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What did people expect? I KNEW this was going to happen. It was only a matter of time.

and what did we gain out of it? sports were expensive with cable, now theyre just as expensive with online streaming platforms. We could watch linear sports with our cable packages when we are away from home using the "Go Apps" or proprietary apps, we can still watch sports using our streaming logins while away from home using the Go Apps or proprietary apps, we pay about the same we were paying before, we lost a bunch of stuff we used to watch on conventional TV such as live news, journalism, footage from the local community, but we replaced it with more useless movies and tv shows which most people unhealthily binge, and we are paying the price not just with our wallets but hurting ourselfs by consuming too much useless crap tv and paying the same if not more for it. we are back to square one, just this square is owned by a different company or companies
 

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How does one watch Festival Italiano di Johnny Lombardi or Omni News Italian on CBC Jem? they Cant! those shows are not even aired on CBC. Local content is NOT just news, its shows produced for the local community, a LOT of local content is created by individuals in the community who then get their shows carried by local stations too. There are tons of content like this which is NOT available on Online streaming platforms, yet no one thinks its important to carry. I'm just highlighting what ExDilbert said, even if an app exists with local content, its NOT the same. THey simply want to wipe their hands clean and say "oh look, we did an online streaming platform of local content", local content my you know what.
 

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It does not matter about CBC providing (or lack of providing) television to over 90% of Canadians when over 90% of Canadians are not even interested in CBC content to begin with. This is why people have decided to consume other useless content and a new method to consume it called binging. Lets face it. Just because someone is shoving content in your face, does not mean its good for you or good content for that matter.
 

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You must have a lot more restraint than me. If I start a show that really grabs me I don't see much point in turning it off to watch something else .
I think you lose so much when you watch one episode a week as they dole them out. I usually get through a 10 episode season in 3 or 4 nights.
Try that while raising 2 young hyper active kids especially during this pandemic while schools are closed for in-person learning. I Have almost NO Free time for entertainment, so when I DO have a free hour to my self (which is rare) If I watch a show and get hooked on it, I have NO CHOICE but to turn it off and watch the next episode a month or 3 months later if I remember. This is the reality that a lot of people seem to forget. Not EVERY body binges. and if I were to be hooked on binging TV, I would probably (A Lose my job, B) forget to log my kids in online school, C) skip on grocery shopping and errands/chores such as laundry, cleaning. Binging is a real problem, mentally and physically. Now back to our regular scheduled program err topic of discussion
 

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People keep forgetting the fact that there is no reason you need to subscribe to every service at once. There is only so much you can watch so I'd say if you are on a budget just subscribe to one or two services at a time. The only two services I keep full time is prime video and YouTube. I actually consume YouTube probably more than any other streaming service and the main reason I have YouTube Premium is for the ability to watch videos ad free. Prime I have mainly for the shipping but I do watch quite a few programs on Prime Video. I alternate Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Britbox and Discovery+
I agree 100% with this, there is NO need to subscribe to every single streaming platform. Myself we only subscribe to 2, which I hate, but my wife loves them so I have to put up with it. I Seldom watch TV or movies but the Amazon Prime benefits me with online shopping and purchases, plus it comes with Amazon Music for free.
 

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You already answered the question, your children are grown up you said. The time you are spending watching 4 hours of TV a nite, other families are cooking dinner, feeding their children, taking their children to extra curricular activites like ballet, or gymnastics or soccer, come home, shower/bathe the kids, get them ready for bed, also start to get sleepy but cant go to bed have to prepare tomorrows meals and wash the dishes, then finally go to bed, and repeat the same thing over, also some families have heritage language school on weekends, and more extra curricular sports and activities, sunday is church, visit relatives, etc. where do you see time for binge watching or streaming tv or movies in this equation? like almost no where, if were lucky we can do a 1 hour show or movie on a friday or saturday nite? like I said, i would not have it any other way.
 

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We live in a society where most say "I can finally consume TV in the way I want" most of society thinks this is a great thing. At first, it was super cheap to stream on netflix, then it slowly got more expensive over the years. The low introductory price is what hooked many people over to online streaming and away from conventional TV platforms, Then as more people noticed this trend, they thought to them self, "well, I can be saving this much more money, but instead of watching important stuff like news, weather, current events, ethnic programming, local community affairs, I will watch what ever I want, Its a Deal" people slowly got hooked and their main excuse was to "save money" then as the prices started going up, because of the addictive nature of the all you can eat buffet style service, they want to continue to keep using it, then came the content wars, content was exclusive to some specific platforms if u want you would have to sign up for more than one, most people on average have 2 subscriptions but if u do the math it works out to 1.5 based on mathematical calculations but still, with the increase in subscription and the exclusive content only on some platforms, they have now reached the point of cable, and most people kind of forgot why they got rid of cable cus if they tell u its cus of the price, that was years ago, thats not the case now so they dont know why but it being addictive only benefits the platform owners not the end user. you really think they care if you get hooked or addicted to it? they dont, they will get your money thats all they care bout. either way, enjoy it, no ones telling anyone how to watch TV. Even if your parents tell you too much TV is not good, young kids fight back now and tell their parents to screw off mom I can do what ever I want. Welcome to 2022!
 

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I was with Bell Satellite for many years during which i subscribed to TMN. It cost 20$ and for that I got 4 movie channels and 2 HBO channels.
It also had Shameless not sure which channel that was on.
I found it exceptional value but then Crave took over and ruined it, at least for me.
Me too! loved watching TMN - The Movie Network and all the shows like Shameless. Today Television and Streaming is much different, not sure if better or worse, but sometimes more choice and selection does not necessarily mean better TV experience, Society now consumes way more TV than we used to, remember what your parents said when you were young, too much TV is not good for you
 

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No commercials, no need to fit episodes into 22/42 minutes, shows that don't have to censor themselves, shows that don't have to appeal to to the widest possible audience, shows in foreign languages... But streaming isn't any better...
That's really good for you that you think commercials and advertisements are not important to local businesses. Some of my own relatives rely on commercials to sell their product/service while others are struggling to produce canadian content so they can feed their families, but yeah, who cares about supporting Canadian productions and struggling businesses airing commericials, Some streaming platforms also have commercials too btw.

we know for a fact Streaming has gone up in price and will continue to climb in price, this is a fact

your idea is great lets give you a metal.
 

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we know this already, some people subscribe to a dozen services and watch tv shows all day and night long, if thats how they want to use their free time let them. good for them.

I hope you know the major reason people switch from linear TV to streaming was yup you Guessed it, the PRICE POINT. we can not use that argument anymore since people subscribe to multiple services and overlap, and the services themselfs go up in price, this is the argument i was making, its not chap anymore lets face it, its a fact
 

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Without arguing with some individuals, the cost to Canadians when Netflix was introduced was $9.99. and there was only one package. Most people only viewed it on one connection but multiple connections were allowed but there was no mechanism in place to control it. Now the cost of a Netflix ultra package is $20.99. I guess to some people people it looks like netflix has gone up in price, but others when they see the price difference over the years, even when you put the price number right in their face, they will tell you "your smoking crack, it has not gone up" or they will talk about something completely unrelated to put you down.. either way, netflix is streaming, netflix went up in price, streaming went up in ptrice, which means streaming is not getting cheaper anytime soon.
 

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If people are complaining about the lack of quality shows on steaming platforms, maybe TV is not for you? maybe find something else that interests you like an activity or a hobby or travelling or getting a pet or going for a walk or jog or going to the gym or maybe I dunno, spend more quality time with your children/family
 
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