Poll: What’s your favorite streaming service and how many do you subscribe to?

TV and movie streaming services are pretty awesome. Personally, I’ve been enjoying streaming the last couple weeks of the Women’s World Cup via FuboTV. Since I cut the cord a while back, I wouldn’t be able to watch these games without the ability to stream them, especially not the less popular early stages of the competitions. Once the World Cup is over, though, my “subscription” will be too.

As nice as streaming can be, it’s not particularly insightful to observe that it’s also a bit of a mess—one that’s only getting worse. Everyone in the game wants the proverbial theirs. This notion has led to a lot of nifty original programming in the form of exclusive shows and movies. Unfortunately for the TV and movie industry, exclusivity isn’t all unicorns and rainbows—just as it isn’t for the “customer-friendly” world of video gaming. But I digress…

Our household maintains both Netflix and Hulu subscriptions. We also have Amazon Prime Video, but I count that as a freebie considering Prime’s primary perk of free one- or two-day shipping. I’ve liked some of the exclusive offerings from these players (like I Am Mother and Our Planet), other offerings are still on my to-watch list (like Hanna and the 3rd season of The Man In the High Castle), and future or ongoing shows from all of them keep me and my wife paying up for now (like The Expanse and Veronica Mars).

Over the years I’ve used trials of other services through Amazon to catch specific shows. Most recently, I demoed HBO Go for Chernobyl and Veep as well as CBS All Access to catch up on Survivor (CBS doesn’t come in well over our antennae). However, I have yet to be convinced to give them any money.

Frankly, most of the time I’m more than content to just watch content from YouTubers. If no one else in my house watched anything, I’d probably switch to 100% a la carte purchases of a select few series and stick with Prime Video and over the air for everything else. That said, we do cherry-pick the very best shows for individual season purchases already and occasionally pick up our favorite movies as well. Of course, you usually can’t buy someone else’s exclusives on the platform of your choice. Lame.

That’s my perspective, but I’m curious what strategies the gerbil masses are employing given all the options. Even my precious Windows Media Center of days gone by would leave me missing out on everything that’s locked behind subscriptions. By the way, I’m including Disney Plus in the list because, even though the 800-pound gorilla hasn’t entered the ring of screaming monkeys yet, I think it’s already on a lot of people’s radar.

How many video streaming services do you subscribe to?

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Which paid video streaming service is the most important to you?

Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • Bobs_Your_Uncle
    • 3 weeks ago

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    • xgsound
    • 3 weeks ago

    Philo (roku/ firestick) is interesting for $20 with 58 channels. No news or local. Makes a nice supplement for antenna.
    [url<]https://help.philo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360006214074-Channel-lineup[/url<] Playstation Vue (works on roku/ firestick) $45 to $80 - you pick.Nice guide. [url<]https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/channels/[/url<] A site to help decide what service gives YOUR stations: [url<]https://www.suppose.tv/tv[/url<] They have many, but not all services.

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    • Freon
    • 3 weeks ago

    Netflix has become an odd one as they transition to originals. They have some good ones from time to time, but many are fairly low production grade and smell like shovelmedia. I have regularly let my sub lapse in the past year or two. I resub when I can’t find something else AND know there’s something worth subbing for. I imagine my sub rate is around 70%.

    HBO seems to have fewer originals, but tends to mix in a smaller selection of better quality third party movies. Their curation is better. I still tend to not stay subscribed unless there’s a key original going, and am letting my sub expire in a few days after GoT ended, finished Chernobyl, and watched a few other things. Excited about Westworld again as S3 looks like it may improve from the so-so S2.

    I have Prime mostly for the free 2 day shipping, but is the worst of the three on content overall. Occasionally some OK stuff, decent selection of B-movie sci-fi from many decades, stuff I haven’t seen, and I think they’re surpassing Netflix on the quality and quantity of third party content. I’m not autorenewing Prime, though, I think I can do without the 2-day shipping despite the convenience, and the video content is not anywhere near good enough to make the Prime sub worth it.

    I watch quite a few channels on Youtube and sometimes some Twitch (Critical Role, GDQ). I imagine my total hours is the highest on Youtube of all of them, but I don’t pay. Their originals are nowhere near where they need to be. I liked the Vsauce original series when I had a free trial, but there’s literally nothing else on their originals that is compelling in the slightest.

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    • Dposcorp
    • 3 weeks ago

    I have Netflix, Prime and DirectTV Now.
    I got tired of Comcast charging me to rent cable boxes.

    I got DirectTV Now last year during the time they were giving away Apple TV 4ks, and ended up getting 3 Apple TV 4ks for free, so I will stay with DirectTV Now for a while out of appreciation.

    I still have the good package that is no longer offered and have great service with them, although the Beta DVR is still weak.

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    • Waco
    • 3 weeks ago

    Just a quick survey – anyone who uses Prime Video: are you annoyed that only the primary account holder can use offline mode for videos? Netflix doesn’t care and you can sync from any valid account. Prime Video blocks syncing for anyone except the primary holder.

    I can’t for the life of me imagine why. Nobody in a household is going to have a Prime subscription per person!

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      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 weeks ago

      It’s annoying to be sure, but that’s the price you pay for free streaming. At least, that’s how I look at it – we use Prime enough that the shipping pays for itself. Those 50-pound bags of dog food have to get delivered somehow.

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        • Waco
        • 3 weeks ago

        Oh, absolutely, but I’m not going to subscribe twice just to use my damn tablet when I’m flying!

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    • Ikepuska
    • 4 weeks ago

    Where’s my Crunchyroll! My wife and I mostly watch that anymore, if we watch anything at all instead of reading while laying together on the couch or playing games together.
    And RIP Drama Fever, which was my wife’s other streaming service of choice.
    There’s also VRV, that some of my friends have.

    And looking through the comments, I’m surprised we are not alone … or maybe not now that I think of the demographics.

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    • plonk420
    • 4 weeks ago

    where’s the Bittorrent option?

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    • NovusBogus
    • 4 weeks ago

    Peasants rent and lords own, so I am gonna have to stay cheesy on this one.

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      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 weeks ago

      I don’t want to own everything I watch. There’s some real sketchy content out there.

      Speaking of which, I know it got bad reviews and all, but I really liked Shut Eye on Hulu. I was very disappointed that it got canceled after the second season. I like Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Westen from Burn Notice) and the premise was weird enough to reel me in: con man gets beat up by a mark and starts having real psychic visions. It’s pretty riotous.

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    • NeronetFi
    • 4 weeks ago

    I recently had the thought of cancelling Netflix. Just do not watch it much anymore and I am not the target audience for most of the new shows. I watch more YouTube shows then anything else.

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    • anotherengineer
    • 4 weeks ago

    Amount of TV I have watched over past 4 years probably less than 1 hour.

    Last non-kids movie I watched was the Hobbit.

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    • Aranarth
    • 4 weeks ago

    I subscribe to three:

    Netflix, CBS, and Hulu.

    To me I think Hulu is probably most important, to the wife CBS (NCIS nut), and the kids Netflix.

    I also have a Roku so all three services and much much more are available on the living room tv.
    I think my daughter watches one of the free kids channels on the roku more than any of the paid ones.
    Both kids love netflix on their tablets.

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    • atari030
    • 4 weeks ago

    We use Playstation Vue as a replacement for cable, and it’s got its quirks, but I quite like it. Perhaps someone has mentioned it, but I’m surprised I didn’t see it anywhere else in the comments or poll.

    Outside that, we have Prime well, because it’s Prime, and we get Netflix for ‘free’ via another service subscription of ours.

    Too many options, really, but it sure covers the spectrum.

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    • ET3D
    • 4 weeks ago

    Before I got married, practically all of what I watched was from DVDs (I didn’t have a TV). These days I occasionally watch something because others are watching, or I try a few episodes on Netflix or on Prime Video (which I occasionally subscribe to, for example when Twitch Prime gave a large bunch of games last year for Prime Day).

    But really, my content consumption is down so much that what I have is mainly for the family. The main thing I do for entertainment these days is play on my Oculus Go. If videos were higher resolution I might dedicate some time to NextVR. Not a great sports fan, but there’s just something about watching a game from a place better than even the best seats.

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    • kvndoom
    • 4 weeks ago

    Have Prime video because it’s bundled if you want free shipping.

    Netflix is practically ubiquitous. Despite their changes I can always find something to watch.

    HBO unfortunately doesn’t have enough to keep people subscribing for more than a month at a time. Pay $15, watch GoT season 8, Barry, Chernobyl, cancel.

    Might try Disney while it’s $7 but I doubt I would keep it permanently.

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    • chuckula
    • 4 weeks ago

    Netflix because my wife has had an account forever and Amazon by default because Prime.

    Other than that, I wouldn’t say I’m “missing” TV.

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    • ronch
    • 4 weeks ago

    I just watch whatever catches my attention on YouTube.

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    • tay
    • 4 weeks ago

    I pay the yearly 100 for the Criterion channel.

    I buy HBO Now for about half the year. It was for GoT, but I will re sub for Silicon Valley. Chernobyl was amazing.

    I used the F1 streaming for a few months and it was too expensive.

    I have Prime but use it once every few months.

    I can’t find anything to watch on Netflix because there is so much Netflix content that I don’t care for. Subbed for 2 months so I could watch Roma. Didn’t use it and gave up.

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    • Kougar
    • 4 weeks ago

    Gave up on Netflix because of the high library turnover, it’s silly to go put on an old show or movie and find out it was randomly removed to be replaced with something else. I don’t blame Netflix so much as the content industry that mandates it.

    If I was going to subscribe to anything it’d be CBS All Access just to support the 3 (or is it now 4?) Star Trek shows they have in the works. Really enthused for the Patrick Stewart’s role in the new Picard series.

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    • Concupiscence
    • 4 weeks ago

    Shame the Criterion Channel isn’t listed… That’s been a huge boon to my efforts to watch more movies. Beyond that, if it’s not on Prime or Netflix, I either rent digitally or track down physical media.

    edit: If I had two more hours a day, I’d also get Shudder, because it’s a great, curated selection of horror movies for something like $6 a month.

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    • FireGryphon
    • 4 weeks ago

    I voted Netflix, but that’s just because I didn’t realize that Prime Video was really Amazon Prime. Amazon is more important to me than Netflix because it has a better selection.

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    • Srsly_Bro
    • 4 weeks ago

    Also no mention of Pluto TV? Any reason for this?

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      • drfish
      • 4 weeks ago

      Hadn’t heard of it until your post. Is it good?

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        • Srsly_Bro
        • 4 weeks ago

        See my post #56. Just posted it a sec ago.

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    • Srsly_Bro
    • 4 weeks ago

    Arrgghh maties. With so many options and a fragmented, non centralized marketplace for TV shows and movies, ppl will find another way. If you watch a show from half the above options, what’s the monthly cost? Rhetorical.. It’s too much and unreasonable. Steam needs to get into TV distribution, offering tv show episodes conveniently, and a reasonable price, at the same place I already know.

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      • Redocbew
      • 4 weeks ago

      Your other way is a pain in the ass when I just want to shut my brain off for a while.

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      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 weeks ago

      If you want to buy TV shows, Amazon does a great job of that already.

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        • Srsly_Bro
        • 4 weeks ago

        Pluto TV is marketed as “Free TV” funded by an advertising model. I haven’t actually used it, bus is it a bait and switch? It’s also owned by Viacom.

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          • derFunkenstein
          • 4 weeks ago

          I was talking more about your “Steam needs to get into TV distribution” comment than that. I haven’t heard of Pluto before today.

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            • Srsly_Bro
            • 4 weeks ago

            I thought that after I posted. Didn’t bother to check the reply. Thanks for correcting me, bro. I just dislike the fragmentation. I would prefer a centralized marketplace where I can watch shows from 20 years ago or more. It’s frustrating which makes me go to the dark-side, mostly.

            I hear Pluto TV being pushed a lot on podcasts. Supposed to be free and have real, current TV. I haven’t tried it but it may be great.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 weeks ago

            I just went to Pluto’s website and a show started playing. I didn’t even have to log in. That’s promising.

    • Wonders
    • 4 weeks ago

    My main requirement is no ads on any paid service. Never had cable, never will. I’d describe myself as an avid streamer.

    It’s kind of cool how Amazon allows you to play content from other streaming services and manage subscriptions centrally.

    Also, I wouldn’t say it’s directly political, and honestly I can’t figure out my own true reasons, but I’ve always felt deeply opposed to media conglomerate mergers, especially with cable companies and ISPs. So that has made me steadfastly loyal to Netflix, even though I’m not crazy about their in-house content.

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      • Mr Bill
      • 4 weeks ago

      Ditto, Netflix and Amazon Prime for me also.

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    • Stochastic
    • 4 weeks ago

    I’m tempted to try out the Criterion Channel. It’s essentially what I wish Netflix were. I don’t see myself subscribing to it long term, but perhaps one or two months a year when I have time to do some binge watching.

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      • Concupiscence
      • 4 weeks ago

      It’s so good. You won’t regret it, seriously.

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    • blastdoor
    • 4 weeks ago

    I guess I’d have to say Netflix, but really I think the whole area is a mess. Nobody stands out as providing a very strong offering. I liked the content that Netflix was able to offer back when it was a DVD-by-mail service. Streaming is convenient, sure, but that old service had much better breadth and quality.

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      • davidbowser
      • 4 weeks ago

      I still use the DVD service. It is a great method of comparing and validating backups on my Plex server of all of the media that I already bought.

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    • YellaChicken
    • 4 weeks ago

    Our streaming service of choice is NowTV from Sky but i think it’s UK only. Netflix comes a distant second. We cancelled our regular TV (cable) service altogether last year and haven’t missed it a bit.

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    • TravelMug
    • 4 weeks ago

    Netflix and Amazon Prime. It already has more stuff than I actually manage to watch. Also being in Europe it’s nice that the US centric channels (Hulu or CBS All Access) license out some of their content through those two. I thought about Sky a couple of times due to them getting HBO and some stuff sooner, but never actually bothered.

    I should have voted +1 though as I’ve also subscribed to the Starz channel under Prime, at least until I finished watching all the series I was interested in.

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    • reckless76
    • 4 weeks ago

    Just Netflix for me.. I mean, I have Amazon Prime, but I’ve never been very successful at navigating their UI, so I never bother turning it on anymore.

    This whole situation is pretty frustrating to me though. We as a whole can choose not to be forced to subscribe to dozens of services. We just need to not subscribe to Disney+ and once it fails, everyone else will give up. It’s unbelievable to me that we’re on the verge of allowing the content producers to regain control of the distribution. We’re just shooting ourselves in the foot.

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      • Mr Bill
      • 4 weeks ago

      Get a ROKU. It makes it easy to navigate to Netflix, Prime, and many others.

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        • Veerappan
        • 4 weeks ago

        Picked an old model up at a garage sale recently… Nice to be able to stream Prime Video directly to the TV without having to jump through hoops due to Google/Amazon still not getting their chromecast situation cleaned up (it’s coming, I know).

        Best $5 purchase I’ve made in a while. Goes nicely with the $1 Harmony I found last year (cracked screen, fixed for $10 in parts and some solder).

        That being said, not going to put down monthly subscriptions to a bunch of services just to access the exclusives. We’ll stick with Prime, and maybe 1 more at most. Those plus the OTA antenna (w/ homebuilt HTPC/DVR) give us plenty of stuff to watch.

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          • Mr Bill
          • 4 weeks ago

          I resisted watching Prime. I had it for the packages for years before they did video. After I got the ROKU as a gift, I still preferred Netflix but the ROKU had a nice wireless connection. I finally broke down to watch Grimm and now we use both. Yeah we use a Mediasonic HOMEWORX for an OTA tuner.

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    • The Egg
    • 4 weeks ago

    Netflix and DAZN are the top two. Also have Prime, but that’s more of a complimentary thing which I barely use.

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    • v0y4g3ur
    • 4 weeks ago

    Crave is probably my most important one. Even though I get it through my cable provider, HBO and streaming is included. If it was on your list, I’d add my vote.

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      • RJay
      • 4 weeks ago

      We picked this up for the end of GoT, but with all the Marvel series ending on Netflix it is starting to become the main subscription. Hardly ever watch regular cable but dropping the bundle for just internet doesn’t save much.

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    • thedosbox
    • 4 weeks ago

    DAZN – a sports streaming service that has all the major soccer rights in Canada. Don’t watch enough TV to bother with anything else.

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    • DPete27
    • 4 weeks ago

    This may sound strange, but the thing I can’t get past with subscription “TV” is that you have to tell the system what to play for you. There’s many times I turn on my TV and don’t know/care what I watch, I just want some lights beaming into my peepers while I veg out for a bit. In those situations, having more limited choices is welcome. I also enjoy the forced content changes every 30-60minutes when a new show starts up. With subscription TV, I’m much more apt to “binge” watch.

    It’s very similar Radio vs …. CD’s/MP3’s (whatever).

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    • Voldenuit
    • 4 weeks ago

    Crunchyroll.

    I don’t use any other paid streaming services. Netflix is too slow on 3rd party shows and the value propositions of the others are too low (although I might get Prime Video just for Expanse S4 in December).

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      • willmore
      • 4 weeks ago

      I like their UI as well, but the explorability is lacking. They don’t seem to have gotten the concept of seasons of shows being a single unit. There’s a number of titles that I’ve watched where they had every episode of a season as separate items and no info on how they were ordered. I ended up opening a wikipedia page so I could figure out the order of them.

      And I still find it nicer to deal with than Prime Video.

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    • willmore
    • 4 weeks ago

    Like many here, I have Netflix as my primary streaming service. Due to the other companies wanting to start their own little dragon hoards, they have been slowly loosing more and more content, though.

    I have to count it even though we don’t specifically pay for it, but Amazon Video is giving Netflix a run for the money. Their UI is horrible and their constant attempts to upsell are frustrating.

    Hulu will never get my money. I have tried to use their service now and then over the years and I’ve always come away frustrated and angered. If I am paying for a service, you don’t get to show me ads. It’s that simple. You can have cash or you can run ads, not both. I understand they now have a fully ad free tier now, but I don’t trust them to mess it up.

    If I picked a third service, it would be Crunchyroll. Their prices are very reasonable and they actually seem to be working hard to add new content and to retain older content (take note Netflix).

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      • cmrcmk
      • 4 weeks ago

      [quote<] Their UI is horrible and their constant attempts to upsell are frustrating.[/quote<] This. Actually, I feel like that's true of all the streaming services I use besides Netflix. Amazon's UI is kludgy and slow. Hulu's is insane. Playstation Vue barely makes sense even after using it for months. Aside from the thrice damned autoplay "feature" that Netflix does as you scroll content and their occasionally moving the "continue watching" section way down the category list, its UI is the one that just makes sense and easy to navigate.

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    • Star Brood
    • 4 weeks ago

    In Germany the only two streaming services worth getting into are Netflix and Prime. I’m hoping Disney+ will get us away from Netflix, but like several other of you the Prime subscription only has movies as an extra perk.

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    • BillyBuerger
    • 4 weeks ago

    CrunchyRoll is our primary streaming. But Anime is getting pretty bad with segmentation as well. We do also have Netflix. I would drop it if it wasn’t for some of the shows my daughter likes to watch from time to time. And I do have a Prime membership for work that I have used occasionally for streaming. Mostly just a few Anime that was only on Prime. Ug.

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    • wierdo
    • 4 weeks ago

    Is there a point in subscribing to more than one? They’re all on demand, and there’s no longterm contracts. So you can just hop from one to the other every one or two months, catch up on stuff you wanna watch, and then go on to the next streaming service for a little while. Heck, maybe you’ll get a special offer for coming back sometimes.

    There’s only so much time in the day for entertainment, I doubt for allot of people it’s gonna be hard to fill an hour or two after work with what’s on a single service.

    I guess the only angle I can see here is the instant gratification personalities, where keeping up with the latest show on each platform is of critical importance or something.

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      • Usacomp2k3
      • 4 weeks ago

      You must not have kids. They’re content to watch the same episode over and over and over and over… 🙂

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        • davidbowser
        • 4 weeks ago

        bingo. I was watching Blues Clues this morning and had to look it up to realize
        [list=1<] [*<]I have been watching it for about 17 years [/*<][*<]The original show ended 13 years ago [/*<] [/list<]

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        • wierdo
        • 4 weeks ago

        Oh that’s an interesting scenario, good point.

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        • ET3D
        • 4 weeks ago

        Not my kids.

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      • Liron
      • 4 weeks ago

      You have to watch the shows at the same time as everyone else in the office, if you don’t want to be a social outcast. You can’t tell people that you need them to wait two months so you can add your comments on how shocking someone’s death was.

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      • ET3D
      • 4 weeks ago

      If you’re interested in certain stuff, following recommendations of high quality series or whatever, not all content is available on all services.

      If you don’t care at all what you watch, and you don’t watch a lot, then indeed there’s not much point in more than one service. But typically then there’s not much need of any service.

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    • DeadOfKnight
    • 4 weeks ago

    Netflix & Amazon Prime. I picked Amazon Prime as more important, only because I want it to be more important, so I can drop down to only one. Obviously I like Amazon Prime better for all the other stuff it comes with.

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    • Redocbew
    • 4 weeks ago

    Netflix and Prime Video for me. Recently I’ve been watching more stuff on Prime than I have on Netflix, but it varies. I signed up for HBO’s streaming service to watch the last season of Game of Thrones, but canceled it as soon as it was over.

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 weeks ago

    For us there are two: Hulu and Prime, and Hulu is the most important one to us.

    As much as I’d like to totally cut broadcast TV, I still need to pay for SOMETHING for live baseball. MLB.tv is an absolute no-go thanks to its blackout restrictions. Hulu is the cheapest option around here with our regional sports network included (Fox Sports Midwest).

    That’s $51/mo for Hulu + no ads + streaming. My preferred ISP also has TV, but it adds more like $90/mo to get the tier with sports (that includes renting two TV boxes, where with Hulu a $30 Roku serves one TV and the other has a Roku smart interface). It was a no-brainer because we never watched what we’re missing, and I can downgrade my subscription in the winter months. That ends up saving me like $500 a year.

    We had Netflix but I’ve had no interest in their exclusives over the last year. I might do a “catch-up month” at some point if something is interesting, but it’s not likely right now.

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      • superjawes
      • 4 weeks ago

      Is it me, or did Netflix go too far with their exclusives? It was really neat when there was only a handful (and the Marvel shows), but now it feels like they just threw money at a 100 pet projects and none of them stand out as “must watch”.

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        • drfish
        • 4 weeks ago

        You’re green lit.

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          • superjawes
          • 4 weeks ago

          [i<]Fish Tales: Adventures in DIY[/i<], premiering on Netflix December 2019.

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        • cmrcmk
        • 4 weeks ago

        Netflix is rushing to build a private catalog as a bulwark against the day that all other studios refuse to license their content (a.k.a. are running their own streaming services). Hulu was self defeating enough in their early years to not cause a problem for Netflix but it was the opening salvo of studios/networks wanting to take a larger cut of the revenue. Disney+ is where we’ll find out if Netflix’s in-house catalog is enough (along with their existing massive subscriber base).

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        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 weeks ago

        It’s this, but it’s also that they’ve removed so much licensed content to make (budgetary) room for all this mediocre nonsense. Hulu is like the old Netflix. It has a few exclusive shows, but a huge library of licensed stuff, too. There’s a lot of variety and that’s why I like it.

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          • Voldenuit
          • 4 weeks ago

          From what I understand, studios have gotten too greedy with licensing fees, forcing Netflix to rely on original content.

          They recently paid $100 Million for FRIENDS. FRIENDS! A completely garbage show that nobody should watch.

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            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 weeks ago

            Also one of the most popular shows in history. If someone is willing to pay, why not charge?

            Also, my wife and I love Friends. We have the whole series on DVD already

        • Sputnik7
        • 4 weeks ago

        Keep in mind too, that like most other on-demand services, Netflix wants you to keep watching as much as possible. They are a data-driven curation service, and will pump out as much in-house content as possible to keep you hooked (since that is most profitable compared to licensing other shows)

        I honestly believe we’re right back to cable packages with streaming fragmentation. Mark my words, it’s just a matter of time before someone starts to offer a streaming “bundle”.

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    • Neutronbeam
    • 4 weeks ago

    Prime Video…but I’m the only person in the family of three that uses it, even though my wife has a Chromecast–she’d rather do video on demand or rent a movie from AT&T [even if we get it free from Prime 🙁 ]

    Just wrapped up watching “Good Omens”, which is hilarious, and waiting for “The Boys” next month.

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      • davidbowser
      • 4 weeks ago

      I had to go back and buy “The Boys” on Comixology. I am an Ennis fan and have been wanting to read that for a while, and the teaser on Prime made me do it.

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    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 4 weeks ago

    Netflix, Sling, Prime in that order for video. Once in a while I add one of the premium cable packages to prime because I want to watch something in particular (like the deadwood movie)

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    • Usacomp2k3
    • 4 weeks ago

    Used to be 3. Netflix & Hulu. I get Prime through work, so I don’t really count that and we rarely watch it.
    We cancelled Netflix & hulu in the last few months. We’ve started just buying more shows on DVD and ripping them, or for the TV series that we like (Face Off & Leverage), I’ve bought the whole series on iTunes. For movies, we either borrow from friends or use Redbox.

    EDIT: I should add the Youtube (Free, ad-supported) is what we spend quite a bit of time watching. The EduTube side of things vs pure Entertainment. Smarter Every Day, Mark Rober, Veritasium, AntsCanada, Peter Sripol, I like to Make Stuff, Everyday Astronaut, Scott Manley, etc.

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      • llisandro
      • 4 weeks ago

      logged in to upvote Face Off. Such a fun show. 🙂

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        • Usacomp2k3
        • 4 weeks ago

        We rewatch all 10 seasons every few years. Just finished 3 Saturday night. One of the best. I’m sad they didn’t do a bigger send-off as a series finale.

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      • MOSFET
      • 4 weeks ago

      I watch pretty much the same thing as you on YouTube. I cancelled Netflix after Narcos 4, may resubscribe for a season 5 if they can pull it off without more crew members dying. I finished all the decent documentaries on Netflix years ago, and the absolute lack of movies made me want to cut their cord.

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    • superjawes
    • 4 weeks ago

    Weird timing. As of today, it’s 2 for us–Netflix and Amazon Prime–but I am looking into possibly adding a Hulu subscription and the Disney one when that’s available

    I hate that it contributes to the splintering/segmenting of streaming, but Disney own enough that they can justify it, and we’re still in the downfall phase of more traditional cable, so Hulu seems like the best way to pick up some of those shows (we really want to follow [i<]Good Eats: The Return[/i<] later this year). We're also in less-than-ideal position for sports. I would love to stream the NFL in the fall, but the high price of Sunday Ticket has put me off. It's like $300 for the season! And I don't think we're eligible without [i<]also[/i<] getting DirecTV (no thanks).

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      • drfish
      • 4 weeks ago

      [i<]Good Eats: The Return[/i<] Mmm... Can't wait!

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    • Krogoth
    • 4 weeks ago

    Fountains of Coby Cheese.

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    • Takeshi7
    • 4 weeks ago

    Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in that order from most important to least important.

    Even though I consider Amazon by far the best value. Can’t beat the perks besides streaming video.

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    • Waco
    • 4 weeks ago

    Netflix and Prime Video pretty much cover the content I want to watch online. I was tempted to get CBS All Access just for Discovery but I don’t want to support such shenanigans when it was available on Netflix outside the US.

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      • Spunjji
      • 4 weeks ago

      IMHO, you made the right choice – that show’s not worth a subscription to a whole new service just to access it.

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        • Waco
        • 4 weeks ago

        I enjoyed the show but I certainly wasn’t going to pay CBS just for it. We watched with a friend that had an account.

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    • NTMBK
    • 4 weeks ago

    Only got a Prime Video subscription because I tried to cancel my Prime subscription the day [i<]after[/i<] it renewed, instead of the day before. Sigh. It has the occasional decent show, but I'll be glad to stop shovelling more money into the monster.

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    • pikaporeon
    • 4 weeks ago

    I get far and away the most value for video content out of Crunchyroll

    That said I like the features of Youtube Premium that I probably shoudn’t have to pay for a lot (downloads, no-screen listening)

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      • Liron
      • 4 weeks ago

      Yep. Voted for Netflix because of the options presented, but Crunchyroll would have been by far my #1 choice.

      #2 would probably be the WWE Network (don’t judge!)

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        • pikaporeon
        • 4 weeks ago

        Your kink is not my kink but your kink is ok

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    • DancinJack
    • 4 weeks ago

    IMO, the OG, Netflix still does it best. They have the best web interface IMO, and their mobile app is reliable and easy to navigate. It’s also the most ubiquitous on Smart TVs and the like (which doesn’t matter to me, but generally that means they get more/better feedback to improve).

    Sometimes I wish they had some content from the others, especially Hulu, but they have enough to keep me engaged when I do get free time to use it so whatever.

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