Not a transport post.
In years gone by, I scoffed at the idea of paying $50+ a month for Foxtel pay TV, and I wasn’t the only one – apparently by 2012, only 28% of Australian homes had a pay TV subscription.
I suppose Foxtel needed to cover their delivery infrastructure costs, unlike today’s streaming services which are built on top of existing home broadband internet.
Times change, and this month I’ve found myself paying for a multitude of streaming services.
- Netflix $15.99/month, but about to go up to $16.99
- Amazon Prime Video $6.99
- Disney Plus $11.99
- Apple TV Plus $7.99
I was on a free Apple TV Plus deal thanks to buying an iPad in 2020, and I’ve just redeemed another 3 months via the iPhone I recently bought. I very much enjoyed Ted Lasso and I’m giving Morning Wars (aka The Morning Show) a try, but I can’t say I’ve found much else of interest, so I’ll probably cancel it at the end of the free period.
(One irritant with Apple TV+ is it doesn’t work with Chromecast. But another jarring thing is that every single character in Ted Lasso and Morning Wars uses an iPhone.)
I signed up to Disney Plus for the Beatles Get Back doco, which was great. I’ve also watched all of The Mandalorian, which was good, and spin-off Boba Fett which was okay – but I felt a bit guilty for enjoying the flashback story more than the main story, liking the main story a lot more once The Mandalorian joined. Before that, I almost despaired at the ridiculousness of the multi-colour bike/car chase in episode 3.
Nothing else is grabbing me at the moment, so I’ve just ditched Disney too for now, at least until something else compelling comes along. (ooh… Obi Wan Kenobi trailer!)
Amazon Prime is cheap, and bundled with the free delivery deal, which has been handy during the last couple of years. I’ve very much enjoyed watching The Expanse and Man in the High Castle… and a few others. But I’m probably at the point where I should disconnect that one as well. (ooh, Star Trek Picard season 2!)
I’ll keep Netflix for now. We just finished watching Dark (which was excellent), and I feel like there’s enough other stuff to watch that makes it worthwhile.
And of course there’s ABC iView, and the commercial TV station offerings, which are free but with adverts.
The latter, including SBS Online, are sometimes pretty dodgy in the ad breaks, with stuttering video, countdown timers that don’t work, and in the case of 7Plus, some ads that are silent slideshows, and bizarrely, lots of ads in Spanish for Dominican Republic bank Banco BHD Leon.
Hi guys, I’ll submit feedback. The form appears to be text only, so here’s an example. iPad to Chromecast. Common to see skipping during and just after ads. pic.twitter.com/iIRrP9l8GC— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) October 25, 2020
Navigating all of these services is messy, especially as most of them don’t let you search the catalogue without first subscribing. Justwatch is good for finding which service has which shows.
Still, the fact that my streaming services added up to almost $50 before I started culling just makes me wonder if Foxtel could have done better all those years ago when it was the only game in town, if it had offered a cheap basic service, and more value add options.
- From 2015: an earlier blog when I pondered Stan, Presto (now Binge) and Netflix