We are currently on FubarTV, but when the baseball season is over, we might switch to another service. You can stop and start services. There’s no charges involved. If you have a service you only use for a few shows, when they are not on (being produced for the next year), you can drop the service and pick it up when (if) your show(s) come back.
We used to have Acorn, which is the doppelganger for BritBox. We almost ate it whole. We watched pretty much every show on the channel and anything left, we had tried and didn’t like. I had paid for a year up front on it, something I don’t usually do but it was only $40 for the whole year. I did pay up front for Paramount Plus, but I don’t think I’ll run out of stuff on it. It has a lot of stuff.
HBOMAX is expensive and I didn’t want to subscribe, but they have so much really excellent quality original material — movies and docuseries and more — I gave in. It’s not just HBO anymore, either. It includes TCM (Turner Classic Movies — Garry cannot live without it), DC (as in Superman), Loony Toons, Cartoon Network, CrunchyRoll (anime) and thousands of movies from silent to now, as well as mini-series, documentaries, and more.
Disney+ is another package. Of course there is Disney as well as Pixar, National Geographics, Marvel, and Star Wars — including movies and series and documentaries. Series from long ago — Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, song and all.
Paramount Plus — which Colbert is always makin fun of — is not just CBS. It’s CBS All Access, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, and the Smithsonian Channel. It’s got a separate genre for Star Trek and if you are a fan of any of its long-running shows, you can watch (for example) all 18-seasons of NCIS, something I’m sure Garry will do at some point.
Hulu still has everything you missed on every channel, all it’s newly produced material, tons of series from first to final shows. Cheap with a few ads, slightly more free of ads and if you want, you can add live TV and get all the networks. Very good on news and pretty much every channel, but weak on sports.
FuboTV started out as a sports network, so it is great for sports and actually has the only way we can watch NESN which is the regional sports channel that carries the Red Sox. Otherwise, you have to buy a huge cable package. It’s missing CNN as well as TNT, TBS, and TNN. Most of the shows on those Turner networks are available somewhere else, like Hulu or Amazon Prime. Of course, Amazon Prime has tons of material. You just have to watch and make sure it’s free and you aren’t paying for it.
YouTubeTV is a genuine cable replacement package and has absolutely everything, including MLB and every other sports network, but not NESN or any of the regional sports networks. The problem? It’s run by Google who are sticking their noses into your private business and designing special advertising — just for you. I hate it and won’t deal with it.
We spent at least half the day just poking around on each service to see what they have. Netflix is still the most weird because you never find what you are looking for, but you’ll always find something interesting. They also have a fair number of movies that they have produced themselves, a bunch of which won Oscars. Also true on HBOMAX.
STARZ is all movies, new and old and westerns.
Nothing is just one thing anymore. Companies are buying each other and rolling them into packages, so when you get one thing, you are usually getting more. This is a good thing. So far, anyway.
If you don’t care about the news and just go with streaming packages, you’ll be entertained through the end of time. If you get a cable replacement service, you could probably spend 24 hours a day watching and never run out of stuff. Of course, we all have individual tastes, so we will never watch everything. We will drop one thing or another when we’ve run out of new things we want to see, come back to them when the shows we like renew or are replaced by something we enjoy.
I also think we are going to run out of Picard way too fast. Then we’ll have to watch another one and by then, they’ll have made another year of something else.
We don’t take vacations. We don’t have any entertainment in our lives except books, TV, and of course, the Internet. I think we deserve some fun somewhere. A lot of people — too many people — seem to think when you’ve passed 70 you should spend all of your time trying to pay for your medications, wondering if they will ever raise the amount of social security you get, and worrying about the future.
A couple of years ago, Garry and I stopped worrying about the future because we don’t really have one. Our future is now. The future rainy day has arrived. Pop up that umbrella and have a good time.
I wouldn’t mind a raise, but while we are waiting for someone to fix what’s obviously broken, we need to think about life in space and if we will get consumed by The Borg.