the early plots revolved around the rest of the guys busting him out so they go do their thing. And B. A. was deathly afraid of flying. But you can only do this so much.

Dirk Benedict was also a crucial part of the A team
Dirk Benedict was also a crucial part of the A team

Each episode begins to get repetitive after forty or so missions. It was a one trick pony. You know they are going bust Murdock out, B. A. will refused to get on the plane but they drug him, they will build something to defeat the bad guys, usually having to do with their van, etc. It’s great entertainment for while at least. Sign up with AT&T U-verse TV to watch the old reruns of the A-Team.

Television in the 21st century

Cable TV HDTV Bundle Deals

The manner in which we receive television subscriptions have changed within the last several years. For instance, bundled cable packages are becoming increasingly popular within the United States. These bundled packages include television, telephone and internet services all in one. This package deal can save a family hundreds of dollars every year when compared to other companies. With the economical hardships that are facing many Americans today, bundled cable packages are quite affordable. Just click here to check availability in your area of the USA. Nearly everyone, including all members of the family, needs to access the internet for several reasons throughout the day.

Some include online banking, music streaming, playing games, or maybe just to do some online shopping. Whatever the case may be, you will want a reliable high speed internet connection. Besides reliability, our broadband internet connection can be characterized as blazingly fast. You can surf the web at speeds of up to 16Mbps. Furthermore, anti-virus software as well as security is also included with your subscription. Not only should you expect to achieve a dependable internet connection, you can also expect to have the most crystal clear digital voice telephone as well. Included are several features such as voice mail, caller ID and unlimited local and long distance.

5k is the Future of Television
5k is the Future of Television

This will enable you to stay in touch with friends and family both locally as well as long-distance equally. No more waiting until the next holiday to catch-up with the out-of-state relatives. In addition, you can also look forward to receiving the highest quality HDTV (high definition television) possible. Service providers are offering DVR (digital video recorder) along with the service as well. DVR gives you the greatest control when watching your favorite television shows in that you are able to play, pause or fast forward whenever necessary. If you wish to get up for a bowl of popcorn and do not want to wait for a commercial, simply pause your program and resume it once you are ready. Most consumers who have taken advantage of this option seem to enjoy it very much. Check out your options right here. Along with the DVR, you are promised to have clear television channels, both local and digital alike. You will receive a vast amount of channels to surf through, most likely in excess of 200 or more. Among the many, there will be several sports channels, news channels and children’s channels. This will delight the entire family in that there will be several options for them all. Additionally, there is no need to be concerned about your children viewing a television program that you do not wish for them to see because there is also a parental control panel that is offered. Furthermore, there are other options as well. For example, On Demand programs are available. Some are free and others you can watch for a nominal fee.

LG UK 2015 4K OLED TV Launch
LG UK 2015 4K OLED TV Launch

This can be especially helpful if you have children that only enjoy certain programs or if you wish to see the most recently released movies without ever leaving the comforts of your home. In general, there are a number of options available to you for your television, telephone and internet needs; however, by considering a bundled cable package of HDTV with DVR, digital telephone and broadband internet you will not be disappointed. These services, when put together in a bundle, have the highest value and are the most beneficial as far as service and cost