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Comment Re:Of course they do (Score 1) 159

The problem is that, as they lose better movies, they add more original content - and that is precisely what Netflix wants; so if you like Orange Is The New Black or, in my case, Narcos, there's no alternative. Hulu has done the same thing - they are both adding original content at a really rapid pace (and because of that, most of it is now junk, whereas the original programming used to be top notch) and allowing their contracts to go south for the other content.

Still, I don't think Narcos alone is worth $13 a month (or whatever it is). Stranger Things was good; it will probably slide in season 2, as I don't think it has anywhere to go. But the bottom line is there's a reason I haven't jumped ship yet, despite the overall quality of content decreasing.

Comment Re:too much segmentation (Score 1) 159

I have some of those descriptions, and I think anthony_greer is right - to an extent. I dropped DirecTV because just getting the expanded package (but no premium channels) with HD service was getting very expensive. My kids never really even watched - my son prefers video games, and my daughter, when she watches anything, watches Netflix. There's a number of shows I think are actually quite good on broadcast TV and basic cable, but I can't stand commercials and either need DVR or a commercial free option.

Hulu+ (commercial free *) is great, but only gives me 1/4 to 1/3 of what I want... but it's the only service of it's kind to do so (as far as I know, anyway). Some services "DVR" capabilities allow you to forward through commercials, but it's often limited to a few certain networks. Amazon season passes are great, but add up pretty quickly if you like a lot of shows. It occurs to me there's too much on that I like, but at the same time I don't feel like I waste all that much time watching TV - usually binge watching during bad weather or something. Still, liking a lot of what's out there, it's hard to find a better deal than cable/satellite with DVR.

(*) except when it's not... but then they only show an ad at the beginning and, I guess, the end - but my problem is with shows being interrupted and breaking the mood.

Comment Re:I beg to differ (Score 5, Insightful) 159

Agreed.... I think a lot of people watch stuff they wouldn't otherwise because they have some free time and say "let's watch a movie." Then, instead of picking something they really want, they look at what's available on Netflix and choose what they hope is the best option.

When that best option turns out to be a pretty crappy movie, time and time again, it will cost Netflix customers in the long run.

Indeed, bean counters are more focused on what will get them the next bonus than what will actually help the company in the long run.

Comment Re:The obvious solution (Score 1) 67

This already happens with a lot of shows; on Amazon Prime, for example, the first season (or few seasons) of a show are available for free, but you need to pay for the more recent or final seasons. True Blood, for example... all the seasons except the last (or last two, I forget) were free. Sadly for HBO, the last two seasons were the ones not worth paying for.

Comment Re:Six of one.... (Score 4, Interesting) 67

Ah... the single ad at the beginning of the show doesn't really bother me. I have prime, too, and there are a couple of Hulu shows that do that, too, even if you have the commercial free option. It really doesn't bother me. I also don't need to watch the show live, but right after it airs, or the next day, or even the next week is fine for me. For some shows, Hulu will post it immediately after the broadcast ends; for others it's the next day. The problem is Hulu only has about a quarter to a third of what I would like, but I have found originals that are good, too, and it's only $13 month for the commercial free subscription. I would pay $50 if it had AMC (Walking Dead and Preacher) and a handful of other shows.

Comment Six of one.... (Score 4, Insightful) 67

I will pay a reasonable price (*) for commercial free episodes of the shows I like. I mostly use Hulu with the commercial free option, and would pay double if they actually had more of the content out there. Now things are going to disparate services, or wholly owned services (likes individual apps from networks themselves), and all without even the option of paying for commercial free. There's no commercial free option for Sling, there's no commercial free version for PS Vue... why pay for a service and still be saddled with commercials? At the same time, iTMS style per-episode pricing adds up too quickly to make it worth it.

At the same time, neither will I illegally download someone else's IP. I don't have the right to unilaterally take that away from them just because I don't want to pay, but if they made it easier and more reasonably priced to get the content legally then it's not hard to imagine they'd be increasing their sales.

Of course, some selfish cheapskates wouldn't pay no matter how reasonable it was, but then they wouldn't be losing out on the sales from those people, either.

So yeah, I like the Walking Dead... and I will wait until next year to watch this year's episodes commercial free on Netflix. I don't care about spoilers, and I'm generally a patient person - especially when it comes to something so inconsequential as TV shows.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 533

People pretend this doesn't happen, or that it's the exception. My wife is an immigrant who came here legally and we jumped through all the hoops for her to become a citizen, legally. She was attending English classes at local school where she encountered immigrants from ALL over, not just Mexico, who would actually BOAST about how they got medical treatment for free, lying to the emergency room personal both about the severity of their symptoms and that they had insurance, they just didn't have the cards with them, etc.; we know another couple from my wife's country that we were friends with, and now not so much; she was illegal, but had an anchor baby. He was legal (I helped him come here legally, too); they joke about the government handouts they get. They get two gallons of milk a week because they can, not because they need it. They end up throwing one away every week. It's baffling why they can't just say "we only need one." No, they take it because it's given to them and then they just throw it away, it's disgusting.

Meanwhile, most of the slashdot crowd probably knows mostly immigrants from college or work - here legally, on Visas, or even naturalized citizens. The vast majority of illegals, on the other hand, are uneducated takers - and since many send a lot of that under-the-table money back home, no, they don't pay taxes on that, not even local sales taxes.

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