Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Roku, Hulu and Jump Street

When I sit down to write, I don't like to be bothered.
Over the years that has not been an issue at all. As I confessed recently, it is difficult for me to read and write  because of a slight challenge that I have been gifted with in my life. It really takes all my concentration to read even the shortest of passages. I have been practicing reading quite a bit lately while taking care of my father. I can't seem to get my chromebook or tablet to work on the wi-fi at his house. Plus trying to write when I am constantly having to get up and take care of something, I wouldn't be able to finish a thought of my own. But I have been reading. Filling my head with all sorts of useless information that I will never need.
When I get the chance to retreat to my own home, I am trying to make up for lost time with my husband and dog. Tending to my business has even taken a back seat and sales are starting to show it. I really do need to get back to work soon. To top things off at home, we have my nephew sleeping in our office and hanging around the house whenever he's not at work.
With all these distractions, I feel that I have neglected something that I love and truly miss. Blogging.
So I've taken the chromebook and retreated to the privacy of my room. My faithful dog Pugsley at my feet, he and I are bonding while I type this to you.
In all the madness, I've made the decision to rid myself of cable television. My issue is that the little bit of TV that I watch is cable channels. So after installing a digital antenna  for the local channels, I've gotten myself a Roku. "What's a Roku?" you ask? It is an internet streaming device for television and movies on demand. I will soon be eliminating my DVR but I feel the on demand feature will more than make up for old fashioned recording. There are many free channels available and for a small subscription price, Hulu plus can keep me up to date with most all of my favorite shows, whenever I want. Many new shows and thousands of old television shows and movies. After a few days of fumbling around getting to know it and setting things up, tonight I was flipping through looking for what it all had to offer me when I ran across one of my favorite old shows from the 80's. 21 Jump Street was the show that put Johnny Depp on the radar screen of Hollywood.
It was a delight to watch the very first two episodes. Even my 22 year old nephew sat down long enough to watch most of it. It was fun to revisit the fashions of the time and watch it with a new perspective on life as well. Leading a sheltered life back then, I had no idea what most of the things they were talking about on the show even were. My eyes have been opened now and I see what a relevant show it really was. Honestly, back then, I think I was only staring at Johnny Depp. The plot of the show was irrelevant.
Technology, it intrigues me and scares me all at the same time. But I guess that's what people were saying a hundred years ago about automobiles. I believe this is the direction that television is headed and I want to be at the forefront. I remember in the early 90's having a car phone in my limousines. People said that it would never catch on and was totally unnecessary. To this day, I believe they were right, that they are unnecessary. But oh my! How they have caught on and then some.
I'll let you all know how my relationship with Roku works out. I know that if there was a you tube channel on that thing, I'd never leave the living room.
Now, to all my friends out there still digging through the snow, hang in there! It might not be warm here, but it is above freezing and we'll take it. I'm in negotiations now with Mother Nature to have spring delivered to all my friends as soon as possible.


MorningAJ said...

We have You Tube on our Tivo. (Don't ask me how all the technology works - that's K's domain.) It's amazing what we can do with our TV. We an even stop live programmes for as long as it takes to make a cup of tea or nip to the bathroom.

We just have to remember that TV time is running 10 minutes behind time after the show ends.

As for Johnny Depp...... Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

sophie...^5 said...

Sounds like your on the cusp of big changes/advancements in main streaming all this "stuff" society has for us. We don't have Hulu in Canada (CRTC ruling) and Roku isn't here either, so we have to live with what we got.
I never saw 21 Jump Street but understood it was on the edge of greatness.
Re: writing on my own ~~~ nothing worse than being interrupted for "oh look at this" comment. Not my cuppa cuppa!


Jim said...

LOL! And I wonder just who Ron is talking about!!
Hi Stew. We will probably get this 'service' in Canada when you have worked out all the kinks for us! Thanks.
Good to have you back....I hope I haven't disturbed you too too much!!

Stew Adams said...

Oh, no bother to me. But I know Sophie needs her concentration too. I enjoy the banter on the blogs.

I guess I'll have to accept the responsibilities of working out the kinks for the rest of the world.

Admin said...

I'll have to check it out. I was looking at the Apple TV box, which seems similar, since Comcast has gotten totally out of control and I don't really watch much TV. iTunes has a lot of the shows I watch regularly for a reasonable price.