@PooltoyWolf Netflix streaming was a ridiculously good deal in the early years of streaming. Nobody thought streaming rights were worth much, so they had so much premium content for so little money.
As you can see, studios have since caught on.
@PooltoyWolf i mean…if you want to watch tv or movies, generally speaking, it’s going to cost money one way or another. i don’t really think netflix is any more of a money grab than going to a theater or paying for cable.
i will say though the one thing i don’t like is every tv network now coming out with their own streaming service…and then wanting us to pay for it when we already pay for the parent channel. the straw that broke the camel’s back for me was making sure i had all my cooking channels when we had to switch from youtubetv to fubo, and then it was announced that good eats would only be available through discovery+, yet another new streaming channel! for yet another $5 a month! sorry, no, i’ll just download it.
@InnocuousFarmer that works with the TV Everywhere content put out by the networks but more and more of the networks are starting paid apps with exclusive content and shows locked to them, like Discovery Plus, Paramount Plus, and Peacock.
@PooltoyWolf The real advantage of streaming is that there is no contract. All of them (as far as I know) charge by the month, and you can add/drop them at will, though some do give discounts if paid by 6 months/year. It’s easy to add a channel, watch/catch up on whatever series or movies you want, then drop the channel before another month’s “rent” is due. I’ve been doing this for years with no problem at all. When I drop a channel then add it back a year or two later, my settings are usually still there, including my watch lists. I’ve never had any “pressure marketing” from any of the streaming services when I drop them.
@InnocuousFarmer that’s only to access the cable content. in other words, our cable package includes disney and disney XD, but we have to pay a separate subscription for the streaming service disney+. same thing with discovery & discovery+, and cbs/cbs all access (now paramount+). sometimes certain conglomerates will link up and do a “get one month free of [service]” type deal and so they need your cable login for that too, to prove your eligibility.
@InnocuousFarmer@jerk_nugget Prime Day just had a $0.99/mo for 2 months on Showtime, Paramount+, PBSMasterpiece, Acorn, Sundance, and more. So keep your eyes out for those invitations to binge for 2 months.
However, the broadcaster/studios have crapped the bed even on their own trials by moving their premier shows to release weekly, just like broadcast just to stick it to binge watchers and suck a few more months of subscription fees out of viewers.
I do think the Balkanization of cable into streaming a la carte is in the end a negative for creativity in popular media. With all the licensing deals and self-dealing, it devolves into a corporate shell game of pretending there is competition when the reality is that there isn’t any due to the over-concentration of IP ownership and distribution rights into too few corporate conglomerates.
@mike808 yeah, for me it played out like a meme, “we want to be able to pick which channels we want!” [all this happens] “wait no…not like this…pls”
the current reality is like the monkey’s paw version of consumers’ wish for a la carte cable. all we wanted was to essentially build our own cable package, but that will never happen as there’s no incentive for this.
@mike808 2 months yeah, but after that? If you want the same amount of content variety you get on cable, you’ll have to pay nearly as much, or more, than cable for all the different streaming services.
@gsrivast Good choice. You should try the Acorn channel if they’re still running the $0.99/mo for 2 months trial. Try Hidden, The Wisting, and Line of Duty S5 (S6 is airing now in the UK), Loch Ness. Also Liar, Sanctuary (excellent).
Netflix has a bunch too. Try Hinterland, Shetland, The Tunnel, The Sinner, Deadwind, Undercover.
There are some really good Nordic procedurals (Iceland Fortitude, Norway Wallander, Sweden) and some good Baltic ones too (Poland, Belarus, Russia) like Bordertown, and Borderliner and Method, Sniffer, Silver Spoon.
@gsrivast if you like any of those dark, wet, tortured detective ones that mike listed (and i’ve enjoyed several) i would also add top of the lake, the investigation, the killing, the fall, happy valley, luther, and marcella (the first season anyhow. as it goes on they really get carried away and it goes off the rails, imho).
really enjoying loki so far (i won’t give any spoilers) esp the first couple episodes, because it’s like terry pratchett or douglas adams does marvel. we’ll see if that holds up, or if it just becomes another boring endless battle scene like every other Marvel Thing. i really hope it’s the former as i’ve honestly never enjoyed a marvel show or movie this much.
beyond that, i have to say i don’t recognize any of the other poll options. i think the last thing i streamed that wasn’t house or star trek reruns (my nightly ritual) was “the investigation” on hbomax. i binged it during the last heat wave. nothing like a bit of grim and honestly bizarre true crime to pass the time.
I’ve been watching Naked & Afraid on Discovery+. When we changed our cell phone plan we got Hulu, Disney+, ESPN and 1 year of Discovery+ included in the package. So when I recently caught a few episodes of Naked & Afraid I figured I might as well watch a few things since it’s free for a year.
I’ve also been watching Loki. I need to check in to see if Netflix has any new episodes of things I watch there.
My biggest complaint with Discovery+ is I can’t get it as an app for my TV, so I have to cast it from my phone or iPad. And the app often keeps casting but the app shows it’s not casting. So I can’t pause or stop unless I use Google Home, and even that doesn’t always work without closing and reopening the app a few times. It will often show ‘not casting’ even thought it clearly is.
If you somehow lose your taste for the Dark Grimness Misery genre of entertainment, there is virtually never anything to watch. It’s odd. Maybe that’s just Netflix.
I’ve been watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I don’t even like that show, at this point. But it’s not… you know, a case study in anguish, like about 90% of what’s out there now.
It’s hard to cook and do dishes while reading a book.
I did kind of enjoy the first episode of Jupiter’s Legacy, in spite of myself, but then read that it had been canceled and the season ended in a cliffhanger, so, pretty good odds I never watch episode two.
I should cancel Netflix and switch to Disney+, see if I like it any better there. (Usually that’s Netflix’s cue to hook me with something.)
Bosch Season 7, without having seen the other 6 Seasons. I only started watching it because comedian Iliza Schlesinger recommended it because she has a cameo in it. It’s pretty good. Amazon prime video sucks really bad, you find something that you might like and noppers you have to pay for a channel add on.Even for Family Ties!! Bezos is a…!!!