PlayStation Vue

PlayStation-Vue

I am very interested in a new feature that PlayStation has to offer called PlayStation Vue. It’s a new live streaming service on your PlayStation device that allows you to watch TV at a cheaper rate than cable.

This is what we have at our house. We have a bundle with Bright House with TV, Internet and Phone. I know that our cable internet is around $15 a month and our phone isn’t too much more expensive than that. Including the cable box in the living room which is $8 a month and the DVR cable box in my bedroom which is also $8 a month, our cable comes to $130 a month.  That’s a bit much for cable, but that’s how it is. They charge more for HDTV and we had to have certain packages because we have HDTV’s in both rooms.

With PlayStation Vue, I would have to use my PlayStation 4 to watch TV, which isn’t a bad thing because I use my PS4 all day long anyway with game play and watching Netflix and Hulu Plus, so to have another service keeping my PS4 running is convenient considering I have to grab the TV remote control to change from HDMI 1 for the PS4 to HDMI 2 for the cable. I wouldn’t have to go through that if I had PlayStation Vue.

They have a DVR function so that you can record ALL of your shows with NO conflicts, and you don’t have to worry about it recording on your PlayStation, it stays in the cloud for up to 28 days. As it is right now, if I want to record something, fine, I get to watch it when I want to, but my partner doesn’t have that option since he has a regular cable box. If he wants to record something, he has to watch it in my room.

My concern with switching from cable to PlayStation Vue is that we have 2 TV’s, and only 1 PS4. PlayStation has another device called PlayStation TV which allows you to play PlayStation Vita games with a PS3 controller, but PlayStation Vue is not available for that. If my partner wants to watch TV, he would have to use his iPad since there is an iPad app, but he wouldn’t be able to watch it on his TV. He has a Google Chromecast, but I’m not sure if that works with his iPad since we haven’t hooked it up yet. And even if it does work, will it work with PlayStation Vue? Also, would he be able to use his iPad while PlayStation Vue is streaming on his TV? Questions! Concerns!

If we were to switch from cable to PlayStation Vue, we would be saving $60 a month, that is if I chose the Elite package, which I would considering Logo isn’t available on the other 2 packages. They mention at E3 that you would be able to choose which channels you want, so if that is true then I would consider their less expensive Access or Core packages. Money is always tight, and I hate spending so much money on cable that I very rarely even watch. I don’t NOT watch TV, in fact, I have a huge list of shows that I watch, but I don’t watch TV all day long. It also concerns me that they don’t have every channel that is available, like for example where is ABC? And how will I watch Salem without WGN? What about The CW? Most of my shows are on The CW.

This new service is only available in certain zip codes anyway, and we are not in any of those zip codes since we are in Bakersfield, CA, but I’m sure the day will come when we will be able to use this service. I’m sure by then those channels MAY become available, but who knows for sure.

I told my partner about this new service and he just looked at me, like don’t even think about it lol. We were going to go cable free several years ago when we bought 2 Roku boxes, but realized there was no live TV, so if he wanted to watch his live news shows, he would be out of luck. They also didn’t have every episode of his news channel, they only had clips. He doesn’t want clips, he wants to watch entire episodes, and preferably live. Well, with PlayStation Vue he can see live TV, but he just doesn’t want to take the leap because it is too complicated, and he prefers things that are easy. And again, he doesn’t have a PlayStation, nor does he want to have to stream live TV from his iPad to the Google Chromecast, if that would even work. If it doesn’t work, then he doesn’t want to have to watch TV from his iPad and not be able to do anything else with it. It’s just too much of a hassle for him, and I understand. But perhaps if they made it available on PlayStation TV, and gave him a remote control instead of a PS3 controller, then he may consider it, but until then, he just wants to keep things simple.

So, I’m excited about it, but him not so much. But I think this is something that would be easier for someone who lives alone with 1 TV anyway. Unless every TV in the house has a PlayStation, this isn’t going to work for couples or a family unless they can make this service available on the PlayStation TV, which if you think about it is probably the best device for PlayStation Vue. I don’t know, tell me what you think in the comments.

You Are All Supporting Gay Rights Right Now

From 1 Million Moms against One Million Moms

Oreo Cookies decided to create a new graphic of their famous cookie, but stacked with rainbow colored cream.  One Million Moms has decided that Oreo, owned by Kraft, needs to be boycotted.  I mean, we can’t eat gay cookies now can we?  Then I saw the image above posted by 1 Million Moms against One Million Moms and it really got me to thinking.  Just about everything you can buy in the store is gay friendly.

For example, here is a (not alphabetical) HUGE list of LGBT friendly companies!!!  I mean, if they are going to boycott Kraft because they support gay rights, then they might as well boycott everything else in the world.

Like, what phone company do you do business with?  I hope you don’t have AT&T, Bell South, Alcatel or Sprint because guess what, they are in the list.  Verizon isn’t in that list but they should be because I know that they are pro-gay.  God forbid your cell phone is made by Motorola because guess what?  They support gays, heck they are responsible for you being able to use a cell phone.  I sure hope you aren’t using an iPhone because Apple is gay friendly.  Which reminds me, what Mp3 player are you using?  I hope it’s not an iPod.  God forbid you have an iPad or a Macintosh computer or even a Windows based computer or tablet for that matter.

Do you know what a CPU is?  It is the processor which is what makes your computer and other electronic device boot up.  Basically, it’s the brain of your computer.  Without it, your computer won’t even turn on.  Do you know who invented it?  A gay person!  Oh you didn’t know?  His name was Alan Turing.  So if you hate gay people so much, then you might as well put your desktop/laptop computer, tablet or all other electronic devices up for sale at the next yard sale so you can get your money back.  When I say all, I’m not just talking about your computer or cell phone, oh no, I’m talking about your calculators, your electronic watches your HDTV that you just bought for your living room and anything else that is computer operated.

If computers are gay because of the CPU then I have news for you, all of your money is gay too.  Yeah, how do you think they make money?  Computers!  And your bank statements that come in the mail were printed from a computer not to mention that they know how much money you have in the bank because they use a computer.

I can’t forget to mention that if you are reading this because you found the link on Facebook, you are supporting gay equality because guess what kiddies, Facebook is gay friendly.  You didn’t know?  So is Twitter.  What  browser are you using?  Cause I hope it’s not Google Chrome, Yahoo or an Internet Explorer based browser.

You know what, you might as well go live with the Amish because everything you buy at the grocery store is gay, including the computers they use to ring up your total.  So unless they use pen and paper to write it all down and use an abacus to ring your groceries up, you are supporting gay rights and equality.

Speaking of the Amish, they don’t have any electronic devices, they don’t even have cars.  Guess what, cars are also gay.  So if you drive a car, you are supporting gay rights equality.  Every time you fill your gas tank you are supporting gay rights too because BP and Chevron are pro-LGBT.  I sure hope you don’t have car insurance because AAA, Esurance, Prudential and Allstate all support LGBT.

You can’t escape it, you are all supporting gay people as we speak.  It’s all around you folks, the air you breathe is gay air because guess what?  If God created the world as you say he did, he also created gay people, so by living in this world, you are breathing gay air and you are supporting gay rights.

I’m sure you have already forgotten about that HUGE list of LGBT friendly companies!!! so there it is again.  Go ahead, read it, read every single company that supports gay people.  So take a deep breath and just accept the fact that you cannot boycott everything unless you plan on living in a house that you had to build yourself from trees you had to manually cut because all of the electronics used to cut the trees to build your houses with had a CPU in them.

Yeah so good luck with that boycott.  Let me know how it worked out for ya.  Of course you can’t, what was I thinking, you can’t contact me at all because you would need to buy paper and envelopes, that is unless you plan on making them from the sawdust and wood shavings that came out of the tree when you built your cabin in the woods.

Just a note of clarification, I know not all people of faith are as wacky as the fundamentalists like the Westboro Baptist Church or the One Million Moms who are really more like 47k.  So I’m not bashing anyone’s religion, I’m just saying this to those who are homophobic who want to boycott because of LGBT rights and equality.  I don’t care what religion you follow or if you don’t follow any religion.  Basically, if you are not anti-gay, then this isn’t for you.  This is for those crazy people who think that it’s OK to take away the rights of their fellow human beings like me.

Please Help Me Win an iPad! :)

I entered into the Brand Thunder contest to win an iPad and I need your help.  All you have to do is go to this website and vote for the first one which is the Xanapus` Lair browser theme.

http://brandthunder.com/2011/announcing-best-holiday-browser-theme-finalists-vote-for-your-favorite/#pd_a_5767963

You can vote daily but please help me win.  I will love you all forever.  Ok so I already love you but I will love you even more 🙂

Thanks for listening.

Mike

 

Create a Holiday Browser Theme and Win an iPad 2.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BrandThunder for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Would you believe me if I told you that you might win an iPad 2 for 5 minutes of work?  Of course you wouldn’t because it’s crazy.  How could you win something so expensive in 5 minutes?  It’s as simple as creating a browser theme with Brand Thunder, tweeting, emailing then waiting until December 23rd to see if you have won.  It’s 100% free to create your own browser theme with Brand Thunder’s BT: Engage.

I entered the Brand Thunder Holiday Theme Contest by making my own image in Gimp and creating a toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer.  I could have used one of the images that came provided but that was too easy, I wanted to create my own original design.

It wasn’t that long ago when I was searching for a way to create my own toolbar.  I wanted to make something that was personal to me instead of having to settle for what other people have made.  I never thought that I might be able to enter a contest to win an iPad 2.  What are the odds right?

The judges will announce the 5 best themes on December 17th and then I guess people can vote.  The winner will get the iPad 2, the others will win a $25 gift card for Amazon.  Hey, it’s something right?  If I am in the top 5, I will blog about it again so you can vote for me.

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iPad Only Newspaper “The Daily” Starts Today

I am fortunate that I was able to wake up early this morning and that Darrin watches Fox News all the time so that I was able to watch this news story in the living room about “The Daily” for the iPad while eating my Honey Nut Cheerios.

Rupert Murdoch has announced this new app for the iPad that will give you your news every day for only .99 cents a week or $39 per year. That works out to just .14 cents per day. Remember when the newspaper was just .25 cents a day? You just load the app in your iPad and you get everything that you would normally get in your newspaper and then some.

Although, I wonder if it has any of your local news and features like local obituaries, classifieds, comics and things that are happening in your city, not just around the country and the world. If this replaces the newspaper, what will happen to all of those other cool features that came with the newspaper?  What about the coupons?  Will those just end up coming in the mail instead?

Well, besides losing local news, I envy anyone who has an iPad because it’s really cool and well worth the $39 per year price. They have news articles just like you would see in your newspaper but the exception is you also get color pictures on every article and sometimes even video instead of an image.

Here is a quote from VentureBeat.com where you can read the full story at:

“The Daily is not an island,” they said. You’ll be able to share stories on Facebook, Twitter and via email. You’ll also be able to record audio comments. The app features a built-in web browser, and certain pages also include Twitter feeds. There’s also an apps and games section to The Daily, which will link you directly to the iTunes Store.

The Daily will update throughout the day with breaking news as it happens so if you are at work and something is going on, you will know about it if you just so happen to be looking at it at the time.

I am not fortunate enough to own an iPad so this will be something that I will dream about for a very long time, at least long enough for the iPad to go down in price anyway. It looks like something that Darrin would find very useful where he can save tons of money and waste less paper since he loves to read the newspaper every day. Maybe he can charge an iPad for himself so he can get the Daily. It would be way easier than a new computer which he needs desperately anyway. Also he pays the same price per month that the iPad Daily charges per year so that’s something to think about.

If you have an iPad, let me know how the Daily looks. You get 2 weeks free thanks to Verizon so you have plenty of time to test it out.

Lohan Back on Twitter with Traffic Safety Tips

Poor Lindsay, she can’t catch a break. She Tweets about the Paparazzi and she gets a full spread in the today shows gossip website.

Listen to me, poor Lindsay HA! Even though I think she deserves to still be in jail I still feel sorry for her. I miss the old Lindsay and hope she returns to us one of these days.

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Lohan back on Twitter with traffic safety tips

Lindsay Lohan has only been out of rehab for less than 48 hours and it didn’t take long for the starlet to return to Twitter — and she’s offering up safety tips when it comes to getting behind the wheel, Access Hollywood reports.

“Clearly.. Paparazzi shouldn’t be allowed to take pictures or video while someone’s driving or at a stop light. 4every1′s sake #trafficpolice,” Lohan on Thursday afternoon.

Her Twitter followers last heard from her on July 19 when she asked another tweeter if he owned an iPad.

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, the 24-year-old actress had her driver’s license reinstated on Monday. Lohan was spotted at a Los Angeles-area DMV on Wednesday, where she was required to show proof of insurance in order to get her license back.

To see Lindsay behind the wheel following her rehab stint, click here!

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