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‘Deadbeat’ Is Hulu’s Best Show Yet

Lately I’ve been closely following the ongoing competition between the streaming sites Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video. There are pros and cons to each one, generally revolving around selection, but what’s most interesting is the quality of original programming that they each put out. Some critics have argued that there is too much good television out there to keep up with all of it; I’m a fan of excess and will always welcome more. To no one’s surprise, Netflix is at the top of the game now that lesser shows like Lilyhammer and Hemlock Grove have been eclipsed by the addictive House of Cards and the exhilarating Orange Is the New Black. Amazon Instant Video hasn’t done too well with last year’s offerings — Betas was canceled and Alpha House hasn’t received much attention — though their upcoming lineup looks very promising. That leaves Hulu trying to play catch-up to the bigger names. Deadbeat, an original comedy that premiered yesterday, is Hulu’s best attempt at establishing itself.  … Read More

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20 of the Internet’s Best April Fools’ Day Pranks

Thanks to the limitless possibilities the Internet has given us, today’s April Fool’s jokes are a lot more sophisticated than the ones American Girl Magazine used to suggest (“Put a dime and a safety pin in a box, give it to your friend, and say you got them a diamond pin!”). Tech startups (and, of course, established companies) have become especially big players, as they have the platforms, budgets, and creative minds to make really wacky ideas come to life. Some companies go all-out, like Google, which has at least five different pranks (just in America) on its multitude of channelsOthers, like Uber and TOMS, realize they’re a match made in heaven and combine forces into something beautiful. For your entertainment — and to help you avoid falling for an embarrassing prank — here’s a roundup of the best April Fools’ jokes the Internet has to offer today. … Read More

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Netflix Streaming Is Killing Off Physical Media — And Film Fans Should Be Worried

A couple of days ago, Buzzfeed put out a charming little video called “Video Stores Explained to Modern Kids.” In it, a soft-voiced narrator patiently explains how, once upon a time, we had to leave our houses to get physical copies of movies, wandering the shelves and picking from their finite selection of movies, which we’d then watch together because “this was before there was a screen in everyone’s pocket,” and then you had to leave your house again to return it. … Read More

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The Proposed Cable/Netflix Alliance Will Be a Miserable Failure

When I was ten years old, my grandparents bought their first VCR. It was a very big deal for them, and they asked me to come over and help them set it up and show them how it worked. Grandma had indicated that they’d like to tape the next televised game from our hometown basketball team, so my dad dropped me off at their house that Saturday night. I plugged in the coax, ran the cable from the deck to the TV, and at 8pm sharp, I hit record on that evening’s WSU game. About ten minutes into the game, I noticed that something was very wrong. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s good stuff from Bradley Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Paul Rudd, Julie Delpy, Amy Poehler, Zach Galifanakis, and Akira Kurosawa, plus a must-see documentary and one of our favorite stand-up specials. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Netflix’s “Streamageddon”: Why Do Streaming Video Services Still Suck?

They called it “Streamageddon,” and it was brutal: on May 1, nearly 1800 titles expired from Netflix Instant streaming, prompting wailing and gnashing of teeth among movie buffs, to say nothing of a last-minute flurry of marathon viewing. (We tried to warn you.) The cause was simple enough: the company’s licensing deals with several key providers — including MGM, Universal, and Warner Brothers — came to a close, and they were not renewed. This kind of thing has happened before (the site lost eight percent of its streaming content when their partnership with Starz Play ended last year); it’s the cycle of shifting deals and fluctuating content. But the way the company has responded to the backlash, and the increasingly erratic and frustrating landscape of streaming in general, raises some troublesome questions about where online viewing is going. … Read More

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The Best April Fools’ Jokes From Around the Web

April Fools’ jokes are tricky, and not just because it’s way too easy to forget the date and believe Gmail’s about to turn blue for a few minutes. They’re also hard to get right: they need to be believable, but not too believable; absurd, but not totally out of left field. And most importantly, they need to leave your readers feeling in on the joke, rather than cheated and pissed off. We’ve compiled the highlights (or, depending on your viewpoint, lowlights) of today’s pranks from around the Web. From the email of the future to an Aaron Sorkin-esque HR move at a comics giant, here are the headlines that made us smile, cringe, and sometimes both. … Read More

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TV Critics Explain What Nielsen’s New Streaming Ratings Mean for Our Favorite Shows

Nielsen, the company that monitors TV ratings, has announced that it will alter its rating system to factor in the many viewers that are watching TV shows away from the TV set. By changing the way it will collect ratings, Nielsen finally seems to be acknowledging the increasing significance of streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon – as well as gaming devices that support television like the X-Box and Playstation, also to be counted. The development is expected to come into effect later this year in September. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to (Scary) Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. But since we’re a mere seven days to Halloween, this edition of the streaming movie guide will focus on the scary — some of our favorite horror movies that are at your fingertips this very moment. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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