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We are coming to the 2nd to the last Scifi News podcast for 2016. I’m trying my best to be upbeat by losing myself in all things geeky.

  • Who is Dr.Smith in the Lost in Space reboot?
  • Black Panther adds another great actor
  • The solo Han Solo movie adds another cast member
  • Guess who turned 40?

But wait there’s more. The big three news items are:

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Here is my first year in covering E3. Since this is a huge event, I am focusing on:

  • Ubisoft
  • Sony
  • Microsoft

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For this week, the Big 3 topics are:

  • MST3K is making a comeback and you can help
  • New Star Wars Experience coming to the Disney parks but at a cost
  • Xbox One updates on November 12 and what to expect

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Source: Fans May Have To Wait Years For New DC Comics Shows To Hit Netflix, Hulu – Comic Book Resources

According to comments made by Time Warner Inc. chief executive Jeff Bewkes during a conference call with analysts on Wednesday, Time Warner may begin releasing DC-based series to Netflix and Hulu several years after they first air, rather than one year. In the intervening years, already-aired episodes might be available on-demand to fans with traditional cable.

*****Spoiler Alert*****

Those who have watched the latest episode of The Flash, Cisco delivered a great line, “You know, our Dr. Wells may have been evil, but you’re just a dick.” We know corporations are in the market to make money. Some may look at them as a form of evil but I would defend them. However, in a free market, companies have the right to make a product or service that consumers want and charge whatever rate to be compensated. If the price is too high and the demand is low, the invisible hand theory will come along and lower that price. On the other hand, if demand is high, the cost of that product will go up. However, what Jeff Bewkes is planning on doing is a very dick move.

There is no disputing the popularity of these shows. Some fans will watch the show week to week on traditional tv or cable or buy the complete season on dvd/blu ray. Or in other cases, catch up via streaming services like Hulu and Netflix. For me, it’s all the above. In all the different options I have to watch, one way or another, I will see my shows. What I gave up years ago was cable because of the high cost that was involved and plus the economic downturn other alternatives came up to fill the need of cable. Like many others, people are living without the need to watch cable tv and that is what is worrying companies’ bottom dollar like WB.

Cable tv is not dead but the domination it once had will never be again provided moves like Bewkes is considering does not happen. Delaying these shows can be dangerous game that the WB is playing. I mentioned on a earlier entry about CBS creating a new Star Trek series but only making it for their All Access streaming service. Sure, some fans will you their money and I believe that the majority of fans will not be supporting the show behind a paywall. Again, I understand their decision but what if Star Trek Beyond sucks? Will fans care about a new series on the small screen? When it comes to Arrow and The Flash, if delay or restricted early seasons, you may not capitalize on the buzz factor the show is generation because you’re just want the show only for those who have cable. The writing’s on the wall and I believe Bewkes/WB refuse to read it or maybe they can’t read it at all.

 


The new “Star Trek” series is heading to CBS’ All Access streaming service.

Source: New ‘Star Trek’ series to blast off on CBS streaming service – Nov. 2, 2015

A day after the news broke about a new Star Trek series, I am… I am Nomad. I am perfect except this news tries to spin this next chapter of this beloved franchise. In trying to do so, we are left with questions that hamper the excitement. 1)Where will this series take place: on a starship, space station or some other exotic locale? 2)When will this series take place during TOS, TNG, VOY, ENT or 3)With Abrams reboot of the franchise, does this universe still exist? Those are pressing questions but for now have to be put the back burner. Now the real question that needs to be asked, why does CBS think that they can strong arm viewers to watch this new show by making them pay for it? Like Spock pondering, I was wondering myself as to why CBS was doing dramatic move.

We can look towards Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and other streaming services which are leading this new way to watch television for some answers. I’ve recently decided to not renew my HBO Now subscription. I was ready on day one, when the app came out, to pay my $15 because I wanted to see Game of Thrones this way and not some other venue. Now that the season is over, there are a few shows that I enjoy like Last Week with John Oliver, Ballers, Entourage but as far as movies, I thought their selection was very poor; hence why I quit the service. When I look at CBS and with the new Star Trek series, the same thing is going to happen. Fans will plunk down their money to watch the series but I will bet you once that first season is over, there will be no reason for fans to stick around until the next season… if that will happen. What will CBS have to do to succeed?

Let’s look at Netflix and Amazon. Netflix was one of the first (streaming wise – not talking about cable) into creating one its own content and that series was House of Cards. Mind you, $7.99 a month to watch lots of movies and tv shows is a perfect price plus the added value is original programming; Netflix is giving you a reason to come back often. With Amazon, if you become a Prime Member, you do have a great deal of perks such access to Kindle Books, Music, Free Shipping, and Video Streaming. They too have moved in to producing original content like the award-winning Transparent and the upcoming Man in the High Castle series. While $99 a year may be a high price initally, the cost per month is only slightly more than Netflix. In both cases, they are very attractive products. On the other hand CBS, which has a great deal of shows and the $5.99 monthly fee is fair, I’m still not sold on the exclusivity of Star Trek.

Here’s the rub with CBS All Access, I bought the All Access for a month and that’s when I didn’t need to pay for CBS All Access on a new show. I started to watch Limitless and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert through the app via my Chromecast and the experience was fine. I chose this option as I would not be able to watch the show live and it was flexible. However, that’s when I discovered, as long I watch the show the next day or two online, I’m still able to see it. If I wait for several weeks after the première then CBS would lock it for its subscribers which is only fair. Now, if CBS is not making Star Trek available on tv and only CBS All Access, I would say, SCREW THAT!!!

“This new series will première to the national CBS audience, then boldly go where no first-run ‘Star Trek’ series has gone before — directly to its millions of fans through CBS All Access,” Marc DeBevoise, executive vice president of CBS Digital Media said in a statement. “We’ve experienced terrific growth for CBS All Access… We now have an incredible opportunity to accelerate this growth with the iconic ‘Star Trek,’ and its devoted and passionate fan base, as our first original series.”

Well, Marc. Remember that line the Princess Leia said to Governor Tarkin on the Death Star, “The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” One of the ways to combat piracy to make your product better than free.  Fans who want to see the show should not have to be forced to pay to see it. Be smart CBS and don’t try to take our money. We are more than willing to give you our money when we see something we love and I don’t love this. Fans will find away to watch the show without the CBS All Access app. I will find a way.