The Roku Streaming Stick+ (4k with auto refresh rate) is the best investment I've made in a long time. Not only does it give you all the major players in the UK but offers so much more besides. I run Plex on it for my own archived material, and love delving into some of the more obscure channels (apps) on offer. It's amazing for vintage tv (Flash Gordon anyone?) 😀
Ah, ‘one box to rule them all’. The YouView box always had this ambition, slipped back a bit, but seems to be on track to achieve this at last, if/when we finally get full NowTV on it.
The Roku devices have probably stolen a march on YouView as far as apps go, but don’t compete in the ‘live TV with recording’ space, where YouView is potentially rivalled by Freeview Play, Freesat, Sky and Virgin, who don’t have the full complement of apps, though.
With the PSBs still being a big thing, further streaming services coming on line aren’t going to bring down Sky; all they will do is fragment the existing streaming services by nibbling a few things away from each and wanting us to pay more money.
A straw in the wind was when The Bureau, which we had been watching on Amazon Prime, moved so that the third series was on Sundance, one of the satellite services that Amazon wanted an extra subscription for. We didn’t bite, so we lost out; and so did they.
But at the moment, we are in a golden age where we can pretty much get everything out there with just a few subscriptions, maybe three; soon, we will need seven, which we will decline to do, we will have to be selective again, and so the golden age will have come and gone.
Watch the torrents, currently practically non-existent, start coming back to life....
Netflix charge £3 a month extra for HD
True, but Netflix's full HD charges for all their Movies and TV box sets is £8.99, whereas Now TV Entertainment + Movies +Boost is £22.89. Amazon Prime with all their films and TV box sets in HD and 5.1 is still £7.99. The quantity on offer on Now TV is fractions of the other 2 services for way more than double the price. Do you not see how it seems a little like they're already overcharging and asking for a further £3 comes across as "taking the proverbial"?
Put like that, yes you are quite right. But then quality comes into it also; Netflix have some awful straight-to-video movies, something NowTV avoids by not having very many - about a 1,000, while there are about 20,000 films out there they could choose from. Or have more of, in their library.
And while Amazon have some good Prime offerings, most of the things I’d like to watch on there seem to be chargeable extras. But then neither Netflix nor NowTV deliver parcels.....
OTOH, nobody need pay the advertised prices for NowTV passes, not with a Curry’s just down the road flogging Entertainment passes for £5 a month, and Cinema ones similarly discounted.
What I’ve found with any of them, though, is that trawling for good stuff is a pretty forlorn hope, and can waste evenings; if we haven’t heard of it, we really shouldn’t watch it.
So now we go on recommendations, and a wants list taken from film and TV reviews. Curiously, perhaps, we find ourselves choosing TV programmes pretty evenly across all three, but see a strong bias to NowTV cinema, despite knowing objectively, how much less there is to choose from there. All chocolate creams, few toffees 😛
I'll agree that it can take a lot of time searching for anything worth watching on any of the platforms. Every week I have a movie night with a mate and my goodness we've watched some right stinkers, even modern blockbusters have left me totally baffled to their success ; Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, Venom, Aquaman, Mortal Engines and Rampage to name a few.