News on HBO’s Stand Alone Service

Last year, HBO announced that it would be launching a subscription service aimed at those people who do not have some sort of cable or satellite package.

More news on the service, which will be called HBO Now can be found at this link:
http://www.ibtimes.com/hbo-talks-apple-be-launch-partner-coming-web-service-hbo-now-exclusive-1835882

The service is expected to carry a price of $15 a month which is pretty close to the same amount a cable subscriber would pay for the channel. The company is hoping to have the service ready for launch next month, in time for the April 12 premier of the fifth season of ‘Game of Thrones’.

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Thoughts on the Two and a Half Men Finale: I loved It

This post contains spoilers from the Two and a Half Men finale which aired last night. Read at your own risk.


I wanted to take a break from plugging my series of posts on my personal website about being visually impaired, up to eight as of this writing with more to come, to talk about last night's series finale of Two and a Half Men.

I have been a fan of Two and a Half Men for a long time though not since the very beginning of the series. I am one of those people that never seems to get into a series when it first comes on the air. My current favorite show, The Big Bang Theory, is one that I started watching when season 1 came out on DVD. I like to binge watch shows and so I used to buy a lot of TV on DVD for that purpose. The first season of Two and a Half Men did not come out on DVD until the show was in season 4 or 5. But I did buy it and I did watch it and I became a fan and started to watch the show on television.
Two and a Half Men was one of the shows I would actually make it a point to watch every week once I started to watch the current episodes. I wasn't big on watching network TV then and almost everything I watched was either on DVD or on TV Land or something. What can I say? I love old sitcoms.

I was more of a fan of the Charlie Harper years than the Walden Schmidt years but not too much more. I thought the show went a different direction after the Charlie years and was fine with it. So this series finale was the first one in quite some time that I was eagerly anticipating. I haven't looked forward to a series finale this much since Friends and Frasier went off the air over a decade ago.

So how did I enjoy the finale?

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Pop-Quiz Time! Jon Jones Or Justin Bieber?

1.) Which one is the UFC Light-Heavyweight champion?

2.) Which one is a world-famous singer/songwriter?

(I know what you’re thinking … This is too easy.)

3.) Which one of these role models, despite being a self-avowed Christian and only in his twenties, has a recent past scattered with such moral behavior as a public skirmish (or two), a DUI arrest (which included a vehicle crash), and drug use?

(Now, all Jones needs is to buy himself a plane.)

2014 Year in Review: Audiobooks I read

I haven’t plugged Audiobook Empire in awhile now, so it is time.

This post: http://audiobookempire.com/2015/01/01/2014-year-in-review-audiobooks/ contains all of the stastical date I compiled in 2014 concerning the audiobooks I read.

Pretty simple.

UFC App added to Apple TV

Today is a day I have been waiting for since the launch of UFC Fight Pass earlier this year. A UFC Fight Pass App has been <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/12/09/apple-tv-ufc-scene-fusion-dailymotion/" TARGET="_blank">added to the Apple TV</a>.

The UFC fight pass service costs $9.99 a month in the United States but offers various subscription plans.

UFC.TV offers access to a variety of Ultimate Fighting Championship content, including free and paid video. Users can subscribe to the service’s Fight Pass premium offering with a 6-month membership priced at $54.99 or a 12-month membership at $99.99. Users can also access archived pay-per-view content, although some pay-per-view content is unavailable in many countries due to regional restrictions.

I've been waiting for this day and it is here now. Come Jan. 1, UFC will be getting some of my money.

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IOC to Launch Olympics Internet TV Channel

<a href="http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/ioc-to-launch-year-round-olympics-internet-tv-channel-1201374451/" TARGET="_blank">IOC to Launch Year-Round Olympics Internet TV Channel</a>.

The International Olympic Committee plans to launch an over-the-top digital TV channel as early as 2015, which will be stocked with archive material and some international sports coverage.
The OTT Olympics channel got the go-ahead as part of the 96-member IOC’s unanimous approval Monday of 40 new proposals, which among other things include new bidding procedures that would let cities or neighboring countries make joint bids to host the Olympic Games.

Oh good, I was thinking that I had too much time on my hands and really needed another way to fill it.

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My Most Sincere Apology to Every Last One of You

I must do something that I hate to do but which I am not afraid to do. In my previous post concerning the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer, I embedded a video from Youtube. That video was not the accurate trailer and in fact, had I been a little more careful when examining whom it was that uploaded said video it would have never made it on the site.

I hate making mistakes like this because they are sloppy and are just so simple to avoid. Yet, I did make that mistake and will not hide from it. The original post now features a link to the actual trailer with a note of explanation for anyone who happened to view the first one.

Still, I did not think that was sufficient for me to apologize for a very regretable error on my part. So I once again apologize for this particular error in judgement and carelessness. I am truly better than this. I am not using this as an excuse but I will say that I am a tad under the weather and have not gotten much sleep the last two days. As I said however, that is not an excuse and what I did was unfortunate.

Just to make it abundantly clear, below is the actual trailer straight from the Apple website.

If my misplaced video fooled you know this. I am truly sorry and if it makes you feel any better, I have a form of OCD where this particular kind of mistake is going to drive me mad for weeks.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some crow to eat with a side of shame and then perhaps I shall get some sleep.

Here is the real trailer.
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/lucasfilm/starwarstheforceawakens/

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

Here, for your viewing enjoyment is the first teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will hit theaters on December 18, 2015. This trailer is being shown at select theaters throughout the country this weekend, can be seen on iTunes or at the link below the jump.

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CM Punk on the Art of Wrestling Podcast

CM Punk was on the Art of Wrestling podcast and if anything else, it was newsworthy.

Punk talks about his final months in WWE and what exactly went down and what made him quit. If for some reason you still haven’t found the show, the youtube link is after the jump:

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Lots of Stuff Going up at AudiobookEmpire.com

I still have to use this site to plug my other projects because as of now, this one still gets the most traffic. So, I want to tell you that over at <a title="AudiobookEmpire.com" href="http://audiobookempire.com/" TARGET="_blank">Audiobook Empire </a>I have posted a number of <a title="Audiobook Empire Articles" href="http://audiobookempire.com/articles/" TARGET="_blank">items </a>over the past few days.

Most of these items deal with books that have been placed on sale over at <a title="downpour.com" href="http://downpour.com/" TARGET="_blank">Downpour.com </a>or <a title="Audible.com" href="http://audible.com/" TARGET="_blank">Audible.com</a>. However, there are a couple of posts talking about the audiobook production process from authors who have recently had some of their work converted to audiobook.

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