One month the cable bill came in and Maribou yelled from the next room “how often do you watch television?”
“I dunno. When the loading screens are particularly bad in my game, I guess. Sometimes I watch Chowder on Cartoon Network.”
SIXTY DOLLARS?!? We weren’t even getting HBO or anything like that. I quickly agreed that we needed that we needed to nip that stuff in the bud Toot Sweet. (She got me the box sets.)
Soon thereafter, we said “you know what? We should totally do Netflix” and, hey, Netflix was somewhere around… I don’t even remember. I want to say it was like $10/month but that can’t be right. (Apparently, Streaming only was $7.99 a month in 2010… Impossible.)
Well, that was the *BEST DEAL EVER*.
As it turns out, it seems like we were at the very beginning of a disruption. That is to say, Netflix took the risk that nobody else was willing to take and, holy cow, it paid off and paid off *BIG*. But then there was Amazon Prime… and then there was Hulu… And now Disney is yanking their stuff off of Netflix (including Marvel Universe movies) and getting ready to open its own Netflix.
Back in the days of cable, we used to complain about having to pay for stuff like, oh, ESPN. (ESPN people probably complained about Cartoon Network. I don’t know about you, but, as far as I can tell, ESPN was one of those channels that you either had on all the time or you never watched it. I imagine that ESPN folks say that about Cartoon Network.)
And so, very soon, if you want to have all of the options you used to have, you’re going to be paying $60/month.
But! You’re going to be getting the equivalent of a dozen HBOs. With movies a lot closer to first run than HBO played them.
But I’m not looking forward to having the discussion of how often I watch Marvel Universe. “I dunno. When the loading screens are particularly bad in my game, I guess.”
So… what are you reading and/or watching?