A New Tool for Cordcutters: The Library

We all know the feeling after ditching cable: there’s something you want to watch, so you google around to see which of the myriad of apps and streaming sites it’s on; Netflix, Hulu, Amazon? Maybe a one-off site like Syfy or Comedy Central? What do you do if it’s not on any of them, or one you aren’t subscribed to?

Check your local library.

I don’t know why it took us so long to realize that in addition to reserving books and audiobooks for free, they have a whole selection of DVDs and Bluerays just waiting to be checked out. At ours, they even transfer it from another library and keep it on hold for $0.25.

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We’ve started getting into it. Here’s $1.50 worth of library holds – compare that to Red Box…

Many of them also have apps like OverDrive and/or online catalogues where you can check what they have, place a hold, and even download an audiobook on the go. While you’re there check out one of the recent books that have been adapted into shows and read the original before streaming it (everyone loves hearing about how much better the book was).

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The selection is pretty good too.

It’s a file transfer

A DVD is 4.7 gigs, 9.4 for a double-sided disc, so if you take 20 minutes to go pick it up from the library, you’ve just effectively transferred 9,400 megabytes in 1,200 seconds, or 7.8 Mbps, per DVD. Pick up 6 and you’ve just transferred at 47 Mbps without using any of your data cap (not to mention if you pick up some groceries on the way) – a “sneakernet” that’s faster than many people’s net.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.
–Andrew Tanenbaum, 1981

All you need is a library card. Your local taxes are probably paying for it already, so you might as well use it. There’s a reason library use is on the rise among millennials – maybe it’s time to get in on the trend.

[No Spoilers] Tonight is the night to use free HBO trial

Everyone is talking Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, but if you haven’t started yet, tonight is the perfect night to get your free trial started and binge:

Game of Thrones - Season 7
Game of Thrones – Season 7 free with 7 day free trial

Not only can you get caught up, but you can do it before most of the spoilers start dominating Twitter and Facebook. Just click the banner above (it includes our partner link, but it’s a free trial so it doesn’t cost anything), and avoid anywhere where there might be spoilers online until you finish – especially social media. Happy binging!

Verizon (and other ISPs) Admit They are Throttling Netflix Connection Speeds

As, #Cordcutters there’s a bit of a Catch-22 in that we free ourselves of expensive and corrupt Cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast, but we replace it with online viewing run by companies like… Time Warner’s “Spectrum” and Comcast’s “Xfinity”. Now even the non-cable ISP giants are getting in on the corruption action:

Verizon admits to throttling Netflix in apparent violation of net neutrality [US] from netflix

It’s no wonder, since Trump’s pick to head the FCC, Ajit Pai, the person whose job it is to oversee Net Neutrality violations is a former Verizon lawyer and wants to do away with Net Neutrality altogether. Interestingly, the main argument for scrapping Neutrality is that it’s a “non issue”; that ISPs won’t throttle data from sites like Netflix that compete with their own services. Well Mr. Pai, what do you have to say about your former employers at Verizon now?

What’s a streamer to do?

There’s not much you can to do stop your ISP from throttling data. First, make sure you try to make your voice be heard about Net Neutrality by writing your representatives. Second, if you want to keep the net free, make sure you remember that it’s an important issue and research your candidates’ positions before you vote. Third, we have been using a VPN for over a year now and are very happy with it – if all your traffic goes through a VPN server, then your ISP doesn’t know where the packets are coming from, including Netflix traffic. There have definitely been times where Netflix has been slow for us, we turn on the VPN, and it speeds right up. Hiding your traffic from your ISP and anyone else who might be snooping on you is only going to become more important over time.

If you are interested, check out our 15% off coupon for StrongVPN. You don’t have to use the one we suggest, but it has been working for us nicely and you should find one that works for you before Pai makes Netflix unusable.

Above: an establishment overseer whispers sweet nothings to his yes-man

Update 7/22: Here’s some more video evidence. Definitely watch it to see how to turn some throttling off on your phone!

After watching, we found the option in AT&T wireless to turn off their on-by-default data throttling “stream saver”:

July 12th is Day of Action for Net Neutrality

As a Cordcutter, you probably know about Net Neutrality – the government regulation that forces ISPs to treat all internet traffic the same without making certain sites slower, or charging for “internet fast lanes”. The current administration in the US has put Ajit V. Pai in charge of the FCC, and he has vowed to get rid of Net Neutrality for his lobbyists at AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

We defeated SOPA, we defeated PIPA, and now we have to defeat the FCC reclassification that would allow internet fast lanes once again. Here’s TotalBiscuit for more: 

So go to https://www.battleforthenet.com and write your representatives. They often say no one is reaching out to them and that it must not be an important issue, but it is! Cordcuttingworld stands with internet freedom, please do your part and take a minute to write your representatives.


Free Indoor Antenna with 4K TCL Roku TV Purchase for Cut the Cord Day

There’s a pretty good deal on a 4K Roku Smart-TV with a free indoor antenna during the week of the 4th of July. They’re offering a free Winegard FlatWave Micro Indoor Antenna when you buy an S-Series 4K TCL Roku TV on Amazon from July 1-9. Use the code CUTTHECORD on Amazon with both of them in your cart and the Antenna becomes free:

  1. Choose an S-Series 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

    Click the link to the left and select from 43″, 49″, 55″ (#1 in New Releases), or 65″ and add it to your  Amazon cart.

    Note: Partner links to the left used with permission and let them know we sent you. Thanks.

  2. Add the FlatWave Micro Indoor Antenna to your cart

    Make sure the “Flatwave Micro” option is selected – don’t worry about the price for now, it will be free after you apply the code.

    To see antenna coverage in your area check out: http://www.winegard.com/select/window.php


  3. Click “Proceed to Checkout” and apply the Promo Code to make the antenna free: CUTTHECORD

    Note: Promo Code only available from July 1st – July 9th, 2017.

We were actually looking at Smart-TVs on Amazon, and it looks like we have very good antenna coverage in our area, so a free antenna might just be enough to buy it. And happy Independance Day to all our American readers.

If you do have or get a 4K TV, a little trick we learned recently is to search Netflix for “4K” and it lists all the 4K shows/movies available to you (they recently removed the “4K” category on the main page).

Thanks to TCL and WineGard for letting us know about this deal and celebrating cordcutting!

22 Best Animation and Family Movies on Amazon Prime and Netflix

There are a surprising number of good Animation and Family movies available right now on Amazon Prime and Netflix. Since a lot of people have both (Prime for shipping, Netflix for watching), here are the best movies currently available ordered by their average review score from RT, Metacritic, IMDB, and Letterboxd. The Amazon/Netflix icon and the poster images link to stream each movie.

  1. AmazonSong of the Sea (2014) PG – 88
    Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.

    Song of the Sea boasts narrative depth commensurate with its visual beauty, adding up to an animated saga overflowing with family-friendly riches.

  2. The Iron Giant PosterThe Iron Giant (1999) PG – 86
    A boy makes friend with a robot from outer space, but the army are not happy with a robot in the city.

    The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.

  3. Kubo and the Two Strings posterKubo and the Two Strings (2016) PG – 86
    A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

    Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing — and bravely melancholy — story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.

  4. Zootopia posterZootopia (2016) PG – 86
    In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

    The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that’s as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation — all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.

  5. AmazonShaun the Sheep Movie posterShaun the Sheep Movie (2015) PG – 82
    When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

    Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman’s family-friendly crown.

  6. finding dory posterFinding Dory (2016) PG – 81
    The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

    Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor’s classic story.

  7. hugo posterHugo (2011) PG – 81
    Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

    Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids’ movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.

  8. paddington posterPaddington (2014) PG – 80
    A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

    Paddington brings a beloved children’s character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star.

  9. coraline posterCoraline (2009) PG – 79
    An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

    With its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman’s imaginative story, Coraline is a film that’s both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining.

  10. Amazontown called panic posterA Town Called Panic (2009) Not Rated – 78
    Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house.

    Imagine a world not unlike Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python animations mixed with a dash of Robot Chicken, The Mighty Boosh and finish with the wonder of the mind of a child at its most innocent imaginative play and you are close to the beauty that is ‘A Town Called Panic’.

  11. chicken run posterChicken Run (2000) G – 77
    When a bird “flies” into a chicken farm, the fellow chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.

    Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.

  12. kung fu panda posterKung Fu Panda (2008) PG – 77
    In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.

    Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.

  13. corpse bride posterCorpse Bride (2005) PG – 77
    When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

    As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.

  14. babe posterBabe (1995) G – 76
    Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

    The rare family-friendly feature with a heart as big as its special effects budget, Babe offers timeless entertainment for viewers of all ages.

  15. tarzan posterTarzan (1999) G – 76
    A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

    Disney’s Tarzan takes the well-known story to a new level with spirited animation, a brisk pace, and some thrilling action set-pieces.

  16. Amazonstardust posterStardust (2007) PG-13 – 75
    In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

    A faithful interpretation that captures the spirit of whimsy, action, and off-kilter humor of Neil Gaiman, Stardust juggles multiple genres and tones to create a fantastical experience.

  17. anastasia posterAnastasia (1997) G – 72
    The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

    Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.

  18. prince of egypt posterThe Prince of Egypt (1998) PG – 72
    An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and, later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

    The Prince of Egypt’s stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it’s better crafted than it is emotionally involving.

  19. dolphin tale posterDolphin Tale (2011) PG – 71
    A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

    Wisely dialing down the schmaltz, Dolphin Tale is earnest, sweet, and well-told, a rare family film that both kids and parents can enjoy.

  20. happy feet posterHappy Feet (2006) PG – 69
    Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

    Visually dazzling, with a thoughtful storyline and catchy musical numbers, Happy Feet marks a successful animated debut from the makers of Babe.

  21. antz posterAntz (1998) PG – 68
    A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.

    Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.

  22. Amazonspiderwick chronicles posterThe Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) PG – 66
    Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

    The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children’s adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.

White House Correspondents Dinner – Where to Watch

It’s going to be a Correspondents Dinner of a different sort this year, as Trump isn’t going, and everyone involved has vowed not to pull any punches.

Don’t let the statement that the president is busy at a rally fool you: he said he’s not going long before the rally was planned. The truth is, he’s not very good at being roasted – watch him sit stone-faced and incredibly cringey at Obama’s Correspondents Dinner in 2011:

Where to watch it?

The 2017 Correspondents Dinner will be live-streamed on CSPAN’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVRQ9Dlh6X8

It’s also on WaPo’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/videos/10155050625992293

The Not White House Correspondents Dinner #NotTheWHCD will be live-streamed on Samantha Bee’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/i/live/850430976572260352

They’re all starting right now! (Saturday, 4/29/2017)

25 Paranormal Y.A./Teen Romance Adaptations Available to Stream

You might note that some of these are varying levels of “Paranormal” or “Romance”, but if you’re looking to scratch that Twilight itch, here’s what’s streaming.

Note: The shows/movies are ordered by Metacritic review scores out of 100, shown on the left. Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix logos link to stream it – Amazon logos are free to stream with Amazon Prime unless it’s noted with “(Not Available Free)” – then it’s not free on any of the 3.Paranormal Teen Romance Available to Stream screen

New School:

79 – Being Human (UK) (2008-2013)  –  (image)
Amazon74 avg. (64/63/82/81/71/78/65/87) – Harry Potter (2001-2011) (Not Available Free)
Amazon66 – Stardust (2007)
62 – Sky High (2005)
Amazon61 – Teen Wolf TV Show (2011-)
60 – Being Human (US) (2011-2014)
60 – The Magicians (2015-) (Season 1 on Netflix, Season 2 for a limited time on SyFy)
Amazon59 – Warm Bodies (2013) (Not Available Free)
59 – Bitten (2014-)
Amazon52 – Beautiful Creatures (2013) (Not Available Free)
52 – The Originals (2013-)
52 – The Shannara Chronicles (2016-)
Amazon51 avg. (56/44/58/45/52) – Twilight (2008-2012) (Only Twilight is on Netflix, the rest cost money on Amazon)
50 – Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)
50 – Witches of East End (2013-2014)
45 – Hemlock Grove (2013-2015)
huluAmazon36 – I Am Number Four (2011) (Only on Hulu with Showtime addon, or with Amazon Channels addon)
Amazon33 – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) (Not Available Free)
30 – Vampire Academy (2014)

Old school (90’s):

hulu80 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
75 – Angel (1999-2004)
71 – The Crow (1994)
Amazonhulu65 – Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003)
63 (IMDB) – The Craft (1996)
Amazon63 – The Lost Boys (1987) (Not Available Free)

What’s Coming to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu & HBO – April 2017 by Review Scores

The first number is the score out of 10 on IMDB (scores over 80 are green and over 70 are light green). ‘NA’ is for Not Available or not released yet, and for TV shows it’s usually the score for whole series. We put a ‘*’ by a few choices we personally like. Enjoy!

Top 15 April 1st Releases (with links)

8.9 (Netflix) Schindler’s List
8.6 (Hulu) The Usual Suspects -1995
8.5 (Hulu) Pony Express -1953
8.3 (HBO) Unforgiven
8.2 (HBO) The Deer Hunter
8.1 (Amazon) There Will Be Blood
8.0 (Hulu) Dancer -2016 (65 on Metacritic)
8.0 (Hulu) JFK -1991
8.0 (HBO) Slumdog Millionaire
7.9 (Hulu) Almost Famous -2000
7.8 (Hulu) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off -1986
7.8 (Hulu) Serpico -1973 (87 on Metacritic)
7.7 (Hulu) The Warriors -1979
7.7 (HBO) Breaking Away
7.6 (Amazon) Chaplin

Full List

April 1

5.5 (Netflix) A Weekend with the Family
7.5 (Netflix) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) *
7.4 (Netflix) Across the Universe
6.9 (Netflix) An American Tail
6.5 (Netflix) An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
6.2 (Netflix) An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster
7.1 (Netflix) Boy Bye
NA (Netflix) Born To Be Free
6.9 (Netflix) Cool Runnings
7.2 (Netflix) Good Witch, season 2
7.2 (Netflix) Gremlins *
6.3 (Netflix) Only for One Night
6.6 (Netflix) Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’
4.9 (Netflix) Scooby-Doo
8.9 (Netflix) Schindler’s List
6.7 (Netflix) Something’s Gotta Give
6.3 (Netflix) Thunderstruck
7.2 (Netflix) Wynonna Earp, season 1
6.8 (Netflix) Trouble with the Curve
7.0 (Netflix) Tropic Thunder
5.7 (Netflix) The Tenth Man

7.9 (Amazon) Almost Famous
7.6 (Amazon) Chaplin
5.9 (Amazon) Days of Thunder
7.6 Amazon) Eddie Murphy Raw
7.3 (Amazon) Election
6.3 (Amazon) Ella Enchanted
6.6 (Amazon) Kiss the Girls
6.2 (Amazon) Mulholland Falls
7.5 (Amazon) Robocop *
5.7 (Amazon) Robocop 2
6.8 (Amazon) Saturday Night Fever
7.5 (Amazon) Searching for Bobby Fischer *
4.9 (Amazon) Sliver
6.8 (Amazon) The Ghost and the Darkness
8.1 (Amazon) There Will Be Blood
7.0 (Amazon) Tommy Boy
6.8 (Amazon) What If

5.2 (Hulu) A Horse Tale (2015)
7.0 (Hulu) Affliction (1998)
5.0 (Hulu) Agent Cody Banks (2003)
7.9 (Hulu) Almost Famous (2000)
4.6 (Hulu) Ben Collins: Stunt Driver (2015)
6.2 (Hulu) The Big Empty (2003)
2.9(Hulu) Bigfoot Country (2012)
5.8 (Hulu) The Burrowers (2009)
5.6 (Hulu) Cadillac Man (1990)
5.3 (Hulu) Call Me (1988)
4.2 (Hulu) Casual Encounters (2016)
7.6 (Hulu) Chaplin (1993)
7.5 (Hulu) Chosen (2016)
8.0 (Hulu) Dancer (2016)
5.9 (Hulu) Days of Thunder (1990)
7.6(Hulu) Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)
7.3 (Hulu) Election (1999)
6.3 (Hulu) Federal Hill (1994)
7.0 (Hulu) Felicia’s Journey (1999)
7.8 (Hulu) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
5.8 (Hulu) Fifteen and Pregnant (1997)
4.0 (Hulu) Fight to the Finish (2016)
6.6 Hulu) Flyboys (2006)
6.3 (Hulu) Frankenstein (2004)
5.8 (Hulu) Gator (1976)
5.8 (Hulu) The Giant King (2012)
6.8 (Hulu) The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
5.7 (Hulu) Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
6.5 (Hulu) Happy Endings (2005)
5.4 (Hulu) Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (2010)
7.6 (Hulu) The Hours (2002)
6.2 (Hulu) I.Q. (1994)
6.4 (Hulu) In Old California (1942)
8.0 (Hulu) JFK (1991)
6.3 (Hulu) Kill Me Again (1989)
NA (Hulu) Kingdom of Blood (2016)
6.6 (Hulu) Kiss the Girls (1997)
5.6 (Hulu) The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972)
7.6 (Hulu) March of the Penguins (2005)
6.2 (Hulu) Mulholland Falls (1996)
4.5 (Hulu) NYC Underground (2013)
6.0 (Hulu) Original Sin (2001)
5.7 (Hulu) Out of the Inferno (2016)
7.1 (Hulu) Payback (1999)
6.7 (Hulu) The People vs. George Lucas (2011) *
8.5 (Hulu) Pony Express (1953)
6.6 (Hulu) The Puffy Chair (2007)
5.9 (Hulu) Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
5.8 (Hulu) Return of the Living Dead 4 (2006)
5.7 (Hulu) Return of the Living Dead 5 (2007)
6.5 (Hulu) Road Trip (2000)
7.5 (Hulu) Robocop (1987)
5.7 (Hulu) Robocop 2 (1990)
3.9 (Hulu) Robocop 3 (1992)
6.8 (Hulu) Saturday Night Fever (1977)
7.5 (Hulu) Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
7.8 (Hulu) Serpico (1973)
4.9 (Hulu) Sliver (1993)
6.1 (Hulu) The Switch (2010)
5.8 (Hulu) Tapeheads (1988)
7.4 (Hulu) Thelma & Louise (1991)
7.0 (Hulu) Tommy Boy (1995)
4.3 (Hulu) Trail of Blood (2013)
6.5 (Hulu) Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)
NA (Hulu) Under the Sea (2009)
8.6 (Hulu) The Usual Suspects (1995)
7.7 (Hulu) The Warriors (1979)
7.0 (Hulu) Wicker Park (2004)

5.5 (HBO) Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
6.4 (HBO) Be Kind, Rewind
7.7 (HBO) Breaking Away
7.3 (HBO) Cape Fear
5.8 (HBO) Criminal Activities
7.3 (HBO) Crimson Tide
6.1 (HBO) Dragon Blade
7.2 (HBO) Fast Times at Ridgemont High
4.8 (HBO) Herbie: Fully Loaded
6.6 (HBO) Hollywood Ending
6.0 (HBO) Kicks
7.4 (HBO) Last Man Standing
6.4 (HBO) Mamma Mia!
4.9 (HBO) Operation Dumbo Drop
7.0 (HBO) Play Misty for Me
6.4 (HBO) Rat Race
8.0 (HBO) Slumdog Millionaire
6.1 (HBO) Speed Racer
7.5 (HBO) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
6.9 (HBO) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
8.2 (HBO) The Deer Hunter
7.4 (HBO) The Simpsons Movie
5.3 (HBO) The Wild Life
8.3 (HBO) Unforgiven
6.2 (HBO) Urban Cowboy
NA (HBO) Y mañana Navidad (aka Merry Christmas)

April 2 – 14

5.0 (Netflix) The D Train
7.7 (Netflix) Chewing Gum, season 2
NA (Netflix) Louis C.K. 2017
6.4 (Netflix) Disney’s The BFG
7.8 (Netflix) El Faro De Las Orcas
6.1 (Netflix) Dawn of the Croods, season 3
8.5 (Netflix) The Get Down, part 2
7.2 (Netflix) Win It All
7.9 (Netflix) Kubo and the Two Strings *
8.1 (Netflix) Documentary Now!, season 2
5.7 (Netflix) Kevin Hart: What Now
7.0 (Netflix) DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, season 2
6.7 (Netflix) Chelsea, season 2
7.2 (Netflix) El Elegido
NA (Netflix) Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
NA (Netflix) Sandy Wexler

6.7 (Amazon) Hello, My Name Is Doris
5.6 (Amazon) The Last Exorcism
4.6 (Amazon) Precious Cargo
8.3 (Amazon) Tumble Leaf
NA (Amazon) American Playboy, season 1
5.9 (Amazon) Barbershop: The Next Cut
6.7 (Amazon) In a World
4.8 (Amazon) The Perfect Match

5.9 (Hulu) Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
3.4 (Hulu) Beyond the Edge (2016)
5.1 (Hulu) Camp Lakebottom: Complete Season 1
6.7 (Hulu) Hello, My Name Is Doris (2016)
6.7 (Hulu) In A World (2013)
8.1 (Hulu) Preacher: Complete Season 1
4.6 (Hulu) Precious Cargo (2016)
8.0 (Hulu) Short Term 12 (2013)
4.5 (Hulu) Swelter (2014)
6.8 (Hulu) The Babadook (2014)
5.6 (Hulu) The Last Exorcism (2010)
4.8 (Hulu) The Perfect Match (2016)

NA (HBO) Abortion: Stories Women Tell
6.9 (HBO) Saving My Tomorrow Part 5
NA (HBO) La cosa humana (aka Human Thing)
7.1 (HBO) War Dogs
7.5 (HBO) Search Party
8.3 (HBO) Psi, season 3 premiere
7.3 (HBO) La gunguna

April 15 – 21

6.9 (Netflix) Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
7.2 (Netflix) Slam
NA (Netflix) Lucas Brothers: On Drugs
7.7 (Netflix) A Plastic Ocean
NA (Netflix) Bill Nye Saves the World, season 1
NA (Netflix) Girlboss, season 1
NA (Netflix) Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, season 1
NA (Netflix) Sand Castle
8.4 (Netflix) Tales by Light, season 2
6.0 (Netflix) The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, season 4
8.5 (Netflix) The Prestige *
7.5 (Netflix) Tramps

6.4 (Hulu) Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)
5.6 (Hulu) Den Brother (2010)
NA (Hulu) DOT: Complete Season 1A
6.4 (Hulu) Johnny Tsunami (1999)
NA (Hulu) Election Day: Lens Across America (2016)
6.7 (Hulu) L.A. Story: Complete Season 2
8.4 (Hulu) My Hero Academia: Complete Season 1 (Dubbed)
5.9 (Hulu) Sid the Science Kid: Complete Seasons 1 and 2
6.6 (Hulu) Sid the Science Kid: The Movie
5.7 (Hulu) Stuck in the Suburbs (2004)
5.8 (Hulu) Teen Beach Movie (2013)
6.3 (Hulu) The Even Stevens Movie (2003)
6.4 (Hulu) Tiger Cruise (2004)
6.3 (Hulu) Warpath (1951)

April 22 – 30

8.6 (Netflix) The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass, seasons 1–3
6.6 (Netflix) The Secret Life of Pets
6.3 (Netflix) Liv and Maddie, season 4
5.9 (Netflix) Phantom
5.3 (Netflix) Long Nights Short Mornings
7.3 (Netflix) Queen of Katwe
7.1 (Netflix) The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared
NA (Netflix) Vir Das: Abroad Understanding
NA (Netflix) Real Rescues, seasons 6–7
7.0 (Netflix) Trust
NA (Netflix) Las Chicas del Cable, season 1
7.3 (Netflix) A Murder in the Park
7.8 (Netflix) Casting JonBenet
6.2 (Netflix) Dear White People, season 1
NA (Netflix) Rodney King
8.2 (Netflix) Small Crimes
7.1 (Netflix) Sofia the First, season 3

8.1 (Amazon) The Handmaiden
6.3 (Amazon) The Love Witch
7.4 (Amazon) Fortitude, season 2
6.1 (Amazon) American Pastoral
8.3 (Amazon) Bosch, season 3
6.8 (Amazon) Thirteen, season 1
6.9 (Amazon) Thunderbirds are Go!, season 3
7.0 (Amazon) American Honey
8.2 (Amazon) Catastrophe, season 3
8.1 (Amazon) Animal Kingdom, season 1

7.6 (Hulu) Top of the Lake: Complete Season 1
7.5 (Hulu) Wayward Pines: Complete Season 2
NA (Hulu) The Handmaid’s Tale (series premiere)
8.0 (Hulu) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Complete Season 4

6.3 (HBO) Suicide Squad (theatrical & extended versions)
8.0 (HBO) The Leftovers, season 3 premiere
8.2 (HBO) Veep, season 6 premiere
6.9 (HBO) Indignation
NA (HBO) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
6.9 (HBO) Saving My Tomorrow: Kids Love the Earth
8.5 (HBO) Silicon Valley, season 4 premiere
8.7 (HBO) The Memory of Justice
NA (HBO) 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
6.0 (HBO) Victor Frankenstein

6 Things You Should Know About Netflix “Super HD”

Lots of people have been asking about the new “Super HD” from Netflix, what it is, how to get it etc. So here’s some info to get you started:

Click to enlarge. Notice how Regular and Super HD are the same resolution, but Super HD is more crisp and less blurry. This takes a lot more bandwidth, so be careful if you have data caps! Call your internet provider if you can’t handle SuperHD and tell them you want it (both the technology, and higher data caps).

What is Netflix Super HD

  • Netflix “Super HD” is at the same 1080p maximum resolution, but delivers a clearer picture by using more bandwidth (think high quality jpeg vs low quality jpeg that are the same resolution, but the one with better quality is a larger file).
  • In your Netflix settings, “Low” takes up about .3 GB per hour, “Medium” take .7 GB per hour, “High” takes up to 3GB per hour, and “Auto” updates based on your connection. If SuperHD is available, High and Auto can both get it, assuming your connection to Netflix is fast enough.
  • Not all ISP’s are currently offering Super HD, as they have to agree to Netflix’ “Open Connect” – which lets people stream video from peer-to-peer instead of only directly from Netflix. It makes sense, if Netflix just sent me “Air Bud”, and my neighbor starts streaming the same thing, why not have me send him some of it while Netflix sends him the rest? Of course the “anti-net neutrality” lobby like Time Warner would have you believe otherwise. ISP’s need to directly set up “Open Connect” with Netflix, so if they haven’t, you can’t stream Super HD no matter how fast your internet connection is.
    • To see if your ISP is Super HD ready and to sign up, go to https://signup.netflix.com/superhd and submit your account. If you can, you’ll see a message that says, “Your internet provider is ready for Super HD!”
Click to enlarge. This is the Super HD message for Cox Communications.
  • If your provider is against Open Connect or just hasn’t set up with Netflix yet, you’ll receive a message that says, “Your Internet provider is not configured for Super HD yet.” While we understand that many people don’t have many options for ISPs, be sure to let yours know that you don’t appreciate them holding you back from superior technology. Similarly, if you have data caps you’re not going to want to stream Super HD – call your ISP and tell them you’re going to cancel*.
Super HD 1080p:
Regular 1080p: 

Open these in two separate tabs and switch back and forth. You’ll see the first one has more crisp stars and the back windows of the flying ship, while the second’s a slightly blurry, but both are 1080p.

  • Along with Super HD, Netflix is introducing some 3D technology for those of us with the proper equipment, but your Internet Service Provider will need to agree to similar “Open Connect” terms with Netflix.

How you can hold your ISP accountable

*One tip for talking to cable companies and ISPs: If you’re having and issue, call and tell them you want to cancel service on the first of the next month (you already paid for this month after all). That gets you off the line with a low level Customer Service rep whose job is to get you off the phone, and to the high level “Customer Retention Specialist” that can actually offer discounts and extras for free. Be polite, but firmly go through with the cancellation request for the first of the month if they don’t offer you anything adequate to make up for it. Then, if you haven’t found a better offer in the next few days, call back and cancel your cancellation – you can bet the executives notice any major increases in cancellations from a bunch of people wanting Netflix SuperHD.
Updated 3/10/2017 with better screenshots and more info.