Just in case folks here went looking for "The Knick" on HBO it's on
Cinemax instead in the US. Cinemax is also known as Skinemax. :-D
On 10/21/2014 12:16 PM, Bhairitu noozg...@sbcglobal.net [FairfieldLife]
On 10/21/2014 11:46 AM, TurquoiseBee turquoi...@yahoo.com
I watched the first episode of Steven Soderberg's new TV series "The
Knick" a few weeks ago, realized immediately its depth, and Put It
The Fuck Away Until I Had Time To Binge Watch The Whole Series At
Once. I have only in the last few days been able to binge watch the
whole series. I think it's one of the best things on television.
Oh it is far more than $10 or even $20. You have to have a cable or
satellite subscription and you can just ask for HBO only. So you not
only have to have the broadcast channels but usually one tier of the
cable networks (FX, AMC, etc). So you can easily be paying $80 a
month in programming before they will let you have HBO. If you are
lucky or try to quit your provider they MAY offer HBO (or Showtime or
Starz) for free for several months. Of course this is just a little
fee finagling. Believe me, HBO still gets their bucks. And then
there are the additional fees these comapanies charge like rentals for
the DVR, etc.
Soderberg did a kind of sideways shuffle into television with this
series, coming as it does on the heels of his public announcement
that he was done with making films, forever. Well, TV must not count
as film, because he appears to have been Pretty Fuckin' Busy making
this series. He wrote most of the scripts, directed all 10 episodes,
and IMO basically created a weird kind of masterpiece that I suspect
in the future will be favorably compared to "Deadwood" as being one
of the best TV series ever created.
OK, for you in countries in which you'll have to pay HBO prices to
see this and who resent that, it's kinda worth it. Say it costs you
ten bucks. Just being able to watch Soderberg's cinematography when
recreating 1900s New York would be worth ten bucks.
The thing is the WRONG PEOPLE run the telecoms. It's like they came
straight off a carnival midway. And we wonder why people pirate shows?
One solution is to find a friend or relative who has HBO and ask for
their HBO GO app password. Lots of people do this and HBO knows this
and currently doesn't care. In fact they are going to offer HBO next
year via online service without the need for a cable or satellite
subscription. I don't expect it will be that reasonably priced (has
been hinted at $16 a month).
There's some good stuff of TV and of course a lot of terrible stuff
(which has always been the case). Some of us cable cutters don't
really like to get strung along by series and have taken to mainly
watching movies which require far less time investment. It's all
"bread and circuses" anyway.