Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

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  1. MikeMar

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    I think all the streaming services are just like the cable premium channels

    A lot of people have Netflix (HBO)
    and people will have a mix of all the streaming stuff (Disney, Peacock, Hulu, HBO Max, etc)

    And some people will have all of them
     
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  2. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

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    What happens is whatever I want to happen at that time. What DOESN'T happen is I don't continually pay for 500 channels that have zero content that I'm interested in. I'm less concerned about my total monthly cost, and more concerned that whatever the monthly cost is, I'm paying for the content I actually want to see.
     
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  3. TAsunder

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    I don't understand your thinking. I only have limited time and I prefer to binge shows. In your described scenario, I'm not going to suddenly watch more TV. I'll watch the same amount of TV and have much better options from which to choose. So either I'll actually swap more or I'll use fewer services, possibly only a single one. Both are wins for me in terms of quality and cost. Right now I keep multiple providers because there's not enough good content available during various parts of the year. Back when cable was my only option I'd settle for junk TV. Now I don't have to, but I still have to keep multiple providers because no one provider reliably has 1000+ hours of high quality content. If every provider had amazing shows all the time I'd need to keep fewer of them and would either swap more than I do now or not at all, both of which are better for me.
     
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  4. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

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    Another component of this issue is that, even when I was paying for cable, I was still paying for two (and sometimes more) streaming services in addition to cable. Imagining the scenario where all the streaming services have such uber-compelling content that I feel the need to simultaneously subscribe to them all, I'd still be saving money by not paying for cable in addition to all those theoretical services.
     
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  5. Steveknj

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    That's kind of silly really. So you wouldn't pay the same for more channels than for JUST the channels you watch, $100 for 20 channels vs. $100 for 500 channels (that include the 20 you watch)? I'd gladly pay the same for more, because even though I have core channels I watch, there's almost always a one off series I might watch on a channel I normally don't. For example, I might not watch WGN, but there might be a series that I like on there.
     
  6. lparsons21

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    Yep, me too! And with the OTA/Streaming trial I did for a month when I finally cut the cord I won’t have to add any service to get all the shows I’m actually interested in. Between Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and CBS All Access, which I sub to now, nearly every show on cable/sat/OTS is there. Might be a bit delayed but so what? As to sports, well all I might be interested in watching will be on OTA.


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  7. Steveknj

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    I do that too. That's why you have to way what works for you best. I've never said streaming doesn't work for some. I'm just saying that over time, you might not really be saving the money. I agree now, that as long as you get the content you want, the quality and the experience is good (if needed), and you save money, then by all means, you should. But don't expect, over time, when things become more more mainstream and possibly more consolidated, that it won't get more expensive, and the experience may not be as good.
     
  8. TAsunder

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    In that scenario, most of your money goes towards stuff you don't care about, thereby failing to adequately incentivize the content you like most.
     
  9. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

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    If that were how it would work out, then of course it would be silly. But that's not how it would work out. Assuming I would keep adding services until my monthly cost was $100, all of that money would be going toward services that I actually deemed worth the cost. That is, I could be paying that $100 to a cable company for a handful of channels I want and 500 I don't (at which point there would still be streaming content out there I might want), or I could pay that same $100 for streaming services, all of which offer me something I do want. We're talking about the difference between cost and value.

    Sure, but I don't think people expect that it's not going to get more expensive over time. Pretty nearly everything gets more expensive over time. But if the expense is your concern, then there is no question that streaming offers more flexibility to manage that expense than does cable.
     
  10. warrenn

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    I guess it depends on someone's personality if they feel they have to subscribe to all at the same time. With streaming, you can typically watch all the old content if you don't mind being behind. So you don't have to watch something like "Game of Thrones" real time. I still haven't seen it, but I could subscribe to HBO and watch it all if I wanted. That's different than how most cable/network has been in the past. Previously, you had to subscribe to cable so you could watch shows like "The Walking Dead" on A&E when it came out or see it in reruns. You didn't always have the option of watching it at your convenience at a later time. But now with all these streaming providers, you can watch pretty much any show from any year at any time.

    The people who feel they need to see the newest shows as soon as they come out will likely end up subscribing to lots of services at the same time. But the people who don't care as much and are fine watching a show whenever when they get around to it will likely subscribe to fewer services and they'll watch whatever happens to be available at the time.
     
  11. Steveknj

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    But again, with more and more content you may want to see, playing streamer roulette is going to be a much more difficult decision. Imagine you only plan to buy Netflix for 3 months of the year, and the buy a different streamer for another 3 months, but you find that Netflix has so much content you want to see, that you just can't unsubscribe. But you are right, everyone watches TV differently. With more and more options, the decision how to watch it all will become more difficult.
     
  12. jsmeeker

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    Exactly. I mean, it's what I do today quite a bit of the time
     
  13. Steveknj

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    Which again, is the irony of making this point in a forum about TiVo, which, one of it's primary features is the ability to NOT watch commercials :) We've come full circle!!
     
  14. jsmeeker

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    But that really wasn't a primary reason I got TiVo
     
  15. pdhenry

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    I decided to only subscribe to one streaming service at a time, yes ( I have Prime but not just for the streaming so I don't include it. My money, my rules) Then Hulu offered me 6 months for $3/month so eventually I signed back up for Netflix without canceling Hulu. When Hulu goes back up I'll probably drop it - there's not a lot there to watch.

    If I want to sign back up for HBO I'll catch up on everything I want to see on Netflix, then, yes I'll cancel Netflix and sign up for HBO. I know that both Netflix and HBO will probably keep their original programming available for at least a year if not indefinitely.

    PlayOn helps with getting everything out of one service before starting the next. I started recording Breaking Bad from AMC this weekend onto YTTV, then I realized I could record the unbleeped version off of Netflix. I'll get through all 5(?) seasons this week then watch at my leisure.
     
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  16. Dawghows

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    But there are finite hours in the day to watch TV, no matter how many options exist. There are already more TV shows I want to see than I have time to watch. I've been picking and choosing what I want to see for years. I dare say the same is true for everyone on these boards. Adding more and more options does not change this equation, except that I get to choose from a better and better range of possibilities.
     
  17. jsmeeker

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    Yeah. Totally. This is one big reason I don't feel a need to subscribe to a bunch of services. I already have more content than u can handle

    Sure, I miss out on some shows that friends watch. But it's not like I am sitting around with nothing to entertain me. .
     
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  18. allan

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    Yeah. I might want to watch a specific show that's on one service. But I already have more shows than I could watch, so I don't really need anymore services, and could reduce what I already have.
     
  19. gschrock

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    I know I'm planning on dropping netflix streaming for a while because I just have too much other stuff to watch for now. I tend to find that I have so much stuff I want to watch that the idea of something "I have to watch now" just doesn't work anymore. I'm too far behind on basically *everything*. I did dump cbs for a while over the summer when I didn't really feel I needed it, so I do find I can drop things as needed at least.
     
  20. TAsunder

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    I'm sort of at the opposite point. All the shows I used to consider "good" now don't stand up to shows that are "great." There are enough great shows that I don't feel inclined to spend time on "merely good" shows, but not enough "great" shows that I can just pick any service and stick with it.
     

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