Movies and Streaming Video

Sling TV Expands Again with HBO and Updates

HBO is available through Sling TV service…now! It’s a considerate gesture before the “Game of Thrones” and “Silicon Valley” premieres on Sunday, April 12, for those Sling TV package subscribers who have the standard “Best of Live TV” at $15 per month.


“Orange is the New Black” Season 3 Trailer is Here!

Netflix just made your day a lot better with a new “Orange is the New Black” trailer. All your favorites are there, and after the darkness of season 2 this looks like a return to the mix of humor and drama in Season 1. Also, no Larry, so hooray for small miracles!


Star Wars the Digital Collection Comes to iTunes and Amazon April 10th!

Part of my low-key recent birthday was watching a mid-afternoon movie. I wanted to watch one of my favorites, and ended up choosing ‘Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back’, a classic I saw in theaters 35 years ago and dozens of times since. Soon I can watch it on my iPhone, as a digital release arrives April 10th!


Fast & Fun! Furious 7 Film Review

Get in high gear at the theaters with the recommended Furious 7 filled with stars, action, thrills, and amazing stuntwork. Paul Walker’s final film role adds to the surprisingly poignant dramatic elements as this seventh installment of the film series




Jay-Z’s ‘TIDAL’ Streaming Service to Be Owned by the Artists

In a “rich getting richer” move by Jay-Z, and a way for artists to make even more money than they already have, joined forces with 15 of today’s popular musical artists to announce TIDAL, the first ever artist owned streaming service.  The subscription-based service has two tiered plans offering high quality music and sound.



CNNgo Is the Latest Channel for Apple TV

Earlier this week, CNN announced that Apple TV would be gaining their CNNgo app channel. On Wednesday, Apple silently pushed an update to their Apple TV with the CNNGo app, that taps into the CNNgo service (which requires a subscription to a pay-tv partner).



The X-Files Returns with Six New Episodes!

I will never forget The X-Files. When I was a kid, I used to live for Friday nights so I could watch The X-Files while my parents were out. I’m still terrified of sewers after the Chernobyl worm man episode. So my geeky heart is all aflutter with news of SIX NEW EPISODES!


Panasonic Introduces Their First App, HomeTeam!

HomeTeam is a new service from Panasonic that was created specifically to build lasting bonds and meaningful connections between grandparents and grandchildren through shared activities like video calls, shared real-time book reading over video, and shared game play.



Hulu Gets Exclusive Rights to Stream Hit Show “Empire”

Not even 48 hours after Season 1 of Fox’s breakout hit television show Empire ended, and it has already found a new home in the confines of Hulu. That’s not too farfetched, though, because Fox is already one of the top three investors in the subscription-based service.


Take That, Taylor! Streaming Music Makes More Money Than Albums

It seems as if Ms Swift may have lost the war in the saga of free music. Many artist states that free streaming is “killing the music industry”. But for the first time ever, the annual revenue from streaming music services like Rdio, Pandora, Spotify and Soundcloud have eclipsed the yearly revenue of hard copy albums.


Netflix New Releases for April 1st, 2015

Have you watched everything Netflix has to offer? Have you binged through all of House of Cards season three, and now you have nothing to watch? Well you know that every month Netflix adds a few dozen new movies to its queue, and in the process they remove some older movies.


Check Out the ‘808’ Trailer – a Movie About a Drum Machine

I remember the Roland Rhythm Composer TR-808 at music stores in Boston and thinking it was cute and fun but not very ‘drum-like’, which was the prevailing opinion. Then songs like ‘Planet Rock’ and ‘Sexual Healing’ landed and suddenly it was THE sound – and has made a comeback in recent years. Now it gets a documentary premiering at SXSW.


Synology Releases DiskStation Manager 5.2 Beta, Gives out 3 NAS to Testers

Synology, one of my favorite NAS brands, has just released their DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.2 beta software. DSM is Synology’s award-winning NAS operating system software. Along with a host of other features, DSM 5.2 beta is designed to make managing your own private cloud a whole lot easier. Synology is also giving away three DS214se to the most valuable testers!



Musicless Music Videos Will Be Your New Bizarre Obsession

Over at Buzzfeed there is a post highlighting the videos of Mario Wienerroither, who posts ‘musicless’ videos by stripping the original music and remixing them with either actual or imagined sounds and effects of what might have been going on during the filming video. The results are awkward and embarrassing … but always intriguing!


‘Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – Omaze Premiere Experience

Robert Downey Jr. (a.k.a. ‘Iron Man’) has become even more of a fan favorite with his recent announcement about a special event for the premiere of upcoming Marvel superhero sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron with all entries benefiting a children’s hospice charity through the Omaze platform.