HBO sucks. Well, they maybe don't suck, but the service they offered yesterday led me to believe that they probably suck, because I can't tell why the service sucked. They paid a lot of money to offer me that service so I would think nice thoughts about HBO, and they got the opposite instead.
HBO broadcast the Obama inaugural celebration yesterday. We decide to watch it during the rebroadcast a few hours later. It was great! Until the streaming started to get jittery. Then freeze. Then give bad images. Whole songs were frustratingly lost. Then Obama spoke and it was OK. Until it wasn't. We lost part of his speech.
Hint to HBO: having crappy streaming during the speech of the president-elect will win you no friends. I have no idea if the problem was due to lack of capacity of your streaming servers at peak times, or due to network problems between your streaming server and me, or your decision to use Windows Media Player instead of something considered more stable. But it reflected badly on you.
So, I went this morning to see the parts I missed. Nope, HBO won't let me: I have to watch the whole two hours in order to see the parts at the end that I missed. Skipping forward in the video gets audio but no the matched video. They do not have day-after segments of the songs and speeches, not even the president's speech.
Hint to HBO: now you look like incompetent boobs who have no idea what is expected on the Internet in 2009. You smell strongly of old media. Fortunately, you spent a lot of money for that image.
If those don't scare you off, by all means see "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" (a.k.a. "I've Loved You So Long"). If you are going to see it, don't read any spoilers. The plot, acting, and writing are all marvelous.
Steve Jobs has told the world that he has involuntarily been losing weight over the last year and now needs to put it on slowly. I noticed that "poundsforsteve.com" is not yet taken; maybe someone can set up a donation site where people could send large quantities of their favorite vegan fattening foods.
Or maybe we can let the guy have his privacy again...