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Could Sling TV Mean the end of Cable? 29/04/2018

By Mary Thompson -

What if binge-watching isn't your thing?
As crazy as it sounds tuning into complete seasons of shows with little to no commercials isn't everyone's cup of tea. Sure it's ok every once in a while perhaps when the series is new and exciting, but to do this on a regular basis can only best be described as tiresome. Since, after a while, anything can get old and predictable.


Nothing takes the form of predictability more than being able to mimic pages of dialogue from every single episode.  


With that being said sometimes more traditional forms of television is what viewers are in the mood for.  Such as advertisements and not knowing exactly what episode is going to come up next.


Is it at all possible to get all the benefits of cable without the ever-increasing price tags?


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Could Roku Lead to the End of Cable Television? 23/09/2017

By Mary Thompson - 
 

 
Being slaves to high rising cable costs may soon become a thing of the past.
When moving into a new home, it used to be that seeking out cable provider, waiting hours for the technician and making sure all desired channels are working just fine used to be as routine as making sure the electricity was in place and ready to go.  


The crucial need for entertainment has become such a regular part of our everyday lives, that living without it is almost unthinkable.


How is consistently being ripped become a normal way of life?
For the longest time consumers only accepted the fact that their rapidly increasing cable bills were simply a part of life. Some of these monthly statements can reach astronomical heights of the upper 400's. These high numbers are hardly an exaggeration rather for the longest time they've been accepted part of life to most American homes. It's astounding how fast multiple cable boxes and premium channels combined with regular service can add up.


After a while, they're not going to take it anymore
Whether it has to do with the difficult economic times or a desire to save a few bucks one thing for sure cutting the cord on companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable to name a few is hardly viewed as a sacrifice anymore.


On the contrary, a Roku device has made it possible to stream favourite channels, shows and movies not only for reasonable prices but at times for free. Gone are the days of paying for channels hardly anyone watches due to the emergence of Sling's a la Carte TV. Now consumers can truly only pay for what they want.


What about the news networks? Surely those must be worth the price?
Not so much actually. Some forms of news media such as Sky News have long since recognised that prices are on the rise and this change in societies economic demographics could ultimately lead to their demise. Hence, the emergence of their very own channel which is accessible on any Roku device free of charge with virtually no buffering or lagging time.


Sports fanatics will hardly feel left out in the cold
Major networks such as ESPN have certainly wasted no time in hopping on the streaming bandwagon. After all, their success and popularity are highly dependent upon their growing base. Without choosing to market themselves to Roku viewers, sports networks which used to hold so much authority in the way of athletics could find themselves taking on the new persona of nothing but a “has been” a thing of the past.  
There's got to be a loophole in here somewhere?


When the streaming craze started gaining speed one of the pitfalls which discouraged most consumers from cutting the cord was the probability of touch and go reception which seemed to occur as a result of weak WIFI reception.


In fact, one of the marketing techniques cable companies utilises to get their customers to stay through statements which claim that most monthly bills will still add up to high totals of the upper 80's.


They've failed to mention the highly visible truth
It is true that any suitable WIFI can certainly add up to bills in the upper or mid-80's. However, what some consumers seem to forget when deciding to stay with their current cable providers is that unlike cable, Internet bills do not increase after a few months' time.


“Fear of the Unknown”
The reluctance to cut is nothing but a fugitive apprehension of new technologies which could very well alter the way, so many families have stayed entertained for decades. After all, anything new takes some getting used to, nevertheless, at the end of the day money talks. Whether or not the economy improves doesn't change the fact that consumers will never miss a chance to keep more of their money.


Could cable television's ultimate downfall be on the horizon?
Surely if major news networks such as CNN, NBC and Fox followed Sky News' example of being accessible to users free of charge the inevitable collapse of cable won't be far behind. After all once consumer demand dries up it's all downhill from them.


Just another way technology seems to be changing our way of life I suppose.


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Has TV Gotten TOO POLITE and Wimpy?? 12/09/2017

The New Standard, Polite TV by Mary Thompson - 
 

Have we gotten too sensitive?
It used to be that we could easily say times haven't really changed. Aside from new fashion and
technology. Claiming that values have remained exactly the same was once a viable statement to make.
Nevertheless, what was once alright just isn't anymore.

Whether this is the result of more negative aspects coming to light or the simple fact that we as a
society have become too touchy. One thing for sure it's doing more harm than good.
Is censoring negativity leading it to multiply further? Talk about an oxymoron...

Have times really gotten that bad? Or could most people speaking out against certain aspects of
society which offend them be simply crying out for attention? This seems to be the question those on
the opposing side of arguments are asking themselves.

Surely the world didn't turn evil over night? So what's all the ruckus about?
From shows to monuments, to even fashion and fairy tales it seems that no one is immune from the
reach of over the top unnecessary criticisms.

Weren't confrontations once situations that people tried to avoid? These outbursts which have been
referred to as exercising freedom of speech have actually silenced individuals who don't share the
majority point of view. After all, can anyone argue with the fact that it's terrifying to be yelled at and
confronted constantly for not agreeing with the so called “majority”?

Couldn't this be taking things a wee bit too far?
It's one thing to censor TV, but now politically correctness targets fashion as well? Is there no limit to
censorship?

Clearly, this whole business of constantly being sensitive to the feelings of others has conditioned some
members of society into thinking that not being able to take a joke is somehow ok? Target one of the
most iconic retailers associated with enabling families to have the ability to shop for everything they
want and need at reasonable prices has become the latest gripe of individuals who have found reasons
to claim that their feelings have once again been hurt.

In August 2016 group of feminists recently demanded that a pink shirt depicting the Batman character
Batgirl be removed from shelves in Target Australia. This drastic adjustment to the retail giant's fashion
line was in response to phrases said in jest. Even though they did include fighting crime and saving the
world. These so-called offensive connotations were, “washing the Batmobile” and “dry cleaning the
Batcape.” It's hard to believe that such innocent phrases at first glance would be considered offensive.
Only after searching for something to turn into a negative depiction do we see that maybe these phrases
could be taken as sexist remarks.

Little girls+Disney Princesses= BAD! What? Did I miss something?
Just when we thought censorship had gone as low as it possibly could by choosing what clothes were
acceptable to wear, which is possibly more closely resembling communism than anything else. It once
again plummeted to a whole other level.
 
Who knew happy endings and riding off into the sunset had a much darker meaning?
For decades little girls have idolized and imagined themselves to be princesses. Most especially popular
are those created by the Walt Disney Company. Is it all in good fun right?

Surely, these make believe sessions of child like play were exactly just that pretending. WRONG! Once
again after some serious nitpicking, underlying negative meanings were once again found to exist in the
most innocent of fairy tales.

In an article featured on the website The Artifice, entitled Feminism and the Disney Princesses readers
are given the assumption that an ugly reality lies just below the surface of the magic world of Disney. In
other words, Disney Princesses processed personality traits of submissiveness as well as characteristics
of women suffering from some sort of abuse which has evidently brought about weakness and stupidity.
Clearly not exactly the best role models for little ones to have...

Long gone are the are the days of associating Disney Princesses with fairy godmothers, singing animals
and happily ever after.

Suddenly, Cinderella and Snow White are seen as weak by somehow promoting servitude. The Little
Mermaid injures herself by losing her voice just to get the prince to fall in love with her thereby causing
her to disfigure herself.
And...

Just when we thought this level of ridiculousness had finally come to an end Sleeping Beauty is further
described as being bland and ensnared by the evil villain. In the end, the only thing she has going for her
is a great singing voice. Which let's be honest is basically akin to calling her a “dumb blonde.”
Come on! Grow a backbone!

Could we be entering an age where “free speech” is just a blanket term for silencing opposing opinions?
Possibly yes...if society continues down this path we could be left with a pretty stale earth where the
past is erased and everything is sterilized so as to not offend anyone. Whatever happened to ignoring
things that offended our sensibilities?

Clearly, society has lost its sense of humour and ability to take a joke. Somebody grab it a tissue!

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Could Robert Downey Jr.’s Perry Mason Remake be a Surefire Hit or an Inevitable Flop? 06/07/2017

By Mary Thompson - 

 
Could this remake cause Raymond Burr to beam with pride or turn over in his grave? 
So many television series turn into house hold names for as long as they're on the air. After which their popularity quickly fades as the series finale approaches, and the story line fans were faithfully tuning into week in and out come to an end. Soon another hit emerges, and thoughts of the previous show's episodes and characters start to fade from viewer's minds. 


For the most part, the life expectantly of television series are quite short. However, on rare occasions they prove to have the ability to stand the test of time. Episodes may be in black and white as well as broadcasted on classic television channels, nevertheless, new fans continue to be drawn to the catchy story lines and episodes.  
Will Hollywood ever learn that sometimes it's smarter to quit while they're ahead since continuing onward will only result to in an uphill losing battle?  


The fascination of court room drama, murder and mystery are known to be the main ingredients of a hit television series. This is clearly evident through the success of Law and Order, CSI and NYPD Blue just to name a few. However, the one that started it all was the show that made Raymond Burr a star, Perry Mason. Despite the absence violence and sex which attracts viewers these days was non-existent. That didn't seem to stop audiences from coming back for more. It was always thrilling to see Perry come out on top while defending next to impossible cases. Thus, preventing unlawful convictions that would otherwise result in an innocent person finding themselves in serving time in jail.  


Is it possible to improve a classic? Or could casting Robert Downey Jr. in the starring role inevitably ruin the court room drama's image? 


No doubt with the Perry Mason's success Hollywood is probably hoping that it'll once again role in the big bucks through the eager following of a new generation of viewers. Downey's CV is a smorgasbord of classic remakes ranging from playing a super hero to world-famous consulting detective.  


His adaption of Iron Man was hit since anything to do with Marvel super heroes seems to be a magnet for movie goers. Nevertheless, the same can't be said for his adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. Clearly, mixed reactions surrounded his portrayal of the famous Baker Street detective. 


Clearly, producers are damned if they do and damned if they don't.  
Could the potential modern twist on the hit court room drama echo the success of Iron Man or the not so great reviews surrounding Sherlock Holmes? At the very least as of now it all remains to be seen. However, it's probably a fair assumption that with the popularity of remakes flowing through Hollywood these days seeing Perry Mason, Della Street, Paul Drake, Lt. Tragg and Hamilton Burger in a whole different light is a possibility in the very near future. 


One thing's for sure... 
Critics and fans alike will be voicing their delight at the news as well as objections. To try to accurately predict what the ultimate outcome will be is perhaps best accomplished by imagining the outcome what remakes of other popular television shows of that time such as, I Love Lucy and Gilligan's Island would be. For Hollywood's sake, hopefully this doesn't turn out to be another slapstick mistake as was evident with the Brady Bunch remakes of the 90s.  


I guess we'll have to wait and see. Worst-case scenario the name Perry Mason is the only thing this will have in common with the hit television series. Instead, viewers could be in for a completely modern twist filled with technology, sex and violence. When it comes to Hollywood one things for sure we've all they're full of surprises. When they want to produce hits destined to be classics they certainly succeed. However, producing shows and movies filled with special effects is also a tempting route to take.  


A one-hit wonder or classic in the making? 
Ratings are bound to be up in anticipation to the pilot's release. What comes after? Well, it's anyone's guess.   

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MTV Movie & TV Awards Predictions - Who's Going To Take It All? 28/04/2017

By Mary Thompson - 

 
MTV Movie & Television Awards Predictions
Are the upcoming winners truly deserving of their moment in the spotlight, or a way to
fulfill a bigger agenda? We can only hope the answer isn't the latter.  
 
On the surface award, shows give the persona of having results that are a complete surprise to
the nominees, audience both present at the award show and those watching at home.
Nevertheless, as it is with all televised broadcasts, whether they're taped or live, things may not
be all that they may seem. Ultimately, the main goal is to get a good reaction from the audience
in order to achieve high ratings.  
 
That disclaimer being said in order to keep the audience happy popular nominees have to come away with
the awards when all is said and done. However, at the same time, it is essential that those
chosen shouldn't be biased in order to achieve agendas such as political correctness and what
not.  
 
Could the“tale as old as time” reach far enough to take home the award for the best
movie of the year? Or could it ultimately blast off to a galaxy far way?  
When it comes to accurate predictions, one obvious choice would be Beauty and the Beast. A
long list of factors add up to this conclusion. For instance, even before the movie's release the
hype that surrounded it was enormous. So many movie goers were anxious to see the classic
they love to come to life. It was particularly refreshing that it did not fall through the trap of taking
a new twist in order to keep things fresh. Aside from the addition of a few brand new songs, it
stayed true to the story. If it indeed is given the prestigious recognition, it will truly deserve.
Since the story was enhanced and not butchered. 
 
Most might disagree with this choice since, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just as popular.
However, it has also been done so many times that the result would be far too obvious that the
reactions would be "oh, we knew that was going to happen!” as opposed to, “wow!” How about
giving the spotlight to someone else George Lucas? 
 
Could the best smooch award of the night be as easy to predict? Or could it all be down
to a few moments of bated breath? 
It was clear to viewers around the world that La La Land and Moonlight dominated the Oscars.
That being said it's truly a toss-up as to who could ultimately take home the price. It could very
well go to La La Land's Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, or Moonlight's Jharrel Jerome and
Ashton Sanders. Even so, clearly these two have met their match by coming up against
Beauty and the Beast's Dan Stevens and Emma Watson.  
 
For best comedic performance, it really could come down to the best of the best.  
Most television series gamble on the success of their pilot. After that's out of the way then
comes the question of will it really last? Does the show have staying power? Or will be getting
past the first season be akin to reaching the impossible dream? When you do come across a
television series that has stood the test of time, this is simply due to the fact that fans love it.
 
That being said, here at Anand Bhatt's Ready for the Red Carpet, our prediction for the winner of best comedic performance is none other than
Seth MacFarlane in Family Guy. Whether it's Stewie declaring to kill Lois or listening to
Peter's creepy laugh and Brian pessimistic view of the state of the world. The Griffith's have
surely crept their way into our lives and truly earned the title of being called a house hold name. 
Is it going to be a night of surprises or could obvious predictions take the cake? 
Award shows have proven to us that they all seem to follow a certain trend. In other words, once
you see one you've seen them all. Without a doubt, there's a pretty good chance that the MTV
Movie and Television Awards will follow suit.  
 
Now, these predictions could either resemble a crystal ball into the future or wild
guesses that will amount to nothing more than that. But, as the past has shown us winners of
one show carry that over to the next. In order to keep the audience happy and ratings through
the roof highly acclaimed feature films and television show need to declare victory above their
competitors.

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