Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Amazon Announces Plans for Original Movies

Fresh off it's Golden Globe wins for the original series Transparent, Amazon announced it will produce full-length feature films for theatrical release and later for streaming on Amazon Prime.  These Amazon Original Movies will be available for Amazon Prime subscribers between 4 to 8 weeks after they premiere in the movie theaters.  Amazon plans to produce or acquire up to 12 movies each year, an ambitious plan that will kick off later this year.  

Creative Galaxy - an Amazon Prime Original Series

Over the weekend, my kids and I discovered Creative Galaxy, an Amazon Prime Original Series and the latest from the creators of Blue's Clues.  If you and your kids enjoy Blue's Clues and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, then you will love Creative Galaxy too.

Each episode features a boy named Arty who has a problem that must be fixed with art.  To find a solution, Arty travels through the Creative Galaxy gathering items for his idea box, and landing on planets where he meets friends enjoying different forms of art, who help Arty create an art project that solves his problem.  The show ends with some real kids creating an art project (related to the one Arty makes) using everyday items that your kids can make at home.

The show has a excellent cast including Cloris Leachman, Brooke Shields, and Samantha Bee (The Daily Show).  Series creator Angela Santomero has the golden touch when it comes to childrens programming.  Check it out, I think you and your kids will enjoy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Roku Channels - January 16, 2015

22 new channels were added to the Roku Store this week, including Sport Illustrated Channel, The Daily Cut, MoovieTyme, and Avia for Roku (lets you cast photos, videos and music from your Android device).  

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Golden Globes: Score 2 for Amazon, 1 for Netflix

The Golden Globe Awards were a big win for Streaming TV services.  Amazon won two awards to Netflix's one.  Transparent, Amazon's new hit, was the big winner, taking the Golden Globe for "Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy".  And Jeffrey Tambor, star of Transparent, won for best actor in a TV comedy.  While Netflix won a Golden Globe with Kevin Spacey taking home the Best Actor in a TV Drama category.  

Netflix was a big winner in another way, releasing a trailer for House of Cards Season 3.  Check out the trailer below (awesome!). 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Netflix is about to stop streaming BBC shows

Get ready to start binge watching Doctor Who.  Netflix will be eliminating almost all of its BBC programming as soon as January 31st.

Due to the expiration of Netflix’s contract with the BBC, popular shows like Doctor Who, Luther, Fawlty Towers, Black Adder, the original British version of House Of Cards, Wallander, Coupling, Top Gear, and more will disappear. This is a big blow to those of us who rely on Netflix for our British entertainment.  Hopefully they can hammer out a new contract before we lose some of our favorite streaming shows.

Downton Abbey Returns on PBS Roku Channel

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, the most popular PBS show of all time, returns to PBS.  Season 5 will premiere on Sunday, January 4 2015.  The show can be viewed a day later on the Roku PBS channel.  But remember, PBS only keeps episodes up for a limited time, so don't wait to begin watching.

Whats new on Amazon Prime - January 2015

New shows are constantly being added to Amazon Prime (as wells as some shows being removed).  Here is what is coming in January 2015.

Coming to Amazon Prime in 2015

January 1, 2015
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) & III (1994)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Footloose (1984)
Hoosiers (1986)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Moonstruck (1987)
Mr. Mom (1983)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Shall We Dance? (2004)
Snatch (2000)
Swingers (1996)

January 3, 2015
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

January 4, 2015
Starred Up (2015, Amazon exclusive)

January 5, 2015
The Congress (Amazon exclusive)

January 8, 2015
Big Fish (2003)
Bottle Rocket (1996)

January 9, 2015
The Winning Season (2009)

January 13, 2015
Justified season 5 (2010 series)

January 15, 2015
Hit By Lightning (2014)

January 18, 2015
Patton Oswalt: Comedy Plus Tragedy Equals Time (2014)

January 21, 2015
Barefoot (2014)

January 25, 2015
Repentance (2014)

January 27, 2015
Gloria (1980)

January 30, 2015
Frida (2002)