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Instant Streaming Movie Service Reviews

May 15, 2014

We are in the digital age where video rental is a thing of the past. Most people no longer even own a VCR (Video Cassette Recorder). I can’t even remember the last time I went somewhere to rent a DVD. I don’t even subscribe to cable or satellite TV anymore. All the movies I see now are all online through a digital streaming movie service. I have ranked these in order of best to worst.

Netflix – After trying out all of the different services Netflix is still my favorite. Pros – Works on game consoles, iPads, tablets etc. Finding what you want to watch is easy to find. Has the largest selection of past seasons TV/Cable TV episodes of the most popular shows including BBC TV shows. Movies all stream in 1080p Super HD, which is higher resolution than competitors where you have to pay additional to view in higher resolution. Cons – Newer movies may not be available as soon as other movie services get them. Smaller selection of new release movies, newer TV shows you usually need to wait longer for them to be released. Cost – $7.99 with 1 month free trial.

AmazonPrime – Convenient and easy. Pros – Works on game consoles, iPads, tablets etc. Finding what you want to watch is easy to find. Movies are similar selection to Netflix with some newer movies. Cons – Most movies stream at a lower resolution. You are charged and additional amount to view movies in HD and higher resolution. There is an additional charge to watch some new release movies, newer TV shows you usually need to wait longer for them to be released.  Cost – $99 per year, with a 30 day free trial.

RedBox – Instant Streaming movies with kiosk rentals. Pros – Works on game consoles, iPads, tablets etc. Finding what you want to watch is easy to find. Has the best selection on the newest release movies. Cons – Most new release movies have to be picked up at a kiosk and are not available in instant streaming mode. Fewer movies overall than Netflix and Amazon, extremely limited TV show selection. Charges higher price to watch blue ray movies. Cost – $8 per month, with 1 month free trial, includes  4 kiosk rentals. $3 per movie rental, if you don’t want to subscribe to monthly service.

Hulu Plus – Very limited selection for those that don’t subscribe to cable TV. Pros – Works on game consoles, iPads, tablets etc. Has a good selection of the newest TV/Cable TV episodes of the most popular shows, great selection on movie trailers. Cons – Not as user friendly compared to other service providers. Commercials are often added to TV Shows. Newer movies may only have trailers to watch and charge an additional cost to watch the movie. Cost – $7.99 per month, with 7 day free trial.

 

 

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Beware of Sweepstakes Asking for Money

May 29, 2013

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I despise companies that take advantage of people asking them for money in order to receive a prize. There are also companies or individuals posing as legitimate companies to collect personal bank account information. There are all types. This is a scam I received in the mail today.

Award Assessment Division
PO Box 2905
Kansas City, KS 66110-2905
United States of America

This company claims that I have won $3,000,000.00 and that I am scheduled to receive 30 payments of $100,000.00 over a 30 year distribution. They are requesting that I send a check back to them in the amount of $11.89 in order to secure premium offer acquisition fee in order to secure delivery. They state that payment is required in order to reserve delivery. After doing some research the company NextGen, Inc. is responsible for sending out these mailings. There have been many complaints logged against them at the Better Business Bureau. http://www.bbb.org/kansas-city/business-reviews/prize-promotions/next-gen-inc-in-overland-park-ks-89110035/

As a general rule never send a company money as a condition in order to win something. Some companies will offer legitimate products or a service that is never a condition for winning sweepstakes. Always check out the company you are dealing with before you do business with them.

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Charlie Chaplin Unexplained Footage: Real or a Hoax?

October 29, 2010

There has been a huge buzz going on all over twitter, YouTube. I had to wounder what the huge buzz was about with Charlie Chaplin as the main topic. This is very interesting, a video was posted that is “supposedly” to be from 1928. What do you think is this real or a hoax? Can you see something from modern times?

I personally don’t think this is real. If this is real footage  from 1928, why did someone just barley discover it this week? I watched the video first before reading any of the comments and it’s very easy to detect. I’d like to know your thoughts, what do you think?

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Free Music On iTunes

January 18, 2010

I am an avid listener of iTunes. Since 2000 I have listened to their free internet radio. I tunes has been featuring new and upcoming artists by offering a free download every week. How awesome it is to get great music you can download for free. What a great way to promote new music.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-song-notifier-for-itunes/id668309237?mt=8

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Top 10 Movie Rentals for September 2008

September 26, 2008

1. Leatherheads
This movie is a Comedy set in the 1920’s. This movie is about how professional football started. Entertaining with a great cast. *A great family show with mild language

2. The Riddle
This movie is a Mystery, Drama. This movie set in Britain. A reporter loses his friend to a brutal murder, a mystery surrounding an old Charles Dickens Manuscript. Quite enjoyable if you can understand the British slang. You may have to watch this more than once to get the full details. *Recommended for children over 13

3. Then She Found Me
This movie is a Comedy, Drama. April Epner (Helen Hunt) meets the mother (Bette Midler) who gave her up for adoption, an unlikely interesting story. Great cast, Bette Midler delivers an entertaining performance. *Rated for Mature audiences for language

4. The Forbidden Kingdom
This movie is a Action, Comedy set in a fantasy world. Staring Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano. A staff must be returned to it’s rightful owner the Monkey King. An entertaining movie with a some violence. *Recommended for children over 13

5. 88 Minutes
This movie is an Action/Drama. Dr.Gramm (Al Pacino) is a forensic Psychiatrist and a college professor, receives a death threat that he only has 88 minutes to live. This movie is will keep you on the edge of your seat, the ending will surprise you. *Rated for Mature audiences for language, explicit violent content

6. Baby Mama
This movie is a Comedy. Tina Fey plays a 37 year old woman who has never been married and is unable to carrie children through artificial insemination, hires a woman to carry a baby for her. This movie is absolutely silly at times and slightly unbelievable. I thought it was entertaining, better than expected with a great cast Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin. *Recommended for children over 13

7. Made of Honor
This movie is a Romantic Comedy. Tom (Patrick Dempsey) is a womanizer, becomes friends with Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) who asks tom to be her made of honor. This movie is entertaining, follows the same story line as my best friend’s wedding. *Recommended for children over 13

8. What Happens in Vegas
This movie is a Comedy. After being dumped by her fiance, Joy (Cameron Diaz) and her friend go to Vegas for a wild weekend, where she meets Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher). This is one of those silly movies that you either like it or hate it. I thought it was entertaining, I know some people that just love this move. *Recommended for children over 13

9. The Love Guru
This movie is a Comedy. The Love Guru (Mike Meyers) is hired to help Darren Roanoake (Romany Malco) plays for the Canadian Maple Leafs hockey team, who needs desperate help with his love life. Funny and much like the Austin Powers series movies, many sex references throughout. *Recommended for children over 13

10. Run Fat Boy Run
This movie is a Comedy. Set in England, stars Dennis (Simon Peg) and Libby (Thandie Newton) had a relationship once, Dennis gets jealous when Libby meets Whit (Hank Azaria). Dennis enters a marathon to prove he is not a quitter. This was slow moving to get to the story, could have been edited better. *Recommended for children over 13

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TOP 10 MOVIE Rentals for AUGUST 2008

August 25, 2008

1. The Bucket List
This movie will make you smile, if not laugh a little. This movie is about two men that are ill and set out a “to do” type list. *Recommended for children over 13

2. Vantage Point
This is an intense movie, with lots of details you won’t want to miss. It makes me wonder if it was shot in one day. A political film that takes place in Spain, takes you into perspective in different points of view.
*Recommended for children over 13

3. National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
Continued series from the first film National Treasure. This film is full of intensity and history.
*Great film for the entire family

4. Definitely, Maybe
A great heart warming film that you can relate to. A man tells of his life and explains to his daughter about his past relationships.
*Recommended for children over 13

5. Mad Money
This film has a great cast. A movie that creates a “what if” type of thinking. This comedy is a lot of fun to watch. *Ok for children under 13

6. P.S. I Love You
This show is not what I expected. Not as gooey as you think. A great show you should watch with anyone you love.
*Recommended for children over 13

7. Juno
This film is about teen pregnancy. An excellent movie with a good message, a must see for every teenager.
*Recommended for children over 13

8. No Reservations
Any kid going into high school should see this comedy. This film is about some kids that seek protection from a body guard. *Recommended for children over 13

9. 21
A movie that makes you think. This does really happen in Vegas. This film is not as good as it was hyped up to be. *Recommended for children over 13

10. Drillbit Taylor
Any kid going into high school should see this comedy. This film is about some kids that seek protection from a body guard. *Recommended for children over 13