Entertainment Tonight

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If you do crossword puzzles it’s good to watch Entertainment Tonight. And I like watching Dannilynn Birkhead grow up. Hearing about Anna Nicole over and over again every night was enough to make me turn off the program, unless they showed Dannilynn. Larry Birkhead seems to be doing a caring job with her, so hope we get to see her grow up to be a lovely lady.

ET, long ago, was not so taken with itself. Mary Hart was the interviewer, and not part of the entertainment news. She has trouble staying in the background with most guests. Mark Steines does a much better job of making the celeb front and center.

Who wants to know anything else about Brittany Spears? Why don’t they just leave her alone to get her life together? If ET would stop paying for the paparazzi feeds, then that would take away lots of their reason to be there.

After polling my friends, my children’s friends, and reading some comments on the internet, no one wants to see any more of the Osmonds on Entertainment Tonight. Some of us have even discussed if Donny is paying ET to be on the show.

The Birthday Quiz at the end is one of my favorite features. And I like to see whose birthday is shown each day. The Real or Rumor section is interesting at times, but they seem to like to stuff it with some rumors that I’ve only heard about on ET. Are they starting rumors?

Dish Network is the Ultimate Source for Information

Dish Network can be a great resource for your family for all of your entertainment and information needs. In fact, Dish Network specifically designs each of it’s entertainment packages to have a balance of entertainment, news, and educational programming. This is true from Dish Network’s economical Dish Family package all the way up to the Platinum Level High Definition Television package, and everywhere in between.

Most subscribers looking for the category of entertainment packages which fall in between will be most interested in Dish Network’s America’s Top Entertainment Packages, which come in sixty, one hundred twenty, and one hundred eighty channel versions. America’s Top 60 Entertainment Package is a great introductory satellite TV plan that includes channels like The Weather Channel, MTV and MTV2, the Discovery Channel, the Sci-Fi Channel, ESPN, CNN, The Learning Channel, and many many more. America’s Top 120 Entertainment Package builds on America’s Top 60 with favorites such as Univision, BET, MSNBC, the Speed Channel, PAX TV, Fuse, Discovery Health, the FOX News Channel, and more. America’s Top 180 Entertainment Package adds on Style, Great American Country, The Biography Channel, Discovery Home and Leisure, National Geographic, VH1 Classic, Nick Toons, and a whole slew of Encore movie channels.

If you and your family love movies, America’s Everything Pak could easily be the perfect entertainment package for you. It has all one hundred and eighty channels from America’s Top 180, but thirty additional channels that comprise the STARZ! Super Pak and Showtime Unlimited as well as HBO and Cinemax. America’s Everything Pak is a great choice for the family who wants the best of everything and plenty of great movies and entertainment options without taking the High Definition Television plunge.

If you are ready to move up to High Definition Television, there’s no better television service provider to do it with than Dish Network. Dish Network provides more High Definition channels than any other television service and provides a High Definition receiver at no extra charge when you sign up for an HD entertainment package. DishNetwork High Definition receivers can handle television in High Definition formats as well as standard definition format and come with all of the other great features you expect from a Dish Network receiver. Dish Network’s High Definition entertainment packages start out at the Bronze level which offers twenty five HD channels (more than the competition at any level) and eighty standard definition channels. The Silver level provides the same twenty five High Definition channels, but with two hundred standard definition channels. The Gold level adds on High Definition channel- National Geographic HD- and forty more standard definition channels. The Platinum level keeps all two hundred and forty standard definition channels, but adds three more High Definition ones- STARZ! HDTV, HBO HD, and Showtime HD. In addition, local channels are often available in High Definition for a small extra fee.

Dish Network also provides additional programming to help you customize your entertainment package. Die hard sports fans will love regional sports networks as well as the ability to add seasonal sports subscriptions like MLB Extra Innings, ESPN Game Day, and NBA League Pass. Local channels are often available and are a great way to keep up with what’s going on where you live as well as providing access to mainstream network programming. SIRIUS satellite radio gives you even more entertainment options as does Pay Per View. International programming in nineteen different languages provides even more options.

Whatever your entertainment and information needs, you can be sure that Dish Network can meet them.

Now That’s Entertainment

The Internet is now a source of everything from pure entertainment to up to the minute news for the private citizen, but it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, in the early days of the Internet (before it even carried that name), it was strictly limited in its use and no one would have dared suggest it be used for any frivolous. The Internet was originally conceived of in the early 1960’s as a way to enable multiple computers to access information for research and development purposes in the scientific and military communities.

By 1970, several major universities had super computers sharing information between research groups and libraries as well as exchanging an early form of email. The increase in information necessitated a way of indexing and organizing the information that eventually led to simpler codes, hypertext and ease of use in the 1980’s. Initially, the government funded the development of the Internet, so commercial use was prohibited unless it was directly linked to research or education.

Everything changed in the late 1980’s and early 1990s, when independent commercial networks sprang up in response to the ease of use and smaller, less expensive computers for office and home use. Since these independent commercial networks could pay for their own Internet connections, they could route to each other and bypass the government’s “backbone.” By 1995, the World Wide Web was in full swing and the government was out of the Internet business.

Predictably, as soon as the Internet was open to the public, individuals changed its look. Individuals wanted more than just a way to conduct business or do their banking, although such practical applications were certainly popular. Today’s Internet provides information, ease and more than anything else, entertainment to home users.

The entertainment industry quickly jumped on the Internet bandwagon by distributing movie trailers, early release teaser chapters from new books and lots of press photos for always-interested fans. They created entire websites dedicated not only to networks, but also to movies, particular televisions shows and even particular fictional characters. Today, many televisions shows have mirror websites with special features that add to the viewer experience. For instance, if you love the show “Monk” on the USA Network, you can play games relating to the character’s peculiarities, take quizzes about past episodes and enter contests to win prizes or learn more about the characters to enhance enjoyment of the show. That’s savvy marketing.

In an entirely different vein, the Internet brought entertainment of other kinds right into the home that people previously had to go to, not the other way around. Video poker, arcade games, and downloadable streaming video all mean that you can be entertained 24/7 without ever leaving home. Users can play a few hands of cards or enter a tournament. There are tournaments going on around the world at any given time. It’s even possible to play a classic pinball game by downloading it to your computer.

In fact, the face of entertainment has changed considerably by allowing individuals to upload their own photos and videos for the world to see and even script and edit their own films. The Internet has made us all into amateur photographers and videographers with a potential audience of millions thanks to YouTube, Flickr and other programs. Not only does the Internet provide us with 24/7 entertainment, it allows us to provide the world with entertainment that we’ve made. Upload a clip of that amazing wipe-out you made on the slopes during your last ski trip and you’ll be amazed how fast you become entertainment for millions of viewers.

Some of the most popular sites on the Internet are celebrity gossip sites. It’s human nature in today’s hectic world, when we’re all hunkered over our computers hours every day working to earn a living, to want to click over to a gossip site for a few minutes and check out how “the other half” lives. It’s harmless entertainment news that reassures us that are lives aren’t so bad, and we get the guilty thrill of checking out the photos.

With so much instant gratification at our fingertips, the Internet has changed the face of entertainment forever. With the Internet in almost every home, you can no longer feel there is nothing to do. After all, there’s always something entertaining just a click away.