Netflix Subscription Fee Hike?

Variety has reported that analysts believe Netflix will again raise their subscription fees, and my response to the last hike was to cancel and to plan to only subscribe for three months per year using a discounted gift card or gift card offer that includes extra Air Miles or Optimum points.

This year I think i’ll subscribe either from mid-October to mid-January or mid-November to Mid-February, when holiday programming is full blast on television because i’m not a big fan of that.

Hopefully this would coincide with the release of the last season of Stranger Things and other programs I can binge watch. But I still wonder if COVID’s impacts on production and the recent writer’s strike will cause a shortage of content at the end of this year.

I routinely browse Amazon.ca upcoming blu-ray releases to determine what might pop up later and it looks somewhat encouraging. But I know I will probably not be interested in what they’ll have to offer until next winter, unless they’re planning to release something from Europe that could be promising; I was surprised by Trapped (an Icelandic detective series) and Dark (a sci-fi series from Germany).

Quite frankly they’ll need to impress me if they keep hiking their prices this often. After all, I still have a film collection and will likely keep adding to it if they don’t. And Apple, Cineplex, Google and Prime also occasionally offer discounted rentals and purchases.

I guess all we can do is wait for Netflix to make it worth our while, again.

St. Catherines Record Show & More

The St. Catherines Record Show will be hosted by the Grantham Optimists Youth Centre at 188 Linwell Road in St. Catharines, Ontario on Sunday, March 3rd (2024) from 10am to 4pm.

Admission will be $5 and the nearest bus stop numbers are 303 and 306. Consult Niagara Regional Transit for additional information on this city’s local transit. And remember, cats is always preferable at these conventions.

Ottawa residents should note that Legend Records has moved to a new location, to the second floor of 1292 Wellington St. W, and that their Grand Opening will be on Saturday, March 2nd (2024).

Enjoy.

This Weekend’s Events

There will be three events this weekend two of which will be collectors conventions for music, television and film memorabilia and the third being a record convention.

Tsokino-Con 2024 is an anime convention that will occur from the 23rd to the 25th at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, primarily in the Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Bob Wright Centre (BWC), and the Elliott Building (ELL).

Admission ranges in price depending on one’s age and one’s stay at the convention (click here for details) and the nearest bus stops to the venues are #101036 and #100991. The later is a seven minute walk away from the buildings hosting the event, along Ring Road, and additional information on the routes servicing the area can be obtained from BC Transit.

613Flea is a gigantic flea market held monthly at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Landsdowne Park, in downtown Ottawa. And this month it will be on the 24th from 10am to 4pm.

Admission is free and you may find vendors that sell vinyl and/or the aforementioned memorabilia. And the nearest bus stop, which is serviced by multiple routes, is 3080 and is a five minutes walk away from the venue. A trip planner is available from OC Transpo.

The Oshawa Record Show will be held at their usual venue, the LVIV Hall & Pavilion at 38 LVIV Blvd in Oshawa on Sunday, the 25th of February, from 10am to 4pm.

Admission is $5 or free for students and children under 14. And the nearest bus stops are 667 and 668 on Simcoe St or 1058 and 1089 on Bloor Street East, all a five minute walk away from the venue, over the Hwy of Heroes.

Remember, cash is preferable at these events. Enjoy.

This Weekend’s Events

Music, television and film memorabilia collectors in the Western provinces will have an opportunity to attend Fan Expo Vancouver, which will be occurring from Saturday the 17th to Monday the 19th of February, 2024 at the Vancouver Convention Center, in the West Building.

Individual day passes are still available from the official site and this venue is serviced by Waterfront Station (Metro/Skytrain/Seabus), which is an 8 minute walk from the venue. Consult Translink for additional details on the areas’s transit.

The Burlington Record Show will occur on Sunday, the 18th of February 2014 from 10am to 3pm at the Halton Naval Veterans building at 2440 Industrial St. in Burlington, Ontario.

Admission will be a donation to the Naval Veterans and the nearest bus stops numbers are 204 and 207, which are a 6 minute walk away from the venue.

Please note that cash is preferred at these events but ATMs are available at or near both events, RBC at the Waterfront Station in Vancouver and BMO and RBC near the aforementioned bus stops for the Burlington event.

The Sad State of Canadian Media

Today I learned from Ottawa radio personalities Stuntman Stu and Angie Poirier what fans of 45 radio stations across Canada have also learned from their local radio personalities, that Canadian radio is not teetering on the edge but has pretty much been toppled by other media.

These are 45 out of 103 Bell Media owned stations that are being sold and only the latest cuts in the company, which cut 9% of their work force and some local news programming recently, including the noon broadcast of CTV News here in Ottawa.

People in the industry in Ottawa were concerned after Bell Media had applied to have their commitment to local television reduced with the CRTC in June 2023, days before a massive 1300 in lay-off in the middle of the month and weeks before when two major CTV News personalities, Leanna Cusack and Joel Haslam had retired in July 2023.

All is not well with Bell Media yet people are still acting like we are in the states and have access to a sustainable amount of viewers, when American radio has their own issues according to Pew Research.

So, what will happen if no buyers are found for these stations? Will smaller, remote communities without high speed internet become dead zones? Will larger stations simply become re-transmitters for American programming?

“Tough luck” is not actually a response, especially in communities where print has disappeared, where small business advertisements, local events and important municipal, provincial and federal government information have no venue. But unfortunately this dismissiveness is being heavily promoted by American propagandists on social media, who want to control this nation’s media.

I guess some people have forgotten that weather radio is being decommissioned in many communities in Canada and that cell coverage fails during some weather emergencies, as well as internet access.

Television and radio are the more reliable information sources outside of the urban centres and suburban communities. And it’s time to stop listening to the ought-is.

Vinyl Pop-Ups, Conventions & More

If you’re in the Hamilton area today, the 7th of February 2024, there is a vinyl pop-up from 6pm tp 9pm at the Grain & Grit Brewery at 11 Ewen Road.

Admission is free and the nearest bus stops to the venue are numbers 1352 and 2603. Please consult Hamilton Transit for additional information.

The Bowmanvillle Record and CD Show will be occurring at the Memorial Park Clubhouse on Sunday, the 11th of February, 2024, from 10am to 4pm.

Admission is free and the nearest bus stop, stop number 1499, is a ten minute walk away at the corner of Liberty and Prince.

PC Optimum points collectors should note that they can obtain 5000 points on $50 Indigo gift card purchases at participating Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix from Saturday, the 10th of February 2024 to Friday the 16th of February, 2024. Please consult your local flyer for details.

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