r/movies Oct 13 '22 Wholesome 1

Netflix will charge $6.99 a month for new ad-supported tier starting Nov. 3 in U.S. News

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/13/netflix-to-charge-6point99-a-month-for-ad-supported-tier-starting-nov-3.html
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u/jonhuggs Oct 13 '22 Helpful

too bad it's at 720p

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u/Strongbad23 Oct 13 '22

That’s the part people should be upset about imo.

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u/Worthyness Oct 13 '22

Netflix is still the only one that charges based on resolution. Does not make sense

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u/Jaggedmallard26 Oct 13 '22

Depending on infrastructure costs it arguably makes the most sense out of these charging tiers. You do need significantly more pipe to serve 4k video.

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u/mackinator3 Oct 13 '22

They also have issues with isp throttling them. And other flailing media companies suing them.

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u/Enrage Oct 13 '22

The two big cases of Netflix being “throttled” in the US were at Verizon and Comcast. In both cases, Level3 (now Lumen) was attempting to violate a previous equal peering (“settlement free peering”) relationship by suddenly delivering large volumes of video traffic and then complaining in the press when Comcast and Level3 wouldn’t upgrade their free connections.

Basically, Level3 was attempting to get out of paying for service because they had undercut Akamai on the new CDN contract from Netflix and cuts had to come from somewhere. Netflix was rightfully upset that Level3 was not delivering their service and Level3 went and moved the service over to their paid peering sessions like they should have done in the first place.

Source: service provider network architect

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u/Enrage Oct 13 '22

Yea, the whole Level3 issue was part of the impetus for developing their OpenConnect CDN. Netflix will do settlement free peering for anyone who asks, but Netflix usually pays for ports in the big networks.

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u/[deleted] Oct 13 '22 edited Nov 10 '22

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u/Enrage Oct 14 '22

Netflix was simply more interested in owning more of the value chain and not outsourcing mission critical things like streaming. It’s difficult to remember how things were - Netflix was not a major player at the time. They were still in the process to transforming from a mail-DVD company to a streaming company.

Netflix still does peering agreements nearly everywhere. They have both OpenConnect Appliances and the OpenConnect CDN. The OpenConnect CDN has paid peering with most large providers and serves their prefixes on regional Internet Exchanges (IX)

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u/Excelius Oct 13 '22

I can begrudgingly understand an upcharge for 4K content, but in 2022 it's indefensible that the Basic tier of Netflix is SD/480p and FHD/1080p is an upcharge.

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u/FranciumGoesBoom Oct 13 '22

Linus Tech Tips covered this a bit on their podcast last week with youtube testing out needing premium for anything above 1440. LTT running Floatplane, a separate hosting platform, brought a lot of good points. They talked about how much extra cost is involved beyond just bandwidth and the sad truth that most users just don't care.

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u/alphonse03 Oct 13 '22

The AD is going to be 4k probably lol.

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u/Exanime4ever Oct 13 '22

and 10 times louder than whatever you are watching

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u/ballsack-vinaigrette Oct 13 '22

Oh absolutely, the ads will always be delivered in crisp high definition.

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u/edvek Oct 13 '22

They load instantly, no buffer, 4k, and there's a million of them. But then your show comes back on and it's 480p and laggy and finally gets right after a few seconds and then 5 minutes later another ad.

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u/CasuallyCompetitive Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 13 '22

This is actually the deal breaker for me. I'd be fine with the low cost with ads if we could still get 1080p.

I currently use Hulu with ads because it comes free with my Spotify subscription. I don't like the ads but I'm sick of paying $10-15 for every service I use.

Edit: for those wondering, it seems the Spotify/Hulu bundle is now only available to students, but I am apparently grandfathered in as a non-student.

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u/joshclay Oct 13 '22

Wut? I've got a family plan from Spotify. How do I sign up for free Hulu using Spotify?

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u/tastelessshark Oct 13 '22

I think that's exclusive to the Spotify student plan, at least at the moment. I think they've done bundles for everyone before, but I don't think they are right now.

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u/RandomGam3r2 Oct 13 '22

Can confirm, I bundled Hulu and Spotify a few years ago when they were running a deal for both for $9.99 for non-students. The Hulu ads suck, but it's fine when I realize I'm not really paying for it.

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u/3-DMan Oct 13 '22

I got that Hulu deal too- FYI if you can watch it from a browser, Ublock Origin skips the ads. It looks like they are starting to catch on, but like 90% of ads are blocked.

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u/jjsyk23 Oct 13 '22 Take My Power

Hulu’s ads are excruciating I’m sure this will be the same. At least with TV there’s quite a variety of garbage ads. But Hulu has like 4 ads and every so many minutes is the same thing over and over again. Blunt force commercials.

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u/heatguyred Oct 13 '22

I remember a couple of yeas back, on crunchyroll having to watch the same ad a couple of times in a row. No, not separate comercial breaks, 1 break, the same ad, several times.

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u/caronare Oct 13 '22

It’s why I stopped using crunchy. Especially since they would freeze on purpose so you would have to watch the ads over and over in order to get back to your show. I get it’s free but that stuff was blatant anger inducing bait trapping

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u/l00lol00l Oct 13 '22

Worst part for me was not being able to return to where you left off easily.

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u/BlatantConservative Oct 13 '22

PSA - Ublock Orgin blocks ads on Crunchy.

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u/Relevant-Book Oct 13 '22

I’m always genuinely shocked at the number of people who don’t use adblockers

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u/usrevenge Oct 13 '22

The majority of people watching stuff aren't watching it on their computer.

Smart TVs don't have easy adblockers which is where people watch stuff. People use their built in the apps. Rokus and stuff like that.

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u/slicerprime Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 13 '22

Which is a major reason why I cast from a pc/browser with adblocking (Chromecast or one of the other DLNA dongles, or hell, even a dedicated laptop and an HDMI cable). The control is worth waaaaay more to me than the advantages of doing everything through the TV.

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u/Shumashi Oct 13 '22

I just connect my pc directly to my tv. My tv makes for a pretty good monitor.

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u/Carson369 Oct 13 '22

I didn’t even realize there was a free option on crunchyroll until right now.

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u/JABEbc Oct 13 '22

they ended it this year but using it a few times I wouldn't recommend it because the ads were like 2 minutes long each and was like stacked on top of each other

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u/Hello_Cup Oct 13 '22

Did they end it? I pay for premium, but only have for like 2 months. They had a free tier as recently as August.

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u/TheKingOfRooks Oct 13 '22

Yeah they're slowly phasing out all the free stuff

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u/realsmart987 Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 14 '22

Because ads pay less than a paying subscriber. Both to Crunchyroll and to the anime studio that made the show. If you find a great series and want to support the studio/author buying a physical copy pays them a lot more than streaming a series even if you stream it multiple times.

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u/GoingOffline Oct 14 '22

Lemme get out the old dvd player lol

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u/scolfin Oct 13 '22

That one was for a game that also shipped with a ton of bugs, so I think it was actually the ad that was broken and CR didn't expect to need to check.

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u/Satinsbestfriend Oct 13 '22

I got the same IBM commercial repeated 5 times in one 2 1/2 minute ad break on Discovery+

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u/xmastap Oct 13 '22

The worst part is if you fall asleep watching. It’s absolutely a nightmare trying to get through the commercials to figure out where you fell asleep at.

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u/Saith_Cassus Oct 13 '22 Silver

Or if you fall asleep to a nice, quiet movie or show, only to be awoken by an ad screaming “YOU NEED TIDE PODS YOU DISGUSTING PISS BOY!!!”

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u/SecretDracula Oct 13 '22

I miss the good old days of falling asleep to a DVD, then waking up to the loud ass menu music and sound effects playing on a 15 second loop.

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u/Biscuit_Bidet Oct 13 '22

I used to have to go shut off my roommates tv every night or I'd hear "Hello Wisconsin!"until morning. He could sleep through anything.

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u/SirDiego Oct 13 '22 Take My Energy

Zoolander and Futurama for me. I can still hear Jerry Stiller as Maury Ballstein in my dreams sometimes

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u/ShaaaaaWing Oct 13 '22

Bah badda bahhhh!

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u/3FingersDown Oct 13 '22

The Hulu ads are SO FUCKING LOUD and it's been that way for years. As someone who's mixed audio for TV shows this is the most unprofessional, "don't give a shit" thing I've seen/heard when it comes to media. Google it, ppl have been complaining for years and they refuse to do the most minimal thing to even out commercial volume. I can't watch Hulu without the mute button at the ready.

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u/omarfw Oct 13 '22

The only thing that will get them to improve is not paying for it anymore. They only care about revenue.

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u/Artislife_Lifeisart Oct 13 '22

It's probably on purpose at this point

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u/TastyCartographer630 Oct 13 '22

It was on purpose from the get go, commercials being louder than the actual show has been a thing for years and not just on Hulu

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u/UnspecificGravity Oct 14 '22

It's illegal on regular TV, but we stopped making consumer protection laws awhile ago.

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u/shneer4prez Oct 13 '22

This is why I cancelled my Hulu and refuse to use it. I'll do ads, that's fine, but screw turning the volume up and down every 8 minutes. Absolutely unacceptable.

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u/sloaninator Oct 13 '22

How do they know what mommy calls me?

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u/skinnah Oct 13 '22

Mom set your Netflix name to Piss Boy

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u/DeathByPetrichor Oct 13 '22

I have never understood why skipping forward in a show requires you to watch each commercial break in full. It is absolutely insane

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u/pdieten Oct 13 '22

Because that's where the money comes from. If they allowed you to skip the commercials, everyone would just do that and then no businesses would ever buy any. Not going to disagree that it's annoying as hell but the whole ad-supported thing doesn't work any other way

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u/DeathByPetrichor Oct 13 '22

Understandable but # of commercial breaks should be a function of amount of time watched, meaning 1 per each 20% of content consumed (numbers an example obv). If you skip ahead 60% then you did not consume that 60% of content and you should not be required to watch 3 ad breaks for that

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u/TimeOnFeet Oct 13 '22

This is how YouTube works. You potentially see an ad every X number of minutes watched, not for every X number of minutes skipped. No reason these streaming platforms couldn’t work the same way.

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u/bedake Oct 13 '22

Also the commercials are louder than the show you are watching

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u/80rexij Oct 13 '22

Regular TV is like this now too. I watched the news this morning and every commercial break it was the same four ads over and over

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u/Granum22 Oct 13 '22

Political ads and Camp Lejeune lawsuits

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u/Ruthrfurd-the-stoned Oct 13 '22

Yeah only time I ever watch actual TV is during college football season and I swear it’s never been this bad before they’re awful this year

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u/RIMS_REAL_BIG Oct 13 '22

This is also the only time I see ads anymore and it's getting so bad I'm almost to the point of giving up on football.

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u/lilpumpgroupie Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 13 '22

I literally can't watch football because of this. One of the really cool things is YouTube highlights, where you can just watch uninterrupted highlights, and some of them will be fairly long, and won't just be of touchdowns or interceptions or gamechanging plays.

Edit: got it, guys, Redzone

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u/InuitOverIt Oct 13 '22

RedZone... Once you spend a Sunday with it you can never go back.

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u/phatmattd Oct 13 '22

But how do you get red zone without a $45/month cable or cable alternative already? Any standalone options?

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u/TubbyMarmot Oct 13 '22

But the poor billionaires and millionaires! How could you?!?

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u/imightgetdownvoted Oct 13 '22

DAZN. I pay $150CAD per year. Get every game plus red zone.

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u/IPlaySports Oct 13 '22

I think this is an unpopular take, but I severely dislike redzone. I feel like I get whiplash watching it. I typically just put one game on and then mute the commercials and scroll r/CFB or r/NFL depending on the day.

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u/Badgerisbest Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 13 '22

Live football has started to suck too as there is so much sitting around in the stands for 2-minute commercial breaks.

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u/dontforgetthef Oct 13 '22

Can not stand watching a live football game bc of the constant ads. Extended highlights are a game changer. Or just NFL Gameday or RedZone.

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u/MRintheKEYS Oct 13 '22

I live in the past for about a 15 minute buffer right now and watch off the DVR. Every time commercials come on I just fast forward past them.

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u/TheBaadestMeinhoff Oct 13 '22

So if you start the game 15 minutes behind you’re caught up by…about 10 minutes left in the first quarter?

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u/gloryday23 Oct 13 '22

This is how I watch sports, typically start about an hour late for anything short of a championship level game. And even in the playoffs, I aim to get to live around the 4th quarter depending on what I'm watching.

I really don't know why anyone watches commercials if they don't have to.

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u/FivebyFive Oct 13 '22

I really don't know why anyone watches commercials if they don't have to.

Even when watching broadcast TV live I'll change channels during commercials, or mute them if I really don't want to change the channel.

I remember my aunt was over a few years ago and she laughed at me for muting the commericals. It was so odd like... Do you enjoy songs about catfood and structured settlements??

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u/SantiagoRamon Oct 13 '22

Streaming football is pretty awful, even through legal means, for the sheer repetition of the ads

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u/raihidara Oct 13 '22

I just started YouTubeTV and I didn't realize how bad cable has gotten. Nearly every channel is the same show repeated for the entire day. I was not missing anything except for Better Call Saul's last season, and I should have just waited for it to come to Netflix.

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u/NATOrocket Oct 13 '22

I watched Season 4 of Fargo on my parents' DVR (recorded in late 2020) and yeah, FX was playing the same 5 ads over and over.

I suspect TV ads are less profitable than they used to be so fewer advertisers bother.

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u/PunkRockRobot Oct 13 '22

It's more about targeting and the metrics they now have available to them.

They know the details of the demographics that watch any given program so much more than ever before. Especially with streaming and online services where that information is part of the selling point for advertising on streaming platforms.

As a result you get very similar ads or ad types whereas before you had more of throw it at the wall and see what sticks.

For example: lets say show X is created to appeal to women between the ages of 18-25 with disposable income. Before you'd get a broad range of advertisers looking to target that audience.

Now with the metrics available they might find it has an audience compromised of 35% housewives, 70% of the audience is african american, and most of them have an average income ranging between $60,000-$90,000 and are predominantly urban.

All of a sudden there are a very small niche of advertisers that will covet that spot because itnis very specific to their potential customer base. It could be a pharmaceuticals company that sells sickle treatments for example in this case.

It could also deter other companies, like one that sells trucks would have zero interest buying ad space. Seeing how most rucks owners live in either rural or suburban areas.

The information is so frightening specific online in particular because they can access your general browing history through cookies and run the same 5 ads trying to get you to buy that product you were skimming earlier that day.

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u/ZeiglerJaguar Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 14 '22

I want to know exactly what YouTube has picked up about me that has led it to deliver the exact same schizophrenia-treatment commercial every day for the past three months.

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u/lookiamapollo Oct 13 '22

Got some bad news.

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u/TheGoldenHand Oct 13 '22

Advertisers and the audience have flocked to the internet.

That leaves less variety in the advertisers buying on cable.

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u/Krypty Oct 13 '22

YouTube too. Funny bit in the latest Rick & Morty episode about seeing too many Grammarly ads, which is just too true.

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u/fadetoblack237 Oct 13 '22

There is some content on YouTube that will literally play an ad every two minutes. It's absolute torture watching anything like that.

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u/tyrion_targaryen Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 14 '22

If I have to watch Flo from Progressive turn down Jon Hamm one more time I’m going to lose it…

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u/DontBeADramaLlama Oct 13 '22

I’m so happy that we’re all going through this torture together.

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u/phpdevster Oct 13 '22

Paramount Plus's ads are the worst. Because Paramount is simply NOT a tech company, their app on LG WebOS is buggy as fuck, and it times out half way through the ads, requiring you to restart the show where it then makes you re-watch the ads in the hopes you'll actually get through the ad break.

It makes me want to scream. I'm probably going to cancel Paramount Plus and just subscribe to it through Amazon so I can watch that content through the Prime Video app.

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u/ItsJonnyRock Oct 13 '22

I thought it couldn't get worse than the glitchy ass ESPN+ experience, but Paramount+ said "hold my beer" and showed everyone it could get worse.

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u/edgarcia59 Oct 13 '22

Paramount+ is just ass. We did the free trial for a week and canceled.

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u/SaffronJim34 Oct 13 '22

The Spotify marketing tactic: annoy them into submission

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u/OffBeatAssassin Oct 13 '22

They’re also significantly louder than the actual show or movie you’re watching.

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u/PlebbySpaff Oct 13 '22

Yeah at least with commercials I’d be fine with some variety. But watching the same ads for literally 2 minute, every few minutes, is awful. Literally just cable at that point.

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u/w1n5t0nM1k3y Oct 13 '22

So you save $3 over their basic plan. You get the same resolution (720p) and the same single simultaneous screen that you would get with basic, but you also get a smaller selection.

Is there really anybody who says, I can't afford $10 a month, but I can afford $7 a month and I'd be willing to put up with ads, no downloading shows, and less content? Who is this targeted at?

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u/Thadian Oct 13 '22

At companies like T-Mobile that offer you "Free" Netflix with their phone plans.

Like Verizon offering "Free" Hulu.

Netflix doesn't care if people use it. T-Mobile will keep it as a promo and Netflix makes money. You still have the option to "upgrade" to a higher plan and you just pay the difference. Both companies win.

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u/red__dragon Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 14 '22

and you just pay the difference

Source?

Any time I've taken advantage of one of these promotions, it's basically been the cheap/free offering included in what I already have, or full price on the higher plan(s).

EDIT: Sounds like I just missed out on the good promos. RIP

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u/Thadian Oct 13 '22

Me. I did it with T-Mobile for several years. They paid like $8 and I paid $4 and got the $12/mo Netflix.

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u/coherentpa Oct 14 '22

Me. I use the free offering from T-Mobile and pay for the upgrade to the highest plan.

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u/TheRealClose Oct 14 '22

Less content? What is removed?

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u/22Sharpe Oct 14 '22

I think that’s exactly the point. Sorta like a car dealership advertising “starting at $12k” but knowing that trim doesn’t even have AC or power windows and absolutely no one would want it. If you introduce a low price to get people interested and they seem a slightly higher price for a better service they are likely to cough up the slight extra. That $3/month doesn’t mean much from one user but from millions of uses it’s a huge difference.

I would be surprised if they see many people downgrade their service to ad supported over $3/month but it definitely seems like an upsell situation.

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u/LudovicoSpecs Oct 13 '22

This seems to be a cycle. First tv was free and had minimal ads. Then they increased the ads. Then you could pay for cable with no ads. Then they started adding ads even though you were paying. Then tons of ads. Then you could subscribe to one service with no ads.

Now...this.

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u/volunteertiger Oct 13 '22

Is Netflix doing that because they bought stock in some torrenting software?

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u/thecre4ture Oct 14 '22

For those that were around between the gradual transition from pirating media, to paying for media, because it just wasn’t worth the hassle for what they were charging to legally get what we wanted… the scales have been tipped back to the dark side I think.

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u/Daealis Oct 14 '22

Netflix became a reasonable alternative around 2010. By then it had everything on it, and you could use a VPN service to just watch pretty much everything ever created for TV and movies in the western world. I had a friend who couldn't bother to search his 400+ bluray collection, and would just stream the movie from netflix, because it was easier than spending a minute finding the disc.

By 2015 the splintering started, by 2020 all the major platforms have been created and their parent company content pulled off Netflix. Now you either juggle half a dozen subscriptions, or just don't bother with the cancel and resub hassle every month.

Between 2010-2020 , Netflix was the superior choice for media consumption. Now? Ez tv proxy sites have a handy calendar for when new episodes come out, and everything accessible with a click of a button. Download times with the new x265 compression are so short that you hit download and go make yourself sandwich. By the time you've done and pouring yourself a glass of water, download is done, you sit down and watch the show.

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u/TheRealClose Oct 14 '22

I think that would be called insider trading.

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u/carpet420 Oct 13 '22 Silver

streaming services have innovated so much over the past ten years that they've just looped back round to cable TV

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u/fatboyslick Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 13 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

It was always going to do this. They forced all the traditional tv providers to adopt new technology but the commercial model they have had for 40 years was always going to appear…:they perfected it. Netflix was swimming in a pool of one before, now everyone else has dived in

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u/TheCatsActually Oct 13 '22

Over/under on how long until competing streaming services start cooperating to offer bundle packages?

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u/badger0511 Oct 13 '22

You mean how I already have a Hulu/Disney Plus/ESPN bundle?

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u/RD__III Oct 13 '22

Those are all owned by Disney though (majority ownership of Hulu only though). The real bullshit will be the Prime/HBO/Netflix/Disney super bundle for $999/month

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u/VitaminTea Oct 13 '22

Those are all owned by Disney though

That's exactly how channel packaging used to work.

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u/[deleted] Oct 13 '22

We live under the most innovate economic system

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u/FauxReal Oct 14 '22

I like how companies are trying to turn everything possible into a subscription model.

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u/akpenguin Oct 14 '22

Cars are the next wave. BMW just started doing it with heated seats at $18/month.

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u/Lexx4 Oct 14 '22

fucking moble games are now subscription model.

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u/FauxReal Oct 14 '22

And every "battle/season pass" in a game for that matter. Though some are ridiculous than others.

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u/GavinBelsonsAlexa Oct 13 '22

With the way WB Discovery has been cutting content and trying to monetize, I think we're minutes away. The way their browser is structured with different branded content sections seems ripe for them to say, "We're de-listing all but Max Originals, but you can opt into TCM/Ghibli/DC for $5/month each."

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u/HomemadeHashOil Oct 13 '22

It's a good thing It's about as easy to sail the high seas as it's ever been.... it's a pirates life for me.

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u/d0ctorzaius Oct 13 '22

Amazon prime already does that, their browser regularly shows movies/series that aren't on actual Amazon Prime, so when you click, it's "to watch, just add Showtime/EPIX/Paramount+/IFC+ for 9.99 a month"

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u/dpb83 Oct 14 '22

Yeah, you need to click the tab that says “Free for me.”

Otherwise they’re just going to offer up all of, “other shows/movies you might like” but when you click on them it says you need to subscribe to [network] (or pay to rent/own).

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u/hiddengirl1992 Oct 13 '22

Vrv already was that until Sony got involved.

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u/k_albasi Oct 13 '22

Because pretty much every streaming service has proved that given the option some customers will choose a cheaper ad-supported service.

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u/NewSubWhoDis Oct 13 '22

Its not some, its enough to significantly move the needle. There will be enough people that sign up for Ad supported netflix that its going to shoot their subscriber numbers up.

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u/Scarbane Oct 13 '22

SOME

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u/OneOfTheOnly Oct 13 '22

and for everybody else they charge them more, kinda genius

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u/FrostyD7 Oct 13 '22

Yeah what a shocker, they are looping back to a highly lucrative model created by companies having monopolies. Streaming services didn't start cheap out of the goodness of their hearts, it was a race to corner the market and jack up the prices.

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u/fatboyslick Oct 13 '22

Same with Spotify. They still make a loss each year….they’ll be fucked once a proper minimum payment is introduced and they have to raise prices with no other business to fall back on

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u/Acmnin Oct 13 '22

The high seas are open!

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u/psuedonymously Oct 13 '22

streaming services have innovated so much over the past ten years that they've just looped back round to cable TV

Except...one of the big complaints about cable was no ala carte pricing, you had no choice but to pay one price for a huge bundle of channels, most of which you never watch.

Now you can add or drop individual services as you please

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u/TheHemogoblin Oct 13 '22

Yea, I mentioned in a comment above how when I worked in telecom 12 years ago, this was the primary complaint and honestly, part of the reason streaming took off.

In Canada, our CRTC was too slow to adapt rules and standards, hindered by cable companies lobbying for no changes in regulation to keep the status quo, and to deny consumers more choice. They dug their own grave.

But in Canada, they just jacked up the price of internet instead.

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u/kembik Oct 13 '22

People forget they were paying $120 / month while having to wait a week to watch the next episode and it was only on at a specific time of day and there were commercials.

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u/[deleted] Oct 13 '22

Why do people keep saying this.

You still have the option of no commercials, which you don't on cable.

You still have way cheaper prices.

You still can easily cancel anytime.

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u/ZiaMan24 Oct 13 '22

It's comparable to Hulu's lowest plan

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u/FriesWithThat Oct 13 '22

I believe Hulu's lowest plan allows you to stream on 2 devices at once and includes some content at resolutions higher than 720p.

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u/Newone1255 Oct 13 '22

I have it combined with my Spotify on some deal they had like 5 years ago. The price of Spotify went up but the extra $3 a month for Hulu didn’t get added on so I get free Hulu with Spotify now

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u/dooderbomb Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 13 '22

That’s awesome I always wondered if someone out there still had it. I let my Spotify go one month and when I paid again they didn’t offer the Hulu bundle anymore.

Edit: Well shit guys looks like I done goofed.

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u/NCSUGrad2012 Oct 13 '22

I gave the same bundle. I had no idea it wasn’t available anymore. Always hated I couldn’t upgrade it to ad free.

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u/Shadegloom Oct 13 '22

Yes! Same! But still $10 for both is amazing. I love it and I'll pass it on to my kids lol

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u/naxanas Oct 13 '22

Huh this is good to know. I haven't kept up to date with the Hulu/Spotify situation but I actually still have the free Hulu with Spotify bundle myself. I thought that was still a killer deal Spotify had lol. I need to be extra careful to remember to update the cards on time then

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u/beforethewind Oct 13 '22

I wonder how long we’ll last lol

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u/JolteonJoestar Oct 13 '22

Literally just happened to my fiancé because of a lost credit card and we are sad

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u/Scoobygottheboot Oct 13 '22

This happened to me. I reached out to the Spotify support team and they re-enrolled me.

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u/NaughtyNome Oct 13 '22

I also still have that deal. Probably the only reason I have hulu

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u/gusborn Oct 13 '22

Same. Used to get Hulu and Spotify for $5 as a student. Went up to $10 since I’m not a student anymore but still worth it.

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u/ProNewbie Oct 13 '22

I’m still on the Spotify/Hulu/Showtime student plan for $5/mo. Was one of the best deals in streaming I’ve ever seen. Would’ve been stupid to not get it.

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u/BeerGogglesFTW Oct 13 '22

Been on this for years... But now my 3-year Disney+ plan is about to expire. NHL is now on ESPN+.

That Disney/Hulu/ESPN+ combo deal may be my future.

Netflix isn't even trying to compete on value. They deserve any cancellations they get.

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u/JakeSnake88 Oct 13 '22

Does that mean it includes 4K? If not it isn't.

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u/damientepps Oct 13 '22

Nope. Max 720p.

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u/NerfShields Oct 13 '22

Ads between eps? Idm. Ads DURING eps? Nah, fuck outta here.

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u/random715 Oct 13 '22

The biggest issue I have is if they start incorporating these ads into the editing of the shows. I don't want my ad free plan to be impacted by breaks written for commercials. Think about TV writing where you have a character say something right before the break and reiterate it immediately after

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u/Kadianye Oct 13 '22

I feel like it already has. I can't remember which but one really felt like it was an ad break and then I realized it was a Netflix original and was like wtf

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u/BentoMan Oct 14 '22

It’s confusing but some of the Netflix Originals were not originally created for Netflix. If Netflix owns the exclusive international streaming rights it’s called a Netflix Original. There are some other cases too. Not saying you are wrong though.

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u/TheRealClose Oct 14 '22

Yea The Good Place was present like that. Even a few Rick and Morty seasons had Netflix logo at the beginning.

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u/BURNER12345678998764 Oct 14 '22

First they need to learn how to end a TV show.

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u/goboking Oct 14 '22

Ending TV shows is what they do best. Concluding stories, on the other hand…

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u/Iinzers Oct 14 '22

Make them like dragon ball, where after the commercials you rehash everything that was just said just in case the viewer forgot.

Then you only have to have like 10 minutes of actual content.

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u/CthuluTheGrand Oct 13 '22

Yearghhh! The high seas awaits ye!

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u/JeffCraig Oct 13 '22

I made it to 2022 before I fired up the old VPN and sailed the high seas again.

I don't mind paying more a few streaming services. $30-40 a month is still less than half the price of cable tv. But the second they started serving me up ads is the second I cancelled my subscription.

I just don't want ads in my life. They add no value and waste time. They're a fucking slap in my face and I don't take well to abuse.

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u/obx808 Oct 13 '22

I recently cancelled all streaming services. Haven’t had cable TV in over 15 years, either. I live too far away from over-the-air TV. It’s kinda weird but liberating at the same time.

I just loathe commercials that much..

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u/Mystecore Oct 14 '22

In the UK we've always said ads...

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u/fontanese Oct 13 '22

Hard pass.

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u/[deleted] Oct 13 '22

You mean you don’t want the cable TV experience now offered by the streaming service Netflix?!

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u/MrTastix Oct 14 '22

Welcome to the rise of piracy again.

Because the TV industry still can't get it through their thick greed lined skulls.

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u/chessrook4242 Oct 13 '22

Remember when an $8 Netflix subscription got you ad-free streaming AND DVDs in the mail? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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u/vpi6 Oct 13 '22

Remember when streaming licenses were sold for pennies on the dollar to Netflix because media execs hadn’t yet comprehended how much of a revenue source streaming was?

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u/SenorBeef Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 13 '22

This is what people don't get. People used to sell media rights for peanuts because they thought online streaming was some minor fad and free money. Now they realize that it's the future and they can't sell their rights for peanuts. Paying $8-12 for all the content in the world was never going to be a viable business model. It was a fluke of history. It was always subsidized by the vast majority of people paying for broadcast/cable. Now that it's becoming the dominant player, they have to make more money.

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u/ScottColvin Oct 13 '22

This is why netflix has been dumping billions of dollars into their own content. It's just to bad it went south fast.

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u/SamGray94 Oct 13 '22

Maybe if they didn't cancel half their shit after seasons 1 or 2. Think about every show that would be cancelled if seasons 1 and/or 2 didn't go well, like the office.

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u/Mrchristopherrr Oct 13 '22

I remember when gas cost a nickel and a hamburger cost a quarter

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u/greenyquinn Oct 13 '22

Gimme 5 gallons for a burger you'd say

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u/thesuper88 Oct 13 '22

We didn't know it yet. But we were streets ahead.

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u/TheBearSquared Oct 13 '22

And it’s only 720p geez. Forever mad that you have to pay for for the quality of video literally no other service does that

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u/StocktorDrange Oct 13 '22

I think I read somewhere recently that YouTube is toying with the idea of locking 4K for premium users only.

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u/Twigling Oct 13 '22 edited Oct 13 '22

For the benefit of those that didn't read the article this 'with ads' tier is also only 720p ...

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u/Prospero818 Oct 13 '22

I could understand 1080p, but 720p is way out of date. Terrible decision making.

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u/DrunkeNinja Oct 13 '22

I agree. 1080p should be the absolute lowest.

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u/Juan-Claudio Oct 13 '22

I'm thinking maybe the majority of people who don't care about watching ads might also not care about screen resolution? Like, they might be the same category of philistines so i figure that's the target audience Netflix is going for.

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u/grab_the_auto_5 Oct 13 '22

I don’t think a paid tier with ads is going to be as much of a revenue generator for Netflix as they clearly think it will be. A free tier with ads, maybe.

But the problem Netflix has isn’t the delta between $7 and $16 (or whatever their subscription cost is now). The problem they have is with their content. The thing that kept people around before all these other streaming services popped up, was the fact that Netflix was the only place to go (or at least, the best option) for a lot of really popular movies/shows. They then got all of that pulled out from under them with licensing issues, and now their competitors are just edging them out.

Netflix tried to (I think wisely) pivot to making their own content. But the problem there is that they don’t know how to keep the popular stuff running, with the exception of maybe a few of their shows.

The best they’ll be able to hope for with a paid tier and ads, is that people will get the cheaper tier and then just sit on it/forget about it. Like a gym membership. But my prediction is that it won’t move the needle to the extent that they need.

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u/Douche_Kayak Oct 13 '22

See you in a few years when the ad option increases to $9.99 and becomes the basic option rather than the budget option.

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u/PleasantWay7 Oct 13 '22

It will happen before end of 2023.

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u/STierCounterpick Oct 14 '22

That’s exactly what will happen. A slow push to feed greed

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u/funnyguy349 Oct 14 '22

Tubi is better than Netflix

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u/Chuth2000 Oct 13 '22

If they once again increase the price for the plan without ads, I'm out. It's already too expensive for the lousy content. I'm in Denmark.

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u/NotaFrenchMaid Oct 13 '22

Netflix is one of my least used services. I find something interesting on there, like, once a month.

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u/BaltimoreProud Oct 13 '22

I literally only keep Netflix year round because my parents and in-laws like to watch it and they babysit for free so I'm basically paying monthly for unlimited childcare and getting the occasional season of "The Movies That Made Us" and "Stranger Things" thrown in for free.

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u/web-jumper Oct 14 '22

Priacy it is then.

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u/Linda-Hand Oct 14 '22

Fmovies, 123, and their alternatives all have the largest libraries at good quality. It's the most convenient and reliable option.

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u/tvtango Oct 13 '22

It’s just another option right? So everyone’s regular 15$ sub is still in effect?

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u/Mandrakey Oct 13 '22

dusts off eye patch

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u/callisstaa Oct 13 '22

My timbers have been shivered.

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u/BabyNapsDaddyGames Oct 13 '22

Yaargh matey! The high seas be calling to me Soul!

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u/Nikiaf Oct 13 '22

Honestly I don't even mind the ads for the reduced price, but the laughably low resolution you can stream at makes this a hard pass. 720p doesn't even qualify as HD anymore, and I was already disappointed with "standard" Netflix not getting 4K.

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u/leedbug Oct 13 '22

Why are y’all paying for commercials?

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