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I’ve more than once posted funny police business.  Here is a story from here in Northern Colorado where a woman called 911 because she thought someone stole her TV remote control.  From the article:

It happened on July 27, when the woman – who doesn’t want to be identified – told police she thought she’d been burglarized. The missing item? Just one: her remote control.

Read the article.

The other night I was watching some TV where an infomercial came on for a kitchen gadget called the Slap Chop. Except that it didn’t start like a typical infomercial, it started with a 3 minute rap remix of the infomercial. I had never seen anything like it. It was so weird, that it kind of had me a little freaked out. Anyway, here is a You Tube video of the commercial, just as it appeared on TV.

I was completely freaked out by the large dancing bunny, but I thought that the old lady giggle was hilarious.

Hulu Plus is more of a minus

Posted in Businesson Jun 29, 2010

Recently, the popular on-line TV viewing site announced its Hulu Plus services which promise the following:

  • View Hulu on various devices
  • View more content
  • Same load of advertising

You get all that, for $9.99 per month, every month.

I appreciate Hulu’s desire to better monetize its service, but I don’t think they are offering enough for $10/month.  I might start considering it if the following were to be met:

  • Charge only $5/month.
  • Don’t show commercials.
  • Make shows available on the same day they show on TV.
  • Have a movie library that is as big as Netflix.
  • Shows never expire.
  • Provide off-line viewing of shows.

But really, I hate monthly subscription services.  Appreciating Hulu’s desires to better monetize their service, I might instead suggest the following:

  • Allow people to pay a buck to view an otherwise-not-available episode.  Today, most shows will post their last 5 episodes for viewing.   Instead, they should make all episodes available, but only the last 5 would be free.  The rest would cost a buck to view.
  • Distribute an iPhone app as a $10 paid app.  The ability to use Hulu on devices should be a one-time fee, not a per month subscription.

I’m a big Hulu watcher, but at $10/month, I would rather have a Netflix subscription.

Last September as the fall TV season was starting to roll, I made this prediction: Jay Leno’s new TV show wouldn’t be successful in a primetime slot.  My reasoning for my prediction is this, and I’m sticking to it:

In the Tonight Show time slot just after the late-night news, the competition is this: David Letterman (CBS) and Nightline (ABC).  All the shows at that hour are basically budget shows airing 5 nights a week.

Shifting to the primetime slot, 5 nights a week, just before the late-night news, and the competition is: CSI Miami, Castle,  The Good Wife, The Forgotten, CSI: NY, Ugly Betty, The Mentalist, Private Practice, NUMB3RS, and 20/20.

Basically, by airing Jay Leno 5 nights a week at primetime, NBC mistakenly thought that they could create a low budget show every day that could compete with higher budget shows which longer production cycles.

I recently viewed the premier for the new SyFy Channel series, Stargate Universe.  While I generally felt pretty excited about it, I’m cautiously reserved because I think the new series has potential to disappoint–however, I hope I never see that disappointment.

I’ve come up with 5 things that Stargate Universe must do in order to avoid disappointment.
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Review of Fringe

Posted in Reviewson Sep 17, 2009

Imagine a modernized version of The X-Files with a little bit of CSI, Alias, Eureka, and Lost. What is in your imagination mixer might be similar to the Fox television series, Fringe, beginning its second season tonight.

In Fringe, a team composed of FBI agents, a mad scientist, and his son, investigate weirdphenomena categorized as both fringe science and terrorist activity.  Whether the team investigates weird paranormal activity, reads the mind of a dead person,  or hunt down people who can pass through solid walls, Fringe is a weird but intriguing mix of science, fiction, and crime drama.  Following the pattern of other J. J. Abrams television series, there are season long plots and unanswered questions, always haunting the viewer to watch more.  While a common complaint of Lost was that it was too complicated requiring full viewership, Fringe has a good balance of single-episode-resolution and series-long-mystery.

Peter Bishop talking with Phillip Broyles

Peter Bishop talking with Phillip Broyles

From season one, we learn there is a series of weird activity happening over the globe referred to as The Pattern.  We learned that the bio terrorist group, ZFT, seems to be responsible for the strange occurrence, but their zealous attitudes have viewers questioning if they are really the good or bad guys.

Last summer I was traveling through Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada when I walked by some filming of Fringe on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Filming of Fringe moved to Vancouver for season two as a cost cutting measure.  I’ll be watching Fringe this season very closely to see if I can identify the scene of which I saw the filming.

The filming of Fringe behind me

The filming of Fringe behind me

You can buy the first season of Fringe at the Square Galaxy store.

My Medion TV and DVD

I have a Medion TV/DVD combo that I picked up at some black Friday sale a number of years ago.  It has been an OK TV, well used, with a few little quirks.

With the Digital TV conversion happening soon, I purchased an RCA DTV converter box and hooked it up to my Medion TV.  The problem is that the converter box came with its own remote and my TV wasn’t listed in its list of universal remote codes.

The universal remote codes in the converter manual were all three digits long, so I started putting codes into the remote starting with 001.  I eventually found a code that works sufficiently good; it works for the volume controls and the TV power button.

The code is 191.  It really only took me 20-30 minutes to get up that high, which especially wasn’t that bad because I was watching TV at the same time.  I’m just glad that it didn’t turn out to be a higher numbered code.