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All About PBS’s ‘Masterpiece’ & Amazon’s Increasingly Tight Relationship (Decider)

December 12, 2017

I would have never researched this kernel of streaming choice had it not been for my good friends Nina and Joe telling me they just got (PBS) Masterpiece through Amazon. I thought PBS only afforded streaming content access through their free app along with Passport, a yearly contribution to PBS which offers access to their entire archive of programming. A smidgen of digging uncovered a recent article from Decider. Thanks to writer Meghan O’Keefe for compiling all you need to know. From Decider,

Amazon has made no secret of the fact that it wants to be the streaming home for as many Masterpiece series as possible. Over the past few years, the internet giant has snatched up as many SVOD rights to Masterpiece titles as they could — and they already offer a curated “Masterpiece” Amazon channel that gives subscribers access to 31 additional titles not (yet) available to Prime Subscribers.

[…]To fill in these gaps in their own Prime library, Amazon offers a “Masterpiece Channel.” For $5.99 per month, users can add this option to their pre-existing Prime subscription, thus giving them access to more Masterpiece favorites. The channel offers older classics like The Jewel in the Crown and Mansfield Park, but more importantly, it gives users access to the latest seasons of Masterpiece‘s featured shows.

[…]It’s a pretty good deal, but PBS has one of their own. PBS’s basic streaming platform is free to use (and comes with more than a handful Viking River Cruise commercials). They tend to offer free streaming of the network’s latest titles for anywhere from a few weeks to months after broadcast. PBS also offers its own subscription service for viewers who want unlimited access to new and favorite programs.

Among Passport’s offerings? Downton Abbey, Sherlock, The Great British Baking Show, VictoriaGrantchester, as well as a variety of documentaries and cultural programs. Passport is currently offering (by my count) 40 titles, but not all of them are exclusively Masterpiece. They’re all representative of the most popular PBS programming in recent years. At $5 per month (or $60 annually), it’s arguably a financially better deal. Also, PBS considers Passport as part of its donor perks. You know how PBS used to match pledges with CDs and tote bags and concert tickets? That comes along with Passport, too.

Great reporting. Read the full article on Decider.



Lesbian Herstory Archives

December 8, 2017

I remember as a young out gay man during the 1980’s understanding the need for my lesbian sisters to have their own space free from the pressures of the patriarchy. I not only understood that need, but supported it. I remember venturing into Charis Books in Atlanta and supporting women’s bookstores as often as I could. Supporting Bluestockings in New York City, Women Crafts in Provincetown, and my own neighborhood’s Bloodroot Restaurant and bookstore. I’m thrilled Megan Rossman made a short film on Brooklyn’s Lesbian Herstory Archives. It’s six minutes long, introducing the viewer to the important archival work Lesbian Herstory Archives continues.

Join the women this weekend for their annual holiday sale:

Annual Holiday Booksale 12-4:30
When: Sat, December 9, 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: Lesbian Herstory Archives, 484 14th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA (map)
Description :Find some holiday reads while supporting the Archives. Most items $1-2.

Watch the short film on Vimeo.

Movies Anywhere: Everything you need to know (CNET)

November 19, 2017

Attention readers who rent or purchase digital movies. From CNET,

There’s a new streaming movie service called Movies Anywhere, and it almost sounds too good to true. It doesn’t only put most of your online movies in one place, it puts them everyplace.

Think of it like a digital bridge between the big four online video vendors: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. Movies Anywhere is backed by Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, Sony and Fox. So films produced by those studios will appear in the Movies Anywhere app, regardless of where you originally purchased them. Additionally, those films should appear in each of the services through which you’ve connected your accounts.

Read the full article.
I rarely rent or purchase digital content. Maybe two or three times per year. But it’s nice to know aggregators are starting to show up. Good sign for making streaming content easier to navigate.

Hulu drops price of its entry-level plan (CNET)

November 18, 2017

From CNET,

The competition between two major streaming services is heating up.

While Netflix announced last week that it’s raising the price of its standard subscription plan, Hulu is offering new subscribers a price cut as of Sept. 21.

According to Hulu’s website, until Jan. 9, subscribers can sign up for the entry-level plan of $5.99 a month for the first year. That’s down from $7.99 a month. The commercial-free plan remains priced at $11.99 a month.

Read the full article.
What are you current subscriptions?
Reel Charlie continues subscribing to Amazon and Netflix. Time to change-up?

A Feminist Film Critic in the Age of Weinstein (The Hollywood Reporter)

October 12, 2017

Film critic Sara Stewart unpacks her understanding of the Harvey Weinstein story and the avalanche of misogyny in Hollywood both in the industry as well as the products created. From The Hollywood Reporter,

In six years, it’s been incredibly rare for anyone from the critical community to simply say to me, “You know, that’s a good point about women.” It seems to me that, when it comes to reviews, voicing concerns about representation is often seen by my peers as an abdication of one’s pure love of filmmaking — a prioritizing of activism over criticism. I disagree. Misogyny in film should be pointed out as plainly and as often as possible. I try to support and promote other writers who do so. Because what message does our collective embrace, or enabling, of onscreen objectification send to the predators still out there?

Read the full article on The Hollywood Reporter.

Cut the Cord 2017

October 11, 2017

Presenting Cut the Cord tonight for the fourth year at Fairfield Public Library. First time I am doing it at the branch library. Still amazed at how many people continue to seek out this information. This year I separated the program into two parts – Intro and Advanced. I’ll post my new PowerPoint next week after I present the second half. I’ve spent so much time updating the presentation. There’s so much new information, it’s astounding. Who knew we’d have six choices for cable replacement services in 2017?

We have a capacity of 70 people. 110 signed up this week, 92 for next week. I’ve already discussed doing another set in a month to support as many people as possible in the community.

Looking forward to sharing information this week and next. Tonight at 6:30 pm at Fairfield Woods.

Netflix is raising its prices for US subscribers (The Verge)

October 5, 2017

Do  you care about spending $2 more per month for Netflix? From The Verge,

Netflix is raising two of its pricing tiers for US subscribers beginning next month, Mashablereports. The standard tier, which allows subscribers to watch on two screens at once, will be bumped up from $9.99 to $10.99 per month. The premium tier, which is available in Ultra HD and allows users to watch on up to four screens, will go up from $11.99 to $13.99. The Basic $7.99 per month plan will remain the same.

Read the full article on The Verge.

NewFest 2017

September 29, 2017

Metro NYC peeps: NewFest 2017
The 29th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival

Thursday October 19 – Tuesday October 24

NewFest will be celebrating its 29th annual New York LGBT Film Festival from October 19th – 24th, 2017. The six-day festival will feature over 100 films, panels, and parties that reflect the LGBT experience.

Reel Charlie’s looking forward to:
100 Men
Hot to Trot
My Wonderful West Berlin
One Last Thing

Oscars: France Selects ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ for Foreign-Language Category (Hollywood Reporter)

September 27, 2017

From The Hollywood Reporter,

Robin Campillo’s drama won the Grand Prize at this year’s Cannes film festival.

France has selected Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute as its submission in the best foreign-language film category of the Oscars.

The film won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

The selection committee was chaired by National Cinema Center (CNC) head Frederique Bredin and composed of executives including Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux, French Academy president Alain Terzian, UniFrance film body head Serge Toubiana and former head Jean-Paul Salome, as well as CNC financing commissioner Teresa Cremisi.

BAFTA- and Cesar-nominated director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) and Cesar winner Deniz Gamze Erguven, director of the Oscar-nominated Mustang, rounded out the committee.

The commission selected from a shortlist including 120 Beats Per Minute, Mathieu Amalric’s Cannes Un Certain Regard special prize winner Barbara and Redoubtable from Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist).

Read the full article.

Hollywood Still Sucks at Lesbian Visibility (After Ellen)

September 25, 2017

Disturbing article on the percentage of lesbian characters in major Hollywood films during 2016. From After Ellen,

The US population is 50.8% female, but in the last 9 years, the percentage of speaking roles occupied by women has not exceeded 32.8%

Of 4,544 speaking characters in the top 100 movies of 2016, only 9 characters were lesbian, and none were protagonists.

Of course none of this is surprising. Without the independent film community, there would be very little diversity in film and very few LGBTQ protagonists. The 100 top grossing US films of any year continue to primarily appeal to teenage boys. Support independent cinema.

Read the full article at After Ellen.

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