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TV Q&A: Streaming Like Cable Shift | Entertainment

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I have a question. I have some answers.

Q: I just wanted to say that many people can’t access streaming services like Hulu, Disney+, Discovery+, Netflix, Prime Video, etc. It would be hard to see something we liked like ‘SEAL Team’ or ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Without a way. Do you know how we can still watch these shows after they leave regular TV? We pay enough for cable, but streaming costs even more. It costs money.

A: This and many other questions here refer to the dilemma of watching a show being streamed when you don’t have access to the streamer. NBC recently announced that it will be moving new episodes of its daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” from its airing to streaming service Peacock in September, and moving old “Days” broadcast slots to its new series “NBC News Daily.” Did.

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The chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said in a statement regarding the transition of “Days”: With the majority of “Days of Our Lives” viewers already watching digitally, the move will allow streaming to build a loyal fan base for the show, while also providing urgent live programming for partners and consumers. opportunities to enhance the daytime offering of the network. ”

This doesn’t help people who just watch “Days” via broadcast or cable and don’t have, don’t want, or understand streaming. It’s terrible.

But remember when cable came along? Instead of having TV options at a limited number of stations, you were expected to pay to have more service on cable. It was a way for programmers to make more money. Streaming is no different, chasing after people who have cut the cable cords and who are willing to pay extra to watch something specific, like an extra sport or a Star Trek sequel. increase.

A televised entertainment company is not a charity. There’s money in streaming, there’s money that can make up for the decline in broadcast, cable, and other areas, and they want it.

What remains to be seen is whether some of these streamers will last. In the heyday of cable there were channels that did not last or merged with other channels. It’s operating in a universe with more and more free streamers, causing pain for some providers.Both Netflix and HBO Max have recently faced significant cuts. Services are also looking at pricing as a way to be more competitive. Many services have multiple price tiers. For example, we offer a low price range that includes commercials. According to recent reports, both Netflix and Disney+ are preparing commercial tiers.

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