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posted by martyb on Monday January 07 2019, @01:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the Whatever-happened-to-Blockbuster? dept.

If you watch streaming aggregators such as Netflix and Hulu you've likely noticed a decrease in the scope of their catalogs, with items of interest being added less frequently over time, and entire catalogs of content disappearing. New shows come out and don't ever make it to the service, or perhaps are only available through some add on service.

My favorite of all time was the "You need a cable subscription to watch this content, please log in with your cable provider", why even show us those?

This trend has been ramping up as providers try to build and market their own streaming services and restrict competition via content (or via adjustments to bandwidth for their streams)

And it is getting worse - "Netflix and chill no more—streaming is getting complicated" explores the trend.

Disney Plus is set to launch late next year with new Marvel and Star Wars programming, along with its library of animated and live-action movies and shows. It hasn't announced pricing yet, but Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an August call with analysts that it will likely be less than Netflix, which runs $8 to $14 a month, since its library will be smaller.

AT&T plans a three-tier offering from WarnerMedia, with a slate of new and library content centered around the existing HBO streaming app. No word on pricing yet.

Individual channels, such as Fox, ESPN, CBS and Showtime, are also getting into the act. Research group TDG predicts that every major TV network will launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service in the next five years.

Subscribing to service after service will quickly cost more than a cable bill, choice will be limited, finding shows more difficult, and multiple terrible interfaces (instead of one well known crummy interface). Much of the point of cord cutting will be dismantled.

One thing I am sure of, companies that I despise for their past actions (e.g. Disney for copyright terms) are never going to get a direct subscription from me. If their content is not on an aggregator they won't see my money at all. (My little contributions to karma here and there make me happy.)

Families will have to decide between paying more each month or losing access to some of their favorite dramas, comedies, musicals and action flicks.

So fellow cordcutters, will you drop $10/month on half a dozen different subscription services or stick with the aggregators and hope this trend dies out? Maybe add one or two more? Could just dropping them all and picking up shows individually as needed on things like Google and Amazon be the best option soon?

Is the era of binge watch at risk?

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday January 07 2019, @02:33AM (6 children)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Monday January 07 2019, @02:33AM (#782981) Journal


    Apple iTunes Podcasts []
    Icecast []
    Radio []

    Gismeteo [] (weather plugin for Kodi)

    (all 4 are on Kodi's official repo)

    See also:

    Pluto TV (free app on Amazon Fire TV)

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday January 07 2019, @02:39AM (5 children)

    Extra extra:
    emerge -av net-p2p/deluge
    emerge -av net-p2p/transmission

    My rights don't end where your fear begins.
    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday January 07 2019, @03:39AM

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Monday January 07 2019, @03:39AM (#783002) Journal

      My solution gets you:

      1. live streaming TV
      2. no need for external storage
      3. no copystrikes

      And you can get torrent-based addons for Kodi if you want.

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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday January 07 2019, @03:53AM (3 children)

      by Gaaark (41) on Monday January 07 2019, @03:53AM (#783005) Journal

      Do you have a consistent pirate site or proxy site?

      It seems is on and off, I read pirate may be compromised.....

      --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
      • (Score: 3, Informative) by bzipitidoo on Monday January 07 2019, @04:24AM (1 child)

        by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 07 2019, @04:24AM (#783021) Journal

        No, but TorrentFreak frequently names torrent sites. Their lead story right now is their annual list of the best torrent sites: []

        And if all else fails, there is the humble public library. They're not bad for old classics, the very thing on which Netflix is so weak any more.

        • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday January 07 2019, @11:39AM

          by Gaaark (41) on Monday January 07 2019, @11:39AM (#783121) Journal


          --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
      • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Monday January 07 2019, @03:44PM

        by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Monday January 07 2019, @03:44PM (#783212)

        Been using it with separate VPN (in case theirs gets compromised)
        Available in Windows, MAC, Android, IOS and LINUX varieties.
        Netflix like interface. Avoid popular movies that aren't at the top of the list, usually say you need to go to a special site to download codec. Obvious Honeypot. A week later it will be a proper download and near the top.
        Watch the first few minutes to avoid the occasional cam download, especially for very new downloads.
        TV shows and Movies.

        I figure everything is compromised, that's why I don't use the built in VPN.

        Trump succeeds in making Nixon look respectable, Mission Accomplished!