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Brian Miller
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Posted: 30 September 2018 at 6:14am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

You need to finish watching THE AMERICANS!

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Iíve not been able to find it streaming anywhere other than Amazon and we donít have Prime. 
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John Popa
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Posted: 30 September 2018 at 11:33am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I cut a couple years ago. I don't watch a ton of TV anyway and what I need is covered with Sling.  I save about $50-$70 a month but I didn't have an exotic TV package. I use an indoor HD antenna for the networks. I still pay for Netflix and Hulu but I paid for them when I had cable anyway. 

CW seems to be smart about it - I can watch shows for free on their app but I have to sit through commercials, like a pilgrim. I use that for Flash and Supergirl. 

Some shows I've ordered through Amazon streaming and then the episode is available the morning after the initial broadcast. That's good for shows I was likely to buy anyway, like Ash vs. Evil Dead.
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Doug Jones
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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?

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Hopefully more than 8-9. Hopefully there will be at least 15-20 major streaming services, competing for talent and offering diverse content. 

Consumers have spoken; they hate the traditional cable bundle and don't watch most of the channels. But they don't want true al a carte, because people generally don't re-watch purchased shows. And physical media is the past, not the future.

That leaves streaming, and the best case scenario is a healthy marketplace with a variety of platforms offering up a wide range of content-- much of it exclusive. Like any other offering, most consumers will have to make choices and that's perfectly fine. I can't speak for the UK, but in the U.S., exclusive content has been a staple of broadcast media since the rise of pay cable. If you wanted your MTV in 1985, you'd better be paying for cable, even if you never watched another channel. If you wanted the watch THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW in 1992, then you'd have to add HBO. For the better part of 40 years now, consumers have had to make choices regarding pay television, and have been more frustrated with having to pay for too much content than anything. 

So if in, say, a decade we don't have several choices for streaming then that's probably not a good thing, because it means the market will have consolidated down to a few players-- and you can bet on three things:

1) Big Telecom will be one or more of those players.
2) We'll be right back in the era of bundles, which consumers hate.
3) The post-5g bundles that include content plans will rival or exceed the cost of cable plans.

So you can have a marketplace with many different options-- most of which you probably won't pay for-- or one with very few options forcing you to pay for a lot of stuff you don't want. I'll take the former.
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