Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by mr.unnatural, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Aug 5, 2019 #241 of 781
    zalusky

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    Yea I watched the first minute of stranger things this year and just wasn't feeling it. We have been binging literally non stop and I don't know if I will ever get back to it and other similar things.
    It is pretty hard to remember the previous seasons on a lot of these shows.
     
  2. Aug 5, 2019 #242 of 781
    mr.unnatural

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    I know what you mean. Most of the shows on any of the streaming services are limited to as little as 6 shows or even less in a season, with the average being around 10-13 episodes. That means that in order to fill in the void between seasons you start watching a multitude of other shows with short seasons. After a while they all start to run together. The short seasons are great if you like to binge watch, but I prefer to watch single episodes per week. By the time the next season rolls around I can barely even remember what the show was about, let alone where the story left off.
     
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    jr461

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    I get this 100%. For some shows the wait between seasons is usually so long that it's hard to jump right back in and we don't want to spend time re-watching the prior season just to reacquaint ourselves. It varies show to show, though, as some are easier to get back into than others.

    As an example, we had no problem getting back into Stranger Things, however, we're done with Dark. It's just too difficult to remember who was who and when. At the time we were following, with some effort, but there's no chance now. On the other hand, High Castle has a nice refresher when the last season dropped which made it easy to get back into the flow.
     
  4. Aug 5, 2019 #244 of 781
    aaronwt

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    It's happened here in Northern Virginia too. In my area they stopped picking up half the recyclables they used to.

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    Allanon

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    Sort of on topic, Disney just announced $12.99 bundle for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. I like this because I'm a UFC fan and there is a lot of exclusive stuff on ESPN+ and Disney+ is going to have Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel stuff.

    Disney announces $12.99 bundle for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+


    Edit: A Disney spokesperson says there are no plans to offer a tier that include Hulu’s ad-free service.
     
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    Mikeguy

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    Humorously, a minute after reading this, the overnight TV news was reporting it. :) I guess it's a big story (and this was on an NBC station, not Disney-owned ABC).
     
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    wallstreet12345

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    Will Tivo get an App for Disney Streaming?
     
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    zalusky

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    Well that about kills it for me. I pay for the ad free version of Hulu and will not go with ad based services anymore.
     
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  10. Aug 7, 2019 #250 of 781
    aaronwt

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    I guess there is no way I will be getting it. Even if they paid me $100 a month, I would not want to watch the Hulu version with commercials. I will only watch the ad free one. At least I've gotten Hulu gift cards at discounts, taking my price down to below the cost of the version with ads. But I'll run out of my credit balance at the end of the next season. And I don't think I can get such a great deal on the gift cards again.
     
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    aaronwt

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    While it's certainly a possibility, I wouldn't count on it.
     
  12. Aug 7, 2019 #252 of 781
    hapster85

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    As of this month, my Netflix bill is over $20. Beginning to wonder if it's still worth it. It's 2019. Why the hell are they, or anyone, still charging a premium for HD?
     
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  13. Aug 7, 2019 #253 of 781
    Lurker1

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    It is very easy to cancel now and then reactivate in the future when they have new content you want to see. No need to keep paying for it every month.
     
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    aaronwt

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    They also tie two streams to the HD plan. Just like they tie four streams to the UHD plan. I don't need four streams but I need UHD. So I pay for the top plan($16). While I know other people that don't need UHD but pay for the top plan because of the four streams.
    And then the lowest plan only allows one stream and SD.

    I'm glad I got a bunch of Netflix gift cards at half price. So my UHD plan only costs me around $8 a month out of pocket. With my current balance I'm still good for another sixteen months.
     
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    MikeMar

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    So many shows on the backlog, at the point just going to keep watching the shows we watch and only start new shows that are already complete
     
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    Lurker1

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    We do the same thing. This way we avoid the stinkers and prematurely-cancelled shows altogether. We can focus our limited watching time on the best of the best.
     
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    hapster85

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    Because then I might need to find a new place to live? Lol

    While I'm beginning to question the value, not sure the other members of the household are. Definitely warrants discussion in the near future, though.
     
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    hapster85

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    I'll have to keep an eye out for Netflix gift cards being on sale. Good strategy.
     
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    krkaufman

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    ... that will become available in November.

    How does one get those, at that-ish cost?
     
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    aaronwt

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    I most recently got them last year or early this year on eBay. But when I looked earlier today I did not see any. So either they aren't available any more or they will show up again around the holidays.

    I got great deals on Hulu, Netflix, and Verizon gift cards in the past from eBay. Saving 40% to 60%. I'm glad I purchased several hundred dollars worth at a time. I'll do it again if they show up during the holidays this year. Since the prices are too good to pass up.
     
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