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2014-04-23 11:24:21 AM
"Prime members can enjoy a collection of great HBO shows on an unlimited basis, at no additional cost to their Prime membership," said Brad Beale, director of content acquisition for Amazon.
The first batch of shows will be available on Prime Instant Video starting on May 21.


And here I was just the other day thinking about how nice it would be to revisit The Wire.
 
2014-04-23 11:25:17 AM
And yet they refuse to rerun old episodes of Encyclopedia Brown.

In other news those two shows are considered classics now

Oh, indeed.
 
2014-04-23 11:32:42 AM
  Damn - I just paid to own all these shows through amazon streaming like 6 months ago.
 
2014-04-23 11:32:45 AM
they're both bona fide classics. and two of the best series ever produced.
 
2014-04-23 11:49:38 AM
I never watched The Sopranos, but if you don't think The Wire is a classic, subby, I'd be very curious to know what you think is.
 
2014-04-23 12:20:21 PM

naughtyrev: I never watched The Sopranos, but if you don't think The Wire is a classic, subby, I'd be very curious to know what you think is.

If I'm reading subby correctly, I think his problem isn't so much with the quality of the shows but the aging. "Classic" usually refers to something good that is also older. Though he might be surprised to learn that those shows both ended more than 5 years ago.
 
2014-04-23 12:53:22 PM
I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.
 
2014-04-23 12:54:08 PM
Sopranos is definitely a classic, subby
 
2014-04-23 12:54:08 PM
Feh, stupid NetFlix!
 
2014-04-23 12:55:34 PM
Don't stop betrollin'
 
2014-04-23 12:56:22 PM
W00T!!!!

I've almost rented/purchased these so many times!!!!  Prime is awesome.  If they ever take away the monthly auto order thingy for necessities, I shall be very sad.

I haven't had HBO in forever, so I'll have a whole winter weekend setup to watch now!
 
2014-04-23 12:56:35 PM
Nice, I have always heard good  things about The Wire.  Now I will get a chance to actually see it.

Any word on OZ?
 
2014-04-23 12:56:43 PM
Those shows aren't too new to be classics you're just old.
 
2014-04-23 12:56:56 PM

naughtyrev: I never watched The Sopranos, but if you don't think The Wire is a classic, subby, I'd be very curious to know what you think is.


I never watched The Wire, but if you don't think The Soprano's is a classic, subby, I'd be very curious to know what you think is.

/ Gonna watch The Wire now...
 
2014-04-23 12:57:02 PM
img.fark.net

Just when I thought I was cancelling my Prime membership, they pull me back in!!
 
2014-04-23 12:57:15 PM
Nice now sell me HD GoT episodes 24hrs after airing
 
2014-04-23 12:57:21 PM

marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.


Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...
 
2014-04-23 12:57:35 PM
So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.
 
2014-04-23 12:59:13 PM

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...


Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......
 
2014-04-23 12:59:20 PM
I can has Carnivale?  How about amazon finish that show, it was freaking awesome, then cancelled.
 
2014-04-23 12:59:39 PM
There's a name for people like you, subby.

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-04-23 01:00:48 PM

RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.


Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.
 
2014-04-23 01:01:19 PM

marcre3363: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......


Oz.
 
2014-04-23 01:01:39 PM
Granted this doesnt include anything thats still ongoing like GoT and True Detective, but this is worth the extra $20 a year, especially considering id pay probably $15 a month for HBOGo if i could.
 
2014-04-23 01:02:01 PM

Saiga410: Nice, I have always heard good  things about The Wire.  Now I will get a chance to actually see it.

Any word on OZ?


It wasn't in the original release, but Entertainment Weekly is reporting that oz will be available as well.
 
2014-04-23 01:03:08 PM
I was THIS CLOSE to buying The Wire disks.

/Thank goodness I'm lazy.
//And Deadwood--such linguistic beauty--I'm almost weeping with joy.
 
2014-04-23 01:03:12 PM
We all know that is just steps one and two to get to the one real show that's gonna load Amazon with boatloads of cash:

dvdbash.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-23 01:03:16 PM
I've never seen the Sopranos, but it's usually mentioned as one of the shows kicking off the "Golden Age of Television."  I suppose that would make it a classic, or at least historically important.
 
2014-04-23 01:03:46 PM

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...


1/10
 
2014-04-23 01:05:26 PM

marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.


37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-23 01:06:33 PM

marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.


I'm on S3 Ep 1.  It gets better and better.
 
2014-04-23 01:06:42 PM
So when is Canada going to get Instant Video as part of prime. I have been a prime member for just under a year and it is pretty handy for the shipping. If I could get shows as part of it, it would be even better. Hell even if I could just get those shows that Amazon produces I would be happy.
 
2014-04-23 01:07:12 PM

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...


meh. The fifth season was by far the weakest, but it wasn't exactly atrocious.  Although, since season four may have been my favorite (well, maybe season 1), it was a let down.
 
2014-04-23 01:07:58 PM

CygnusDarius: We all know that is just steps one and two to get to the one real show that's gonna load Amazon with boatloads of cash:

[dvdbash.files.wordpress.com image 584x769]


I'm getting these from Netflix on disk.

Damn good show.
 
2014-04-23 01:08:06 PM

Xythero: I've never seen the Sopranos, but it's usually mentioned as one of the shows kicking off the "Golden Age of Television."  I suppose that would make it a classic, or at least historically important.


Yeah, basically television was (relatively speaking) completely awful before the Sopranos. What were the best shows on TV in  the decade before the Sopranos? Law & Order? E.R.? Different flavors of Star Trek or various David E. Kelly shows? Come on. All of them were vastly inferior to the Sopranos, and the Sopranos itself has since been surpassed by other shows. The Sopranos showed people that TV writing could be as good as good movie writing. Nothing else at the time was even in its ballpark.
 
2014-04-23 01:10:25 PM
The submitter never had the makings of a varsity athlete.
 
2014-04-23 01:12:48 PM

LeroyBourne: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

I'm on S3 Ep 1.  It gets better and better.


Agreed, The Wire's like a fine wine - just more and more flavor as you get into the storylines.

However, one thing that bothers me is their cellphones.   Seemed like they never used them for voice calls.  Did anyone else notice this?
 
2014-04-23 01:12:50 PM

topcon: The submitter never had the makings of a varsity athlete.


He's probably too busy droppin' acid, and blowin' roadies.
 
2014-04-23 01:17:01 PM

jst3p: marcre3363: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......

Oz.


Babylon 5.
 
2014-04-23 01:18:15 PM

Jeteupthemiddle: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

meh. The fifth season was by far the weakest, but it wasn't exactly atrocious.  Although, since season four may have been my favorite (well, maybe season 1), it was a let down.


Yeah I'd go 1 - 4 - 2 - 3.  I thought 5 was horrible except for the ending montage
 
2014-04-23 01:18:58 PM
Here's the complete content list.  This is also a staggered deal - more content will phase into service over the course of the next three years, including Veep, Girls, Hung, and others.
 
2014-04-23 01:19:53 PM
Snoop buys a nail-gun. NSFW language - no spoilers.
 
2014-04-23 01:20:18 PM

GleeUnit: Here's the complete content list.  This is also a staggered deal - more content will phase into service over the course of the next three years, including Veep, Girls, Hung, and others.


Eastbound and Down is such a horrible funny show.
 
2014-04-23 01:21:18 PM
now farking finish remastering them and put them out on BD
 
2014-04-23 01:22:46 PM

Johnny Texas: Online streaming is the one place where it seems that competition is a bad thing.  There's no way you can sign up for any one or even any two services and have access to everything.


Even with the increases to Netflix and Amazon, those and Hulu works out to $26 a month, still less than any basic cable package.
 
2014-04-23 01:23:11 PM

sirgrim: Nice now sell me HD GoT episodes 24hrs after airing


Amazon already does this.
 
2014-04-23 01:23:39 PM

JerseyTim: And yet they refuse to rerun old episodes of Encyclopedia Brown.


There was a TV version of Encyclopedia Brown?  I remember the books from elementary school.  Was the show any good?  What age group was it targeted at.
 
2014-04-23 01:24:27 PM
Where's Wallace?
 
2014-04-23 01:26:30 PM

Leader O'Cola: now farking finish remastering them and put them out on BD


I doubt well ever see The Wire on BD. It was filmed in 4:3 by choice. It was shot on film, but its probably too niche to warrant a HD rescan.
 
2014-04-23 01:27:16 PM
I just started watching the Sopranos... and it's pretty bad.  James Gandolfini and the mob business is fine, but when his wife or kids start drama it's just terrible.    And so far it's a pretty even split between potentially good mob stuff and terrible family drama.

Does it get better?
 
2014-04-23 01:27:17 PM

Cyno01: Johnny Texas: Online streaming is the one place where it seems that competition is a bad thing.  There's no way you can sign up for any one or even any two services and have access to everything.

Even with the increases to Netflix and Amazon, those and Hulu works out to $26 a month, still less than any basic cable package.


Yep, we dropped direcTV and pay $20 a month for two Xfinity HD recievers, on demand captures all the network shows we watch. With Rokus and various gaming consoles throughout the house we use Netflix and Hulu and have more shows than we can watch for a lot less than we were paying before.

This is bonus since we had prime already.
 
2014-04-23 01:28:11 PM

naughtyrev: I never watched The Sopranos, but if you don't think The Wire is a classic, subby, I'd be very curious to know what you think is.


Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother

/not subby
 
2014-04-23 01:29:13 PM

Starhawk: Babylon 5.


Is it sad that I have been wanting B5 to be offered on one of the streaming services so I can rewatch  them even though I have all 5 seasons on DVD?
 
2014-04-23 01:29:49 PM

AiryAnne: naughtyrev: I never watched The Sopranos, but if you don't think The Wire is a classic, subby, I'd be very curious to know what you think is.

Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother

/not subby


I like those shows very much, but no they aren't classics.
 
2014-04-23 01:30:33 PM

Johnny Texas: notarobot: Amazon already does this.

What?  No they don't.


Yep Amazon searches for "Game of Thrones season 4" yields a nice chunk of already released DVDs and the ability to purchase streaming episodes from seasons 1-3.
 
2014-04-23 01:31:24 PM

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: JerseyTim: And yet they refuse to rerun old episodes of Encyclopedia Brown.

There was a TV version of Encyclopedia Brown?  I remember the books from elementary school.  Was the show any good?  What age group was it targeted at.


There's a whole episode online.

They only did 10 episodes. If they had a DVD set, I'd keep it on my mantle next to my sword honoring Stonewall Jackson for his heroics at the First Battle of Bull Run given to him in 1861.
 
2014-04-23 01:31:32 PM

marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.


Wait until you get to the "fark" scene later in season one.

/not what it sounds like
//farking hilarious after I realized what was going on
 
2014-04-23 01:34:25 PM
Starcraft came out nearly 20 years ago. Deal with it.
 
2014-04-23 01:35:54 PM
Classic:

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2014-04-23 01:36:02 PM
In other news. There was a show called The Wire
 
2014-04-23 01:37:30 PM

redmid17: Johnny Texas: notarobot: Amazon already does this.

What?  No they don't.

Yep Amazon searches for "Game of Thrones season 4" yields a nice chunk of already released DVDs and the ability to purchase streaming episodes from seasons 1-3.


I think he wants to purchase season 4 episodes 24 hours after they air, like they do with most other shows.
 
2014-04-23 01:37:50 PM
OH shiat!  It looks like Carnivale is going to be part of this deal.  I haven't watched it since it first shown so I can't wait to see it again.  Even if it does end on a cliffhanger.
 
2014-04-23 01:43:08 PM
The Wireis the greatest television show of all time.
 
2014-04-23 01:43:41 PM
How about this?
yuq.me
 
2014-04-23 01:47:21 PM

Johnny Texas: I don't get why HBO wouldn't offer recent episodes of their series as a part of this deal.  If they charged $4 for an episode of Game of Thrones, that would mean that you'd be paying $16 a month, around the same as most cable and satellite subscribers pay for a month of HBO.   Must have something to do with the cable companies applying pressure as it would certainly lead to more people ditching cable and hurting their profits.


You're on the right track.  This would be fantastic for consumers, but it blows up the existing (and extremely lucrative) licensing arrangements that HBO has with the cable companies.  That's their cash cow, and at this point, I'm sure they don't believe it to be economically wise for them to kill it just yet.  Not to mention the fact that the cable contracts come with a gigantic guaranteed install base - boatloads of people who wouldn't need to buy another box to use the service - and pretty soon it becomes clear where the path of least resistance lies.
 
2014-04-23 01:47:28 PM

Starhawk: jst3p: marcre3363: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......

Oz.

Babylon 5.


im watching babylon 5... im only like 3 episodes into it, but im not feeling it all. feels so cheezy and outdated :/
 
2014-04-23 01:49:20 PM

CygnusDarius: We all know that is just steps one and two to get to the one real show that's gonna load Amazon with boatloads of cash:

[dvdbash.files.wordpress.com image 584x769]


One of my all time favorites. I'm just sad that the colossal budget that the show required compressed the story of season 2 so much. I mean, there were at least 2 seasons worth of story and events just crammed into it. I mean the battle of Actium could have taken an entire hour rather than showing 3 minutes of drama with Cleopatra retreating.
 
2014-04-23 01:51:32 PM
simg.sportsbybrooks.com
 
2014-04-23 01:52:28 PM

teylix: Starhawk: jst3p: marcre3363: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......

Oz.

Babylon 5.

im watching babylon 5... im only like 3 episodes into it, but im not feeling it all. feels so cheezy and outdated :/


S1 is pretty weak, but stick with it, it sets up everything for the next three seasons of awesome. S5 isnt terrible, but they got renewed for it after wrapping everything up so they didnt know wtf they were doing with it. The CGI is really cheesy and outdated at this point though.
 
2014-04-23 01:52:44 PM

FLMountainMan: The Wireis the greatest television show of all time.


Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.
 
2014-04-23 01:53:10 PM

jst3p: Classic:

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 259x195]


Trust me, I know what I'm doing.

/Own the DVDs with the laugh track removed
 
2014-04-23 01:55:22 PM
shoptom.com
 
2014-04-23 01:55:51 PM
I look forward to watching Generation Kill again. Loved that miniseries
 
2014-04-23 01:58:09 PM

jst3p: Classic:

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 259x195]


I loved that show growing up.
"Sledge Hammer!?!!??  How could you say that about women, a woman gave birth to you!!!!!
SH:  "Prove it."
 
2014-04-23 01:58:28 PM

Cybernetic: FLMountainMan: The Wireis the greatest television show of all time.

Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.


I haven't seen the wire, but I can't think of a single show to refute your statement.

Maybe Sons of Anarchy if you ignore the Ireland season.
 
2014-04-23 01:58:52 PM

teylix: Starhawk: jst3p: marcre3363: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......

Oz.

Babylon 5.

im watching babylon 5... im only like 3 episodes into it, but im not feeling it all. feels so cheezy and outdated :/


The first season of Babylon 5 feels like a chore the first time watching it. The series doesn't really pick up until 3 or 4 episodes into the second season.....

.... But after you watch the whole series you'll go back and have a much better appreciation of season 1.

Not season 5 though. Skip the first half of that. Fark Byron and his emo telepaths.
 
2014-04-23 01:59:17 PM

LeroyBourne: jst3p: Classic:

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 259x195]

I loved that show growing up.
"Sledge Hammer!?!!??  How could you say that about women, a woman gave birth to you!!!!!
SH:  "Prove it."



From his boss:
"HAMMER! What kind of a clown do you think I am?!?!?"
"A juggling clown, sir?"
 
2014-04-23 02:00:25 PM
Wake me if they get this...

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-23 02:04:53 PM

marcre3363: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......


No, Weeds and Dexter's last season were terrible because the writers ran out of ideas.
The last season of the Wire focuses on something a little different that the previous 4 seasons but it's definitely not terrible nor poorly written, just different.
 
2014-04-23 02:07:26 PM

NightOwl2255: Snoop buys a nail-gun. NSFW language - no spoilers.


great scene.
 
2014-04-23 02:09:35 PM

InmanRoshi: [img.fark.net image 256x197]

Just when I thought I was cancelling my Prime membership, they pull me back in!!


^This.  We were going to drop it, but looks like we'll be keeping it.
 
2014-04-23 02:11:44 PM

jst3p: LeroyBourne: jst3p: Classic:

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 259x195]

I loved that show growing up.
"Sledge Hammer!?!!??  How could you say that about women, a woman gave birth to you!!!!!
SH:  "Prove it."


From his boss:
"HAMMER! What kind of a clown do you think I am?!?!?"
"A juggling clown, sir?"


*lays in bed with dark shades*  "oooooo did I have a dream last night........it was about you"  *slowly rolls head over and gazes at his gun*
 
2014-04-23 02:12:05 PM

cannibalparrot: redmid17: Johnny Texas: notarobot: Amazon already does this.

What?  No they don't.

Yep Amazon searches for "Game of Thrones season 4" yields a nice chunk of already released DVDs and the ability to purchase streaming episodes from seasons 1-3.

I think he wants to purchase season 4 episodes 24 hours after they air, like they do with most other shows.


That is probably true. Itunes does that for a lot of shows. Amazon might too (not sure as I have a DVR and usually record shows I want to watch later). That doesn't change the fact he was dead wrong about them being available for purchase after 24 hours of air time. If they did that, then maybe the piracy numbers wouldn't have hit record breaking levels yet*

*doubtful. That show is awesome
 
2014-04-23 02:13:28 PM

bborchar: InmanRoshi: [img.fark.net image 256x197]

Just when I thought I was cancelling my Prime membership, they pull me back in!!

^This.  We were going to drop it, but looks like we'll be keeping it.


The shipping can still be worth it, the streaming is just the cherry on top. On the recommendation of a hairdresser friend i was standing in the shampoo aisle at target looking for anything with tea tree oil in it, after 5 minutes of thinking "shiat, this aisle needs a search bar" i realized fark this, i have amazon prime.
 
2014-04-23 02:13:37 PM
Hope HBO includes their documentaries into the package.   Except for the ones featuring old fat naked swinger parties and obese women fapping workshops that used to come on after midnight when I was a kid.
 
2014-04-23 02:14:34 PM
teylix:
im watching babylon 5... im only like 3 episodes into it, but im not feeling it all. feels so cheezy and outdated :/

It picks up pretty nicely, but just stop at the end of Season 4.  Trust me on this.
 
2014-04-23 02:15:28 PM

Cyno01: Johnny Texas: Online streaming is the one place where it seems that competition is a bad thing.  There's no way you can sign up for any one or even any two services and have access to everything.

Even with the increases to Netflix and Amazon, those and Hulu works out to $26 a month, still less than any basic cable package.


You have to figure in the two day shipping benefit with Prime.   My wife loves using that now to buy stuff, and have it shipped to the office.  Last year along, I probably got my money's worth on the free shipping.
 
2014-04-23 02:17:19 PM

Cyno01: bborchar: InmanRoshi: [img.fark.net image 256x197]

Just when I thought I was cancelling my Prime membership, they pull me back in!!

^This.  We were going to drop it, but looks like we'll be keeping it.

The shipping can still be worth it, the streaming is just the cherry on top. On the recommendation of a hairdresser friend i was standing in the shampoo aisle at target looking for anything with tea tree oil in it, after 5 minutes of thinking "shiat, this aisle needs a search bar" i realized fark this, i have amazon prime.


Not going to lie, if there is some kind of chore or task that needs to be done in the near future and I need supplies, I will almost always order off Amazon if I don't have it in stock. It comes directly to my door and the price is equal if not better. I love it for pre-orders of books too.
 
2014-04-23 02:21:10 PM
Needs more Deadwood.  Feed them to the pigs Wu!

Prime is the best deal around, and this makes it better.  I checked last night and I'm at 68 orders for 2014, I even order dog food on there now.

The new Amazon TV box is pretty solid too, it's far faster than Apple and the voice controlled remote even found "Aziz Ansari" with no problem.
 
2014-04-23 02:23:49 PM

GleeUnit: Johnny Texas: I don't get why HBO wouldn't offer recent episodes of their series as a part of this deal.  If they charged $4 for an episode of Game of Thrones, that would mean that you'd be paying $16 a month, around the same as most cable and satellite subscribers pay for a month of HBO.   Must have something to do with the cable companies applying pressure as it would certainly lead to more people ditching cable and hurting their profits.

You're on the right track.  This would be fantastic for consumers, but it blows up the existing (and extremely lucrative) licensing arrangements that HBO has with the cable companies.  That's their cash cow, and at this point, I'm sure they don't believe it to be economically wise for them to kill it just yet.  Not to mention the fact that the cable contracts come with a gigantic guaranteed install base - boatloads of people who wouldn't need to buy another box to use the service - and pretty soon it becomes clear where the path of least resistance lies.


That is a part of it, but HBO is running test groups with cable companies, where for 15 dollars a month, you get hbo and local channels, plus the use of HBO2g0 on all their devices, it is being marketed towards the cable cutters.
 
2014-04-23 02:25:07 PM

Pocket Ninja: "Prime members can enjoy a collection of great HBO shows on an unlimited basis, at no additional cost to their Prime membership," said Brad Beale, director of content acquisition for Amazon.
The first batch of shows will be available on Prime Instant Video starting on May 21.

And here I was just the other day thinking about how nice it would be to revisit The Wire.


I watched the whole damn thing for a second time when I first hooked up with my partner about three years ago, as he hadn't seen it. Even though it had been years since I first watched, it was a much richer experience the second time around.

My partner was hesitant because he hates "cop shows," but once he realized it's a story about a city, he became an enthusiastic fan.
 
2014-04-23 02:25:29 PM

Homer Elmer: I look forward to watching Generation Kill again. Loved that miniseries


Americeee is watching!

/Mister Potato head on your six
 
2014-04-23 02:31:49 PM

jst3p: marcre3363: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......

Oz.


Entourage
 
2014-04-23 02:31:59 PM

NightOwl2255: Snoop buys a nail-gun. NSFW language - no spoilers.


Thanks. One of my favorite scenes.
 
2014-04-23 02:36:18 PM

Johnny Texas: Online streaming is the one place where it seems that competition is a bad thing.  There's no way you can sign up for any one or even any two services and have access to everything.


Agreed. I would love to drop my outlandishly expensive Uverse plan but there's no reasonable way to get any and all content to multiple TVs without it. At least not 4 TVs.

///I know, 1st world etc.
 
2014-04-23 02:38:13 PM
Oh Amazon, I'm going to send you to "slip and fall school".
 
2014-04-23 02:39:12 PM

Johnny Texas: I don't get why HBO wouldn't offer recent episodes of their series as a part of this deal.  If they charged $4 for an episode of Game of Thrones, that would mean that you'd be paying $16 a month, around the same as most cable and satellite subscribers pay for a month of HBO.  Must have something to do with the cable companies applying pressure as it would certainly lead to more people ditching cable and hurting their profits.


Your last sentence hits the nail on the head. They need to figure out how to sell HBOGo without killing their billion dollars a month revenue stream.
 
2014-04-23 02:41:21 PM

kenryoku_one: marcre3363: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

Trust me on this one...there are only four seasons...there was never a 5th season...

Sort of like Weeds, Dexter, LOST, The Simpsons.......

No, Weeds and Dexter's last season were terrible because the writers ran out of ideas.
The last season of the Wire focuses on something a little different that the previous 4 seasons but it's definitely not terrible nor poorly written, just different.


The last season of Weeds wasn;t epic, yet it was TONS better then the "we are in the van for a full season" season. THAT season should have killed the series dead.
 
2014-04-23 02:41:21 PM

jst3p: Cybernetic: FLMountainMan: The Wireis the greatest television show of all time.

Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.

I haven't seen the wire, but I can't think of a single show to refute your statement.

Maybe Sons of Anarchy if you ignore the Ireland season.


Family Guy
 
2014-04-23 02:41:46 PM

marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.


Mr mafiageek1980 has up to season 4 on DVD. I had never seen it before I married him. He talked me into it and I was hooked very quickly. I ended up buying season 5 as a wedding gift for him, lol.
 
2014-04-23 02:51:20 PM

jst3p: Classic:

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OMG I used to have both seasons on DVD. The DVD commentary from creator Alan Spencer is AWESOME! I love his rant about the laugh track they used to add to the show!
 
2014-04-23 02:59:06 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk

With you about The Wire, subby.

/couldn't finish the second season
//barely made it through the first
 
2014-04-23 03:01:02 PM

mekki: With you about The Wire, subby.

/couldn't finish the second season
//barely made it through the first


the world needs ditch-diggers too, danny.
 
2014-04-23 03:01:16 PM

redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.


install Flash and Dolphin, now you can watch prime Iinstant video
 
2014-04-23 03:17:40 PM

jst3p: Cybernetic: FLMountainMan: The Wireis the greatest television show of all time.

Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.

I haven't seen the wire, but I can't think of a single show to refute your statement.

Maybe Sons of Anarchy if you ignore the Ireland season.


I quit watching that show when the Ireland thing came around.  That was so ridiculously bad piled on top of an already marginally bad show that no amount of full frontal nudity, explosions, or gunfights would get me to watch it again.
 
2014-04-23 03:23:19 PM
ermagaaad I just splooged. As a subscriber of both Netflix and Prime I dont think I can have it any better now. I can finally catch up on some amazing shows without having to shell for the boxsets. Though Band of brothers and its extras are worth it on Bluray.
 
2014-04-23 03:27:34 PM

FlashHarry: mekki: With you about The Wire, subby.

/couldn't finish the second season
//barely made it through the first

the world needs ditch-diggers too, danny.


just watched The Wire myself a few months back and the second season threw me for a bit since it seems to introduce the idea that it will be a new 'big bad' every season and all new characters (similar to the earlier seasons of True Blood).  Was very happy to see the start of season three get back into the drug gang politics.  I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.
 
2014-04-23 03:28:08 PM

ryant123: the decade before the Sopranos? Law & Order? E.R.?


Those two and probably NYPD Blue.

The sopranos changed TV.

The Shield really got things moving being basic on basic cable.  Much larger audience.
 
2014-04-23 03:29:27 PM

LeroyBourne: marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.

I'm on S3 Ep 1.  It gets better and better.


Just wait, season 4 is the best of all. Then the precipitous drop...
 
2014-04-23 03:29:52 PM

jst3p: GleeUnit: Here's the complete content list.  This is also a staggered deal - more content will phase into service over the course of the next three years, including Veep, Girls, Hung, and others.

Eastbound and Down is such a horrible funny show.


It can be uncomfortable to watch.  I would put some scenes in that show up against the infamous GoT scene from last Sunday.
 
2014-04-23 03:30:12 PM
kenryoku_one:
No, Weeds and Dexter's last season were terrible because the writers ran out of ideas.
The last season of the Wire focuses on something a little different that the previous 4 seasons but it's definitely not terrible nor poorly written, just different.


But The Wire did that in Season 2 as well (or whichever one focused on the shipping yard). A bunch of characters were introduced and featured prominently but then didn't end up meaning much to the overall arc of the series and were barely in the following seasons. I liked season 5 better than 2.

And my favorite season, #4, was a shift too. the main character (or closest thing to it) we've been following for 3 seasons is barely in it.
 
2014-04-23 03:32:12 PM

Hyjamon: I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.


Except season 2 tells you exactly where the drugs come from. And it sets up things in the future seasons with respect to the Co-op and Prop Joe.
 
2014-04-23 03:33:27 PM

bhcompy: redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.

install Flash and Dolphin, now you can watch prime Iinstant video


I've perused a few guides and it looks like it might be something I pursue. The downside is that the Evo 4G is not exactly a new phone, so the capability might not be there for the video playback when set to desktop. My current phone could probably handle it though.
 
2014-04-23 03:36:02 PM
For me personally season 4 is the only season which wasnt amazing but i love them all anyways. Fantastic characterization.
 
2014-04-23 03:38:18 PM

Rent Party: I quit watching that show when the Ireland thing came around.  That was so ridiculously bad piled on top of an already marginally bad show that no amount of full frontal nudity, explosions, or gunfights would get me to watch it again.


It really started out as a good show and became some sort of weird hybrid of a soap opera and a TV version of the game Grand Theft Auto. I mean the plotlines got more and more over the top as did the crazy and meaningless violence and action scenes. Making the episodes 90 minutes last season was even worse since they just added bunch of filler (usually a couple of musical montages). Plus there always seems to be a crazy action scene in the middle of each episode with loud music shot like a music video. David Chase, creator of the Sopranos, used to hate it that a section of the fanbase was always calling for more violence and crazy action. It is like the creator of SOA is writing a show for those fans.
 
2014-04-23 03:39:43 PM

under a mountain: How about this?
[yuq.me image 304x227]


You mutherfarker, you. Damn, you just put me in a time machine. Nothing better to a 14 year old than a show that guaranteed you a pair of tits in every episode.
 
2014-04-23 03:40:24 PM

mechgreg: Hyjamon: I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.

Except season 2 tells you exactly where the drugs come from. And it sets up things in the future seasons with respect to the Co-op and Prop Joe.


I agree, but those could be setup in a single episode and not a whole season.

But I do enjoy a lot of Prop Joe's scenes, especially if you pay attention to his propositions, prices and dealing.  He was crafty at making a profit at any time in a deal.
 
2014-04-23 03:46:47 PM
I wants me some Larry Sanders Show.  My kids are growing out of them but Crashbox, Little Curious, and Harold and the Purple Crayon would be nice. You can't even get the first two on DVD.
 
2014-04-23 03:47:26 PM
For me, Amazon is great for tv shows and Netflix is great for movies and hard to find documentaries. So this news is all good.
 
2014-04-23 03:48:41 PM

Rent Party: jst3p: Cybernetic: FLMountainMan: The Wireis the greatest television show of all time.

Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.

I haven't seen the wire, but I can't think of a single show to refute your statement.

Maybe Sons of Anarchy if you ignore the Ireland season.

I quit watching that show when the Ireland thing came around.  That was so ridiculously bad piled on top of an already marginally bad show that no amount of full frontal nudity, explosions, or gunfights would get me to watch it again.


I think my favorite comment I ever read about the sons of Anarchy wa that Jax cannot eat a bowl of cereal without getting a member of the gang killed.
 
2014-04-23 03:49:00 PM

redmid17: cannibalparrot: redmid17: Johnny Texas: notarobot: Amazon already does this.

What?  No they don't.

Yep Amazon searches for "Game of Thrones season 4" yields a nice chunk of already released DVDs and the ability to purchase streaming episodes from seasons 1-3.

I think he wants to purchase season 4 episodes 24 hours after they air, like they do with most other shows.

That is probably true. Itunes does that for a lot of shows. Amazon might too (not sure as I have a DVR and usually record shows I want to watch later). That doesn't change the fact he was dead wrong about them being available for purchase after 24 hours of air time. If they did that, then maybe the piracy numbers wouldn't have hit record breaking levels yet*

*doubtful. That show is awesome


Sorry, I was talking about the original poster, and may have lost the thread.

/Go Go Gadget-Daydrinking!
 
2014-04-23 03:49:38 PM

mechgreg: Hyjamon: I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.

Except season 2 tells you exactly where the drugs come from. And it sets up things in the future seasons with respect to the Co-op and Prop Joe.


Not only that, you get that priceless scene where the Nick says to the dealer: "You know you're white, right?"
 
2014-04-23 03:51:25 PM
Breaking Bad was an instant classic. I don't think anyone would argue with that...
 
2014-04-23 03:51:54 PM

Bawdy George: mechgreg: Hyjamon: I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.

Except season 2 tells you exactly where the drugs come from. And it sets up things in the future seasons with respect to the Co-op and Prop Joe.

Not only that, you get that priceless scene where the Nick says to the dealer: "You know you're white, right?"


LOL that season was awesome. I for one loved the shipyard season.
 
2014-04-23 03:52:57 PM

yequalsy: I wants me some Larry Sanders Show.  My kids are growing out of them but Crashbox, Little Curious, and Harold and the Purple Crayon would be nice. You can't even get the first two on DVD.


I think Larry Sanders show is on Crackle.com, for free even.
 
2014-04-23 03:54:51 PM
 
2014-04-23 03:56:08 PM

cannibalparrot: redmid17: cannibalparrot: redmid17: Johnny Texas: notarobot: Amazon already does this.

What?  No they don't.

Yep Amazon searches for "Game of Thrones season 4" yields a nice chunk of already released DVDs and the ability to purchase streaming episodes from seasons 1-3.

I think he wants to purchase season 4 episodes 24 hours after they air, like they do with most other shows.

That is probably true. Itunes does that for a lot of shows. Amazon might too (not sure as I have a DVR and usually record shows I want to watch later). That doesn't change the fact he was dead wrong about them being available for purchase after 24 hours of air time. If they did that, then maybe the piracy numbers wouldn't have hit record breaking levels yet*

*doubtful. That show is awesome

Sorry, I was talking about the original poster, and may have lost the thread.

/Go Go Gadget-Daydrinking!


I was too.

/ i want to day drink
 
2014-04-23 04:00:49 PM
The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.
 
2014-04-23 04:00:51 PM

redmid17: bhcompy: redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.

install Flash and Dolphin, now you can watch prime Iinstant video

I've perused a few guides and it looks like it might be something I pursue. The downside is that the Evo 4G is not exactly a new phone, so the capability might not be there for the video playback when set to desktop. My current phone could probably handle it though.


Last time I tried Android + Flash + Dolphin (etc.), I felt the experience pretty poor. The Amazon web video interface which works okay with mice is just a poor match on a phone where the little itty bitty controls will be frobbed by enormous fingers (in comparison to tiny mice.)

It worked, but I tried it a couple of times and set it aside.

I think it might work better on a tablet...
 
2014-04-23 04:04:29 PM

browntimmy: kenryoku_one:
No, Weeds and Dexter's last season were terrible because the writers ran out of ideas.
The last season of the Wire focuses on something a little different that the previous 4 seasons but it's definitely not terrible nor poorly written, just different.

But The Wire did that in Season 2 as well (or whichever one focused on the shipping yard). A bunch of characters were introduced and featured prominently but then didn't end up meaning much to the overall arc of the series and were barely in the following seasons. I liked season 5 better than 2.

And my favorite season, #4, was a shift too. the main character (or closest thing to it) we've been following for 3 seasons is barely in it.


I read that was by request of the actor, so he could spend more time with his family overseas.
 
2014-04-23 04:05:10 PM
I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.
 
2014-04-23 04:11:48 PM

roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.


What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..
 
2014-04-23 04:17:11 PM

stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..


I dont think it matters whether they filmed it in HD or not they should be able to rescan the footage to HD resolutions. I mean several older movies Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind etc.. are all available in bluray and the restoration is phenomenal on those. I think it's just a question of the creator not wanting to release it in anything HD.
 
2014-04-23 04:44:16 PM

roflmaonow: stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..

I dont think it matters whether they filmed it in HD or not they should be able to rescan the footage to HD resolutions. I mean several older movies Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind etc.. are all available in bluray and the restoration is phenomenal on those. I think it's just a question of the creator not wanting to release it in anything HD.


Hell, 35mm on up looks good enough that you can get 4K out of it.
 
2014-04-23 04:49:07 PM

redmid17: but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.


Never happen, now that they have their own streaming hardware.
 
2014-04-23 04:54:42 PM

cookiefleck: For me, Amazon is great for tv shows and Netflix is great for movies and hard to find documentaries. So this news is all good.


You sure you don't have that the other way around?  That was true in 2012, but now it's 2014.  Amazon is increasingly better than Netflix at movies, while Netflix seems to have better shows.

Amazon also has a superior movie recommendation algorithm than Netflix could ever dream of.  I'm just tired of seeing all these garbage movies that Netflix keeps suggesting.
 
2014-04-23 04:54:42 PM
I couldn't get into The Wire...and really I can't even express my true, yet perfectly valid, opinion on the show without being called a troll. However, The Sopranos is fantastic.
 
2014-04-23 04:56:04 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: roflmaonow: stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..

I dont think it matters whether they filmed it in HD or not they should be able to rescan the footage to HD resolutions. I mean several older movies Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind etc.. are all available in bluray and the restoration is phenomenal on those. I think it's just a question of the creator not wanting to release it in anything HD.

Hell, 35mm on up looks good enough that you can get 4K out of it.


I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution. so yea anything with 35mm is more than enough. Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live was shot on 16mm and that's not bad looking either on bluray.
 
2014-04-23 05:05:15 PM

roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.


It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.
 
2014-04-23 05:08:37 PM

The Banana Thug: cookiefleck: For me, Amazon is great for tv shows and Netflix is great for movies and hard to find documentaries. So this news is all good.

You sure you don't have that the other way around?  That was true in 2012, but now it's 2014.  Amazon is increasingly better than Netflix at movies, while Netflix seems to have better shows.

Amazon also has a superior movie recommendation algorithm than Netflix could ever dream of.  I'm just tired of seeing all these garbage movies that Netflix keeps suggesting.


What you call "garbage movies" others may call "thought provoking" "challenging" and "provocative". The beauty of Netflix is that it merely suggests things. You have ultimate control as to what you watch. Then again, I'm more of a drama, comedy and documentary kind of gal. Hate the sci fi genre.
 
2014-04-23 05:12:07 PM

MayoSlather: I couldn't get into The Wire...and really I can't even express my true, yet perfectly valid, opinion on the show without being called a troll. However, The Sopranos is fantastic.


There's a difference between not liking something subjectively vs objectively.
 
2014-04-23 05:14:06 PM

cookiefleck: What you call "garbage movies" others may call "thought provoking" "challenging" and "provocative". The beauty of Netflix is that it merely suggests things. You have ultimate control as to what you watch. Then again, I'm more of a drama, comedy and documentary kind of gal. Hate the sci fi genre.


Cookie Googleman?! From what I remember, that's not the only kind of gal you are.
 
2014-04-23 05:15:25 PM

stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..


It was shot on film with an intended aspect ratio of 4:3.

Film is greater than 1080p HD -- about 4k to 6k.

David Simon has maintained that he doesn't want The Wire converted to HD because he wants the show to have a TV feel because of the surveillance meta aspect.
 
2014-04-23 05:16:30 PM

foo monkey: redmid17: but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.

Never happen, now that they have their own streaming hardware.


Are you talking about the amazon fire? If so, that's pretty much irrevelant to my point. I mean being able to watch not attached to a TV.
I'm sure someone would come up with a workaround eventually.

If you're talking about mobile devices and the kindle, well that's more or less been the situation for a few years.
 
2014-04-23 05:17:14 PM
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-04-23 05:21:34 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: roflmaonow: stappawho: roflmaonow: I dont think The Wire will be available in HD though, really wish they'd release a bluray version. I dont mind even if the BR is in 4:3 format just want a higher resolution of it.

What's messed up is during the 4th or 5th season they had a 'on next weeks episode' preview and I swear it was 16:9 HD.  Then I read they never filmed in HD to keep the look consistent from beginning to end so it must have been my imagination.  Why they didn't start that way is a mystery.  Sopranos was always HD and it started 3 or 4 years earlier..

I dont think it matters whether they filmed it in HD or not they should be able to rescan the footage to HD resolutions. I mean several older movies Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind etc.. are all available in bluray and the restoration is phenomenal on those. I think it's just a question of the creator not wanting to release it in anything HD.

Hell, 35mm on up looks good enough that you can get 4K out of it.


35mm is a very high resolution format -- about 4k.

A bit of an irony is that 30 year old TV shows shot on 35mm film (even 16mm) look better on Blu-ray than shows shot digitally at 1k to 2k because film is such a high resolution medium.
 
2014-04-23 05:21:40 PM

Hebalo: roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.

It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.


I haven't made up my mind yet about that movie, I mean it was very slow but the performances were great by the lead actors. I'll need to watch it again when I'm in that 'slow movie oscar-bait watching' mode.
 
2014-04-23 05:24:53 PM

InmanRoshi: There's a name for people like you, subby.

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 115x103]


Pancakes anyone?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f31PLcCXD0U&feature=kp
 
2014-04-23 05:27:23 PM
Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit.

// anybody?
 
2014-04-23 05:31:32 PM

roflmaonow: Hebalo: roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.

It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.

I haven't made up my mind yet about that movie, I mean it was very slow but the performances were great by the lead actors. I'll need to watch it again when I'm in that 'slow movie oscar-bait watching' mode.


I love PTA's films, but this one was just ....not good.
 
2014-04-23 05:50:10 PM

Hyjamon: just watched The Wire myself a few months back and the second season threw me for a bit since it seems to introduce the idea that it will be a new 'big bad' every season and all new characters (similar to the earlier seasons of True Blood).  Was very happy to see the start of season three get back into the drug gang politics.  I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.


i agree that season 2 feels like a bit of a letdown at first... but i found it an oddly fascinating peek into the world of ports and union politics. my favorite seasons, however, were the school season and the press season.
 
2014-04-23 05:55:12 PM

mechgreg: yequalsy: I wants me some Larry Sanders Show.  My kids are growing out of them but Crashbox, Little Curious, and Harold and the Purple Crayon would be nice. You can't even get the first two on DVD.

I think Larry Sanders show is on Crackle.com, for free even.


I've never heard of that site. I'll check it t. Thanks!
 
2014-04-23 06:18:45 PM

Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.


Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW
 
2014-04-23 06:30:22 PM

Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW


So many classic scenes in that show I can't even remember which one is my favorite. However the plural of pussy scene is up there with one of the best drunk moments.
 
2014-04-23 06:30:22 PM

Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW


Of course, another classic. But I love me some Omar.

/platonically
 
2014-04-23 06:36:24 PM

marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.


The Wire can be a hard show to first get into because there are so many character to keep track of but you're right at the point where you better make sure you have at least 5 hours to kill when you start an episode.
Because you're going to end up having to watch the next episode to find out what happens next.

IMO The Wire is the best show to ever be on TV.
 
2014-04-23 06:39:33 PM

roflmaonow: Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW

So many classic scenes in that show I can't even remember which one is my favorite. However the plural of pussy scene is up there with one of the best drunk moments.


The scene between Omar and Brother Mouzone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3T_2RTDcVo
 
2014-04-23 06:46:52 PM

Wasabi and Soy Sauce: I just started watching the Sopranos... and it's pretty bad.  James Gandolfini and the mob business is fine, but when his wife or kids start drama it's just terrible.    And so far it's a pretty even split between potentially good mob stuff and terrible family drama.

Does it get better?


It does, but the focus of the show is on his family.  A lot of people don't get that, which is (one of the reasons) everyone hated the ending.

Cyno01: S1 is pretty weak, but stick with it, it sets up everything for the next three seasons of awesome. S5 isnt terrible, but they got renewed for it after wrapping everything up so they didnt know wtf they were doing with it. The CGI is really cheesy and outdated at this point though.


This.  Just suffer through S1 and focus on 2-4.  You won't regret it.

/hated Wire S2 too.
 
2014-04-23 07:03:13 PM

Hebalo: roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.

It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.


The Master is challenging, but not garbage. Garbage has to do with absence of a lot of thought and energy put into a film. No one can accuse PTA of being thoughtless about his work: he's very methodical... Writing and directing movies takes a lot of work...
 
2014-04-23 07:06:49 PM

Bawdy George: Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW

Of course, another classic. But I love me some Omar.

/platonically


Omar doesn't see it that way...
 
2014-04-23 07:31:18 PM
For those hating on season 2 of The Wire you're missing the point that season 2 focuses on the money angle.
You need to follow the money and it shows that the influence of the inner city drug trade reaches far beyond the inner city.
 
2014-04-23 07:32:37 PM

zepher: For those hating on season 2 of The Wire you're missing the point that season 2 focuses on the money angle.
You need to follow the money and it shows that the influence of the inner city drug trade reaches far beyond the inner city.


exactly.
 
2014-04-23 07:33:03 PM

yequalsy: mechgreg: yequalsy: I wants me some Larry Sanders Show.  My kids are growing out of them but Crashbox, Little Curious, and Harold and the Purple Crayon would be nice. You can't even get the first two on DVD.

I think Larry Sanders show is on Crackle.com, for free even.

I've never heard of that site. I'll check it t. Thanks!


There is an app for it on Xbox Live if you are in to that sort fo thing.
 
2014-04-23 07:36:51 PM
I've always wanted this image on a shirt.

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Google drunk McNulty.  Man I need to watch that show again.
 
2014-04-23 07:48:24 PM

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: roflmaonow: Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW

So many classic scenes in that show I can't even remember which one is my favorite. However the plural of pussy scene is up there with one of the best drunk moments.

The scene between Omar and Brother Mouzone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3T_2RTDcVo


McNuggets
Drunk Bunk

/both NSFW
 
2014-04-23 09:59:37 PM

ryant123: The Sopranos showed people that TV writing could be as good as good movie writing.


Even more, Hollywood seems to think movies anytime but Christmas (Oscar bait) should be PG-13 action spectacles and serious drama belongs on cable. And moreover, network TV should be "reality" game shows, and serious drama belongs on cable.
 
2014-04-23 11:20:28 PM

Nem Wan: ryant123: The Sopranos showed people that TV writing could be as good as good movie writing.

Even more, Hollywood seems to think movies anytime but Christmas (Oscar bait) should be PG-13 action spectacles and serious drama belongs on cable. And moreover, network TV should be "reality" game shows, and serious drama belongs on cable.


Which is why were seeing A-list movie stars doing TV now, the stigma is gone. Spacey on House of Cards, Thornton on Fargo... Rumor is Brad Pitt is going to be on the next season of True Detective.
 
2014-04-24 12:17:13 AM

ryant123: Xythero: I've never seen the Sopranos, but it's usually mentioned as one of the shows kicking off the "Golden Age of Television."  I suppose that would make it a classic, or at least historically important.

Yeah, basically television was (relatively speaking) completely awful before the Sopranos. What were the best shows on TV in  the decade before the Sopranos? Law & Order? E.R.? Different flavors of Star Trek or various David E. Kelly shows? Come on.


You need to watch more television..

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/oz, x-files, american gothic, twin peaks, night heat, a touch of frost, cracker, babylon 5, kids in the hall, futurama
//oh however did we endure the wasteland of before those jersey guys?
 
2014-04-24 12:19:42 AM

redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.


Download Dolphin browser, go to amazon and try to watch a video, it'll try to get you to use silverlight, say use flash, then you can either use flash, or if you're on a newer version of android without flash support dolphin will direct you to a hacked up version of flash that will even run on 4.2.2. This is how I watch Prime on my Nexus 7 if the kids have the Kindle tied up =)
 
2014-04-24 12:40:05 AM

OOBE Juan Kenobi: Hebalo: roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.

It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.

The Master is challenging, but not garbage. Garbage has to do with absence of a lot of thought and energy put into a film. No one can accuse PTA of being thoughtless about his work: he's very methodical... Writing and directing movies takes a lot of work...


Okay, it's devoid of any interesting scenes, moves at a snails pace, and I didn't care about any of the characters.
 
2014-04-24 02:02:41 AM

robodog: redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.

Download Dolphin browser, go to amazon and try to watch a video, it'll try to get you to use silverlight, say use flash, then you can either use flash, or if you're on a newer version of android without flash support dolphin will direct you to a hacked up version of flash that will even run on 4.2.2. This is how I watch Prime on my Nexus 7 if the kids have the Kindle tied up =)


Thanks. It seems to work much better now than I remember. Also a Nexus 10 and not an HP Touchpad....
 
2014-04-24 07:24:46 AM

Nem Wan: Even more, Hollywood seems to think movies anytime but Christmas (Oscar bait) should be PG-13 action spectacles and serious drama belongs on cable. And moreover, network TV should be "reality" game shows, and serious drama belongs on cable.


I was actually reading a book about that. It talked about how in the last 15 years or so Hollywood has really decided to go after the 200 million plus budget action spectacular (or animated kids movie). With all the money being spent on those movies, theatrical releases have basically boiled down to either those huge blockbusters or really low budget indie movies. There isn't really the mid budget R rated dramas with well known talented actors coming out anymore. So all of those actors and writers moved to TV.
 
2014-04-24 07:29:55 AM

Saiga410: Starhawk: Babylon 5.

Is it sad that I have been wanting B5 to be offered on one of the streaming services so I can rewatch  them even though I have all 5 seasons on DVD?


Heh. Same here. I've got an entire shelf of B5 discs, yet they are so low and would require bending. Last week I even watched "Top Secret" on Amazon Prime rather than look for the DVD.

I should probably get an award for laziness, but ... you know.
 
2014-04-24 07:30:29 AM

zepher: For those hating on season 2 of The Wire you're missing the point that season 2 focuses on the money angle.
You need to follow the money and it shows that the influence of the inner city drug trade reaches far beyond the inner city.


Plus Season 2 gives us Frank Sobotka, who is probably one of the most selfless characters ever to appear on the show. I mean everything he does is for the good of his friends/family/co-workers. He is not smuggling stuff in to get rich. And is also probably one of the most tragic (at least of the adult characters) because by doing what he does it ends up making him the target of the cops (because of a petty grudge) and it ultimately gets him killed.
 
2014-04-24 11:31:43 AM

mechgreg: zepher: For those hating on season 2 of The Wire you're missing the point that season 2 focuses on the money angle.
You need to follow the money and it shows that the influence of the inner city drug trade reaches far beyond the inner city.

Plus Season 2 gives us Frank Sobotka, who is probably one of the most selfless characters ever to appear on the show. I mean everything he does is for the good of his friends/family/co-workers. He is not smuggling stuff in to get rich. And is also probably one of the most tragic (at least of the adult characters) because by doing what he does it ends up making him the target of the cops (because of a petty grudge) and it ultimately gets him killed.


Yup, it's outside influences that get him killed.
Season 2 shows that the inner city drug trade's influence goes all the way from the hopper on the corner slinging the dope all the way to City Hall.
 
2014-04-24 03:54:41 PM
theflatline:
That is a part of it, but HBO is running test groups with cable companies, where for 15 dollars a month, you get hbo and local channels, plus the use of HBO2g0 on all their devices, it is being marketed towards the cable cutters.

This is the endgame I am looking for right here.

The whole current structure WILL be changing/collapsing in the next decade. I have a cable box and pay 135.00 a month for a total of maybe ten channels I actually watch.
 
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