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Re: Star Trek: Discovery (possible spoilers)

Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:13 pm

We'll see see if CBS relents and puts it on DVD while I'm still alive.
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Re: Star Trek: Discovery (possible spoilers)

Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:22 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:We'll see see if CBS relents and puts it on DVD while I'm still alive.

Season 1 has been available in disc format since mid-November 2018:

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https://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Discovery-Season-Blu-ray/dp/B07G2D87C1
. They tried to pitch it and the specials/extras available on disc formats when I was at the Vegas Star Trek convention last year.

You can subscribe to CBS AA for $5.99/month if you're ok with ads: https://www.cbs.com/all-access/subscription/plan/. You get only a week free but sometimes, they've had deals where it's a month free. Some folks have paid for a month then tried canceling, but where then at that point were offered another month for free. No guarantees there.

How about just subscribing for enough time to binge watch all the eps? The guy at https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/st ... t-27097179 wants to wait until ep 10 of season 2 to subscribe. Avoid browsing the rest of that thread in case there are any spoilers.

Ep 10 should air March 21, 2019.

IMHO, it's worth at least 1 or 2 month's worth of CBS AA with ads just to watch the show. Also, if you travel outside the US and Canada and have a Netflix streaming subscription, you should be able to stream it while there.

I had to put the Amazon URL in code tags otherwise this forum totally messed up my links.

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Re: Star Trek: Discovery (possible spoilers)

Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:03 pm

I actually meant to rent, but I'll look into it. Thanks.

EDIT: I actually tried to sign up for 1 month commercial free, but when I got to the Paypal button nothing happened when I pressed it. This happens with Firefox sometimes. Maybe I'll try later with Chrome. In the meantime, can I watch that through Tivo Roamio, or do I have to sit at my PC to watch? I don't do much of the latter. Some apps required that you have a cable provider; I dumped Time Warner several years ago for OTA and internet-based video. I guess I'll look this crap up...

EDIT Again: Nope. I'd have to get back into my old Xbox and the crappy interface with Microsoft, pay them, pay the fee...no thanks. It would cost me $60 per season if I buy the DVD. Watching it on my 19" square PC screen makes the most sense, but most likely I'll just keep waiting, even if that means watching it in Hell (with commercials) after I'm dead. ;)
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Re: Star Trek: Discovery (possible spoilers)

Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:59 am

^^^
I'm 90% sure that it doesn't require you to have any cable or satellite subscription. I know what you're referring to w/a bunch of other "channels" and their web sites.

https://cbsi.secure.force.com/CBSi/know ... s.com%2Faa lists the supported devices.

Current Chromecasts have a retail price of $35 (https://store.google.com/us/product/chromecast?hl=en-US). You can get them online or many B&M places (e.g. Best Buy, Target, Walmart). Per https://support.google.com/chromecast/a ... 2492?hl=en, https://store.google.com/us/product/chr ... p?hl=en-US that points to https://www.google.com/chromecast/setup/, looks like you need an iOS or Android device to set them up. (I have both.) Think of a Chromecast as like a set top box that's a dongle but has no remote control. You need another device like an iOS or Android device to control it. You do some stuff from a PC/Mac to Chromecast (I rarely do this) but setup from a computer has been apparently axed: https://9to5google.com/2018/12/30/chrom ... c-windows/.

You can get a previous gen (round one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromecas ... generation) at some Walmarts for cheap (https://slickdeals.net/f/12212287-chrom ... rt-ymmv-17). I used Brickseek and found one at a Walmart Neighborhood Market when they were on clearance for $17. I couldn't find them anywhere in that store and had to ask a clerk. They were behind the customer service desk.

One of the Walmarts 27 miles from home allegedly has 8 in stock for $9 but I don't need any more.

(There were actually two versions of the original style Chromecasts that looked like USB flash drives: the original one and another later one that had a different FCC ID. The first round one that wikipedia calls 2nd gen came after that.)

I've mainly used CBS AA on Roku 3 and Apple TV 4K.

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Re: Star Trek: Discovery (possible spoilers)

Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:10 am

The only supported device I have is my old Xbox, and I abandoned that because of Microsoft Live (?), which is what you need to use it online. I appreciate the effort, but I don't want to add another device to my collection just so I can watch one show. Maybe I'll wait for cheaper used DVDs.
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Re: Star Trek: Discovery (possible spoilers)

Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:23 am

LeftieBiker wrote:The only supported device I have is my old Xbox, and I abandoned that because of Microsoft Live (?), which is what you need to use it online.

Original Xbox and Xbox 360 probably won't work anyway. They're not listed at https://cbsi.secure.force.com/CBSi/know ... s.com%2Faa.

Despite the name, Xbox One came out (apparently in Nov 2013) after original Xbox and Xbox 360. I don't even have an Xbox One since I don't care. I can't speak to CBS AA and whether it requires a paid subscription to Xbox Live.

19" square monitor? If you don't care too much about panel type (e.g. TN, IPS, etc.) you can get bigger ones for cheap these days: https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductL ... rder=PRICE. Do check warranty length though. Seems like Acer and Asus have 3 year warranties but some might be as short as 1.

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Re: Star Trek: Discovery (possible spoilers)

Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:46 am

I'm fine with my monitor. It's low radiation and my face is close to it, so it's plenty big. But it isn't really like watching our 42" plasma TV. As I said, I'll get a DVD set, eventually.
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The Orville

Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:57 am

Star Trek discovery is a hideous show.

The Orville is a great Star Trek like series.

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Re: The Orville

Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:10 am

dm33 wrote:Star Trek discovery is a hideous show.

The Orville is a great Star Trek like series.


I've watched a few eps of Orville. The main problem with that show is that it's mostly a comedy, and the more comedic episodes of ST have always turned me off. That isn't the fault of the show - it's a personal bias. Oh, and there are so many ST people involved in The Orville that it seems a bit incestuous.
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Re: The Orville

Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:16 pm

dm33 wrote:Star Trek discovery is a hideous show.

The Orville is a great Star Trek like series.

(shrug) I dunno. I'm a huge Trek fan and am enjoying ST:D. Some folks who don't like the show or don't like having to pay for a service to see it call it STD.

Yeah, I've had someone recommend The Orville to me and says it's more like Star Trek than ST:D. I haven't gotten around to checking it out. I might...

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