One month with Netflix

My first free month with Netflix is almost up. So what have I watched and how reliable is the streaming service so far?

So far I have watched (or binged watched) How to Get Away with Murder, Making a Murderer, Jessica Jones, dabbled in Hemlock Grove, and currently trying to get up to speed with the latest season of Bates Motel.

Having watched my fair share or TV shows that I could possibly watch with whatever spare time I have within the month, I am quite pleased with the experience so far.

How I watch Netflix.

As you know, you can watch Netflix almost anywhere on almost any smart devices that are connected to the internet. Computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, smart TVs. You choose. For me, I use the Netflix app for the PS4 and watch all my Netflix shows on TV in my room using the PS4. For the living room, I use Google Chromecast to Google Cast my shows I select from my smartphone to the big TV. I don’t watch shows on my tablet, computer or smartphone.

How is the streaming quality like?

It’s actually pretty good. Probably because I am on a fiber broadband connection, so streaming full HD streams (up to two simultaneous and I have tested on numerous occasions) is no sweat. Upon initial buffering (which doesn’t take more than 5 seconds), you do see somewhat degraded picture quality, but it quickly upgrades to full HD quality once the connection is stable (usually within a minute). Throughout the 30 days I have used Netflix, I did not experience any slow loads, intermittent interruptions, downtime, or degraded picture quality while watching. The reliability of the streams is as good as watching TV off the cable network or terrestrial satellite TV. There are several instances where I just totally forgot that I am watching TV shows on Netflix. And with no ads, it’s just heavenly and makes binge watching all the more sweeter.

And I love the fact that it continues streaming the next episode once the previous one rolls its end credits. And I also love the fact that it keeps track on where you left off, so that you can continue without a hitch at a later time. Closed captioning is godsend but you can switch it off if it is too distracting.

Essentially, everything about Netflix in terms of account creation, UI navigation and streaming are flawless.

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An example of what the Netflix main page looks like.

How are the TV and movie offerings like? 

They are somewhat lacking in my opinion. There is very little to no local TV and movie content offerings at the moment. Movies are somewhat old and limited, although there are some good classics available in the library. TV offerings are a little better (in terms of quality, not quantity). The Netflix Originals series are available which a number of them are actually pretty darn good, like Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Narcos. Other notable shows available include Breaking Bad, Penny Dreadful, Bates Motel and some other older shows like Suits, Under the Dome and Spartacus.

Essentially there is nothing to rave about in terms of TV and movie offerings, but there are some good ones worth binging.

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I am in the middle of watching Bates Motel. Loving every episode.

I am still hopeful that they will continue to improve their content offering in the near future. Netflix has invested heavily in the more original productions that would make viewers of all demographics happy and will continue to do so in the near future. In fact, the entire season of Daredevil season two will be out on March 18. That at least gives me a reason to maintain my subscription for the time being. And I haven’t really touched any of the movie offerings which I will do so when I have no TV shows left to binge on.

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Things to do during the holiday.

I know I shouldn’t be writing this list down yet, especially when the exams havent even started yet. But this semester is really a bummer and I just couldnt wait for the holidays to begin. With that being said, I have started to come up with a list of things that I would like to do during the holiday.

Continue reading Things to do during the holiday.

Loving my Ipod Touch Redux

Ive said this so many times now, but im gonna say it once more. I love my ipod touch. It has given me the opportunity to catch up on my favourite anime series, tv series and movies that i so desperately wanted to watch. Not only that, the portability of the ipod touch gives me the opportunity to watch it anyway, anytime. In camp, after office hours, id lean back comfortably on my bed, watching the latest episode of Heroes, or Naruto, enjoying every moment of it.

This past month alone, ive watched numerous episodes and movies like Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, Across the Universe, City of Ember, 21, House Bunny, Bolt. Im sure there will be lots more to come and dont even make me start on Tv series. Im watching Heroes and plan to include The Tudors, Supernaturals, The Office, True Blood. Maybe if i have the time and patience, ill restart watching Lost from the very begining and maybe catch up on Gossip Girls and many more.

Naruto, Bleach and tons of animes ill be watching in the future. Ipod touch has given me a whole new avenue in entertainment and its truly worth the 500 bucks that i plunged into in the purchase.

2008!

Okie, i know some of you must be ranting at me for not updating my blog for so long. This is not the first time that i went on hiatus either. As always i have to find my urge and inspiration to write. If not, ill just put this blog at the back of my mind.

Let me just give a general update on what’s happening.

My BMT is over. It was a wonderful experience. Many highs and lows during my 3 month training, but looking back, im starting to miss my platoon mates and life in BMT. It was tough and regimental, but even with those annoyances, life was pretty simple back then. After P.O.P., i had a 2 week break before getting my posting to my new unit, but during that time it was fun and relaxation… a well deserved one.

I did quite a number of things. Watched lots of movies, like The Golden Compass, Stardust, I Am Legend and many more. I finally finished my Raymond E Feist’s Novel, Prince of the Blood. It was merely ok. I had to go trudge through 3 quarters of the book before there was any real action in the plot. Even so, after completing the book, it was somehow kinda lacklustre.

I also got a new computer! Yes, after about a week of crash course on whats the hottest computer parts out on the market, i decided to get a totally brand new PC. Of course i must thank my buddy, Alex who is an expert in this field and provided me with a wealth of information on whats the “in thing” about PCs. Without him, i would surely have made alot of wrong choices in choosing my mainboard, graphics card etc. Thank you sooo much! I feel that my PC is really worth it.

So here are the specs. For SGD1300, i got:

MSI K9a2 CF, phenom processor ready and crossfire supported motherboard.

AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 4400

2GB Ram

Powercolor ATI HD3850 (256mb) Graphics Card

250GB Hard disk

Black Casing with 600W psu

LG 19 inch widescreen LCD TV

I used my old:

BenQ DVD drive

2 Harddisk, 80GB and 160 GB

Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS

Its looks sweet and im enjoying it. Though its not top of the line gaming pcs, but with the mobo that can support up to 2 graphics card, and phenom quad core processor ready, this mobo has ample room for future upgrades. I can inset an additional graphics card, ramp up more ram or go quad core in the future. This really extends my invest on the pc in the long run. Furthermore, the mobo has received rave reviews regarding its performance to price ratio, making it the cheapest mobo to have crossfire and phenom processor support.

Now i get to play all the games that i have missed as well as upcoming games such as Dragon Age, Assasins’s Creed, World in Conflict, Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, Neverwinter Nights 2, The Witcher, and many many more.

There was one thing that i regretted though. I should have bought the computer earlier. If not for the posting notification, i would have bought it immediately after finishing BMT. But now it doesnt make much of a difference anyway. Im getting used to staying in camp during the weekdays and booking out on the weekends. And my vocation isnt that bad either. I am now undergoing a course at Sembawang Camp as a Transport Supervisor. Its a 5 month course and it seems that it would be a good experience for me to go through it. As an added bonus, the camp is so close to my house! Without revealing any more details, let us just say that im blessed to be in that camp. So far ive been in there for about a week and things have been going smoothly. That im grateful, truly. For the first time in a while, i actually looked forward to a brand new day while serving NS and its not a bad thing after all.

Now, after putting a bomb in my wallet and literally blown to shreds after buying my new rig, i have to work hard towards my rank. I really need to rebuild my coffers, 1 cent at a time to get back to a safe financial level as before. Im running dangerously low on funds right now.