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post #3931 of 3946 Old 08-09-2015, 10:15 PM
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Whatever happened to Utopia? Did they forget to turn it on?
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Not sure, and now the HBO version is cancelled.

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Whatever happened to Utopia? Did they forget to turn it on?
I believe they replaced it with this version:



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Utopia was added today. Problem is that is an Australian comedy "Dreamland" that apparently also went by the title "Utopia." Maybe someone at Netflix got confused. Go to YouTube and do a search for Utopia. Both seasons are there. Apparently the HBO police haven't noticed or have no jurisdiction. The 2 disc BD you can find for sale of season one will play on some US BD players. It is no region but still has PAL files for source. They didn't do a season 2 BD because the first one didn't sell that well. There are DVDs of both seasons and if you have an all region DVD player you can play those. But the cinematography and color grading used in season one is spectacular so a BD is a must.
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Go to YouTube and do a search for Utopia. Both seasons are there. Apparently the HBO police haven't noticed or have no jurisdiction.
Brian .. I've noticed that quite a bit of network content and CATV material appears on YouTube at various times .. what's the story on that .. ?? People just uploading for the heck of it .. ??

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Brian .. I've noticed that quite a bit of network content and CATV material appears on YouTube at various times .. what's the story on that .. ?? People just uploading for the heck of it .. ??
The way the DMCA works you need to issue a takedown notice and you need to be the property owner to do that. Seems that FOX has a regular squad that does that. HBO on some things. You'll find more FOX show listings that show up on YouTube with a DMCA notification on it that it's been pulled or a list on the bottom of a Google search as to what listings were omitted due to DMCA claims.

It is likely HBO only got derivative rights and not rights to the original Channel 4 property as the DVDs and BD are still being sold. HBO could have had a version out a year after acquiring it but they went for some high concept on a series that probably didn't need it.

With "Humans" we see US versions aren't always necessary. I think Utopia on either Netflix or Hulu would have worked well. Hulu showed the original version of "The Bridge" and accidentally showed season 2 for a few days before the US season two ran last year.
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Cake .. not your typical Jennifer Aniston vehicle, I enjoyed it ..
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The Widowmaker .. good doc on cardiac care .. I have heart issues, so it appealed to me..
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I finished Sense8 last night and gave it 5 stars. There's a lot of info as to why things were happening in the last two episodes.
The first time I tried to watch this I just couldn't get into it. It felt slow and discombobulated. The second time, however, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and ended up binge watching the whole thing in two days. I can't wait for the next season. They also just released a documentary of the cast members on the set.
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Yesterday I watched all of Terra Nova (2011), Season 1 (only season), all 13 episodes, which steamed mostly at 1080p. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this show as much as I did, rating it 4 stars on Netflix, and apparently my rating is typical because the average of 1,160,317 ratings is 4.1 stars. The show stops streaming September 11 (26 days from when I post this message). Those with a Netflix disc plan can also rent the 4 DVDs. (Earlier today I temporarily added the 4 DVDs to my queue and all four discs showed as available, no waits.)

IMDB synopsis: Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Typical of many shows, the first episode is heavily loaded with the setup, in this case, the Shannon family in the future with the circumstances that lead them to want to jump into the past, and apparently the crevice in time leads to a specific time of a parallel earth in the past. The second episode seems overly weighted to the family adapting to the past, and starting the third episode the show is on its regular fitting, mostly taking place in and around the settlement known as Terra Nova, and some action in the colony of the Sixers or in the future.

I'm a bit surprised that the episodes tended to be 41 or 42 minutes long, which is why it took a bit over 9 hours to watch the whole season.

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I'm a bit surprised that the episodes tended to be 41 or 42 minutes long, which is why it took a bit over 9 hours to watch the whole season.

Pretty much standard for US TV scripted drama series.

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Pretty much standard for US TV scripted drama series.
When I rented the Star Trek (The Original Series) (1966-1969) discs, episode runtimes were 53 minutes. The episodes of the last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) ran 45 minutes. And now Terra Nova (2011) episodes are 41 or 42 minutes long. So this is the new normal for an hour show?

For TV, I have the DVR record almost every show I watch and I FF past most of the commercials. If I start playing a show a quarter the way into the airing of the show (e.g., start watching the 2-hour America's Got Talent 30 minutes after it starts airing) and FF past the commercials, usually I'll finish viewing the show pretty close to when the broadcast finishes, which is why I thought advertising was still only 25% of the time slot, but maybe I'm being mislead by the time it takes to FF. (I have been time shifting with VCRs before Comcast went all digital, but it became much easier when Comcast dropped the analog channels and I started renting the HD DVR, so I have a long history of FF past commercials.)

At least with Netflix streams and discs there aren't commercials during the feature that need to be skipped, and no commercials overlaying the feature and usually no network logo testing the burn-in susceptibility of the TV.

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There's more and more ad content added as time goes on. This surprises you? Broadcast television is worth at least as much as we pay for it. You admit that you don't even pay the price that the broadcasters ask since you skip watching the ads (as do I ).

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You admit that you don't even pay the price that the broadcasters ask since you skip watching the ads (as do I ).
And me, and millions upon millions of viewers through out the land.

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Spike Lee's "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" is an excellent quirky dark comedy with some great cinematography and music. Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot") has a major role in the film too.
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"1992" is a real gem of a TV series. It's in Italian with subtitles. It is an excellent dramatization of events and characters in 1992 Italy and the corruption that ensued. It has a great cast and beautiful cinematography. 5 stars from me. Too bad American TV can't seem to rise this high.

When I first tried to watch it on my Sony BD player the subtitles were out of sync and some just flashed briefly on the screen (good work Sony). However using my Shield Console they are perfectly displayed.
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Netflix isn't renewing their Epix contract so some titles are going away:

http://blog.netflix.com/2015/08/why-...le-movies.html

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