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10 Hidden TV Gems That Should Be On Your Watch List

Given the sheer amount of quality television available these days, there’s simply no excuse for settling for endless reruns of Futurama, no matter how great that show is. It doesn’t matter what your preferred genre is, there’s a hidden TV gem just waiting to capture your imagination.

These are the smaller shows that tend to get lost in the cultural conversation while everyone is theorizing about what’s going to happen in the final season of Game of Thrones. The series on this list have been quietly cultivating passionate audiences in the shadow of TV giants like The Walking Dead and Westworld. And it’s time more viewers start paying attention to just how good they are.

The two things that these shows all have in common is an undeniable cool factor and a desperate need for more people to fall in love with them. These TV gems are all streaming somewhere out there in the wilds of the internet, which means you’re just a few clicks away from discovering your next favorite show.

Now, prepare to fall in love, because these 10 underrated shows are just that good!  (more…)

While we have seen many cartoon iteration of the famed DC supergroup, The Teen Titans, we have yet to see a live action version of them. We’ve had the Cartoon Network’s kid-friendly version of the team, as well as countless direct to video movies released via On Demand and Blu-Ray. The Teen Titans have been going through development hell for quite some time. For the last four years, there have been numerous attempts to bring about a live-action version of them to television. We almost came close with a potential TNT series, but that fell through as well. However, good things come to those who wait.

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Hulu

For the chord cutters, Hulu has been almost a salvation. Unlike Netflix, the streaming and video on demand service have been perfect for those who wanted to be entertained without breaking the bank. Users had the option of using the free service which would show television shows a few days after the episode aired with advertisements. The other option would be for users would be the paid service, Hulu Plus, where they would either pay $7.99/month for limited commercials, or $11.99/month for no commercials. Unfortunately, Hulu will be changing their business model and doing away with the free service, becoming a full subscription service. (more…)

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Hello, my name is Sarah and I’m a television binger (that’s with a hard ‘g’). It’s nothing new, all my life I’ve binged on media whether it be books or video games, but with the steady increase of available television shows, often seasons at a time, television binge watching is an ever-growing epidemic. Some of you may be unfamiliar with television binge watching, others may be sufferers yourselves, but together, we can all help in raising awareness.

On Friday, Netflix premiered its new original series, House of Cards, and in what is beginning to become the trend they dropped all 13 episodes at once. That means as I’m typing this it isn’t out of the question for somebody to have by now watched the entire season. Consider what this means for a moment. Those Monday morning “water cooler chats” will have to be segregated by those who’ve only seen a handful of episodes and those who’ve binged on the entire season. The risk of spoilers has significantly increased. And a story that would normally take weeks, possibly months to enjoy has been compressed into a weekend marathon session.

We are at a point of television evolution.

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I know someday a week will go by where we don’t report on anything from the House of Mouse, but not today. Yesterday came the monumental announcement (Sure, not Disney/Lucasfilm monumental, but what is?) that Netflix had reached a deal with Disney to become the exclusive streaming home for all their films. If you were still on the fence about becoming a Netflix subscriber I believe the eventual access to the entire Disney, Pixar, Marvel and now Lucasfilm library might be a deciding factor.

Of course, this doesn’t mean the whole Disney vault has been made available today, it’ll happen in stages. Beginning in 2013 all of Disney’s direct-to-video offerings will become available, then in 2016 the newer theatrical releases will come to Netflix. Yup, including Star Wars Episode VII!

The deal is made a little sweeter by the addition that some titles are available to stream now, like Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Movie, and more. All right, most of what’s there is a lot of their live action junk, like High School Musical 1-50, but it’s a promising start.

Below the cut you can read the official press release, but what are you thinking about this new partnership?

Source: /Film

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RIP Qwikster 9/18/2011-10/10/11. We hardly new thee, like, at all.

Yes, the controversial splitting of Netflix services into the separate DVD in mail company, Qwikster is no longer. Even before it began. Back in September Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings sent out an email to customers explaining the split and how it would improve both services. Customers were peeved they would need to sign up through one company to receive DVDs by mail and another to access Netflix’s instant offerings. Umm, duh, it’s a really stupid idea!

Today, Hastings sent out another email, this time saying, “Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that. There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.” Which I believe easily translates to, “Sorry we fucked up. Again. Please don’t stop giving us your money.”

You can read the whole email below. I guess @Qwikster, the Fox News labeled, “foul-mouthed stoner” can stop worrying about someone stealing his “super awesome” account name. Eh, I’m sure he’s already forgotten.

DVDs will be staying at netflix.com

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster.

While the July price change was necessary, we are now done with price changes.

We’re constantly improving our streaming selection. We’ve recently added hundreds of movies from Paramount, Sony, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Miramax. Plus, in the last couple of weeks alone, we’ve added over 3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS.

We value our members, and we are committed to making Netflix the best place to get movies & TV shows.

Thank you.

-Reed

Source: Coming Soon

Know how Netflix has been acting all weird lately, splitting their services up and such? Plus they raised their prices and pissed a lot of customers off? Well, good news, they finally did something right! Netflix has secured a deal with AMC to stream the first season of The Walking Dead, starting today, and, “additional seasons of The Walking Dead, as well as certain future AMC and Sundance Channel programming, will be streaming instantly to Netflix members just prior to the premiere of subsequent seasons.” Suh-weet.

Netflix has already added previous seasons of Breaking Bad and Mad Men to their instant offerings, making them a go to source for some of the best, critically acclaimed television. Suck it, Hulu.

The Walking Dead‘s second season premieres October 16th at 9pm on AMC. Meaning, you’ve got nine days to fit in a season one marathon. I think that’s easily done with only six episodes.

Source: The Mary Sue

With various movie stores around the country going under, Netlfix has managed to dominate the video rental market with its low prices, and streaming accessibility. It wasn’t free, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the best deal to legally get movies with its $9.99 a month subscription fee, that didn’t bust your budget. Sadly, the winds of change are blowing in Netflix’s sails, with changes in monthly subscriber fees that customers will not be happy about.

Netflix announced today that their  new prices will split DVD and streaming subscriptions into separate tiers. So start saying goodbye to a threesome bundle of  DVDs and unlimited streaming, ‘cause the new pricing plans will be split to $7.99 unlimited streaming each month (remaining unchanged since their last pricing change), and $7.99 for a new plan offering only DVDs, limited to only one out at a time. In order to get both plans, subscribers will now have to pay $15.98, and while this may sound reasonable it will feel like a kick to your coin purse that you’re not used to.

For new members, this new pricing plan will be effective immediately, but current subscribers won’t have changes on their plans until September 1, 2011. The company is still at the top of its game right now, even with the60% price jump, but its continued success from here on out will depend on the consumers ability to adapt to this change. If they don’t want to pay the new price they’re just going to have to find another way to watch movies, which hopefully aren’t illegal.

How do you feel about the increase? Will it make you find more suitable means of watching movies at home or is it just a speed bump?

 

Via: Slash Film