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Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by IndyMichael, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. Wilf

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    There are big advantages to cord cutting. Not having to wait a week for the next episode (able to binge watch), not having to reach for the remote to fast forward/skip (no commercials), being able to watch on a number of different devices without a hassle, and being able to go to http://www.imdb.com to determine if a series is worth watching. Also, Netflix is very good about remembering where you left off, even when you switch devices.

    Not everyone cuts the cord to save money. And maybe it's an age thing, but I have become extremely intolerant of commercials (and crap phone calls).
     
  2. Eddie501

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    Not sure how interested I am but I am really, really liking the trend of streaming services offering a commercial free option. The constant barrage of commercials was the primary driving force that led me to cut the cord. And this is exactly what needs to happen for streaming to position itself as a premium product over traditional pay tv.
     
  3. phrelin

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    Exactly.

    Netflix is an ad free "premium" channel, not unlike HBO, offering original and other programming along with movies. Acorn TV is an ad free "premium" channel offering Brit, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, and European programming. Hulu is an ad free "premium" channel offering original programming, plus programming from broadcast and cable ABC/Disney, NBCU, Fox, etc. channels. Amazon Prime Video is an ad free "premium" channel offering original programming, plus other programming and movies. CBS All Access is now an ad free "premium" channel offering original programming, CBS current programming, old CBS programming, and live local CBS channel streaming.

    In terms of saving money on content, the one advantage right now is that you can subscribe to one of these channels, watch things you want to watch, then drop the subscription for awhile and focus on another one. So far there are no 24 month contracts. While you're paying you still support content you may never watch. But you really have control over your content costs in $10± per month options while not having to feel potentially "left out" because right now you're paying for Hulu and Netflix just dropped a show you'll want to see.

    You are also paying for the delivery service separately - in many cases you'd have the high speed internet anyway. And you do have to purchase some kind of device through which you access your content, although a box from Roku, Apple, Amazon, is pretty cheap ... or if your situation calls for it, you can just watch using your existing computer, tablet, or even smart phone.

    Again we simply don't know how it's all going to play out in the long term. Maybe All Access will be a dismal failure. But my bet would be that it will evolve into a successful alternative offering from CBS Corp.
     
  4. Nick

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    Streaming providers who insert ad spots, then offer an ad-free option
    at an additional charge are, to me, like the insane general who shouts
    "The beatings will continue until morale improves!"
     
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  5. inkahauts

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    IMDb is there no matter the source.

    Price is going to sky rocket as it becomes more popular.

    And having no commercials is as some say just a premium service that will cost more. Netflix streaming isn't any different than HBO.

    The key is that in time all the major Players will have CBS style options so everywhere you get your content will have its own price and that's what is going to skyrocket. It's why using skip (not slip) to move through commercials quickly negates the need for everything being on demand.

    It's funny you'll need ten different logins if you buy separate. But have a mso and you'll have one login across any device with all the streaming options and such and see it sooner, except for shows made by your amazons and netflixes.

    Streaming may seem and even offer a few real advantages (since I can skip commercials so easily I don't see that personally as a deal breaker. It's a great to have though) today but once it's mature it won't really be much different than what we have today other than you'll be paying more people and have a lot more logins to recall vs one login and even more places and hardware that will work.

    Because we are getting close to the point where if you have an mso you have most access to all a companies streaming options too.

    Oh and I binge watch most shows.That really doesn't matter one bit which service you have. The show is either released all episodes at once or after a year of weekly rollouts... either way same ol same ol...
     
  6. Wilf

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    Imdb is of no value for new shows - only after they have been around awhile. Apparently you have not heard of password managers which takes care of logins, and most devices remember your credentials in any case. Having to reach for the remote to skip ads is no substitute for not needing to do that.

    As to future costs, you are speculating. Streaming is cheaper and more flexible, so one can expect that all video will be streaming eventually. In any case, at my age, I don't really care about future costs - right now it is cheaper for me.

    Currently, I am enjoying video more than I ever have, except, perhaps in the fifties, when TV was live, and there were only 5-7 minutes of commercials per hour. Even then, the commercials were entertaining.
     
  7. inkahauts

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    Passwords have to be Re enter every once in a while. Why do you think Apple is trying to make a single login setup? Which would help.

    Again you and I disagree on the importance of having to press a button a couple times and the extra what, 5 seconds it takes me to skip 4 minutes of commercials?

    And yes it might be cheaper now but it time it won't be. It's prices are already skyrocketing if you look closely. And Hollywood isn't going to take a pay cut. You are dreaming if you think they or stations will... and unless you are Going to die in the next two years.. get ready. It's going to get a LOT more expensive in a couple years. A LOT. Because everyone is getting ready to launch streaming channels like cbs... and that's when it's going to skyrocket. :)
     
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  8. Wilf

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    I am in my mid-eighties, so that is a real possibility :angel:. I have no interest in subscribing to anything beyond Netflix and Acorn TV - they offer more than I can keep up with.
     
  9. Eddie501

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    The beauty of streaming is choice. You don't have to subscribe to everything. The market will self correct if the price gets too high. Nobody is under contract. Whether you prefer streaming or traditional pay TV, it can be nothing but good news for the consumer that there finally is some real competition.

    And passwords really are a non issue. I keep the same password across all my streaming services. So on the extremely rare occasion I have to re-enter a password,it's always the same thing.
     
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  10. Nick

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    ^ What Eddie said ^
     
  11. lparsons21

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    While streaming is an add on for me, I can certainly see where the choices out there could be attractive to some these days. And while some are definitely overpriced IMO, that will shake itself out over time. But the pressure that streaming services are having on cable/sat these days are what has caused at least one cable company and Dish to come out with slim packages. Of course, just like every other package and streaming service, it isn't a one size fits all solution, but all of it is a step in the right direction.

    The message has to get out to the content providers that there isn't a never ending supply of those willing to pay whatever they try to charge. People are starting to talk with their checkbook and that is the only thing businesses respond to. When enough people start walking away or reducing subscription levels, a shake up will occur. We're not quite there yet, but we are getting closer.
     
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    Live sports is the primary reason I have not cut the cord. My daughter has, though, and gets along with OTA TV plus Netflix.
     
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    They only gave me a free 7 day tryout.
     
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    That's what I got last year when I tried it for two months to see if the local channel streaming really worked decently. (It does.)
     
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