What You Want to Know About DishLATINO

Sometimes a show is so popular that it gets remade all across the globe.

Remember “The Office?” It was only one of the world’s best sitcoms, if for no other reason than it featured the

What many people don’t realize is that the show wasn’t exactly an original. I don’t mean that it was heavily influenced by previous workplace sitcoms like “Mary Tyler Moore;” I mean that it was a remake. The first iteration of “The Office” came from Britain. It was the breakout and brainchild of international comedy star Ricky Gervais. The pilot episode of the American version is very close to being a shot-for-shot/line-for-line remake of the pilot from the British original.

Eventually, the American version established its own identity. Sure, some of the characters were clear counterparts of characters from the British version, but the storylines were not facsimiles. It set itself apart enough to even win an Emmy for Best Comedy Series in 2006.

Because the American version was so successful, the rest of the world decided to follow similar suit. As of summer 2017, there have now been eight different variations of “The Office” around the globe. The Germans even made a feature length movie.

The point is that we as Americans don’t often think about international television. American shows are frequently translated over to other cultures. The vice-versa happens as well, but less frequently.

But times are changing. Despite the dismay of many, the world is coming closer together, and will continue to do so. As a consequence, we all get more of a taste of each other’s culture than we have before.

This is especially true in regards to television. If this were 1987 and you wanted to watch a show from Chile, the odds were stacked against you, unless you wanted to take the trouble to buy a plane ticket to the South American country. That sounds ludicrous, but you *know* there are some “Game of Thrones” fans who would engage in intercontinental travel if they had to.

In 2017, there’s no need to purchase plane tickets. You can purchase television packages like DishLATINO instead.

What Is DishLATINO?

If you thought DishLatino was a television package designed primarily for television watchers who speak Spanish as a first language, well:

I suppose that wasn’t too hard to infer.

DishLATINO is actually a *series* of packages available to Spanish speakers. There are four options available:

  • DishLATINO Clasico
  • DishLATINO Plus
  • DishLATINO Dos
  • DishLATINO Max

Like the packages for English speakers, these packages vary by price and amount of channels.

DishLATINO packages aren’t entirely dissimilar to other Dish Network packages. A two-year contract is required. The signal reliability is the same. You can even use the same customer service outlets, as Dish has translated these outlets into Spanish.

So besides the language, are there any other differences? Yes, there are.

Channels

When you order a package through DishLATINO, you can get channels that you would not get in other Dish Network packages.

Of course, this depends on which of the four packages you order, but each package comes with channels for Spanish speakers. Some of these channels include:

  • Almavision
  • Antena 3
  • CGTN Espanol
  • Bandamax
  • Cine Latino<
  • ESPN Deportes
  • Globovision
  • Pasiones
  • And more!

Zona Futbol

It’s not just the channel lineup that’s unique about DishLATINO. DishLATINO packages come with Zona Futbol.

If you like soccer

Okay, fine. If you like *football,* Zona Futbol is the quintessential television package.

In fact, Zona might be the best selling point unique to DishLATINO. The features that come with Zona are impeccable. First, there’s the quantity. Zona broadcasts games from a plethora of leagues, including the following:

  • Copa Libertadores
  • English Premier League
  • International Champions Cup
  • La Liga
  • Liga MX
  • Ligue 1
  • Major League Soccer
  • Serie A
  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Europa League

All-in-all, football fans get access to over 1000 matches through Zona.

Obviously, even the most enthusiastic football fan couldn’t watch all of those matches without sacrificing friends, family, going outside, and everything on the Maslow hierarchy of needs. That’s why Zona has a multi-game feature that allows viewers to keep track of up to six games at once.

And since the amount of available content is overwhelming, Dish makes it possible to watch these games anywhere you want. Dish Anywhere–available to all Dish subscribers–is the Dish Network app that allows you to watch all of the best soccer on your smartphone/tablet. Games can be enjoyed in real-time, or you can watch recorded games.

Along with Anywhere, Zona comes equipped with the Game Finder app. Game Finder is a one-stop shop for football news and scores that keeps you up to date on every league.

Conclusion

So yes, there are clear differences between DishLATINO packages and other Dish Network packages. There are different channels, different packages, and oh yeah, a different language.

The similarities? It’s the same exceptional service you get with Dish Network. You get all of the amazing television you want at a low cost.

The Best Television Sports Packages

Sports. We love them. By we, I mean Americans. But really, I could mean the entire globe. Indeed, love of sports might be one of the few things that every continent can still agree on. That, and the new “Star Wars” movies are pretty cool.

Sure, the sports we like might be different. A matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots means less than nothing to the people of India. On the flipside, one of the biggest causes of brain aneurysms in America is trying to understand the rules of cricket (source: the Sam Joseph Journal of Medicine).

Regardless, there’s no segment of the globe you can visit where you can’t find rabid sports fans. And it’s a great time in world history to be a rabid sports fan.

Thanks to constantly evolving and improving technology, fans have more access to amazing sporting action than ever before. 20 years ago, the idea of living in rural Nebraska and getting to watch an NFL game that wasn’t on national television was absurd. Today, a Nebraskan does not have to drive to Denver to watch the Broncos play; they have the ability to watch them from the comfort of their own home.

This is because there are now a plethora of amazing television packages that give fans extraordinary access to a whole host of the best international sports leagues.

In this post, we plan on highlighting the five most exciting sports packages that any real sports fan will appreciate.

NBA League Pass

I don’t think it’s a hot take to say that the most recent NBA finals were a little bit of a disappointment. Unless you’re part of Dubnation, you probably wanted more than a five game series. That said, if you think it’s a boring time to be a basketball fan, you simply couldn’t be more wrong. Talent around the league is quite possibly at an all-time high. Offenses are running up points like Mike Tyson runs up debt. And there’s no better way to get all of the scoring action than NBA League Pass.

With NBA League Pass, you get about 40 out-of-market games from the National Basketball Association every week, the majority of which can be enjoyed in high-definition. League Pass also comes with NBA TV, the official network of the NBA. If you’re looking for detailed analysis, interviews, and in-depth player profiles, NBA TV is as good as it gets.

MLB Extra Innings

The days of baseball as “America’s pastime” are over. Anyone who really still believes that to be true has probably said this:

Hopefully they said this without the rifle.

That said, television ratings for baseball are up, despite what many think. The ratings for the 2016 World Series were through the roof. That might have been more to do with the storyline of the Chicago Cubs finally winning their first Series since 1908 rather than the game itself, but it’s worth mentioning. It’s also worth mentioning that for the first time in a decade, Major League Baseball has actual stars (Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout).

That’s why Extra Innings is a premiere sports package. With Extra Innings, you get approximately 100 out-of-market games a week. That’s 900 innings of the best in the Majors. Obviously, that’s *a lot* of peanuts and crackerjacks. That’s also *a lot* of baseball action to keep track of. Fortunately, Extra Innings comes with the MLB Network, which provides up-to-the-minutes, scores, highlights, and news from around the league.

NFL Sunday Ticket

Unlike the other packages featured on this list, Sunday Ticket’s availability is a little bit more limited. Whereas aforementioned packages can be ordered through Dish Network, Sunday Ticket is exclusive to Directv and its subscribers. If you are one of those subscribers, Sunday Ticket is the Super Bowl of sports packages; a must.

With Sunday Ticket, you get access to every single out-of-market game every weekend. Obviously given the NFL’s nature, a lot of these games are competing against each other. Even for the most ardent NFL fan it’s impossible to devote full attention to each game. That’s why the Red Zone Channel–part of Sunday Ticket–highlights every scoring drive from every game. Instead of watching a team struggle to get past the 50, you can watch every touchdown.

Of course when it comes to football, reality can be overrated.

There are millions of fans who are as obsessed with their fantasy team as they are with their local team. For those fantasy fans, Sunday Ticket comes equipped with the Fantasy Zone Channel, a channel devoted to tracking the stats and fantasy scores of every player.

MLS Direct Kick

Bob Dylan once said, “The times they are a-changin’.” Admittedly, he was talking about political unrest and social upheaval, not so much about soccer. But the fact is that the time really are a-changin’, and soccer is on the precipice of being one of America’s favorite sports. A recent ESPN poll found that soccer is the second favorite sport for people between the ages of 12 and 24. And this trend will most likely continue with the rise of American phenom Christian Pulisic. As a consequence, it’s easy to see a future when Major League Soccer becomes a top-notch league in the context of international soccer. This is why MLS Direct Kick is growing in popularity.

Direct Kick broadcasts over 200 games from the MLS season. And that’s just the regular season. The feature that sets Direct Kick apart from other sports packages is that you get playoff games as well. If you’re a true soccer fan, that should get you more excited than even this announcer.

NHL Center Ice

What’s the biggest gripe you usually hear about watching hockey on television? It probably has to do with the ability to keep track of the puck, right? It’s a valid grievance, one that wasn’t helped by the infamous “glow puck.”

Sorry, I thought we were watching hockey. Didn’t realize this was “Star Wars: Attack of the Canadians.”

I’ve personally always felt this sentiment to be misguided. Sure, it’s not always easy to follow the puck, but there’s much more intense, physical play taking place on the ice beyond the puck action. NHL Center Ice brings all of that action right into your living room, without the chill emanating from the ice.

With Center Ice, hockey fans get up to 40 games a week from the National Hockey League. Not only do you get all of these exhilarating games, you get to watch them the way you want to. Unlike other sports packages, Center Ice has a feature that allows you to switch between the home team’s or the away team’s broadcast.

Directv Genie or Dish Hopper: Which DVR System is Right for You?

When I was a kid, I used to have a collection of these things:

You might ask, “What on earth is this? What am I supposed to do with this?”

First, congratulations on your youth. Enjoy it, it doesn’t last forever. But to really answer your questions, this is a video home system (VHS) tape. If you wanted to watch your favorite movie in 1997, you had to use one of these. Or if your favorite movie in 1997 was “Titanic,” you actually needed to use *two* of these because the movie was too long to fit on one. And the movie’s length would also be extended by five minutes, as you would you have to rewind it from the last time you watched it.

Of course, you could also use these to record your favorite shows. And indeed, that is something I used to do. If I couldn’t catch the newest Ken Burns documentary, I would press “record” on my VHS player and watch it on tape later. And by “Ken Burns documentary,” I mean “episode of ‘Kenan & Kel.’”

Thankfully, this technology is long antiquated. And unlike, some technology of yesteryear, it’s unlikely to make a hipster-inspired comeback anytime soon. Even the champions of vinyl records recognize how inconvenient this system is.

Now if you really do want to record your favorite Ken Burns documentary, you simply have to press a couple of buttons on your remote to instruct your DVR, and voila! You’re done.

DVR technology has been the preferred method of recording television content for over a decade at this point. No one has been able to invent anything better, and frankly, it’s hard to envision anything significantly preferable.

This isn’t to say that DVR systems are interchangeable; that if you have one system, it’s top-of-the-line just like any of the others. That is not at all the case. Some systems hold advantages over others.

In this post, we’ll be examining two such systems, the Directv Genie and the Dish Hopper, and list out the distinct advantages that each holds over the other.

Directv Genie

Genie has been Directv’s DVR system since 2012, but it has undergone a multitude of upgrades since its debut.

The current iteration of Genie can store up to 1000 hours of recorded programming, making it about 998 hours better than your old VHS. Of those 1000 hours, 200 of them can be dedicated to HD programming.

Obviously, that’s *a lot* of television. It would take… hold on.

It would take over 41 days to watch everything you had recorded. I guess you could give up going outside for Lent next year.

It would not, however, take 41 days to fill up the space in the first place. That’s because Genie allows you to record up to five different programs at once.

While it would be natural, or at least most common to enjoy these recordings at home, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Recordings on Genie can be accessed from a multitude of locations. When you order a Directv package, you can immediately enjoy the benefits from the Directv app. One of those benefits is the ability to access recordings from you Genie. So if you’re on a lunch break, you can sneak away to a restaurant/cafe, login to your Directv account, and voila! All of your recordings on Genie are at your disposal on your smartphone/tablet.

As it happens, you also have viewing options within your own home. Wired or wireless miniature versions of the Genie can be installed on an additional seven televisions, so that all eight televisions are operating with the same system.

Unlike the DVR systems of the past, Genie is more than recordings. Genie comes with a number of fantastic applications already built-in. These apps include Facebook, Pandora, ScoreGuide, Twitter, and YouTube.

One of the most widely lauded features of Genie is Genie Recommends. That may sound like a Genie who makes your three wishes for you.

In fact, what Recommends does is not entirely dissimilar to Netflix: it offers program recommendations. Based on your previous recordings, Recommends suggests other shows you might enjoy. It actually goes even one step further, in that it records those shows for you. And before you make a gripe, those recordings DO NOT take up any of your allocated 1000 hours. They are stored in the same place where pay-per-view movies are stored.

Overall, Genie is a fantastic DVR system; one of the best on the market.

Dish Hopper

But Genie is not *the* best. It can’t be, not while Hopper is around.

Hopper holds several advantages over Genie. First off, there’s the recording space. You probably thought 1000 hours/41 days sounded like a lot. Hopper offers 2500 hours of recording space.

If you want to do the math, that’s over 104 days worth of television. That *might* be enough to cover the entirety of “The Simpsons.”

Of those 2500 hours, 500 of them can be used for HD recordings. Like Genie, that amounts to 20% of the available space. Because of the ample volume of allocated space, Dish allows you to record a whopping 16 programs simultaneously.

The one place where Hopper loses the numbers game to Genie is the amount of televisions that be connected. Genie allows eight televisions on one system. Hopper is limited to seven. Like Genie, each additional television requires a wired or wireless miniature version of the Hopper to be installed. If you’re upset about that one television discrepancy, just know that Hopper recordings can be enjoyed on the Dish Anywhere app. Anywhere you go, you can access your Hopper recordings on your smartphone or tablet.

Hopper also includes several already integrated apps. These apps include Facebook, Pandora, SiriusXM, Twitter, WeDraw, and more. What Hopper allows for that Genie does not is personal ingenuity. Hopper features a platform that allows you to create your own app that can be utilized within the Hopper itself.

If you’re looking for features unique to the the Hopper, the two most popular are AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime. Both serve a similar, appealing function, in that you can skip commercials on any of the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) during primetime hours.

Conclusion

If you are looking for me to issue a definitive verdict as to which of the two systems is superior, I would ultimately have to rule in favor of the Hopper. The storage space and the developer platform are the key factors in my ruling. That said, both systems are superb, and they both are stellar representations of the Dish and Directv brands.

And they *certainly* both beat ever having to see the “Be kind rewind” sticker ever again.

Directv or Directv Now: Which is Best for You?

It’s not often that you find a situation where an individual or an entity is competing with itself. Seems a little masochistic, doesn’t it? Is it any different from punching oneself in the face?

However, such internal competition isn’t that unusual in the business world. Sometimes a corporate entity will alter its product slightly in order to integrate itself into a newer market.

That is essentially what’s going on with Directv at the moment.

Back in November of last year, Directv started offering a new product, Directv Now.

Directv Now is Directv’s entrance into the cord cutting market. It is their attempt at a streaming service. Now is not only competing with Directv itself, but with services like Sling TV and Playstation Vue.

Now has only been on the market for a little over six months, and has undergone some significant changes even in that short time frame. However, there are some determinations that can be made already. Today, we plan to explore the core differences between most Directv packages and Directv Now.

The Advantages of Directv Now

Beyond as a provider of exceptional television, what are some of the things that you might associate with Directv? Here’s one:

The dish itself.

Of course, the dish is ordinarily non-invasive and non-bothersome. That doesn’t change the fact that some people simply don’t want to deal with the installation, or they flatly can’t.

With Directv Now, there’s no dish. This can prove to be advantageous to people who live in apartment buildings.

One gripe the satellite television industry has frequently been on the other end of involves the contract. Some people just aren’t into commitments.

When you order a Directv package, you’re required to enter into a two-year contract. Directv Now? No contract. No commitment. You can order and cancel your subscription to Directv Now at your own leisure.

Another big selling point for Directv Now has to do with Cinemax and HBO. Of course, both of these channels are available through regular Directv, specifically through the premium package. In fact, both can be purchased individually when you enter into a Directv contract. Cinemax will add $13.99 to your monthly bill; HBO will add $17.99.

With Directv Now, you can add Cinemax and HBO for $5 a month each. If you get both, that’s *still* a lower cost than adding either individually through most traditional Directv packages.

The Advantages of Directv Packages

Before we get too deep into this post, let me clearly state that no two Directv packages are precisely alike. So the discrepancies and advantages I present here may not be entirely accurate across the board. If they apply to the majority of most popular Directv packages, then they will be made note of.

That said, here are some of those notable differences.

The first one worth mentioning will probably be the most important to discrepancy to many, but also the least important one to others. It depends on how much you love Sundays. And by that, I don’t mean church. I mean this:

Yes, football. If you’re a football fan, then you are probably well aware of NFL Sunday Ticket. Sunday Ticket brings you every out-of-market game every Sunday. You get several football specific channels that bring you up-to-the-minute highlights and analysis. It’s football heaven.

And you can only get it when you order a Directv package. That does *not* include Directv Now.

Of course, during the NFL season, there are anywhere between 12-16 games per week. Unless you’ve found a way to obfuscate the time-space continuum, you can’t watch every single game in one day. You might need to record a few.

With a Directv package, you can get a whole home DVR system that covers up to four rooms in your house.

If you have Directv Now and you want to record something, you can’t. Directv Now currently has no recording capabilities.

The last major difference between Directv Now and the majority of Dish packages goes back to HBO and Cinemax. I mentioned earlier that the two premium channels could only be obtained at an additional cost. That was slightly misleading.

No, not fake news! Just slightly misleading. Let me correct the record.

When you order a Directv package, you actually *do* get HBO and Cinemax. You also get Showtime and Starz. For the first three months of your contract, you get all four for free. Even if it’s only just those three months, you can’t get any of these channels through Directv Now for free at all.

Conclusion

Of course, there are similarities between Directv Now and most Directv packages. With the right technology, both can be enjoyed and consumed just about anywhere. The channel selections are largely similar.

So no, Directv Now is not starkly different from the rest of its Directv brethren. It may be a different direction and a different market for the long established satellite brand, but in the end, you’re getting exceptional television at an affordable price.

What You Need to Know About Dish Anywhere

There used to be a time when you had to watch a TV show when it was scheduled to be on the network schedule, or you wouldn’t get a chance to watch it all.

True story, and it wasn’t even that long ago. Certainly within my lifetime.

Yes, there were reruns and syndication, but for the most part, if you wanted to watch the new “Seinfeld,” you better be in front of your television set at 9:00 EST on Thursday. I suppose you could have recorded it on a blank VHS, but you would get the surrounding programs as well. Have fun guessing where your show is while wearing down the rewind/fast forward buttons.

Of course, there have been significant technological advances since even the mid-90s. The majority of Americans have smartphones, and don’t have to wait for someone in the house to get off the internet before making a call. Facebook has essentially rendered high school reunions irrelevant. And most importantly–at least within the context of this post–you can watch television shows pretty much anywhere you want to go.

There are a few reasons as to why this is possible, but today I’m going to focus on one particular cause: Dish Anywhere.

The Features

Dish Anywhere is the app associated with Dish Network.

With Dish Anywhere, you can watch your favorite programs through Dish, well, anywhere. Anywhere you have access to a mobile device at least.

So if you’re a Dish subscriber and you want to watch the newest episode of “Empire,” it’s not necessary to be in front of your television at 9:00 PM EST on Wednesdays. If you have a smartphone, you can watch “Empire” on your way to work on Thursday morning (that is if you have a long commute and aren’t driving).

Of course, DVR technology made it possible to watch your favorite shows at your own convenience a long time ago. But when I say “at your own convenience,” that only applied at your home. Now, with apps like Dish Anywhere and a DVR enabled by Sling, you can watch your favorite shows at a deli on your lunch break.

What shows can you watch? It varies a little bit from package to package. If your Dish Network package doesn’t include Bravo, you won’t be able to watch any installment of “Real Housewives.” This is why the app requires a login upon use. Anywhere is for Dish Network subscribers only.

If you are already a subscriber, Anywhere is an essential app. Not only can you watch all of your recorded programs on your mobile device, you can also record your favorite shows *from* your device. Dish Anywhere gives you the tools you need to set up future recordings, in case you don’t have time to make it home to program your DVR.

Anywhere isn’t only about the recordings either. With this app, Dish Network makes it possible to access on-demand shows as well.

Anywhere offers over 20,000 TV shows and movies from over 150 channels. Depending on what channels are part of your Dish Network package, you can watch on-demand programming from those channels. Not only do you get access to these shows, but Anywhere also includes a bevy of web-exclusive clips.

How to Use Dish Anywhere

So those are the fantastic features of Dish Anywhere. But what good are features if you don’t know how to use them?

Thankfully, Dish Network has made their app fairly easy to use.

Let’s say you want to watch the newest episode of “Fargo.” First, excellent choice. Second, use your log-in credentials when you open the app. You can do this at the top of the screen. You do not need to create new credentials; it’s the same username and password you use for your Dish.com account.

Now let’s assume that you have *not* recorded the newest episode of “Fargo,” and instead want to get it on-demand. You will need FX, which is part of most Dish packages. Should you have FX included in your package, you can simply type in “Fargo” to the search bar in the top right corner. If you’re not 100% sure which show you want to watch, you can click on the “Networks” option under the “On Demand” section of the main menu.

What if you recorded “Fargo” and you want to access your recording? Easy. Look at the same main menu and you’ll find a “DVR” option. Under that option, you will find “My recordings.” Click on that, and a list of your DVR recordings will appear.

But what if you want to *record* “Fargo?” You can go about this two ways.

Look at the main menu and you will find a “Guide” option. Click on that, and you will be led a page that displays the upcoming schedule for all of the channels within your Dish package. If you know what time “Fargo” is on, simply go to Wednesday at 10 PM EST and click on the title. At that point, a pop-up will appear, and you will find a “Record” option on that pop-up.

Or you can type “Fargo” into the top right search bar, and when the show’s page loads, scroll down. You will find a list of upcoming airings, and you can click the “Record” button next to each of those airings.

Conclusion

Many critics love to proclaim this era as the golden age of television, and it’s hard to disagree. This is not only because the shows are more intricate, nuanced, and mature than ever before, but it’s also because of the volume. There are so, so many shows today, and it’s impossible to keep up at home. And that’s why Dish Anywhere is a particularly great innovation.

The Departing Cast Members of “Saturday Night Live”

When it comes to the amount of seasons, it’s incredibly rare for a television series to make it to double digits. Even some of the most legendary shows didn’t even come close.

Seinfeld? Nine seasons. The Sopranos? Six. Breaking Bad is destined to be a television classic, yet it only ran five seasons.

When a show *does* make it to ten seasons, that really is a special achievement.

Saturday Night Live just finished its 42nd season. That’s a whole lot of special.

The NBC sketch comedy show is basically an institution at this point. It’s hard to imagine television without it. Indeed, when you consider all the of the catchphrases it’s inspired and all of the careers it’s launched, it’s hard to imagine American culture as a whole without it.

Of course, when a show lasts 42 years, it’s practically impossible to maintain the same cast/crew. Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, is most likely the only person who works on the show now that also worked on the show in the beginning. Cast members have come and gone throughout the duration of the show’s run. Darrell Hammond and Kenan Thompson have both completed 14 seasons on the show, which only amounts to a third of the show’s history (Thompson is a current cast member, so he will break the record next season).

This season is no different. When the season finale aired on May 20, it marked the final episode for three of the cast members: Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata, and Vanessa Bayer. The show paid a loving tribute to Moynihan and Bayer (Zamata didn’t announce her decision until after the completion of the season).

So now that they are no longer part of the cast, we can at least start to put their stints in historical perspective. What were their best sketches? How important were their contributions in general? And what’s next for them? We will break it down, actor-by-actor.

Bobby Moynihan

Bobby Moynihan’s first season SNL came in 2008, which makes him one of the longest serving cast members in the show’s history. He was also one of the funniest, at least of his time. Like every performer who finds their way to the SNL stage, he had a repertoire of celebrity impersonations, the most notable ones being Snooki, Guy Fieri, and Chris Christie. But his strength was not in impersonations; his most memorable characters were invented. Think the unnamed drunk uncle he played on installments of “Weekend Update.”

Moynihan is moving on to star in his own CBS sitcom, Me, Myself & I. The show is slated to be included in the CBS lineup next Fall. Historically, when SNL members leave for their own sitcom the results are a mixed bag. Given Moynihan’s perfect comedic timing and expressions, we’re confident that the show at least has potential. It doesn’t hurt that he will be joined by Emmy award winning actor John Larroquette.

Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata started as a guest player on SNL back in 2014. She didn’t become a full-time cast member until the season before this one. So of the three departing cast members, she had the shortest stint. She also didn’t announce her decision to leave until after the season wrapped. Given her short tenure, it’s fair to say that Zamata didn’t leave behind a tremendous impact on the show. That’s not at all the same thing as saying that she wasn’t funny. In fact, she most certainly was. But is she leaving behind particularly memorable characters? Not really. In fact, her biggest legacy might be her arrival in the first place.

Before Zamata, SNL had been without a black female cast member for seven years, after Maya Rudolph’s departure. Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson were often asked to fill the void by impersonating black female celebrities when required, and both of them publicly went on the record stating that it made them uncomfortable. SNL tried to mock its own lack of diversity when Kerry Washington hosted the show in November 2013. That sketch backfired (of course), and SNL started feeling immense public pressure. The circumstances behind Zamata’s exit are still mysterious. She only made the announcement a few days ago in a cryptic Instagram post. SNL will justifiably feel pressure to cast a black woman to fill the void and to continue to address their poor history when it comes to diversity.

Vanessa Bayer

Vanessa Bayer joined the cast of SNL in 2012. Before that, she had been a guest player for a few years. Even though Bayer was not part of the cast for too long, there’s little doubt that she has been one of the funniest cast members during her tenure. Bayer created a multitude of hilarious characters, including the incompetent “Weekend Update” meteorologist Dawn Lazarus and precocious child actor Laura Parsons. While on SNL, Bayer has rightfully been nominated for several awards. It’s fair to say that Bayer’s departure is the one inspiring the most disappointment among SNL fans.

To this point, Bayer has not announced any specific future plans. It appears she left simply because her contract was up, and she wasn’t prepared to sign another one. She has spent the past few years building a resume of memorable supporting turns in movies and other shows though. Given her versatility, there’s little doubt that she will continue to make audiences laugh, no matter the medium. And hey, if Jennifer Aniston doesn’t want to be part of a Friends reunion, Bayer can always contribute with her hilarious interpretation of Rachel.

Movies Based on TV Shows That Bombed at the Box Office

Right now, the American economy is relatively healthy. More accurately, it’s consistently growing. Of course, these statements are a little general; economic stability varies from industry-to-industry. For example, it’s a great time to be in the appliances/electronics business.

On the other hand, Hollywood is experiencing a downturn.

That’s not to say the film/TV business is on the verge of collapse or anything. It *is* to say, however, that box office returns are down. Not just a little either; enough that studio executives are reportedly alarmed.

Compared to this point in 2016, box office revenue is down 10%. No matter the scale of the business/industry, that’s a noticeable decline.

There have been some success stories in 2017–both “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Fate of the Furious” crossed $1 billion at the global box office–but overall the year has been a disappointment. And even though there is still plenty of time to catch up to last year’s results, it’s important to point out that May is typically one of the most lucrative months on Hollywood’s schedule, and the month has already passed.

The most recent example of disappointment comes in the form of “Baywatch.” On the surface, this movie had a lot going for it. It stars Dwayne Johnson, who has been one of the biggest box office draws in recent memory.

It also has source material that was a proven winner. “Baywatch,” of course,” is inspired by the hit 90s show of the same name. So what went wrong? You can say that the reviews were terrible–they are–but that hasn’t stopped other movies from amassing solid box office returns (hello, “Fifty Shades Darker”).

Maybe it’s a competition factor. It opened up against the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, which ended up hauling in a global total of $324 million. Or maybe it’s just suffering for the same reasons the rest of Hollywood’s products are suffering. Despite “Pirates’” impressive haul, this was the worst Memorial Day weekend for the domestic box office in 18 years.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reasons as to why “Baywatch” bombed. However, “Baywatch” isn’t as much of an aberration as you may expect. Film history is rich with movies based on famous TV shows that ended up bombing at the box office. Here are some examples.

McHale’s Navy

In the 1960s, “McHale’s Navy” was a hit sitcom about a Naval crew who pursue their own hijinks. While it was popular at its time, very few retroactively regard it as a touchstone of its time. The 1997 movie, starring Tom Arnold and Tim Curry, is dissimilar from its source material. It’s not retroactively considered a touchstone of its time *and* it wasn’t at all popular when it was released. Want proof? First off, you probably don’t remember this even existed. Second, the budget for the movie was $42 million; it grossed $4.5 million at the box office. That’s 11% of the budget. And if you think *that* percentage is bad, the Rotten Tomatoes score is 3%. Can’t believe they never made a sequel.

CHiPs

As already established, “Baywatch” wasn’t the first TV-inspired movie to bomb at the box office. In fact, it wasn’t even the first TV-inspired movie to bomb at the box office in 2017. Based on the hit action show, the movie attempted to play up the more comedic elements of the show (the movie was directed by comedian Dax Shephard). Despite charming turns from the main stars, the movie couldn’t cash in its chips at the box office, barely eclipsing its modest $25 million budget.

The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

Did you even know there was a cinematic adaptation of this classic cartoon series? Probably not. It was released back in 2000, and it received a dismal response, both critically and financially ($35 million gross against a $76 million budget). Even better question: did you know that Robert De Niro played a central character in the movie? “Raging Bull.” “The Godfather Part II.” “The Untouchables.” “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.” You’re not wrong for thinking one of those doesn’t belong.

The Honeymooners

The Honeymooners” is undeniably one of the most influential TV shows ever created. That influence, however, is mostly rooted in the fact that it was one of the first TV shows. The show only ran for one season, and that was back in 1955-1956. If you asked a group of 100 random people, I’d frankly be shocked if more than 20 of them were even aware of the show, let alone ever saw an episode. Perhaps that’s why the film adaptation in 2005 couldn’t muster up any excitement or revenue. With a $25 million budget, “The Honeymooners” barely hit half of that figure ($13 million). It probably didn’t help that the movie wasn’t any good either (the Rotten Tomatoes score is 14%).

Land of the Lost

In 2009, Will Ferrell seemed unstoppable. Although really, it’s 2017 and he *still* feels unstoppable. But even his biggest fans could barely be convinced to show up for his adaptation of the classic children’s show. “Lost” isn’t just another box office failure; it’s actually one of the most expensive flops ever produced. The film managed to gross only $68 million. That would be a respectable number for many movies, but not for one with a $100 million budget. Having such a bomb on his resume has hardly done much to hamper Ferrell’s career–and as a Ferrell fan, I appreciate that–but even the biggest stars can’t save movies when the general public simply isn’t interested. Or when you’re competing against “The Hangover,” which “Lost” opened against.

Miami Vice

Some of the entries on this list seem like predictable failures in hindsight. This one, however, was more puzzling. Based on the 1980’s smash hit show, the 2006 adaptation starred Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. It was also helmed by the acclaimed action director Michael Mann (“Heat,” “Collateral”). And unlike the majority of other entries on this list, the movie garnered relatively decent reviews. All of that said, the movie only earned $63 million against its $135 million budget. While it’s worth noting that the film has developed something of a cult following in the last few years, that doesn’t negate the fact that it was a spectacular financial failure at the time of release.

Google Nexus Player appears to have yielded to Chromecast

From all reports, it appears the Google Nexus Player has sung its last tune. Having been pulled from most retailer locations a few weeks ago and no longer available from Google directly, for now, it appears Google is content to allow Chromecast to take the lead in their TV/living room-integration efforts.

Too bad, too. The hockey puck-shaped Nexus Player always worked easily and reliably in our tests and, other than the lack of 3rd party developer integration, seemed to be a worthy contender to Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Google’s fourth attempt at capturing your attention in the living room, it featured Android TV, voice search and plenty of app/games to satisfy most (rabid and niche :)) needs. One thing it did do was cement Google’s ability to design a functional and user-friendly TV program/app guide… Android TV was probably our favorite part of the Nexus Player and has recently been successfully integrated into 3rd party TVs, so if you were a fan, expect its market share to grow in the coming months.

But, as far as the Nexus Player goes, if you own one, enjoy but you’re unlikely to be able to upgrade or do much with it once its technology becomes obsolete (in a couple years or so). Its upstart counterpart, the Google Chromecast, is a solid alternative if/when you decide to switch. The little dongle that slides into your TV and lets you cast just about anything (radio, movies, TV programs, etc.) from your mobile device to your TV, has become quite the sleeper hit in cord-cutting circles.

Either way, keep an eye out for Google’s next foray into the living room. If we’ve learned anything over the years, they’re uber resilient in both technological advancement and market timing. In my opinion, the Nexus Player was a stepping stone to the next big (TV) thing from the folks at Google.

Best Buy: $10 per Inch for 50″ LCD

This is a price that I’m more used to seeing for a plasma screen than an LCD, but Best Buy is currently offering a 50″ LCD HDTV for $500. Now, I’ll grant you that it is an Insignia model, which is their house brand. And it is not a top-of-the-line set in terms of features; it’s a standard 60Hz set with three HDMI inputs but nothing fancy such as Internet connectivity or 3DTV support.

All the same, at $10 a diagonal inch, this is a pretty impressive price point. I have not tested this specific model, but I have seen some good quality Insignia models on the showroom shelves. If you’re in the market for a new set, this could be a bargain that is hard to pass up. (And keep in mind that you can make it a “Smart TV” by adding a network media player for $100 or less, such as one of the Roku boxes or the new Vizio Google TV box.)

It looks like this summer, as predicted, could be an excellent time to find some bargains on big HDTVs, so keep an eye out for deals.

More U.S. Households Rely on TV Broadcasts

In a recent letter to the FCC (as reported by TV Technology), head of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Gordon Smith cited new figures about over-the-air television in the U.S. in support of his statement about the FCC auction of part of the TV radio signal spectrum.

According to his statement, the portion of U.S. television households that rely solely on free broadcasts has grown to almost 18%. In a separate blog post, Smith mentions a study by GfK Media, nearly 7 million more viewers dropped their subscription services bringing the total who watch over-the-air exclusively has risen to more than 20 million.

If the subscription services are losing customers, it is probably due to a combination of cost-cutting by consumers and a switch to online-streaming sources over broadband Internet connections. It may be impossible to separate the two, but I expect that tight finances is probably the larger factor.

Whatever the reason, we cannot ignore the need for broadcast television for a significant portion of the population. Any reform of the free over-the-air system and reassignment of spectrum is going to have to preserve these services for those who cannot afford or choose not to pay for access to the information that these broadcasters provide.