How many streaming services do you currently subscribe to?
What shows are “must watch” for you?—meaning you’d quit the service if not for ________. (Game of Thrones was why I kept the marginally useful HBO)
We’ve had several great discussions on new shows, from @Ravi ’s conversation of The Mandalorian on Disney+ to Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot to @JazliAziz ’s episode reviews of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But as the streaming options increase, it’s becoming more and more expensive to watch popular and innovative shows including
Hulu: Handmaid’s Tale, Castle Rock
Amazon Prime: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag
Netflix: Stranger Things, Lost in Space, Black Mirror
There was an interesting article on the prediction that piracy of content will be on the rise soon: when Disney announced its removal of its Disney and Marvel movies from Netflix, Netflix suddenly became less valuable for the twelve bucks a month I’m charged. In fact, Netflix seems to have very few great movies available if I search for films with a famous actor in it.
By contrast, Amazon Prime has a ton of free movies listed when you search by an Oscar winning actor. The movies they try to push on you from the home screen, however, are a mixed bag.
Wired magazine did an interview with the visionary behind the widely panned choose-your-own-adventure interactive “Bandersnatch” episode of Black Mirror on Netflix.
If you’ve ever read one of those kid’s books where you’re told to turn to page 38 if you decide to fight the dragon or to turn to page 17 if you choose to go into real estate, you’ve got the general idea of this experimental tv format.
I tried to watch “Bandersnatch,” but every few minutes the screen would pop up with decisions to make on behalf of the character:
“Talk to Jade” or “Eat lunch alone in quiet despair.”
I’m not a child so I lost interest and couldn’t bring myself to finish it. But apparently Netflix has had a lot of success with this format with kid’s programming, including You vs Wild, “a reality show in which you try to keep professional adventurer Bear Grylls alive.”
Anyone with kids or grandkids finding that they enjoy this interactive format?
Other interactive titles on Netflix include Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile; Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale.