A question for the class: How price sensitive are you when it comes to streaming subs? I ask because, as Alyssa Rosenberg argued on the bonus episode of Across the Movie Aisle this week, she and I (and our cohost Peter) are, well, “rich weirdos.” I mean, we’re not
I almost canceled my Netflix the last time they notified me of a rate increase. I think they're getting greedy and trying to foist their costs onto their consumers and we've shown we have our limits . Their rates are among the highest for streaming services. Instead of cancelling I decided to downgrade to SD at a lower rate.
We ditched cable once the kids quit watching Nickelodeon and Disney. There wasn’t enough Storage Wars and pawn shop shows to justify the cost. We’ve been Netflix subscribers for 20 years and it’s generally the one I watch. But the recent price hike and finishing The Blacklist is making me wonder why we still have it. Do I still want to watch Reign? For $20 a month? Sheesh.
We also have Prime (I like some stuff), and Hulu. Rumor has it that we have access (wink, wink) to Disney + but I’ve never watched that.
I’d like to get Brit box or Acorn, but I’m not sure I want the expense.
"Call the Midwife" "Longmire" "Young Wallander" "Madame Secretary" "Designated Survivor" "The Crown" "Miranda" "The Kominsky Method" worth every Netflix penny.
I subscribe to a LOT of different things, to the tune of probably a couple of hundred dollars a month... but I have a stable long term job that pays well.
As far as streaming services go: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix.
I don't actually watch them much, I am usually busy gaming on PC or console.
I also have DirectTV.. why I have it I have absolutely NO idea. I probably have not actually watched TV in almost a decade. Maybe I should cancel that one of these days.
I am not rich, I just have tons of disposable income because my actual needs are miniscule. Entertainment is probably my largest budget item after mortgage and utilities.
A long time netflix subscriber and am questioning why. Also, amazon prime, more for the free shipping than the video streaming but find it as useful as netflix, and that is not saying much. In reality I'm not a TV watcher, that was my late wife. If she was still with us, we would probably be switching to other services.
Well, I'm the "rich asshole" of the group I guess, or maybe just bad at money management...
I have subscriptions to almost everything. I don't think I have Apple or Paramount, but I would have to check to be perfectly honest.
And, oh yeah, I still have cable and land line and all that shit.
I should probably do some checking to see how much I am actually paying for everything.
I am actually glad you asked this question Sonny.
Too many subs! Ha. And just when I want to dump Netflix you run the Ben Fong-Torres pod episode and pull me back in! Great podcast, loved the doc, and have already recommended both to everyone I know who enjoys music.
I think too many. And I have some basic cable stuff too. Right now, I'm waiting for gig service in my neighborhood, coming within two months, and then my streaming service list will be really pared.
We are extremely price sensitive, streaming services are a luxury. In an effort to save $ we dropped cable, all sub services except Fubo. We also watch classic tv and films on Pluto TV. I like the idea of alternating, I’d like to see Ted Lasso, maybe when I get a
Second job. Not having a long menu of options makes watching films and shows an event. Setting aside a night to watch a classic film, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, or the latest episode of a favorite show. Fewer options is fine, calming even. Next up may be Tremors as a memorial to Fred Ward - Kudos to The Bulwark for the excellent article!
Hi. Might be time to be a bit more careful with your terminology. I have only one sub. He has been in service to me for 9 years. He lives with me. I send him to university. He costs a lot more than $20 per month. In fact, I don’t think I could afford more than one sub unless he had a full time job in tech and contributed his income to household finance. Take care!
The Kids in the Hall are still really funny today. They are North America's answer to Monty Python. Great writers. Great comics. Laughed my way through the first five new eps... Anyone who makes me laugh these days is... yes, Ima say it: An effing SAINT! Grateful to old Lorne for giving us another shot with the kids in the hall.
I'm still with Netflix because their foreign programming is still superior to any other streamer.
Finally, I have to ask if you've ever seen the old movie starring Paul Newman called "Blaze?" About one of the Long brothers of Louisiana... Earl Long (bro of Senator Huey Long). He had a high profile affair with a stripper named Blaze Starr... But he still won when he ran for Governor. The flick is about how he did that.American Politics. I love historical dramas, especially when they are true and hilarious. I'm trying to find someone who's seen it.
Love your work Sonny... do you ever hang w/ the TNB Zoomers?
Heart and big Smiley Face, cuz I don't know how to add those. (Bet you can tell I need my 10-year old granddaughter.)
Netflix, Bulwark, and about $50/month on Patreon for small independent creators.
EAT LEAD CABBAGE HEAD!
Anyway, I am getting tired of all the subscriptions. I usually ignore them if they're $1 a month or less, but I would pay any amount for KITH. But the streaming subscriptions are all much more and just not worth it to me anymore.
The streaming services were supposed to be a legitimate alternative to pirating, like iTunes. Except iTunes (at the time) at least let you download the file and keep it. Now you have to login (always a bitch on an AppleTV or whatever) then authorize in a browser, then watch previews and commercials.
Just. Play. The. Fucking. Show.
I imagine people are going back to piracy in droves.
I’ve recently become very price conscious regarding all streaming subscriptions (music, video, gaming, written, etc) when I finally added up the per month costs. I’ve got Hulu and Disney+ via my Verizon wireless plan (I’d pay for Disney because I’m a Star Wars geek but not Hulu). Netflix is definitely on the chopping block as there is no “must watch” for the family. My wife has an HBO subscription she loves but beyond that… no other service is necessary. I’m not planning on subscribing to another service especially as they are competing against music (Spotify), gaming (PlayStation), and exercise… Zombies, Run which Is fantastic and I will never cancel.
I pay for Netflix, Disney+ (annual subscription) and Amazon Prime. And Apple TV+ when a new season of "Ted Lasso" is out. I had a free trial of Paramount+ for a month and watched...precisely nothing.
Eventually I hope to get to the point where I'm subscribing to one service per month and alternating.