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post #1 of 7 Old 05-15-2013, 08:28 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm somewhat confused by the video streaming services like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. Is it possible to stream older shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and MASH from one of these services? Do they have all seasons and all episodes? When I go to their websites, navigation isn't easy. I can't find any of these shows. My thought was to get a Roku3 but it only makes sense for me if I can find the shows that I want. I don't really want to buy the DVD sets and deal with loading and unloading the media. Are these older shows easy to find and stream? Any help would be appreciated.
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Amazon doesn't seem to carry them. You probably won't find such old shows on streaming services, as companies like Amazon and Netflix aren't going to pay the licensing fees for shows that won't get many viewers. Aside from buying DVDs, you can watch old shows on networks like MeTV.
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Questions about online content service providers are best asked here:

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I'm somewhat confused by the video streaming services like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. Is it possible to stream older shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and MASH from one of these services? Do they have all seasons and all episodes? When I go to their websites, navigation isn't easy. I can't find any of these shows. My thought was to get a Roku3 but it only makes sense for me if I can find the shows that I want. I don't really want to buy the DVD sets and deal with loading and unloading the media. Are these older shows easy to find and stream? Any help would be appreciated.
You won't find Little House and The Waltons on any streaming service because the Hallmark Channel currently has the distribution rights to them. I believe their contract prohibits anyone else showing those series while they have the contract to run them.

I'm not sure what the status of M*A*S*H is.
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MeTV runs M*A*S*H Sunday - Friday evenings, but I don't know if it's available anywhere else.
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Thanks for the info. I do watch these on MeTV, Inspiration, and Hallmark, but I'd like to pick the episodes I want when I want them. I don't want to deal with DVDs.

I thought about putting this question on the http://www.avsforum.com/f/39/networking-media-servers-content-streaming but the topics there are more about players like Roku2 and the services and not very much about content. This area of the forum seemed like a better fit.

The other impression I've got is that the streaming services websites are very user unfriendly. I don't think streaming services ares really ready for your average tv watcher. Just too much techie oriented still.
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The main problem with streaming services is the one you've already encountered: ever-changing licensing deals prevent stability among content providers. You can sign up for one of the services today, and if a licensing agreement expires tomorrow, scores of TV shows and films can disappear in an instant. At least if you buy DVDs, you don't have to worry about corporate squabbles curtailing your access to the shows you've purchased.

The available solutions to your problem have been presented, so it's up to you to decide how to proceed. You may not want to deal with DVDs, but you must if you want to have the freedom to watch what you want when you want. The alternative is to continue to let which episodes you watch be controlled by the networks that own the rights to these shows.
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