Streaming Guide May 19 – May 25

via What’s New In Streaming For The Next Seven Days — DeciderTV

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Rachel Lindsay: Lawyer, Bachelorette, angel, possibly nicest person in the world.

It’s a good week in streaming for: Twin Peaks fans, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fans, fans of Laura Dern (in both shows) and Daveed Diggs (in Kimmy Schmidt). It’s a bad week in streaming for… anyone who hoped that they’d find a decent batch of boys for Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. There are some good boys in there: I like Anthony, Blake K, Mohit, and I think Michael was okay until he revealed that he follows a paleo diet.

I saw the first six episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and they’re great. I mostly agree with the review over at the A.V. Club; I think a B+ is about right grade-wise. The show is still at its best when it’s dealing with Kimmy’s post-traumatic stress from being in the bunker, and there wasn’t a lot of that in the first six episodes. Laura Dern and Daveed Diggs are both perfect. Important note: I watched most of it with a patchy internet connection, which definitely hampers the viewing experience, but I enjoyed it. I laughed at the silliest joke. I’m planning on writing a review when I’ve seen the whole season.

I’m also really excited that the final season of Avatar: The Last Airbender drops on Stan tomorrow, as well as the first two episodes of The Legend of Korra. I’ve been keeping an eye out for them for a while, so I’m looking forward to watching. Right now however, I have a Twin Peaks rewatch to complete (I still haven’t gotten any further than I was when I wrote the guide. Still on episode 2.)

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A television fan’s guide to Netflix Australia, Part One

If you are in Australia and have just gotten Netflix (not the US one through a proxy), congratulations! You have a lot of media at your fingertips, which makes it impossible to know what to watch first, second or even third. So with this in mind, I’m writing a guide to the things that are currently on Netflix Australia (as of April 11, 2015 for anyone counting). What I’m putting in this list are a number of US television shows that I’ve actually seen some or most of, and I’ll definitely write about some British and Australian shows as well. House of Cards is not on this list because I saw the first season and the first two episodes of the second season, and I didn’t like it that much. Things that are on my Queue that I haven’t had a chance to watch yet are Marvel’s Daredevil, Bloodline (I’m not sure whether I want to watch this one), Arrow and Vikings. I’m also planning on starting Spartacus fairly soon. On with the shows!

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Television Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 1

Yesterday I wrote about how I watched ten episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in one sitting, and consequently got slightly depressed and felt guilty for wasting my time. I don’t feel guilty if I’m watching just one or two episodes of television in one sitting, just when it gets upward of three hours. This had nothing to do with my enjoyment of the programme, which is relatively high. A show can be bingeable without being good – thankfully Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was both. Unlike the rest of the Netflix original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was developed for NBC for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and when NBC decided to shift their brand towards drama, the screening/broadcast/streaming rights were sold to Netflix. I’m so glad that Netflix picked up a second season of this show, because it came together really well, and I absolutely love that theme song. I’m actually surprised I didn’t wake up singing it, because I went to bed singing it last night.

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Netflix has launched!

Australians have been waiting a long time for Netflix, such that some people have Netflix US accounts. As Netflix launches in Australia and New Zealand today, I suspect there will be some disappointment. Global Netflix subscribers are used to having a vast library at their fingertips, and that just isn’t available yet in Australia. This morning on my way to work (I catch the train) I downloaded the Netflix app onto my phone and added things to my queue. I have a Netflix queue now, it’s great. Still, the library isn’t what it could be.

I’m happy to see that Netflix haven’t pulled their original series from the lineup, I’m excited to see both Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline. I also added Vikings, Lost and Shameless to my queue. With the addition of Orange Is the New Black (for when the new season is released), that’s a grand total of six television shows. A lot of the things I would watch are things I already own. Also, there’s some crossover with Stan with Doctor Who, Spartacus, Freaks and Geeks and Luther, as well as a number of Australian programmes. Things that I know are available on Netflix US but aren’t currently available for streaming in Australia include:

  • Buffy and Angel
  • The X-Files
  • Shaun Ryan’s little known one-season-wonder, Terriers
  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock

This is an observation, not a complaint. I have no idea how streaming licensing works (Presto and Stan both have streaming rights to The Good Wife, so there’s crossover there as well), but I can understand it as a strategy. Why launch everything when you can parse it out? It also makes sense to give as much exposure as possible to their original series – even though Netflix don’t release their subscriber numbers, they want to brag about how many people are watching House of Cards as opposed to The Big Bang Theory. It’s a little frustrating, but I’m currently on a 30 day free trial, so it’s all good.

One thing that Netflix does have over Stan is its media player. I’ve had issues with Stan stopping to buffer in the middle of a programme, sometimes as frequently as every 30 seconds. I have issues with the wifi at my house (it doesn’t get along very well with my laptop), so I just reset the connection and hope I can get through the rest of my show. And sometimes I can, but other times I end up having to restart the computer. So I tested out the Netflix player (I watched the first episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I loved it!), and it let me know how the buffering was going – it was always ahead of where I was watching, and I never had to pause it to keep up with the buffering or reset my connection. So if there’s something that’s on both Netflix and Stan, I’m going to watch it on Netflix, no hesitation there.

I’m sure the library will keep building, so I’m not too worried. One thing I was really happy to see was the ‘Independent’ heading for films, so I’m finally going to get to see The Spectacular Now.