If you've gone to YouTube to watch an unofficial upload of a TV episode, or even a single scene from your favourite anime, you've probably seen the weird things uploaders do to stop YouTube from taking down their videos. Your show might be sped up a bit, the voices pitched down, the video flipped horizontally or covered in digital snowfall. Maybe you suffered through it, recognising that this degraded quality is a necessary sacrifice to avoid YouTube's copyright bots. The bad news is, it was probably completely unnecessary.
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When it comes to televisions, bigger isn't always better. Yes, if you have a huge living room then a giant TV is great. However, if your living room is on the smaller side, then you can end up in a situation where you're sitting way too close to that massive screen, even when you're technically sitting on the other side of the room.
It's that time of the year where we hand out statues to film and television stars for their outstanding work in the previous year. Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hand out their picks when the Golden Globes are announced. With all the recent spotlight on sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood, this show may be a little different to usual.
Here's how you can watch the Golden Globes live in Australia.
Ever walked into one of those 'home cinema' showrooms? It's mad fun.
You wander in, sit on those custom leather chairs. Look up at that world class projector and the crisp audio. You imagine yourself kicking back after a long day at work. Ah, this is the life. You sip on a nice cold drink.
Then you look at the price tag and have coronary.
"So how can I do something kinda like this that doesn't cost $AU400,000?"
Uh, good question.
In the latest episode of Rick & Morty alternative The Simpsons, guest star Alison Bechdel describes her famous Bechdel test for films: Do two female characters have at least one conversation that's not about a man? Marge immediately brings up Homer, provoking Bechdel's FAIL animation, shown here in handy exploitable form:
After three seasons of alternate timelines and deep-cut callbacks, the Adult Swim comedy Rick and Morty is complicated enough that you might need to consult this character timeline chart. It tracks every significant or named character from the series so far, marking their appearances and deaths.
The Sony KD55X9000E 55" 4K HDR Android Smart LED LCD TV that originally retailed for $2999. For a limited time, you can snap one up from JB Hi-Fi for $1951; that's $845 off the current sticker price. Here are the specification you need to know about it.
For decades, photo and video equipment was designed and tested with only white subjects in mind. Lighting darker skin tones takes a different approach than lighting pale ones. Ava Berkofsky, director of photography on HBO's Insecure, tells Mic how her team beautifully lights the show's black actors, and Mic reporter Xavier Harding demonstrates some of the techniques below.
The latest instalment of Netflix's series of New York based superhero stories, The Defenders, was released over the weekend. It brings together Matt Murdoch (Daredevil), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) to battle The Hand for the survival of their city. The series is a great improvement over the last two Marvel/Netflix instalments, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and goes close to living up to the hype. Here's my spoiler free review.
I'm cool with Peppa Pig. Peppa is a charmingly imperfect pig-child, and Daddy Pig, despite falling into the cliché befuddled father type, makes me giggle. And who can resist George's one-track obsession with Mr Dinosaur? I don't protest much when my four-year-old daughter asks to watch the British preschool cartoon, and the quickest way for me to find a string of episodes is to grab the iPad and type in "Peppa Pig" on YouTube.