A YouTube Update (finally)

Greetings all.

Yep, in a super rare non-podcast update (and an even rarer YouTube update) we are thrilled to announce a new ongoing series over on the Rufus Project YouTube channel.

Please head on over and enjoy the “One Credit Challenge”.  Simply put we are playing arcade games and seeing how well we can do on just one credit.

We’ll have regular new episodes, special replay events and even guest players.  Hopefully we can even manage some live events in the near future.  Let us know if there are any games you would like to see and we will try to include them.

Check out the current playlist down below, or head directly to The Rufus Project YouTube channel for even more random stuff.

The Rufus Project meets B-Movies Live (epilogue)

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It’s time for a double celebration.  Just as we got the B-Movies Live podcast back online the very talented crew behind the show have uploaded part 2 of the excellent documentary about bringing B-Movies Live to the stage on their YouTube channel.

What makes this even more relevant is that it features excerpts from the recording of our podcast meaning you can see Kristian and me in all our glory… if you dare!

Check it out below!

And should you be in Ipswich, Queensland on Saturday you can come see the show at Studio 188.  Head to www.kristianfletcher.com for tickets.

The Podcast Is Returning!

Hi all!

Yep, Kristian and I are back with a fresh podcast incoming.  In fact it will be live in just a couple of days.

If you remember from last time, we are coming back with a challenge from a listener (thanks Leo) who said he would like to see us “try to redeem” Mary Reilly, starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich, from 1996.

Want to know how we went?  Then subscribe to The Rufus Project via your favourite podcast app, head to our homepage at www.rufusproject.com or follow The Rufus Project on Twitter or Facebook.

We look forward to catching up with all of you this Friday!

Trevor

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Happy Birthday to…. US!

photoWow, two years…  Two years since the very first Rufus Project podcast went live!

It was such a different beast to what we have now.  There was no Redeeming Features section, a very strict format and two people trying hard, maybe just a bit too hard, to create something entertaining and informative (with a little self promotion on the side).

Right from the start, the intent to share the stuff that grabbed the attention and interest of Kristian and myself.  It took us a while to realise that, but once we did the process became more relaxed and the podcasts themselves started improving.

The biggest change form those early days has to be the Redeeming Features section, where Kristian and I watched a bad/poorly rated/controversial movie to see if we could find any redeeming features and perhaps redeem the movie itself.  From its start where I just made a list of features, a practice that ceased after I forced out a list for the abominable movie, Bloodrayne, it evolved into a quick chat with Kristian, to taking up the majority of the fortnightly podcast, to finally being its own entity late last year.

If you are game, you can check out The Launch Episode in all its over edited glory below!

The Rufus Project Episode 1: The Launch Episode

Hey, we even did a trailer for it that I am still proud of (which also kind of shows where our little mascot came from).

So cheers to The Rufus Project! Two years old, much evolved, and still evolving!

Let us know your favourite moments, and your suggestions for the next two years, in the comments below!

Thanks for listening and remember to subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or your favourite podcasting app.

Trevor

Paypal Also Cracking Down on VPN and Unblocking Services

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Image source: PayPal

Following Netflix’s crackdown on bypassing of geo-blocking, Paypal has now entered the fray taking it’s own action.

VPN and Smart DNS service Unotelly has posted an email they received from Paypal stating they will no longer be accepting payments for the service as it may use “technological measure that descrambles a scrambled work, decrypts an encrypted work or otherwise avoids, bypasses, removes, deactivates or impairs a technological measure without the authority of the copyright owner.”

Of course any VPN can be used for the purpose of bypassing geographic restrictions, the main difference with services like Unotelly is they specifically advertise this ability as a feature of their service.

It must also be stressed that there are no laws against bypassing restrictions at this time.

With Paypal taking these steps so soon after Netflix’s crackdown it’s difficult not to make an assumption that these events are connected.  There has been increased rhetoric referring to bypassing region restrictions as piracy plus privacy concerns creating a huge spike in VPN usage in recent times.

As regional licensing has been hugely profitable for licence holders for decades it is easy to see how very recent technical advancements would be considered a threat to their business models.  Technical limitations of the past made enforcement easier, just ask anyone who tried to play an NTSC video tape in a PAL territory!

Of course, I can only make a casual link between the Netflix and Paypal actions at this time.  However I will not be shocked if we see more action taken against VPN and unblocking services, particularly those that advertise bypassing geo-blocks, within the next few months.

(Source: TorrentFreak)

Netflix Crackdown Is Underway

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The hope that Netflix was just making a token effort with restricting use of VPN and unblocking service to access other region content to appease licence holders has been, at least partially, dashed for users of the uFlix service in Australia.

Reports have also been received that some Getflix users are also having issues.

Being based in Australia, and as a user of an unblocking service, I am happy to say my access is still currently available.  However I am reluctant to specify the service I am using at this time as I am not too keen on bringing further attention to it given these recent events.

Do you still have access to overseas Netflix content?  Comment below and don’t forget Choice Australia is trying to prevent Australians from being locked out of US content.

Netflix Is Already Blocking US Content Streamed Via VPN In Australia (source: Gizmodo Australia)

Netflix CEO Doesn’t Think VPNs Are A Big Problem

netflix-logoAfter all this talk of a crackdown on region jumping Netflix users the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, has come out saying that he doesn’t think that there is much of an issue with people avoiding regional restrictions.

His focus is instead on pushing for global licensing of content to make geo-blocking of content a thing of the past.

It’s easy to guess which side of the fence I am on.  As a firm supporter of the idea that accessible and affordable content is the best way to combat piracy I am hoping the licence holders start listening to Mr Hastings!

And can we please stop referring to region hopping as “VPN piracy” guys.  The content is still being paid for, and it proves the customers are willing to pay more for a better selection.

ENTERTAINMENT Netflix Doesn’t Think VPN Piracy Is A Big Problem (source Gizmodo Australia)

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Trevor Holland

Omikron The Nomad Soul Available For Free For Fans Of Digitised David Bowie

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Did you know David Bowie once featured prominently in a video game, where he also provided music and creative input?

The game is Omikron, and the publisher Square Enix is currently offering a free Steam copy in memory of David Bowie.

Apparently there is a limit to the number of copies available, so head over to the Square Enix store as soon as possible so you don’t miss out.

Source: Kotaku Australia

Square Enix Is Giving Away Free Copies Of Omikron: The Nomad Soul In Honour Of David Bowie

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Trevor Holland

Choice Australia Fighting The Netflix Blockade

netflix-logoFurther to the news that Netflix intends to take action over region hopping, Choice Australia have launched their own campaign to ensure Australians can keep access to the wider US library.

They are seeking submissions from Australians who are still able to access overseas Netflix content to collate and publish methods that don’t get blocked.

While I fully support the intent of this action, there is concern it will create an centralised list for those doing the blocking to act off.

Meanwhile there is still hope that Netflix is merely making a token effort to appease some of the rights holders out there.

If you want to join Choice Australia’s campaign, follow the link below:

Help us tear down the geoblocking wall! – Choice Australia

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Trevor Holland

Netflix Intends To Crackdown On Those Bypassing Regional Restrictions (UPDATED)

netflix-logoNow this is worrying news. Netflix, who have recently been pushing their global availability, has announced they will be taking steps to ensure consumers can only access the library for their location.

This means that anyone outside the US will have a smaller selection of content. I, like many other Australians, use a bypass method which allows “region hopping” to maximise my selection.

While it hasn’t been stated, this move would be at the behest of media companies wanting to set up licensing agreements for different countries to maximise profits. Of course, once an area is excluded from certain content then they will find other ways to obtain it.

Consider the most pirated TV show in history, Game of Thrones. It has very few options, and to watch it in Australia requires a very expensive Foxtel subscription. It was briefly available through iTunes and Google Play on an episode by episode basis until Foxtel got super protective and locked them out until after the seasons finish.

The upshot, big leap in piracy of GoT I’m Australia.

The moral is that Netflix has been successful in reducing piracy around the world, even though some are not using it as intended. By forcing Netflix to prevent people from region hopping media companies are taking a backward step with efforts to reduce piracy.

Just be happy people are paying to watch your stuff guys!

UPDATE:  Choice Australia has launched a campaign to keep bypassing the geoblock.

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Trevor Holland

Source: Gizmodo Australia
Damn, Netflix Is Cracking Down On VPNs And Proxies