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Home Entertainment Comparison

May 22nd, 2015

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Costs (each month): Starts at $7.99

Option: Wide collection of movies and TV shows

Netflix is a very affordable option and it cost less than $8 per month. Netflix also holds a wide variety of movies, however, most of them are older ones. Those that make use of Netflix can expect some TV shows as well, along with a few series that you might have never heard of before. Recently, Netflix has been improving their collection in new TV shows and also new movies. Furthermore, they also produced a couple of their own series.

Amazon Instant Video

Options: Old and new Movies and TV showsCosts (each month): A $99/annually Prime Membership fee is required

The disadvantage of  Amazon Instant Video is the fact that it involves a yearly Prime Membership fee of $99. In addition to that, all movies are not free to watch and certain movies require a fee of $2.99. The advantages of Amazon Instant Video are that when you subscribe to the Prime Membership, you get 2 days, free shipping on practically every purchase from Amazon. Something to look forward to would be their wide selection of movies and TV shows, with new titles being added on a daily basis. Just like Netflix, Amazon has also released a few of their own series and is only available through Amazon Instant Video.

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Hulu

Cost (each month): $7.99

Options: Fantastic collection of latest movies and shows

Hulu offers a wide selection of the latest movies as well as TV shows and they update their library on a daily basis. The only disadvantage of Hulu is the fact that you have to watch the movies as soon as possible. The reason for this is the fact that they remove older episodes to make room for the new ones. Hulu also includes something for every member of the family, even the little ones. And if you enjoy reality shows than Hulu is a great option for you.

Roku

Cost (each month): $49 to $99 (once-off)

Options: Forever is increasing with variety

Roku is not a site or service like the above mentioned sites for smart TV. Roku is actually a device that you purchase. You have the option to choose from, Roku TV, a streaming stick or Roku box. The good news is after you have purchased the device you won’t have to pay any monthly fees to have access to all favorite channels. The disadvantage about Roku is the fact that some channels do require subscriptions, however they are not expensive. Because Roku only requires a once-off fee and continually increase their variety, they are becoming increasingly popular.

Cost (each month): $20Sling TV

Options: Standard package has an excellent collection and add-ons are obtainable

Sling TV can be enjoyed on your TV, smartphone or tablet whenever you want. For the reason that Sling TV is quite affordable, it is now increasing in popularity. And what is great about Sling Tv is that it does not require any installation or setup fee. The standard $20/month package offers you several channels that can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including TNT, Disney Channel and ESPN and much more. In addition, they offer add- on packages such as Travel and Kids, which allows you to choose only the channels that you are interested in.

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PlayStation Vue

Costs (each month): $50

Options: Good range

PlayStation Vue is usually compared to Sling TV since neither involve contracts and each make use of the internet to stream shows, however, with a  $30 increase in the price. In addition, you won’t have to worry about additional USB sticks or boxes, since all of this is done through the PlayStation. That additional $30 per month also provides you with a couple of other features. Obviously, PlayStation Vue was only introduced to residents in Chicago, NYC and  Philadelphia and thus you will have to own a PS3 or PS 4 to use it. In case you are one of the people that fits this criteria, it’s possible to test PlayStation Vue for free, making use of their trial.

Satellite TV and Traditional cable are dying, and the industry is aware of it. With just about every household now having access to the internet, it is only practical that competitors are attempting to move their concentration onto digital streaming, however satellite TV and cable TV still has plenty of advantages and still hold a huge percentage of the industry. Why? With traditional TV, you will always have something to watch and you can look forward to a new TV show or the news. Upon choosing the ideal package to suit your specific needs, you will get value for your money, since nothing compared to the hundreds (and even thousands) of live channels that will always be playing movies and TV shows.

Cable TV

Costs (each month): Varies (usually higher in price than satellite)

Options: Large

Stuggling to choose between satellite TV and cable? Both are excellent choices in terms of movies and TV shows, however, for those bad weather conditions, cable will be able to endure it and in addition they offer a trusted service. Furthermore, Cable TV is restricted in its service area, since there has to be a Cable TV firm in your area that will be able to connect the cable to your home in order to get service. Unfortunately, this means that rural areas are unable to make use of cable TV. However, cable TV is far better for apartment renters and those who don’t want the responsibility of long-term contracts.

Satellite TV

Costs (each month): Varies

Options: Large

Satellite TV is usually less expensive than cable, but tends to be cut off by bad climatic conditions. Satellite TV can even be installed almost anywhere it is possible to set up a dish and you will get service. Satellite TV usually leads to a long-term contract, however, which is often challenging to get out of in case you move or are no longer interested in the service.

Conclusion

All these are excellent choices to consider, you actually only have to take into consideration your situation and budget. If you’re among those people who search through their existing live TV collection and believes “there’s nothing on,” choosing an on-demand service such as Hulu, Amazon or Netflix is an excellent choice. If monthly fees aren’t an option for you, Roku is an excellent choice and features a multitude of channels to select from, despite the fact that some require a fee. If you like the idea of live TV and the fact that you can choose the channels you like, and then Sling TV is an excellent option. If you are a citizen of any of the areas where PlayStation Vue can be obtained, make sure you give the trial a try and see how you feel. Lastly, if you love the fact that there is always something to watch on TV, a new movie or TV show, opt for the traditional alternatives of cable or satellite.

Why South Park’s “Lorde” Parody Hit All the Right Notes

December 23rd, 2014

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One of the most memorable gags from the recent season of South Park was an episodes-long running joke about the hit teenage singer, Lorde. The joke involved Randy Marsh, the father of Stan Marsh; Randy is well known in the show for his many shenanigans but few fans could have predicted this particular comedic twist. In an episode that poked fun and explored the concept of various “identities,” include gender identity, it was revealed that Randy Marsh was, in fact, Lorde—a female teenage persona he created to express himself. The joke became a running gag when it was continued in further episodes and it has been ‘meme-ed,’ quoted and paraded around the internet as one of the best jokes in the season. But why did the “Lorde” parody work so well? Let’s look at three reasons it hit all of the right notes.

south-park-community-center It “fits” Lorde’s persona

Lorde’s persona is mysterious. The teenager doesn’t like to do interviews or a lot of press, and she prefers to keep her private life just that—private. This means that there is a lot that fans and the world doesn’t know about Lorde. The idea that behind the mysterious public appearances and behind the studio recordings there was a middle aged man in a wig is silly—but it works because of Lorde’s private persona.

It’s actually somewhat relatable

Even though the gag was played for laughs, it was still relatable in the sense that many people express themselves in ways that might be unusual—even if they aren’t always as extreme as a middle aged man pretending to be a hit teenage female singer. The joke also came at a time when talks about gender identity, sexual identity and other identities related to people who feel that they don’t fit social norms is at an all-time high. This isn’t the first time that South Park has touched on the idea of people feeling that they have different identities—but it would be the first time that it wasn’t portrayed as being a laughingstock.

Lorde appreciated the humor

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Lorde herself revealed that she not only watched the episode that first parodied her, but she found it funny! The singer even went so far as to “sing” the parody lyrics from the show, which was essentially warbling noises accompanied by Randy Marsh singing: “Lorde, Lorde, I am Lorde.” Keep up with Lorde, South Park, and Azaleia Banks on here.