‘Mobility, it is, Luke’

DishTv Adds Mobility w/Sling

Mobile + Stand Alone = The Future?

DishTv Adds Mobility w/Sling

DishTV’s  announced the start up Sling TV for $20.  A big selling point is the addition of ESPN & mobility.
“Why?”
Mobile, silly, and it’s the Millennials.  Time after time I hear them (the Millennials) say, they do not own TVs.
The missing segment from TV ratings? Males 18-24.
“Why?”
They are on the PC.  Or, for those who watch such events, Sports Bars provide them with the opportunity to see their teams in action on a big screen, which most cannot afford. Now with the blooming “standalone” industry, that segment will be able to hit ESPN 24/4 on their mobile devices for the latest.
HBO, a big time draw for in-home, has joined the standalone parade. Cinemax, an HBO company, already features a lot of extra content on Max-Go. The rebranded Sci-Fi channel (SyFy) has extra content for mobile. I am may wrong, but, I believe many of the Premium (movie) channels have the extra content feature geared toward mobile.CinemaxGoSpeaking of content. Sci-Fi now called the SyFy (stupid moniker i-m-o) just ran a promo for all the new series. Along with Helix, they’ve added 12 Monkeys as a series. Yes, it’s the old 1995 Bruce Willis/Brad Pitt movie made into a series. I’ve forgotten the other new offerings, but, it looks like action/adventure paradise.

Mobility Overwhelms the Rest?

Mobile is coming. Again, in my opinion, the drivers are the providers themselves. Verizon and AT&T have everything to gain from a legion of Millennials using their mobile devices to view more and more content. The two questions I have are:

  1. “Can the Millennials afford it?”

  2. “Who has the bandwidth?”

There will always be those who say, ‘we can find it.’ Agreed productivity has never faltered because we could not find bandwidth. But, everything has a limit. The cost of moving from the current infrastructure to a new system will be astronomical. Hint- the population base of people who can afford expensive mobile is not exploding as fast as the segment who need inexpensive food.

Last question

“Who wins the war between food and mobile?”

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Radio66+ Back on TuneIn

Radio66+ On TuneIn

Radio66+ On TuneIn

TuneIn Radio Back on 64k aac+

The transition from the old automation to a new IceCast2 server set up has found its way onto TuneIn Radio. So once again, you are able to listen on the mobile with TuneIn Radio. My wife went to TuneIn, typed in “Radio66” search and the station came up. You may need to add the + sign or just choose Radio66 and then it appears with the logo as Radio66+.

Let us know if you have trouble getting the station. Here is a link from TuneIn.

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Last Man in Jericho

Last Man Standing

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The Film With a Pedigree

One happening across Last Man Standing on a movie channel would believe that it was just a period Bruce Willis venue for violence and blood. My youngest son pointed out the relationship of the Texas gang feud with a famous fiction writer of the 30’s– Dashiell Hammett. If one has any knowledge of crime fiction then his name should ring bells regarding such names as Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles. Spade ties to the Maltese Falcon and the Charles’s, the book and t.v. series The Thin Man. But, Last Man Standing was drawn from a work renown on its own- Red Dawn. Which according to some Red Dawn may have inspired Kirosawa’s Yojimbo and possibly Sergio Leone’s A Fist Full of Dollars.

One would believe a movie with that much history would be one to remember. Sadly, the talent of Willis, Bruce Dern, and Christopher Walken working in a set seemingly carved out of the wasteland of the Texas border never mattered to the public. One might chalk up the 20 plus .45 caliber magazines Willis uses to kill most of the remaining gangsters as an excessive violently turn off. And, like most over done gangster movies, Last Man Standing did little to justify the excessive gunfire. Other than point out that the director must have known something about the kill rate of a semi automatic weapon and the number of rounds needed to accomplish such. As an astute watcher I counted the number of magazines Willis used in the bloody finality. Of course, on a second viewing of that sequence, which was preceded by said gangster, John Smith, I counted as he loaded the magazines in preparation for the shoot out.

Would I suggest you fork out the $20 you must fork out to view the movie in a theater with your favorite gangster movie sidekick? Not even. I do not suggest one watch the movie for the violence involved. But, as a study in history, there might be something worth exploring. The crime fiction writers of the Post Depression era are very lightly regarded these days. But, if one examines the characters in this one movie, they might find the shallowness of the characters an escape from the harshness of life in that period of our history. And, the hopelessness of anyone who must face life penetrated by gangsters of that era.

Bruce Willis has a few memorable roles. One might be as the Jackal. John Smith could be added as one role which fit his on screen persona in the same way, Clint Eastwood appeared as “the man with no name” in Sergio Leone’s triology.

Somewhere out there is a Hall of Fame for really bad men with a need for being heroic. In Last Man Standing, Willis punched his ticket for a bust in that hall.

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IceCast2 for Radio66+

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icecastradiologo After months of procrastinating, the new remote server has made it to Radio66+. Primarily, it was a cost savings to change servers. In the process, the ability to tighten the sound was made possible with the switch.

We hope you enjoy the new sound on IceCast2. The listeners from Shoutcast may be lost, but, hopefully, they will find their way back to us.

You will notice the buttons below and to the left of “It’s All About Radio.” Those will take you to the 64k aac+. Soon I hope to have a player on the site for listening

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