Sunday nights are the perfect movie nights.
It’s a good time to distract one’s mind from the impending stresses and troubles of the week ahead. And there’s no better fare for that than escapist Hollywood, so I decided to check out a flick I’d been meaning to see for a while, Hancock.
Since I’d just upgraded my cable television service with Northwestel, I figured I’d save myself a trip to Rogers and order the movie through their new video on demand service. That turned out to be a bad idea, since they clearly don’t have all the bugs worked out yet.
I made myself a salad, settled in on the couch, and placed my order through the cable receiver hooked up to my tv. And this is what I got:
Nice. Digital static. I jimmied around, starting and stopping the movie a few times, but it didn’t get any better.
So I exited the movie and went back to regular television, which was working fine. I watched some redneck bikers build Bill Murray a motorcycle for a while and ate some salad.
I went back in to the “On Demand” menu, clicked on Hancock again and got this:
Screw it. I watched the bikers weld a pitch fork to the back of Murray’s caddyshack-cycle and finished my salad. The I put on my shoes and did this:
Yeah, that’s right, I went old skool. I drove down to Rogers and picked up Hancock on Blu-Ray. I put the disc in my PS3, clicked play, and was immediately watching this:
In a press release last week, Northwestel VP Curtis Shaw says, “we hope our Whitehorse digital cable TV customers will take the time to try out the service.”
Well, dude, I took some time, and it was wasted. Think I’ll stick to DVD and Blu-Ray for a while before I blow any more on this half-baked service.
So was the move worth all the hassle?
Totally. Hancock is a brilliant take on the eternal plight of super-heroes in a “real” world. Will Smith nails the part perfectly. It was so good that I sort of wish we had a hero like him in the Horse to smash some sense into Northwestel execs before they launch ill-conceived services like this on an unsuspecting public.
Instead, now there’s one more thing on my bulked-up to-do list for the week: call Northwestel and argue to get that $5.99 credited back to my account. My mind’s not feeling so distracted right now.