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2803, 2017

Moving With The Times: Why Online Streaming Has Replaced DVDs

By |March 28th, 2017|Entertainment, XPC|Comments Off on Moving With The Times: Why Online Streaming Has Replaced DVDs

During the last couple of years, millions of people have purchased online movie streaming packages. There are lots of reasons for that, some of which we plan to explain in a moment. The shift means many different changes will soon take place in the industry. For example, Internet service providers are working hard to roll out fiber optic broadband at the moment. That is because lots of customers complain that their internet becomes slow when they’re watching movies. With that bit of luck, that is something that will improve for everyone in the next twelve months. So, why have we replaced the DVD with online streaming? Let’s find out.

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DVDs are expensive; streaming isn’t

Everyone knows the price of a new DVD can be somewhere in the region of $15. That’s shocking when you think about the fact that most people only watch them once. At the end of the day, who wants to see the same film over and over again? The price of DVD products is a prime factor in the move towards online streaming. We saw the same type of thing with the end of network television. Most people can get a subscription for around $10 per month. That allows them to watch as many films as they like for thirty days. Only a fool would purchase DVDs when they can get a much better deal elsewhere. Also, the move towards streaming has meant that fewer people are downloading titles illegally. That is because they don’t feel the need as the price is right.

There’s a much better selection of titles online

Big online streaming apps like MovieBox allow users to select from hundreds of different films whenever they use the service. That means people […]

2702, 2017

Oscars: Third Lowest Rating Since 1974

By |February 27th, 2017|Entertainment, FakeNews, XPC|Comments Off on Oscars: Third Lowest Rating Since 1974

How many people normally watch the Oscars? I could have sworn I saw somewhere that 100 million people would be watching the Oscars.  No mention of that number today, so I did a little digging. First, I Googled “100 million will watch Oscars” and immediately got a return with a New York Times article which was published before the airing of the Oscars. Just one problem; when I clicked on the article to read it, there was no mention of the “100 million” in the article anywhere.

The actual number of viewer was approximately 34 million. No doubt, this was fake news designed to make people want to watch it; like hyping up the Super Bowl. The way Google works and re-spiders websites, this search probably won’t continue to produce this same result for long, but if you know how, you can pull up a cached version of websites so you can still see them prior to the change, which is what we did for this New York Times article and here is the paragraph that was removed after the Oscars tanked:

They were not only pumping up a fake number, they were promoting almost WWF-style on the coming clash between President Donald Trump and Hollywood.

I didn’t watch the Hollywood love-fest and honestly don’t know anyone who did, but here’s a great clip making the rounds online today where these liberal idiots completely screwed up in giving out their biggest award of the evening; giving Best Picture to La La Land when it was really supposed to go to Moonlight.

Sure, there was plenty of Trump-bashing that the MSM is gleefully replaying today… because they have to… because no one watched it the first time.

Here’s the fake news we’d […]

2502, 2017

Oversized Entertainment for Those With Money and Space

By |February 25th, 2017|Entertainment, XPC|Comments Off on Oversized Entertainment for Those With Money and Space

Entertainment is one of life’s finer pleasures. Whether it’s sitting around a large television with your family watching the latest movies or sitting at your desk playing video games with people halfway across the world, it gives us a way to procrastinate and have fun while connecting with people around us. However, we can do better than that.

If you want to really connect with your friends and family by creating wonderful memories of enjoying some entertainment together, then you have to go supersize. Much like how fast food chains around the world are making their portions bigger and bigger, our entertainment is also getting bigger and bigger. From home theater setups to importing entire gaming arcades to our homes, here are a couple of ways to go big.

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Simulators

With the popularity of virtual reality setups such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, people are building up their own simulator-style gaming setups to experience video games and sports like never before. For instance, some of the best golf stuff you can get is the OptiShot 2 Golf Simulator. It comes with a massive net and loads of tools to get you started with the simulation. For gaming, you can get an entire rig setup for racing simulations. With a racing chair, the gaming industry’s best driving controllers and some amazing games such as Project Cars, you’ll be put into the driver’s seat and experience racing like never before. By adding in a virtual reality headset such as the HTC Vive, you’ll get an even more immersive experience.

Arcade Machines

If you’ve ever been to an arcade when you were younger, then you’ll remember slamming in coins just to continue playing games and whining to your parents when […]

1701, 2017

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – The End Of Network Television

By |January 17th, 2017|Entertainment, XPC|Comments Off on Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – The End Of Network Television

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Most households have watched regular TV since the early 1960s. During that time, the format hasn’t changed much, and neither has the content. Networks still broadcast the same old shows you’ve seen hundreds of times. While they do create new seasons, many of them offer nothing new to the audience. Indeed, that is why online streaming services have become so popular during the last couple of years. The industry is now struggling to survive as more advertisers move towards online content. We are witnessing the death of television networks, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Considering that, we wanted to educate you about some of the reasons cable TV is going to become a thing of the past.

More freedom when creating online content

Writers and producers say they’re allowed more freedom when creating content for online streaming. That makes the concept more attractive to professionals in that marketplace. Nobody likes dealing with constraints – they can ruin the artistic value in anything. So, it’s easy to see why so many top names are making the switch away from regular networks. Also, as advertisers are spending more cash to promote their services online, everyone earns a better living.

Easier access to content

People can stream online content from almost anywhere in the world. They just need a reliable WiFi connection for the best quality. Lots of folks even use their smartphones to continue their movie binge while commuting to work. There are hundreds of different application people can use to watch their shows, and so it’s convenient. At the current time, some are better than others, and even we have our favorite. Click here to know everything about this app and decide if it’s the right solution […]

1712, 2016

Best Star Wars Movie Ever!

By |December 17th, 2016|Entertainment|Comments Off on Best Star Wars Movie Ever!

Rogue One is the first Star Wars movie truly worthy of all the hype.
I have zero doubt that there will be plenty of people who’ll disagree and would be willing to argue with me all day long.  Those same people will never be convinced otherwise. It won’t matter to them that I was one of the original fans, standing in line for 3 hours on a hot summer day (more than once) to see Episode IV (A New Hope) or that I’m certain I’ve watched it more than 100 times since.  In other words, I consider myself a real fan of the series.We loved that original movie, but why? It had great characters, cool character names, incredible sound effects, and music, it was really neat to watch such a futuristic movie about events that took place “

We loved that original movie, but why? It had great characters, cool character names, incredible sound effects, and music, it was really neat to watch such a futuristic movie about events that took place “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” but mostly, Lucas went somewhere no one had gone before (on that level) with the special effects.

If the original Star Wars had all the same characters, actors, story line, etc, but had been produced with Flash Gordon style special effects then we wouldn’t even be having such a discussion now.

SIDE NOTE: Ironically, George Lucas wanted the rights to Flash Gordon so he could remake, and it was because he couldn’t obtain the rights that he decided to create his own space opera (The Star Wars).
There have always been things which have bothered about the original movie.  There’s probably an answer for this, but in what […]

504, 2016

The Soggy Bottom Boys Win All

By |April 5th, 2016|Entertainment|Comments Off on The Soggy Bottom Boys Win All

Renfrew Baptist Church held its 6th Annual Variety show last night in Travelers Rest. This was a fundraiser for the church to retire debt. They had several guest judges:

State Senator Tom Corbin
Rebecca Cooper of TR City Council
Raymond Brown of Howze Morturay
Nancy Hamer of Kramer’s Corner
Mark Holiday – Local Wrestling Coach
Lonita Stegall of Furman University
Lynn Lowery, Music Min at Shiloh Baptist Church

It was the Soggy Bottom Boys who stole the show!

 

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“Soggy Bottom Boys” including acceptance speech by Josh! Renfrew Baptist Church Variety Show

Posted by Rita Hawthorne on Monday, April 4, 2016

2503, 2016

Superman Vs Sadfleck

By |March 25th, 2016|Entertainment|Comments Off on Superman Vs Sadfleck

It’s tough to find a good review on the new
Superman vs Batman movie…
Barely into it’s first weekend at the box office and it’s already being viewed as a flop.

I maintain; there is no such thing as a good Ben Affleck movie.  Just the other day, someone insisted that Good Will Hunting was good Affleck movie, to which I replied, “Good Will Hunting is a great movie, but it’s not a Ben Affleck movie, it is a movie that Ben Affleck just happens to be in…”

First, this guy (Affleck) is a flaming liberal idiot. He’s to the left of Bill Maher and how anyone can squeeze themselves into the small space to the left of Maher is actually feat within itself.

When I first heard there was going to be a Superman vs Batman movie, my first thought was, “can’t wait to see it!” Upon hearing Affleck would play Batman, my thought quickly turned to, “no way I’ll bother watching it. No way it can be good.”

Love it when I’m right, but what I love even more is this YouTube video of Ben Affleck being told about the bad reviews.  The interview is very real (as is the look on Affleck’s face), but some genius added in some perfectly timed music along with a panning effect and produced this priceless gem:

1703, 2016

The Top Facts People Want To Know About Celebrities

By |March 17th, 2016|Entertainment|Comments Off on The Top Facts People Want To Know About Celebrities

Celebrity fascination is very common in today’s world. Why that might be is a discussion for another time. But the fact is, people everywhere are intrigued by the goings-on of the rich and famous. Part of the appeal of looking up to celebrities is that they are often seen to be role models. And the thing with role models is that we want them to be on their best behavior. The irony with that, of course, is that they are very often not. And there, for many, is where the fascination comes in strong. However, the things which people most commonly want to know about famous people might surprise you. Let’s have a look at the top curiosities people have about celebrities.

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Height

This comes out, time and again, as the number one source of interest among celebrity-watchers. Why this might be is anyone’s guess, but it might be something to do with the fact that it can be hard to discern. In photographs, or on television, it can be almost impossible to work out a celebrity’s height. Perhaps that is why so many people are fascinated with the height of their favorite famous subjects. Read more about the height of celebrities here.

Weight

Our culture has something of an obsession with weight, so this one is probably not much of a surprise. It’s true – people frequently want to know how much celebrities weigh. This may have something to do with members of the public feeling a need to compare themselves to those who are in the public eye. Whatever the reason, this is one obsession which seems unlikely to change any time soon.

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Many famous people are well known because of specific achievements they have made in their […]

1812, 2015

Star Wars Episode VII: Déjà vu

By |December 18th, 2015|Entertainment|Comments Off on Star Wars Episode VII: Déjà vu

Great movie, but it could have had a better title
than “The Force Awakens” – perhaps Déjà vu?
George Lucas created something great back in 1977 with Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and then the following episodes of V: Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi were each good movies. The prequels each fell short as they had a completely different look and feel to everything along with the very poor choice of introducing the character Jar Jar Binks. It was almost as though George Lucas himself didn’t actually understand the universe he had created. Before even being released, it has created an air of excitement Lucas was basically out and that J. J. Abrams would be steering the new ship under Disney.

When Episode VI was being made, there was talk of calling the movie “Revenge of the Jedi” but they went with “Return of the Jedi” as a true Jedi should not be seeking revenge. Well you can argue all you like as to whether a Jedi “should” seek revenge, but the better question would be; “could” a Jedi seek revenge? The answer would be yes a Jedi could seek revenge but not without opening himself up to the dark side. Falling short of what one should do and dealing with the consequences would have been a better storyline and would have better laid the groundwork for a future struggle (Episode VII) as there is always going to be a future struggle.
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If you are still reading and you have not seen the movie, I would urge you not to go any further…
Which now brings us to that future struggle and it […]

911, 2015

Judge Orders Bindi to Prove Dad is Dead

By |November 9th, 2015|Entertainment, Judicial, National|Comments Off on Judge Orders Bindi to Prove Dad is Dead

Global news apparently doesn’t reach Los Angeles courtroom
I don’t really care for reality shows like ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), but this situation is just too odd to ignore.

Remember Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter)? Almost hard to believe it has been nine years since his tragic and bizarre death when a stingray thrusted a barb into his heart and killed him at just 44 years old.

His daughter Bindi Irwin was just eight years old at the time. She is now 17 and because she is a minor, a judge (who apparently lives under a rock) has actually ruled that Bindi prove to the court her father is really dead in order for her contract with DWTS to be approved.

“It’s unclear if the judge is unaware Steve died in 2006, or if she’s just a stickler for a death certificate,” reported TMZ.