Has anyone else noticed that lately the movie and TV selections on Netflix have been getting worse? The movie selection has always been subpar, but we could count of all of our favorite shows being on one platform. Those days are over.
More and more streaming services are being offered — all of them for a separate price. Just to put it in perspective, I calculated what it would cost me to have all of the streaming services I am interested in per month. With the cost of Disney Plus, HBO Go, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, I would be spending around $55.96 every month.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this amount. As a college student, I wouldn’t want to pay that much per month and could cut a few programs out, but for an adult or family this seems like a relatively fair price. Cable companies, like DIRECTV, charge around $59 a month if you want to get the package that includes more than the basic channels and some movie channels.
You may think that streaming services still don’t offer the same amenities that cable does, but some of the new services are definitely proving their worth.
Disney Plus, for example, is only $7 a month — the lowest price out of all of them — and will offer new, original shows based on previous franchises like Marvel and “Star Wars.” If that wasn’t enough, they have also released that a large selection of their classic movies and TV shows will be featured right away, with even more to come in the future. I may not be a huge Disney fan, but the prospect of being able to rewatch “That’s So Raven” and my favorite Disney Channel original movies is too great.
So Disney has proven to be worth it, but what is unfortunate about the creation of all of these new streaming networks is that the “OG” Netflix is going to crash and burn. Most of us have already seen a decline in the choice of movies and TV shows, and even their original content is just not cutting it for me.
I would argue that since the creation of “Stranger Things,” they just haven’t been able to put out any worthwhile content (and yes, I’m aware that “Bird Box” came after).
Netflix basically created streaming, forever changing how viewers are able to access media, and now they’re just being swept away by the competition. I don’t think I could ever unsubscribe from Netflix, for now, because of the nostalgia and trust I have for the company. They have the best and most accessible interface, and I wouldn't have ever been introduced to shows I now classify as my favorite.
I will also keep Amazon Prime, maybe because it just comes with my prime account, but also because it does have a pretty good selection. If I want to watch a good movie, I always check Amazon Prime Video before moving on to a new platform. Let’s not forget that one of their original shows, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, won an Emmy, and I was instantly engrossed in another of their new originals, “Carnival Row.” So, Amazon Prime Video has to be kept because of its convenience factor and its ability to produce quality television.
HBO Go is a streaming service I have not tried yet, so I can’t speak on the specifics. What I can say is that is has already been recognized as having produced popular and award-worthy tv shows. “Big Little Lies,” filled with a cast of recognizable names, has gained tremendous popularity.
Their website also displays a very large and wide-ranged movie list. Some that excite me include: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”
These titles only scratch the service of all the movies, new and classic, that HBO Go offers its members.
My final reason for investing in HBO Go is because HBO is a household name — we trust them to deliver good content and they have proven their reliability.
The streaming service that I know I could live without 100 percent is Hulu. I already know this could polarize me from the popular opinion, but I’ve used friend’s accounts and just wasn’t impressed.
First, I found that it was hard to browse through their selection and even harder to manage my “currently watching” tab.
On top of that, there just aren’t shows and movies that they exclusively offer that I’m dying to watch. The Handmaid’s Tale? Eh. The Act? Double eh.
When Hulu and Netflix were arguably the only two streaming services available, it would have been no big deal. But now, Hulu is going to have to step up their game if they want to compete with these other platforms.
Streaming services have just begun their journey of taking over the way media is accessed and viewed.Keep track of the pros and cons of your favorite platforms, because there might come a day when you have to make some cuts.