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Why are soap fans so averse to online streaming?

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At this point, I almost exclusively watch everything on streaming, including the soaps. TV as a whole is moving quickly in that direction. I've said before if the AMC and OLTL versions were launched now the results could be very different.

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Netflix has been very supportive of other streaming services on social. They were singing the praises of “Killing Eve” earlier this month on Twitter, and when people asked where they could watch it, Netflix replied, “Try @Hulu.” 

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Netflix got loads of criticism when they reduced their catalog of classic films. 

I think it's probably easier to direct people to other streaming platforms rather than to argue or defend their programming choices.

Netflix won't be competing with Criterion in any way since they stripped their catalog of classic films.

Killing Eve is a really good show though.

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As long as Criterion's device platfoms actually work this time around I'm all for it.

 

Netflix did finish Orson Welles' final film and put many of his works on their platform, which means a lot to me.

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52 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

Netflix got loads of criticism when they reduced their catalog of classic films. 

I think it's probably easier to direct people to other streaming platforms rather than to argue or defend their programming choices.

Netflix won't be competing with Criterion in any way since they stripped their catalog of classic films.

Killing Eve is a really good show though.

It’s very different from companies I’ve worked for who were *very* hesitant to acknowledge other networks or platforms unless they were sister networks or we had a partnership or our talent was appearing in their programs. Netflix has a very unique voice on social (almost always in first-person singular oddly), and they may also see fellow streamers as comrades. They are also so big that they can be a bit generous.

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I have two more problems with current ad-based streaming services:

 

(1) The idea of on-demand is nice in theory but, sometimes faced with the multiple choices on HBO-GO/Netflix/Hulu/Showtime it feels like a chore to pick something.  However, if someone sent me classic soap clips passively every day then I would watch them.

 

(2) The ads repeat themselves.  I was watching SNL on the network site and one ad played at every break, in fact, one break it repeated three times.  It was like torture to have to listen to the same song over and over without being able to fast forward.

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This struck me as interesting from someone reporting on trends in TV development. Not sure how much I buy it as some sort of dire prediction for the future of long-form drama, but we’ll see.

 

 

 

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Russian Doll should not be extended into further seasons.  I thought the series ended on the right note and the way it got there, I found to be highly satisfying.  Tamper with that and you risk ruining things.

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2 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

Russian Doll should not be extended into further seasons.  I thought the series ended on the right note and the way it got there, I found to be highly satisfying.  Tamper with that and you risk ruining things.

Haven’t watched yet. The hype has been insane, which always makes me suspicious, but I’ll give it a shot.

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Russian Doll is great so far, but I'm only halfway through. Natasha Lyonne is a force of nature and it brings back so much of my years in NYC.

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17 hours ago, Faulkner said:

Haven’t watched yet. The hype has been insane, which always makes me suspicious, but I’ll give it a shot.

 

All I knew about it going in was Natasha Lyonne (whose talent I've liked since Slums of Beverly Hills) created it and that she and Amy Poehler are the producers.  I deliberately avoided any articles or posts, by blog or social media, that discussed the series because I didn't want to risk spoilers, so I pretty much missed all the hype.

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31 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

 

All I knew about it going in was Natasha Lyonne (whose talent I've liked since Slums of Beverly Hills) created it and that she and Amy Poehler are the producers.  I deliberately avoided any articles or posts, by blog or social media, that discussed the series because I didn't want to risk spoilers, so I pretty much missed all the hype.

I’m just glad she’s alive and healthy!

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