HULU question

Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by lacubs, Apr 4, 2021.

  1. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    By the same token, if you're going to play the game, you can't assume that the offers last very long.
     
  2. lparsons21

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    Well they do tend to come and go, that’s for sure. But in general these days they cycle back around quite often. I even got an offer from Starz for around $3.50/month if I prepaid a year. Didn’t take it as Starz is really a weak offering overall.
     
  3. 1948GG

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    Outlander is probably Starz biggest draw, but as I've sucked up all the episodes on bluray as they've been released, no biggie. The Girlfriend Experience was, when it was running, a big draw (but only 3 seasons). Outlander however, has started to appear on other streaming services, perhaps Starz is trying to recoup the series cost by selling it off to other takers.
     
  4. lacubs

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    i did i try AMC+ free trial but don't care much how it just though the Roku channel and a official app, and don't must anyways , 1948GG Starz still had The Girlfriend Experience the new season this Sunday
     
  5. B. Shoe

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    At a point in time, I would have disagreed with this. I used to tell friends, "Subscribe to HBO if you want original programming, subscribe to STARZ if you want movies," as it seemed HBO only rotated in a few movies in/out during a month. It feels the gap has narrowed in that regard, and STARZ is trying to compete and focus more on original programs. And all of these streamers have expanded the movie offerings available, so you've got plenty of choice, regardless what you're using.
     
  6. lparsons21

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    And probably at around that same point in time, I wouldn’t have made that statement. Starz used to be a valuable addition for me, good selection of movies and cheaper than the others. But that’s not the case these days.

    HBO Max has done it right! Good selection of movies, really good originals and a huge catalog of older stuff with an app that is fairly easy to deal with. Their most recent addition of 1st run movies has just sweetened a very sweet pot!

    Showtime is really failing IMO, even though I sub to it, it is because I’m getting it for $5/month for awhile and it has some really good boxing and a couple of originals of interest. But movie wise, it is lacking for me.

    Cinemax has become a dud! Even though there is plenty there of interest at $10/month or so it is overpriced. And since they did away with their streaming app I suspect the subscription numbers have fallen off quite a bit. Much of it is because HBO always seemed to consider it a stepchild.
     
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  7. lacubs

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    I got everything setup last week got more streaming services that I counting on but i think it's worth it
     
  8. NashGuy

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    Agree that HBO Max has gone from strength to strength in the past year. Great value at $15/mo, IMO. Even better for the six-month prepaid deal, which I also snagged, coming out to less than $12/mo.

    Starz considers Black women their leading target demo, although clearly they do find a broader range of consumers. Anyhow, it's probably not a coincidence that you, me and other guys on this thread don't find a ton of stuff on that service to be very compelling. (I would try out their recent miniseries The Luminaries, though.) As far as movies, Starz's first-run selection has really shrunk in recent years. These days, Sony is their only supplier of new movies. But after this year's slate of theatrical films, Sony will be switching to Netflix, while Lionsgate will shift their new movies from Hulu over to Starz. (Lionsgate owns Starz, BTW, so that makes sense.) Aside from Sony, Starz also has the pay 2 and 3 windows for Disney movies (i.e. Disney+'s hand-me-downs).

    Showtime used to be my favorite service. Lots of great long-running series like Homeland, Ray Donovan, Nurse Jackie, Dexter, The Affair, Masters of Sex, Shameless and Episodes. But those are all finished now. The past couple of years I've only picked Showtime back up for the odd miniseries here or there. (Escape at Dannemora is definitely worth watching.) As far as movies, Showtime has made a definite decision to shift more toward small-to-mid-budget indie/adult drama stuff, given that they have studio output deals in place with A24, STX, and Amblin/DreamWorks. No big comic book superhero movies there. I still think that a merger of Showtime and Starz would make sense as they're direct competitors and both a bit too small for the current media scene.

    I've remarked multiple times before about Cinemax. There's very little point in paying $10/mo for it now that they've abandoned original content, especially if you already have HBO Max, which rotates the same movies in and out and now has a fair bit of the old Cinemax Originals library too (e.g. Banshee, Warrior, CB Strike, The Knick). They should cut the price to $5/mo and concentrate it on older movies from 1980 to two years ago, with a focus on movies that don't happen to be streaming that month on HBO Max.

    I had Epix for the first few months of this year but only because I got it free a couple months and at 99 cents for two more months. I did enjoy the British miniseries Belgravia as well as season one of spy thriller Condor (which was acquired from AT&T which had originally aired it on their now-defunct Audience network). I tried out season one of their in-house-developed dramedy Bridge & Tunnel, which was easily one of the worst new series I've seen in a long while. For some reason I watched all eight eps.
     

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