stina_marie,
@stina_marie@horrorhub.club avatar

Did anyone else see this? 👀

TL;DR: will be getting an ad- supported tier. If they offer this as a cheaper alternative, ok, but if + eventually pushes this on current subscribers unless they pay more a la , I'm out.

We already have an ad supported horror channel; it's called .

https://deadline.com/2024/04/amc-networks-ad-supported-streaming-1235878513/

@horror

biancotitanio,
@biancotitanio@pagan.plus avatar

@stina_marie @horror these big networks must really love the idea of having folks turn back to piracy

stina_marie,
@stina_marie@horrorhub.club avatar

@biancotitanio @horror For real. Between these shenanigans and not releasing shows on physical media or pulling them, it's like they WANT to piss off their customers, & their platforms to fail.

biancotitanio,
@biancotitanio@pagan.plus avatar

@stina_marie @horror I'm really pissed off at streaming services right now.

The only one I have no problems with, at the moment, is MUBI - the catalog is tiny compared to other services, BUT at least it is curated with thoughtful picks).

Netflix is currently promoting problematic or shitty content while constantly hiking prices. Also, countless valuable series have been killed off after one season for no reason.

Disney's and Paramount's catalogs are a joke in every sense, at least here in Europe, with very few exceptions.

Amazon Prime should win the contest for The Shittiest Experience ever: I can never seem to find what I am looking for. It's impossible to tell which content is recently added without embarking on a shitty quest with the remote. Also, movies are constantly being pulled from the main catalog and put behind a paywall. If that wasn't enough, here in Europe most of the catalog is dubbed with no option to watch the no-dubbed version (why oh why?!). Those additional channels Amazon is pushing? They make no sense. If you like both vintage and contemporary horror, both local and international productions, you are supposed to subscribe to at least 3-4 of those (each costs more than 5$ for month).

Then there's the list of streaming services that are mysteriously not available outside of the US (Shudder is one of them 🤬). Every time I stumble upon some "this content is not available in your area" bullshit, I scream. In 2024, I can videocall someone on the other side of the World BUT I cannot watch your US show, BECAUSE.
At this point, Torrents are my best bet to access content. End of rant, sorry.

stina_marie,
@stina_marie@horrorhub.club avatar

@biancotitanio @horror Nah, don't apologize- that's all extremely frustrating, infuriating & stupid and I don't blame you for resorting to those methods one bit.
I cancelled Amazon once they started w the ads because even before that it was a piece of shit and they loved to show me movies that appeared to be on Prime but weren't unless you paid more, or got a free trial for some other fucking offshoot.
And the others... I'll stop now before I rant anymore 😂

KentuckyConjurer,
@KentuckyConjurer@horrorhub.club avatar

@stina_marie @biancotitanio @horror

That free trial crap on Prime was relentless.

Nekoplanet,
@Nekoplanet@paquita.masto.host avatar

@stina_marie @biancotitanio @horror I for one decided to embrace my pirate overlords after being an early adopter and long proponent of streaming services. They don't make sense anymore.

biancotitanio,
@biancotitanio@pagan.plus avatar

@Nekoplanet @stina_marie @horror right? I remember eagerly waiting for Netflix to become available in my area back in the day. What a fool! streaming services are the new TV. Poor content, ads everywhere and costly

Nekoplanet,
@Nekoplanet@paquita.masto.host avatar

@biancotitanio @stina_marie @horror I think is mostly because cable service was terrible (if existed at all) in europe (and mostly for sports); Netflix offered non-mainstream movies at a tempting price.

stina_marie,
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@Nekoplanet @biancotitanio @horror I have always been a passionate buyer of physical media so I have no desire to pirate, esp with free sites that exist like Tubi, but I don't see an ethical or moral issue with doing so, since the corporations are greedy with terrible people in charge, who do not care about anything but profit.

Nekoplanet,
@Nekoplanet@paquita.masto.host avatar

@stina_marie @biancotitanio @horror i have over 500 DVDs here, but they are starting to get long in the tooth. Started buying blurays but rebuying half of my collection again is painful (and expensive). Looked at streaming as an convenient alternative to discover movies I did not now if it was worth spending money for.

stina_marie,
@stina_marie@horrorhub.club avatar

@Nekoplanet @biancotitanio @horror Yeah, now I'm wondering if I should start buying 4K for new releases and ones I don't already own, if available. I'm not giving up my DVD & Blu-ray player, though. I have too many freaking movies on those formats and I'm not rebuying my collection. 😠

biancotitanio,
@biancotitanio@pagan.plus avatar

@stina_marie what are your favourite stores for physical releases? @Nekoplanet @horror

Nekoplanet,
@Nekoplanet@paquita.masto.host avatar

@biancotitanio @stina_marie @horror ohhh, good question. I used to go to FNAC for all my media related needs, and although it has reduced the size enormously, it still valid for new releases and the staff usually knows a bit about what they're selling. Mediamarkt was good for "bottom crawling", as they usually have baskets of discounted "we have too many" items, so it was a good chance for getting 70-90% discounted movies, and not all bad.

Nekoplanet,
@Nekoplanet@paquita.masto.host avatar

@biancotitanio @stina_marie @horror Nowadays I usually go to second hand stores, as many, many people sold their DVD collection for a pittance and you can find almost any movie and usually in good state. And online shopping of course, specially for tracking "never released in my country" DVDs.

stina_marie,
@stina_marie@horrorhub.club avatar

@biancotitanio @Nekoplanet @horror Thrift stores, Arrow, Shout!, Severin, Criterion, Diabolik DVD, Vinegar Syndrome

alanpringle,
@alanpringle@mstdn.social avatar

@stina_marie @horror

Loved Shudder but dropped it after having it about three years. Tubi is my replacement—more or less.

While I don't get the Shudder exclusives on Tubi, I do get surprisingly good digital transfers of a lot of obscure horror (particularly 80s Italian).

I rewatched John Carpenter's The Thing last night on Tubi, and there was ONE ad. I can deal with that.

stina_marie,
@stina_marie@horrorhub.club avatar

@alanpringle @horror I use TUBI often as they have a ton of obscure & well known films. I don't even mind the ads, really- theirs are not as plentiful as other streamers... But I WISH they could find a way to be more thoughtful for when they DO pop up. It's jarring and ruins the tone of the film sometimes. But yeah, for a free service, it's definitely a minor peeve.

alanpringle,
@alanpringle@mstdn.social avatar

@stina_marie @horror

Tubi ad insertion = bonus jump scare

stina_marie,
@stina_marie@horrorhub.club avatar
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