Weekend Update

From Margaret Lyons [one of my favorite TV critics]…

Well the good news is, we all have a lot more TV watching time on our hands. The bad news is … basically everything else. Sports are mostly canceled or postponed — except for the Iditarod dog sled race, which I am following closely again this year. Theaters are dark, museums are closed, and it looks as if it might be this way for a bit. My streaming subscriptions are about to get a real workout.

Have a hygienic weekend.

I’ll second that emotion.

Oh…the Julia Child pic? To remind me I’m moving baking my weekly loaf of bread from Monday to Saturday. No special reason, whatsoever.

Think cosmetic surgery (mostly) for men ain’t profitable?

Watching proper football, this morning, I witnessed a sharp example of profit margins in action. The animated electric hoardings alongside any English Premier League match have got to be an expensive advertIsing buy. Limited, typically, to beer companies, sports betting, sport shoe manufacturers, etc…seeking a global market…and, today, this popped up during the match between Brighton-and-Hove Albion vs Everton.

Yup. Pick up and fly to Turkey for an appointment with Dr. Cinik…and get your hair island bridged to your do.

I have no idea what he charges; but, it obviously allows for the cost of advertising in one of the largest sports markets in the world.

The Red Stapler

❝ The situation where a work of fiction creates or affects — whether positively or negatively — Real Life demand for a certain product, good, or service. This can lead to defictionalization, where things only start being made due to demand for fictional things. It’s not Product Placement, as it’s usually unintentional; the fact that the product doesn’t even exist might even owe itself to the use of Brand X or similar tropes — i.e. the avoidance of product placement…

❝ The trope is named after the red Swingline stapler prominently featured in Office Space. Swingline didn’t make full-size red staplers; the one in the film was a black stapler painted red. Then life would imitate art, as people demanded a red version, and they got one.

Har!

Streaming soon: AppleTV+


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We cut the cable cord [well, satellite box cord] a couple of years ago. AppleTV had been a consistent, productive adjunctive device providing some of my favorite movies – and 4K was coming. We’ve experimented with a couple of streaming services, now, and I don’t mind admitting that to date cost is prime. Yes, “Prime” is another important word in our extended household.

Quality delivered for a certain cost is more important than quality alone. Our wee compound is entirely populated by retirees. Politicians who would screw over social security or Medicare or Obamacare should only dare enter our driveway in an armored vehicle. Budgets for retirees always end up being a life-or-death discussion.

Right now, AppleTV is primarily a delivery system. Damned good, for example – when we actually catch a live 4K feed of, say, a Euro or British football match. Exceptional, satisfying, mind-grabbing when it’s episode after episode of a murder mystery with Detective Bosch stalking the villain. Yeah, the commercials are right.

We’ll decide about AppleTV+ — the streaming service — after we try it. Storytelling will play as big a part as cost, no doubt. But, the storytelling is how it always starts. A great deal on crap television is not what we’re looking for.

Disney pulling content from Netflix — here comes Disneyflix!

❝ Disney is parting ways with Netflix…The company said that it will end its partnership with the streaming service in 2019.

Disney also announced it will launch its own streaming services…

❝ To that end, Disney is paying $1.58 billion for majority ownership of BAMTech…

Last August, Disney acquired a 33% stake in that company, which is a spinoff from Major League Baseball Advanced Media, for $1 billion.

Disney said it will launch an ESPN-branded streaming service in 2018, and a separate Disney-branded streaming service in 2019.

❝ The Disney service will be the only place where U.S. viewers can watch new live action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar, including “Toy Story 4,” the “Frozen” sequel and “The Lion King” live-action movie. It will also feature content from the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD.

The ESPN-branded sports service will offer about 10,000 events a year, including live programming with regional, national and international games.

Cord-cutting is getting more interesting by the month.