Make Your Picks

The State of Netflix

Tools    





It's pretty wild that, of the several streaming services I subscribe to, I might be most likely to suspend (though not get rid of permanently) Netflix right now.

There's plenty on there I want to watch, and occasionally something really good, but it is increasingly a repository for pretty good stuff to watch once the really good stuff is out. Which is valuable, but even getting it to that point involves a fair amount of thought and curation, and the fact that you can't even order your films/shows any more is incredibly stupid and frustrating.

I might watch a few things on there I'm most interested, do a little audit of what's upcoming, and cancel for a few months, which I think I probably haven't done for something like a decade now.



It's pretty wild that, of the several streaming services I subscribe to, I might be most likely to suspend (though not get rid of permanently) Netflix right now.

There's plenty on there I want to watch, and occasionally something really good, but it is increasingly a repository for pretty good stuff to watch once the really good stuff is out. Which is valuable, but even getting it to that point involves a fair amount of thought and curation, and the fact that you can't even order your films/shows any more is incredibly stupid and frustrating.

I might watch a few things on there I'm most interested, do a little audit of what's upcoming, and cancel for a few months, which I think I probably haven't done for something like a decade now.
I rarely have more than one streaming service going at a time. As soon as I finish Slow Horses I will cancel AppleTV+ & concentrate on HBO Max. This is what I am planning to watch on Netflix once Iím done with HBO. Youíre right about ďthought & curationĒ - I need an assistant to do all this for me.

Blonde Netflix 9/28
The Good Nurse 10/26 Netflix
White Noise 12/30 Netflix
Sunderland Ďtil I Die Netflix
I am Georgina 2 Netflix
Dahmer Netflix
The Watcher Netflix
All Quiet on the Western Front Netflix
Bantķ Mama Netflix
The Wonder Netflix
Farha Netflix
Lady Chaterleeís Lover Netflix
__________________
Iím here only on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Thatís why Iím here now.



I've heard about this strategy before, keeping one streaming service that you pay for, and then cancelling it and rotating the others at different points throughout the year. This does sound like a good idea to save money, but how do you all determine what to keep when, when to cancel and start another one, etc. I understand the basic idea, but how to strategize that on the calendar and plan it out for the year is something that I don't understand. Can anyone share what you do, if you do this?



I've heard about this strategy before, keeping one streaming service that you pay for, and then cancelling it and rotating the others at different points throughout the year. This does sound like a good idea to save money, but how do you all determine what to keep when, when to cancel and start another one, etc. I understand the basic idea, but how to strategize that on the calendar and plan it out for the year is something that I don't understand. Can anyone share what you do, if you do this?
It'd be based primarily on new releases, IE: "I definitely wanna see Ted Lasso so I'll start Apple+ back up after the first few episodes have gone up."

Other than that I can't imagine there's any real system possible other than "this one has the most so I'll have it activate when I'll be watching more TV."



I've heard about this strategy before, keeping one streaming service that you pay for, and then cancelling it and rotating the others at different points throughout the year. This does sound like a good idea to save money, but how do you all determine what to keep when, when to cancel and start another one, etc. I understand the basic idea, but how to strategize that on the calendar and plan it out for the year is something that I don't understand. Can anyone share what you do, if you do this?
I think I explained how I do it in the post immediately preceding yours.



I think I explained how I do it in the post immediately preceding yours.
You did explain that you were going to sign up for Netflix and mentioned shows you would be watching when you did so, but how do you determine that its time to sign up for Neftlix, and when to switch to another service? Do you try to watch all the netflix in one month, then cancel, do you sign up for like three months, and then switch after the three months are over. Why are you now choosing to watch Netflix instead of another one of your streaming services, etc?

That is the kind of stuff I'm asking about. Thanks for your guidance on this.



You did explain that you were going to sign up for Netflix and mentioned shows you would be watching when you did so, but how do you determine that its time to sign up for Neftlix, and when to switch to another service? Do you try to watch all the netflix in one month, then cancel, do you sign up for like three months, and then switch after the three months are over. Why are you now choosing to watch Netflix instead of another one of your streaming services, etc?

That is the kind of stuff I'm asking about. Thanks for your guidance on this.
Ok, currently Iím with Apple+ since this is where I am watching Slow Horses. Thereís nothing else in Apple in my watchlist. Six more episodes of SH to go at which time I will concentrate on HBOMax. I signed up for HBOMax before SH began its 2nd season since I had watched everything on Apple+ & SH drops only once a week.

As soon as Iím finished with HBO, I will cancel & move to Netflix.

I donít set timetables for myself. If HBO takes 2 or 3 months to work through my watchlist so be it. Sometimes Iím only in a streaming option for a month. This is what I like best: not to be tied down contractually to a streaming device. Itís up to me how long I stay.

I also have 2 or 3 other watchlists: Amazon Prime, Hulu, et al.

Itís all very complicated, I admit. The amount of content out there is staggering.



All I know is I need Fraiser back on Netflix. It's my comfort food.
__________________
I came here to do two things, drink some beer and kick some ass, looks like we are almost outta beer - Dazed and Confused

101 Favorite Movies (2019)



Ok, currently Iím with Apple+ since this is where I am watching Slow Horses. Thereís nothing else in Apple in my watchlist. Six more episodes of SH to go at which time I will concentrate on HBOMax. I signed up for HBOMax before SH began its 2nd season since I had watched everything on Apple+ & SH drops only once a week.

As soon as Iím finished with HBO, I will cancel & move to Netflix.

I donít set timetables for myself. If HBO takes 2 or 3 months to work through my watchlist so be it. Sometimes Iím only in a streaming option for a month. This is what I like best: not to be tied down contractually to a streaming device. Itís up to me how long I stay.

I also have 2 or 3 other watchlists: Amazon Prime, Hulu, et al.

Itís all very complicated, I admit. The amount of content out there is staggering.
Thanks! This is definitely helpful. So, it seems like the idea is to align the time to start the streaming service with a particular show that you want to watch, consistent with what Yoda suggested, and during that time, to research other shows you may also want to watch on that streaming service, and watch them during that same time window. Then, move on to the next streaming service and do that for all the streaming services that have shows or movies that you want to see. For example, I like "Succession" on HBO, so I'd sign up around the time that show premieres its new season, and then either watch it over the 10 or so weeks and pay for three months or so, canceling the other months of the year, or wait until the season has wrapped, and then watch it all within one month to avoid having to pay for additional months. That's the idea, yes? I think I understand that!

Is anybody else doing this differently, like getting out a calendar in January, researching the shows that are premiering that year for each service and then structuring the full year out with the different timeframes for each service, and including all the streaming services that you want to watch, and planning it all out that way?



To the person that was talking about Yellowstone, Cole Hauser, who is an actor on the show, said this season is not the last season and that Season 6 is currently being written. I think that Season 6 will likely be the last season. Given the theme of the show, I think there are a finite number of stories that can be told (the Duttons are either going to lose their ranch and succeed in beating back the developers, or they're not), and with...SPOILERS FOLLOW..............................John Dutton becoming governor this season, I think they are planning for an end game in the near future. Also, Kevin Costner doesn't really seem enamored with the idea of being tied down to the same TV show for much longer, and he is already planning a multi-film, or potentially TV mini-series Western, called Horizons that he is in the process of doing.

https://screenrant.com/yellowstone-s...user-response/



Thanks! This is definitely helpful. So, it seems like the idea is to align the time to start the streaming service with a particular show that you want to watch, consistent with what Yoda suggested, and during that time, to research other shows you may also want to watch on that streaming service, and watch them during that same time window. Then, move on to the next streaming service and do that for all the streaming services that have shows or movies that you want to see. For example, I like "Succession" on HBO, so I'd sign up around the time that show premieres its new season, and then either watch it over the 10 or so weeks and pay for three months or so, canceling the other months of the year, or wait until the season has wrapped, and then watch it all within one month to avoid having to pay for additional months. That's the idea, yes? I think I understand that!
Yes, more or less. I try to gauge it so that everything finishes during the time Iíve paid for. Sometimes though the series ends just after what Iíve paid for so for 3 weeks or so of that next month Iíve paid for nothing. Itís okay.

What I never do is have more than one streaming service going at full tilt if I can avoid it. I only need one service at a time.

I never ďresearchĒ shows. If The NY Times & The New Yorker say itís worth watching then I put it in my watchlist which is part of my iPad notes. Thatís it!



To the person that was talking about Yellowstone, Cole Hauser, who is an actor on the show, said this season is not the last season and that Season 6 is currently being written. I think that Season 6 will likely be the last season. Given the theme of the show, I think there are a finite number of stories that can be told (the Duttons are either going to lose their ranch and succeed in beating back the developers, or they're not), and with...SPOILERS FOLLOW..............................John Dutton becoming governor this season, I think they are planning for an end game in the near future. Also, Kevin Costner doesn't really seem enamored with the idea of being tied down to the same TV show for much longer, and he is already planning a multi-film, or potentially TV mini-series Western, called Horizons that he is in the process of doing.

https://screenrant.com/yellowstone-s...user-response/
FYI, we do have a Yellowstone thread. https://www.movieforums.com/communit...ht=Yellowstone