Beth Schultz

With Analytics, I'm Cozying Up With Downton Abbey

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Lyndon_Henry
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Lyndon_Henry   12/28/2012 10:15:48 AM
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CallMeBob writes


 I actually actually watch a lot of PBS programs (Masterpiece, Nova, Frontline) on my iPad. I'm a fan of all the Mystery programs like Sherlock, Wallender, Inspector Lewis, and Foyle's War. I usually try to watch on their regularly scheduled broadcasts but being able to watch online at my convenience (time and location) makes me a big and loyal fan.


 

We are basically addicted to the same programs, but require the splendor of a larger screen (30" HD CRT, pygmy and outmoded by today's mega-LCD or mega-plasma standards).  In the past I have viewed stuff online by necessity — we had to watch an episode of House that way — but it required huddling around a relatively puny PC monitor.

To sate our insatiable appetite for the Downton saga, we have a helpful pipeline into the original UK broadcasts, through modern technology enhanced via Analytics and Big Data, so we're well into Season 3 already.  No spoilers from me!

 

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kq4ym   12/28/2012 7:04:44 AM
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I've had a problem with NPR websites for a long time. It just seems they have so much information there, but no easy way to find what you're looking for. Using Google seems, so far. to be the best way to drill down to where you really want to go. If Google can find stuff so quickly, why can't NPR show me the way even quicker?

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SethBreedlove   12/6/2012 8:25:02 PM
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Blockbuster?  The idea that you actually have to go somewhere to rent a movie sounds so foreign to me now. 

I admit that all these media channels ruined me.  The DVR was the deathblow.  No longer did I have to choose between shows, I could watch them all. Hence, my slide into oblivion.  

I find it interesting that I see shows and movies circle all the channels, usually not available in more than a couple places at one time.

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BethSchultz   12/5/2012 4:40:03 PM
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@callmebob, likewise here. 

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Callmebob   12/5/2012 4:26:36 PM
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@Beth - Ergo, the Blockbuster in my downtown is just an empty shell waiting for the next brick and mortar to give it a go.

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BethSchultz   12/5/2012 4:12:51 PM
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@callmebob, way back when, as a young journalist, I had the opportunity to visit Sprint headquarters for a visit (I was writing about public network services at the time). I interviewed all sorts of other people who had really interesting ideas to share about how the power of the telephone network would change our world -- one of which was that carriers would one day be delivering so much bandwidth into homes, and carrying voice AND data, that I'd ultimately be able to get any video I wanted on demand. ON DEMAND!!!!! Holy smokes, I remember thinking. And here we are, a mere -- well, lots of years -- later and voila! We're still working on getting it just right, but you've got to love the flexibility video streaming of TV programs allows.

 

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Callmebob   12/5/2012 4:04:34 PM
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Beth - The British Sherlock makes the the US TV version look like kindergarten and it adheres to the spirit of Doyle's Sherlock and other characters.

And what did us TV watchers do before streaming video? We wore out our remotes channel surfing.

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BethSchultz   12/5/2012 3:51:38 PM
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@callmebob --no spoilers please! 

Next up after Downton Abbey will be Sherlock. I've been roped into that by my daughters, who love all things British ever since British boy band One Direction arrived on the scene. (Dr. Who is another of their favorites.) They swear Sherlock is worlds better than Elementary, the US version we're currently also working our way through on Netflix. I've only caught one episode of Sherlock -- the first one, I suppose, where Watson meets Sherlock and moves into his flat with him. Quite clever.

What did us TV watchers do before the days of streaming video!

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Callmebob   12/5/2012 2:02:25 PM
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Beth, I'm Downton Abbeyed out from watching my wife overdose on the Crawley family and the hoi polloi. That being said, I'm anxious to watch Violet (Maggie Smith) get into a catfight with Lady Grantham's mother (Shirley MacLaine) in the upcoming season. I'm putting my money on Shirley --- Lord Grantham needs financial backing to manage Downton Abbey and Shirley being one of those upstart Americans with earned money has them over a barrel.

But back to your question about watching TV online. I actually actually watch a lot of PBS programs (Masterpiece, Nova, Frontline) on my iPad. I'm a fan of all the Mystery programs like Sherlock, Wallender, Inspector Lewis, and Foyle's War. I usually try to watch on their regularly scheduled broadcasts but being able to watch online at my convenience (time and location) makes me a big and loyal fan. Also, I like checking out the Daily News and Colbert since I'm usually occupied when their shows are on.

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