As Disney’s Mulan joins Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on the “indefinitely delayed” list, the world braces itself for a gluttony of C-grade streaming releases. Continue reading
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A couple of months ago, I got it in my head that I’d find an old record player for my apartment. Pull out a small handful of records I’d acquired over the years, and get them cranking. Start a bit of a vinyl collection of the albums I really loved.
Of course, I didn’t want to give up the streaming services; I wanted the 2 modes of music to live together in harmony. Digital and physical.
Therein lies the dilemma. How do you get these two to play along together nicely?
Well chief, you gotta go Sonos.
Dick Smith have a placeholder page for the HDMI dongle from Google. There’s not much more information beyond price ($49AUD) and availability (28th May). The Chromecast supports three of my favourite media services; Plex, Pocketcasts and Pandora, so I can’t wait to get my hands on one.
Well spotted by the young Beau Giles.
Presto is a new way for Australians to watch great movies. For one low monthly fee, we offer both live and instant access to a regularly updated library of great films.
No contracts, twenty bucks a month, and you get what seems to be a pretty decent selection of movies. If you don’t want to sign up for the plan, you can also rent movies from Presto as a one-off purchase for six bucks each.
Right now it works on Windows, Mac or iPad (no Android yet), and you can register a max of 3 devices to one account. The two big drawbacks for me? There’s no AirPlay and no TV shows.
I’d be interested to do a library comparison between this and Quickflix, because Quickflix is only ten bucks a month. Anecdotally though, I’ve heard Quickflix has a smaller library of titles.
So overall, not bad if you want a local movie streaming option, but it is more expensive than Netflix, and comes with less content too.
Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica:
Most gamers in my Twitter orbit have been spending their time with the Titanfall beta since invitations began going out late last week, but I’ve become entranced by a different kind of online multiplayer game. I’m talking, of course, about “Twitch Plays Pokémon,” and I haven’t seen anything like it in a decade-and-a-half of Pokémon playing.
I too have been glued to this stream for the last week. Launched by an anonymous Australian programmer, the ‘game’ has blossomed into a fascinating viral phenomenon, with an incredibly active community subreddit, illustrated folklore, raids to manipulate the game by other popular streamers and lengthy analysis on the ‘democracy vs. anarchy’ mechanic in the game.
If you haven’t tuned into Twitch Plays Pokemon yet, you really owe it to yourself to take a look. It’s a gaming experience unlike any other.
The Sweden-based music company has reached licensing deals with all three of the global music companies to use their recordings on the new service, these people added.
Sure, I could pay for Spotify, but I don’t listen to enough new music to justify it. But I’d happily use Spotify in a free, ad supported app.
According to Nic Healey of CNET, Quickflix is coming to the PS4 next week.
I cancelled my Quickflix account back when the service was DVDs-via-the-Post, but it might be worth another look. $14.99 a month for the streaming service is pretty decent. Their library is looking quite healthy these days, with a bunch of HBO programs, and the odd movie worth watching.