Attn: UATV Subscribers

As those who are active on SG already know, we have launched a new subscription system of our own development using a more reliable payment backend that is considerably more efficient and flexible than the external system we were hitherto using. This system already allows for multiple subscriptions on a single account, provides better management tools, and will eventually permit cross-accounts with other projects such as SG and Arkhaven.

The old system is still running, but everyone who has an ACTIVE account on the old system now has an identical account on the new system that is active to the same renewal date as the previous one, which in most cases is monthly. However, to keep your NEW account active, it will be necessary to provide your updated payment information to the new system. Here are the instructions:

  1. Log in to Unauthorized.TV
  2. Look in the upper right corner. Please note that if there is a green button saying LOG IN, you are NOT logged in!
  3. Click the white button marked “Enter Payment Info” under the notice in the top right
  4. Enter payment information.
  5. To avoid being charged twice, cancel your subscription in the old system
  6. Go to https://subscribe.unauthorized.tv/dashboard
  7. Log in to the old system with the password originally used to buy the subscription, NOT the password used to log in to the main site
  8. Cancel the subscription / remove payment details from the old site.

If you have any questions, please post them on SG.

Note that it is now possible to see what is on UATV without actually watching any of the videos or listening to the MP3 files. Eventually, it will be possible for the creators to designate individual videos or audio files as open to the public. And to add additional subscriptions to support different creators, simply log in, go to your account, and click ADD SUBSCRIPTION.

There may be those who fall through the cracks for one reason or another during this transition process, and if that happens to you, don’t worry, we’ll straighten it out and make sure you have access. Annual subscribers should note that their previous subscription is good for the duration of the twelve-month period from which it began, so there is no need to make a new one immediately unless it was made nearly one year ago.


UATV Video Update

The dev team has recently made some significant changes to the site, as we’ve replaced the in-browser video player with a custom one derived from open source player code. Some of the more important new features include:

  • No more spinning black circle
  • Smoother video playback
  • Better buffering on lower-speed connections
  • Faster video start times, even on Big Bear’s monster three-hour videos
  • Instant play when jumping forward in the video
  • Download MP4 / Download MP3 buttons
  • User-selected playback rates from 0.5x to 2x by increments of .25
  • Stream audio switch (now resets to beginning, will be made seamless)
  • Original streaming dates displayed

These are far from the only changes, as the backend content control system has been completely revamped. The new system means, among other things, that creators no longer need to upload videos that were streamed live on UATV. This is the first step towards a full-fledged streaming system that will include chat, superchat, notifications, and radio-style channels that provide a continuous live stream of audio content.

And speaking of creators, the always-hilarious Jimbob has joined UATV and his fans can now support his channel with a monthly MADE BY JIMBOB subscription.

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A new legend

Unauthorized is very, very pleased to announce that MADE BY JIMBOB has joined the intellectual outlaws of the Internet. Look for his videos on the Made by Jimbob channel, which will be coming soon to UATV.

And check out his appearance today on the Big Bear’s livestream, where he made an interesting connection between the concepts of logos and the corrupt distilling of the human spirit into the corporate logo.


Unauthorized welcomes St. Efan

Unauthorized.TV is very pleased to announce that St. Efan himself, Stefan Molyneux, has joined UATV. Not only will his videos be available to UATV subscribers, but he is already producing UATV-exclusive content, including his very first video: The Terrible Truth About the Shooting of Daunte Wright.

Stefan is one of the most highly regarded philosophers on the ideological Right, and an undaunted truthseeker who does not hesitate to confront some of the greatest shibboleths of our time. His intellectual pursuit of the truth has cost him dearly, as he may be the third-most-deplatformed individual after Milo and Owen, having been banned from Patreon, Paypal, Twitter, and YouTube, just to name a few of the converged platforms that have pronounced him anathema.

As such, St. Efan is without question highly unauthorized by the thought police, he is the perfect addition to the collection of intellectual outlaws who presently make up Unauthorized. If you would like to support Stefan’s Unauthorized channel, you can subscribe to it here. And if you are already a UATV subscriber and happen to be active on Gab, you may wish to note his announcement on joining UATV there.

UPDATE: A subscriber asks how to support multiple creators:

I’ve been a Feed the Bear subscriber of UATV since it was launched and have been quite pleased with the content and the creators. I am delighted that Stefan Molyneux has joined, as I had been hoping that he would come on board since the inception of UATV. To get to the point, I would like to support Stefan, Razorfist and Dr. Brown in addition to the big bear but don’t see a way to add subscriptions for them. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Subscriptions are connected to emails. So, you can take out another subscription with a different email. Eventually we will add the ability to have multiple subscriptions per account/email, but that is not a top priority at the moment.


Netherflix is losing its lead

Netherflix’s market share has fallen by one-third:

Netflix lost 31 per cent of its market share over the last year despite adding more than 36 million new users as its competitors gain steam

Despite adding more than 36 million new users, Netflix’s US market share took a tumble from 29 per cent to 20 per cent, representing a 31{3549d4179a0cbfd35266a886b325f66920645bb4445f165578a9e086cbc22d08} drop since 2020 

Amazon Prime Video is in a comfortable second place with 16 per cent of market

Hulu barely made it to third place at 13 per cent while HBO Max is hot on the company’s heels with 12 per cent

Disney+ rounds out the top five streaming services in fifth place with 11 per cent

The leftover 28 per cent of the market is made up of services like Apple TV+, Starz, Paramount+, and others.

UATV has only a very tiny fraction of the market, but we’re growing. The second test of livestreaming was successful last night, and I just received the rough cut of UATV’s first original documentary, which will be available on UATV soon. The Devil doesn’t have all the good music and soon he won’t have all the good video either. 


The Voice of Saruman

The Forge of Tolkien Episode 20, THE VOICE OF SARUMAN, is now on UATV.

Standing at the base of the Tower of the Cunning Mind, Gandalf warned Pippin and the others to beware of Saruman’s voice—but what power did Saruman of Many Colours have over the company, if his most dangerous weapon was his speech?

In this episode, recorded on the feast of the Epiphany, Professor Rachel Fulton considers what Tolkien reveals about the dangers of trusting politicians by way of his characterization of Saruman and Gandalf as “messengers” of a particular kind. What kind of creatures were the Istari, and why did they have the powers—and limitations—that they did to influence events in Middle-earth? What does Saruman’s temptation and fall reveal about the meaning of Power, and how did Gandalf defeat such a powerful foe?

In other Unauthorized news, Razorfist has brought his Metal Mythos music documentary series to UATV, which videos are now being featured in their own eponymous channel.


The Olde Speech

 The Forge of Tolkien episode 19, THE OLDE SPEECH, is now available on #UATV.

In December 1954, Hugh Brogan wrote to Tolkien to complain about the “archaizing” style of parts of The Lord of the Rings, particularly the chapter “The King of the Golden Hall.” Tolkien drafted his response but never sent it, deferring a proper discussion to a time when they could meet in person. When is archaizing “tushery,” and when is it necessary? What is the difference between a bogus and a genuinely “antique” turn of phrase? 

In this episode Professor Rachel Fulton Brown reads the “linking” passage in The Book of Lost Tales taking Eriol from the hall of the Tale-fire to Rumil’s garden to illustrate Tolkien’s process in discovering his proper style. What did Tolkien mean when he told Brogan he found it easier to think in an archaic mode, and why did he chide Brogan for his “parochialism of time”? Hint: The distance is as great as that between Globe Earth and Flat Earth! 


AROUND THE TALE-FIRE

The Forge of Tolkien Episode 18, AROUND THE TALE-FIRE, is now available to subscribers on #UATV.

“Now it happened on a certain time that a traveller…” What do we find when we set out on the journey to Faërie? 
In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown opens the door to the Cottage of Lost Play and welcomes the folk and the children to gather round the “Tale-file blazing in the Room of Logs” to hear stories of the Elder Days when England was known as Tol Eressëa and the towers of Kortirion could be glimpsed in Warwick. What do we make of Tolkien’s archaic pseudo-Biblical language and his Tennysonian verse in his earliest attempts at writing his legendarium? Why is it so hard to craft a convincing tale? And which song do we find ourselves in?
Also available now is Episode 5 of Pinkerton’s Ghosts, THE POP-STAR’S MUSE.

THE OLDE SPEECH

    Title: “Episode 19: The Olde Speech” [with the -e in Olde!]

    Blurb: In December 1954, Hugh Brogan (then age 18) wrote to Tolkien to complain about the “archaizing” style of parts of The Lord of the Rings, particularly the chapter “The King of the Golden Hall.” Tolkien drafted his response but never sent it, deferring a proper discussion to a time when they could meet in person. When is archaizing “tushery,” and when is it necessary? What is the difference between a bogus and a genuinely “antique” turn of phrase? In this episode Professor Rachel Fulton Brown reads the “linking” passage in The Book of Lost Tales taking Eriol from the hall of the Tale-fire to Rumil’s garden to illustrate Tolkien’s process in discovering his proper style. What did Tolkien mean when he told Brogan he found it easier to think in an archaic mode, and why did he chide Brogan for his “parochialism of time”? Hint: The distance is as great as that between Globe Earth and Flat Earth! 


On Fairy Stories

Episode 17 of The Forge of Tolkien, ON FAIRY STORIES is now live on Unauthorized, featuring the newest Presidential appointee to the Federal Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown.

In 1938, Tolkien gave a lecture at St. Andrew’s University on the topic of “fairy stories,” ostensibly meaning to explain what “fairy stories” were. In the course of the lecture, however, Tolkien spent more time explaining what they weren’t—travelers’ tales, beast fables, dreams, children’s stories—than, it would seem, explaining what they were. Why did Tolkien find it so hard to define fairy stories other than in the negative? What was he thinking of when he defined them not as stories about fairies, but as stories about “Faërie,” aka the Perilous Realm?

In this episode, Prof. Rachel Fulton Brown reads the published version of Tolkien’s lecture for clues about what Tolkien intended his own fairy stories to achieve. We pull back the veil of Fantasy to learn why real fairy stories have happy endings—and why our reading of Tolkien’s own stories has only just begun.