How SVOD is Changing Our Lives for the better


Confused about Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD)? I’ve got you covered with my handy SVOD guide.

Let’s start with the basics: SVOD is a new, easy way to watch TV and movies on your compatible device including smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs – just BYO internet, data and device! For a low monthly fee you are given access to a library of awesome TV and Movies without ads for you to stream at home (or watch on the go!).

With thousands of hours of movies and TV available whenever you want, services like recently launched Starz Play  will change how we access entertainment forever. Here are just a few ways how:

Entertainment when you want it.

The best thing about streaming services is that you can watch what you want, when you want and for as long as you want 24 hours a day. From the latest blockbusters and top classic films, to your favourite Series ,  kids programming – it all sits in one place and (more importantly) for a single monthly fee. As a service like Starz Play is accessible via your smartphone, tablet, computer or television (using Humax’s H1 Box ), it’s around wherever you are: You could catch up on Power whilst you wait for your morning coffee, Humans on your Uni study break or the Movie UP at home with the kids – easy!

For the Love of Spoilers!

SVOD services make it easier than ever to ‘Binge-Watch’ your way through an entire season of television, with a huge library of full seasons of your favourite shows completely uninterrupted by ad-breaks.

It also gives you access to loads of new TV shows fast-tracked from the US. We all have that friend or co-worker who can’t wait to spoil the latest episode of your favourite show, and it’s almost impossible to avoid spoilers on social media – why wait when you can catch it whenever and wherever you want!

Share the love.

With Starz Play  you can register 5 devices on the same account, with changes to those devices permitted whenever you like. And with the ability to view on two different devices at once, everyone in the house can watch what they want.

You can even set up individual profiles for watch playlists, and Starz ’s Parental control function  makes it easy to set up a profile restricted by classification so your kids don’t watch anything you don’t want them to see.

An evolution in entertainment.

SVOD is not only changing the way we watch entertainment, it’s changing the way entertainment is created full stop. The rise of ‘binge-watch’ TV means writers are no longer pressured to extend storylines, leading to some of the finest television shows in history.

We dare you to watch a single episode of Power , Black Sails or Penny Dreadul  without hanging around for another – it’s not as easy as it sounds…

Save your cash for popcorn.

Above all, SVOD pricing is highly competitive making it a really affordable entertainment option. For one monthly fee you are given access to thousands of hours’ of some of the hottest movies, TV series & kids content  in a constantly updated library. Think about it, with Starz Play  at $12.99  a month you can have all that entertainment for about the same price as lunch!


Jittery Saran creating Paranoia about Pakistans nukes

Shyam Saran is a hawk in the Indian Foreign Office and former Foreign Secretary of the Indian government. He is currently Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is Indian nationalist that is Pakistanphobic, Anti-Nepal, and Anti-Lanka xenophobic author who works to build India into a world power.
Saran recently made minced-meat out of the Najam Sethi-Mazar Abbas-Kamran Khan cabal that tried to peddle the “Aman Ki Asha” nonsense as “a new realization massively supported by the people of Pakistan who have accepted the notion that they have to make peace with India”. Obviously there is no such realization and no great movement for an unfair and imposed peace which forces Pakistanis to forget Kashmir, Sir Creek and Siachin. The Najam Sethi-Mazar Abbas-Kamran Khan cabal was snubbed by Saran and the other participants from India. When he had his teeth kicked in Sethi tried to blame things on the old guard. The old guard reminded Sethi that the younger Indians are even more radical and conservative.

The range of Pakistan’s India-centric missiles. The Pakistani missile program is helping it develop a space program.
Saran and his bosses are however jittery about Pakistan’s Nuclear program. He and the entire Bharati government are anxious that Pakistan now has more nukes than Bharat. Delhi has known that Pakistan has a more affective delivery system than Bharat. Delhi has been trying to catch up. Now it has come to the realization that Delhi has been unable to get the Pakistani program sequestered. Saran is now peddling the story that “Islamabad’s expanding nuclear capability is no longer driven solely by its oft-cited fears of India but by the paranoia about U.S. attacks on its strategic assets”.

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Saran’s premise seems to inform the Americans about something that they have “overlooked”. As if the folks in the Pentagon are naive buffoons, and it takes a retired Secretary from Delhi to show them the Nuclear reality in South Asia.

Chinese Pakistani Nexus map. The Trade between China and Pakistan consolidates a friendship as old as the Himalayas. Bharati (aka Indian) analysts are increasingly worried about the growing nexus between Pakistan and China–increasingly called as “Chipak” on the pattern of “ChiAmerica”. Many analysts are beginning to see the world divided among the two superpowers China and America (ChiAmerica) and the regional force in at least West and South Asia being ChiPak. With the US increasingly looking after the Americas and Europe, it would be natural to give China the areas in which it has the greatest influence already–Asia and Africa. Why ‘Chinusa’, Chipak will rule the world & why Chindia failed–An Indian perspective
There is nothing new is Saran’s Pakistanphobia. His article in the most liberal paper (despite its religious name) in Bharat, “The Hindu”, gives us deep insight into the new Bharati strategy to malign Pakistan. Actually its not new, its old wine in new bottle. Even though Delhi exploded its first Nuclear device in 1992, it tried to keep up the fiction of a “nuclear explosion for peaceful purposes”. Egged on by Bill Clinton, the BJP government finally exploded a Bomb (as if the first one was Candy shower) in 1998. This time Pakistan was ready, and despite the recalcitrance of the Sharif government (which had wobbly knees for 2 weeks), the Pakistani army made sure that the explosions were responded to with Nuclear explosions. Pakistan since then has been demanding “parity” a term that Bharati diplomatic circles had not heard since the Abub-Nehru era.
This baffled the Saran gang –this surely was a step backward for Bharat. It had hoped to deal with Pakistan, like it had been dealing with the Maldives and Lanka. This was no longer possible and dreams of regional hegemony were going up in smoke. The explosions in 1998 informed Delhi that it would no longer be able to bully Pakistan, or Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal for that matter.
Delhi then tried to jump on the anti-terror bandwagon. It hides the Samjhota Express act of terror carried on by a serving colonel of the Indian Army (who used Indian Army issued plastique to bomb a train-bogey full of Pakistanis (more than 50 were killed). Samjhota preceded Mumbai –and Colonel Prohit (who went to a Delhi courthouse dressed in full Saffron Regalia) has yet to face justice. The Indian Army has never been cleared and there has been no independent commission to investigate the Indian Army’s involvement in blowing up Samjhota Express.
When Delhi failed to get Pakistan declared as a terrorist state, it tried to spread rumors about the safety of Pakistan’s Nuclear Assets. The world didn’t buy it — and despite the drones, NATO, ISAF and the US military remains beholden to the Pakistani Army and Pakistani geography. Washington is more worried about securing a supply route for the retreating American Army, than about Pakistani Nukes — even the Plutonium ones.

Saran is now harping on a new strategy to malign Pakistan. The new strategy is now pumping up Americans with these sorts of lines “Islamabad’s expanding nuclear capability is no longer driven solely by its oft-cited fears of India but by the paranoia about U.S. attacks on its strategic assets”

In affect, Saran and company are trying to say that Pakistan’s program is now geared towards America — and he is egging on the Americans to take action against Pakistan as a potential enemy.

Saran reminds the world and his readers that Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine has shifted from “minimum deterrence” to “second strike capability” (amazingly Saran forgets Pakistan’s 3rd strike capability) to “both strategic and tactical weapons”. Saran points out that the upgraded weapons are “consolidating Pakistan’s deterrence capability at all levels of the threat spectrum” making a “deliberate shift from the earlier generation of enriched uranium nuclear weapons to a newer generation of plutonium weapons”, “miniaturisation of weapons”, “improved the range and accuracy of its delivery vehicles”.

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He then puts up red herrings about “setting up of two plutonium production reactors at Khusab with a third and fourth under construction…with a capacity to reprocess 10 to 20 tonnes annually”.
Saran correctly points out that that Pakistan’s “Tactical nuclear weapons are said to be a response to India’s so-called “Cold Start” doctrine or its suspected intention to launch quick response punitive thrusts across the border in case of another major cross-border terrorist strike”.
“Pakistan’s strategic objective has been expanded to the acquisition of a ‘full-spectrum capability’ comprising a land, air and sea-based triad of nuclear forces, to put it on a par with India”.
Saran finally gets to the punchline “The Pakistani military and civilian elite is convinced that the United States has also become a dangerous adversary, which seeks to disable, disarm or take forcible possession of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons”.

While Sethi and others at Geo were flying peace doves with fake Bharatis, and were on their knees begging FM Irfan for a Manmohan trip or reciprocity to Islamabad’s concessions Saran was writing this article for the Hindu spewing venom against Pakistan — “Thus the recent shifts in Pakistan’s nuclear strategy cannot be ascribed solely to the traditional construct of India-Pakistan hostility. They appear driven mainly by the fear of U.S. assault on its strategic assets.”