But Is It on Netflix? - Streaming Video Service Thread: Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Disney+, Peacock, YouTube TV, AT+T Watch, Philo, Playstation Vue, HBO Max, HBO Now, Facebook Live and many more

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A thread to discuss the ongoing balkanization of streaming, cord-cutting, new options, lament and laud the coming and going of new competitors and so on.

Sound off with your obsessive subscriptions!

I'm using Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Mubi, Criterion, HBO Max, Showtime; might very well find myself doing Apple+ if I upgrade my phone/ipad at some point but can't imagine getting Disney.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:29 (one year ago) link

thanking u for having a long enough subcription list to make my own look reasonable

mh, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:30 (one year ago) link

subscription, yikes

mh, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:31 (one year ago) link

Here's the projected pile of noteworthy streaming channels purported to have unique programming to choose from in 2020... surely this will need to contract at some point in the near future?

Netflix
Hulu
Amazon Prime
Apple TV+
Disney+
NBC Peacock
YouTube TV
AT+T Watch
HBO Max
HBO Now
Showtime
Starz
Facebook Live
CBS Interactive
Discovery/BBC
Criterion
Mubi
Shudder
Acorn
Crunchyroll
DC Universe
Kanopy
AMC Premiere
Pluto

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:35 (one year ago) link

I have netflix. That is all.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:36 (one year ago) link

Plus a space to talk about delivery services! Roku, Playstation Vue and the like.

Give thanks and praise to PLEX, which is free, has virtually no ads and mostly just magically works.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:38 (one year ago) link

We use a Roku and currently pay for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and we have HBO Go since we currently have it in our cable package. We've been considering ditching cable completely, but when we talk to our provider (Xfinity) they want so much $$ for our internet service alone without a bundle that it still doesn't make sense. Since my wife works from home as a consultant and does a lot of video editing, we need a dependable connection. They really still push the bundles so dropping the cable alone doesn't seem to be the cost savings we hope for.

I know for sure we'll add Disney+ and I'm pushing for the Criterion one too, unsuccessfully thus far.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:46 (one year ago) link

I am curious, how much of a difference is it just for internet, vs internet+cable where you are?

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:49 (one year ago) link

i cord cut earlier this year with the Hulu/No Ads cable package and i have not missed cable at all. I think it's $60 for that package and another $65 for high speed internet.
Supplementing occasionally with tt0rre3ntz helps keep FOMO at bay.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:50 (one year ago) link

I have Hulu and Amazon Prime. I had a Showtime add-on through Hulu while Billions was airing, but dropped it after that; I had HBO for a while through Amazon to watch Insecure and Big Little Lies, but dropped that too.

If a show is on a particular streaming platform, it'll often be available for rent/purchase through Amazon, so if it looks really good I'll do that sometimes. I barely ever watch movies anymore - maybe one a month, so none of the movie-oriented services are at all appealing. And since there are no kids in my house, I don't have to worry about Disney, Marvel, etc.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:51 (one year ago) link

xp I'd be curious to hear more about Plex's video features, I have a server installed but only use it for music.

Currently we've got Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Shudder ... at some point I want to shut down my Uverse TV service and switch to Hulu or YouTube or some other way to stream live sports and Turner Classic Movies.

Brad C., Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:51 (one year ago) link

I'm not sure offhand, my wife is the biggest push for cutting the cord in our house and she's been the one talking to them directly. Iirc, we pay around $140 for both right now, but I think she said they'd still want nearly $100 for just internet.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:52 (one year ago) link

i pay for netflix (though i should really stop, i watch almost nothing on it), hulu (through spotify which is practically like not paying for it), shudder (the greatest), and criterion. i've never had cable as an adult

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:52 (one year ago) link

Hulu's live TV option is ridiculously expensive, to me.

I should add that I also have a digital antenna that pulls in network TV and some other channels like ION (lots of cop-show reruns) and Grit (old Western shows).

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:53 (one year ago) link

yeah, I haven't had cable for a very, very long time (15 years?) and I was wondering how much of a difference it is these days to not have them bundled.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:53 (one year ago) link

I recently saw a meme about how all these subscription services with unique programming is basically reinventing into a more tedious cable tv.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:55 (one year ago) link

Yep. Thanks capitalism for taking an legitimately game-changing technology and just turning it back into the old overpriced thing we all hated 20 years ago.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:04 (one year ago) link

Remember back in the 1990s when they kept promising truly ala carte cable packages? "Only pay for the channels you actually watch!". Well it's here now, finally, except you have to pay $9.99 to $12.99 for each of the channels.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:05 (one year ago) link

2019 US pricing chart for now and future reference:

Netflix (standard plan, 2 HD screens) - $13 monthly
Hulu - $6 a month
Hulu/No Ads - $12 a month
Hulu/No Ads/Cable/enhanced cloud DVR - $61 a month <- recommend this for cord cutters as it is pretty solid for sports
Amazon Prime - $13 a month, $120 a year; comes with amazon's other stuff
Apple TV+ - $5 a month; free with purchase of new apple hardware
Disney+ - $7 a month or $70 a year; pre-order starts today
NBC Peacock - As yet unannounced
YouTube TV - $50 a month cable package
YouTube Premium - $12 a month
AT+T Watch - $15 a month cable package, free if you're on their network
HBO Max -Currently reported at $15 a month, presumably will offer a package deal with HBO Now
HBO Now - $15 a month
Showtime - $11 a month
Starz - $9 a month
Facebook Watch - Free at the moment
CBS Interactive - $6 a month
Discovery/BBC - As yet unanounced
Criterion - $11 per month, $99 per year
Mubi - $11 pre month
Fandor - $10 per month, $99 per year
Shudder - $5 per month, $48 per year
Acorn - $6 per month, $60 per year
Crunchyroll - Free option or $7 per moth with hi-def and better programming
DC Universe - $8 a month or $75 per year
AMC Premiere - $5 a month
Pluto - Currently Free
Crackle - Currently Free
Kanopy - Currently Free

On the sports tip:
NFL Sunday Ticket is $74 a month or $294 a year
NBA League Pass is $120 a year for one team or $200 to $250 a year for all teams
NHL Season Pass is $140 a year
MLB Season pass is $25 a month via Amazon, $90 a year for one team or $120 for all teams

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:13 (one year ago) link

We currently pay for Netflix (incl. dvds!), get Hulu through a friend's account, and HBO Go through a family account that was supposedly canceled but still magically works! All through PS4. Have never rented/bought a digital show or movie a la carte.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:14 (one year ago) link

if you were to buy all the above with hulu as a basic cable delivery option, that plus hi-speed internet would run you around $275 a month for television.

I highly recommend just downloading PLEX as it's free. Basically, if you have any kind of smart tv option, you can stream whatever you download directly to your television.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:28 (one year ago) link

That netflix standard plan for me is $8usd a month but it's another country's pay structure I guess.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:37 (one year ago) link

yeah there's a "standard definition" single screen plan for $8

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:37 (one year ago) link

No, this is for 2 screens HD.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:39 (one year ago) link

I just looked up the basic one screen it's about 6.50 USD.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:41 (one year ago) link

torrent everything, $0

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:41 (one year ago) link

a given.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:44 (one year ago) link

well ya gotta pay for internet and hard drives! plus not everybody is ethically down with / has the technical expertise / willingness to take the time to learn how to join better groups / etc

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:44 (one year ago) link

although do people really torrent tv shows and movies that much anymore when you can find a free stream of almost anything?

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:46 (one year ago) link

for me it's most helpful when the tv show in question just isn't commercially available in my region

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:46 (one year ago) link

Worth noting that YouTube Premium also includes YouTube Music (and formerly Google Play Music).

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:54 (one year ago) link

a recent streaming experience with hulu, trying to start an episode in the middle:

click episode, cannot seek to middle, 90 seconds of commercials
seek to middle, 90 seconds of commercials
accidentally clicked on another episode while trying to close the app on my fone, 90 seconds of commercials starts
click original episode again, 90 seconds of commercials
close hulu, torrent entire season of show, cancel hulu

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:58 (one year ago) link

i won't front: all video streaming services are flawed in a dozen ways that piracy frankly is not.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:01 (one year ago) link

My friends who are subletting my place have like 6 subscriptions and when I stay there I have to leave the room when they are trying to find something to watch (which always ends up taking a minimum of 20 minutes). A lot of the user interfaces are completely horrid.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:04 (one year ago) link

wish the cinema was cheaper

imago, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:05 (one year ago) link

xp -- ha - i have netflix, amazon, hbo (through amazon), britbox, acorn (which i should cancel because it's pretty much the same as britbox -- i had acorn first), and MhZ --

omg the user interfaces -- yeah some are really bad -- some are not awful, but are crap when it comes to subtitle options

i watch stuff via roku -- my roku is about 6 yrs old at this point and seems to be "dying" -- is this just standard planned obsolescence?

sarahell, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:11 (one year ago) link

among the most frustrating things is that depending on your device, the interface and remote controls are totally different! You can't even play Criterion on an Amazon Fire and you can't play Mubi on a Playstation. Prime is easy to explore on a Fire but nearly impossible on a Roku. Everything's fucked!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:15 (one year ago) link

I do Netflix and will do Disney+. More often than not, if I want to see a movie badly enough I buy a physical copy or, if that isn't an option, just watch that shit on YouTube or whatever. I watched a shitty, washed-out '30s movie on Internet Archive this weekend because it appears to have never been released via any legit home video format. Does that count as a streaming service?

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:28 (one year ago) link

youtube and archive.org certainly remain the people's netflix if netflix isn't already the people's netflix

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:32 (one year ago) link

I still pay for cable (and the Criterion Channel) but need to talk to people who get TCM through other services.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 19:54 (one year ago) link

i'm dumping cable as soon as we get fiber internet installed at the end of the month, and signed up for Hulu Live. This looks like it'll save me about $80 a month for basically the same channels and faster internet than the shitty Comcast service I have. Still have netflix, amazon prime, and hbo through hulu. I'll pick up disney as well.

akm, Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:45 (one year ago) link

oh yeah, and we use the latest generation Apple TVs. I had a Roku that was a few years old and yes, it crapped out. The apps developed by the providers become too resource intensive for the devices.

akm, Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:46 (one year ago) link

"That netflix standard plan for me is $8usd a month but it's another country's pay structure I guess." how is this possible?

akm, Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:01 (one year ago) link

i use vrv sometimes for anime and amazon until my last ill-advised prime resub runs out next year, and that's it.

ciderpress, Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:12 (one year ago) link

Moving to the Los Angeles area with its video stores and cinemas means not having to really care about any of this shit and it rocks.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:16 (one year ago) link

We cut the cable 2-3 years ago and had Vue for about a year until a price hike, then Sling. The current fight between Fox and Dish/Sling has cramped my baseball watching, so I'm going to drop all channel-package delivery in the next few weeks and not worry about it until the next season of Better Call Saul starts. Dropping Sling and not renewing MLB.tv next season will free up more than enough $$ for Disney, which my wife wants to get. Otherwise, we have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, CBS (for my wife) and Criterion (for me). Our donation to our PBS affiliate is just big enough to give us access to everything on the PBS channel.

When Filmstruck shut down, Fandor offered subscribers a special deal -- I think it was $25 for a year? Anyway, I got that but probably won't renew it.

WmC, Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:20 (one year ago) link

Netflix & Prime, but in Australia we can also access iView and SBS On Demand, which are half-decent public broadcaster options.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 3 October 2019 06:21 (one year ago) link

I signed up for Youtube TV so I could talk my mom into ditching her cable bill (you can share accounts with 2-3 people) and it's been the best cable replacement I've experienced. No buffering, standard TV Guide style menu, good enough channel selection. I'm so used to going straight to Netflix or Prime I rarely think of opening the app unless I want to watch sports, though.

Netflix and mlb.tv are free w/ my cell phone, I keep forgetting to cancel HBO Now, keep Prime out of habit, pay for the Criterion Channel so I can feel guilty when I'm too numb at the end of the day to watch something with subtitles and just turn on a CW sci-fi show on Netflix instead.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 3 October 2019 07:04 (one year ago) link

I have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime. I watch all of these via roku as well as a fair amount of free YouTube and Twitch. I also use roku to play music via Spotify, as the TV plugs straight into my stereo.

The quality of film selections on Netflix seems to have really plummeted lately. Amazon has the best selections of those three.

I'm strongly considering Disney+ because I'm a sucker and want to watch the Star Wars shows.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 3 October 2019 11:36 (one year ago) link

akm xpost. I set up my netflix in Chile so the fees are 4,990; 5,990; and 8,990clp for the 3 tiers. There is currency fluctuation of course but it's been in the $8 range at least for the last year (I just checked) regardless if I am using it in the US or Europe.

Yerac, Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:25 (one year ago) link

Oh god the UI on HBO Max is fucking awful. Hulu too, for that matter.

bookmarkflaglink (Darin), Thursday, 6 May 2021 17:03 (one week ago) link

Hulu's UI is terrible, but at least the viewing experience is always smooth.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 6 May 2021 17:09 (one week ago) link

hulu is unusable with ads, pretty great without in my experience

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Thursday, 6 May 2021 17:32 (one week ago) link

With ads it's a bit of a pain, but i'll be damned if I pay more for the ad-free version
(I spent the last 2 years watching the entirety of Bob's Burgers - just imagine how many ads...)

Nhex, Thursday, 6 May 2021 18:03 (one week ago) link

Movies on hulu with ads just show an ad at the start and then shows the movie uninterrupted, so I don't have any reason to upgrade.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 6 May 2021 19:57 (one week ago) link

The UI on pretty much all of these services is so terrible I've got to assume it's intentional, for some mysterious reason above my pay grade.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:39 (one week ago) link

prime has got to be the worst

na (NA), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:55 (one week ago) link

but i agree they're all pretty bad

na (NA), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:55 (one week ago) link

enjoying mare of easttown even though my initial reaction to it was "every element of this has been done to death". i guess i just like kate winslet and jean smart?

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:58 (one week ago) link

Hulu is very bad UI. in particular, their 'my stuff' tab is a fucking disaster and removing shit from it is almost impossible; you can't really do taht via a device like an apple tv, you have to log in through the web, and make sure each episode is also removed from 'my stuff' because if you just remove the show (which it allows you to do) it doesn't work. Finally spent 30 minutes figuring this out because I got really sick of the Looming Tower being in there for years even though I'd finished it.

akm, Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:27 (one week ago) link

They are all pretty bad, but I don't find Prime to be all that much worse (in fact, it's the one with the least laggy search function, ime anyway). I think I probably like Disney+ the best, but it's a low bar.

Disney+ > Netflix > Prime >>>> Hulu > HBO Max

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:35 (one week ago) link

I like how the Peacock app on roku allows you to add items to your watch list, but doesn't give you a way to access said list.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:39 (one week ago) link

enjoying mare of easttown even though my initial reaction to it was "every element of this has been done to death". i guess i just like kate winslet and jean smart?

― 《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:58 (forty-four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I think its gone for "very well done" and also managed to throw a few loops without it feeling like it was just for the sake of it

All on winsletts shoulders too, shes terrific

flagpost fucking (darraghmac), Thursday, 6 May 2021 21:44 (one week ago) link

AppleTV+ or whatever it’s called has a pretty good interface.

One Of The Bad Guys (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 6 May 2021 22:02 (one week ago) link

Alas, it lacks virtually anything I want to see, aside from Ted Lasso. Like, if it was just an app that opened up straight to Ted Lasso I'd call it a raging success.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 6 May 2021 22:03 (one week ago) link

I hate how Disney+ puts the alphabet in a single-line row when you're searching, so you gotta mash that button over and over to hit up the letters you want (as opposed to a grid of letters, with the bonus of letting you slide off one side and end up on the other, Pac-Man style – which some of them use).

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Thursday, 6 May 2021 22:04 (one week ago) link

New season of Mythic Quest is out on AppleTV. I thought the first season was pretty hilarious.

DJI, Thursday, 6 May 2021 22:06 (one week ago) link

Something about Mare makes me think of Happy Valley, as far as being a police procedural that aims at least a little bit higher, though it's too early to tell if Mare will deliver.

dan selzer, Thursday, 6 May 2021 23:03 (one week ago) link

xpost Awesome, the show was OK but it feels like it would totally hit the spot right now. (Right now meaning while we have a free year of Apple+.)

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 6 May 2021 23:37 (one week ago) link

I only just caught up with Mythic Quest a few weeks ago, I loved it! It was nerdy in all the right ways without being clueless about it (compared for example with Dead Pixels which was dreadful).

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 7 May 2021 01:01 (one week ago) link

Watched Michael B. Jordan's Tom Clancy's John Kelly Clark Is...Without Remorse on Amazon Prime. It's pretty good, but there are some absurd aspects. In the opening scene, Jordan and his top secret Navy SEAL kill squad emerge in full scuba gear from a swimming pool in the middle of a building in downtown Bombed-Out Middle East-burg, kill a bunch of anono-goons and then as they're walking toward the next stage of their journey, not only is all the scuba gear gone but they're not even wet! Also, how did they get into the pool in the first place? After that, though, it's pretty solid. Jodie Turner-Smith from Queen & Slim is Jordan's running partner throughout, and she's excellent in both the dramatic and the ass-kicking scenes. The actor playing the villain is...a surprising choice, at least he was to me.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 7 May 2021 02:09 (one week ago) link

I gotta check out that opening scene, after that description.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Friday, 7 May 2021 02:27 (one week ago) link

OK, that wasn’t quite as ridiculous as I was expecting (I thought it’d be, like, a pristine blue swimming pool surrounded by deck chairs)… but yeah

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Friday, 7 May 2021 05:17 (one week ago) link

It's directed by Gomorrah/ZeroZeroZero director Stefano Sollima, so there are some nice touches throughout but it's getting absolutely panned by users on IMDB because Without Remorse is the first Jack Ryan book and the film bears no resemblance to it other than the title (and no Jack Ryan either)

groovypanda, Friday, 7 May 2021 07:15 (one week ago) link

too bad. the source material sounds amazing!

In 1970, former Navy SEAL John Kelly, who recently lost his pregnant wife in a car accident, picks up a hitchhiker named Pam on his way to his home on Battery Island in the Chesapeake Bay. They quickly become lovers, and over time Kelly discovers that she is a runaway who became a drug mule and prostitute; she has recently escaped from her drug-dealer/pimp. Kelly helps rehabilitate her from barbiturates. Weeks after recovering, Kelly and Pam go to Baltimore for follow-up treatment and pass through a neighborhood where her pimps work. One of them recognizes Pam and pursues them in a car chase. Kelly is gravely wounded by a shotgun blast, while Pam is recaptured and later tortured, gang-raped, and killed.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 7 May 2021 13:27 (one week ago) link

bit of a downer

One Of The Bad Guys (Tracer Hand), Friday, 7 May 2021 13:36 (one week ago) link

he went back to Baltimore, what a crazy mistake...

Nhex, Friday, 7 May 2021 13:45 (one week ago) link

The summary just keeps getting nuttier from there.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 7 May 2021 14:10 (one week ago) link

sounds like a crowd pleaser

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 7 May 2021 18:00 (one week ago) link

good stuff on hbomax for the tcm classic film festival - last night i watched the interview w rita moreno, george takouris and russ tamblyn about west side story.

apparently theyre even putting up the dana gould/sketchfest tableread of plan 9 from outer space tonight? i hope so :D

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 02:32 (one week ago) link

Everyone who said good things about Mythic Quest was OTM

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Monday, 10 May 2021 14:22 (five days ago) link

Cool! I’m glad you liked it.

DJI, Monday, 10 May 2021 14:39 (five days ago) link

Girls5eva is getting pretty good praise -- is it worth signing up for Peacock?

Tahini Coates (Leee), Thursday, 13 May 2021 20:19 (two days ago) link

I am laughing a lot at myself for looking at the promos and thinking "who is that one woman, she looks super familiar but I can't place her" and then finding out it's Sara Bareilles

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Thursday, 13 May 2021 20:22 (two days ago) link

enjoying mare of easttown even though my initial reaction to it was "every element of this has been done to death". i guess i just like kate winslet and jean smart?

― 《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:58 (forty-four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I think its gone for "very well done" and also managed to throw a few loops without it feeling like it was just for the sake of it

All on winsletts shoulders too, shes terrific

― flagpost fucking (darraghmac), Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:44 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

there's only been one more episode since this exchange but it continues being great imo, enjoy having regular sunday viewing and it turns out i much prefer watching a drama series not in binge format, who knew?

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 13 May 2021 20:24 (two days ago) link

Most recent episode was possibly the most conventionally TV show-like of them so far, but we didn't mind. It's sort of nice to see something that doesn't feel like a four or eight hour movie for once.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 May 2021 20:33 (two days ago) link

And of course coming up really soon is Underground Railroad on Amazon. I like that these things seem to be staggered out, so it's not like a whole bunch of new shows being dropped all at once. There always seems to be something to pick up the slack, letting you get a little rhythm going.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 May 2021 20:34 (two days ago) link

Last thing, I really like that a lot of these shows are coming out one a week rather than all at once.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 May 2021 20:45 (two days ago) link

Yeah I'm glad that's taking hold

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Thursday, 13 May 2021 20:45 (two days ago) link

Yeah, agreed, really happy things are swinging back in that direction. Was getting annoying to look at Twitter the morning after a new season dropped at midnight to tweets about, "okay, powered through the entire season last night, here's why I hate the ending and what specifically sucked".

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 13 May 2021 20:48 (two days ago) link

Weekly episode cadence definitely makes it more fum to discuss TV on, say, a bulletin board.

DJI, Thursday, 13 May 2021 21:18 (two days ago) link

Also more fun to watch because, yeah, it doesn't feel like you're sitting through a 10-hour movie. It lets you anticipate something for a week, which feels more like an event.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 May 2021 21:23 (two days ago) link

I am laughing a lot at myself for looking at the promos and thinking "who is that one woman, she looks super familiar but I can't place her" and then finding out it's Sara Bareilles

And I just realized that the person I pictured as Sara Bareilles is actually Sharon Van Etten.

Tahini Coates (Leee), Thursday, 13 May 2021 22:16 (two days ago) link

My wife heard lots of good things about "Hacks" on HBO, so we watched the first two episodes and ... eh, so far it's like some airplane film you half-watch. Maybe it gets better? Jean Smart is great, but I'm sure so is Judi Dench in a bunch of middle of the road stuff I've never watched. There were a couple of scenes that went on way too long, and it occurred to me that these were the scenes that, were this a theatrical release, would have people rolling in the aisles, but we just sort of watched them in silence.

Also saw the first couple of episodes of "Rutherford Falls" own Peacock, and while not terribly funny it is pretty promising in terms of premise and characters.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 May 2021 12:38 (yesterday) link

my wife is pretty involved in native academia circles, so she and a number of people she knows are watching Rutherford Falls and getting geeked out on spotting the t-shirts, art, and jewelry designed by people they're friends with.

joygoat, Friday, 14 May 2021 13:35 (yesterday) link

Thanks for the “Hacks” review – I was wondering if worth checking out.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Friday, 14 May 2021 14:21 (yesterday) link

airplane film you half-watch is exactly my speed these days

i watched shtisl the other night and i was a little bit like, this is not trashy enough

Tracer Hand, Friday, 14 May 2021 14:51 (yesterday) link

i really like Hacks so far!

also i learned last night that the costar Hannah Einbinder is Laraine Newman’s daughter

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 14 May 2021 16:30 (yesterday) link

I only recently learned that as well! Her other child, Spike, is on Los Espookys!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 14 May 2021 16:35 (yesterday) link

i am also enjoying Girls5ever - first 2 eps were v funny imo

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 14 May 2021 19:56 (yesterday) link


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