So Garry wanted to get a show that’s a freebie if you sign up for a new installation of Starz. But we already have Starz, so while they might let you sign up, they won’t give you the teaser freebie because you’re on their list as a user.
The show is being shown on Hulu and if you have your Starz and Hulu linked, I think (but am not sure) that you can get the show. Maybe. Our two channels are not linked. I don’t think they can be, but this is a guess. I don’t know.
For example, we got Hulu when it was an independent station, but since then, it was bought by Disney. It is partially owned (I think) by Google, too.
It seems that everything is owned by everyone. Co-owned or completely owned. We have a cheap version of Hulu, but you can’t get that version anymore. Along with the Disney buyout came a big rise in costs.
We have a cheap version of Starz too. It was a “special” thrown in when I got the Disney package. That’s why I think Disney did or does own at least a big piece of Starz. Also Google. Who knows who else has the other pieces? If you have the right version of all these streaming stations, you can link them together. So what ARE the right versions?
I don’t have the right versions because I bought them when they were independent station, but they aren’t anymore. I don’t care what they are offering on which station: we aren’t getting another streaming station. I don’t care what they are showing. No more TV stations. We barely have time to watch maybe 10% of what we already have and there are bookmarked movies and TV shows we will never watch.
Garry has bookmarked so many shows and movies, I look at his lists and just shake my head. Just looking at all that STUFF makes my head spin. I can’t find anything in my email. I can’t remember what posts I’ve written or who wrote them or where I stashed the pictures.
Since WordPress has a really awful database, I can find fewer than a quarter of my photos and posts. Nor did I imagine, having cut the cord with cable that I would find myself with more channels than I can count and access to almost everything ever made for the movies or television.
Garry firmly believes I understand this stuff, but I don’t. I don’t know anyone who fully understands it. There’s probably a very well-paid lawyer somewhere who understands it. All of this streaming stuff happened after I retired, so I didn’t learn it at work and haven’t even tried to keep up with the many changes, some of which are recent and I only find out about them by reading about it on Bloomberg. Next month, I’m going to start disconnecting from streaming services we never seem to watch. There are only so many hours in the day and we don’t spend most of it watching TV.
What does this mean? More to the point, what does it mean to us? How many people feel that have control over their televisions?
As all the stations buy pieces of each other, they should tell us what to do with the pieces we already own and bought before the recent mergers. Disney’s purchase of Hulu was a biggie. I’m not sure who owns Starz now. I thought it was Disney, but now I think part of it belongs to Google. HBO was always independent, but now I think Disney and Google own hunks of it.
Our television is considered “old” though it isn’t old and works perfectly — and the new version of it in the store looks exactly the same as this one and is the same price this was 7 years ago. But we keep being warned we have an old television.