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Post by Achtung Englander » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:33 pm

Fuck that shit

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47697647

With Disney about to launch their own streaming service and the BBC/ITV going to launch BritBox - can this whole "streaming" thing fuck off now. I'm bored by it already. I ain't subing to another service what with Prime, Netflix, Sky and Spotify. All these huge cooporations are like vultures now, circling money and stripping us from content to the services we have already subed to by giving us more "choice". Fuck off and die. That includes Google Shitdia.

I don't care if Apple TV + make some amazing exclusive shows, there is so much content I can watch now already I have enough material to last me years. A $900B corporation is doing this because out of necessity because its phone & tablet business racked it a fewer billion dollars less than the multiple billions it expected to make. It is so sickening words cannot describe how abhorrent the world is turning into.

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Post by Rossell » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:03 am

I knew it was going to happen eventually. When I saw Steam start to get competitors I thought 'Ah, wait until people master streaming, there'll be services everywhere' and lo and behold.

As long as stuff still gets put onto dvd/br, just do the old skool thing and buy them.

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Post by elgaucho » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:02 pm

You know how much EU regulators love corporate capitalism.

It's a long shot, but i don't see it being entirely impossible for the EU to state that distributors must have an open API to enable all shows to be available on all platforms. Firms can then monetise the use of their api's / shows / data streaming, but at least it goes back to putting the consumer first, picking their service provider, and a reasonable expectation that they don't need 75000 services to be able to survive.

Of course providers can still have exclusivity clauses etc.

What will actually happen if not is that they will slowly absorb each other until only two megacorps are in control and they have a basic monopoly on services, and can charge whatever the hell they want.

In 30 years consumers will spend 30-40% of their monthly income on subscription services, one way or another. At least if things continue the way they are.
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Post by Drarok » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:56 pm

30-40%?! :lol:

No.

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Post by Raid » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:03 pm

I don't even spend 40% of my income on my (half of the) mortgage. What the hell kind of change needs to happen for me to spend that amount on subscriptions? You realise that monthly subscriptions to houses tend to be referred to as rent, right?

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Post by elgaucho » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:34 pm

Yeah you're right - I'm getting carried away... although i'll bet they try!

So what would do you think an average monthly subscription would look like for a household?

I know people who ten years ago were spending over £100 p/month on sky, and i thought that was insane.

You don't think a family might spend 100 on tv channels, 15 on audio streaming, 15 on EA, 15 on Google Stadia, 15 on PS Store. Add in internet access, mobile phones usage etc?

You're probably over £200 p/month already no? Average UK monthly income is £2,300 so you're at nearly 10%.

Add in your gym subscription, travel subscription, cinema subscription and whatever else they invent between now and then and that number will creep up.

So you may laugh at my ridiculous figure, but the number is still higher than many might be comfortable with.
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Post by Stormbringer » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:54 pm

I spend a total of £16, I think -- Amazon and Netflix. I'm quite content with that. I don't even use them that much, but it's nice to have the option.
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Post by Raid » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:58 pm

I suppose I'm thinking with a current-day mindset; 40% is such a massive proportion that for it to work there'd have to be subscriptions for things we'd currently think ridiculous. In 30 years presumably we'll have fully autonomous cars, and as they'd otherwise be sitting around doing nothing for substantial portions of the day, subscribing to a car service and simply summoning one when needed (as an alternative to owning one yourself) is likely going to be a working business model. Food subscription services already exist, so subscribing to your weekly shop might be an option.

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Post by DjchunKfunK » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:40 am

Rent is kind of a subscription so I already pay over 50% of my wage.

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Post by elgaucho » Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:15 pm

The point i was trying to make is that all business are looking at subscriptions as an example of stable, sustainable income. They've seen the big dogs at it, and everyone wants a slice of the pie.

So as Raid mildly acknowledged, we can expect many new services to pop, perhaps in unconventional areas - haircuts? food? cars (that is a good one!). Look at your broker - some of the ones today already have "subscriptions", or repeat income for non use. You may get trading credits, but having the account is costing you if you're passive.
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Post by Achtung Englander » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:13 pm

I spend £2,400 per year on subscriptions but that includes SKY TV & Broadband and the AA membership as well :

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Netflix
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Private Eye
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