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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: 1, Offtopic) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Monday January 07 2019, @07:01AM (5 children)

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Monday January 07 2019, @07:01AM (#783073) Homepage Journal

    I really do. Not so much to avoid lawsuits as that some of my best friends are professional musicians.

    The previous tenant of my apartment left two Jesus Big TV sets when he moved out. I've never turned either of them on.

    A while back I realized my piano improvisation was stagnated, so I decided I'd start buying a lot of music that I knew in advance I would dislike. That fixed by improvisation and led to me liking _every_ kind of music.

    Even David Bowie did not like every genre: "I don't understand Country", whereas I do.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday January 07 2019, @01:00PM (4 children)

    It takes an open mind to grok multiple and often conflicting genres well enough to enjoy them and that's getting to be a rare thing. There's very little music I don't enjoy some examples of except modern club music. It wouldn't be at all odd to find me listening to a playlist along the lines of:

    1. Copperhead Road - Steve Earle [youtube.com]
    2. Drugs Are Good - NOFX [youtube.com]
    3. My Medicine - Snoop Dog [youtube.com]
    4. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die - Willie Nelson [youtube.com]
    5. Cocaine Blues - Luke Jordan [youtube.com]
    6. Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash [youtube.com]
    7. Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway [youtube.com]
    8. Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe [youtube.com]
    9. Thirty Days in the Hole - Humble Pie [youtube.com]
    10. Willin - Little Feat [youtube.com]
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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 07 2019, @03:08PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 07 2019, @03:08PM (#783197)

      I thought I was the only one that actually thought of Minnie the Moocher today. I was pretty shocked to see her name in writing a few hours later!

      Although in my defense, 70s and 80s movie lines, usually relevant to the situation, often just 'pop in there' when doing various tasks, sort of like that guy on the show Dream On from HBO in the 90s. (no, I won't elaborate as to why a reference to her just 'popped in there')

    • (Score: 2, Offtopic) by J053 on Tuesday January 08 2019, @12:07AM (1 child)

      by J053 (3532) <dakineNO@SPAMshangri-la.cx> on Tuesday January 08 2019, @12:07AM (#783476) Homepage
      I dunno, man - that sounds like an excellent playlist to me. The last several tunes picked by the randomizer from my library are:
      1. If You Have To Know - Lonnie Mack, Tim Drummond
      2. Long Way To Go - Carolyn Wonderland
      3. Orere - Babatunde Olatunji
      4. Trouble Blues - Charles Brown
      5. J'Ai Conet, C'Est Pas Ma Femme - Clifton Chenier
      6. Going Up The Country - Canned Heat
      7. Anybody Wanta Party? - Keith Frank
      8. Killer Joe - Quincy Jones