@DavidChurchRN live in a house with 3 other adults. I covered Amazon, 1 did Netflix, another Hulu, and last was going to grab Disney+, but then we decided none of used Hulu, and there was a sizable price difference. Now Prime and D+ are in my name, but we split the entertainment bills evenly. We are currently debating whether to add CBS, but hard to justify it just for the Trek shows.
Best one: Netflix
Which do I actually use right now: Hulu
What do I use the MOST: YouTube Premium
YouTube tends to treat its content creators like shit so in many ways YouTube can eat a bag of dicks. But at the same time, I absolutely love being able to listen to YouTube videos on my phone with the screen off, and fully ad-free on every gadget I watch YouTube vids, as long as I’m signed in. I will gladly pay to not see those ads.
@Bandrik Even without Premium, I might spend more total time on Youtube. Obviously, its not the same as watching a cinematic release, but going from video to video down a Youtube rabbit hole, I can easily spend an hour or two before I even realize it is happening.
Use both Netflix and Prime about evenly. The former is free with my TMO line, the latter is discounted since my wife is a student (again) so, yeah… there’s that.
Use my plex server a good bit to timeshift movies (like the Free RB rentals I get from TMO, or the episodes of Dirk Gently’s that I ripped from the DVDs I own)
Netflix overall. Hulu has some content that makes it worth paying for (ABC TV shows and Letterkenny). Prime I mostly have because of shipping, and use their streaming service mostly for paid rentals and purchases.
@star2236 unfortunately with all the production sources turning to their own streaming services it is getting harder for them to find new non-original content. I’m afraid ‘cord cutting’ is going to become as expensive as a cable service in the future…
@chienfou Already did the math. Most homes will have 2-3 subscriptions. So the current tactic of “locking up content” will see lots of content “lost” in the DRM wars when the service goes under. Disney was most aggressive in “reclaiming” everything they could, even prying Spiderman from Sony and killing off all the excusive MarvelTV projects (mostly to hurt Netflix).
CBS could pull all Star Trek content from the other services to solidify its position. Hulu will consolidate NBC/Universal content. There’s a reason Netflix and Amazon have been burning money on developing their own content.
I’m liking Netflix because they have a larger and deeper bench international content.
And most 'Muricans are oblivious to the Hindi and Asian streaming services which have an enormous population base ignored by all of the poll options.
I have Prime, Netflix, and Disney+ and they all have their pros and cons.
I am not going to pay $20 to stream a first run movie however. When I go to see a movie in the theater, its not for the privilege of seeing it earlier, its for the theater experience. For streaming I will continue to wait until that content becomes part of one of my existing services.
Even while some movie studios are pushing some releases out , I think many execs would actually love to see a paradigm switch to the streaming model and whittle the distribution cost to almost nothing and eliminate the middle man, maintaining a larger chunk of profit for themselves.
Since we don’t get out much, tv is our entertainment. We have (paid services) Hulu, Prime, Netflix, Disney+, CBSAllAccess; (streaming services included with our cable subscription) HBO, Starz, Epix, Showtime, NBC Networks (like USA, SyFy, Oxygen) and Vudu, Google, MoviesAnywhere, FandangoNow (where movies I buy can be accessed, kind of like Prime, but there isn’t a monthly charge).
Non-movie streaming service is one of our local station’s news broadcast. They repeat their last newscast until a new one goes up (live).
I like CBSAllAccess to catch up on CBS shows sans commercials.
Streaming movies is Vudu. Walmart owns them. They have some pretty good deals on owning movies. (I got a Jason Statham bundle for nine bucks last month, six HD movies.) I wish all owned movies would be cross platform (Prime, Google, MoviesAnywhere, Vudu, FandangoNow). I had to make a spreadsheet so we know which movie is on which platform (we have almost 250).
@lisaviolet what I like about our Apple TV is that it generally knows where content is (what app(s) it’s in), minus Netflix, so it’s fairly easy to keep a library like that straight if the apps to watch them are all available on that platform.
@f00l@lisaviolet@ruouttaurmind I think MA only has certain major platforms it works with (iTunes and Amazon, maybe Hulu?), despite its catchy name. The Apple TV shows you the name of the content and what service/s it’s available to view on and then opens it in that service. Maybe that’s a less competitive feature now with other streaming boxes, but I know Apple had to strike a deal with multiple different providers at one point in order to get access to that data. They also have playback info for your account so they know where to pick up when you’ve stopped in the middle. It mostly works, but some services do a worse job of remembering where they left off than Apple does.
@f00l@lisaviolet@ruouttaurmind yeah, apple doesn’t know (afaik) what platforms you own it on, unless it’s their own. They just show you what apps it’s available to view in (typically for free/with the subscription—Amazon has sub-channels you can subscribe to, and their content shows up as well, but it usually says “with a subscription”).
I have a ton of movies that are Vudu only, because that’s where I got them. Like the 48 hours movies. Indiana Jones movies. Lethal Weapon movies. Hunger Games.
But. I bought Sully on Vudu. $4.99. It’s on all platforms except FandangoNow.
I got Winter’s Bone on Prime. That’s the only place I can watch it. I can only watch Princess Bride on Google Play.
I can only watch Once Upon A Time in Hollywood on Fandango now.
It would be really sweet to have an app on the Roku, where it would list out the movies I own, regardless of platform, click on the movie and have it automatically go to that platform and pull up that movie.
I did some research on this yesterday and read some message boards. One guy had 3500 movies! Holy crap. That’s a lot of movies!
If only there was a tool that could search information in a file…
I know how to search files, but thanks for the suggest.
IMHO: Large spreadsheets that are mostly full of data (not math stuff) are a pain.
Esp when accessed from a mobile device. That’s why a a something with cloud storage or auto-syncing, and a user friendly mobile interface, would be nice.
You might be able to trick Plex into thinking you have those movies by creating separate “libraries” and the creating folders and putting small mp4 files named for the movie. Plex will think you have a downloaded version but will still pull metadata and posters and such, letting you search and browse your movies in the appropriate “libraries”.
e.g. A “Prime” library, a “MoviesAnywhere” library, etc.
I kind of turn on the TV when I have free time but feel too tired to do anything interesting… Netflix has tons of original programming, but usually the ones I’ll be interested in will be too heavy or too dramatic.
Then I turn on Prime and it’s got plenty of Goldilocks shows. Non-standup comedy, backlogs of easy-reading network shows that aren’t too oppressive. The odd Amazon-exclusive/original that is surprisingly good.
Netflix has more shows that I’m aware of that I think I want to watch. But Prime has more shows that I actually enjoy watching.
Disney is only the Mandalorian. CBS or whatever is only Picard. I’ll stream those from a friend’s Emby server, or I won’t. Meh.
Oh wait, Hulu had a show… I forget which one it was.
There was another. Edge… E…Epix! I subscribed to that to watch Perpetual Grace LTD. ran out of episodes, unsubscribed, forgot to resubscribe.
If I’m looking at not just content, but how consistently good the source is at streaming, and the accessibility of the platform interface, even though there are shows I may like more on tv+, Hulu, HBO, Disney+ or Prime sometimes, Netflix still wins across the board for the combination. I hope Apple comes out with more content I like because they have really reliable streaming, and their content is far more navigable than Hulu or Prime.
Hulu has a surprisingly massive database of TV series, but a terrible database interface. I found several older TV series by searching for them directly by name, even though they don’t come up in any of those lists at the top.
Prime has a few good original series, but I use Prime mostly for the subs that can be added, like BritBox (which has the whole classic Dr. Who series), Acorn, IMDb TV and Masterpiece.
I had Netflix until they forced autorun that couldn’t be disabled, which was so annoying that I canceled. I found that most of the stuff on Netflix, other than the original stuff, is available elsewhere. Now that Netflix has nixed the forced autorun, I find that I don’t miss the original stuff enough to resubscribe.
Other stuff, like CBS All Access, is for original content and to watch regular shows without commercials.
There are also some pretty good free channels, like The CW and The Roku Channel.
HBO and Disney for new stuff, then suspended for months at a time. I like that streaming channels, unlike cable, can be subbed/unsubbed at will with little or no fuss.
My library has beefed up their offerings. Check yours.
There is more than Overdrive these days.
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