View Finder: Resistance to Netflix is futile

Brodie Fogg 1 September 2017 NEWS

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Stream me up, Scotty.

When it was announced earlier this week that the CBS Enterprise would hyperspace jump to Australian shores to salvage the crumbling Network Ten from full-scale destruction, the first question on everybody's mind was whether Netflix Australia would still get Star Trek Discovery.

A legitimate concern considering CBS intends to leverage Network Ten's video-on-demand service, tenplay, to launch its own on-demand streaming service CBS All Access Down Under and that CBS Access is the only way to stream Star Trek Discovery in the countries where it's currently available.

However, Netflix has put the Vulcan death grip on concerns of a similar fate occurring in Australia by confirming the series will air as planned when it releases later this month on 24 September.

It's still likely we'll have to wait 24 hours after the episode airs in the US (as does the rest of the world), but it's still reassuring to know the exciting new series will be expedited to Australian screens.

For a service that launched in Australia with a comparably shallow library, Netflix has been doing a solid job of securing local streaming rights as of late. For example, Netflix is the only service currently streaming Rick and Morty Season 3 in Australia, albeit a week later than the US.

Game of Bones

Game of Thrones seventh season officially wrapped this week and like the Breaker of Chains herself, Foxtel is nothing without its dragons. In an effort to maintain the horde of Foxtel Now subscriptions it acquired during this season's run, Foxtel has begun pushing its upcoming TV shows and primo HBO meat.

Foxtel is hoping The Walking Dead's army of flesh-eating fans will mosey straight on to Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Part 2 on September 11 before being led like mindless drones into October when The Walking Dead Season 8 begins.

However, its big drawcard is the new HBO drama The Deuce. Set in 1970s New York, The Deuce follows two twin James Francos and one Gyllenhaal sibling through the proliferation and procreation of the porn industry, which coincides with a rising drug and violence epidemic. The series is written by The Wire creator and every TV buff's wet dream, David Simon (and even stars some of The Wire's prestigious alumni).

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I'm actually looking forward to Foxtel dropping a Deuce because two Francos are always better than one and everything David Simon craps out is gold. Let's just hope the Foxtel users who felt royally effed by the multiple service outages this year hang around long enough to see this sleazy porno drama.

Don't hate the game, son

Speaking of Game of Thrones, after the credits rolled on this week's Rick and Morty, a cheeky vanity card flashed on screen taking a stab at the writing in Game of Thrones Season 7. The card read: The Writing on Game of Thrones [2011 - 2016]. A brutal stab not even Jon Snow could come back from.

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While it doesn't seem outside of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's wheelhouse to poke fun at popular culture, it turned out the joke had not come from these two geniuses at all and instead came from the little fingers of some A-grade bastard at Adult Swim. Not happy that he and Roiland had copped the flack for the crappy joke, Dan took to Instagram to clear the air with one very Harmony rant:

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Dan is rightfully mad but this whole fiasco is almost worth it just to see another one of Harmon's trademark tirades.

Trailers of the week: The Deuce and Jerry Before Seinfeld

Yes, we've already talked up the upcoming HBO drama The Deuce but to get a feel for its cool as all get out 70s vibe, you've really got to see it for yourself.

Netflix has released a truckload of stand-up comedy specials and as a result the quality has been a bit inconsistent. Now the godfather of observational comedy is having a crack with the part biography, part stand up special Jerry Before Seinfeld.



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