The Pros and Cons of Streaming Platforms

The Pros and Cons of Streaming Platforms

Even with their pros, they all have some downfalls.
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Everyone knows about streaming platforms. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Go, you name it, it probably exists. While each platform has its perks, the also have their downfalls. If you're trying to decide whether a streaming platform is for you--in the end it probably will be--here are some pros and cons.

Pro: You can take your favorite TV shows and movies anywhere...

Most streaming platforms mention this pro all of the time. It's an easy way to convince people to sign up. Being able to use multiple devices to watch something is great when you're trying to pass the time, like when you're on your break at work or waiting for a flight at the airport. When you want to stay in and nothing good is on TV, finding something you enjoy watching only takes a few clicks of a button.

Con: ... Unless the wi-fi or 4G just isn't feeling it.

Like most things in such an abundantly technological time, you need wi-fi or a mobile network to do anything. If the wi-fi isn't working wherever you happen to be, you'll just have to wait until you're somewhere it does work. Should the world suddenly enter post-apocalyptic mode, access to your shows will cease to exist. How will we survive the zombie apocalypse without The Walking Dead to help us???

Pro: You have access to nearly every show and movie in existence...

I think the access is the main reason people love instant streaming. Netflix especially has a great variety of original TV shows and movies, as well as multiple others ranging from hidden gems, classics, and every season of that show people keep telling you to watch. Hulu also offers several enjoyable original shows and next day episodes from current shows. Recently the Criterion Collection created a streaming site called Film Struck that, like the other sites, provide a large number of critically acclaimed films, both classic and modern.

Con: ...The operative word being "nearly."

Unfortunately much of the content offered doesn't last forever. Unless something is specific to the platform (e.g a Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime original), it will eventually disappear. Some movies return, some don't, and others are never available to instantly stream. So you can't always say "I'll wait for it go on (insert streaming service of choice)." But here's a bit of good news: if you're looking to watch older shows and movies not on "Instant Watch" anywhere, Netflix is the only way to avoid the downfall of not having certain content available. They offer a DVD service where you can have DVDs sent to your house in a quick fashion. Crazy, right? Another perk: late fees don't exist.

Pro: You don't need to leave your house, or even your bedroom, to watch something...

Similar to the first pro I mentioned, streaming platforms and their mobile apps mean you don't need anything except your phone to watch a TV show or movie. Your favorites literally fit in your pocket for easy access. Having a Hulu app on your phone is great for those days where you don't want to leave your bed.

Con: ...You lose some of the experience that comes with watching a show or movie.

Let's face it, streaming platforms are slowly killing the movie industry. With many movies eventually ending up on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc., no one really needs to worry about paying for a movie ticket. The problem? The experiences are too different. Sure, you can watch a great blockbuster on a five-inch screen, but it won’t be nearly as immersive and enjoyable of an experience. In a movie theater you have the luxury of watching a film on a screen that stretches almost from the floor to ceiling. Watching shows on a computer or a television screen can offer a better view than one from a phone or a tablet, but you still don’t get the full theater experience Absolutely take advantage of what streaming platforms offer, but remember to enjoy them in the best way possible from time to time.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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5 Reasons Why The Saints Are Inbound To Win The Super Bowl

With the Saints rolling this year, there are 5 crucial reasons why they have a great chance to make the Superbowl.

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When you're reading this is February, you're gonna ask yourself, "How did he know?" I'm a wizard; that's why I know the Saints are going to the Superbowl this year. I'm just kidding, but in all seriousness, I can say with confidence that the Saints have one of the better chances in the NFL to make it to the Superbowl. Below are 5 reasons why they'll make the Superbowl in February 2019.

1. Breesus Christ

The Saints have Drew "freaking" Brees. I literally do not need to say more, but I will anyway.

Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the league period. He will break the record for most passing yards in a career this season, and he has the record for highest completion percentage. To all the people that say Tom Brady is better, you're wrong. Tom Brady has always had a defense to rely on when he needed; Drew Brees hasn't.

Whenever the Saints need Brees, he's always there. The Saints rely on him to get them out of big holes and us Saints fans know that he's the best QB in the league and will lead us to another Superbowl this year.

2. Lighting and Thunder

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram being the best running back duo in the league isn't new news. We saw all of last season that Ingram was a bruiser and Kamara was a shifty back. They form a lighting and thunder duo. This season, Ingram has been suspended for the first four games and the Saints were still able to go 3-1. Just imagine how great the Saints are going to be when Ingram comes back this week. It's going to be SCARY.

How do defenses stop Kamara, Ingram, Brees, and Thomas? Defenses beware because the Saints are marching in.

3. Can't Guard Mike

Michael Thomas has been unstoppable this year. No one can guard him. In my opinion he's the best receiver in the league, and while others disagree, they can't deny the impact Thomas has had for the Saints. With the best QB in the league, Thomas is in a prime position to lead a major push to the Superbowl for the Saints. When the offense is rolling, no one can stop the Saints. Cornerbacks can prepare as hard as they need, but they can't guard Mike.

4. Boonk Gang

The Saints defense made major strides last year and helped propel them to many wins. If not for a freak play that resulted in the Saints losing in the divisional round, I believe the Saints would have moved on to the Superbowl. While the defense has been pretty bad at the beginning of the season, in week three, the Saints defense showed what they are capable of. With Ingram coming back and controlling the pace of the offense, watch for the defense to get much better through the season.

5. "Put me in Coach Payton"

Sean Payton may be the second best coach in the league after Bill Belichick.

Coach Payton has had the Saints offense in the top 10 offenses every single year since he became head coach in 2006. With his offensive creativity and his ability to use players such as backup QB Taysom Hill in positions where no other coach would dare to use them, Coach Payton will be the driving force in leading the Saints to the Superbowl.

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