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Old 07-16-2022, 07:33 PM
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I enjoyed watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jack Ryan, and Homecoming when they aired a few years ago. I think Mrs. Maisel came back for another season but I don't know what's happening with the others. Other than that, I've been watching Paramount+ (1 year free w/T-mobile) for the newer Star Trek series. Tubi has a lot of stuff and Pluto has the old TV shows.
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Old 07-16-2022, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Arya Stark View Post
The problem is all streaming services are getting their product from Hollywood which is horrible.

My number one thing to watch is you tube. The things you can find on there! If you have thought it... you can find a great video on it. And things you have never actually thought of.
That is not true—
I am watching a French detective series via streaming currently—just finished one from Poland

I watch BBC and ITV streaming on Acorn and BritBox and some other platforms
There are plenty of Scandinavia noir and Eastern European noir on streaming platforms—not so much comedy I admit because I think different cultures often have different senses of humor—

One of the best comedy/Sci-fi series EVER was Beforeigners which was Norse and HBO—which I don’t consider is Hollywood—but HBO pulled its backing and now S3 likely won’t be made—and you can’t buy S1 and S2….
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Old 07-16-2022, 09:22 PM
Location: interior Alaska
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It's a good value for me because I'm only on Prime for the shipping (a must for Alaska residents). So the streaming video is purely a bonus.
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Old 07-16-2022, 09:26 PM
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I'm fine with it, but like ^, I have Amazon Prime for the free shipping, so Prime Video is just an added bonus. Recently canceled Netflix because I just wasn't watching it at all.
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Old 07-16-2022, 09:28 PM
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I had Prime and their video service complimentary. It was always junk. How they came up with The Boys and Terminal List, I have no idea. That's about it.
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Old 07-17-2022, 12:10 PM
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Get a Roku. The search feature will show you all of the services that have a specific title and how much it costs, if there is an extra charge. Far easier than searching yourself.
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Old 07-17-2022, 03:01 PM
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The reason you don't see the same movies on both Netflix and Amazon is because they bid for and make deals to buy the rights to the movies on their viewing lists and they obtain exclusivity. After all, they are competitors.

I don't pay for my Prime Videos directly because I have a membership with Amazon that includes Amazon Music and Amazon Books, more bang for my buck ~ $10/mo, plus free Prime delivery on my purchases. I've been bingeing on "House" for some weeks now.

I stopped Netflix because I couldn't find anything without violence to the degree American movies portray.
Maybe things have changed a bit since I stopped it.
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Old 07-17-2022, 03:07 PM
Location: NYC
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I had no idea that there were still dvd-by-mail services, I think that may suit you best (and the library) for what it seems you are looking for. Like the others above I had Amazon for the shopping & the Prime Video is a nice add-on to that. I have no idea what you like/want but I have seen a lot of good movies there, and a fair amount of duds.

But each studio is accumulating it's own properties for their own "apps" and the days of one or two services having most Hollywood movies is gone for good. I dropped NF last year and am pretty happy with HBOMax's offerings in film.
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Old 07-17-2022, 03:41 PM
Location: The DMV
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IMO - Prime is one of the best deals out there.... IF (and that's a big IF) you use all of their services...

For a little less than $12 a month ($139 a year), you get movies, music, free 2-day shipping, cloud storage for photos, and books.

And if you get on their shopper panel, you can get $10 back a month (yes, you're "selling" them your data...to an extent).

Sure, each of those have "plus" memberships that will get you more content, but I find the basics enough.

At least for the most part, Amazon doesn't really fall short (or are any better) than its competition. Prime Video great? No... but neither is Netflix. Both have good programming in some areas, but fall short in others. Mainly the movies they carry. Due to copyrights and deals, it's a constant moving target. Especially as new streaming services come to light. When Disney+ came out, Netflix lost a bunch of shows (as an example, you're not going to get any Star Wars based programming outside of Disney+ now).

At the end of the day - it really depends on what you watch/enjoy. They all have exclusive programming - which is what I would use to compare them these days. Which again, makes them a moving target. The good thing is that you can come and go as you please. Unfortunately, not all of these services have a "pause" alternative where you can stop paying (and accessing) the service but not lose your settings (or at least I don't think they do). Youtube TV and Hulu gives you that option. So if you cancel, you lose your queue/settings.

For me - Prime and Youtube TV are my staples. Then I just move around the others. Albeit I'm finding Netflix less and less worthy. Hulu has actually been impressive for me. Original programming as well as a great selection of current and older TV shows.
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Old 07-17-2022, 05:56 PM
Location: USA
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I rotate my subscriptions. I'll have Netflix for a while and watch their streaming shows and movies. Then I cancel and subscribe to another vendor, possibly BritBox, Acorn, or Hulu. Watch what's interesting there and then cancel them. Move onto another service, maybe Prime and so on.

Then I go back to the beginning of the list. Reduces my costs considerably and makes it easier to watch streaming video. I don't have to remember which of the ten subscriptions had the show I watched last night. By only having one or two active subscriptions at a time, my watching habits have gotten easy to manage.
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