YouTube Can Encourage You to Take a Break

YouTube Can Encourage You to Take a Break

Do you watch a lot of YouTube? If you have a lot of subscriptions or find yourself going down a rabbit hole on a regular basis, you may be spending more time on the service than you really should. YouTube will now make it possible for you to limit yourself and take breaks from streaming videos through their service.

YouTube is now introducing their feature that will encourage watchers to “take a break,” says Android Authority. The newly updated version of YouTube is adding settings that let users customize how long they watch. In the “General” section of the YouTube app’s settings, users who have updated the app will find an option called “Remind me to take a break.” Using this setting will prompt YouTube to send out reminders after a certain length of time. These reminders can be dismissed and won’t actually lock watchers out of the app. But they will let people get an idea of how long they’ve been watching and then choose to pause for a while.

With this setting, users can decide how long they can watch before being prompted to stop streaming. There are six options to choose from, including “Never” as the shortest time and “”Every 180 minutes” as the longer time. There are also more moderate options like “Every 60 minutes.” If you’re really wanting to cut back on your watching, you can even pick “Every 15 minutes,” though I don’t know many people who can really stop themselves after just 15 minutes.

There are plenty of really great videos and channels on YouTube, and of course it’s not necessary to stop watching altogether. But some people can find it hard to stop bingeing videos, which means it can be really helpful to get some reminders to stop wasting so much time. Since they’re just reminders and they don’t actually lock the app, the main concern is that YouTube binge watchers will simply get in the habit of dismissing the notification periodically. But there are other apps that can do this if necessary, and YouTube’s approach will be a much gentler one for those who just need a little bit of a push.

The update is being rolled out now, according to Android Authority. Look for this new feature in your app’s settings after you’ve updated.

Hulu & Spotify Reveal How Many People Pay to Subscribe

Hulu & Spotify Reveal How Many People Pay to Subscribe

Hulu and Spotify, streaming services that have begun offering bundles of their two services, have both revealed how many subscribers they have.

Hulu, the popular video streaming service, announced on Wednesday that they had more than 20 million subscribers, according to CNN Money. These numbers aren’t as high as Netflix’s, as CNN Money notes that Netflix has about 55 million subscribers in the United States. But the numbers still suggest Hulu is a decent competitor when it comes to the video streaming game.

They could also potentially gain more subscribers, as well, as some announced changes certainly seem enticing. Hulu, like Netflix, already has some of their own original programming (like the popular Handmaid’s Tale). Until now, though, Netflix offered something Hulu didn’t: offline watching. Hulu now plans to make content available to download and watch offline, says CNN Money. The content would still play with ads, but an internet connection wouldn’t be necessary.

Spotify announced their own numbers on Thursday. Spotify is a popular music streaming service that offers paid and free accounts. According to TechSpot, Spotify now has 75 million paid subscribers to their service, and the number of people who use the service every month is also huge: 170 million. And as TechSpot also mentions, Spotify’s 75 million paid subscribers is far above Apple Music’s 40 million. This only further cements Spotify as the major competitor in the music streaming arena.

Hulu and Spotify both offer their own separate subscriptions, but over the past months they’ve begun offering bundles, as well. Last year they began offering a student plan that bundled the two services for only $4.99 a month. And just last month, a bundle was announced for everyone else that would offer both services for just $12.99, which is higher than the student price but still a significantly less expensive option.

13 Subscription Packages You Might Not Have Heard Of

13 Subscription Packages You Might Not Have Heard Of

Monthly subscription packages have been all the rage for years now. There are makeup boxes, gaming boxes, fandom boxes, book boxes, and who knows what else. There are so many options out there that it’s difficult to know just what’s available. Most people have probably heard of Loot Crate, ipsy, and BarkBox, but that’s barely scratching the surface. Below you can find thirteen subscription boxes that are particularly interesting or even strange!

(It’s important to note that you should read subscription box reviews carefully before subscribing. Some of the boxes below have a lot of reviews and high ratings, but others have fewer reviews. These reviews could change regularly. Be sure to check recent reviews before deciding!)

The 90’s Box

This box promises “epic toys & gear,” with five to eight items from the 90’s sent every month. The website says their boxes can feature products from companies like Nerf, Hasbro, Mattel, and more. If you’re a fan of the 90’s (and it sure seems like we all are), take a look at their website and see if it’s for you: The 90’s Box
($17 to $24.99/mo.)

Apocabox

This subscription box is for survivalists and anyone else interested in survival gear. Every two months, subscribers are sent tools, accessories, and information meant to teach about surviving in difficult situations. This includes a “skills challenge” that teaches a specific survival skill. If you’re interested in preparing for an apocalypse (I hear zombie apocalypse is most likely), or if you just want to feel safer during outdoor adventures, check out the website: Apocabox
($50/every other mo. + shipping)

Box of Challenge

Box of Challenge is a monthly box that includes a mix of challenging items, like instructions and puzzles. Each box has a theme—the website lists themes like “Crazy Circus” and “UFOs.” Box of Challenge is meant for ages 8 and up and for 2 to 6 players. If you think your friends or family might want to join in on the challenge, visit their website: Box of Challenge
($24.90/mo.)

Dapper Sasquatch

This subscription box is centered on a theme: steampunk. Steampunk is an alternate history genre that explores what the world would be like if we had continued with steam power, creating a different world branching off from the Victorian era. Dapper Sasquatch sends books, items, and gifts in the steampunk genre; continues the Dapper Sasquatch storyline; and helps build a year-long mystery. If you’re an alternate history, fantasy, or sci-fi fan, give Dapper Sasquatch a look: Dapper Sasquatch
($35/mo. + shipping; other subscription plans available)

Dirt of the Month Club

This subscription box sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Well, it’s certainly more interesting than the name implies. Subscribers are sent dirt from mines each month, and that dirt can be panned to look for gold. The website says you’re guaranteed gold each month. There are very few reviews for this subscription box, so it’s hard to tell what your real experience might be, but if you’d like to try your hand at panning for gold, visit their website: Dirt of the Month Club
($39 to $255/mo.)

Dungeon Crate

Dungeon Crate is a subscription box for RPG (role playing game) enthusiasts. Each box has a theme (one past theme was “Mother of Dragons”) and includes accessories like dice, miniatures, coins, and digital content. If you’re a fan of RPGs and want to expand your inventory, look over their website: Dungeon Crate
($29.95/mo. + shipping)

Escape the Crate

This box is meant to be a less expensive way to enjoy the popular escape rooms without having to actually go to one of those businesses. Every other month, subscribers are sent a box of items that are used to solve a mystery and complete an adventure with your friends. You are given clues, like puzzles and riddles. The current adventure is called “Escape the Lost Colony.” If you want to solve clues and work through a mystery with your friends, head over to their website: Escape the Crate
($29.99/every other mo. + shipping)

Hunt a Killer

This terrifying-sounding subscription box lets would-be detectives solve a chilling mystery. The box includes information that tells a story about a killer and gives clues for you to work through so you can figure out who the culprit is. Hunt a Killer is a creepy, dark box with items and letters from the killer that subscribers must examine. If you like true crime or reading about serial killers, visit the website: Hunt a Killer
($25 to $30/mo.)

Kawaii Box

Kawaii Box is described as a “box full of cuteness!” The subscription box is filled with ten kawaii items and has previously included brands like Pocky, Hello Kitty, and Totoro. Items could be keychains, stickers, hair accessories, edible treats, or anything else kawaii. If you want a monthly subscription package that’s almost overwhelmingly cute and huggable, hop over to their website: Kawaii Box
($18.20 to $19.90/mo.)

Macaron of the Month Club

This subscription box sends subscribers—you guessed it—macarons. Every month, you will receive a variety box of macarons from Dana’s Bakery, including a macaron that’s the “flavor of the month.” The website’s “Macaron Gallery” shows macarons like chocolate covered pretzel, fruity cereal, champagne celebration, and cotton candy. Some past flavors have included watermelon, mint julep, and waffle cone sundae. If you’re a lover of macarons and you want to try next month’s variety of flavors, give their website a visit: Macaron of the Month Club
($33/mo.; other subscription plans available)

Moss of the Month Club

The Moss of the Month Club sends subscribers a monthly bag full of different moss and lichens. The subscription box is unlike the others in this list, because it’s run through an etsy user’s shop. The shop owner promises each month’s items are worth at least $10 to $15 dollars. The page suggests this earthy subscription box is particularly enjoyable in the winter when it’s dark and gloomy outside. If you’re a lover of moss and lichens, head over to their etsy page: Moss of the Month Club
($30/3 mos.; 6 mo. and 12 mo. subscriptions available)

Supply Pod

Supply Pod is a subscription box with a science and science fiction theme that’s sent every three months. Boxes include books, collectibles, clothing, and a science kit (examples include Star Trek books and a solar rover kit). This box combines a love of science fiction and a love of real-life science. If you’re a fan of either of the two, check out their website: Supply Pod
($39.99/every three mos.)

VNYL

VNYL is a subscription service the sends curated vinyl records to subscribers every month. VNYL learns about your music taste and sends three records every month. The service can learn about your likes through the information you give it manually, and you can connect your Spotify account and other music accounts. Music-lovers can check out this subscription service at their website: VNYL
($39/mo.)

Subscription Streaming Services: Plenty to Choose From

Subscription Streaming Services: Plenty to Choose From

For a long while, subscription streaming was simple. You might have heard someone talking about Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime—and you still will, since these three services are still at the top of their game. Now, though, there are far more offerings to think about adding to your list of subscriptions. Recently, Disney announced they would be removing their content from Netflix and creating their own streaming service in 2019. And YouTube is entering the arena with their own service. With so many services to keep track of, it can be difficult to decide which one (or ones) will be best for you. Here’s a list of just some of your subscription streaming options. (Since we all know and love Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, I’ll skip them for this list.)

  • Sling TV

    What it offers: Live TV packages with channels like ESPN, AMC, and History. Subscribers can choose from monthly packages with 25+ channels, 40 channels, or all channels. Sling also offers add-ons, like sports or news packages.
    What it costs: $20-$40 for basic packages; prices vary for add-ons
    Where to go: http://www.sling.com

  • DirecTV Now

    What it offers: Monthly packages with live streaming and on demand content from over 60 channels, like Disney, CNN, and TNT. DirecTV Now also gives subscribers the option to add premium channels HBO, Cinemax, and Starz on top of their subscription package.
    What it costs: $35-$70 for basic packages; $5-$8 each for premium add-ons
    Where to go: https://www.directvnow.com/

  • HBO Now

    What it offers: Access to HBO content without a cable TV subscription. Subscribers can use their monthly subscription to watch commercial-free content like Game of Thrones, Westworld, and a selection of movies.
    What it costs: $14.99
    Where to go: https://order.hbonow.com/

  • CBS All Access

    What it offers: Monthly or yearly subscriptions with live streaming and access to content on demand; CBS All Access offers plans with limited or no commercials. Subscribers can watch shows from CBS, and they can also watch programs exclusive to CBS All Access, like the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery.
    What it costs: $5.99-$9.99 monthly; $59.99-$99.99 yearly
    Where to go: http://www.cbs.com/all-access

  • Acorn TV

    What it offers: A monthly subscription with commercial-free streaming of shows “from Britain and beyond,” their website states. Their offerings include programs viewers may already know and love, as well as shows exclusive to Acorn TV.
    What it costs: $4.99
    Where to go: https://signup.acorn.tv/

  • YouTube TV

    What it offers: Access to TV channels with a monthly subscription. YouTube TV allows subscribers to have 6 accounts per household, letting families or roommates share. It also has DVR that uploads your recordings to the cloud and offers unlimited storage space. Right now, YouTube TV is only available in some specific markets, but it will be rolling out to everyone soon.
    What it costs: $35 for a basic subscription; $11-$15 each for add-ons
    Where to go: https://tv.youtube.com/

Spotify & Hulu Bundle Launches for Students

Spotify & Hulu Bundle Launches for Students

College students, rejoice! Spotify and Hulu have joined together to offer the Spotify Student Hulu Bundle. Students who are attending an eligible college or university can take advantage of a new bundle that offers Spotify and Hulu for $4.99 a month. If you already paid for Spotify Student, this new bundle essentially gives you Hulu as an added bonus. The Spotify & Hulu bundle is available for new users and old, as long as they’re attending an accredited institution. This is fantastic news for college students, especially those who already pay for one of the services.

New and returning users can get the bundle by going to the Spotify Student page and get started with the process. To get a student plan, Spotify makes sure that you’re a student currently enrolled in college. In addition to the typical information you might enter for a new account, they ask for information like which college you’re attending. They use a third party called SheerID to verify that you really are a student. Whether you’re a new Spotify user or someone just switched to Student from a regular Premium account, Spotify will switch you over to a Student account once you’ve been approved.

During the account activation process, you’ll be asked to connect with Hulu. If you don’t have Hulu yet, don’t worry—you’ll be given a chance to start your account. If you already have Hulu and you’re using the same email on both Spotify and Hulu, the Hulu registration screen should show that your email address is already linked to an account. Just click to log in, enter your password, and sign in to your Hulu account.

If you’re already a Spotify Student user, and you just want to add Hulu to your account, all you need to do is log in to Spotify, visit the Spotify Student page, click “Get Started,” and follow the on-screen prompts. Spotify will tell you that you already have Spotify Student and ask if you want to add Hulu (why bother asking, honestly—who wouldn’t want free Hulu?). Just click through to either create a new Hulu account or link your existing one.

Keep in mind, of course, that this service is only available as long as you’re a student. Spotify sends reminders each year to re-activate Spotify Student by proving your enrollment status again. So you may not be able to keep this $4.99 bundle forever, but it’s definitely a much-needed perk while you’re battling your way toward graduation.

Is Amazon Prime really worth it? How about now?

Is Amazon Prime really worth it? How about now?

Prime seems expensive: the upfront annual cost went up to $99 since I signed up years ago. But if it was worth it to me then, it is a steal of a deal now, if you consider all the newly added benefits you get access to.

Get Prime by the month: Don’t have $99 lying around, or don’t think you need an entire year of Prime? Sign up by the month and pay $10.99. And you get a deal if you qualify for low-income benefits: it’s only $5.99 per month for customers with an EBT card. Sign up for Prime around Thanksgiving and cash in on all the online Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, with free shipping to boot, and then drop it when you’re done.

Prime Student: Use your school email (ending in .edu) to score four $49-years of Prime. Act soon and you can get 6 months free.

Amazon Household: A Prime account is for your whole household, not just one person. Two adults living in the same house, and with separate Amazon accounts, can link their accounts to share the benefits of a single Prime account. You can share payment methods, and even add profiles for up to four children so your kids can take advantage of all the free reading and streaming of videos and music without being able to order anything. (You cannot use Amazon Household if you have a Prime Student discount).

Prime Wardrobe: Try before you buy. Choose 3 or more items of clothing, and have them shipped to you to try on. Send back what you don’t want in a prepaid box, and only pay for what you keep. Keeping more items earns you discounts, too: up to 20%. Currently, Prime Wardrobe is in beta, but you can ask to be notified when it launches.

Prime Video: Originals like Transparent and Catastrophe are available. They also have Downton Abbey, The Wire, and you can pay a little extra for channels like Showtime and HBO.

Unlimited cloud storage for pictures: Store as many precious memories in the secure Cloud Drive as you want, and stop worrying about losing them.

Prime Music: Choose songs, albums, or a station. More than 2 million available songs and you can also upload your current collection and listen on any device with the app. There is also a paid subscription that gives you access to tens of millions of songs for $7.99 a month; however, the family plan is $14.99 per month and allows up to six family members to use it. That’s $2.50 per person! Quick, I need five people! Anybody?mp3 player

Food: Have some grocery staples shipped to your door: Prime Pantry boxes ship for $5.99, and you can save 15% with Subscribe and Save. Weekly deals and coupons also make grocery shopping online attractive.

Prime Rewards Visa: For serious Amazon shoppers, the 5% back (in credit, not cash) may be a draw. Add a $70 gift card for signing up.

Free two-day shipping: Of course, this perk is awesome, but it can only be used for certain items. If you shop Amazon for everything, this perk may be worth the fee on its own: leading up to Christmas, the free shipping alone more than pays for my account. However, sometimes you can opt in for slower shipping and get credits for books, music, and more.

Prime Reading: There is a large rotating collection of books, magazines, comics and more available free with your Prime account, and some even have Audible narration, if you would rather listen.

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

Video games for Prime: Twitch Prime includes a Twitch subscription and free content. Prime discounts on video games could save you some real money, and some pre-orders are delivered ON THE RELEASE DATE. That means you can skip the line and still get that new game the second it is released.

It’s hard to resist all those perks for about $8.25 per month if you pay by the year. Amazon Prime members are much more likely to only shop at Amazon (I can see why), but beware: sometimes they have the best deal, and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they really don’t, and getting free shipping may not make up the price difference, especially considering that other online retailers like Walmart and Jet are making a major effort to compete by offering their own free shipping. So remember to shop around.

 

Stranger Things season 2 is coming out October 27 on Netflix

Stranger Things season 2 is coming out October 27 on Netflix

Stranger Things season 2 is coming out October 27, and it looks every bit as creepy and amazing as season 1.

Netflix has announced the official release date for the second season of Stranger Things, and it’s set to coincide with Halloween, which is the time frame the episodes also span. “The world is turning upside down,” says the trailer, and the silhouette in the roiling red clouds looks a lot more serious (not to mention bigger) than the Demogorgon from the first season.

According to the synopsis, “it’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.”

The second season features 9 episodes, as well as performances by Paul Riser and Sean Astin in addition to the regular cast of Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, and Caleb McLaughlin.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show creators revealed a few details about where the show’s characters are now, approximately one year after the events of last season. Will is having flashbacks and visions but is unable to tell if they are real, or an effect of the PTSD from being taken to the Upside Down. Sean Astin plays Joyce’s new boyfriend, and Paul Riser plays the new director of the Hawkins Institute, where the portal to the Upside Down is still open. But what comes out of it won’t all be monsters, though creator Matt Duffer wouldn’t elaborate on what “different kinds of horror” are in store for the town of Hawkins. But he did make clear that there are still enough unexplored facets of the story for several more seasons.

Main characters in Ghostbusters costumes

Netflix

One thing is certain: the characters from season 1 are still reeling from dealing with the Demogorgon last season, and certainly not prepared for the doom that is about to descend upon them. Will was absent for much of the first season, but he will be the center of the second, and apparently, Noah Schnapp is every bit as talented as his co-stars. But this Will is a different person after what happened to him, as is everyone, and much of the conflict comes from the emotional trauma, coping, and loss. A few newcomers (with the worst timing ever) will be moving to town as well.

Working with such a young cast on an ongoing project has challenges, as anyone who has watched Harry Potter or Game of Thrones knows. “As much as I would love to have it be Christmas right after that, it’s just not feasible, so we’re going to skip a year. They’ll be a year older, and all their changes they’re going through, we’ll take that into account and kind of work that into the show,” says Duffer.

Reports that this season will be darker and creepier than the already-pretty-dark-and-creepy season 1 mean that I already know what I am watching during Halloween.

Have you watched Stranger Things season 1? What did you think? Any theories about what’s going on, or where Eleven is right now? Tweet at me!

@easyinternetnow

@willreadforfood

 

AT&T and Cox have introduced 1 terabyte data caps for their customers on most plans.

AT&T and Cox have introduced 1 terabyte data caps for their customers on most plans.

1 terabyte is a lot: that’s 1000 gigabytes, and will be plenty of data for some customers, while some may need larger amounts. Cord cutters who consume a lot of HD video may fall into that category, and an additional 50GB of data costs $10.

Don’t know if you can be a cord cutter on 1 terabyte? Cord Cutters News has a guide.

Of course, gaming can use a lot of data, or hardly any, depending on what you are playing. Downloading files, games, patches, and DLC uses a lot of data. Surfing the web uses varying amounts of data, especially if you are on YouTube or an image-heavy site like Facebook or Instagram. Even streaming audio can use more data than you expect if it’s high-fidelity audio. Skype or other Voice over Internet Protocols (like chatting on Xbox Live or PlayStation) can use up data quickly too. This handy article by nbnco.com expands on that.

Everyone’s internet usage patterns are different, and it’s hard to tell you how much you need without taking lots of things into account. So you have 3 options:

1: Track your data usage over time. This is the most accurate way to tell what you are really using, especially if you are looking at several months of data use. I recommend at least 3. Check with your service provider to see if your records are available.

2: Need internet now, and don’t have time to compile the numbers? You can try to estimate what you use. This is going to mean some research and some generous estimations. How much time do you spend streaming videos? No really, how much? How much time on online games? How much time on social media? Keep in mind this is a daily average, and this is for everyone in your family, not just you. So unless you are keeping a close eye on everyone, chances are that you don’t really know.

3: Just find a provider that doesn’t cap data. This is what I would do—and I bet you know which company I would choose, don’t you? (You don’t? Easy Internet Now, of course!) But here’s why:

  • Easy Internet Now has low prices. Think you have to pay a bunch to get a fast, reliable, unlimited connection? Nope.
  • You get a free modem. Say what now? I like free. Free is good.
  • In the internet age, this shouldn’t have to be difficult. Easy Internet Now is easy to contact, easy to set up service with, easy to get support from. It’s part of the name for a reason.
  • AND NO DATA CAPS! The only caps are when I use CAPS LOCK (HIGH FIVE FOR THE AWESOME JOKE! Come on, don’t leave me hanging!)
  • Easy Internet Now uses the same network as AT&T. This is because we buy wholesale and re-sell, but without a lot of the strings and unpleasantness of a larger company. We’re proud to be a middleman!
  • You don’t need a contract or a credit check. This is a prepaid setup. Services for payment. Easy peasy.

Cox service area that will get the data cap (the names in bold are areas also served by Easy Internet Now:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Las Vegas
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Omaha, NE
  • Sun Valley, ID

AT&T and Easy Internet Now service area:

  • Alabama
    Map showing service area for Easy Internet Now

    Easy Internet Now service coverage

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

So by now, I hope you know that if you are getting a data cap, there’s no need to panic. Just assess your internet needs, and if you need to switch, there are options. Option. There is one option. No more. (Easy Internet Now, I mean).

 

HBO may be coming to Hulu

HBO may be coming to Hulu

The top 3 streaming services—Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu—are always looking for a way to one-up the others, and Hulu may have found a way to come out on top.

Hulu is currently negotiating with HBO for access to its on-demand content and live TV, and the clock is ticking: will they be able to get access before the July 16th release of Game of Thrones Season 7?

Currently, customers can access HBO:

  • Through cable providers.
  • By subscribing to HBO Now.
  • Through Amazon Channels: Amazon users can access HBO for an additional $14.99 per month through Amazon Channels, or purchase individual episodes.

Hulu already offers Showtime for an additional $8.99. It is possible that they may either offer HBO at an additional cost as well, or raise their prices once HBO is in the bag—especially considering the legions of rabid fans who will descend on the service for GOT season 7, if nothing else—but if Hulu maintains their low subscription, they will be offering access to HBO’s premium content for the lowest price in town. And that price includes all the excellent content that Hulu already offers.

Hulu also now has content from HGTV including popular shows, like:

House Hunters logo

HGTV/Hulu

 

  • Property Brothers and PB Buying and Selling
  • House Hunters, HH International, and HH Renovation
  • Love It or List It
  • Flea Market Flip
  • Design on a Dime
  • Flip or Flop

Original content

The thing that may differentiate the three streaming services the most is their original content. Each service makes their own movies and shows, and some of them are really great. In this contest of companies, the viewer is the winner. But to get to see all the most popular shows and movies coming out, you need access to all three services. Otherwise, you have to decide who has the original content you are most interested in.

Here are some of the most popular original shows on each platform:

Netflix

  • Stranger Things
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Arrested Development
  • House of Cards
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • The Crown

Amazon

  • Sneaky Pete
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Red Oaks
  • Bosch
  • Ripper Street
  • Transparent

Hulu

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Harlots
  • The Path
  • Casual
  • The Mindy Project

Don’t know which service is right for you, or what other shows and movies are available? That’s ok, it’s hard to keep up because the shows on each service change so often. Consider this guide.

So far, my favorite shows are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Stranger Things. What are yours? Tweet your show recommendations @willreadforfood or @easyinternetnow. (Please, no spoilers. Be cool.)

HBO released a second trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7

HBO released a second trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7

#WinterIsHere 7/16

Winter is coming in July, and after seeing the latest trailer for Season 7 of Game of Thrones, it is clear that the stakes have never been higher. Timid princess-turned-predator Sansa continues her tutelage with the king of games, Little Finger. Everyone knows that in the Game of Thrones, you win or you die, and we are given a glimpse of those who haven’t yet lost: Cersei, Daenerys, Arya, Jaimie, Tyrion, Brandon, and the vast cast of supporting characters who have one way or another managed to survive against the odds.

Yet it is clear that the death count is about to rise again, and it isn’t only humans who are struggling for supremacy. The White Walkers are on the move, and among the living, only those who can play nice with others will have a chance. “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” This is not the general philosophy of Westeros, however; the dog-eat-dire-wolf ethos is the only reason any of the current major players are still alive. Even Sansa, who grew up thinking chivalry was not dead, has made it clear she is looking out for numero uno, even above family.

Sansa in front of a Weir tree

In it to win it.                                                                              00:03 of the GOT trailer, HBO.com

Unlike previous seasons, which spun their rich bounty of drama, death and intrigue over 10 episodes, season 7 will only have 7 episodes, though most will be longer than average, and one is nearly as long as a full-length movie.

Like season 6, season 7 is breaking new ground in the Game of Thrones universe. The book this season is based upon (The Winds of Winter) has not been released yet, and no firm release date has been set, which only adds to the excitement over new developments in the extremely complex epic fantasy.

Time to get excited

If you feel a little behind the action, or you call half of the characters “that guy,” “what’s-his-face” or a Westerosy-sounding name you made up (like Barodarodarian, or Sir Friendzone), you might be interested in signing up for HBONow’s one month free trial and getting caught up. They have every episode available, from season one onward.

Don’t have time to re-watch everything, don’t want to use your 30 day trial (or already used it), or just looking for a quick reference? That’s not a problem, because HBO also has exclusive extras available without a subscription, which include episode synopsis’ so you can quickly brush up. Also available are discussions by the creators and the cast, behind-the-scenes footage, and a massive library of biographical information about the characters so you don’t have to play “guess who I’m talking about” with your friends.

Don’t remember where everyone is, or where they are going? Check out the interactive map of Westeros!