Posts Tagged ‘media’

Amazon Prime-arily For TV

July 29, 2016

Amazon-prime-discount_thumb800A couple of years ago my wife and I took the plunge by joining Amazon Prime, my wife for the unlimited Prime next day delivery and myself for the Amazon Prime Video.

After being a subscriber to Sky Movies via Virgin Media we had become bored with the high cost with only a couple of new movies being added each week after month’s exhausting the existing library.  Upon joining Prime there were a couple of films we hadn’t seen but it quickly became an obsolete subscription in our house and we cancelled it at the end of the year due to the lack of films.

Amazon comes in at approximately £79 p/a which is no small cost, we do certainly got our money’s worth from the next day deliveries which made things very convenient, however with the poor movie selection we just couldn’t justify the cost for a few quick deliveries.  Perhaps if the cost could have been spread across the year it would be more appealing, however with it being an annual cost it just wasn’t viable.

In the last couple of years however Amazon along with Netflix have started to produce their own TV series, which with a recent advertising campaign peaked my interest.

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My wife and I recently agreed to renew our subscription and with some Twitter followers recommendations I started to download some of the more popular series.  These series are a dream for a person who commutes to London daily, watching multiple episodes of a series across a week helps to pass the tedious travel time.  With various series available within the subscription you are hard pressed not to find something you would enjoy.  I myself have so far enjoyed “The Man in the High Castle”, “Bosch”, “Mr. Robot” and I have just started to watch “Preacher”.  Each of these series I found to be better than the programs you find on your normal TV stations and “almost” made me look forward to my next journey to see the progression of the stories I had been watching.

However, despite this new-found love of Amazon Prime there are still a few issues anyone should be aware of before forking out the substantial subscription.

Offline viewing is only available on mobile devices, such as a tablet or mobile phones.  Streaming is allowed on laptops, PCs and even gaming consoles but you cannot download the programmes to your laptop to watch on a train/plane journey.  This feature was available at some point but despite many posts complaining of this service removal, it is still not possible to download onto a Laptop for offline viewing using the normal methods.  This seems a strange decision by Amazon but I can only assume this is perhapsdue to the ability to record the programs on a laptop. mr-robot

There are however ways to get around this and I have been enjoying viewing these series on my laptop on my daily commute without the need to break the law by illegally downloading and breaching any DRM implemented by Amazon.  I simply have an android emulator called “Bluestack” (http://www.bluestacks.com/) .  By using this emulator, which whilst not perfect (slight sound buzzing), is a good enough platform I can now enjoy the many series on my daily commute.  Why Amazon cannot make this easier for customers is beyond me.

So if you are looking for some great TV series to watch I can highly recommend Amazon Prime as an alternative to buying expensive box sets, etc.

London Riots – No Justification

August 12, 2011

The recent rioting across the UK has just infuriated me in so many different ways.  I would firstly like to state how proud the majority of law abiding citizens are of how our emergency services handled the volatile situation.

The initial riots were  ‘allegedly’ in response to the shooting of a man by the police.  There were statements made that the man’s gun ‘couldn’t even fire’.  Well let me first make the statement that he had a gun in his possession, the police are not psychic and it is in this modern messed up world that the criminal supposedly has to fire the weapon before the police can return fire.  However if this man had shot an innocent bystander then I am sure the public and particularly the media would be complaining that the police stood by and did nothing.  In my opinion the man left his home in possession of a gun and therefore being shot by the police was deserved.  There is no justification to possess a gun on the streets and I feel the police should shoot him regardless of whether he fired first.

Then we had all the riots, people looting in mass, setting fire to building with people in, there is no excuse for this, people tried to justify the actions by stating there is a lack of funding for youth clubs, young people have no direction.  I never went to a youth club  but a simple football and a field was all I required to occupy my time and not once did it cross my mind to break the law.

A young chav interviewed said why should we respect the police as they do not respect us, what has she ever done to earn respect from the police?  Why should the police respect these criminals, I was brought up to respect the police, no questions asked.  Why do young people feel the need to have mutual respect.

Then there is the cases of human rights of the rioters, what the hell is the world coming too.  These people took no consideration of law abiding people’s human rights, they destroyed people’s livelihoods, homes and put other people’s lives at risk.  These people should not be given any human right protection.

Unfortunately in today’s world, and has already been seen they are being let off with simple 10-16 week sentences which will have no effect whatsoever other than to increase their rep with their low life associates.

What needed to happen from the start was for the government to authorise full force, water cannons and even plastic bullets.  This would have deterred these scum bags from attempting anything as they only felt brave enough to commit these crimes as it was en mass.

I pray that these low life are dealt with quickly and more seriously than is currently being reported to prevent anything like this from ever happening again.