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(Uproxx)   A Netflix exec answered ten burning fan question prior to the Arrested Development release. No. You cannot watch early   (uproxx.com) divider line 49
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2013-05-21 02:55:03 PM  
Execs should never be asked questions.  Their answers are always some variation of "We won't tell you."
 
2013-05-21 04:06:49 PM  
how many question?
 
2013-05-21 04:11:19 PM  
I have my doubts that I'll be able to watch on time. I'm pretty sure Netflix's servers are going to explode the second 3/4 of their subscriber base attempts to watch at the same time.
 
2013-05-21 04:21:00 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: Execs should never be asked questions.  Their answers are always some variation of "We won't tell you."


A missed opportunity given the subject of the interview.

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2013-05-21 04:21:49 PM  
I gotta a stew going for the love affair I'm going to be having with Netflix Sunday morning.
 
2013-05-21 04:30:57 PM  

Lee's_Austin: I gotta a stew going for the love affair I'm going to be having with Netflix Sunday morning.


You should call it "Hot Ham Water"
 
2013-05-21 04:33:14 PM  
Was one of them "Why the fark do you ruin the end of every episode by moving the last few seconds up to the top right corner while filling 75% of my screen with a notice that you are about to automatically show me the next episode or a poster for some other show I don't care about, and I can't disable this feature, and the feature ruins the dramatic end of every episode where I'm trying to sit in the dark and listen to the end credit music and absorb what I've just seen?"

Did someone ask him that?
 
2013-05-21 04:40:57 PM  
I assume this is going to be streaming only, right?
 
2013-05-21 04:46:20 PM  

BunkoSquad: Lee's_Austin: I gotta a stew going for the love affair I'm going to be having with Netflix Sunday morning.

You should call it "Hot Ham Water"


Great idea!  It may watery, but there will be a smack of ham to it.
 
2013-05-21 04:48:08 PM  
If this family still had money I'd buy a Netflix just so i could burn it to the ground.

/Welcome to Klimpy's! Sit anywhere you like.

//Such a Howdy Doodat.
 
2013-05-21 04:54:30 PM  

Tommy Moo: Was one of them "Why the fark do you ruin the end of every episode by moving the last few seconds up to the top right corner while filling 75% of my screen with a notice that you are about to automatically show me the next episode or a poster for some other show I don't care about, and I can't disable this feature, and the feature ruins the dramatic end of every episode where I'm trying to sit in the dark and listen to the end credit music and absorb what I've just seen?"

Did someone ask him that?


No, because most people figured that's stupid. I mean seriously, minimizing the credit crawl at the end of the show ruins it for you? I've watched a pretty fair number of shows on Netflix, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen it minimize before the credits start crawling. I could see being upset over it on say one of the Marvel movies where there's scenes after the credits, but otherwise it's such a minor freaking thing I don't get how someone could get worked up over it. At worst it's a minor annoyance.
 
2013-05-21 05:06:57 PM  

Lee's_Austin: BunkoSquad: Lee's_Austin: I gotta a stew going for the love affair I'm going to be having with Netflix Sunday morning.

You should call it "Hot Ham Water"

Great idea!  It may watery, but there will be a smack of ham to it.


Skip's Scramble looks good.
 
2013-05-21 05:10:31 PM  

SovietCanuckistan: Lee's_Austin: BunkoSquad: Lee's_Austin: I gotta a stew going for the love affair I'm going to be having with Netflix Sunday morning.

You should call it "Hot Ham Water"

Great idea!  It may watery, but there will be a smack of ham to it.

Skip's Scramble looks good.


Where do you go on Sunday mornings? Skip Church's or Miss Temple's
 
2013-05-21 05:15:38 PM  
I hate this show - but my wife loves it - So I am gonna be "gone" on Sunday!!
 
2013-05-21 05:16:00 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Tommy Moo: Was one of them "Why the fark do you ruin the end of every episode by moving the last few seconds up to the top right corner while filling 75% of my screen with a notice that you are about to automatically show me the next episode or a poster for some other show I don't care about, and I can't disable this feature, and the feature ruins the dramatic end of every episode where I'm trying to sit in the dark and listen to the end credit music and absorb what I've just seen?"

Did someone ask him that?

No, because most people figured that's stupid. I mean seriously, minimizing the credit crawl at the end of the show ruins it for you? I've watched a pretty fair number of shows on Netflix, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen it minimize before the credits start crawling. I could see being upset over it on say one of the Marvel movies where there's scenes after the credits, but otherwise it's such a minor freaking thing I don't get how someone could get worked up over it. At worst it's a minor annoyance.


this, but I'm amused at Tommy's outrage.
 
2013-05-21 05:21:34 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Tommy Moo: Was one of them "Why the fark do you ruin the end of every episode by moving the last few seconds up to the top right corner while filling 75% of my screen with a notice that you are about to automatically show me the next episode or a poster for some other show I don't care about, and I can't disable this feature, and the feature ruins the dramatic end of every episode where I'm trying to sit in the dark and listen to the end credit music and absorb what I've just seen?"

Did someone ask him that?

No, because most people figured that's stupid. I mean seriously, minimizing the credit crawl at the end of the show ruins it for you? I've watched a pretty fair number of shows on Netflix, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen it minimize before the credits start crawling. I could see being upset over it on say one of the Marvel movies where there's scenes after the credits, but otherwise it's such a minor freaking thing I don't get how someone could get worked up over it. At worst it's a minor annoyance.


Have you watched Breaking Bad? I'm going to try to do this without giving any spoilers away.

There is a famous moment in that show that is absolutely destroyed by autoplay. It involves Walt saying the word "Run," except thanks to Netflix, at the exact moment he says it you are being distracted by the scene shifting to the corner. The damn thing doesn't even wait for the credits to start playing on shows that have short credits. When I watched the show for the first time, I literally sat there in stunned silence and almost cried. I couldn't move for at least ten seconds. When I watched the episode again a year later, all of the gravity of the situation was ruined. Sometimes for artistic reasons the black silence at the end of an episode is an important part of the episode (think the finale of Sopranos.) It probably doesn't matter much if you're watching a comedy, but it absolutely ruins dramas. Yes, I say it ruins them. 50% of the show is often the last ten seconds.
 
2013-05-21 05:25:02 PM  

Snapper Carr: Rev. Skarekroe: Execs should never be asked questions.  Their answers are always some variation of "We won't tell you."

A missed opportunity given the subject of the interview.

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No kidding, however I have doubts whether this exec has even watched the show.  At all.  That "interview" was dry as hell.  Not exactly "burning" questions either....

Here's the summary for anyone else:

1) What is the exact time the episodes will be available? Time zone and all.

12:01AM Pacific, May 26th, 2013.

2) What precautions have been taken to ensure Netflix Instant can handle the simultaneous streaming over Memorial Day weekend?

We use Amazon.  It's on them.

3) Why Memorial Day weekend? Is it Netflix's goal to tear families apart?

[Ignores humour]  Because it's ready.

4) Does Netflix encourage the audience to watch the new episodes in order?

Read the producer's twitter.  Aint nobody got time for that.

5) What is the minimal mbps required to get a crystal clear stream?

Here's technical information from our website.

6) Have you seen a major increase in subscriptions in the past month or so?

Aint nobody got time for that.

7) Can you point us in the direction of any pre-release marketing easter eggs that the internet hasn't discovered yet?

Aint nobody got time for that.

8) When did Mitch & Co. reach out to Netflix, or vice versa, about bringing AD back?

We've been talking about this for a while.

9) What other shows would you like resurrected via Netflix?

No response.

10) Can we have the episodes now?

No.
 
2013-05-21 05:29:57 PM  

mekkab: this, but I'm amused at Tommy's outrage.


We can both win here. Why can't we just have an option to turn it on or off? You can plop down for a marathon without having to so much as lift your finger to push a button once an hour, and I can watch my serial dramas without being jerked out of the immersion and suspension at the end.
 
2013-05-21 05:40:43 PM  

thurstonxhowell: I have my doubts that I'll be able to watch on time. I'm pretty sure Netflix's servers are going to explode the second 3/4 of their subscriber base attempts to watch at the same time.


Amazon is their content delivery network. I am betting some of the engineers there are getting anxious.
 
2013-05-21 05:57:05 PM  
netflix has stuff in 3D?
 
2013-05-21 05:58:25 PM  

thurstonxhowell: I have my doubts that I'll be able to watch on time. I'm pretty sure Netflix's servers are going to explode the second 3/4 of their subscriber base attempts to watch at the same time.


Yeah, I definitely see the possibility of a SimCity-style server meltdown.  Hopefully Netflix/Amazon is ready for this.
 
2013-05-21 05:59:35 PM  
The subscription question was a good one, but I'd be ore interested to know how many cancellations happen net month.  I know I only bought it for this month.
 
2013-05-21 06:05:13 PM  

Tommy Moo: mekkab: this, but I'm amused at Tommy's outrage.

We can both win here. Why can't we just have an option to turn it on or off? You can plop down for a marathon without having to so much as lift your finger to push a button once an hour, and I can watch my serial dramas without being jerked out of the immersion and suspension at the end.


I would like to just turn the auto-play feature off.  I often stay up late watching shows, which frequently results in me falling asleep and marking the next episode (and the first 5 minutes of the one after) as watched.  I'd rather just miss the end of that boring episode that put me to sleep.

/ The "are you still watching" thing 5 minutes into every third episode kind of makes autoplay a moot point too, doesn't it?
 
2013-05-21 06:05:38 PM  
Wait is they going to have all the episodes to watch from day one like with House of cards and Hemlock Grove?
/I think that is a terrible model. People would just pay for a month watch everything and dump Netflix
 
2013-05-21 06:08:26 PM  

serial arseonist: We use Amazon. It's on them.


well, that's probably a good strategy.  Working as expected doesn't get you nearly as much positive credit as dying gets you negative credit.  So, giving Amazon credit if things go badly is no skin off Netflix's back.  Giving Amazon the blame if things go wrong paints Netflix as a victim.  Amazon was intentionally sabotaging them!  Net neutrality!
 
2013-05-21 06:29:25 PM  
I am holding out for House of Cards  season 2.
 
2013-05-21 06:32:00 PM  

Tommy Moo: The damn thing doesn't even wait for the credits to start playing on shows that have short credits. When I watched the show for the first time, I literally sat there in stunned silence and almost cried. I couldn't move for at least ten seconds.


Wow, you take your TV watching seriously.
 
2013-05-21 06:43:16 PM  

ShawnDoc: Tommy Moo: The damn thing doesn't even wait for the credits to start playing on shows that have short credits. When I watched the show for the first time, I literally sat there in stunned silence and almost cried. I couldn't move for at least ten seconds.

Wow, you take your TV watching seriously.


It's a pretty badass scene.  I've cried at a lot less.
 
2013-05-21 07:12:08 PM  
If you watch via X-Box, when the end of a video gets crunched to the corner you can just tap the red button on your controller to blow it back up to full screen.

Heisenberg says "relax."
 
2013-05-21 07:14:49 PM  
Not being a hipster, I have little interest in Arrested Development or any else David Cross-related.  Can't wait until we can stop getting headlines about this show.
 
2013-05-21 08:06:16 PM  

thurstonxhowell: I have my doubts that I'll be able to watch on time. I'm pretty sure Netflix's servers are going to explode the second 3/4 of their subscriber base attempts to watch at the same time.


That's the advantage of a 3:01 am Eastern Time launch.
 
2013-05-21 08:08:01 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Tommy Moo: Was one of them "Why the fark do you ruin the end of every episode by moving the last few seconds up to the top right corner while filling 75% of my screen with a notice that you are about to automatically show me the next episode or a poster for some other show I don't care about, and I can't disable this feature, and the feature ruins the dramatic end of every episode where I'm trying to sit in the dark and listen to the end credit music and absorb what I've just seen?"

Did someone ask him that?

No, because most people figured that's stupid. I mean seriously, minimizing the credit crawl at the end of the show ruins it for you? I've watched a pretty fair number of shows on Netflix, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen it minimize before the credits start crawling. I could see being upset over it on say one of the Marvel movies where there's scenes after the credits, but otherwise it's such a minor freaking thing I don't get how someone could get worked up over it. At worst it's a minor annoyance.


The Xbox 360 app does that.  The Roku app and web app do not.
 
2013-05-21 08:53:25 PM  

darkjezter: Not being a hipster, I have little interest in Arrested Development or any else David Cross-related.  Can't wait until we can stop getting headlines about this show.


The hipsters are the ones who are too cool to care about this show because it can't be enjoyed ironically. They'll also be the ones who talk about how the show used to be cool before it got popular.

People who love good TV and smart comedy, however, think the return of Arrested Development is worth celebrating.
 
2013-05-21 09:11:43 PM  

secularsage: darkjezter: Not being a hipster, I have little interest in Arrested Development or any else David Cross-related.  Can't wait until we can stop getting headlines about this show.

The hipsters are the ones who are too cool to care about this show because it can't be enjoyed ironically. They'll also be the ones who talk about how the show used to be cool before it got popular.

People who love good TV and smart comedy, however, think the return of Arrested Development is worth celebrating.


There already was a return of Arrested Development, it's called Archer.

/I keed
 
2013-05-21 09:16:03 PM  
If anything I am going to buy some frozen Bananas to eat while I watch it.

And Possible some Burger king because its a great Restaurant!

//Serving up a softball there guys
 
2013-05-21 09:40:20 PM  

Tommy Moo: Was one of them "Why the fark do you ruin the end of every episode by moving the last few seconds up to the top right corner while filling 75% of my screen with a notice that you are about to automatically show me the next episode or a poster for some other show I don't care about, and I can't disable this feature, and the feature ruins the dramatic end of every episode where I'm trying to sit in the dark and listen to the end credit music and absorb what I've just seen?"

Did someone ask

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hat doesn't happen to me on Netflix.  Must be you.
 
2013-05-21 10:45:08 PM  
darkjezter: Not being a hipster, I have little interest in Arrested Development or any else David Cross-related.  Can't wait until we can stop getting headlines about this show.

And yet you take the time to comment in an Arrested Development thread because you think it makes you cool or something. Making sure everyone knows you don't like something popular is pretty much the definition of hipster. Hipster.
 
2013-05-22 12:33:14 AM  

Tommy Moo: mekkab: this, but I'm amused at Tommy's outrage.

We can both win here. Why can't we just have an option to turn it on or off? You can plop down for a marathon without having to so much as lift your finger to push a button once an hour, and I can watch my serial dramas without being jerked out of the immersion and suspension at the end.


When they minimize the show, click on the little minimized window and it instantly restores it to full screen.
 
2013-05-22 12:44:32 AM  

darkjezter: Not being a hipster  person with even an ounce of a sense of humor, I have little interest in Arrested Development or any else David Cross-related.  Can't wait until we can stop getting headlines about this show

.
 
2013-05-22 01:14:17 AM  
English. What is it?
 
2013-05-22 01:26:10 AM  
I'm glad I'm not the only one cheesed off about the shrinking the screen thing.  It usually cuts off the last little bit of the show before the credits roll.  I guess it's designed with some sort of algorithm where if show is X minutes long, cut to new episode at X-30 seconds or something, but the shows don't always line up like that and it bites.

Also, autoplay is a great thing.  If I don't have to keep pushing play.  Seriously, just let it run.  If I'm using the show for background noise, I don't want to stop what I'm doing to get up and push play, it defeats the purpose of autoplay.  If I'm actually watching the show, I'm settled into watching mode and then I have to get up and push play.  Stop it, either do autoplay or don't.
 
2013-05-22 01:28:49 AM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Tommy Moo: mekkab: this, but I'm amused at Tommy's outrage.

We can both win here. Why can't we just have an option to turn it on or off? You can plop down for a marathon without having to so much as lift your finger to push a button once an hour, and I can watch my serial dramas without being jerked out of the immersion and suspension at the end.

When they minimize the show, click on the little minimized window and it instantly restores it to full screen.


You're missing the point here. This is America in 2013. We shouldn't still have to click a window.


COME ON!
 
2013-05-22 04:52:15 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: secularsage: darkjezter: Not being a hipster, I have little interest in Arrested Development or any else David Cross-related.  Can't wait until we can stop getting headlines about this show.

The hipsters are the ones who are too cool to care about this show because it can't be enjoyed ironically. They'll also be the ones who talk about how the show used to be cool before it got popular.

People who love good TV and smart comedy, however, think the return of Arrested Development is worth celebrating.

There already was a return of Arrested Development, it's called Archer.

/I keed


Archer is a return of Frisky Dingo!

/boosh
 
2013-05-22 06:05:06 AM  

Tommy Moo: mekkab: this, but I'm amused at Tommy's outrage.

We can both win here. Why can't we just have an option to turn it on or off? You can plop down for a marathon without having to so much as lift your finger to push a button once an hour, and I can watch my serial dramas without being jerked out of the immersion and suspension at the end.


dude, we totally can both win.

I seriously never had a problem with it until hearing your war-cry.


/pretty sure I even Broke Bad over netflix, 'cept for the last season...
 
2013-05-22 07:29:36 AM  

jpschwan: AdolfOliverPanties: Tommy Moo: mekkab: this, but I'm amused at Tommy's outrage.

We can both win here. Why can't we just have an option to turn it on or off? You can plop down for a marathon without having to so much as lift your finger to push a button once an hour, and I can watch my serial dramas without being jerked out of the immersion and suspension at the end.

When they minimize the show, click on the little minimized window and it instantly restores it to full screen.

You're missing the point here. This is America in 2013. We shouldn't still have to click a window.


COME ON!


Then you can be the one to push a button, since it's clearly more important to me. It should leave you alone by default. Or better yet, just have a button for "play episode" and a separate one for "play all" like they used to have. There was no good reason to get rid of this.
 
2013-05-22 09:27:27 AM  

BunkoSquad: Lee's_Austin: I gotta a stew going for the love affair I'm going to be having with Netflix Sunday morning.

You should call it "Hot Ham Water"


I prefer chicken with chicken sauce.
 
2013-05-22 10:54:25 AM  

SovietCanuckistan: Skip's Scramble looks good.


DO NOT ORDER THE SKIP'S SCRAMBLE.
 
2013-05-22 02:14:48 PM  

Tommy Moo: Dingleberry Dickwad: Tommy Moo: Was one of them "Why the fark do you ruin the end of every episode by moving the last few seconds up to the top right corner while filling 75% of my screen with a notice that you are about to automatically show me the next episode or a poster for some other show I don't care about, and I can't disable this feature, and the feature ruins the dramatic end of every episode where I'm trying to sit in the dark and listen to the end credit music and absorb what I've just seen?"

Did someone ask him that?

No, because most people figured that's stupid. I mean seriously, minimizing the credit crawl at the end of the show ruins it for you? I've watched a pretty fair number of shows on Netflix, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen it minimize before the credits start crawling. I could see being upset over it on say one of the Marvel movies where there's scenes after the credits, but otherwise it's such a minor freaking thing I don't get how someone could get worked up over it. At worst it's a minor annoyance.

Have you watched Breaking Bad? I'm going to try to do this without giving any spoilers away.

There is a famous moment in that show that is absolutely destroyed by autoplay. It involves Walt saying the word "Run," except thanks to Netflix, at the exact moment he says it you are being distracted by the scene shifting to the corner. The damn thing doesn't even wait for the credits to start playing on shows that have short credits. When I watched the show for the first time, I literally sat there in stunned silence and almost cried. I couldn't move for at least ten seconds. When I watched the episode again a year later, all of the gravity of the situation was ruined. Sometimes for artistic reasons the black silence at the end of an episode is an important part of the episode (think the finale of Sopranos.) It probably doesn't matter much if you're watching a comedy, but it absolutely ruins dramas. Yes, I say it ruins them. 50% of the show is ...


Buy a Western Digital Media box, watch netflix on TV, no credit minimizing.
 
2013-05-22 10:25:56 PM  

secularsage: darkjezter: Not being a hipster, I have little interest in Arrested Development or any else David Cross-related.  Can't wait until we can stop getting headlines about this show.

The hipsters are the ones who are too cool to care about this show because it can't be enjoyed ironically. They'll also be the ones who talk about how the show used to be cool before it got popular.

People who love good TV and smart comedy, however, think the return of Arrested Development is worth celebrating.


What do either of those have to do with AD?  In all seriousness, I've got to actually give the show a sincere watch. I couldn't get in to it or the office, because I don't care for the style of comedy that is 'obviously dysfunctional people who could be fixed in 3 seconds of 'real person' stuff', and repetitive jokes, and that was what both always seemed to be. The characters were simply too fake to be funny, and the jokes always seemed to be either telegraphed and held for a year, or simply a call back from the telegraphed and held jokes.
 
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