What to Watch on Netflix in February

What to Watch on Netflix in February

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Once again, Netflix is rolling out fresh, original content for the new month. And once again, we at Blackfire Research are excited. Is this list of new shows and movies worthy of your surround sound system? There’s only one way to find out.

 

Coming up for full streaming on February 3 is the debut season of the Netflix Original Series “Santa Clarita Diet.” Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star as Sheila and Joel in this dark, offbeat comedy about a pair of LA realtors whose lives take a sudden, unusual turn after their daughter makes a huge life decision.

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On February 10, “Abstract: The Art of Design,” a Netflix Original Documentary Series, premieres. This series will explore modern art and will give viewers an in-depth look into how artists render computer design, as well as contemporary art inspired by the computer age. Special guests will include some of the world’s most prolific designers and artists. Also on February 10, British actor and comedian, Ricky Gervais, reprises his role as hopelessly awkward David Brent, former branch manager of a midsized paper supplier company, Wernam Hogg. Now, years later, Brent is back in “David Brent: Life on the Road.” This “mockumentary” film follows Brent on tour with his new band, exclusively on Netflix.

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Another film is premiering this month on Netflix beginning February 24. “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore” was picked up by the streaming giant from The Sundance Film Festival. Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood play Ruth and Tony, neighbors who decide to track down local thieves after Ruth is burglarized. However they soon find out they are dangerously in over their heads against a gang of criminals.

These are some of the Netflix shows and movies debuting in Feburary. For a complete list of upcoming Netflix content for 2017, click here.

Featured Music Friday: Darkness and Light

Featured Music Friday: Darkness and Light

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In his fifth studio album, “Darkness and Light,” R&B singer-songwriter, John Legend, tackles love, fatherhood, and politics, through a soulful lens, with vocals smooth as velvet. In “Right By You (for Luna)” Legend sings to his newborn daughter, and imagines what joys and sorrows she will face in this world. In “I Know Better,” “Penthouse Floor,” and “Marching Into the Dark,” Legend takes on the role of activist once again (Legend’s song “Glory” from the film “Selma” won him the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2015), with lyrics about police brutality, individual responsibility, and the strength of the Black community. “Darkness and Light” is filled with life, love, and the promise of a brighter future.

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How to Watch Netflix and Amazon Instant Video in 4K UHD

How to Watch Netflix and Amazon Instant Video in 4K UHD

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There’s been a great deal of talk (and hype) recently over 4K UHD TVs and 4K UHD programing. Most new televisions have 4K capability, and streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (with Prime membership) are promising an increase in 4K content within the coming years. In fact, it’s been estimated that, by 2025, more than half of US households are expected to own at least one 4K-capable TV.

But, what even is 4K?

To summarize, 4K – or, Ultra High Definition – gives you current technology’s best quality picture on an electronic display, such as a television, iPad, or laptop. 4K UHD gives you four times as high a resolution as “Full HD.” It’s name refers to (roughly) the amount of pixels on the horizontal side of the screen you’re watching. To learn more about 4K technology and how it creates such a great quality picture, I suggest checking out this short article and video posted by CNET.

Currently, there’s not much programming in Ultra High Definition, and it will be quite some time before you can watch all of your favorite shows on the platform, including broadcast television. However, if you subscribe to Netflix and have an Amazon Prime membership, some 4K content is available to you, granted you have a 4K capable TV.

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The majority of what Netflix offers in 4K UHD is original content, such as “House of Cards,” “Marco Polo,” “The Crown,” “Chef’s Table,” “Sense8,” and “Bloodline.” Non-original shows in 4K UHD are harder to come by: so far, they only offer “Breaking Bad,” and “The Blacklist” in Ultra High Definition. Netflix has also teamed with Louie Schwartzberg, an award winning producer, director and cinematographer to create a four-part nature documentary series called “Moving Art,” presented in 4K UHD.

If you’re interested in checking out any of these titles in 4K, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A 4K capable TV
  • A compatible streaming device, such as a Roku 4, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Ultra, Amazon Fire TV (Second Generation), Nvidia Shield, TiVo Bolts, or most 4K Smart TVs
  • The most expensive package on Netflix ($11.99/month) – it’s the highest tier they offer and it allows you to stream in UHD, as well as on four simultaneous screens
  • Good internet connection –Netflix recommends 25 megabits per second or higher
  • Streaming quality set to “High” on your Netflix account

To browse for Ultra HD content on Netflix, type “4K” or “UHD” into the search menu. Updated versions of the streaming service and supported TVs will also display a row dedicated to 4K content on the app.

Amazon Instant Video

Like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video offers some original content in 4K, such as “One Mississippi,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Good Girls Revolt,” and “Transparent.” Unlike Netflix, the majority of Amazon’s 4K UHD content is in film, like “Fury,” “Pineapple Express,” “The Patriot,” and “Men in Black 3.”

The good news about watching 4K on Amazon Instant Video is that you don’t need a special subscription plan – you can watch original content in 4K with your regular Prime membership. However, most of the newer movie titles available in 4K are pay-only – even to Prime members – for around $20 each. That could accumulate into a hefty bill over time.

System requirements to watch Ultra High Definition on Amazon is similar to that of Netflix, except that they recommend a high speed internet connection of 15 megabits per second.

If you have a second generation Amazon Fire TV, and it is connected to a compatible Ultra HD TV, the Movies and TV sections on your main menu will include “4K Ultra HD” categories where you can find and browse titles available in UHD.

Since there isn’t much 4K content available at the moment (or any solidified plans to make 4K available on broadcast television), buying a 4K UHD capable TV for the sake of being able to watch your favorite shows and some films in higher resolution doesn’t seem worth it (for now). However, if you are looking to purchase a new TV for the holidays, pretty much all your options are 4K friendly. Therefore, if you have the TV capability, as well as a streaming device that allows for UHD, it’s worth the investment. Netflix and Amazon have both promised to offer more 4K shows and movies on their streaming platforms in the coming years, and other streaming services are following suit.

Do you watch TV and movies in Ultra High Definition? Think it’s worth the investment? Tell us about your experiences with 4K UHD in the comments section below!

https://www.cnet.com/news/what-is-4k/

On this Day in Music History: January 26, 1940

On this Day in Music History: January 26, 1940

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On this day Music History in 1940, Frank Sinatra made his first public appearance with the Tommy Dorsey Band at the Coronado Theater in Rockford, IL. Prior to launching one of the most successful solo careers of the 20th century, Sinatra sang with Dorsey during the Big Band era of Swing, recording over forty hits like “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” and “Imagination.” Sinatra had signed a contract with Dorsey for $125 a week, and sang with the band through 1942, until he decided to go solo. However, a tough legal battle ensued over Sinatra’s contract with Dorsey, which had given Dorsey 43% of Sinatra’s lifetime earnings in the entertainment industry. Dorsey eventually let Sinatra out of his contract, thanks to a thousand dollar bribe and a loaded gun from one of Sinatra’s rumored mobster connections.


Featured Music Friday: Awaken, My Love!

Featured Music Friday: Awaken, My Love!

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Multitalented comedian, actor, writer, and musician, Donald Glover, is back with his third studio album as Childish Gambino. In “Awaken, My Love!” Glover abandons his “Because The Internet” rap persona that gave him two grammy nominations in 2013, and instead, experiments in new-wave soul and funk. Not only does Glover create an entirely new sound for his latest album, he has also created an entirely new format on which to experience his music. Glover recently announced that “Awaken, My Love!” will be available on “virtual reality vinyl” sometime in 2017.

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