Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cranky Geeks

Watched an episode of Cranky Geeks last night. It's basically John C. Dvorak sitting around a table with some other technorati ragging on the various tech stories of the week. For a grumpy and jaundiced view of the tech world it can't be beat. Video quality isn't great compared to Twit or Revision3. It's easiest to add it to your Mediafly channel on the Mediafly site, Technology>Cranky Geeks. Then watch on the Mediafly Roku channel.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Netflix Instant Watch Activity

Latest instant watch movies I've, um, watched:

The Night of the Generals
A clever crime movie, with more than a few twists, great acting.

The Anderson Tapes
Sean Connery, a very young Christopher Walken, exceptionally 70's movie. Soundtrack is a bit irritating.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
It worked because it was only about 45 minutes. Longer would have grated. Cheesy and well sung.

The Strip: The Complete Series
Fell asleep ten minutes into it last night. Because I was tired. Terrible camera effects, like a drunk Miami Vice.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hot For Words

On with exploring the various Roku channels. Mediafly is a big confusing mess, at least it is to me. You can register with and build up various shows in your account that will then show up on the Roku if you link your accounts on the Roku (Mediafly>Manage Users). You can also browse popular video and audio shows and search for shows via the Roku.

So Mediafly>Search
brings you to a alpha-numeric input screen so you can type in your search terms. If you type in "hot for words" you will get some results (the first of which was not "hot for words", but "One word review of hot pockets barbeque beef" = FAIL)

So then if you click on one of the episodes of Hot For Words you can either play that episode, or more importantly "view other episodes". Then you can watch any of the episodes of "Hot For Words". The "Onomatopoeia" episode is as good a place to start as any.

There doesn't seem to be a way to add the episodes to your account via the Roku. There's a lot of content on Mediafly so it's a good idea to check it out at your leisure. But start with Hot For Words, you (probably) won't be sorry.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Netflix Instant Watch Activity

These types of posts will be pretty terse.

We watched Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion over the past two nights. Not bad, he can be funny but there's a certain laziness to his comedy.

Just added Green For Danger to my instant watch queue. Which means I haven't watched it yet.

I did not add The World of Suzie Wong as I've already watched it twice, but I recommend it. At the very least for the wonderful views of Hong Kong.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Detective Montalbano

Roku added the MHz Network last update. It's listed as a premium channel and their roku page says:
"MHz Networks On Demand has launched in Beta on the family of Roku players, with free news and news magazine programming from premier international broadcasters, exclusive music interviews, Detective Montalbano, MHz Networks originals, AFL matches and more.Additional content will be added, including premium and pay services, throughout Spring 2010."
So a mix of free and pay content. I surfed around and found the aforementioned "Detective Montalbano".

Let me pause for a second and explain my notation for finding the shows I blog about within the Roku menus. Using "Detective Montalbano as an example, assuming you start from the main menu showing all the channels you are subscribed to, which also includes the settings menu and the channel store, select "MHz Networks On Demand". If you don't see that channel, go to the channel store and add it.

Then within the MHz Networks menu, scroll sideways using the right and left arrows until you are on the "Entertainment" tab, select it, then scroll sideways again until you see the "Series" tab. Select that tab and then you will see one series available, "Detective Montalbano Season 1"'. Select that and you will see all the episodes available for watching on the Roku!

Rather than write all that out I instead can write:
Home>MHz Networks>Entertainment>Series>Detective Montalbano>"The Snack Thief" (which is the title of the episode I watched).
Much clearer?

Back to Detective Montalbano, the series is from 1999 and is actually titled "Il commissario Montalbano". The series is in Italian and has English subtitles. It's an entertaining mystery/procedural set in Sicily and well acted. A nice change from BBC mysteries and CSI clones. Heck, it's just nice to hear Italian sometimes.

Nick Loves His Roku

There's nothing like that new blog smell, is there? I've had a Roku for a year and now that Roku has added a slew of new channels I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog where I post what I've been watching. Back when Netflix was the only option there wasn't much point as it was fairly easy to find new streaming titles. With the new channels it's a bit difficult to find and figure out what's worth watching.

This won't be a generalist blog, I'll only be posting what I've watched, so if you have tastes like mine you might find this blog interesting. If not? Well maybe it'll help you enjoy the Roku anyway. I'm not a media professional, I don't have any insider perspective and I'm not even that smart. So don't expect hot gossip or scintillating and prosaic reviews.

I hope Roku is fine with my use of Roku in the title, if not expect the title to change to "Nick Loves Hisro Ku!" or "OMG, Really?". But we'll cross that bridge when and if I come to it. You'll notice that I've larded up the sidebar with ads, and the actual first post is a privacy policy about those ads. Sorry about that, but if I'm going to spend time writing I need to offset the time with a possibility of recompense. I should probably also add that I hold a whopping 15 shares of Netflix stock.

Anyway, I feel like I've prepared the ground for the blog, so get prepared for a glimpse of my exciting, media rich, lifestyle.

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