Based on the one that’s been getting the most use lately, Disney+. I’ve had Netflix since close to its inception but these days I mostly use it for Stranger Things. D+ is back in the spotlight right now since The Mandalorian season 3 just started.
To be honest, I hate the entire concept of having to pay a bunch of separate companies to get everything I want to watch. If the cable companies would let us pick and choose what channels we want on an individual basis and not charge us an arm and a leg for it, we wouldn’t be here right now.
@PooltoyWolf Based on usage hours, we’d be rating YouTube TV as the best, followed by Philo. Despite several efforts to the contrary, a plurality of viewers in our home just want a normal channel on. With commercials. It almost doesn’t matter what is on, provided it’s something.
@PooltoyWolf idk. I just kind of switch them on and off one at a time each month to watch the thing I want that is finished. Then anything else they have. That might be interesting. So that sort of is cheaper. I don’t feel the need to have disney plus for months since they do one week episodes ofoki or scarlet which of mando. When I get bored I’ll buy it for a month. Watch. Cancel. Same with hbomax. Etc.
Usually there is one backbone service. Currently Netflix but. Not watching as much of that as I used to.
@brennyn@PooltoyWolf I refuse to buy Comcast’s cable TV service because I simply will not subsidize the content of certain channels that they provide by default. If I could get just the ones I want, and nothing else at all, I’d be willing to pay slightly more than what they charge for their many-channels-of-spewage packages.
@brennyn@PooltoyWolf@werehatrack You are lucky you have a choice. Where I live you have comcast or nothing for cable tv (although some parts of town have choices) and the stations are 30-35 miles south of where I live in the geographic center of the area (so 40-45 miles for plenty of others) so antenna TV only works for some. And of course satellite except apartment buildings usually don’t allow that. The upshot for me is not much TV. Haven’t really looked into internet TV. I guess I need to read this thread and hunt for the older ones. Not sure if I have a smart TV or not. I guess I’ll have to look.
This is open source and if you want to try it you should install per the instructions for downloader but there really are no ads and it can skip in stream commercials as well and is configurable.
Totally works with Chromecast with Google tv. And works really well. The only reason I still use the actual YouTube app is because I have not remapped the button on my remote although there is an app for that. And the algorithm has built up some of what I want to see even though I’m not logged into YouTube. I have to search a little more when using smarttubenext and need to reroute the remote button.
It is honestly impressive how well it works. Google may try and come for it later but it’s not doing anything illegal and not using the API
@Cerridwyn@werehatrack I thought it was pretty darn good. Not super impressed by season 3 of Picard thus far(only up to episode 3). I can’t put my finger on what it is but it’s not grabbing me like the first two did. I hope it ends with a bang because this season is it for Picard.
A. I’m not renting it I’m buying it.
B. The Internet goes out sometimes.
And possibly more important, digital purchases that can only be streamed can also be vanished, as has recently happened with a huge pile of older, less popular titles that a certain studio decided to write off and take out of their back-titles library permanently.
@blaineg@Chronicle@Harbingerdc I had Britbox for a year and really liked it. But my husband likes Netflix and I’m trying to cut down. Plus I keep buying stuff on VUDU and won’t get my money’s worth unless I watch it.
@2many2no Prime Music’s library had way to many holes in it for me, and it seemed much dumber than ordinary Alexa stuff on voice commands. I dumped it for Spotify a couple of years ago and have been very happy.
I’ve got a large MP3 collection, but I’ve discovered and rediscovered a lot of great music on Spotify.
Netflix (Wednesday and did a rewatch of The Magicians), HBOMax (right now, Last of Us, Perry Mason), Disney+ (Mandolorian and still a number of Pixar movies we haven’t seen, and all the MCU and Star Wars stuff) are mostly used, we also have Hulu because we got it for the Predator movie and have since found other offerings (Only Murders on the Building, Knives Out), and we could get it at a reduced rate when bundled with Disney. We have Amazon Prime because we have Amazon Prime for the shopping, but mostly disappointing as so much of their offerings are extras you need to pay for) Paramount and Peacock just have not been worth the extra cost, and at least in this area, don’t have any free initial offers.
The one that was TV. When you could watch major sport events for free at the relatively same time as the rest of the world without feeling elitist or irritated that it was complicated and more expensive to follow/find the whole bracket.
“Best” depends on the criteria used. The one that annoys me the least is HBO Max. The interface is simple, shows stream while they play on cable, and everything runs smoothly. The most annoying one (at present) is Paramount+, which runs adverts for shows when I’m paying for advert-free, and autoruns some programs when I have the thing set to no auto-run. P+ is only the most annoying because I canceled Netflix for being even worse. Hulu and Disney+ have good content, and I mostly use Prime for original content and because I get Acorn, Britbox, and PBS bundled with Prime. The thing I like most about streaming is that channels can added and dropped at will, and without penalty. That, and not requiring cable.