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All that streaming

Janx

Adventurer
this branching out of streaming services is definitely getting back into why we all hate paying for cable.

Thanks to my wife's viewing habits, I've already got:
Netflix
Hulu
Amazon Prime w/Stars
Crunchy Roll (korean anime)
Drama Fever (korean dramas)
CBS Access (watched Discovery with friends so CBS only made one sub off of everybody)

If I have to add Disney so I can see marvel stuff, and then somebody else so I can see their stuff, I'm gonna explode.

Hulu has been dang near worthless for me as they only carry the 5 current episodes and I can't ensure I'll have time within that window, so they are gonna get voted off the island if I have to add another.

Netflix and Amazon have so much overlap, it's frustrating because we like both of their in-house stuff.

Stars is about as useful as nipples on a bullfrog for something to watch, but the wife wanted Outlander... Another candidate to chop.

The korean stuff is dirt cheap and not worth worrying about cost

We're internet only at my house. Back when it was just 3 subs, that was a huge savings when we cut cable.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Hulu has been dang near worthless for me as they only carry the 5 current episodes and I can't ensure I'll have time within that window, so they are gonna get voted off the island if I have to add another.
Hulu's strength is not in current-season shows, but in the full-runs of older shows. If you aren't using it for that, yeah, its worth degrades rapidly.
 

Janx

Adventurer
Hulu's strength is not in current-season shows, but in the full-runs of older shows. If you aren't using it for that, yeah, its worth degrades rapidly.
when we switched to cable-less, we were caught up on shows (DVR), and Hulu was the middleman to show us current stuff, because nobody else has that.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
when we switched to cable-less, we were caught up on shows (DVR), and Hulu was the middleman to show us current stuff, because nobody else has that.
A fair strategy, I suppose, if you can keep up. I know I can't. If it weren't for the slow periods around the holidays and in the summer to use to catch up, I would probably have to give up entirely.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
A fair strategy, I suppose, if you can keep up. I know I can't. If it weren't for the slow periods around the holidays and in the summer to use to catch up, I would probably have to give up entirely.
Giving up on keeping up is a great way to save money. Even if more companies start only making their back catalog available on their own services, you can just subscribe to watch the shows you want and cancel. You can only watch a certain amount at a time. Just keep switching what you are subscribing to. If these streaming services stop offering month-to-month subscriptions...well, I have a lot of reading to catch up on.
 

Jhaelen

Villager
I'm still new to netflix and I have to say I really dislike how everything is based on their dubious rankings. It's really hard to find anything, since all searches appear to come up with the same recommendations.
I mean, if I'm searching for 'West World' and it's not available on netflix, I'd like to see a message that 'sorry, it's currently not available' and not a dozen completely different tv shows I don't care for.

And how do you find out which shows/movies are going to be removed soon?
I started watching 'The Expanse' and only after selecting the first episode of the first season do they advertise the fact the show's going to be removed from netflix at the end of this month.

I'm also still searching for a way to figure out which shows are available in the different countries.
 

trappedslider

Explorer
I'm still new to netflix and I have to say I really dislike how everything is based on their dubious rankings. It's really hard to find anything, since all searches appear to come up with the same recommendations.
I mean, if I'm searching for 'West World' and it's not available on netflix, I'd like to see a message that 'sorry, it's currently not available' and not a dozen completely different tv shows I don't care for.
It's shows shows that are in some manner like the one you're wanting or related to
And how do you find out which shows/movies are going to be removed soon?
I started watching 'The Expanse' and only after selecting the first episode of the first season do they advertise the fact the show's going to be removed from netflix at the end of this month.
This one is harder,but mostly you can find out by looking at sites that show what's coming this month to netflix,they also tend to show what's leaving https://otakukart.com/tvshows/netflix-october-2018-movies-and-shows-everything-coming-and-leaving/ and there's https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/
I'm also still searching for a way to figure out which shows are available in the different countries.
Not really sure about this, but there's ways to get around region lock.
 
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Jhaelen

Villager
It's shows shows that are in some manner like the one you're wanting or related to
In theory, yes. However, since the algorithm has no clue why I'm interested in a particular show it presents a mix of shows that e.g. have a similar name, feature one of the main actors, are from the same director, or simply share the same genre. It's just not helpful since I cannot specify filters of some kind.
This one is harder,but mostly you can find out by looking at sites that show what's coming this month to netflix,they also tend to show what's leaving https://otakukart.com/tvshows/netflix-october-2018-movies-and-shows-everything-coming-and-leaving/ and there's https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/
Thanks. I knew about the latter link, but not the former.
Not really sure about this, but there's ways to get around region lock.
Well, that would be a potential second step. First, I need to know if a show is running anywhere on Netflix, at all. I've found the following site: FlicMetrix
You can select the country, but it appears to only list movies, not tv shows...
 

Zardnaar

Adventurer
Have Amazon and get free lightbox which is a lame NZ service. Gonna dump ISPs and get free Amazon for a year.

Probably won't subscribe to anything more maybe Disney at a longshot if it's cheap or The Mandalorian is good.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Coming back to this thread, I now find it is getting more difficult to get most of what I want from one or two streaming services. Properties are getting fragmented. I'm finding that I will subscribe for one service long enough to view the content I'm interested in and then cancel. I'm also finding that with one of my kids moving into middle school that this is impacting which services have higher demand in our household.

Amazon Prime remains the bedrock of my streaming and has been since I moved back to the USA about 10 years ago (when I lived in Taiwan about the only way I could legally get the material that I wanted was buying the series on iTunes about a year after they were current).

I've been paying for HBO Now, but after the last season of Game of Thrones, I'll likely cancel it until there is another series to draw me back. The movie selection isn't compelling and I've seen all the HBO series I'm interested in (other than final season of GoT).

I share a Netflix subscription with my sister and parents (subscription allowing three devices to be connected simultaneously). I've pretty much watched the Netflix originals I was most interested in but not my son is watching a lot of Netflix content. In terms of movie selection it rounds out Amazon Prime nicely, but even both together will not have certain movies I'm interested in.

Occasionally, for specific shows, I will use the ABC (for American Idol) and The CW (for Fool Us) apps, but I don't pay for them. I just deal with the ads and the fact that I have to get access to new episodes a week late.

I recently cancelled my YouTube premium account and currently have no paid-for music service. If I feel the need for it, I'll go back to Apple Music. I had switched to YouTube so that I could listen to videos in the background on my phone and because it came with video as well as music, but over time I came to feel that it was not worth USD 10 a month. For now I'll live with Amazon Music, which I get with Prime and works with Alexa (we have multiple Alexa devices in our home - a Fire TV, an Amazon Spot, and Amazon Echos).
 

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