Saturday, October 29, 2016

Streaming Video Power Rankings: Week 31

Streaming still takes a back seat to the World Series at Cultureshark Tower, but I understand that many of you feel otherwise. So the rankings continue!

1) Hulu: I caught a few more new fall TV shows this week, and other services' ads are so obnoxious that they almost make Hulu's commercial load look tame by comparison.

2) Netflix: It's telling that even in a slow week, Netflix adds something like season 3 of The Fall, something I'm sure will please a lot of viewers. Elsewhere, the good news is that I am discovering some good things to watch this week. The bad news is it's because they are expiring next week and I HAVE to watch them now.

3) YouTube: It was a thrill to realize that At Ease, the short-lived military sitcom Mike and I talk about in this week's Battle of the Network Shows, was on YouTube. Actually watching it...not so much a thrill. Let's also give credit to YT for having The Return of Bruno so that Mike could sit through that one.

4) TuneIn:  Comes back strong this week as I explore more of the available channels. Unfortunately, the computer version of Deep Oldies didn't work so smoothly this week. However, listening to 80s music made me aware of a cover version of "Help!" Bananarama did for Comic Relief in 1989.

5) Pub-D-Hub: A new episode of Rocky King is enough to warrant a top 5 spot, but the Hub also gave us such classic "cautionary films" as "Halloween Safety," "Alcohol Is Dynamite," and "The Gossip."

6) Shout! Factory TV: If you're into more modern--say, last 30/40 years--horror, Shout! is a fine destination this Halloween.

7) FOTV: From FilmOn TV. Much like Pluto TV in that it aggregates all kinds of various streams. In this case, the programming consists of tons of public domain and cheapo content, but there is a lot of it, so if you're in the mood to just  channel surf for this sort of thing, this might be one of your favorite new Roku channels.

8) Watch TCM: Has had iconic horror movies like The Wolf Man, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man this holiday season.

9) Epix: Hey, did you know Epix now has original ongoing series? Yep, and one of them has Nick Nolte as the former President of the United States! I don't know if the current shows are any good, but I give Epix credit for trying.

10) Warner Archive Instant: Looks like after the relaunch they hyped, the people running this channel went right back to the same old, same old--some cool old TV shows combined with a disappointing lack of movie updates. I still rate it 10 because it added Cain's Hundred, which I would love to see.

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