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post #151 of 176
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Originally Posted by Aliens View Post

There it is.

Guarantee me BD quality and consistency in every respect @3.0 (for me), then no problem.

I start losing it when satellite starts to break up, so I know ANY breakup while I'm streaming is a health concern. smile.gif
If I had 3 mb/s download speed(I'm assuming DSL?) I wouldn't even bother with streaming video services either, you probably get 3-4 times that speed on your cell phone, but who can afford to pay the data usage rates?

Speaking of paying high rate Internet service, I bet this schmuck can.
post #152 of 176
Looks like I might be giving House of Cards S2 a try this weekend after all,

Breaking: Netflix and Comcast have reached a peering agreement
post #153 of 176
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Yes, in fact I'm basically just waiting to see what Comcast does with implementing their usage caps, if I don't like them I'm going to give Sonic a try. I'll be giving up 2/3rds of my download speed(6000' from DSLAM, I might get 15 mb/s if I'm lucky) but Sonic is an OC partner so at least Netflix should work very well as your experience shows.

Sonic was born right here in Santa Rosa and is still based here, I signed up for their service when they first opened up, transaction was made with Dane himself, had it for years until Comcast came along. I just wish they had decided to deploy their fiber product here, I would have left Comcast the minute it was lit up. Dane Jasper is probably the most progressive telecom executive in the country.

I agree. Sonic is leaps and bounds ahead of other ISP's when it comes to customer service, privacy, etc etc etc. I'm 3800 copper feet from the CO so Fusion just rocks for me. I too wish their fiber option would make it down here as well.
post #154 of 176
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Originally Posted by Otto Pylot View Post

I agree. Sonic is leaps and bounds ahead of other ISP's when it comes to customer service, privacy, etc etc etc. I'm 3800 copper feet from the CO so Fusion just rocks for me. I too wish their fiber option would make it down here as well.
What sort of speeds are you getting?
post #155 of 176
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

What sort of speeds are you getting?

16 - 18 MBps on a 20Mbps line. Afternoons are closer to 18Mbps, prime time is around 16Mbps but never lower.
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post #157 of 176
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

If I had 3 mb/s download speed(I'm assuming DSL?) I wouldn't even bother with streaming video services either, you probably get 3-4 times that speed on your cell phone, but who can afford to pay the data usage rates?

I watched all of Battlestar Galactica on Netflix at 1.5mbps (don't ask). It was watchable, but by no means ideal. I'm currently at 12mbps and paying way to much for it. Just finished season 2, and anxious for season 3!
post #158 of 176
^^^^ just curious but what are you paying and to whom?
post #159 of 176
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Originally Posted by Otto Pylot View Post

^^^^ just curious but what are you paying and to whom?



Is California the only state they have a cap on bandwidth? they better not try it bring it to NY smile.gif.
post #160 of 176
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Originally Posted by booga24 View Post

Is California the only state they have a cap on bandwidth? they better not try it bring it to NY smile.gif.
Comcast currently is not capping bandwidth in any California system I'm aware of. They are running trials in several different locations around the country and bandwidth caps are definitely coming back(used to be 250GB until they suspended them to do the study/trial), I would expect them to be back in place by the end of this year though.

Sonic doesn't cap bandwidth, can't speak about other ISPs in the state, I do believe AT&T U-verse has a cap but it's variable amount depending on speed.
post #161 of 176
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Originally Posted by Otto Pylot View Post

^^^^ just curious but what are you paying and to whom?

I am with AT&T Uverse. My bill was just raised to $55/mo (tax/etc included) for 12 mbps. For some reason, the bandwidth tracking page does not work, so I have no way of checking what my monthly usage is, but I'm sure it's way over 250 GB.

I do not have Uverse TV on my package.
post #162 of 176
^^^^ interesting. Thanks.
post #163 of 176
I found the 2.0:1 aspect ratio to be interesting. I wonder if the Univisium movement has any chance of gaining widespread adoption. After doing a bit of research (well, just that Wikipedia entry, really), it sounds like it might've been a nice compromise when film was still in widespread use, but these days, I think 16:9 and 2.39:1 are here to stay.
post #164 of 176
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Originally Posted by machpost View Post

I found the 2.0:1 aspect ratio to be interesting. I wonder if the Univisium movement has any chance of gaining widespread adoption. After doing a bit of research (well, just that Wikipedia entry, really), it sounds like it might've been a nice compromise when film was still in widespread use, but these days, I think 16:9 and 2.39:1 are here to stay.

I think the director should be free to utilize whatever AR they wish, and not be limited to 1.77:1, 2.40:1, or even 1.33:1.

Really, any ratio should be available, as long as the projector can handle it, and with masking that's really whatever you like.
post #165 of 176
I'm gonna miss this show so much when it's over. More to the point, how is Netflix going to top this?
post #166 of 176
I just finished S2 and while I completely enjoyed it, I enjoyed S1 more. S2 was more about the storyline while S1 was more about the people. And the storyline in S2 was a bit of the stretch as far as believability goes. The character development is still very good, but they rushed us through a crazy turn of events.
post #167 of 176
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Originally Posted by dminches View Post

I just finished S2 and while I completely enjoyed it, I enjoyed S1 more. S2 was more about the storyline while S1 was more about the people. And the storyline in S2 was a bit of the stretch as far as believability goes. The character development is still very good, but they rushed us through a crazy turn of events.
Agree. And to add-- my mistake was watching the complete British version while waiting for season 2 to start. Big mistake. The British version is great- on many levels- but I recommend, if you haven't yet seen the BV, waiting for the American version to run its course.
post #168 of 176
I recommend the opposite: watch the BBC version immediately, because it's must-watch television and also superior to the American remake.
post #169 of 176
I read the Wiki synopsis of the British version after watching the 2nd season of the US version, and I'm glad I waited. I would have been spoiled on a few things otherwise. Yes, of course the situations are different, but things are just barely close enough that it would have ruined a few of the surprises.
post #170 of 176
I look at it the other way: the American version is a knockoff, so I wouldn't want it to spoil the plot twists in the original. wink.gif

I will give the American writers credit for not having any blatant filler episodes in the second season, though, which wasn't the case with the first.
post #171 of 176
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

I recommend the opposite: watch the BBC version immediately, because it's must-watch television and also superior to the American remake.
I would hold judgement, until this series runs its course, before I declare a winner. But I strongly recommend watching one at a time. I certainly would be enjoying the "American" version so much more if I didn't get wrapped up in the BV. But to add to your unfair poll, as of now, I think the AV is far superior. The production value, directing, definitely the cinematography and editing is superior. Acting and writing is a toss up at this point.
post #172 of 176
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Originally Posted by tighr View Post

I read the Wiki synopsis of the British version after watching the 2nd season of the US version, and I'm glad I waited. I would have been spoiled on a few things otherwise. Yes, of course the situations are different, but things are just barely close enough that it would have ruined a few of the surprises.

Other than a couple deaths here and there, I haven't found anything surprising. In fact, it has been downright predictable. I still like the series because the acting is great. The storyline may be the weakest part.
post #173 of 176
Ok. I've been out of the loop for awhile but are you saying that House of Cards is not a Netflix original but a remake of a British original series (which it seems a lot of ours are)?
post #174 of 176
That's correct. The original BBC series was a satire of British politics in the 90s based on a book by Michael Dobbs (who is part of the staff on the American remake). The BBC series stars Ian Richardson, whose multifaceted protrayal of Francis Urquhart puts Kevin Spacey's one-dimensional portrayal of Francis Underwood to shame. That's not to say the remake is bad, as it's far better than most of what you can find on TV, but it in no way surpasses the original, either.
post #175 of 176
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Originally Posted by Otto Pylot View Post

Ok. I've been out of the loop for awhile but are you saying that House of Cards is not a Netflix original but a remake of a British original series (which it seems a lot of ours are)?

Technically, it is both. It is a Netflix Original, and it is also a remake of a British series (which is also available on Netflix, but did not originally appear there in the 90's, of course.)

The term "Netflix Original Series" is a production credit. It means Netflix produced this content, and also happen to be distributing the content. This version of House of Cards did not appear anywhere else before appearing on Netflix, and currently is only available on Netflix.
post #176 of 176
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Originally Posted by Cal1981 View Post

Just finished watching the last 5 episodes last night. No spoilers from me but this is one of the best shows that I have ever seen, rivaling some of the best offerings form HBO, Showtime, etc. Once you get get beyond Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, the acting ensemble is outstanding down to the smallest role. I'm already impatient for Season 3.

I finally made time over the last 3 days to do a Season 2 binge watch .. and I'd agree that it rivals most of what NF competitors are doing production / writing and acting wise ..

It's almost like a "Game of Thrones" set in the modern day .. well, I guess it IS a "Game of Thrones" set in the modern day ..

I'm still on the fence as far as which season I liked more, 1 or 2 ..

With Frank having few if any, friends left, Season 3 should be quite a ride .. but a long, long wait .. eek.gif
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