4 things television executives need to learn about streamers

4 things television executives need to learn about streamers

4 things television executives need to learn about streamers

Television executives really do not understand us online streamers.

You can tell by the way they attempt to manipulate and control us.

You would think that some savvy exec would research the “cut the cord” movement to learn the motivations and methods of stream movies and television online

But, no, these old fogies still attempt to control the viewing audience in methods that worked 10 years ago when cable or air was the only two options available.

Before I found Hulu, I use to find all types of ways to watch tv series online free. I watched Naruto all the way up to the Shippuden episodes and even the first few seasons of True Blood.

Now I watch my tv series online legitmately with a combination of Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

1. We are cheap. Sometimes I think about going back to cable. I really do. And then I go over a friends house and scroll through the bazillion channels that I would never watch (I am looking at you ESPN) or just plain don’t have anything on that is new or original and I am so glad that I don’t pay a bill to be bored.

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Oh, and Amazon, this one is specifically for you. When you make a show free with Prime, leave it free with Prime. I have watched my way through The Closer twice already and you think that I am really willing to pay to watch it a third time. Uh, no….

2.
We are controlling. We want to watch what we want to watch when we want to watch it. Period. I actually loathe season finales. Wait until September for a new episode?? Who does that?? Lol.

And I have a message for Hulu. Yeah, stop with removing of episodes of a current season. Because you do this, I don’t even watch you as much as I use to and I am even considering cancelling you altogether and just waiting until the show appears on Netflix. Let me tell you how I usually watch a show. First I check to see if you have all of the seasons. If not, I check Netflix or Amazon. I watch all the seasons on those stations and then I turn to Hulu to watch the latest season only to find that you start on episode 6?!? Why? Now you lose out as I simply wait for next season to hit Netflix…

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3. We are loyal to a show not a network. Half the shows that I watch on Netflix, I have no clue what the initial programming channel use to be. Nor do I really care.  I will watch a show that I like over and over and over again. From beginning to end. I am on my third watching of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as I type this post. If I had to guess, I would say that it was on CW with a 75% sure rate.

4.

We hate, Hate, HATE when a show is improperly rapped up, or worse of all, not rapped up at all. I still giggle when my friend first got Netflix and discovered the show Ringer. After she watched the last show, she actually called me to ask when the next season begins. Unfortunately for her, the show has been off the air for years and, yeah, the left us hanging like that….~sigh~ So, shows that leave me hanging, I very rarely watch again. Yet shows that rapped it up in a bow but still left me wanting more, I rewatch over and over and over again. I am re-watching House, MD and considering going through the recently finished Dexter again.

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Without this in mind, the television execs need to find a way to work with online streamers rather than treating us as if we are the same as the traditional television viewer. We are a subset onto our very own and we like it that way.

No going back.

My cord is cut!

~MsCrookedHalo

 

8 comments to 4 things television executives need to learn about streamers

  • I gotta get with the program. There are so many options out there. Plus, I HAVE to get HULU. My favorite show, The Mindy Project, was dropped by FOX (DBs) but picked up by HULU (my heroes).

      

  • I will have to tell my husband about all these options. WOW!

      

  • I wish I could make the switch to online streaming only, but we don’t have unlimited Internet here. I have to watch every bit of my usage daily. If I watch an hour worth of online videos of any kind it uses us 2GB of data for me. (That’s equivalent to a day worth of work for me.)

      

  • I am not a huge TV watcher, but like you I prefer to watch all of the episodes at one time. Neither of my daughters have cable. I think their lives are happier for it. xo Laura

      

  • I cut off my cable TV about 3 years ago and have no regrets 🙂

      

  • I’ve tried several times to cut the cord. But where I live it’s pretty hard. The cable company makes the internet only service almost as much as the television service so I usually end up getting bundled tv and internet.

      

  • Amy

    We no longer have cable and only use Netflix. Never thought about subscribing to Amazon and unfortunately Hulu is not available here in Canada. I’m so used to binge watching shows now that I don’t even know how I used to wait week to week for new episodes! Thanks for sharing. #ConfessionsLinkUp

      

  • Caroline M.

    have you checked out the Netflix original show “bloodline”? I loved the first season and cannot wait for the next season to come out.

      

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