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  • Dec 6th, 2017 @ 12:32pm

    From the Bullet-Meet-Foot dept

    I had been planning to replace my aging gen1 Chromecast. All of this is coming out at an opportune time for me, as it demonstrates who I should and should not make my purchase from.

    In case you're wondering, I said screw both of these jackass companies and sprung for a Roku. Hats off to both Google and Amazon for helping me narrow my choices significantly.

  • Aug 9th, 2017 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Re: Civil servants discover the value of pseudonyms

    Wow. That just makes it so much worse.

    Also covered in that same portion of the FAQ: You're not even supposed to post anonymously.

  • Aug 9th, 2017 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    *There are a lot of people who complain about Netflix not being the only stream service out there*

    That is an odd complaint, for sure. Very silly to think there should be a streaming service monopoly. However, as it stands, there isn't. It would also be difficult to pull off, as all of the content producers would have to be on board.

    *Funny thing is these are mostly the same people who complain about Cable not having al-a-carte pricing*

    I'd like to see citation on that one. I think cable should have always had a-la-carte pricing, and also think that a streaming monopoly would be bad. It would be best if the producers made their content available to license for a fee to any streaming service that wanted to purchase the license.

  • Aug 9th, 2017 @ 12:42pm


    It isn't an 'either this or that' binary answer when it comes to streaming.

    We can deride cable TV and its ridiculous quantity of bundled content that we'll never watch for prices that don't make a lick of sense.

    On the other hand, we can also deride companies siloing their content on disparate streaming services - It's explained right there in the article why this doesn't really make sense or might be confusing/frustrating if you read that far (Hint: Paragraph 2)

    Ideally, produced content would be licensed to catch-all streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. This would reduce the headache of having to track down who's got what where and how much while motivating the streaming services to compete on the quality of their content delivery service.

    Of course, it's the prerogative of the entity who owns the license, and they can create their own streaming services all they want. I for one am not going to go to the trouble of tracking down what service I need to be ordering this month though, so good luck to them.

  • Aug 9th, 2017 @ 12:28pm


    Can you explain in what way Netflix holds or will hold a monopoly on content from outside producers?