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2012-12-24 10:09:58 PM
But now we've discovered some incredibly non-PC holiday classics on Amazon video prime on Roku.

/end csb
 
2012-12-24 10:16:17 PM
I heard they cancelled it yesterday in Pittsburgh.
 
2012-12-24 10:24:44 PM
Just as well, they never seem to have anything interesting anything.
 
2012-12-24 10:25:45 PM

sgnilward: non-PC holiday classics


title?
 
2012-12-24 10:27:48 PM
Dammit, Netflix. I understand that you're upset about being down, but you don't have to post a tweet every 5 minutes saying that you're not done yet and that you're very sorry for the outage.
 
2012-12-24 10:30:03 PM
Christmas Classics Vol 1. Pops right up on Roku. Stuff from 1930's. Cool
 
2012-12-24 10:34:24 PM
With... Duh...

Somewhere in Dreamland
Santa's Surprise
Hectors Hectic Life
Snow Foolin
Christmas Comes but Once a Year
The Night Before Christmas
The Shanty Where Santy Lives
 
2012-12-24 10:48:17 PM
NOOOOOO
 
2012-12-24 10:52:32 PM
youporn is still up
 
2012-12-24 10:55:13 PM
my company's systems (we heavily rely on AWS, ELB, and EBS) is still up.

but the ELBs are not showing active hosts (although they are sending traffic to all hosts as expected).

this seems like an ELB API issue -- that is, the API to the ELB is returning bullshiat -- not that anybody (but nexflix it seems) actually uses the API.
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2012-12-24 10:58:51 PM
Thanks for posting this.  I was about the chew out my nephew for screwing up the Netflix settings on the TV.  He was the last one using it and tinkers with everything.
 
2012-12-24 11:07:03 PM
NFA:I was about the chew out my nephew for screwing up the Netflix settings on the TV.  He was the last one using it and tinkers with everything.

still doesn't mean he's off the hook. Give him a berating for good measure.
 
2012-12-24 11:18:35 PM
But how else am I supposed to watch A Christmas Story?
 
2012-12-24 11:20:18 PM

ultraholland: youporn is still up


Well my netflix has been fine all day, but thanks for the reminder - I need a break.
 
2012-12-24 11:21:37 PM

Klippoklondike: But how else am I supposed to watch A Christmas Story?


That's on Netflix? SWEET I know what I'm doing all day tomorrow
 
2012-12-24 11:22:41 PM
I saw they had an hour-long TV Fireplace. I had a good laugh.
Then I left it on...
 
2012-12-24 11:23:13 PM

sgnilward: With... Duh...

Somewhere in Dreamland
Santa's Surprise
Hectors Hectic Life
Snow Foolin
Christmas Comes but Once a Year
The Night Before Christmas
The Shanty Where Santy Lives


Thanks,  gotta see Santy's Shanty :)
 
2012-12-24 11:25:12 PM
There was that much demand for "It's a wonderful life?" Holy crap!
 
2012-12-24 11:25:34 PM
NF Canada is working but it's meh. I compared the two (thanks HSS) and the US one is amazingly better.
 
2012-12-24 11:25:57 PM
Are they going to remove the crappy B-movie copycats from streaming and put something other than standup and documentaries on there?
 
2012-12-24 11:26:07 PM
I've had some problems tonight.

Being that i am at my parents house, and they have no cable, and everyone went to bed at 10... I need netflix to work for another hour or so.
 
2012-12-24 11:27:05 PM

Klippoklondike: But how else am I supposed to watch A Christmas Story?


TBS, for the next 20.5 hrs.
 
2012-12-24 11:27:27 PM

ultraholland: NFA:I was about the chew out my nephew for screwing up the Netflix settings on the TV.  He was the last one using it and tinkers with everything.

still doesn't mean he's off the hook. Give him a berating for good measure.


Lil bastard broke the whole Netflix, I bet
 
2012-12-24 11:28:48 PM
my company's systems (we heavily rely on AWS, ELB, and EBS) is still up.

Excuse me, sir. Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, shouldn't we keep the PC on the QT? 'Cause if it leaks to the VC he could end up MIA, and then we'd all be put on KP.
 
2012-12-24 11:28:53 PM
Works fine for me!
 
2012-12-24 11:29:25 PM

sgnilward: With... Duh...

Somewhere in Dreamland
Santa's Surprise
Hectors Hectic Life
Snow Foolin
Christmas Comes but Once a Year
The Night Before Christmas
The Shanty Where Santy Lives


Which one is the big ethnic slur with black faced shoeshine and Asian laundry? I was jaw droppingly shocked but kept trying to figure out the beef with the Dutch.
 
2012-12-24 11:30:26 PM
Perhaps they didn't anticipate the load caused by the sudden intense demand for Quincy reruns.
 
2012-12-24 11:30:54 PM
If only there were another source of streaming video available on the instanets...

*sigh*
 
2012-12-24 11:31:44 PM
It is back up. I am currently watching mythbusters through netflix on my 360
 
2012-12-24 11:32:49 PM

mayIFark: Works fine for me!


i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-24 11:32:54 PM
It's a series of tubes!
 
2012-12-24 11:33:17 PM
What am I going to do I wanted to watch Yule Log :(
 
2012-12-24 11:33:21 PM
works for me.
 
2012-12-24 11:35:05 PM
That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.
 
2012-12-24 11:35:33 PM
Welcome to the cloud
 
2012-12-24 11:35:46 PM
Everybody panic!
 
2012-12-24 11:37:44 PM

sgnilward: With... Duh...

Somewhere in Dreamland
Santa's Surprise
Hectors Hectic Life
Snow Foolin
Christmas Comes but Once a Year
The Night Before Christmas
The Shanty Where Santy Lives


Dude - "He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special" - OMG!!!
 
2012-12-24 11:38:42 PM
And Duke still sucks.
 
2012-12-24 11:40:44 PM
memedepot.com

Srsly? Took this long? You're all too nogged out.
 
2012-12-24 11:42:33 PM
can't watch batman year one on my xbox. it was working fine for it's always sunny but then i switched to batman and it started acting all weird.
 
2012-12-24 11:43:20 PM

sgnilward: But now we've discovered some incredibly non-PC holiday classics on Amazon video prime on Roku.

/end csb


I was going to say how absurd it is that my Amazon Prime is working, but my Netflix is down, all due to Amazon's cloud service.
 
2012-12-24 11:43:43 PM
Okay, so it wasn't just me being able to get on Netflix.
 
2012-12-24 11:43:57 PM
First world problems. Waaaah! Waaah! Boo da farking hoo.
 
2012-12-24 11:45:52 PM
Well f*ck. No wonder I was having issues with it. The hell else am I supposed to do while I work the next two days?
 
2012-12-24 11:45:56 PM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Yes. I'm not missing much.
 
2012-12-24 11:45:57 PM

noitsnot: sgnilward: With... Duh...

Somewhere in Dreamland
Santa's Surprise
Hectors Hectic Life
Snow Foolin
Christmas Comes but Once a Year
The Night Before Christmas
The Shanty Where Santy Lives

Dude - "He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special" - OMG!!!


My list for the night:

Rifftrax- Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey
Rifftrax- Santa Claus and the Ice Cream Bunny
Rifftrax- Santa's Village of Madness
Rifftrax- Star Wars Life Day Special
MST3k- Santa Claus
MST3k- Santa Claus Versus The Martians
Scrooged
 
2012-12-24 11:46:54 PM

I Like Bread: I saw they had an hour-long TV Fireplace. I had a good laugh.
Then I left it on...


Turned into a TV show about your house burning down?
 
2012-12-24 11:47:17 PM
I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.
 
2012-12-24 11:47:24 PM

ultraholland: youporn is still up


That got a laugh out of a house full of people

/Farking on my phone
 
2012-12-24 11:50:40 PM
With Ken Burns Baseball on MLB and "A Christmas Story" on TBS....I figure I'm good until tomorrow at 4pm when the family has dinner.
 
2012-12-24 11:52:50 PM

Fat-D: Welcome to the cloud


Remember business executives: If all of your IT is in The Cloud, then you don't have to worry about anything going down, ever! Or performance issues cropping up, ever! Or security concerns, ever! Or integration with other systems, ever! Or data portability problems if you decide to move to another service, ever! But why would you want to move your service from The Cloud? The Cloud makes sure everything is always good, without having to pay those pesky in-house IT geeks, ever! What do they know, anyways?
 
2012-12-24 11:54:37 PM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


I've done it and with the exception of tonight we love it.  We use Roku or purchase current TV shows via Amazon.
 
2012-12-24 11:54:58 PM

valkore: Remember


As a managed services provider, I approve of your statement.
 
2012-12-24 11:57:13 PM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Got rid of cable 4 years ago...never going back! Started on Roku...now have Sony blu-ray with Netflix and other channels.
 
2012-12-24 11:58:38 PM
When it comes back up I HIGHLY recommend watching Goon. Its one of the best Hockey flicks ive seen since Slap Shot. Very violent though.

//Wanted to watch it again today but netflix is down..sad face
 
2012-12-24 11:58:47 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: If only there were another source of streaming video available on the instanets...

*sigh*


I've heard one can obtain various sorts of entertainments from a ..... swedish website.

/bow before socialism biatches.   you capitalist dogs have no movies.
 
2012-12-24 11:59:53 PM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


We have HD antenna only and a Roku. We don't miss cable at all. Works great.
 
2012-12-24 11:59:56 PM
Down for "some" devices... According to comments, those "some" devices include: Android phones, iPhones, iPads, Roku boxes, Xboxes, and PS3s... Makes you wonder where it does work...
 
2012-12-25 12:01:20 AM

pxlboy: ultraholland: youporn is still up

That got a laugh out of a house full of people

/Farking on my phone


What a coincidence! I have a video of your mom farking on MY phone!

/sorry. Low hanging fruit
//feliz navidad.
 
2012-12-25 12:05:46 AM
Any decent world news on the Roku?
 
2012-12-25 12:06:49 AM

NFA: Thanks for posting this.  I was about the chew out my nephew for screwing up the Netflix settings on the TV.  He was the last one using it and tinkers with everything.


i will echo the thanks but not the nephew part since i lack one. kept getting disconnects and having to re log in to the router. which did squat. glad to see it wasn't just me.
 
2012-12-25 12:08:31 AM
I have to say I am surprised that A Christmas Story was not pulled from Television this holiday season.
 
2012-12-25 12:09:31 AM

ItchyMcDoogle: When it comes back up I HIGHLY recommend watching Goon. Its one of the best Hockey flicks ive seen since Slap Shot. Very violent though.

//Wanted to watch it again today but netflix is down..sad face


Saw that two nights ago, and I am still in fullest erection!

/Seriously awesome flick.
 
2012-12-25 12:10:07 AM
I know! My five year old was mad...we were gonna watch all the Doctor Who Christmas episodes :(
 
2012-12-25 12:11:40 AM

largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.
 
2012-12-25 12:11:58 AM
I have been watching "BSG" for the first time over the last month. The damn thing went down after I had just watched the first part of the 2-part third-season finale, "Crossroads." Fortunately, there were alternate routes to watch it on my computer, but it was still sort of a bummer.

/"All Along the Watchtower"? Really?
 
2012-12-25 12:12:43 AM

pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.


I don't have it either. I like physical possession of my media.
 
2012-12-25 12:17:44 AM

ultraholland: NFA:I was about the chew out my nephew for screwing up the Netflix settings on the TV.  He was the last one using it and tinkers with everything.

still doesn't mean he's off the hook. Give him a berating for good measure.


This. He has to learn to take the blame for other people's mistakes. Otherwise, he will make a terrible husband and will fail in the business world.

/actually, you should emphasize to him the importance of passing the buck before it gets passed to him
 
2012-12-25 12:18:52 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Literally just did this with my dad. He got a new TV and I said he should get a blu-ray player at the same time cause they were cheap. Then the sales guy started talking about roku and I said go with the blu-ray cause it has all that add-on stuff built in: Netflix Hulu other content etc. He's got netflix, hooked up an HD antenna to get a buncha local stuff (I think he's getting 20-30 channels.) and internet service for under 60 beyond the one off costs.

Myself I've got internet service and netflix at 54-ish and haven't looked back. If you really want to watch the sitcom nbc abc etc that some people actually like, get hulu or watch the episodes on the company websites whenever you want.

Obviously you get your news on Fark.

/Obviously
 
2012-12-25 12:18:56 AM
Netflix is working on my Sony Blu-Ray

/csb
//holiday slashies
 
2012-12-25 12:19:37 AM

ZeroPly: largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.


Thanks all for the answers everyone. Between AT&T Uverse and our AT&T cell phone (with 5 phones) I'm sending AT&T almost $450 a month for all this crap and frankly that's a ridiculous amount of money. Just have to keep working on the wife, she's worried she lose some of her favorite shows.
 
2012-12-25 12:20:41 AM
Christmas is cancelled for whoever had to go into work to fix this. Sucks for them!
 
2012-12-25 12:22:14 AM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: ItchyMcDoogle: When it comes back up I HIGHLY recommend watching Goon. Its one of the best Hockey flicks ive seen since Slap Shot. Very violent though.

//Wanted to watch it again today but netflix is down..sad face

Saw that two nights ago, and I am still in fullest erection!

/Seriously awesome flick.


Going into a flick with low or zero expectations and having it be an awesome movie is a few and far between joy of life for me and Goon was one of those times. Was even surprised that it made me slightly misty at the end.

CSB: Back in the late 80's after work chilling with some friends, HBO on horror movie comes on thinking its going to be some late night stinkfest that they would always show at night. It was Evil Dead II. None of us have ever heard of it before. What proceeded was the greatest time a bunch of stoners can possibly have.

Seriously guys watch Goon
 
2012-12-25 12:22:18 AM

ZeroPly: largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.


If you order a lot from Amazon.com, consider buying Prime (there are some special deals for getting Prime).

The only thing I miss is sports. But, now imagine this, for someone to watch a Phoenix Suns "game", it would cost $76 a month on Cox cable. Of course that excludes any game that goes premium due to opponents or whatever.

I can't imagine paying that kind of money every month to watch garbage teams.
 
2012-12-25 12:23:51 AM
funny, my DVDs work fine.
 
2012-12-25 12:26:39 AM

LemSkroob: funny, my DVDs work fine.


What is this "DVD" you speak of?

/Getting off your lawn now.
 
2012-12-25 12:28:25 AM
Wait, why does Netflix rely on the services of a company who's basically a competitor of theirs??
 
2012-12-25 12:28:27 AM
Meh. The important thing is I still have my liquor.
 
2012-12-25 12:29:11 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Kinda. 4 years ago we cheaped out and went OTA HD. last year we added netflix for the kids. (and my documentary habit). Havent looked back. Since I use (the now defunct: fark YOU WITH AN ACID+HERPES COATED DILDO GOOGLE FOR BUYING THEM FOR THEIR TECH AND SHUTTING THEM DOWN) SageTV DVR the cost of watching TV is $8/mo with DVR abilities. Works well enough for us. Yeah, we dont get the newest of the new, but THANK GOD IN HEAVEN we dont have to worry about accidentally stumbling across Honey Boo Boo, etc.

And in my business travels over the past year I have discovered that since "cutting the cable" all of my faves like History, Discovery, TLC, etc have switched almost exclusively to crap reality TV, I dont really miss it one bit.
 
2012-12-25 12:31:47 AM

CameraMonkey: And in my business travels over the past year I have discovered that since "cutting the cable" all of my faves like History, Discovery, TLC, etc have switched almost exclusively to crap reality TV, I dont really miss it one bit.


Those channels are now what is to History, Discovery and Learning are what Music is to MTV. Honey boo boo..really!?!?!
 
2012-12-25 12:32:06 AM

CameraMonkey: largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Kinda. 4 years ago we cheaped out and went OTA HD. last year we added netflix for the kids. (and my documentary habit). Havent looked back. Since I use (the now defunct: fark YOU WITH AN ACID+HERPES COATED DILDO GOOGLE FOR BUYING THEM FOR THEIR TECH AND SHUTTING THEM DOWN) SageTV DVR the cost of watching TV is $8/mo with DVR abilities. Works well enough for us. Yeah, we dont get the newest of the new, but THANK GOD IN HEAVEN we dont have to worry about accidentally stumbling across Honey Boo Boo, etc.

And in my business travels over the past year I have discovered that since "cutting the cable" all of my faves like History, Discovery, TLC, etc have switched almost exclusively to crap reality TV, I dont really miss it one bit.


I miss the Hitler Channel. It was fascinating to watch hour after hour of History Channel coverage of WWII. I once saw 60 minutes of documentary time dedicated comparing and contrasting the machine guns of WWII.

Now they show Pawn Stars.
 
2012-12-25 12:36:05 AM

pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.


I am a system administrator who does not subscribe to Netflix.

/Only because I am a cheapskate.
//Pondering what to watch for my birthday today.
 
2012-12-25 12:40:08 AM

Dimensio: pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.

I am a system administrator who does not subscribe to Netflix.

/Only because I am a cheapskate.
//Pondering what to watch for my birthday today.


Have you seen Cabin In The Woods?

/Goddam brilliant horror movie.
//And I generally don't like horror movies.
 
2012-12-25 12:42:03 AM

Boudica's War Tampon: I miss the Hitler Channel. It was fascinating to watch hour after hour of History Channel coverage of WWII. I once saw 60 minutes of documentary time dedicated comparing and contrasting the machine guns of WWII.

Now they show Pawn Stars.


I think a lot of us made the switch after that happened. Aside from PBS, I enjoyed TLC, History, Discovery, and the Science Channel. Now that How It's Made and all the other stuff is on Netflix for $8/mo without commercials, why the hell would I pay the cable company?

I've got PBS over air and I've finally stopped watching cable news, which had its claws into my like a heroin addiction. I swear, I am much more positive and upbeat after I stopped watching that sh*t. I still follow the news closely, but it doesn't have that same vitriolic edge those channels bring to the game. 2 years of freedom and sanity and about $1,500 in my pocket thanks to the switch.

I'll never look back.
 
2012-12-25 12:46:18 AM

largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Yeah, quite a few people.

I'm over 30 and I've never intentionally paid for cable (it's been bundled with rent a few times.)

Netflix and other services, combined with word of mouth from friends manages to keep me entertained and informed of entertainment.

...Aside from tonight when Netflix is sucking.
 
2012-12-25 12:47:12 AM
I miss the Hitler Channel. It was fascinating to watch hour after hour of History Channel coverage of WWII. I once saw 60 minutes of documentary time dedicated comparing and contrasting the machine guns of WWII.

Now they show Pawn Stars.

You need to get out more.
 
2012-12-25 12:48:23 AM

CheddarPants: I heard they cancelled it yesterday in Pittsburgh.


SHUT UP!!!  SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT!!!  UPPPPPPPPPPP!!!
 
2012-12-25 12:52:40 AM

kendelrio: pxlboy: ultraholland: youporn is still up

That got a laugh out of a house full of people

/Farking on my phone

What a coincidence! I have a video of your mom farking on MY phone!

/sorry. Low hanging fruit
//feliz navidad.


Which is pretty gross given that she's been dead over a decade.
 
2012-12-25 12:55:55 AM
Well, I guess it's back to porn.
 
2012-12-25 12:58:08 AM
Meh.. my usenet account is working great.
 
2012-12-25 01:01:16 AM

Strongbeerrules: I miss the Hitler Channel. It was fascinating to watch hour after hour of History Channel coverage of WWII. I once saw 60 minutes of documentary time dedicated comparing and contrasting the machine guns of WWII.

Now they show Pawn Stars.

You need to get out more.


Damn ankle monitor...
 
2012-12-25 01:06:13 AM
Hah, you youngins and your fancy smancy interweb crap. That's what you get for baseing your foolish lives on technology.
I am enjoying my trusty ole VCR
 
2012-12-25 01:09:18 AM

ZeroPly: largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.


$85 WHOLE Dollars?
 
2012-12-25 01:17:04 AM

Linkster:

$85 WHOLE Dollars?


Considering what you get from the cable company for $1020 a year, that money is much better spent on beer.
 
2012-12-25 01:17:56 AM
Ill probably ditch cable finally once football is over. I watch most shows on Netflix through the XBOX or tablet now anyways. I was looking at Roku and trying to determine how much of that is free.
 
2012-12-25 01:18:26 AM

Boudica's War Tampon: Damn ankle monitor...


You're lucky. The judge banned me from using the internet for trying to pick up a 14 year old cop on Facebook.
 
2012-12-25 01:18:31 AM
Good thing I still pirate everything
 
2012-12-25 01:18:58 AM

cmunic8r99: Klippoklondike: But how else am I supposed to watch A Christmas Story?

TBS, for the next 20.5 hrs.


Came here to say this.

/watching, wrapping..santa works late
 
2012-12-25 01:19:47 AM

buzzcut73: Linkster:

$85 WHOLE Dollars?

Considering what you get from the cable company for $1020 a year, that money is much better spent on beer.


True, I live in the sticks, cable has Always been over $120 month, excluding Premium channels.
 
2012-12-25 01:19:53 AM

Linkster: $85 WHOLE Dollars?


Assuming you homebrew, $85 is 10 gallons of high quality beer.

10 gallons of beer is worth a helluva lot more to me than Pawn Stars and localish sports.

/If you don't homebrew, you should it means cheap beer and something fun and "constructive" to do on Saturdays.
 
2012-12-25 01:22:08 AM

Warrener: Linkster: $85 WHOLE Dollars?

Assuming you homebrew, $85 is 10 gallons of high quality beer.

10 gallons of beer is worth a helluva lot more to me than Pawn Stars and localish sports.

/If you don't homebrew, you should it means cheap beer and something fun and "constructive" to do on Saturdays.


IF, you go whole grain. It was fantastic to brew, I miss it.
 
2012-12-25 01:24:17 AM
Netflix is up! No 'A Christmas Story' for Streaming. WTF!
 
2012-12-25 01:28:58 AM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Dimensio: pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.

I am a system administrator who does not subscribe to Netflix.

/Only because I am a cheapskate.
//Pondering what to watch for my birthday today.

Have you seen Cabin In The Woods?

/Goddam brilliant horror movie.
//And I generally don't like horror movies.


I have the movie on Blu-Ray, and I have recommended it to numerous friends.
 
2012-12-25 01:29:53 AM

valkore: Remember business executives: If all of your IT is in The Cloud, then you don't have to worry about anything going down, ever! Or performance issues cropping up, ever! Or security concerns, ever! Or integration with other systems, ever! Or data portability problems if you decide to move to another service, ever! But why would you want to move your service from The Cloud? The Cloud makes sure everything is always good, without having to pay those pesky in-house IT geeks, ever! What do they know, anyways?


You forgot one: when everything streams from the Cloud, watching a movie requires a transient copy to be made---as well as a server-side copy---and therefore requires permission from the copyright holder in order to send a stream.

That means that you can no longer rent E.T. or Raiders of the Lost Ark, unless the studio decides to agree to make it rentable. They may allow stores to rent a movie only for a limited time, or they may hoard their IP for whatever reason. Contrast with DVDs, where anyone can just buy a DVD and rent it out, regardless of who does or doesn't approve.

Of course, the DVD standard had its own multiple layers of derp.
 
2012-12-25 01:30:11 AM

thegod082: I have been watching "BSG" for the first time over the last month. The damn thing went down after I had just watched the first part of the 2-part third-season finale, "Crossroads." Fortunately, there were alternate routes to watch it on my computer, but it was still sort of a bummer.

/"All Along the Watchtower"? Really?


It's all downhill from here, bud.

/srsly
 
2012-12-25 01:33:08 AM

CheddarPants: I heard they cancelled it yesterday in Pittsburgh.


shut up.
 
2012-12-25 01:35:00 AM
I was wondering WTF was going on when my Roku kept telling me it couldn't connect to the internet, despite showing in the settings that it had a good strong connection to the router just across the room (which had a great net connection).
I bet I cussed at that thing for a half hour (until my 2 year old repeated me, then I held it under my breath) trying to make it so she could watch an episode of Dora.

Tried Amazon Prime, worked right away. It would have been nice if Roku would tell you -Netflix- was having trouble connecting, or that Roku couldn't connect to Netflix rather than just saying it couldn't connect to the net.
 
2012-12-25 01:35:41 AM
The wife and I just started dr who season 1, the adventures of Billee piper.

It's so goofy 3 episodes in but we like it.

I know where have we been,

Well I'm a guy and she's a girl so we had other things to do.

Now we're married with a 7 weeks old.

So basically as much Sex as a typical dr who watcher.
 
2012-12-25 02:00:44 AM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Dimensio: pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.

I am a system administrator who does not subscribe to Netflix.

/Only because I am a cheapskate.
//Pondering what to watch for my birthday today.

Have you seen Cabin In The Woods?

/Goddam brilliant horror movie.
//And I generally don't like horror movies.


THIS THIS THIS THIS!

Loved TCITW. One of the best horror films in recent years.
 
2012-12-25 02:01:59 AM

largedon: ZeroPly: largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.

Thanks all for the answers everyone. Between AT&T Uverse and our AT&T cell phone (with 5 phones) I'm sending AT&T almost $450 a month for all this crap and frankly that's a ridiculous amount of money. Just have to keep working on the wife, she's worried she lose some of her favorite shows.


Every month, pull the $450 out in cash before sending it in to AT&T, pile it up in front of her, and ask her if she thinks "Real Housewives of Orange County" is really worth it.
 
2012-12-25 02:03:25 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Check out Crackle as well.

/just watched "Snatch"
 
2012-12-25 02:09:07 AM

HempHead: largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Check out Crackle as well.

/just watched "Snatch"


One of my favorite movies
 
2012-12-25 02:22:34 AM
Just stumbled upon this thread. It's a nice sanity check that I'm not alone in my meaningless first-world problems. A fine 'how do you do,' if you will.

Netflix has been working through our WII just fine all evening (fireplace, etc.), but I've had connection problems with all three Rokus in the house. Wife blames the router, which is brand new and has been rock solid for a month, then me - so she had me recycle it numerous times in defiance of all my protests that everything is working as it should. Apparently *I* must be plugging/unplugging it in improperly, and must be punished.

All our other wireless devices (in which we have many) working properly as well should have clued her in, but nooooo...

See what you've done, Netflix, SEE WHAT YOU'VE DONE??? You've ruined me, and in turn ruined Christmas. I hope you're happy.

/ not really. Threw in Christmas Vacation on DVD, and all is right again in the world.
// Merry Christmas, farkers!
/// I do hope they get it fixed tomorrow.
 
2012-12-25 02:26:18 AM

DownDaRiver: Hah, you youngins and your fancy smancy interweb crap. That's what you get for baseing your foolish lives on technology.
I am enjoying my trusty ole VCR


Popped corn & melted butter on the stove, using the VCR, four beer cartons full of Xmas tapes, a fifth filled with chilly cold non-snob beer. amazing i'm even on Fark.

/ it's good to be old
 
2012-12-25 02:32:15 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


I haven't had cable since 2007 when we moved to a farm (no rent, or else that wouldn't have lasted two years like it did). The inlaws don't care much about current tv, we couldn't get any over the air stuff because of geography, and we already had a big dvd collection along with the Netflix discs so it worked out ok. When we moved into town because of the other lacking amenities there, we still didn't get it again. Once Lordfortuna figured out how to get the basic channels hooked up that apparently came with our internet, he could watch football, and we've been fine.

In the last five months I've watched the entirety of the X-Files, Jericho, Eureka, The Glades, Lie To Me, finished Angel, started Monk, and that's not counting what Lordfortuna has watched also. Anyone who says there's no variety isn't looking hard enough. In case it seems like that's all I do, I watch these things while I'm working on ebay and coding stuff; it's more to keep me from going crazy home alone all the time.
 
2012-12-25 02:50:19 AM

Norad: First world problems. Waaaah! Waaah! Boo da farking hoo.


STFU. Where's Santa?
 
2012-12-25 02:51:05 AM

Strongbeerrules: I miss the Hitler Channel. It was fascinating to watch hour after hour of History Channel coverage of WWII. I once saw 60 minutes of documentary time dedicated comparing and contrasting the machine guns of WWII.

Now they show Pawn Stars.

You need to get out more.


It started with Trading Spaces on TLC. Then slowly moved to the history channel. Then *BAM* Best of UK Police chases, Pawn Stars, Monster Garage, American Chopper bullshiat. So dark. I miss the Hitler channel to. "Next up, Hitler in colour! It's creepy! Look, it's Eva! Hi Eva!"
 
2012-12-25 02:52:02 AM

ultraholland: youporn is still up


This is some win right here.
 
2012-12-25 02:53:39 AM

Boudica's War Tampon: I miss the Hitler Channel. It was fascinating to watch hour after hour of History Channel coverage of WWII. I once saw 60 minutes of documentary time dedicated comparing and contrasting the machine guns of WWII.


Was it "Tales of the Gun" by any chance? I used to love that show. I think they shifted all that stuff to the Military History spinoff channel that I don't get.
 
2012-12-25 02:59:28 AM

ItchyMcDoogle: When it comes back up I HIGHLY recommend watching Goon. Its one of the best Hockey flicks ive seen since Slap Shot. Very violent though.

//Wanted to watch it again today but netflix is down..sad face


Goon was my favorite movie of the year.
 
2012-12-25 03:00:01 AM

KrispyKritter: DownDaRiver: Hah, you youngins and your fancy smancy interweb crap. That's what you get for baseing your foolish lives on technology.
I am enjoying my trusty ole VCR

Popped corn & melted butter on the stove, using the VCR, four beer cartons full of Xmas tapes, a fifth filled with chilly cold non-snob beer. amazing i'm even on Fark.

/ it's good to be old


Simple shrimp, some cheeses and crackers, and a few bottles of nice wine.
We just finished watching Arsenic and Old Lace. (Our favorite)
Next is Paint Your Wagon (her favorite) last 10 minutes of the first tape is screwy, but I'll be asleep by then.
 
2012-12-25 03:05:19 AM

pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.


Nope. Me neither.
 
2012-12-25 03:09:51 AM

Onetrack: Meh.. my ****** account is working great.


You should know we don't talk about that place where prying eyes can see.
 
2012-12-25 03:16:06 AM

largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


I did it ~3 years ago and haven't looked back. The decision was a bit easier for me -- I was on the road ~220 nights this year. Basic cable (literally, basic analog cable w/no boxes, no HD, no digital) was $68/mo ($816/year). I have two Roku boxes and one of the Rokus usually comes with me on the road. I have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and a gym membership. Overall, very happy with the arrangement. Other than live sports, I can't say I'm really missing anything. Even at that, there are plenty of ways to watch live sports online. If it's something I absolutely MUST see live, I go to the gym and do some cardio. If I can wait a day or so and don't feel like waiting for a couple of months for a TV show to show up on free streaming, they're ~$2 a hit on Amazon. Even if I buy a few shows a month, I still have a long way to reach the $68 cost of cable.

I also have a VPN arrangement with a British friend. I give them a VPN account off my company's router, and he returns the favour. So, I also have BBC, Ch4, ITV and their related streaming services to choose from. To be honest, I find myself watching programming from these channels more than anything else.

Plenty of options out there -- all superior to sitting passively at home and waiting for your TV shows to air on cable TV.
 
2012-12-25 03:17:40 AM
It's up and working for me. Time to break out the Doctor Who Christmas specials!
 
2012-12-25 03:19:52 AM
Never mind! It's down for me! I guess I'm stuck watching PosTvac commercials.
 
2012-12-25 03:23:12 AM
A Chrismassy Ted on my XBMC box.

/watched A Christmas Story earlier in the evening
 
2012-12-25 03:28:58 AM
Still down... And I was really jonsing for a CSI fix.
 
2012-12-25 03:51:58 AM

pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.


The latter part of your post pretty much negates the former.
 
2012-12-25 03:55:51 AM
Oh...okay. It figures, tonight is when I decide to set up the new Blu-Ray player in the bedroom. Everything works fine, except Netflix. Dammit...
 
2012-12-25 04:01:50 AM
I can't cut the cable tv cord just yet.  As long as there is Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones it's hard to consider not having HBO.
 
2012-12-25 04:04:31 AM

Semi-Sane: Any decent world news on the Roku?


In short: more than Cable.

Al Jazeera (English), Russia Today (English & Russian), CCTV, NHK, BBC News24 (London feed), CNN International, CNBC (limited), Fox News (live weekdays), NBC News (limited), CBC. There's probably more but those are the ones I use. We actually have a Roku in the office for the sole purpose of having news channels.

valkore: THIS... is exactly why I insist upon having our own data centers, own servers, and maintain our own infrastructure. At one point, one of my locations lost both its 100M pipe from one carrier and 38GHz link from a 2nd carrier in 5 days. Most data centers only have one carrier serving them.

We were reduced to a pair of bonded T1s from a 3rd carrier. NO downtime though. No one noticed, other than me blocking streaming radio/video until at least one of the higher-speed links came back up. It's a hell of a lot more work for me, but it sure beats the old days of "I have a call into the provider and am waiting for them to get back with us on that."
 
2012-12-25 04:36:20 AM

Klippoklondike: But how else am I supposed to watch A Christmas Story?


The Pirate Bay has a torrent with 1500 seeders and 105 leechers. Or a bit of usenet harvesting should get you a copy.
 
2012-12-25 04:40:49 AM

RadicalEryn82: I know! My five year old was mad...we were gonna watch all the Doctor Who Christmas episodes :(


Bet you can find them at the pirate bay or in alt.binaries.drwho
 
2012-12-25 04:57:27 AM
Because of this, I was forced, FORCED I tell you, to torrent the 720p Yule log video.

Guess I can go ahead and cancel Netflix now.
 
2012-12-25 05:59:36 AM

Mock26: I have to say I am surprised that A Christmas Story was not pulled from Television this holiday season.


Whyfore?
 
2012-12-25 06:04:52 AM

Anne.Uumellmahaye: Mock26: I have to say I am surprised that A Christmas Story was not pulled from Television this holiday season.

Whyfore?


My family watched it on probably TBS earlier this evening. So I have no idea what you're talking about.

And well Netfllix is slow tonight but you can still get on.
 
2012-12-25 06:07:17 AM

jst3p: pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.

The latter part of your post pretty much negates the former.


I rip my DVDs and Blurays to a DLNA server so that I may view them on any device in my house connected to the network.  I also have a script setup so that I can put any movies I want on my daughters netbook in a directory, run the script and it will convert all of those TV size files to iPod size (which look fine on the 10" screen) and stereo so more will fit on the drive and the under powered Atom will process them.  Her netbook runs XBMCBuntu, so as the tech dad I know what I'm doing and put some expertise into making it so that her pink PS3 control can pair with it for playing games loaded up from within the XBMC interface as well as watch her movies and anyone with half a brain can pick up that machine and use it with no prior training in any operating system.

I'm so glad you're proud of you and the fact you can punch a user name and password into your Wii.
 
2012-12-25 06:09:01 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Anne.Uumellmahaye: Mock26: I have to say I am surprised that A Christmas Story was not pulled from Television this holiday season.

Whyfore?

My family watched it on probably TBS earlier this evening. So I have no idea what you're talking about.

And well Netfllix is slow tonight but you can still get on.


They make a reference to a kid getting his eye shot out for Chrissakes! Just weeks after children actually did get their eyes shot out for the first time in history ever. How can you not make that connection and be horrified by it? I mean...can you imagine? Think of the children!
 
2012-12-25 06:15:06 AM

Dimensio: pecosdave: I must be the only above average technically savvy person left who doesn't have Netflix.

I am a system administrator who does not subscribe to Netflix.

/Only because I am a cheapskate.
//Pondering what to watch for my birthday today.


Oh look, a sysadmin who thinks he's God... that's unusual... :-)
 
2012-12-25 06:21:44 AM

Crudbucket: tinfoil-hat maggie: Anne.Uumellmahaye: Mock26: I have to say I am surprised that A Christmas Story was not pulled from Television this holiday season.

Whyfore?

My family watched it on probably TBS earlier this evening. So I have no idea what you're talking about.

And well Netfllix is slow tonight but you can still get on.

They make a reference to a kid getting his eye shot out for Chrissakes! Just weeks after children actually did get their eyes shot out for the first time in history ever. How can you not make that connection and be horrified by it? I mean...can you imagine? Think of the children!


LoL, I try not too, I have none, children that is. They also use dirty words, OMG. Oh, well you'll get over it. : )
 
2012-12-25 06:50:53 AM
christ , farkers dont know about project free tv ?! just google it . its 10 times better than the crappy pile of crap netflix is .

best of all its FREE ! like a tv show thats old or current ? its on there along with 100's of popular movies and more are added daily .

i used to download all my shows but now why bother . just aired shows are posted within an hour of airing . plenty of links to choose from . best streaming site out there . cut off cable , netflix and my news hosting service once i found this . i use my 50" tv as a monitor . stuff looks great .
btw , use a pop up/adblocker with this site and no need to join either . they also have forums .
 
2012-12-25 07:20:38 AM

jwmc1971: christ , farkers dont know about project free tv ?! just google it . its 10 times better than the crappy pile of crap netflix is .

best of all its FREE ! like a tv show thats old or current ? its on there along with 100's of popular movies and more are added daily .

i used to download all my shows but now why bother . just aired shows are posted within an hour of airing . plenty of links to choose from . best streaming site out there . cut off cable , netflix and my news hosting service once i found this . i use my 50" tv as a monitor . stuff looks great .
btw , use a pop up/adblocker with this site and no need to join either . they also have forums .


Thanks, guy doing an infomercial for Project FreeTV!
 
2012-12-25 07:35:22 AM

keithgabryelski: my company's systems (we heavily rely on AWS, ELB, and EBS) is still up.

but the ELBs are not showing active hosts (although they are sending traffic to all hosts as expected).

this seems like an ELB API issue -- that is, the API to the ELB is returning bullshiat -- not that anybody (but nexflix it seems) actually uses the API.


No Minecraft does as well. Wifey went to bed last night and decided to stay up and wait for Santa. Unfortunately couldnt log in. :(
 
2012-12-25 07:36:39 AM

DownDaRiver: Hah, you youngins and your fancy smancy interweb crap. That's what you get for baseing your foolish lives on technology.
I am enjoying my trusty ole VCR


No VCR in our house until I was 11. We all seemed to be happy and healthy...
 
2012-12-25 07:47:06 AM
Time for a new Christmas tradition. Die Hard, beer and steak.

/I knew I kept those pesky blu-ray discs around for some reason.
 
2012-12-25 07:50:09 AM
Still down on my LG 47LM7600. Working on my iPhone and MacBook but only with Safari not Firefox and the audio sync is off.
 
2012-12-25 08:17:31 AM
Strange. The DVDs they mailed to me seem to work just fine.
 
2012-12-25 08:32:14 AM
Goon - great movie!
Dumped cable in favor of Netflix years ago, convinced current BF to dump his cable, then we moved into an apartment that requires we purchase it. He still hates cable now, and commercials.
Those that need their HBO fix - Find someone who has HBO and steal their HBOGo password. We also love GoT, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire and get those shows this way.
Netflix is still down?!?! Was gonna watch BSG all night. Have GoogleTV and AppleTV as well as a PS3. Haven't tried the PS3 yet but the first two devices are still not working.
Netflix gets their service from Amazon? And they are surprised when this happens? I smell a lawsuit.
 
2012-12-25 08:48:43 AM

IronTom: Just as well, they never seem to have anything interesting anything.


This. Crappy 720p content is crappy in 720p.
 
2012-12-25 08:52:35 AM

valkore: Fat-D: Welcome to the cloud

Remember business executives: If all of your IT is in The Cloud, then you don't have to worry about anything going down, ever! Or performance issues cropping up, ever! Or security concerns, ever! Or integration with other systems, ever! Or data portability problems if you decide to move to another service, ever! But why would you want to move your service from The Cloud? The Cloud makes sure everything is always good, without having to pay those pesky in-house IT geeks, ever! What do they know, anyways?


Our CIO is always hyping the Cloud saying we will save our corporate monies, so he is greenlighting every new software project as long as we promise to use the Cloud instead of our in house data centers. Problem is, nobody has ever really looked at how much it costs to spin up servers and storage in house so there is no apples to apples comparison. Two years from now our BOD will see massive spend on "The Cloud" and fire his ass.
 
2012-12-25 08:57:47 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


I did. I use Roku and Simple.TV. Simple.TV gives me local channels and DVR capability. I get 28 local channels, Detroit, Cleveland and Windsor after I added a 'Leaf' antenna. I have Amazon Prime and they have a lot of content, too. My monthly bill for entertainment went from $78 to $7.99 for Hulu.
 
2012-12-25 09:18:17 AM

Crudbucket: jwmc1971: christ , farkers dont know about project free tv ?! just google it . its 10 times better than the crappy pile of crap netflix is .

best of all its FREE ! like a tv show thats old or current ? its on there along with 100's of popular movies and more are added daily .

i used to download all my shows but now why bother . just aired shows are posted within an hour of airing . plenty of links to choose from . best streaming site out there . cut off cable , netflix and my news hosting service once i found this . i use my 50" tv as a monitor . stuff looks great .
btw , use a pop up/adblocker with this site and no need to join either . they also have forums .

Thanks, guy doing an infomercial for Project FreeTV!


I use it, too, and there's no need for HBO to watch Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.

Watch via Firefox and you can capture mp4/flv files by pairing it with Video Download Helper.

/Torrents? No, TimeWarner, I don't know what torrents are....
 
2012-12-25 09:47:03 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


PC and Web enabled tv/box give you more than cable ever would if you don't mind grey area websites.
 
2012-12-25 09:49:00 AM

Boudica's War Tampon: ZeroPly: largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.

If you order a lot from Amazon.com, consider buying Prime (there are some special deals for getting Prime).

The only thing I miss is sports. But, now imagine this, for someone to watch a Phoenix Suns "game", it would cost $76 a month on Cox cable. Of course that excludes any game that goes premium due to opponents or whatever.

I can't imagine paying that kind of money every month to watch garbage teams.


Sports : Justin.tv
 
2012-12-25 10:36:57 AM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Made the change in 2005 (to a media PC). Sucked for content then, but anymore I can get just about all the content I want.
 
2012-12-25 10:45:58 AM
Regarding Netflix, there are lies, damn lies, and then there's "Christmas Puppy"
 
2012-12-25 11:21:48 AM

NFA: Thanks for posting this.  I was about the chew out my nephew for screwing up the Netflix settings on the TV.  He was the last one using it and tinkers with everything.


So what you're saying is your nephew crashed Amazon's cloud infrastructure?
 
2012-12-25 11:31:20 AM
According to AWS, data loss only seems to be hitting people that provisioned or changed their ELBs during the outage.
 
2012-12-25 11:48:55 AM

jwmc1971: christ , farkers dont know about project free tv ?! just google it . its 10 times better than the crappy pile of crap netflix is


Some of us don't mind supporting the production of content by paying reasonable monthly fees towards it. I'm all for paying for content, provided: 1) Said content is actually worth paying for, 2) Content is priced reasonably, 3) Isn't DRM'd to hell to the point that it's unwatchable. Blu-Ray/DVDs with ads you can't stop fall into this.
 
2012-12-25 12:12:14 PM
I was wondering what was wrong with Netflix, especially when everything else like Pandora and the apps I never use like vudu were connecting just fine.
 
2012-12-25 12:32:46 PM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


Same troubles here... the error message from Roku was not very intuitive.

We dumped cable a few months back. There are a few withdrawals (mostly the wife), but even if you buy a TV series once a month on Amazon along with a Netfix streaming account, you still come out way ahead money wise. This of course assumes you don't watch a lot of TV to start with. I haven't gotten around to trying the Drop-box thing yet on the Roku. Supposedly you can put whatever you want on that account and stream it to the Roku box.
 
2012-12-25 12:32:49 PM

HempHead: largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Check out Crackle as well.

/just watched "Snatch"


That's what we finally did after we gave up on Netflix. We thought it seemed like an unusual movie for our new Christmas tradition, but what the heck. If I watch it enough, I might be able to understand the pikeys.
 
2012-12-25 02:16:43 PM
It's alright, I got the 30th anniversary edition of Blade Runner on Blu-ray as a gift. I'm good.
 
2012-12-25 04:16:42 PM

largedon: That explains why our Roku kept saying there was a connection problem. I thought it wasn't connecting to the house wifi. Was getting pissed as it worked fine just a few hours ago.

/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.


We dumped cable about 3 months ago in favor of OTA and Netflix. MeTV seems to fill our classic TV requirement.
 
2012-12-25 05:43:33 PM
It was the Amazon Elastic Spastic Cloud Services fault.
 
2012-12-25 07:09:42 PM

ultraholland: youporn is still up


You can see YouPorn on Netflix? Show me how please...
 
2012-12-25 08:33:36 PM
"/On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though."

Yup - have a "smart" DVD/Blu-Ray player (100 bucks) and tv, we watch Netflix, Hulu, YouTube on the tv. No commercials, the selection is pretty good these days. Who needs cable? (Other than for Internet, though a friend showed me those Clear mobile Net devices for something like 30 bucks)
 
2012-12-26 01:18:30 AM

largedon: ZeroPly: largedon: /On a side note, has anybody gotten rid of cable and gone completely with a Roku or similar device. Trying to convince the wife to do it and hopefully save some money. She's not sold on it though.

Got rid of cable 6 months ago. Now we just have 2 Roku boxes for the TV's. Cable bill kept going up until it was about $85 a month. Of course when we called Charter and told them to cancel it, there were all sorts of deals to bring that price down. Thanks but no thanks, $15 a month for Netflix works much better for me.

Thanks all for the answers everyone. Between AT&T Uverse and our AT&T cell phone (with 5 phones) I'm sending AT&T almost $450 a month for all this crap and frankly that's a ridiculous amount of money. Just have to keep working on the wife, she's worried she lose some of her favorite shows.



My fiancée was worried about that too. I use a combination of Netflix and Crackle on the legal side, Sick Beard/Sabnzbd and a private torrent tracker under the radar, and an antenna for local digital channels, to cover all the bases. So far the only thing I haven't been able to get for her is one of the weekly news specials she enjoys; regular TV is completely covered by the various services.

My server is a Mac mini running the SB/Sab and torrent software, and Plex server. She has a Roku at her house ~50 miles away that picks up the legit services as well as Plex, and here I just watch directly off the Mac on the living room TV.
 
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