I said I would do it, and I wasn’t joking around.
Last week, I ordered HBO NOW, the Home Box Office standalone service, through my AppleTV device. Maybe it’s the first step towards my personal a la carte television service, and if that’s the case, then great for me – at least I know that my $15/month toward HBO is paying for exactly what I want, and not to pay for some bundled channels for which I have no interest.
First off – can I watch Game of Thrones on HBO NOW? Oh yes I can watch it; in fact, I was able to watch the premiere of the show’s fifth season in nearly real-time with its premiere on cable (well, I started watching the 9:00 start at 9:02, so that’s sorta real time). And at the end of the episode, there was a little five-minute recap with the show’s writers and producers about the important parts of the episode and how they were filmed and written. Nice.
Let’s see… what else have I enjoyed by watching HBO NOW?
I saw a new episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, without having to wait until Oliver’s people uploaded the commentary onto YouTube. That was nice.
As per recommendations by some of my friends, either on Facebook or through my blog, I began watching season runs of Veep (wow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus could appear in an infomercial for kitchen utensils and still be funnier than most of today’s sitcom actresses), The Comeback (it’s official – Lisa Kudrow has more talent than she ever displayed on Friends), and The Wire (started with the first episode, still working my way through it).
Now there are other shows that I can binge-watch – HBO has put over 95% of its legacy library of dramas, sitcoms and documentaries on the HBO NOW service. For example, I can now watch those old Autopsy episodes where Dr. Michael Baden is interviewed about grisly and salacious murders and deaths. It’s like watching Forensic Files – heck, I would suspect that Forensic Files was totally influenced by Autopsy. And the first episode of Autopsy featured recaps of such Capital District murders as the Joan Bent story, the Marybeth Tinning story, and the Donna Payant / Lemuel Smith story. Wow.
There were a few omissions from the HBO library – no First and 10, the football drama that starred Delta Burke and O.J. Simpson; and no The Kids in the Hall, either. Maybe I should find the HBO executive who left that show off the list and crush his head. Ha ha ha…
But yeah, now I can catch up on what everybody else has seen. Maybe I should check out that drama about the church choir, something called The Sopranos. Or that program about the subway workers called Six Feet Under.
We shall see.
But if there’s any other HBO classics that you would recommend I watch on this HBO NOW service, by all means, fill me in with your blog comments. I’m definitely open to new ideas and new concepts.
Oh yeah… and not having to wait until Game of Thrones comes out on DVD is a plus, as well. 🙂