So this time around, you voted off a poor old man who just wanted to get back together with his family (The Ghoul – 1933). Have you no shame you bunch of heathens???
That’s exactly what’s wrong today. We need some religion! With all these bloody movies, scantily clad girls running around, monsters, killings, and who knows what else, we have lost our way. So we’re going to spend this whole next Holy week getting some religion into you!
And what better way to do that, than with everyone’s favorite man of the lord (just don’t ask which lord)…
That’s right kiddies, for Christmas this year, not only are you getting a week full of Holiday horror movies hosted by Santa’s scarier elves but also a visit from the man himself, the one and only Sinister Minister!
Also, no voting this week, as it’s Christmas, and Lurch is on vacation…
What is this strange device, and what does it have to do with OtherWorlds TV?
Another “behind the scenes” post…
This time, let’s talk filler. Filler is everything that “fills” in the space between the movies.
We have 5 major categories of filler:
Short/Medium/Long (randomly chosen)
Of course, there’s special advertisements/occasionals/etc that we add by hand, as well. But for the purpose of this, we’ll just be covering the main 5 categories.
The hardest part is getting a good random mix of filler since Roku doesn’t have a randomization subroutine, yet. So we turn to Lurch. Using a bit of code, Lurch can turn out a nicely randomized list of filler for us to slot (yes, slotting of everything is still done by hand).
Here’s a small sample:
Blip: I Got Kills – 00:00:31
Cartoon: Nursery Scandal – 00:05:31
Burlesque: Sheree Tiger Dance – 00:02:08
Trailer: The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula – 00:02:36
Long: Sleep for Health – 00:10:44
Short: Kevin Ryan – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – 00:00:60
Burlesque: Indian Love – 00:01:38
Trailer: Assault of the Killer Bimbos – 00:01:50
Blip: Tarantula – 00:00:31
Cartoon: The Tuba Tooter – 00:06:43
0: In Memoriam
Trailer: Cannibal Girls – 00:01:31
Burlesque: Peeping Toms Paradise – 00:02:56
Medium: Make Mine Freedom – 00:09:30
Blip: Dr Black and Mr Hyde – 00:00:31
Cartoon: Comin’ Round the Mountain – 00:06:52
The actual list Lurch is set to generate as filler is about 4 times as long. But my main concern is if we’re overusing or underusing any of the categories? Too many or too few blips, cartoons, burlesque, or trailers?
You tell us, and we’ll adjust it as needed!
Okay Lurkers, you’re probably curious about why I ran that mini-poll last night.
Long story short, we’ve been invited to participate in an early beta program by Amazon. We already use some of their services (the AWS S3 platform is a big part of the channel’s infrastructure), so this is a logical move. After discussing the details of the offer with LaDonna, we decided to go for it.
We’re expanding! It’s not a right-away kind of thing, but we are expanding our platform to cover Amazon Fire TV as well as Roku. Best estimate we can give right now is sometime around “first of the year” for it.
What’s the end result going to be? Well, you’ll have more choices as to where to watch us. Roku will stay our “flagship,” as always. But now we’re adding Amazon Fire TV, and that (eventually) opens up all Android devices to the mix, too! So you’ll be able to watch us on nearly any device you want!
The channel layouts across both platforms will be the same, so no worries on deciding how you want it.
We have a few other things in the works, so just be patient with us. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with more “behind the scenes” stuff.
For now though, just #KeepLurking!
So just in case you aren’t a part of the Facebook Group (and if not, why aren’t you?), you might have missed the news: We have updated the schedule so there are now TWELVE movies in rotation each week instead of six!
No Roku? No problem! The web-based player is now up and running too! Check it out!
As always, #KeepLurking!