Geek Stuff, Shows

Pirates will Rise: Netflix Blocking VPNs

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We were all warned, Netflix is going to crack down on subscribers who use VPNs to connect to the U.S. Content. Friends have mentioned it to me, more than one person has already freaked out because they have officially been blocked, and about ten minutes ago, as I tried to put on an episode of Bob’s Burgers to wind down, I got the message from the devil,”You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again. For more help, visit netflix.com/proxy.” Sigh. If I must admit defeat then so be it. I know some people who have now not only canceled their subscriptions to whatever VPN service they were using, but also they have canceled their Netflix accounts. While I think it sucks that I won’t be able to access Gilmore Girls reruns or Bob’s Burgers episodes, Netflix Germany offers enough content to keep me as a customer. I think I am the minority on this issue though.

Piracy will Become a (bigger) Problem

I am not naive, I know that piracy is a huge problem. I know people download shit by the millions all over the world. I do think that many users around the world were happyย with using VPNs to hop from one country’s content to the next, which lowered their illegal downloading of movies and shows. When I first moved to Germany, it was the only way I could access Netflix, and let me tell you it made me quite ecstatic to know that I could watch my favorite shows without the HORRIBLE German overdubbing. Most people were recently just escaping their country’s dismal Netflix libraries and hopping to the massive one from the U.S. Those are the people that will probably revert back to illegal downloading.

I understand that Netflix had to buckle under the pressure from studios and probably a shitload of lawyers, but I also think that license and copyright holders for these shows and movies are shooting themselves in the foot right now. They are going to find that the numbers for piracy forย their shows and movies areย probably going to make a bit of a jump now.

Will Netflix be able to get Global rights for content?

That is the big question that people are asking. Will they be able to get past this VPN mess, and get global rights for shows and movies? Will every Netflix user around the world have the same content eventually? All of us geeks are hoping that the answer will eventually be a yes, but Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer at Netflix has said that it looks like a difficult road they’re on for this challenge. We can only sit back and hope it happens down the road.

I for one, will stick with Netflix here in Germany. It carries enough stuff to keep me, especially all of those wonderful Marvel shows. I will not become a pirate, but I do not speak for everyone. Pirates WILL rise…

Doctor Who, Shows

Doctor Who Review – The Magician’s Apprentice

Kicking off Season 9 of Doctor Who
Kicking off Season 9 of Doctor Who

SPOILERS AHEAD!!! I REPEAT…SPOILERS AHEAD!!! STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PREMIERE OF SEASON (SERIES) 9!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

I meant to write this up earlier, but I had some work to finish, and decided I could quickly type this up before diving into my school work. Here we go…

For a while now I have been in love with the imagination and creativity that is behind Doctor Who. I think it is absolutely amazing, that is until last season (season 8). I think Peter Capaldi is a wonderful actor, I just don’t think he’s good as the Doctor. Get mad and kick rocks at me all you’d like, but that is where I stand. I also find Clara to be the most boring and unexciting companion that has ever been on this show. Her personality is about as flat as weeks old soda bottle on the floor of your car. She offers nothing to the story line and last season, while I slowly caught up with the episodes I found myself day dreaming of a new companion and a new doctor.

Enter Season 9 of Doctor Who

The Magician’s Apprentice started off with a bang. Almost literally. The field of hands? Yea that was creepy. Then you have a little boy in trouble, and we know how the Doctor loves to help children, but this little boy is different. When he is asked his name, he says Davros. – record scratch –

That’s right. Davros, the creator of the Daleks.I am a little fuzzy on the specifics here because well let’s face it, Doctor Who has a lot of specifics that span generations, and although I love this show, I am not a Doctor Who encyclopedia. Stop shaking your head and rolling your eyes, some of us have jobs and other Fandoms to worry about too. ๐Ÿ˜›

The episode also brings back Missy, and I enjoyed a bit of the dynamic between her and Clara, but for me, Missy MADE the episode. She is charismatic, and just one of those women who does not give two shits about anything…ever. While she makes the perfect “villain” I enjoyed seeing her from a slightly different light as well.

Missy made the episode and the fact that the Doctor came strolling into a medieval ax fight with a giant tank and a guitar. My little metal heart can dig it. Missy and Clara get “exterminated” but as much as I want to see one out of those two go, I don’t quite think it’s their time.

This episode in my opinion was better than ALL of the episodes from last season combined. Still there’s something missing from Doctor Who at the moment that was never missing before. I don’t know if it is the quirky element of the Doctor’s personality that seems to be hiding somewhere, or what but something is a little less magical these days for me.

Still I will keep up with the season, even if its for the only reason of seeing Clara disappear(it has been officially announced that this is Clara’s last hoorah), and having some fresh new blood step in. I have higher hopes for this season than I originally thought. ย Next episode is the second part to the premiere, and I will cross my fingers that it only goes up from here.

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This episode gets 4 out of 5 Metal Horns

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