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business_kid 04-26-2021 07:10 AM

Streaming Services Advice
 
As a sideline to the "Good movie to watch" thread, let's talk a little about streaming services.

Netflix is the dominant player, but doesn't have either the costliest (and perhaps newest/best) stuff or the older stuff that doesn't get sufficient views. I have a screen on my son's account, and he's now paying for it, which is a pleasant change.:).

Disney, Hulu, Amazon Prime are American based in the main, which is a disadvantage, because there's not much American stuff I like.

As for my tastes, I have bans on sex,porn, serial violence. I would ban racial and class prejudice, but it's unavoidable. I avoid content which 'explores' or 'experiments' because they made a movie with no story, so they're dumb for making it, and I'm dumber for watching. Likewise, suspense/thriller content which leaves you with PTSD. The better the movie, the worse your PTSD will be. Lastly, I'm leery of magic, demons, immortals, and that sort of things I watched 3 Lord of the Rings movies but my son warned me off the later ones, and I took his wise advice. I avoid all James Bond movies; the sex, racial stereotypes and violence all get to me. Why are only white men capable of getting ideas or being intelligent? Do people really think that? I'm white, btw, but meet twice a week with clever and insightful people of 22 nationalities. I want to be entertained. Was 'Silence of the Lambs' entertaining? Don't think so.

Now I see Channel 4 in the UK offering 1500 shows for 3.99/month. How many of those 1500 shows can I watch? Can I subscribe to BBC's Iplayer? Are either worth it?

What do folks consider good value in streaming? Any you might recommend for me?

cynwulf 04-26-2021 08:22 AM

Produce and direct your own films, or sit down with a good book.

frankbell 04-26-2021 08:00 PM

It's kind of tangential, but you may find this article from the EFF germane.

I have a netflix account, but, frankly, I've gotten more usage from tubitv.com. It's free and has commercials, but the commercials are far fewer than on U. S. commercial TV and their volume is lower than the shows. Right now, I'm watching old episodes of The Saint with Roger Moore. I don't know whether it's available in your part of the world.

What I've enjoyed most on Netflix are documentary series, such as Great British Castles, Myths and Monsters, Genius of the Ancient World, Age of Tanks, and Genius of the Modern World, just to mention a few.

ondoho 04-27-2021 01:23 AM

Thankfully, I have a source at my fingertips that makes me largely independent of streaming services, our great public library system.
That said, I can't always have the newest as soon as it comes out, and I can't have everything.
Sometimes I find what I want on youtube or some other "free streaming provider".
Most public broadcasting (national) TV stations have their own "mediatheques".
Often I listen, instead of watching (news, documentary and fiction podcasts).

In a nutshell: I'm not dependent on (choosing one) streaming provider, and I never want to make that choice.

Quote:

Originally Posted by cynwulf (Post 6245052)
Produce and direct your own films, or sit down with a good book.

Write your own books.

business_kid 04-29-2021 06:00 AM

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Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 6245290)
It's kind of tangential, but you may find this article from the EFF germane.

I have a netflix account, but, frankly, I've gotten more usage from tubitv.com.

What I've enjoyed most on Netflix are documentary series, such as Great British Castles, Myths and Monsters, Genius of the Ancient World, Age of Tanks, and Genius of the Modern World, just to mention a few.

I surfed to tubitv.com today, and was redirected to tubi.tv

It's not streaming to the EU atm. 'Terminator' is promising to be back, but I'm not holding my breath.


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