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[#] Fri Oct 20 2017 14:04:54 EDT from Haven @ Uncensored

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Here is a comparison.  I haven't read the article yet, but there is one. 

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/streaming-services-comparison-hulu-youtube-tv-sling-directv-now-playstation-vue-fubo-2017-8

 

 



[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 16:25:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Gonna have to have a discussion with the wife about how much TV she really wants. I'd prefer to just get Hulu and cut the whole TV package entirely, but if that's not going to provide enough TV, I found a channel package from Verizon that doesn't include CNN or ESPN. If I switch to that one and get rid of the set top box in our home theater (which, remarkably, we *never* use), the savings will pay for Netflix and stop our $$$ from heading into the coffers of the two most egregiously bad channel providers.

[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 10:53:31 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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"enough TV"...

*shudder*

[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 11:38:55 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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My daughter just got Sling. $20 a month.....

[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 20:33:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sling is basically Dish Network delivered over the Internet instead of satellite.

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 18:22:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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My wife is currently watching the one movie they have on the Hallmark Channel.

You know the one ... with the somewhat roundabout love story, and the cute kid, the small town, and no major plot complications.  It's the only movie they show, but they've made the same movie hundreds of times.

According to Business Insider, they churn these out in about three weeks with a budget of about $2 million.  And they consistently achieve high ratings (way higher than CNN or ESPN), despite the fact that they don't bother trying to position themselves on social media.

I personally find it too insipid to watch, but I've gotta hand it to them ... they have a winning formula.  People don't want to be force fed the debauchery the big networks are shoveling out, and they turn to Hallmark Channel as an alternative.  Bravo to them.



[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 18:26:52 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Uhm. So we should go watch Bravo?

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 21:21:18 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Holy crap.... We celebrated Thanksgiving a week early, while family was up visiting for "Thanksgiving" someone turned on the Hallmark channel. I don't watch TV, I think the TV was on all day, I would walk into the room and ask "This movie is still be on?"  One of the people staring at the screen would say, "no this is a different movie."  They were all the same idea.

Someone wanted to do something special, make the cranky old person be happy, save some Christmas tradition and fall in love.  It happened every episode.



[#] Tue Dec 05 2017 06:41:21 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Incipid, thy name art Hallmark.

[#] Tue Dec 05 2017 09:41:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's even more formulaic than a Scooby-Doo episode (but not quite as fun to watch). And people love it! I don't watch that kind of television but I think it's awesome that they're churning out these things for cheap and then getting better ratings than the big networks.

I get it, though. Mainstream television is full of violence, debauchery, and companies like Disney trying to force-feed their social non-values onto their viewers. The one movie that Hallmark shows in its hundreds of variations is lightweight, easy to watch, and does not strain the soul or the brain.
The lesson is that people want their entertainment to be entertaining. More media companies should learn this lesson.

Meanwhile, I want to hang out with zooer's family. It's got to be entertaining when people construct sentences like "This movie is still be on". Anything's better than Aahz's Bravo puns.

[#] Tue Dec 05 2017 11:18:41 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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<stands and applauds IG's reply>

BRAVO!! BRAVO!!!

[#] Tue Dec 05 2017 14:48:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well if there's one thing I know about, it's Arts and Entertainment.

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