Curious on what is people’s take on this at the moment. We’re not much into streaming in my household; wife is not into most streaming shows, kids prefer Youtube, and I watch too much in spurts to justify having a permanent subscription. So we tend to have an on/off relationship to most of the streaming platforms. The exception being HBO Nordic, which is included (for “points”) in our cable subscription, which means that I’ve usually just left it opted-in as part of the package, except for short periods when there have been alternative services I’m more interested in. Our cable provider has recently added Netflix in a similar manner, but as yet too expensive and difficult to get access to (need to upgrade the service -at cost - which just… nope).
Feel like I’m seeing a shift in the landscape this past half year, though. Firstly, Disney+ has improved, to the extent that it feels more like an actual competitor, rather than something to pick up once in a while to catch up with the latest MCU show (sadly the price has also increased). Secondly, HBO Max is launching hard in these parts, with an offer of 50% off permanently (i.e., as long as you keep the subscription); i.e., a monthly subscription of ~$5. Since I can actually reduce my cable subscription by more than that amount simply by dropping half the points I often use on HBO Nordic), I’m planning to pick up that deal and finally subscribe “permanently” to a streaming service (at least until they try to screw me over with a price hike some time in the future).
At the same time, Disney+ is teasing a 75% off for one month offer at the moment, which I’ll probably pick up so that I can watch Hawkeye (and then drop the moment the price returns to normal).
In the interim as D+ and HBO have been being extremely aggressive in capturing market share, I’ve seen exactly zero good offers from Netflix (and they’re also one of the few services that pretty much never have “first subscriber” offers or anything like that). Is their position in the streaming market really that dominant? Or is it just in this part of the world they’re so passive and certain of their market share? I know most people can’t be bothered to drop their subscriptions when not using them, but when I can get an (arguably superior) streaming subscription at 1/3 the cost… well, Netflix is going to have to work harder and harder to get my money.
Just wondering if what I’m seeing here is an aberration, or a trend.