As I mentioned in an earlier post, I canceled most of my monthly subscriptions like Netflix since I realised all those little payments, for each subscription, sum up to be quite a lot. Now I have a new gadget in form of an 4th Generation Apple TV, mostly to make it easier to stream content from my MacBook Pro, iPad mini, or iPhone SE to my TV.
And since Apple TV is using iTunes I decided to check out what Apple has to offer. I have to admit, at first I was really shocked about the prices you’d have to pay if you’d want to buy all seasons of an all time classic like “The Sopranos,” which is around 250,00 € at the time of writing. Considering that, you can pay your Netflix subscription for almost two years with that money.
Then today I had a strange thought and realised that I can’t just compare the monetary value of one tv show against the subscription of one provider. In fact, I figured there is a way bigger factor being left out.
You probably wonder what I’m talking about right now, but it’s quite simple. I caught myself many times over the last year watching crappy movies or tv shows on Netflix simply because I was bored and they were there. Off course, some of them turned out to be really good in my opinion, but most of those movies and shows were mediocre at best, and I wouldn’t have watched them if I’d had to pay 25 bucks for one season.
So, even though you get a lot of content with providers like Amazon, HBO and Netflix for a seemingly great price, I now believe that, considering how much time you may end up wasting watching things you don’t really like, paying for each movie or show you want to watch makes you be more aware about what you actually want to see, and what’s just tempting because you need to pass some time.
After all, I have at least 50 things on my todo list that I actually should be working on, and if I think back on it, I have to admit that there have been many weekends where I just decided to watch some C class tv show instead of getting at least some of those things done. Now, without the subscriptions it feels a little different; the price tag attached with the distraction is high enough to make me think twice about it, and if I’m not willing to pay the amount I might as well just use my time otherwise, like with writing this blogpost or doing anything else from my todo list.
Last, but not least, it’s only getting expensive if you plan on getting on your old favourites as well. If you just buy the current season pass for your favourite TV show you can probably get it for around 25 bucks and watch them as they get released, ensuring three important thing:
- You don’t have to spend time to find a good digital download somewhere online
- You don’t spend one night watching all episodes at once, therefore there is no negative impact on your ability to work next day
- You get to see each episode the day it airs
So, in the end I might be spending more money buying one or two seasons of a tv show and perhaps one movie monthly, but I really think about what I actually want to see and ensure to not forget about a weekly episode. I’m curious if you guys agree with me, or if you believe that I’ve just become insane. Leave your opinion in the comments below.
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