Sunday, July 18, 2021

MST3K joy

There are some people that are rabid crazy fans of the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. If you're not familiar with the show, here's the premise: Mad scientists sent a lowly factory worker into space as part of an experiment to find the worst movie of all time, one so bad that it would break the poor fellow. The scientists would then subject the entire world to the movie and take over the world. Only our intrepid hero used parts on the spaceship to build some robot companions who helped him get through the bad movie sessions. Or something like that. It's not really all that clear, but that's about as accurate as any other description.

The reason I know that much about the show is that I was a fan of the show. Still am, since they are making more episodes someday soon, and I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign.

So, I'm always happy when there is any positive news about MST3K, as the show is also known. And the positive news is that the show is now available on Plex, as part of its ad-supported live streaming service.

That brings to at least five live streaming services that carry MST3K. At least, three that are on free live streaming services that I use. There may be more. I'd be interested in finding more. No reason other than I simply want to know.

Anyway, those five services seem to offer three separate streams. I looked at the five apps and their live streams, and I found that at one particular time Roku TV, Shout Factory TV, and Plex TV offered "The Dead Talk Back," while Pluto TV was showing "Last of the Wild Horses" and Stirr had "Night of the Blood Beast."

Why there are different streams, I don't know. Maybe you do. I am curious about that. Anyway, three separate streams that I know of. I can watch MST3K live streaming any time I want. And so can you.

Of course, I can watch any episode on demand, too. Many are available from different services, in addition to the live streams. Most of the MST3K episodes are available.

And, since I'm such a big fan, I have all the episodes of the show available on my local Plex server, since I've purchased all of the digital versions from iTunes and Amazon, as well as owning all of the DVDs. Oh, and the episodes that aren't available? They are. People did the whole "Keep Circulating The Tapes" thing through all the original series. I have the missing episodes from OTA recordings. Well, cable recordings. You get the idea.

Oh, and the KTMA episodes too, including the "pilot" which is actually a demo, not a full pilot. Well, almost all of the KTMA episodes. I'm missing KMTA Episode 3: "Star Force: Fugitive Alien II." But then again, so is everyone else. Except maybe Jim Mallon. MSTies know what all this means. If you don't, it's just a show and you should really just relax.

If you're a MSTie, you should be excited to know there's yet another way to watch MST3K for free. And, if you aren't a MSTie, Plex still added other stuff recently, including:

  • AfroLandTV
  • WildEarth
  • Johnny Carson TV
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • MMA TV
  • USA TODAY
  • USA TODAY Sportswire
  • Motorvision TV
  • Shout! Factory TV
  • Tribeca Channel
  • Love Nature en EspaƱol
  • The Walking Dead Universe
  • BUZZR

Those are some decent additions to a free live streaming service lineup. Our Steaming Life just keeps getting better.

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