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    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2013 edited
    @ stvn.wlsn

    So, is Mitt Romney the president in the dimension where you're watching this show? Because here, Nicole Beharie is knocking it out of the park pretty much every week along with Tom Mison.

    I'd previously dropped AHS: Coven after the third episode, which involved necrophilic incest and the Precious Girl having what can best be described as consensual rape with the Minotaur guy. I like some freaky in my shows, but freaky for the sake of freaky is just porn. And porn is kind of dull.

    But like the right-wing religious nuts on some shows that have a change of perspective that gives them a sense of tolerance and compassion, I went back to the show last night to give it another chance. And I saw the
    tongueless butler in a woman's nighty try to pull Madison's corpse out of the chest in which he'd stored it so he could dance with/molest it, at which point one of the corpse's arms snapped off.

    So yeah, burn in hell, AHS: Coven.
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2013
    Any updates on how SHIELD is going?
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    @D.J. - Marginally better - this week's ep (though outright manipulative, emotion-wise) actually had a good idea at the core and almost made me care about some of the cast. So, that's good?
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    @D.J. If SHIELD avoids being the Skye & Ward show, it'll get somewhere. The recent episode didn't take off until it focused on Simmons, though the final act didn't leave me on the edge of my seat. OTOH, the Coulson-May interactions have started impressing me more since it gives May more to do than just punch out people (though she's still cool at doing that).
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2013

    My Comcast cable bill went up by $26 this month. Part from adding a cable-aware DVR (because Comcast scrambled its channels so my old DVR equipment couldn't pick them up), partly because a promotion ended, partly because rates went up.

    Fuck. $136 a month, more than half for the TV.

    As I programmed the list of channels into the DVR, I realized that 90% were of no use or interest. I currently record from CArtoon Network (Adventure Time), BBCAmerica (Torchwood, Orchid Black), and Nick (Legend of Korra). I watch Colbert Report and The Daily show (Comedy Central) on the evening repeats. In the summer, I record shows like Mad Men and Warehouse 13. Doctor Who when it runs.

    This morning I stuck an indoor aerial in an upstairs window, connected it to the house's coax network, and did a channel scan. 42 channels! A solid plurality were televangelists, spanish language, or spanish language televangelists, but all the big networks were there, in HD.

    So. Do I pull the TV plug? I get nice fast cable internet for $60 or so. I already have and really like Netflix. If I get a Hulu subscription, will I be able to get Doctor Who and those other shows? $70 a month would buy lots of rentals.
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    Do it.

    Also: a lot of cable channels come unscrambled over the same cable as the internet, so if your TV has a tuner you can split the cable to the TV. You'll probably get more channels than from your aerial. I occasionally get TCM and The Movie Channel, in HD, on mine (though I have to re-scan the channels every few days). And while Hulu and Netflix may not always have the shows you want, there are *ahem* other means of getting shows...
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2013
    For about $10 you can get a Usenet subscription. That's all I'm gonna say.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2013
    @DavidLejeune: I was using the direct-tune trick until 10/29, when Comcast started scrambling the "clear QAMs."

    That is what started my current frustrations. My home-brew DVR could tune the clear QAMs and record them. Network HD channels for the cost of a standard subscription! My antenna is now feeding those to the DVR.

    What really burns me: Comcast's "executive care" support department initially told me that there 'd be no charge for the descrambling card my DVR now needs to get non-broadcast channels. It is actually a legal requirement to provide one! But Comcast charges an "additional outlet fee" for the thing, treating it like a full DVR. $10 a month. Of course, the bastards didn't tell me that until I laid out $120 for a compatible tuner box.

    Mmmm. Yes. Other means. I have done such things. Usually just to get episodes I didn't manage to record, but sometimes to get things that you can't find anywhere. Like the Box of Delights, which hasn't been available for decades.
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013

    I did just this a few months ago (US/east coast). I got a TiVO Premiere for cheap, and that is hooked up to the HD antenna. It provides Netflix, Hulu Plus, miscellaneous Internet videos as well as the DVR and guide functions. I also have a Pivos Xios settop unit that runs XBMC, which cost all of $100. XBMC gives access to various pirate streaming sites such as 1Channel, Icefilms and the like, as well as playing all your local media collection.

    I'm doing well with it so far. I may add a paid monthly VPN service on top of it to disguise my streaming traffic. My ISP is still Comcast, however, and I expect monthly usage caps to kick in sooner or later.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013
    The Walking Dead seemed to be picking up it's pace last night. That, and Homeland, are the only things I'm watching each week at the moment.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013

    Which VPN service?

    Asking for a friend.
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2013
    I'm getting into Once Upon A Time a little late. I love how people applaud Emma for standing up to the Mean Mayor/Evil Queen. Still I keep waiting for her to say something like. "Oh, the Mayor's not that bad. There was this one doctor I knew from New Jersey. Man, that guy was an asshole..."
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2013
    @StefanJ - still shopping around myself. I was using BTGuard for a while with just the proxy service, and they seemed to work just fine. I haven't tested the VPN though.
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    My TV plate is pretty full right now. I'm watching

    Person Of Interest
    Sleepy Hollow
    The Good Wife
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    The Blacklist
    White Collar
    Agents Of S.H.I.T
    The Tomorrow People

    ...and Lost Girl just came back, too!
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2013
    @ Cat Vincent

    Jesus, that's a lot of TV. How do you watch all that in a week? Right now I'm envisioning six or seven TVs set up Elementary style.

    BTW, if you describe a show you're watching as Agents Of S.H.I.T, just drop it. Actually replacing it with Elementary might be good, because Elementary is really, really good.
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    I watch a couple of episodes an evening - works out OK. (Joys of being self-employed with a guaranteed steady income!)

    I keep hoping SHIELD will pick up, but it's top of the list to drop...

    ...especially as Almost Human starts next week!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2013
    Person of Interest
    Sleepy Hollow
    The Good Wife
    Agents Of S.H.I.T
    CSI (wearing out its welcome)
    Adventure Time
    The Amazing World of Gumball
    Legend of Korra
    Parenthood (wearing out its welcome)
    Burn Notice (burning through it)

    Until they run out:

    A couple of sitcoms
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    @StefanJ - Shit, I forgot Elementary!
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2013
    I have to admit, I find American Horror Story adorable in it's heavy-handed camp. This season sees Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett going completely over the top, and what the hell, they've just announced Stevie Nicks will be making an appearance. It's loud, it's gory, it's fun and I keep expecting The Crypt Keeper to show up.

    (That said, this season is positively grounded compared to last season's combo of aliens, insane asylum human experimentation, nazis, demonic possession, serial killers and discrimination. That was an incredible coctail, and based on the relatively humdrum first season, I had no idea they might have this in them.)

    In other TV tryouts, Orange is the New Black did nothing for me.

    I'm sticking with Adventure Time, Parks & Rec and AHS for now.

    Oh, I asked about this on a previous TV thread, but that was near to closing: has PoI become something that relies less on the handy solution of shooting at things with guns?
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2013 edited
    Agents Of S.H.I.T., indeed!

    I'm going to finally get round to watching season three of Game Of Thrones. I'm also a bit tempted to give American Horror Story a blast.

    To be honest, I hate the T.V. - it reeks of control, and sends me back into resentful Burroughs mode. Hell, for me, would be sitting around with a family on a Saturday night watching X-Factor or Celebrity Cum Dancing or other evil shit.

    *phew* I just had to finally say that.