Cord Cutter Weekend: House of Cards Tops The News

Today Netflix released the third season of House of Cards and the mega hit show has fans very excited about what is going on with now President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). Well the answer to that and many other questions have been answered once plow through season three.

Our hero or should I say our anti-hero Frank inherits a White House rocked by scandal after he orchestrates President Walker’s (Michel Gill) exit from the Oval Office. To further complicate things, Rachel, the former call girl who can connect Frank to Russu’s (Cory Stoll) death, is missing in action after attacking Frank’s right-hand man Doug (Michael Kelly) and leaving him for dead.

But  is Doug really dead?

Well you can find out for yourself by heading to Netflix and watching your new batch of House of Cards but don’t binge watch them. No, take your time and savor season three one great episode at a time, that way you will get much more enjoyment.

While we are talking about Netflix if you looking to just watch a fun movie that will make you laugh then checkout Soapdish, It is a brilliantly crafted, fun satire poking fun at soap operas. Robert Downey, Jr. Sally Fields, Whoopie Goldberg and Kevin Kline head up a great ensemble  cast.

Three free movie and TV services worth checking out are  Tubi TV, Viewster and Crackle, they all should be added to your channel line-up. At present Tubi TV has more than 3,000 titles licensed from partners like the U.K.’s iTV, Endemol, Hasbro and Cinedigm. In the next six months, the company plans to grow Tubi’s catalog to 20,000 titles.

That brings us to Sony’s Entertainment’s OTT entry called Crackle. The network offers plenty of Sony’s existing TV and movies they also have some original programming like the Web series Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and Dan Patrick hosting Sports Jeopardy.

Crackle has premiered “The Throwaways,” an original feature film executive produced by Jeremy Renner.

Written by Michael Arlen Ross (“Turistas”) and directed by Sundance winner Tony Bui (“Three Seasons”), “The Throwaways” is described as a “comedic international cyber-spy thriller.” It follows the exploits of a notorious hacker named Drew Reynolds, who is captured by the CIA and given an ultimatum to either work for them or spend the rest of his life in jail. He agrees on the condition that he gets to pick his team, who then help him track down a cyber-terrorist.

Next up there is a really great channel called Viewster and it offers an amazing amount of free content  being generated from its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. There really is something for everyone in either the TV or movie areas of Viewster.

They have an impressive collection of more than 12,000 movie titles. These include Anime, Documentary film, Classics, Comedy and Independent films from 40 countries around the world and the number is growing.

I love the TV side because of the amazing range of shows from all over the world. These include various Anime series, some of them as Simulcasts in European countries, Korean Drama, and some awesome programming out of Australia, Canada along with such great British programs like, The Inbetweeners, Peep Show, Shameless and many more.

Lastly on Amazon Prime Instant Video there a must see and that is Drunk History: Season Two (2014): Comedian Derek Waters hosts the most entertaining history lesson you’ve ever received. Featuring a slew of guest stars every episode, the Comedy Central series clues you in about the birth of our nation and the oddball characters who brought it to be, told by completely inebriated narrators. Season One is available now with Prime.

 

 

 

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.