Ahead of The Witcher season 2 resuming filming in August, Netflix has announced a new series called’ The Witcher: Blood Origin’. It’s a six-part prequel spin-off set 1200 years before Geralt of Rivia’s time, and you can expect it to have an entirely new cast and story.
Historial Drama The Crown has been renewed at Netflix for a sixth and final season; after originally only being renewed for a fifth season Netflix have confirmed today. Continue reading
A new Star Wars series is in the works at Disney Plus, Variety has learned from sources. The series comes from Leslye Headland, the co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series Russian Doll.
In 2013, Massachusetts State Police arrest 35-year-old crime drug lab lab chemist Sonja Farak for tampering with evidence: and that was only the beginning. Over time, details emerged that Farak had been in fact using the drugs that she was tasked with testing. Did anyone know what had been going on? And when did they find out? The scope of Farak’s addiction—and the number of people convicted as a result of her drug testing—comes to light, despite repeated efforts to suppress evidence in the case. This four-part Netflix docuseries directed by Erin Lee Carr (Mommy Dead and Dearest, Dirty Money) examines an essential, but obscured, part of the criminal justice system. In addition to re-creations of Farak’s compelling grand jury testimony and interviews with attorneys and experts, we hear from Farak’s family for the first time, delving deep into how the actions of one crime lab employee can impact tens of thousands of lives.
With the rise of new players in the market such as the recently announced Disney+ streaming service and the long-awaited Apple content service (which reportedly will be offered free to Apple customers and be limited to PG-Rated content) things are set to change in the next few years.
According to the latest list of Netflix arrivals, one of the best films of the 21st century is finally about to become available for online streaming.
Gladiator is being uploaded to the service this week (July 1, if things stay on schedule), marking arguably the biggest highlight among a slew of interesting titles including Mean Girls, the Lethal Weapon series, and of course, Beavis And Butt-Head Do America. Continue reading
Some titles we have previously reviewed which are now on Netflix UK.
This documentary (a joint venture between Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Presents) explores one of the great urban myths in video gaming, the dumping of around 700,000 copies of the Atari game ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,’ for the classic Atari 2600 console at a dumping site in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
4/5 – An insightful uncovering of the greatest urban myth in gaming whilst also exploring the companies history. Continue reading
Coffee Town is the original comedy from writer/director Brad Copeland and marks the first feature film produced by website CollegeHumor; better known for their on-line comedy videos. This continues a new trend of features created by on-line content sites; the feature iSteve (a comic look at the life of Steve Jobs) was released by site FunnyorDie earlier the same year. The film was released simultaneously in cinemas and on-demand. Continue reading
A while ago, I was looking for a way to stream Movies and TV Shows stored on my hard drive to my bedroom TV.
There are a great range of set-top boxes available such as Roku, Apple TV, Now TV Box & Chromecast which allow access to streaming content such as Netflix; however none offer an easy way to stream your own content out of the box. Even with an Apple TV; you are obligated to use iTunes to manage your content. This is where Plex comes in.
So what is Plex?
Plex is an application for your Mac or Windows PC that allows you to stream content from your hard drive such as Movies, TV & Music to a variety of devices including iOS, Android, Roku & Chromecast. Streaming works on your local network but you can also view media remotely if you have a good enough connection speed.
Set-up is fairly simple once you have installed Plex on your main computer. You don’t have to add items manually; Plex will search through your files and pull information and artwork from the internet; in much the same way as when you import a CD into iTunes. It will even play the theme tune from TV shows in the background while you select episodes. The user interface is sleek, easy to use and allows you to sort and display your content in various ways.
iTunes music/videos/podcasts and iPhoto photos are fully supported and it can also access content from external channels such as YouTube and iTunes Movie Trailers as well as videos/photos from your mobile devices. The only downside is you can’t play movies bought or rented from the iTunes store.
The paid ‘PlexPass’ version includes extra features such as a ‘cinema mode‘ that will play trailers before films to create an enhanced home viewing experience. The free version works perfectly well without these features however so there is no need to purchase a pass. This has been a relatively stable and stress free way for me to stream my media around the house: I currently use it on an iPhone 5, MacBook Pro, Roku 3 Box & iPad Air and the interface and performance has been consistent across all platforms.
It is worth noting however performance will be dependant on the speed of your network and the speed of the computer you are using as the ‘Plex Server’ as it will use up Bandwidth and CPU.
Following on from my previous post The next age of Television? Arrested Development Season 4 it has been announced that Amazon intends to release some TV ‘pilot’ series exclusively using its Amazon Prime and LoveFilm Video-on-Demand platforms.