Originally Posted by Tack
Self-discipline and pro-active decision-making, research and planning.
Sounds like a lot of work to watch a TV show. One that isn't that great to begin with.
I need everyone to do more work so I can get more back end cash too. Hop on it folks. It's exercise. Can't decide if I should get the lime green Lambo or the spicy orange. Hmmm. Both?
Honestly, you present good solutions to the "problem", but what I think is rustling peoples jimmies is that the problem even exists in the first place.
While the rotating stream subs may work for the time being (and I think is a reasonable way to go for now), as the stream market matures, they will wise up and not offer monthly come-and-go any longer- forced year or 3 month contracts/durations, start trickling in ads, and other bad behaviors.
Of course this is how the media market has always been- ebb and flow, you get a good thing going (for consumers) for a while, then the MBA's come in and bean count every nickel they can pry from the public. Ongoing cat and mouse game with content providers and consumers will never end. To minimize costs and maximize what you want, yes you need to do the research, get deals on subs, be disciplined and focus on watching what you are paying for (binge the series' on that sub for a month or line up the exclusive movies you want to see on HBO, Starz, etc).
While I like the convenience of renting new movie releases via Prime (free credits by choosing slow ship vs 2 day), a growing problem is a big delay in Amazon getting new release films for rent. EIther the film is Buy only for months, and/or films are exclusive to HBO, Starz, etc for months or longer. I've noticed this happening to more films moving forward.