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Did Ricky’s New Netflix Ad Tease a Streaming Sopranos for Netflix?

With Silvio “Sil” Dante making a cameo on this new Netflix commercial I can’t help but wonder when The Sopranos will be live streaming on Netflix. Ok ok, I know that Steven Van Zandt was on the commercial for his new show by Netflix called “Lilyhammer”, but a man can dream, and I will. I already have HBOGO so it doesn’t really affect me, but anything that makes my journey to New Jersey with Tony and the boys easier is something I want to be apart of.

-Matt

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Matt’s Lunch Diaries – Oatmeal Making a Vicious Comeback

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Just when I thought I couldn’t stomach another bowl of oatmeal, I have it for lunch and I immediately get pulled back in. Let me bring you back to a few months ago: Oatmeal was on the menu every morning for my breakfast. I had so much oatmeal in a 2 month span that I probably should have died from it. Long story short, I grew tired of it’s taste, it’s texture, and it’s aroma. I couldn’t take it anymore, so oatmeal got the boot…until today. Listen, I don’t want to be made into a liar, the oatmeal was “ok”, at best, for today’s lunch, but when your hungry it doesn’t really matter. This maple brown sugar oatmeal might as well have been a filet today, because when push comes to stomach it doesn’t really matter….I am a sad human being for writing this much about oatmeal.

 

Just when I thought I was out…..

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-Matt

Monster Blog Wednesday: Favorite Season Finale Moments

Game of Thrones season four is coming to an end this Sunday, so we decided to look back and find our favorite season finale moments from television’s past.

The Sopranos Season 2 Finale “Funhouse” –  Big Pussy’s Death

Although we saw it coming, the death of Sal “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero was still heartbreaking and violent. It was a stark reminder that there are rules to be followed in  Tony Soprano’s world, and if you break those rules, best friend or not, you’ll sleep with the fishes. While friendship isn’t exactly a major theme in the  Soprano’s, Tony’s crew relied on each other to survive in the cutthroat world of organized crime. As you might expect, Big Pussy wasn’t the first or last cog to fall during the Soprano’s run, but his death was one of the most important in the series.

– Ryan

Breaking Bad Season 4 Finale “Face Off” –  The Death of Gus and the Rise of Heisenberg.

In one of Heisenberg’s most devious plans he turns his once nemesis, Hector Salamanca, into his interment of death but taking down the fried chicken king with a bell, a pipe bomb, and the element of surprise. When I was watching this episode unfold I had no idea that Gus would go this way. I had a feeling his days were numbered as Walter became more and more like the devil incarnate, but I had no idea he would go like this. The ultimate “fuck you” move has to be settling the score by taking your lifetime enemy down with you. And of course, who comes out on top? Walter White.

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-Matt

 

Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In: Amazon Signs Deal to Stream HBO Shows

SourceTake that, Netflix. Beginning on May 21 the multi-year agreement will enable Amazon Prime subscribers to stream series including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, and later — about three years after episodes initially air — Girls, The Newsroom and Veep. In addition, by year end Amazon will offer HBO GO on its new Fire TV platform. (It’s already available to HBO subscribers on other devices including Google’s Chromecast.) The shows will still be available on HBO’s platforms, but the companies say that this is the first time the premium pay TV channel’s shows have been licensed to an online-only streaming service. “As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment,” HBO EVP of Business and Legal Affairs Glenn Whitehead says.

Amazon shares are up 1.4% pre market, and Netflix is down 2.7%, following the announcement. That suggests investors didn’t fully accept Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ claim on Monday that the streaming video providers can peacefully coexist. “It’s a very much not a zero-sum game and we are building this ecosystem together that’s about Internet video and the more players there are in Internet video, the bigger that ecosystem gets,” he said. “The big theme is Internet video is taking share away from linear video. So we are all participating in that transformation.” He has more mixed feelings about HBO: In January he joked that HBO chief Richard Plepler’s Netflix password was probably: “Netflix bitch.”

Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil says HBO probably made its deal with Amazon, instead of Netflix, because there’s less overlap among their subscribers. Still, it’s “clearly a negative for Netflix, given the high profile nature of the HBO content” and could “somewhat limit” the streaming company’s just-announced plan to raise its prices for new customers. He notes, though, that HBO and Amazon released few details about the deal terms and that it doesn’t include all HBO shows.

Fuckin’ internet is right, Tony. Last week I wrote about how I didn’t trust Amazon anymore because they had the craziest person in the world Gary Busey pimp their TV product. I take all that back now. Any streaming service that gives me another outlet to watch my pal Tony is alright in my book. Why Netflix never signed this deal is beyond me, but it’s their loss. HBO has the best shows to offer to a streaming service, and the biggest advantage is their rewatchability factor. I’ve watched The Sopranos three times from beginning to end and if I get sick this weekend I could start all over and have just as much fun. Plus, the list of older HBO shows is the television version of murderer’s row. The Sopranos. The Wire. Deadwood. Oz. Entourage. The Life and Times of Tim. Six  Feet Under. And that’s just my personal short list. If you can’t find a show to fall in love with and watch over and over on that list then you hate television. Simple as that. Amazon Prime just pulled a game changing move. Watch your ass, Netlifx.

– Ryan

 

R.I.P. James Gandolfini

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsRGnkjuQfM

He was born James Gandolfini, but he’ll always be Tony Soprano to us. Fly away sweet prince, fly away and be free.

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