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.
Movies and Streaming Video
It looks like we’re headed to a Block Buster year at the movies! We started the week with a movie trailer for Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation, and it seems as if 2015 is going to be a GOOD year to grab yourself some popcorn and enjoy the silver screen.
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).
Starting today, Vessel, a new online video watching network is offering up subscriptions for access to videos from some very popular online personalities, as well as some well-known shows three or so days before the content becomes available on YouTube.
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!
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.
It looks like Ethan Hunt and the team are back in the new trailer for Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation. Arriving this summer in theaters, the fifth installment of the MI series, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, has a trailer available for view online!
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.
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.
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.
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, 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!
The Sling TV service adds AMC and IFC to their offerings plus a new “Hollywood Extra” add-on that includes four VOD-capable Epix movie channels (EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3, EPIX Drive-In) and Sundance TV for an additional $5 a month.
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!
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.
The NVIDIA Shield tablet is a solid gaming-centric device that has racked up some solid PC-port games since release. Now NVIDIA has returned at GDC with the announcement of a ‘set top gaming box’ that will be the world’s first 4K Android TV consumer product when it’s released, and also be loaded with great gaming features.
After being pulled from the App Store in 2011, and a brief return before being removed in 2014, the popular open source media player “VLC for iPhone” is now back! VLC allows you to play nearly every kind of video format you can possibly think of.
The Emmy-winning series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has returned to Netflix with all 13 episodes of the third season available to viewers.
The comedy/satire television show Parks and Recreation shot in ‘mockumentary-style’ aired their final episode after seven seasons on NBC, but fans can get plenty more thanks to streaming media options and home video. This unique fan favorite piled on great comedy and community morals to create some memorable television, which lives on through diehard fans.
Sad news in the world of science fiction-Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. He was an icon as Mr Spock, the half-Vulcan science officer on Star Trek, as well as a fixture in various other science fiction shows (like Fringe). His contributions to pop culture cannot be understated, and he will be missed by fans everywhere!
Gear up your devices, streaming resources and DVD/Blu-ray players! Here is the current movie/home video calendar for March 2015.