My impressions of the first fall 2011 TV show Pilots

I have to say I enjoyed my first night of Fall 2011 US TV lineup Pilots; I only downloaded a few shows tonight that were new for the fall season and watched them with eager eyes.

First up was ‘Up all night‘ starring Will Arnett and Christina Applegate about a young couple experiencing for the first time in their lives…. Parenthood.
Throw in those 2 stars, Maya Rudolph and a baby and you have a recipe for a very successful sitcom if not for the masses then millions of first time parents like myself and my wife.
This show will do well (I hope so… what else are we going to watch to make us feel good about our parenting skills?)

Up all night

Then came the irresistable Zooey Deschanel in her new sitcom ‘New Girlwhere she plays Jessica a awkward newly single girl who moves into an apartment advertised on craigslist by 3 guys; Nick, Schmidt & Coach played by Jake M. JohnsonMax Greenfield & Damon Wayans Jr. although sadly they replaced Wayans Jr and his Character coach and replace him with Winston played by Lamorne Morris which is sad because I miss seeing Damon Wayons on tv and if Jr is filmed in the right angle you might just mistake him for his dad.

New Girl
Finally ‘Free Agents’ starring Hank Azaria as Alex a newly divorced father who works for a corporate PR firm with Kathryn Hahn who plays Helen a woman who’s Fiance died a year earlier and she is not any where near over the death which makes her perfect for Alex who is clearly not over his divorce.
Lots of Tears (and thats just Alex) and tons of Laughs, I liked this pilot and think its going to be a great show.

Free Agents


I have quite a few more shows in my download que  over the next week and a bit; quite excited for a few of these shows but the anticipation has been building over the last few months for one show in particular….. Terra Nova

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Usenet Vs Torrents

I have been getting a lot of requests to create a page comparing Bit-torrent with Usenet so today I created such a page.

You can view this page here





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What TV did I watch this week?

Just for fun I thought I would put this list out there of all the TV shows that I watched for the week; unfortunately most of these shows are sooon ending for the season BUT that also comes with a positive note; All the new shows coming to take their place.

These Shows are not in any particular order.



Captain Jack Harkness is a man from the 51st century trapped in the past, finding himself drawn into alien conspiracies as he works for Torchwood. Torchwood is a top secret British government agency whose job it is to investigate alien goings on in the world, and to act as mankind’s best interest and last hope for defence, if needed.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who (2005)

The Doctor looks and seems human. He’s handsome, witty, and could be mistaken for just another man in the street. But the Doctor is a Time Lord: a 900 year old alien with 2 hearts, part of a gifted civilization who mastered time travel. The Doctor saves planets for a living – more of a hobby actually, and he’s very, very good at it. He’s saved us from alien menaces and evil from before time began – but just who is he?

Burn Notice


Burn Notice

Covert intelligence operative Michael Westen has been punched, kicked, choked and shot. Now he’s being burned, and someone’s going to pay! When Michael receives a “burn notice”, blacklisting him from the intelligence community and compromising his very identity, he must track down a faceless nemesis without getting himself killed in the process. Meanwhile, Michael is forced to double as a private investigator on the dangerous streets of Miami in order to survive. Fully loaded with sly humor, Burn Notice is a fresh spin on the spy genre with plenty of precarious twists to keep you guessing and enough explosive action to keep you riveted!



This show follows Matt Passmore as Jim, a Chicago cop who gets kicked off the force after being shot and wrongfully accused by his ex-captain of having an affair with his wife. After receiving his payout, Jim decides to moves to a small Florida town to join the state police.


True Blood

True Blood

The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid living in Louisiana who can read people’s minds, and how her life is turned upside down when the Vampire Bill, walks into her place of employment two years after vampires ‘came out of the coffin’ on national television.


The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report

Tune in to The Colbert Report, as Stephen Colbert, from The Daily Show gives his own take on the issues of the day, and more importantly, to tell you why everyone else’s take is just plain wrong. The series is a variety/news show revolving around Colbert’s TV persona, a parody of opinionated cable news personalities like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Joe Scarborough. In addition to its satirical mock-conservative analysis of current news topics, the show features interviews and often a musical guest. The series airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 pm EST and re-airs several times a day.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Forget trying to keep pace with 24 hour news networks- the best fake news show in the world will provide you with all the news you can handle. The Daily Show is a comedic view of recent news headlines and political figures through a series of satirical monologues by Jon Stewart along with segments by “correspondents” and finally interviews with guest celebrities and political figures. Craig Kilborn (SportsCenter) was the original host until the fourth season when Jon Stewart (The Jon Stewart Show) came in to take over after Kilborn left for CBS.


When shrewd and confident FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker arrives in the small town of Haven she soon finds herself caught up with the return of The Troubles, a plague of supernatural afflictions that occurred in the town at least once before. If that was not enough to draw her in, she also finds a link that may lead her to the mother she has never known.

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

After saving the life of an international diplomat in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S. Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the U.S. Government has collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve some of the missing objects and investigate reports of new ones.



The sleepy Pacific Northwest town of Eureka is hiding a mysterious secret. The government has been relocating the world’s geniuses and their families to this rustic town for years where innovation and chaos have lived hand in hand. U.S. Marshal Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) stumbles upon this odd town after wrecking his car and becoming stranded there. When the denizens of the town unleash an unknown scientific creation, Carter jumps in to try to restore order and consequently learns of one of the country’s best kept secrets.



Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely team, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn) investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able or willing to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.

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Skynet is here, New Zealands 3 Strikes law is in effect

Starting from today if you live in New Zealand and download any copyright infringing material via p2p methods you could receive a notice from your ISP; receive 3 of those and your internet gets cut off and you could be fined $15,000.

If you wish to continue downloading without fear of being caught I suggest you take a look around this site;  I have created easy to follow instructions so you can download till your hearts content without getting any notices from your ISP.

Whether is it hiding your IP address so you can continue downloading torrents, changing the way you download TV or watching US TV in New Zealand on Hulu and more; I have listed it all.

You should start by Comparing downloading techniques so that you can see which method of secure downloading is right for you.

Please remember that just because the New Zealand Government has been manipulated by American Media corporations doesnt mean you have to  suffer.

Go NZ.

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Apple kills iTunes television episode rentals amid Hulu acquisition

Apple has removed TV rentals from the iTunes Store amind a week of disappearing acts for the company. But this time it points to a possible addition the form of rival Hulu. The unexplained move, conducted on a Friday evening which typically suggests that a company is looking for as little publicity for the move as possible, sees the iTunes Store revert back strictly to its original TV show incarnation, in which it sold individual episodes for $1.99 (along with since added HD versions for $2.99). Rentals had been ninety-nine cents per episode. The move comes as iTunes television rival Hulu has run out of financial gas and it seeking a buyer. While Apple has been mentioned among possible acquirers, so have most of Apple’s direct and indirect competitors.

Hulu’s business model, in which it streams TV episodes for free with ads interspersed, has largely come to an end. Many episodes stream with nothing but public service announcements embedded, as advertisers have increasingly exited the platform even as viewers continue to turn to the site as a source of free online legal television. Apple’s implementation has been to sell and rent TV episodes through its iTunes software for Mac, PC, and iPad, and while profitable it hasn’t been overwhelmingly popular. Apple’s motivation for acquiring the financially failed Hulu could be less about the traffic currently on and more about the deals which Hulu currently has with the various television networks and studios, and it could explain why Apple just yanked its TV rentals.

Even as Apple saved the music industry from its own internet tone-deafness, it carved out a highly powerful role within the industry which the record labels are none too fond of. Movie and television studio execs were cautious when Apple wanted to add video content to the iTunes Store, and so even as they gradually licensed most of their content to Apple, they also created Hulu as a straw-man competitor (much in the same manner the record labels tried too late to prop up middling AmazonMP3 as an iTunes music foil). As such, Hulu was given overly generous deals with the networks and studios, as they controlled Hulu anyway. But now that Hulu is dying and needs a buyer, Apple could step in and scoop it up – and acquire those favorable contracts in the process…

Please read the rest over @ Beatweek

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Concerns over new New Zealand 3 Strikes law

Imagine that the new season of your favourite television show has just started screening in the United States but you know it will be at least a year – maybe more – until it screens in New Zealand. If at all.

You have a few choices: Wait patiently until one of the New Zealand networks deigns to air the show here or spend cash to buy or rent the DVD, if available.

Or you can head online, find a website that lets you illegally download the program; then watch it.

That’s what many New Zealand television and movie fans do. They illegally download HBO’s fantastic new series Game of Thrones or the new seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm. It’s estimated that 10,000 copyrighted items are downloaded in New Zealand every day.

But come Thursday, things suddenly change and new laws passed in April means owners of copyrighted material can come down harder on offenders.

The new legislation is called the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 and it amends the Copyright Act 1994 to provide owners of copyrighted works such as movies, TV shows and music an easier way to penalise people found downloading copyrighted material using online file-sharing services such as Gnutella, BitTorrent, FrostWire, LimeWire and Vuze.

Those programs use what is called a peer-to-peer (P2P) network – two or more computers connected together, sharing resources, without going through a central server computer.

The act, branded the “three-strikes law” by many commentators, works like this: If you’re suspected of downloading copyrighted material from a peer-to-peer site, you’ll get an notice from your internet service provider (ISP) that you have been detected downloading copyrighted material. If you continue to download illegally, the next notice you’ll receive from your ISP will be a warning notice –stop downloading copyrighted material or else! The third notice is the enforcement notice. It allows the copyright owner to take you to the Copyright Tribunal. If found guilty, you could be fined as little as $275 or up to $15,000, payable to the copyright owner. You can challenge any notice at any time.

Although the act doesn’t come into force until Thursday, copyright owners started monitoring under the act on August 11.

The Ministry of Economic Development says the law doesn’t apply to direct downloads, video/music streaming websites such as YouTube or online file lockers.

“What this means is that watching videos on YouTube or via blinkx, streaming music from Grooveshark, and downloading from online file lockers like MediaFire and 4shared will not be subject to the changes,” said InternetNZ’s chief executive Vikram Kumar.

But where things get murky is that it’s the person – or company – that owns the internet connection that is liable for any infringement, not the downloader.

Paul Brislen, chief executive of the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (Tuanz), said while the act is enforceable, it was a “complete waste of time and money” that supported an antiquated business model.

“This is about an old business model that does not work today. The old model was that if I had a physical film to distribute worldwide I’d stagger the rollout from country to country. But now distribution is through file transfer.

“All the hype about the film has already come to New Zealand through marketing but the company says, `We’ll release the movie in six months time’.

“People here say, ‘Stuff you. I’ll get it offline for free’.”

Read the rest of this article over @ Stuff 

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Apple drops TV show rentals in favor of purchasing and iCloud downloads

When the second generation Apple TV was released last year, one of the primary draws was that it allowed you to rent and stream TV shows for .99c per-episode directly from the box itself. That ability, along with the ability to do so in iTunes itself has been quietly removed the from Apple TV and iTunes, reports All Things D.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said that “iTunes customers have shown they overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows. iTunes in the Cloud lets customers download and watch their past TV purchases from their iOS devices, Apple TV, Mac or PC allowing them to enjoy their programming whenever and however they choose.”

The general consensus as to why Apple chose to drop TV show rentals is that they were just never all that popular. Although Fox and ABC signed on to offer shows through the service, many other major players never chimed in. this meant that selections were relatively limited. The pay-to-rent model has proven to be very popular with movies, but not so much with TV programming, which typically holds less single-serving value in the eyes of consumers.

Now, with the advent of iCloud and the ability to purchase a show or movie once and download it everywhere, the necessity of having a large streaming component is lower than ever. Although you can currently only re-download shows from iCloud, it seems inevitable that you will be able to stream video and audio content from the service eventually.

This would effectively make every purchase available for streaming on any of your devices from Mac to iPhone and iPad.

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