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News Roundup for 3/1/2017

YouTube Cable Service? – YouTube TV

(Via The Verge)

Well, not cable, but it includes cable networks.

When I first saw the headline, “YouTube launches its own streaming TV service” I didn’t think much of it. Then I read on a little bit. $35 gets you the four major networks, (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC), and 35 cable channels. – That caught my attention.

The price includes 6 accounts, similar to how Netflix has profiles.

Evidently there are going to be some gaps in channel availability due to various broadcasting agreements not being in place, but it’s progress. It also sounds like the programming will be available on demand, no worrying about watching at a particular time. Hmmmm….

Check the service out here.

Xbox Game Pass – Library of games available to play

(via Gamespot and xbox.com)

Scheduled to launch in Spring of 2017, it’s going to be similar to a Netflix Streaming subscription in so far as you can play whatever games are available on the service, all you can eat, with new game being added and removed monthly. Right now it’s expected to be $9.99 / month.

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I would go for it, unless possibly it included the Live subscription as well. The FAQ on the Xbox site says that you don’t need a Xbox Live membership to subscribe to the service, but not playing online removes a lot of the fun of games.

In my house, we buy a game, and go nuts playing it until we get tired of it. With Xbox live Gold membership, we get 2 games a month, and we don’t even play most of those. Unless it’s a title that we desperately want, we wait for sales to buy games.

I’m sure that this will be a popular service though, just not for me.

Amazon’s S3 service has problems Tuesday – Chaos ensues

(via CNET and personal experience)

The amount of chaos that ensued I’m sure varied from person to person and company to company. I noticed it when Amazon Music Unlimited stopped working. Of course, the ironic part of this is that the web site Is it Down right now? runs on Amazon’s S3 service, and of course was down as well.

I can’t blame Amazon, I can count the number of outages I’ve experienced from them on one hand, but this still outlines the issues with sending your infrastructure to the cloud. As a community member in this thread mentioned, ” I prefer a crew of Amazon or Google engineers working on a solution to my outage rather than me”. I don’t necessarily echo the sentiment, I would still be clicking refresh over and over, but I can see his point.

Bedtime Stories for Cynics is absolutely Checking Out

I mentioned in an earlier post that  Amazon added Audible Channels as a Prime Membership Benefit, and as soon as I signed up, I started exploring the channels. Sure, there are a lot of podcasts in the channels, but I really wanted to explore the Audible Originals.

I immediately found a gem, it’s Bedtime Stories for Cynics, Presented by Nick Offerman.

When I see or hear Nick Offerman, I can’t help but picture his Nick-Offermancharacter on Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson, and his voice and style in Bedtime Stories for Cynics matches perfectly. I love the lines near the end of the introduction “If our language offends you, then you are a child. Congratulations, you have your whole life ahead of you, don’t F**** it up.”

The first story is “Todd the Dragon Slayer”, read by Lewis Black. I don’t know who was in charge of picking out who does the reading, but Lewis Black was perfect. After listening to the story, I realized that it would probably be a good idea for me to see if he’s ready anything else. I hope he comes back for more.

Of course, you can tell that I highly suggest checking it out. To locate it, start the Audible app on your device, then open the menu, and choose Channels > Browse All Channels (you may have to select the “Featured” Tab to see Browse all channels) > Audible Originals, and you should see a banner for “Bedtime Stories for Cynics”.

New Prime Membership Benefit: Audible Channels (and some Audiobooks)

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then your membership just became a little more valuable. Amazon prime now includes free access to Audible channels, which includes Original Audible Series, curated playlists, and a rotating list of about 50 books.

I am one of those poor slobs who has a work commute, in my case it’s up to 40 minutes a day each direction, and long ago I started using the time to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, but I’ve never taken the plunge and signed up for an audible subscription.

I am, however, a long time prime member, and I’ll have to say, I see this as a huge plus. I’m always looking for more great content to make the commute go faster.

Audible channels were rolled out in July, and are available to non-prime subscribers for $4.95 a month, or free to audible members.

It isn’t obvious how often the list of 50 books will get rotated, I would guess once a month. Of course, I’m also interested to find out if they have any mechanism to let listeners know that a book will no longer be available after some date, I would hate to start listening to a book and have it made unavailable half way through.

To access the benefit you’ll need the mobile Audible App, which you can get from your friendly neighborhood app store.

Hopefully the ColdFire Trilogy will be available soon 😉

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