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Tech Update 4: Hulu Plus (Hulu on PS3 console)

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by raingeg

Today is a great day. For the last three years I’ve been trying to find ways to make my Playstation 3 and Hulu work together to give me my favorite “television” shows on my television. I’ve tried many things like Tversity and PlayOn which allow you to stream content from your computer, via the web, over your gaming console. That got to be a bit tedious, you had to turn your computer on, open the program, leave your computer on and then watch the show. Sometimes it wouldn’t connect to the web correctly, or there would be lag and then you’d have to wait for it to catch up. Then they started charging for the service, so I gave up on it. You couldn’t watch Hulu over the browser on the PS3 and now they’ve made it so that you can’t even run another OS on the PS3.

Enter Hulu Plus, a subscription based version of Hulu that allows you to access Hulu via the PS3 console. Hulu will not change, but Hulu Plus will give you a more than what is already available. Hulu Plus will be available on a plethora of other devices like the iPhone, iPod and iPad, along with some HD TV’s, XBOX 360 (2011) and other devices. And it will be in 720 High Definition. And for $9.99 a month you will be able to access full seasons of your favorite television shows. Seems like a pretty good deal.

For a while now gaming consoles have had access to the NetFlix library of movies and television shows for $8.99. I’ve been considering signing up for NetFlix because the price is so great. Now comes along Hulu Plus, which will give me the ability to watch a lot of new shows on my PS3, plus a lot of old shows for a dollar more. I do wonder if we will have access to the movie library that is already available at Hulu. I’m also wondering about some of the more obscure cable shows, if they too will be available on Hulu Plus. I’m sure all of these questions will be answered soon enough.

I just thought of something. If I purchased NetFlix and Hulu Plus, for the mere price of about $19.00 per month, I could have many of the features, if not more, available on basic cable. The cable company charges an arm and a leg for basic cable and its not worth it, I guess that’s why I don’t have it, and with the way technology is advancing it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting it in the future.

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Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader Trailer, Plus Screwtape Movie Info

Posted in Pop Culture and Entertainment with tags , , , , on June 17, 2010 by raingeg

The first bit of news for the day was the release of the trailer for the latest installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I have to admit that I haven’t read the books, but I am a big fan of the movie and of course C.S. Lewis. I didn’t even know that they were making another film, I remembered hearing that something happened and Walden Media didn’t want to make another movie. My memory was semi-right, apparently Walden got into a budget dispute with Disney after the last movie didn’t do as well in theaters as they had hoped. In January of 2009, 20th Century Fox took over for Walden Media as the distributor.

The thing I really have my eyes on is a Screwtape Letters movie. 20th Centry Fox owns the rights to the book, and they are expected to pair up with Walden to make a Screwtape movie. The Wikipedia site says that it is expected to be released in 2010, but with the year half over I don’t see that happening. Upon visiting IMDB.com I found a page dedicated to the movie, but because it is production there is not much info on the film. But from what I can gather Ralph Winter (X-Men) is supposedly involved in the movie. I think it would be great if they could get Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong)  involved, as he already knows a lot about the book because of his work on the Focus on the Family radio drama.

Something For The 4th

Posted in American Literature, Humanity, Life with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2008 by raingeg

In light of Independence Day and the 24 hour Twilight Zone marathon that airs every 4th of July, on the SciFi channel, here is an interview with the man himself, Rod Serling. Enjoy!