I'm allowed to talk about anything in this thread, right? If so, RANT MODE ON:
I was totally jazzed to discover that the Broadway musical, Hamilton, is going to be broadcast on July 3rd for the first time ever. This is not a movie based on the Broadway show --it's an actual taping of the theater performance (actually an edit made up of two or more tapings of the show, captured early in the run when most of the original cast was still performing.) Oh. My. God. I was so excited. I really, REALLY wanted to see that show when I lived in NYC but my last year there was the year Hamilton hit Broadway and there was no way I was EVER going to get a ticket.
So here we are, some 7 or 8 years later and I'm finally going to get to see it. What channel? Disney Plus. . . . WTF is Disney Plus?
Long-story-short I had to sign up for a new monthly streaming service just to see this show. But okay . . . I am literally 10 days away from retirement and I can treat myself to a new streaming service. I'm going to have a lot more free time on my hands, right? (And I'm probably not going to leave my condo much for the next several months due to the Pandemic so what the heck, here we go with a deep dive into the Disney library (which includes Star Wars among other things.) What's not to love?
Wait, what's this? They are offering a bundled set of Disney Plus / Hulu / ESPN? I don't really care about ESPN but Hulu did The Handmaid's Tale and that was excellent so . . . okay, sign me up.
Now all I have to do is sign in to all three services. They're all linked so one ID/Password should work for all three right? RIGHT? What's this? ESPN won't work? Damnit. Okay I'll call customer services. Scroll scroll scroll (no I am NOT going to read about it or try using your damn trouble-shooting 'bot) scroll scroll scroll (where is the damned customer service phone #?)
Long story short I finally got a human on the phone and they got me access to ESPN. (Maybe it will have something worth watching if/when we ever have an Olympics again.)
All that drama happened on my desktop computer in my office so, now I just need to log in via the laptop that sits by my TV so that I can stream content to the big screen. What's this? Now HULU won't let me log in? I have to call them AGAIN!!!!!????
Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! I cannot believe how fragmented and fragile and cumbersome TV-watching has become. Yes, I am awash in content (that I pay for) but you need a freaking degree in electrical engineering to manage all that content. I'm pushing 60 but imagine how my mother's generation must struggle.
I am now feeling particularly grateful for my younger sister. My mother lives with her and my sister serves as her on-site tech support. Thankfully, Mom's more into the Hallmark Channel than exploring the depths of Netflix, AmazonPrime, Hulu, and Disney Plus.
RANT MODE OFF
Okay, I'm done. What to see something cool? Here's a link to SGN (Some Good New) -- an online show that John Krasinski's been doing during the pandemic. Episode 1 was good but Episode 2 (below) was AMAZING because THE CAST OF HAMILTON SHOWS UP!!!. Enjoy.