Thursday, September 30, 2021
An outdated way to watch TV
About a year ago I bought an Apple TV 4K device, primarily in order to stream services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube to my TV. That purchase included a free year of Apple TV+, and that free year is about to run out. Unlike most subscriptions, you can't cancel an Apple TV+ subscription early and still keep watching until the last day; if you cancel, you lose access, so if you want to use it until the last day, you need to cancel on the last day.
So what have I watched on Apple TV+ in a year? Not much! Mythic Quest, which was okay, with only the "Quarantine" episode being truly outstanding. Ted Lasso, which turns a rather stupid premise ("what if an American football coach would be hired to coach British soccer?") into a very watchable feel-good comedy. And The Morning Show, which is star-studded, but otherwise just okay to watch.
So, I just watch everything I want and then unsubscribe? Not so fast! Both Ted Lasso and The Morning Show are in season 2. And you can't just binge them. The episodes are released one per week, "next episode coming next Friday". Duh, really? This seems like a very outdated way to stream TV to me. Ted Lasso is on episode 10 out of 12, but The Morning Show is only on episode 2 out of 10 of season 2. If I wanted to watch the season to the end, I would need to subscribe to Apple TV+ for two months, just for that. Sorry, Reese and Jennifer, but I am not going to do that, even if it is just €4.99 per month.
Netflix clearly has more and better original content, and Amazon Prime has most of the rest. Plus Amazon Prime is essentially free if I substract the saved shipping cost of my Amazon orders from the cost. Unlike Apple TV+, there are no shenanigans with inability to cancel early, and most series are released all at once. As somebody who is somewhat cautious about being subscribed to too many things at once, Apple TV+ will have to go!