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    • It has been a while since I had decided Netflix really doesn't cut it for finding and watching quality content.. to my recent delight I discovered a new to me service which I now enjoy.

      Just posting this out here but also am interested in opinions of others who may have been already using this service, or if there are similar ones out there, with emphasis on good, classic old and not so old, timeless quality masterpiece movies. Not shows.
      I really enjoy classics like Fellini's 8 1/2 and many others I haven't had the opportunity to have watched.

      What about you?

    • What's it cost?

      I share your lack of enthusiasm for a lot of what Neflix offers, seems pretty consistently bad TV shows. Although some of the police dramas from the Scandinavian countries are interesting - the Norweigian ones can get pretty dark at time, and the Icelandic ones too.

      We have been pleased with "Acorn" which offers mostly UK program material and is not too expensive at 6 or 7 bucks a month if you pay once annually.

      My spouse and I watch a lot of UK programming these days - either we can't understand what they are saying or we think they are more literate..😄

      We're about to finish "Keeping Faith" - we remark how much nicer the homes in the program look than the homes we actually saw while we were in Wales a couple years ago. Very nice dwellings!

      Martin Clune's "Manhunt" was pretty good, and interesting to see DocMartin in a different role.

      The Criterion channel looks intersting.

    • What's it cost?

      It's around $10 USD a month but a year subscription paid in advance was $99 and they have a 14 day free trial.. It wasn't really the price that attracts or deters me, but the content! I still have Netflix subscription too, as long as it's not breaking my bank so to speak. I consider it money better used than signing up for cable channels.

    • $99 bucks - that's a pretty good deal.

      When/If I go to a local movie with a spouse, and order a little popcorn and something to drink, I've already squandered a $50 dollar bill.

      I may have to sign up for Criterion.

      These $10/amonth charges are starting to add up, I suspect 👀

    • Yeah, they may be a bit behind mastodons like Netflix in terms of sophistication and funding infrastructure - but seems to be performing adequate, and actually I do like a simpler web site rather than Netflix or Amazon dizzying potpourri of selections of everything mixed in there together, where I have no idea what each of movies are... take someone else's word for ratings, only to come back dissapointed in wasted time.

    • Yes, we did watch it. There are others we thought better, like Luther with Idris Elba

      We originally started watching an older series on BBC somewhere, “MI5”, intending to ignore the storyline and just watch the scenery backgrounds as it was all shot in London, but we got pulled into the story along the way.

      Britbox looks interesting too, but I can’t really justify having both it and Acorn, and we started with Acorn for “Manhunt”

      Between Acorn and Netflix and Amazon we have watched UK police dramas in London, Wales, Edinburgh, Cornwall, the Hebrides, and the Shetland Islands 😊 and more that I’ve forgotten.

      We watched the whole “Foyle’s War” series - I liked the story lines, and the settings in each scene seemed perfect for 1940’s Britain. One of the best of the lot, in my opinion. Were all TV that well wrought.

    • I think the excessive cost for mediocre shows is the biggest drawback now. It’s like £11.99 for using it on multi devices. The kids love it and I do watch a few shows. The American Netflix is of course much better than the UK one

    • The American Netflix is of course much better than the UK one

      They shouldn't segregate audience like that, what's the purpose? My perception is they went down with quality and upped quantity of content. They dumped most great movies in favor of newfangled fantasy shows. How is that for quality? Perhaps the audience taste has declined too.. I haven't changed nor am I able to keep pace with or aquire a taste for the new stuff they pump out, even when everyone applauds it. I just find it all too shallow and meaningless.