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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 1:48pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Story here:


I can see the logic, but...

I prefer the days of cable/satellite packages.

We are living in a world now where so many shows and movies are becoming exclusive to streaming services. I was enjoying RIPPER STREET on the BBC, but it migrated to Amazon Prime. RIVERDALE is only available on Netflix (I do have Netflix).

True, in the days of cable, there'd be channels I'd never watch, but from THE X-FILES and MILLENNIUM to top films, you at least had a shot at seeing them.

Now, before anyone (I'm gonna pre-empt this) says, "Pay up for streaming services!", I'll say this. That's a tad privileged at times. My income varies, and some have even less disposable income than me. A self-employed friend of mine has had a lean autumn and I know he couldn't subscribe to Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc, etc.

Here in Britain, we also have to pay £150+ a year for a TV licence. 

I'm not having a go at anyone here, but some on social media have said, "Pay up." I do. I subscribe to Netflix. I have a Virgin Media package. And the aforementioned TV licence. I go without the stuff I can't afford - I'd love a Range Rover, but can't afford one - and that's fine.

I'm just putting forward the argument that it's frustrating to think that so many TV shows and movies are becoming exclusive. And there'll be more streaming services on the way. Will we reach a stage where we'll have to subscribe to 8 or 9 services?

It is *not* the most important thing. I have a roof over my head and regular meals. But I preferred the day of less exclusivity and cable packages. I mean, I hear there's a new STARGATE series coming, which will not only be exclusive to a streaming service, but it'll be available only in the US and Canada. The original STARGATE series aired on various channels here.

Thoughts?
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 1:54pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I agree, we HAVE to pay for the BBC via the licence,
wether we watch it or not, owning a tv comes with that
price!

I`d be willing to pay less for the little i watch on the
BBC, and spend the saving elsewhere.I subscribe to
Netflx, but other shows i might watch are on Amazon,
which i don`t subscribe to.
We have more choice than ever, but it comes at a price.
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 1:56pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

The number of streaming services can get annoying. But I pay $10-20 for a two hour movie, so paying $10-12 to get access for 10+ hours of a single exclusive show is a deal. And more often, I can watch more than one exclusive show within a month, so all the better. 
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 5:13pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

There are more shows than I can watch, whichever way I slice it. My DVR is full of cable shows that I struggle to keep up with and I have Netflix on top of that. I bitched to my cable provider about how much they were charging me and they responded by giving me a load of additional channels. Problem is, I never watch any of these channels.

Ultimately, I think the most economically sensible option will be to cut the cord at some point in the future and just buy what I actually want to consume.

Coincidentally, I just read yesterday about the NBA allowing fans to pay for just the final 15 minutes of games. Foward thinking...
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Michael Casselman
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 6:12pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I'm still waiting for cable (and hardwired broadband internet) to be strung down my road. They say it'll be completed this year, but I'll believe it when I see it.

I'd consider getting Netflix to supplement my Dish TV service, unfortunately the existing high-speed internet, while it's 'unlimited data', also throttles down to dial-up speed at a certain threshold, rendering it useless for Netflix, Hulu, etc., unless I pay an additional 10 bucks per GB.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 6:25pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Cable gives me a limited number of choices. Which is good. I canít watch TV all day!
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 6:31pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

We cut the cord 4 years ago. Saved $100 a month. Havenít missed any shows ( well, except for THE AMERICANS. Havenít seen any since the second season) and havenít regretted it at all. 
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Steve De Young
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 7:48pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I switched to Sling.  Best of both worlds.  I can watch all the channels live, plus I have nearly everything On Demand.  And their packages are a lot more modular, flexible, and affordable than any cable service I've ever used.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 30 September 2018 at 12:59am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Patience is another way of saving, some shows i wait for
the dvd box set, rather than subscribe to a source that
has little i want to watch, even then i wait for the box
set to be on sale, not ideal i know!
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 30 September 2018 at 2:00am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

well, except for THE AMERICANS. Havenít seen any since the second season

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You need to finish watching THE AMERICANS!
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 30 September 2018 at 2:36am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

 Robbie Parry wrote:
Will we reach a stage where we'll have to subscribe to 8 or 9 services?

This is the pitfall I predicted years ago on this very board when people were arguing for a la carte packages.  Then people said that it would make receiving channels cheaper.  I said no, bundling via a cable package actually makes it cheaper.  

I lost. You won. 

But not really...

Now the same package I paid $14.99 for is $20. In other words you're still "paying the man" just for the illusion that my version of cable is overtly a "choice" .

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, CBS All Acess.  Four streaming services that alone cost $35-40 per month without factoring in a subscription that gets you the local channels.   Want anything more than that? Pony up an extra $10-20.  

Cutting the cord is cute and can be effective IF you demure on certain extras,  If you don't, you're really not saving a ton over just managing your cable channels.   
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 30 September 2018 at 6:13am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

We had the tier above basic cable and for cable, and internet and were paying $180. We quit cable and now pay them $50 for the internet service. We use Netflix, Hulu and CBS All Access and pay $35-40 because we took the no-commercials options on Hulu and CBS. That $90 a month we saved adds up. 
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