New On Netflix… All the Movies and TV Coming in November

To get you ready for the post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving doldrums, Netflix has released the list of movies and TV shows coming and going to the streaming service in November.

Probably the biggest show or movie coming to Netflix in November is the long-awaited revival of Gilmore Girls on Nov. 25, consisting of four 90-minute episodes, each set in a different season of the year. The other big get for Netflix this month is The Jungle Book, which is likely the result of Netflix’s exclusivity deal with Disney. Along with those two, other notable additions include the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and the Humphrey Bogart/Katharine Hepburn classic The African Queen.

Unfortunately there’s also a lot of good stuff leaving Netflix, too. Almost Famous, Deliverance, and E.T. are among the most notable movies leaving the service. There also seems to be a bit of Cartoon Network/Adult Swim mass expiration, with The Boondocks, Chowder, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Powerpuff Girls and Uncle Grandpa all leaving over the course of November.

Very helpfully, Netflix has produced a video showing off some of its coming attractions, which you can watch below. Beneath that you’ll find the full list of Netflix’s comings and goings.

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New Netflix Programming


The Crown: Season 1 (11/4)
World of Winx: Season 1 (11/4)
Danger Mouse: Season 2 (11/9)
All Hail King Julien: Season 4 (11/11)
Case: Season 1 (11/11)
Estocolmo: Season 1 (11/11)
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood: Season 1 (11/11)
Tales by Ligh: Season 1 (11/11)
K-POP Extreme Survival: Season 1(11/15)
The 100: Season 3 (11/16)
Lovesick: Season 2 (11/17) (Formerly known as Scrotal Recall)
Paranoid: Season 1 (11/17)
Beat Bugs: Season 2 (11/18)
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: Season 1 (11/23)
3%: Season 1 (11/25)


The African Queen, 1951 (11/1)
Alfie, 2004 (11/1)
Bob the Builder: White Christmas, 2008 (11/1)
Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh, 1995 (11/1)
The Confessions of Thomas Quick, 2016 (11/1)
Cujo, 1983 (11/1)
The Doors, 1991 (11/1)
The Heartbreak Kid, 2007 (11/1)
Jetsons: The Movie, 1990 (11/1)
King’s Faith, 2013 (11/1)
Love, Now, 2012 (11/1)
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, 2016 (11/1)
Pervert Park, 2014 (11/1)
Ravenous, 1999 (11/1)
Stephen King’s Thinner, 1996 (11/1)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, 1990 (11/1)
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas, 2012 (11/1)
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express, 2012 (11/1)
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish, 2010 (11/1)
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines, 2014 (11/1)
Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas, 2009 (11/1)
Dough, 2015) (11/2)
Food Choices, 2016 (11/2)
Meet the Blacks, 2016 (11/2)
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60^ (11/4)
The Ivory Game, 2016 (11/4)
Just Friends, 2005 (11/4)
True Memoirs of An International Assassin^, 2016 (11/11)
Under the Sun, 2015 (11/11)
Take Me to the River, 2015 (11/12)
Chalk It Up, 2016 (11/13)
Carter High, 2015 (11/14)
Dieter Nuhr: Nuhr in Berlin^ (11/15)
Men Go to Battle, 2015 (11/15)
The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success?, 2016 (11/15)
Burn After Reading, 2008 (11/16)
Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie, 2011 (11/16)
Paddington, 2014 (11/16)
The Battle of Midway, 1942 (11/18)
Colin Quinn: The New York Story^ (11/18)
Divines, 2016 (11/18)
Prelude to War, 1942 (11/18)
San Pietro, 1945 (11/18)
Sour Grapes, 2016 (11/18)
Thunderbolt, 1947 (11/18)
Tunisian Victory, 1944 (11/18)
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines, 1943 (11/18)
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia, 1943 (11/18)
WWII: Report from the Aleutians, 1943 (11/18)
Mercy, 2016 (11/22)
Boyhood, 2014 (11/25)
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life^ (11/25)
Michael Che Matters^ (11/25)
Silver Skies, 2016 (11/29)
Ghost Team, 2016 (11/30)
I Dream Too Much, 2016 (11/30)
The Jungle Book, 2016 (11/30)
Level Up, 2016 (11/30)
Traded, 2016 (11/30)

Last Chance to Catch


Chuck: Seasons 1-5 (11/1)
Powerpuff Girls: Seasons 1-6 (11/1)
Shameless (UK): Series 1-10
The Boondocks: Seasons 1-4 (11/24)
Chowder: Seasons 1-3 (11/24)
Courage the Cowardly Dog: Seasons 1-4 (11/24)
Uncle Grandpa: Season 1 (11/24)

Fraggle Rock Set to Make HBO Return

Originally airing from 1983 to 1987 on HBO, Jim Henson’s iconic Muppet TV series has been remastered for a new generation of fans.

Fraggle Rock is centered around a cast of puppet characters called Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs as they touch on themes of diversity, tolerance, friendship and caring for the planet throughout their furry adventures.

The 96-episode series has been remastered by Illuminate, a Los Angeles-based film restoration studio, and will air in HD on HBO at the end of this year, in addition to HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO on Demand.

American Horror Story is Coming Back to Creep You Out for a Seventh Season

Just in time for October, the spookiest month of the year, FX has announced the renewal of everyone’s favorite horror anthology series, American Horror Story. The limited series, currently airing its sixth installment, AHS: Roanoke, will officially receive a seventh.

Co-creator Ryan Murphy recently told EW that he is plotting a “secret season” of AHS, a revelation that both set fans of the series abuzz and oxymoronically negated itself. The no-longer-secret season is meant to air sometime after the newly ordered season seven, per TVLine.

“I’ve been working with a writer on a season that only he and I know,” said Murphy. “It’s like a two-year project that we’ll continue to work on the sly and not tell anybody. I don’t know when it will [air] but it’s also an experiment. It’s a different way of doing it. It’s one person writing all episodes.”

AHS: Roanoke is currently about a month into its run, and the show is as strong as ever. The season premiere drew 13 million viewers in total, making it the anthology’s third-strongest start behind AHS: Freak Show and AHS: Hotel. The show has won a whopping 15 Emmys to date, including two wins just last month.

“Ryan, Brad and their team of remarkable writers have done an amazing job of keeping American Horror Story endlessly inventive, shocking and entertaining and we are honored to move ahead with them on the seventh installment,” said FX president John Landgraf in a statement.

AHS: Roanoke airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on FX.

New on Netflix: All the Movies and TV Coming in October

Everybody’s favorite streaming service is getting a bevy of good shows and movies in October, especially when it comes to Netflix originals. Probably the two biggest Netflix-backed additions are Christopher Guest’s mockumentary Mascots which premieres on Oct. 13 and the first part of Black Mirror’s third season which debuts on Oct. 21. Netflix is also getting the second season of The Flash, Werner Herzog’s documentary on volcanoes Into the Inferno, and classics like Brekafast at Tiffany’s and Dazed and Confused.

The schedule for departures isn’t as bad as it is other months. The biggest losses are probably the Back to the Future trilogy, The Warriors and The Truman Show, but other than that, Netflix isn’t losing too much of note.

Watch a video that breaks down the streamer’s most notable additions below, and find the full list of Netflix’s comings and goings beneath that.

New Netflix Programming

Murder Maps: Season 2, 2015 (10/1)
Unsealed: Alien Files: Season 4 (10/1)
American Horror Story: Hotel, Season 5 (10/4)
The Flash: Season 2 (10/4)
The Grinder: Season 1 (10/4)
Arrow: Season 4 (10/5)
iZombie: Season 2 (10/6)
Dinotrux^: Season 3 (10/7)
The Ranch^: Season 1 Part 2 (10/7)
Supernatural: Season 11 (10/7)
The Originals: Season 3 (10/8)
Vampire Diaries: Season 7 (10/8)
Kuromukuro^: Season 2 (10/10)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1 (10/13)
Haters Back Off!^: Season 1 (10/14)
Project MC2^: Season 3 (10/14)
Glitch^: Season 1 (10/15)
Power Rangers Dino Super Charge: Season 1: Part 1 (10/15)
Dark Matter: Season 2 (10/16)
Black Mirror^: Season 3, Part 1 (10/21)
Containment: Season 1 (10/21)
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show^: Season 3 (10/21)
Word Party^: Season 2 (10/21)
Doctor Foster: Season 1 (10/24)
Skylanders Academy^: Season 1 (10/28)
The Fall^: Season 3 (10/29)
Chewing Gum^: Season 1 (10/31)

A Cinderella Story, 2004 (10/1)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business, 2004 (10/1)
Blue Streak, 1999 (10/1)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 (10/1)
Dazed and Confused, 1993 (10/1)
Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief, 2008 (10/1)
Fairy Tale: A True Story, 1997 (10/1)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986 (10/1)
Gentleman’s Agreement, 1947 (10/1)
Ghost Town, 2008 (10/1)
Grizzly Man, 2005 (10/1)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 2003 (10/1)
Millennium, 1989 (10/1)
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree, 2016 (10/1)
Once Upon a Time in the West, 1968 (10/1)
Oriented, 2015 (10/1)
Patton, 1970 (10/1)
Picture This!, 2008 (10/1)
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, 1997 (10/1)
The Queen of the Damned, 2002 (10/1)
Quiz Show, 1994 (10/1)
Robotech, 1985 (10/1)
RV, 2006 (10/1)
Saving Mr. Wu, 2015 (10/1)
Snake Eyes, 1998 (10/1)
Snow Day, 2000 (10/1)
Sphere, 1998 (10/1)
Three Kings, 1999 (10/1)
Titanic, 1997 (10/1)
Unforgiven, 1992 (10/1)
The Uninvited, 2009 (10/1)
Without a Paddle, 2004 (10/1)
Dheepan, 2015 (10/3)
Chevalier, 2015 (10/4)
Dartmoor Killing, 2015 (10/4)
13TH^, 2016 (10/7)
Russell Peters: Almost Famous^ (10/7)
The Siege of Jadotville^, 2016 (10/7)
Love Between the Covers, 2015 (10/10)
Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids^, 2016 (10/12)
Mascots^, 2016 (10/13)
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo­Qiang^, 2016 (10/14)
Being George Clooney, 2016 (10/15)
Chapo: el escape del siglo, 2016 (10/15)
Joe Rogan^: Triggered (10/21)
Midnight Diner^: Tokyo Stories (10/21)
Big Eyes, 2014 (10/25)
Jesus Camp, 2006 (10/26)
Kung Fu Panda 3, 2016 (10/26)
7 años^, 2016 (10/28)
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House^, 2016 (10/28)
Into the Inferno^, 2016 (10/28)
Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: Europe^ (10/28)

Last Chance to Catch

Heroes: Season 1­4 (10/1)
Psych: Seasons 1­8 (10/1)
Saturday Night Live: The 2010s: Season 38 (10/1)
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble: Season 2 (10/20)

10.0 Earthquake, 2014 (10/1)
Back to the Future, 1985 (10/1)
Back to the Future Part II, 1989 (10/1)
Back to the Future Part III, 1990 (10/1)
Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987 (10/1)
Congo, 1995 (10/1)
Deep Impact, 1998 (10/1)
Erin Brockovich, 2000 (10/1)
The Exorcist, 1973 (10/1)
Honey, 2003 (10/1)
Honey 2, 2011 (10/1)
Insomnia, 2002 (10/1)
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, 2001 (10/1)
Mr. Deeds, 2002 (10/1)
My Girl, 1991 (10/1)
Nick of Time, 1995 (10/1)
The Phantom, 1996 (10/1)
The Running Man, 1987 (10/1)
Timeline, 2003 (10/1)
Uncommon Valor, 1983 (10/1)
The Warriors, 1979 (10/1)
The Big Green, 1995 (10/2)
Ivan the Incredible, 2013 (10/15)
Devil, 2010 (10/16)
Estranged, 2015 (10/16)
The Taking of Deborah Logan, 2014 (10/21)
Redemption, 2013 (10/24)
The Interview, 2014 (10/25)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 1977 (10/27)
The Truman Show, 1998 (10/31)

Here’s Everything New on Netflix in September 2016

With September right around the corner, it’s that time again to turn your attention to some of the best movies and TV that will be available for streaming on Netflix. The “slow TV” additions of August may have been good background for the “& chill” part of your life, but this month’s releases include an infamous series that is likely to make you more frightened than horny: all theJaws movies.

On September 1, Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge will become available for your viewing pleasure and most likely scare you out of swimming in the ocean for the rest of the summer. If at any point you need a break from the toothy suspense, perhaps you will lighten the mood with the dance-filled, Kevin Bacon-starring Footloose or Practical Magic, tied with Hocus Pocus for best ‘90’s witch movie. Check out some other upcoming highlights in the following video and the full list below.

Available 9/1/16

The Amityville Horror (2005)

Babel (2006)

Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (2013)

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

Bratz: The Movie (2007)

Burn, Burn, Burn (2015)

Cats & Dogs (2001)

Crashing: Season 1

Defiance (2008)

Easy Fortune Happy Life (2009)

Europe’s Last Great Wilderness (2015)

The Fierce Wife (2010)

Footloose (1984)

Full Out (2015)

Game Winning Hit: Season 1

Heartland: Season 7

Hellevator: Season 1

Hoot (2006)

Hope Floats (1998)

I Am the Ambassador: Season 1 ­ NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE

Indochina’s Wild Heart (2015)

The IT Crowd: Series 5

Jaws (1975)

Jaws 2 (1978)

Jaws 3 (1983)

Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

Joyful Noise (2012)

Keepers of the Game (2016)

Last Holiday (2006)

Lucky Days: Season 1

Man on Wire (2008)

Milk Money (1994)

Practical Magic (1998)

Road Trip (2000)

Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules (2000)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Shameless (U.S.): Season 5­6

Stomp the Yard (2007)

Sweeney Todd (2007)

Top Gun (1986)

True Grit (1969)

U­571 (2000)

The Wicker Man (2006)

Wild Madagascar (2015)

The Womanizer: Season 1

The Year of Happiness and Love: Season 1

Available 9/2/16

Baby Daddy: Season 5

Chef’s Table: France ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Kazoops!: Season 1 ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Kulipari: An Army of Frogs ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Narcos: Season 2 ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Young & Hungry: Season 4

Available 9/6/16

Crash (2004)

The Finest Hours (2015)

Hard Target 2 (2016)

Honey 3 (2016)

R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (2016)

Available 9/7/16

The Blacklist: Season 3

Galavant: Seasons 1­2

Available 9/10/16

Supergirl: Season 1

Available 9/13/16

Extremis (2016) ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Hawaii Five­0: Season 6

London Has Fallen (2015)

Available 9/14/16

Goldie & Bear: Season 1

Available 9/15/16

Sample This (2012)

The Walking Dead: Season 6

Available 9/16/16

Cedric The Entertainer: Live from the Ville ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

The White Helmets (2016) ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 9/17/16

3 Days to Kill (2014)

Luther: Season 4

Penny Dreadful: Season 3

Available 9/19/16

Call the Midwife: Series 5

Gotham: Season 2

Available 9/20/16

Colliding Dreams (2016)

*New Girl: Season 5

Zootopia (2016)

Available 9/22/16

Bones: Season 11


Wallander: Series 4

Available 9/23/16

Audrie & Daisy (2016) ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Last Man Standing: Season 5

Longmire: Season 5 ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

VeggieTales in the House: Season 4 ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 9/24/16

Portlandia: Season 6

River (2016)

Available 9/25/16

Family Guy: Season 14

Margaret Cho: PsyCHO (2015)

Available 9/28/16

The Fosters: Season 4 (Part A)

The Imitation Game (2014)

Available 9/30/16

Amanda Knox (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Marvel’s Luke Cage: Season 1 ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Scream: Season 2

‘The Walking Dead’ Teases Daryl Dixon’s Death in Season 7 Clip

We’ve seen the trailer and read the explanations behind the Season 6 cliffhanger, and now we finally have a sneak peek for The Walking Dead Season 7. The short clip shows Dwight, a member of The Saviors and Daryl Dixon’s rival, pulling over on a desolate highway on Daryl’s motorcycle and wearing what seems to be his signature leather vest. Could this mean that Negan’s barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat “Lucille” choose Daryl as its victim? To refresh your memory, Negan’s bat could have well landed on Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Abraham, Sasha, Aaron, Rosita, Eugene, Carl or Rick; though the last two are unlikely due to Negan’s eye comment. Stay tuned for more as the new season of The Walking Dead premieres on October 23.

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The Complete Guide to Watching the 2016 Olympics

If you’re planning on watching the summer games but don’t know how, we’ve compiled a guide here on how to stay current on what’s going on. Our first section is on television, but if you’ve cut the cable, skip it, because we also have apps, online streaming, and some virtual reality content for those of you lucky enough to have gotten in on the VR ground floor.

Here’s our guide to your Olympic viewing options.


Let’s not forget the original television delivery system here. NBC can be received on an antenna and stick with us for a second because it’s not the weird shitty rabbit ears anymore. While no one was looking, the tech improved to the point where it could be considered a viable option for watching the Olympics, among other things. It shouldn’t be dismissed, since most of the stuff is cheap and offers better quality than other still lagging options. It doesn’t require a subscription of any kind and is more reliable than online streaming. At the very least, don’t scoff at it.

For cable subscribers, NBCUniversal’s breakdown of where you can watch everything they’re broadcasting is extensive and frankly, we didn’t know that NBC owned and operated this many channels.

NBC proper, where you used to watch The Office, unless you watched on Netflix, is covering the most popular sports. Swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, beach volleyball, regular volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball finals can be seen here. They’re also going to have all that oh-so-sweet Bob Costas action, along with interviews and produced segments.

NBC Sports Network will live up to its name and air the most sports coverage. They’ll be covering basketball, soccer, track and field, archery, boxing, cycling, fencing, field hockey, judo, open water swimming (good luck to the athlete’s in that one), rugby, shooting, soccer, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, and more.

The Golf Channel is airing golf. So exactly what you’d expect. The reason it’s notable is golf hasn’t been in the Olympics for more than a century, so we recommend flipping here once or twice, if not because you like golf, at least to watch a bit of history get made.

If you want tennis, you’re going back to Bravo. That’s what they’ve got and it seems like they’re happy with it.

CNBC’s not airing a whole hell of a lot. It has a lot of sports, including elimination round basketball and volleyball, archery, beach volleyball, cycling, rugby, water polo, and wrestling, but they’re only airing that stuff for three hours on weekday nights. Not that you should skip it, but maybe if you’re playing catch-up, this is where you can look.

There’s a bit more on MSNBC, like basketball, beach volleyball, rugby, soccer, volleyball, and water polo, with more time devoted to them than CNBC, so this is a better bet for your more obscure sports lunchtime fix.

The USA Network’s summer Olympics hiatus ends this year and will air coverage starting two days before the Opening Ceremonies all the way through to the last day. They’ll have men’s basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, rowing, synchronized swimming, volleyball, water polo, and a few others.

Telemundo and NBC Universo is doing it all in Spanish, so if you’re bilingual and want to practice tune in here. If you only speak Spanish, we’re not telling you anything you didn’t already know in a language you don’t understand.

There are specialty channels as well, but the website’s not terribly clear on what they are or where you can find them. Just that they’re airing a ton of soccer and basketball, each with its own devoted channel.

Finally, they’re airing 4K UHD video on a one day delay this year. They’re packing a ton of tech into the broadcast, so if you have the capability, definitely check this out.


There are a few different options for Olympic apps, but if it’s live streaming you’re wanting, US-based viewers might not have that many options. The most reliable one is the NBC Sports app, as it offers a bunch of different choices about what live event you want to stream, but you may also need a cable sign-in to watch. The good news is, that sign-in is most likely the same thing you use to get into HBO Go and similar services, so if you have that, it should work for the app. Unless you got the HBO specific subscription. Then maybe not.

The NBC Sports app is also available for Roku and similar devices.

There’s plenty of stuff for staying up to date in terms of results and medals on your mobile device, as Rio 2016, Brazil 2016, and the official Olympic app all serve that purpose, along with dozens of other apps in every app store. They’ll also be offering highlights and videos throughout the Olympics, just maybe not streaming.

A bit riskier, Kodi is an open-source app that streams all kinds of stuff. It seems reputable and, when we think about it, we haven’t had a truly bad experience with open source software, so this may be worth your time. It’s also available for just about every device you can think of and some you can’t. All told, this might be your best, if legally dubious, bet for live streaming. We know a guy who tried it out, and everything seemed to work for him.


The Kodi app should be mentioned here as well. For a computer, the guy we know said it runs smoothly and the stream seemed stable and at a decent resolution. It could be considered an option for Olympic viewing.

There will be coverage and highlights on NBC’s site, but it looks like it’s going to have the same login requirement as the mobile app. It should be a great and reliable source, as long as you have that login.

There’s also the official Olympic YouTube channel, though it looks like that won’t go active until August 21st. Hopefully someone puts up some kind of live streaming on YouTube, as their service seemed pretty stable, judging from the presidential primary debates they were streaming.

Social media’s going to be all over the games too. There are Facebook and Twitter pages set up for news and highlights and for staying informed down to the minute, this should be a pretty good, if a bit factually unreliable, source.


Streaming and 4K are cool and all, but one of the true technological tests of the Olympics is going to be in VR. While it’s not exactly where you’d expect VR to show up, it makes perfect sense if you think about it. A brand new technology trying to prove that it’s a worthwhile investment couldn’t hope for a better platform. This could be the exact thing VR needs to push it out of obscurity and into the general population.

Through a partnership with Oculus, NBC is going to make about 85 hours of VR footage available to those with the Samsung Gear VR kit and they’ve published a guide to setting up the experience. Footage includes the opening and closing ceremony as well as basketball, gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball, diving, boxing, and fencing, which are definitely not the lamest sports they could’ve picked. We do wish rugby was on the list, but it’s just a matter of time so we’ll be patient.

Speaking of patience, there’s going to be a time delay of one day on the footage, but honestly, that’s completely understandable. A VR livestream has a lot of potential for failure and would make all VR look bad, possibly even doing damage to the progress the technology’s made in recent years. Emphasizing the quality of the broadcast rather than the immediacy of it is a good move and there’s going to be so much to watch, you won’t even notice it’s not live.

Sadly, the VR experience is exclusive to the Samsung Gear. We find it a bit odd that, right now, the footage isn’t going to be available on Oculus’s own VR device, the Oculus Rift. There’s probably a whole host of legal crap to sort out, so that makes a little more sense, but it doesn’t lessen the disappointment. But if the past has taught us anything, the footage will probably come to the Rift, just not right away. People love their exclusivity, even if there is a time limit built into it.

All the Netflix New Releases Coming in August

Summer is winding down which means so is a lot of our free time. August is our last real chance to knock out a few series or catch a couple of movies with friends or solo in the comfort of your own living room.

Are you still avoiding the latest season of Orange Is The New Black? Now is the time to sit down, despite all the spoilers you may have already encountered, and indulge on the prison drama. Better yet, how many of your friends have already moved on to new Netflix fare like Stranger Things? You don’t want to be that person who has to exit the group chat because of you haven’t seen anything yet. You also don’t want to miss your chance to stroll down memory lane with movies like The Fast and The Furious. I mean who doesn’t want to see Ja Rule racing cars alongside the late Paul Walker?

If you’re one of those serial binge watchers and conquered all of your Netflix to-do list don’t worry. There is plenty of new stuff rolling out like Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down and The Little Prince to keep you entertained until the end of summer. Bottom line is, the world is your oyster for the next 31 days.

Here is everything coming to and leaving Netflix in August.

Movies and TV Shows Coming

August 1
The American Side (2016)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
APEX: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)
Big Daddy (1999)
Black Widow (1987)
Critical Condition (1987)
Deadfall (2012)
Destination: Team USA (2016)
Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie ­(Netflix exclusive)
The Family Man (2000)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Final Destination 3 (2006)
From the Terrace (1960)
Holding the Man (2015) ­(Netflix Exclusive)
How To Win The US Presidency (2016)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
ISIS: Women Unveiled (2016)
Masha and the Bear, Season 2 ­ (Netflix exclusive)
Memoria (2015)
The Naked Prey (1966)
NCIS, Season 13
Pay It Forward (2000)
The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Roseanne Collection: Collection 3
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Teacher’s Pet (1958)
The Verdict (1982)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
What Women Want (2000)
Young@Heart (2007)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

August 3
Beat Bugs, Season 1 ­(Netflix original)

August 5
David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) ­(Netflix original)
Ever After High: Epic Winter ­(Netflix original)
The Little Prince (2016) ­(Netflix original)
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Night (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Night (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Passage (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Railway (2016)
Slow TV: Salmon Fishing (2016)
Slow TV: The Telemark Canal (2016)
Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo (2016)

August 6
The Confirmation (2016)

August 9
Real Husbands of Hollywood, Season 4
T­Rex (2015)

August 10
St. Vincent (2014)

August 11
Flight of the Butterflies (2012)
No Country for Old Men (2007)

August 12
Ask the StoryBots, Season 1 ­(Netflix original)
The Get Down: Part 1 ­(Netflix original)
Project Mc², Season 2 ­(Netflix original)

August 13
13 Cameras (2016)

August 15
Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store (2015)

August 16
Let’s Go to Prison (2006)
Our Last Tango (2015)

August 17
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
The Last Heist (2016)
Puffin Rock, Season 2 ­(Netflix original)

August 19
Bottersnikes and Gumbles, Season 1 ­(Netflix original)
Fearless, Season 1 ­(Netflix original)
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead ­(Netflix original)

August 21
Maz Jobrani: I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV (2015)

August 22
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year

August 23
Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

August 25
The Road (2009)

August 26
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Dawn of the Croods, Season 2 ­(Netflix original)
Glitter Force, Season 2 ­(Netflix original)
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking… ­(Netflix original)
Once Upon a Time, Season 5
XOXO (2016) ­(Netflix original)

August 27
Rams (2015)

August 29
The State of Marriage (2015)

August 31
Ku’damm 56, Season 1

Movies and TV Shows Leaving

August 1
Addams Family Values (1993)
The Best Man (1999)
Bowfinger (1999)
The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Johnny English (2003)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
The Replacements (2000)
Roseanne Collection: Collection 2 (1996)
Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
The Sandlot (1993)
Suspect Zero (2004)
Teen Witch (1989)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

August 11
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

August 14
Clifford the Big Red Dog, Seasons 1­-2
Clifford’s Puppy Days, Seasons 1­-2

August 15
Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Wish Upon a Star (1996)

August 16
Inside Man (2006)

August 20
Harry the Bunny (2009)

August 23
Blitz (2011)

August 27
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

August 30
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

August 31
Death Note (2006)
Naruto Shippûden the Movie: Bonds (2008)
Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007)
Zathura (2005)

Rest In Peace: The VCR, 1956 – 2016

This is the third in a series of obituaries which used to just be for late, maybe-great clothing retailers and the symbols they once provided, but now includes once-beloved technology. 

The Videocassette Recorder, a piece of technology already so obsolete you would be forgiven for not realizing it hadn’t died long ago, finally kicked it for good last Thursday, when Funai Corporation of Japan, the last known VCR manufacturer on the face of the Earth, announced it would cease production by the end of July. According to the New York Times, a company spokesperson said Funai will keep on selling VCRs “though its subsidiary until inventory runs out and will provide maintenance services as long as it can.”

The VCR is survived by the technologies that fueled its demise, which rule for now (the DVD), the foreseeable future (the DVR, streaming video) and probably forever (piracy). It was 60 years old.

It was a player and it crushed a lot (of the competition)

The Ampex Electric and Manufacturing Company introduced “the world’s first economically and technically successful magnetic videotape recorder,” the VR1000 — colloquially known as the Mark-4 video recorder — in the mid-1950s. As Fred Pfost, an engineer at the time, wrote in a blog post, he and his team introduced the Mark IV recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters’ convention on April 16, 1956. They were announced by the vice president of CBS; Pfost surreptitiously recorded the opening remarks and, as soon as they were over, pressed play. (This was new invention in and of itself: Not just the first working video recorder, but the first instant replay! The sports world is forever in his debt.)

“There were about ten seconds of total silence until they suddenly realized just what they were seeing on the twenty video monitors located around the room,” Pfost wrote. “Pandemonium broke out with wild clapping and cheering for five full minutes. This was the first time in history that a large group (outside of Ampex) had ever seen a high quality, instantaneous replay of any event…The experience still brings tears to my eyes when I recall this event.”

These Ampex VCRs were prohibitively expensive for most; they cost $50,000. The first video tape recorder for home use was the Sony CV-2000, which was marketed in 1965. The reel-to-reel CV-2000 could record and play back black and white images, but most of those machines wound up being used for medical and industrial purposes, according to Sony’s history site.

The future was closer than ever with the hip-sounding Sony U-matic, which came on the market in 1971. It could fast-forward and rewind! Then the Philips VCR, made available to consumers in 1972, changed the game with its first model, the N1500, that incorporated all the best qualities of recorders that came before it. There were basic controls — the play, pause, fast-forward, and rewind buttons — plus a clock with a timer, so you could record shows when you weren’t even home.

How the porn industry saved the VHS tape

Sony’s Betamax came out in 1975; hot on its heels was the Betamax’s rival, the VHS format by JVC.

VHS (Video Home System) was developed in 1976. Its features were impressive: A super-compact two-hour tape, longer playtime, and speedier rewinding and fast-forwarding. The JVC system, called Vidstar, was quite pricey. The VCR would set you back $1,280 (as Wired reported, it would be $4,600 in inflation-adjusted dollars). The blank tapes were $20, or $72 in today-bucks. Still, it was appealing: Back in the day, before every Marvel movie was approximately eighteen hours long, a two-hour tape was enough to record an entire feature film. The Betamax tapes had only half that recording capability and were more expensive than VHS-players.

JVC licensed its format to other electronics producers, filling the marketplace with VHS machines, Wired reported. “In just its first year, the VHS format took 40 percent of the business away from Sony. By 1987, about 90 percent of the $5.25 billion market of VCRs sold in the United States were based on the VHS format.”

The fight for market share between these two incompatible formats lasted ten years, until 1985, when JVC introduced VHS HQ (high quality) and, two years later, Super VHS. What really fueled the victory, though, was allegedly not that crisp sound and image but an even more powerful force: Pornography. Legend has it that Sony, pure as the driven snow, would not allow smut to sully its Betamax tapes. JVC and the rest of the VHS scene operated by more of a live-and-let-live ethos; powered by this nation’s unstoppable thirst for pornography, the VHS emerged as the dominant format.

Before Netflix and chill: A trip to Blockbuster

Today’s children may never grasp the infuriating feeling of getting home from the video store– you know what, I’m getting ahead of myself. A video store was like a Netflix you had to pace through, where you could easily run into people you knew. This limited what you could rent, because what ifJosh — not marching band Josh but Josh in a band which is a completely different thing — knew you were renting the Lindsay Lohan remake of The Parent Trap for the eight billionth time? You would die, RIP you, like the VCR is dying now.

At first consumers shopped at small, cool video stores, and the people who worked at these establishments were medium-pretentious: snobbier than independent bookstore employees, less condescending than record store staffers. Those small stores were crushed, as small stores often are, by the entry of a corporate behemoth, Blockbuster. Blockbuster went defunct in 2014, but just twelve years earlier, it was the king of the video rental market; the chain boasted over 2,800 stores worldwide. Sometimes you would go to Blockbuster, or your local video store, on a Friday night after waiting all week to see the movie of your choice only to find that your movie of choice had been rented out. There was nothing you could do. You were helpless in the face of this devastation.

But Blockbuster was edged off the throne by Netflix, which — from its beginnings as a DVD-delivery service in 1997 to its present-form as streaming hub — was something of an accessory to the murder of the VCR. As lore has it, Netflix founder Reed Hastings started his company in part out of frustration that Blockbuster charged him a $40 late fee for failing to return Apollo 13 on time. (Late fees were Blockbuster’s bread and butter: In 2000, the chain took in a stunning $800 million in late fees, 16 percent of its revenue for the year.)

Anyway, back to today’s children! For it is these youths, those who are too young to bear the mantle of millennial, who can scarcely fathom the struggles their elders faced. (Do we have a name for them yet? Are they “Generation Z”? Snapchildren? God I hope not.) They can never know how it felt to be ready to watch a movie — popcorn all popped, blanket just so, the good corner of the couch secured while your sibling was running to the bathroom like an amateur — only to discover after sticking that VHS tape into your VCR that the previous renters had been so callous as to notbe kind and rewind. This feeling, the waiting during the interminable whirring of the rewind, was buffering’s ancestor.

Later than same evening, an entirely enjoyable night with the family spent watching That Thing You Do! could be ruined by what was, looking back, the reasonable request of a parent to rewind the video before returning it to the shelf.

I made that glitch famous

In theory one could use a VCR to record television shows. This liberated audiences from the time-space continuum, allowing us to watch television shows on our schedules. We didn’t have to be beholden to some corporation’s idea of when shows are supposed to air! No, we could watch what we wanted to watch when we wanted to watch it. Free at last, free at last, etc.

But freedom in theory so rarely manifests as freedom in fact. What would actually end up happening is you would set the recording for Tuesday night on the WB at 8:00 p.m. for an hour — to do this, you entered a bright screen in a shade technically known as Doogie Howser Blue; this was the secret control center of the TV set and every time you used it you were convinced you’d broken the precious television for good — and even if you did everything right, some baseball game or breaking news or whatever would run late.

Of course your VCR couldn’t adjust like some nimble, modern thing. No, the VCR was as clunky and slow as it looked. It was not a “smart” device. In the 1990s, we were naive, and we did not ask our devices to be smart. We thought: We can be smart, and we can operate the devices, and that will be enough.

So the VCR would just start recording at eight like you told it to and then stop recording at nine, cutting off the last eleven minutes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And because this was the real deal dark ages, of dial-up internet and nothingness, you couldn’t just download the episode somewhere or even read a witty, informative recap, nope, you just had to LIVE there, in the not-knowing, until next week’s “previously, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer” gave you the bullet points. A person might have thought: That this baseball game, a sport for men, is displacing Buffy, a feminist superhero who fights against the forces of darkness, is a metaphor too perfect to invent. And also: Why is this technology so flawed and annoying to use?

Families also stored home videos on VHS tapes, and then teenagers (it was always a teenager) would record over these priceless memories — competitive rounds of Coke and Pepsi at bar mitzvahs, bowling alley birthday parties captured with that shaky, handheld Blair Witchcinematography — replacing them with something else of arguably equal importance, like the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards.

Literally dead

The VCR was killed, finally, by a one-two punch of technological advancements: The arrival of the DVD (first sold in the United States in 1997 and ruling the marketplace by 2000) and, in 1999, the DVR; TiVo unveiled its Personal Television Service that January and shipped its first TiVO DVR on March 31. And these technologies, too, can probably feel irrelevance on the horizon, as streaming rises like the climate-changed-tides and “TV” becomes less a physical thing, bound to the box itself, and more of a style of storytelling that can be accessed on any platform at any time.

Redbox, a DVD ATM, is still a thing, though revenue is in decline. Most of the kiosks are outside convenience stores, lingering there even when no one has much use for them, like 14-year-old boys on skateboards.

What was once the dominant entertainment viewing and recording device of its day is now the kind of thing modern, iPad-owning toddlers look at in fascination and horror, wondering how we ever lived in such lame, inefficient times. VCRs used to feel like the future. Obsolescence, like death, comes for us all. RIP, VCRs.

The First Trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Is Finally Here

AMC finally delivered on months of agonizing speculation Friday, dropping the first trailer for The Walking Dead‘s seventh season. The Dead team invaded San Diego Comic-Con, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan even bringing along his character Negan’s trusty companion Lucille, a.k.a. that bat laden with death.

The fresh trailer kicks off with an emotional look back at who exactly Negan’s bat victim may have been, though the retrospective strategically ends before actuallyproviding anything resembling an answer. But the AMC gods know better than to leave Dead fans empty-handed. Here we get our first look at King Ezekiel, played by Khary Payton.

“It was a pretty traumatic and intense and weird two nights,” star Andrew Lincoln told Variety after that (spoiler alert!) death-centered finale aired in April. “It’s an astonishing scene and I thought Jeffrey Dean Morgan was just magnificent and magnetic in it. But also it was the first time I had felt a sense of unity and focus and intensity from everybody. All around the camera and also from the entire cast. I hadn’t felt like that since Season 1.”

Ahead of the presumably heartbreaking premiere, Deadline reports that AMC will be debuting a behind-the-scenes featurette centered on the making of Dead‘s seventh season Aug. 14. Additionally, AMC is hoping to get all the aloof lames caught up on the entire series with a two-hour recap special Oct. 16.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC Oct. 23.

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