Posts with the tag "netflix"


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Anatomy of a cult film: Merc Force

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With Netflix, Hulu, and other endless streaming options, a world of cinematic pleasures is at our fingertips. The ability to stop and start thousands of films at our leisure allows for a certain pickiness that normally makes it all the easier to separate the proverbial cream from the figurative tripe. Some front-runners may prefer to dote on the cream—we’re looking at you, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—but, we at Handshake are more enamored with the crappiest of the crap.

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Field Test: Netflix iPhone App

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It was 9:15 a.m. I was sitting in a Starbucks in Chappaqua, New York drinking a tall hot chocolate. My brother was at work and I was waiting for him to pick me up around noon. While men in seersucker shorts and women in spandex pants ordered their favorites beverages, I passed the time on my IBM laptop.

I visited the New York Times, transcribed some interviews and watched Whale Wars. Like my hot chocolate, my computer was uncomfortably hot. After awhile, I sat the machine down in front of me and grabbed my iPhone. As I perused some unread e-mails, I came across one that my brother had sent me. It was about the new Netflix application for the iPhone.

Using Starbucks’ free wi-fi, I downloaded the free app in no time at all. In less than a minute, I fired it up, logged in and started watching an episode of The Office. The picture quality was perfect and I didn’t need to buffer at all.

Since I don’t have the unlimited data plan, I can’t comment on the 3G viewing experience.

Never the less, the Netflix app is a terrific download for any subscriber. Get it while it’s free.

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