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The problem is as much with copyright holders as the TV services. Exclusive licensing is a huge issue that drives costs up considerably. With the proliferation of services, most content has become spread out among all of them with extremely little new content on most. Traditional TV services are losing content to streaming services but are not adjusting their prices to match the loss.

Companies like Viacom license most of their content to other services in Canada. We need a traditional service for the network shows (some are on Paramount+ but delayed), Netflix for Yellowstone and Paramount+ for 1883, with other shows on YouTube and other streaming services which vary depending on the country. Multiply that by 5 studios, 5 networks and dozens of specialty channels with separate licensing agreements for dozens of channels and streaming services in dozens of countries and it becomes a confusing, expensive mess.
 

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There is a group of 15-20 people I know of that “share” 5-6 Netflix, Disney+ & Crave TV accounts each with their own profile at a cost of a few $ each per month which reminds me of the account stacking of the satellite tv days. To me even a few dollars a month isn’t worth it for me. I myself have Amazon prime because of the prime membership and don’t really use prime video I also have YouTube TV out of the U.S. which I happily pay for and Xbox Gamepass. That’s the extent of my streaming services and I don’t plan on adding anymore as I don’t see the value in it.


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We need a traditional service for the network shows (some are on Paramount+ but delayed), Netflix for Yellowstone and Paramount+ for 1883, with other shows on YouTube and other streaming services which vary depending on the country. Multiply that by 5 studios, 5 networks and dozens of specialty channels with separate licensing agreements for dozens of channels and streaming services in dozens of countries and it becomes a confusing, expensive mess.
I agree with what you are saying but Yellowstone is on Amazon Prime, just started season 4 last night, it's great to view it sans commercials.
 

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That is correct. See how confusing it is. ;)

To make things worse, new episodes of 1883 are MIA on Paramount+ this week and Paramount Network starting Sunday. I wonder if some Canadian broadcaster bought the rights and is sitting on it. I already paid for Paramount+ for the month and the only thing we want to watch has disappeared.
 

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One advantage of the AppleTV app on the Apple TV is the search function. Enter the title of the TV show or movie and it shows you which streaming platforms that you subscribe to have it, and if not where you can rent or purchase it from. Only Netflix does not support that feature.
 

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Using a USA account on Amazon right now with an Amazon tv device. They want me to pay for Yellowstone. Guess I will wait to use my Canadian account later.
This streaming stuff is like all tech innovations. It looks like a great thing and people think wow! cheaper and then the truth and greed come along.
Worked on stuff so people could work less hours...Yeah right. Streaming will be cheaper...Yeah right!
 

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I think Yellowstone is on Paramount+ in the US. The US version of Paramount+ might be worth the cost. The Canadian version of Paramount+ is garbage as almost all the new programming is licensed to other services and broadcasters in Canada.
 

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Streaming is still the wild west. I'm either bundling or getting comped free streaming services where I can.
 

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I got the half price Paramount+ Canada offer late last year. It's not even worth that unless you've never seen CBS programming. I also got the 99 cent offer for several Prime channels. Again, some are not worth that unless you've been in a TV vacuum for the last 20 years.
 

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With everyone and their mother starting a streaming service it won't be long until streaming becomes a total mess too. There will be 2 or 3 good options, the rest will have 2 or 3 worthwhile programs while streaming 30 year old shows or movies. Best combo will be a limited cable package with a couple streaming options. Less confusion at a reasonable price, and of course PVR all your cable shows so that you can fast forward thru the commercials. 😀
 

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My streaming consists of Tubi, free, Prime.. I consider free because of my membership and I shop a ton on line, CBC Gem.. almost free, I do the silly Google surveys that they deposit money in to my account for and Gem is paid from there and Discovery+ so my wife can have her HGTV and related programming. Also PlutoTV is good if you use a US IP with a VPN. Add in the antenna for Toronto and Buffalo I am pretty much covered.

I did subscribe to TSN for a month so I could stream the World Juniors and we all know how that worked out...
 

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I have discovery + , it will be cancelled at the end of the month.
There commercials that they run have become so frequent and annoying when watching shows.
Most of discovery + is useless food shows, and break your house useless renovation shows , where they rip apart perfect good houses for no good reason ... Good Ridance to annoying content.

Over the last year i have invested more funds in my DVD / Blueray library and now have Commercial free seasons of Baywatch , and Simon and Simon (Great dectective show from the 1980's).

With my latest purchase i have over 50 different shows (complete seasons) on DVD now, and have no plans to stop collecting disks.

Most Of my streaming is done on Tubi tv, Roku channel , Bzone and BMOVIE-TV ( Great ROKU channel from California).

I currently have Netflix to Watch the Cobra Kai Season 4 (Martin Kove , rocks in this karate kid series) .

The rest of Netflix is Ho Hum content .

If i have Netflix 3 months a year, that will do.
 

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Someone asked me the other day why do I have Amazon Prime if I never use it? I said that I became a Prime member for the Prime benefits on the site and when I eventually did check out Prime Video half the stuff on there you have to sign up to a third party to watch or buy/rent the movie and I’ve only ever watched two shows on it. One being Dark shadows from the 60’s/70’s and it’s such a long show that it got pulled before I was even close to the end and the other was a show called Leverage that I used to watch back in 08/09? but after watching the first 4 episodes I realized that Season 3 and onward aren’t even on Prime but just says unavailable, why even bother? That was back in August and I haven’t opened the app since. At least with ITunes I know everything on there is purchase for tv shows and Buy/Rent for movies, there is no confusion. Prime Video is definitely not worth paying for on its own


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I did a search on Tubi TV , the Dark Shadows show is free on Tubi , so you can watch it free.
The last time i had Amazon prime video for 2 months while i was ordering packages, most of the good content was stuck
in there $4 to $ 6 dollar monthly channels.

So I used some of the free 30 day channel trials to watch a few things and canceled before my 30 days was up.

Hayu had below deck , so i watched them, could not care less about kardashian and other lame reality tv they had.

I think MGM channel had Goulies , great halloween movie i had never seen.

Shudder had a few movies i watched, this was a bad movie catalog , not into modern horror movies. I like nightmare on elm street movies and other 80's classics which no one seems to have except on TUBI TV. It seemed like the shudder catalog was missing a lot of titles, not worth the $6 per month they were asking.

Had a trial of STARZ, have seen 80% of there catalog, 80 % of what they had i could find on TUBI TV and the ROKU channel.
Why would anyone pay for this channel??
I Literally own 50 % of there catalog on DVD's.

Amazon treats people like suckers with there paid channels , offering you a few movies you might watch in monthly channel subscriptions . They never add new content to these channels, they stay the same month after month.

The "included with prime video " tv shows and movies, are rarely updated from month to month.
Even TUBI tv , gets new titles each month. While Amazon Prime Video is a cheapskate and does not want to add new movies each month. Jeff Bezos has how many Billion Dollars, and they cant spring for a few new movies each month.

It seems they should rename Amazon Prime Video, to "Amazon Lame Video" , because they are too cheap to add any new titles to there catalog each month.
If you are paying $8 a month, where is my new content ??? , maybe it's hiding in one of amazons cardboard shipping boxes ???
 

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I think Amazon Prime has a lot of good shows and movies to watch, you just need to do some sifting.
I have Prime for free shipping so anything I get to see there is a bonus.
Just watched season 4 of Yellowstone over the past 3 nights, was a joy to see it sans commercials.
 

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Had a quick look at TV shows on Prime Video:
  • Yellowstone
  • The Expanse
  • Wheel of Time
  • The Great
  • The Boys
  • Bosch
  • Hanna
  • Fleabag
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This is a fraction of what is available for free* if you have a Prime membership.

*Yes I know it's not really free as a portion of your membership fee is allocated to the Prime Video division.
 

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We have been watching a lot on content on Prime Video recently. It's no Netflix or Disney+, but neither are most other streaming services, and there are other benefits such as audio books, free ebooks and music. Although far from being the best in each class, it's one of the best values available. As for the Prime Video channels, most are lame Canadian versions that are available elsewhere. Prime is simply acting as a aggregator which is fine with me. We need more of those. The thing I like is that Prime makes the subscriptions easier to manage. It took me about a minute to cancel several channels I no longer wanted. Apple+ has similar offerings.
 
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