Monday, December 30, 2013

Black Sails: A STARZ Original Series - Coming in January 2014

Check out the "Black Sails" trailer here!

Black Sails is written as a prequel to the classic novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Follow the adventures of the notorious pirate, Captain Flint, and his new young sailor John Silver as they survive the seas during the Golden Age of Piracy. Tell your friends why you're excited to tune in to Black Sails, beginning January 25th on STARZ. 

The highly anticipated pirate adventure, Black Sails, centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

The above description of the upcoming "Black Sails" was NOT written by me, but taken from the STARZ website. I scored an amazing FREE trial offer with Smiley360 for episodes, behind the scenes details, and much, much more. If you'd like to check out this consumer community, please click my link below (it's SUPER easy to qualify for missions and it's a fun website):

Thursday, December 5, 2013

RedBox Instant by Verizon: Easy, FAST, Great Selection, Family Friendly!

Below you will find my review on RedBox Instant by Verizon. If you haven't heard of it, then definitely check it out! Currently, they're offering a one month subscription for FREE! They only need your credit card information to continue charging you beyond the first month (if you choose not to cancel the service) and if you decide utilize their other awesome features that require purchases (renting movies at the kiosks, etc.).

I was given an opportunity to review their service and #GotItFree by being a BzzAgent. If you decide to keep the service after your one month free trial, it's only $8/month and you get 4 free kiosk movie rentals each month. They do NOT have TV Series (as of yet) but their movie selection is quite impressive! 

Did creating an account go smoothly?
Creating an account was SUPER easy! Especially, if you’re already a RedBox renter (from the kiosk) and have an account at

Could you find the movies you were looking for with your subscription?
I not only found movies that I knew I wanted to see, but the extensive library helped me find movies that I didn’t even know about or remembered; and every movie I’ve seen thus far is amazing! The quality is great, no buffering needed, and using the service on my PS4 is super easy! I love that RedBox Instant has a nice filtering system to find the movie you’re looking for; you can type it into a “Search Bar,” narrow your search by genre, most popular, etc.

Did you like how films were organized online — were they easy to search for in the Redbox Instant library?
YES! The movies were extremely easy to find and search for online. As I stated, the library is quite extensive and I LOVE that they have retro throwback movies; as in… very early horror, sci-fi, etc. The list just goes on and on!

Was it simple to reserve or rent a DVD at the box?
Yup! As usual, renting from a RedBox kiosk is extremely quick and easy! And the bonus is… you are not required to return a rented movie to the exact same kiosk. So… if you want to rent a movie on your way home from work in Seattle, and then return it the next day next to your house in Redmond, that’s totally fine!

Were you happy with the streaming quality?
I was blown away by the streaming quality! I’ve never streamed anything like a movie before (other than YouTube videos) but there was absolutely no buffering required and the movie quality was top-notch; even on the older movies.

Would you like to see any changes made to the service or the movie selection in the future?
It would be really cool if you could stream the brand new releases that the kiosks have; even if you had to pay the normal rental fee. It would save a trip to pick-up the movie. I would also like to see a rotating genre for the current season / holiday. For instance, it would be nice if I could just click on “Holiday / Christmas” movies right now; rather than finding them here and there in different genres.

Answer the question, “What would I want to know before I get this product?”
As someone who has never used Netflix, Hulu, etc. I was very pleased with this service and am seriously considering keeping it for a while. But, something that should be known before buying this service is that RedBox Instant does not have TV series available for streaming; at least not right now. Perhaps that could be something they add later. But the $8/month is a more than fair deal when you consider how many movies they have available AND that you get 4 kiosk rentals each month.

Overall, I was and continue to be extremely impressed with RedBox Instant. I am so glad that I decided to try this free trial offer for one month AND that it hit during the holidays. RedBox Instant has been the answer to my prayers on cold, lonely nights, when I cannot find anything on TV, and has made for SEVERAL fun movie nights with my ladies! I am looking forward to my upcoming Christmas Themed RedBox Instant party later this month! :)

Monster's University was my 1st FREE Kiosk Rental!
I just HAD to buy appropriately themed Rice Krispie Treats to go along with my movie night! :)