If you have little kids in your home, either because they're your children or you just left a window open and some random kids crawled into your home and now refuse to leave, you might like to know that there are six free videos from the Learn Along with Sesame series available on iTunes. The segments include:
The 11th season premieres on Wednesday, March 7th at 10 pm. Comedy Central is holding off on making episodes available online until the Tuesday following the original air date-- so, a week later. This is probably because there are at least five opportunities to see episodes in reruns each week.
Wal-Mart will have about three thousand films and television episodes available for download, with movies going for $12.88 to $19.88 and TV shows for $1.96 per episode -- a whopping 4 cents cheaper than Apple's price. New releases will be available the same day they come out on DVD. Older movies will sell for $7.50, compared with Apple's $9.99.
The complete list is after the jump.
If you're a Netflix subscriber but can't stand waiting for those DVDs to arrive in the mail, I have some good news for you: over the next six months, the company will be rolling out a new feature that will allow subscribers to stream movies and TV shows directly to their computer. Initially, subscribers will be able to choose from about 1,000 movies and TV shows out of the over 70,000 offered through the company's mail service. Users will have to download a browser application in order to take advantage of the new service.
The service will be included as part of the subscription plan at no extra cost. As a Netflix customer, I'm thrilled to have another way of viewing these shows, though I have a feeling the majority of my rentals will still be done through ye olde postal service. I don't really have any desire to watch movies on my computer, at least not until I get a more comfortable computer chair.
Here's an example of how dense I can be sometimes: I had no idea that the lead in Ugly Betty was played by America Ferrera. I don't actually watch the show, so I guess I can be forgiven a little, but I've always thought Ferrera was cute so I'm surprised I didn't figure it out sooner. Then again, maybe that would be considered a compliment since she transforms herself so well into the role of an "ugly" person. It's not like she's Rachel Leigh Cook in She's All That who slips on a pair of glasses and still looks hot but we're supposed to accept she's a hideous nerd that no boy would want. I only wish the nerdy chicks in my high school looked like that.
Oh yeah, and Ugly Betty is on iTunes now. The first season is available, and new episodes can be downloaded the day after they air. Episodes are $1.99.
I don't know how long these episodes have been available, but I just happened to notice that the entire first season of Saturday Night Live is available for download on iTunes (actually, it looks like it was just added this week). You can purchase individual episodes for a buck ninety-nine, or get the whole shebang for $44.99. This first season is filled with classic moments that were unlike anything seen on television before, late night or otherwise, proving beyond any doubt that lots and lots of cocaine make people very funny. But I kid.
Of course, you can always buy the DVD set, also, which is probably the better option, but this first season is pretty damn funny no matter what screen you view it on, unless it's the new Sylvania Dead Puppy Television, a TV screen framed in dead puppies. This product is available through the Sylvania Web site, or it could possibly just be a dream I had the other night. I haven't bothered to check.
Good news, fans of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast: I opened up iTunes and discovered that a few episodes of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast have been added to Adult Swim's iTunes store. The episodes are the usual $1.99 and include such classics as "Fire Ant" (which ends with Space Ghost distracted by an ant and ignoring guest Conan O'Brien completely) and "Kentucky Nightmare" where we learn things about bears and sharks we were never taught in school. The same shark featured in that episode would later turn up on 12 Oz Mouse.
The other day I mentioned Moral Orel had been added to iTunes, and I found out today that Frisky Dingo, the new series from the brains behind Sealab 2021, has also been added. Between airings of Adult Swim and free episodes of many of these shows on Adult Swim Fix (with the exception of Moral Orel), I wonder how many people actually buy these episodes through the iTunes store. Then again, I also like the idea of having multiple choices when it comes to seeing these shows, so I guess I'll just shut my big stupid mouth. Also, and I think I've said this before, some of these Adult Swim shows work just fine on a smaller screen (if a video iPod is your player of choice), so I say "keep adding more shows to iTunes, people at Adult Swim who do that sort of thing."
[via Adult Swim HQ]
Finally, some religion is coming to iTunes. Religious satire, anyway.
Starting tomorrow, and following the premiere of each episode of Moral Orel on Adult Swim, the latest episode will be available on iTunes. If you're bummed about Morel Orel not being shown on Adult Swim Fix, or you're like me and can only enjoy animation when it's on a tiny screen you hold in your hand, then sing hallelujah and rejoice, brothers and sisters. Moral Orel joins Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Venture Bros. and Sealab 2021 in the iTunes store. This news is according to the always-informative bumps that pop up during Adult Swim's block. That onscreen text hasn't steered me wrong yet. I trust it more than my own mother, who doesn't even watch Adult Swim if you can believe it. Since the show doesn't hit iTunes until tomorrow, I'm not sure of the cost per episode, but one would assume the usual $1.99.
Folks, finally, some good news is here. Comedy Central is planning on giving a make-over to their site, including a revamp on the MotherLoad feature. The new player will be Flash-based and more friendly towards users with Macs, older PCs, or pop-up blockers. In a strange sort of way, I'm disgusted by how excited I am about this.
So I was poking around the ol' iTunes yesterday, and what do you know, they had just added shows from the Sundance Channel.
"Hey, ma!" I yelled, "we done got ourselves some Sundance programming on the iTunes!"
"Yee ha!" she screamed, tossing off her bonnet and almost knocking over her butter churner. As soon as Bessie Ellie Mary Ellen May gets back from the Maple Syrup and Baptism Festival we'll download ourselves some episodes!"
"If only pa were alive to see this," I sighed. "Why did he have to taunt that rabid goat with a stick?"
At any rate, you can now find a few Sundance shows on iTunes. The shows are all of the "reality" variety, including documentaries The Hill and One Punk Under God, and investigations into real-life dramas such as The Staircase and The First Amendment Project.
I'll preface this by telling my fellow Home Movies fanatics that right now there's no guarantee this is ever going to happen, but according to an e-mail sent to Landstander, maintainer of the Home Movies Super Site, Shout! Factory, the company that produces the Home Movies DVD sets, wants to commission new episodes of the series for either download or as a straight-to-DVD type thang. The episodes would cost five dollars each. Episodes would run from fifteen to twenty-five minutes, and there would be about eight of them. It seems that at this stage the company is just putting out feelers to see if there would be enough people out there who would buy these episodes to make it a worthwhile endeavor. Home Movies is one of my favorite shows of all time, but it seems to me everyone involved, especially Brendon Small, has already moved on to new horizons. I guess we'll wait and see.
[via Adult Swim HQ]
AOL Video is announcing today a new deal with Paramount Pictures that will allow Web surfers to purchase both Paramount movie and television titles through the video portal site. AOL will also announce new partnerships with Plum, MyPath TV, BlueHighways TV, the Employment and Careers Channel and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. At this time most of the press I've read about this focuses mainly on the movie titles being made available, but I assume we'll know more about which TV shows will be offered soon. Unfortunately, none of the movies or TV shows will be free, and will only work with Windows Media Player technology. AOL Video currently has a library of over 300 free and pay-to-download TV shows and movies.
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