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#270201 28-Apr-2020 10:15
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After the six month discount trial we are cancelling Amazon Prime Video.

 

Mainly got it because we thought there was some quite good content:

 

Jack Ryan - boring 6/10

 

Star Trek Picard - slow and flat 7/10

 

Hunters - same o same o started as an 8/10 dwindled to a 6/10

 

The Expanse - this season not so good as first got a bit bored

 

The Man in the High Castle - not bad 7/10

 

Goliath - funny not bad 7/10

 

American Gods - became Boring 8/10 down to 7/10

 

Lots of Documentaries - Enjoyed what we watched

 

Most of the other content that we might have been interested in we had seen over the years but that is the same with a lot of the VOD services.

 

Also noticed that the monthly fee was not a flat fee but exchange rate dependant.

 

So can not justify keeping it any longer going into the full monthly fee.

 

We are going to give Disney Plus ago instead at NZ$9.99/m.





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  #2472624 28-Apr-2020 10:27
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I have Amazon Prime Video and watch very little of it, but there are the odd things here and there that I have enjoyed, so have stuck with it. 

 

With that said, I am probably not getting my money's worth out of it...





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  #2472632 28-Apr-2020 10:34
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People obviously like different things, but I would imagine as you seem to like grown up type stuff, you might find less stuff to watch on Disney than on Amazon.





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  #2472673 28-Apr-2020 10:39
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The thing I hate about Prime is the garbage app they have for LG TV.

 

There will be times you press play, and it just sits on the spinner - have to turn off the TV and re-open the app again. The subtitles always default back to German for whatever reason, you have to open the subtitle menu every episode to set it to English. There is no "skip intro" button, and fast forward you have to arrow across to the fast forward button and click again (whereas the other apps just let you press the left/right nav arrows on the remote when the tracking bar is on screen and it will skip across 10 seconds at a time). Even when you "binge watch", it still doesn't skip the intro...so stupid.

 

The only nice one is the "spotlight" thing they have that tells you who the actors are on screen at the time - Netflix should add that.


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  #2472675 28-Apr-2020 10:41
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Disappointed with the shows not matching your viewing expecations is one thing, but it certainly seems like you got value from the subscription based on the amount of things you watched.  So in that case it seems like it was a successful experiment.


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  #2472690 28-Apr-2020 10:54
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.... so while you think the shows were a let down, others probably think they are great. 

 

Each to their own.

 

 





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  #2472692 28-Apr-2020 10:54
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gehenna:

 

Disappointed with the shows not matching your viewing expecations is one thing, but it certainly seems like you got value from the subscription based on the amount of things you watched.  So in that case it seems like it was a successful experiment.

 

 

Yeah that's what it looked like to me as well, there's a bunch of content listed there, and it's classed as boring, but a lot of it has been sampled.

 

The drawcards were generally the Grand Tour, then there's a couple of James May shows.  Theres a bunch of documentaries as well and Fleabag.





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  #2472693 28-Apr-2020 10:56
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Definitely think Disney+ isn't the right service for you based on your feedback though.  That's a 75% nostalgia service - so you've likely seen most of that, and a 25% new family content oriented/Star Wars oriented service.


 
 
 
 


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  #2472694 28-Apr-2020 10:59
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The only nice one is the "spotlight" thing they have that tells you who the actors are on screen at the time - Netflix should add that.

 

yes please , it is the main reason i wont watch films with the wife. She will pause the movie and quiz me who the actor is, get upset because i dont care and dont know and then go off to find out.

 





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  #2472727 28-Apr-2020 11:40
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The great thing for the consumer is that the flat monthly price gives no incentive to subscribe for any longer than wanted.

 

We dip in and out of these things - there's only so much time you have (normally lol) so we pillage-watch a service then move on to another.


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  #2472813 28-Apr-2020 14:29
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The thing I hate about Prime is the garbage app they have for LG TV.

 

The subtitles always default back to German for whatever reason, you have to open the subtitle menu every episode to set it to English. There is no "skip intro" button, and fast forward you have to arrow across to the fast forward button and click again (whereas the other apps just let you press the left/right nav arrows on the remote when the tracking bar is on screen and it will skip across 10 seconds at a time). Even when you "binge watch", it still doesn't skip the intro...so stupid.

 

The only nice one is the "spotlight" thing they have that tells you who the actors are on screen at the time - Netflix should add that.

 

 

Agree on all these points. Especially the subtitles, although for me it would often result in English subtitles that I couldn't turn off no matter what I did.


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  #2472831 28-Apr-2020 15:30
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FineWine:

 

Jack Ryan - boring 6/10

 

Star Trek Picard - slow and flat 7/10

 

Hunters - same o same o started as an 8/10 dwindled to a 6/10

 

The Expanse - this season not so good as first got a bit bored

 

The Man in the High Castle - not bad 7/10

 

Goliath - funny not bad 7/10

 

American Gods - became Boring 8/10 down to 7/10

 

Lots of Documentaries - Enjoyed what we watched

 

Most of the other content that we might have been interested in we had seen over the years but that is the same with a lot of the VOD services.

 

Also noticed that the monthly fee was not a flat fee but exchange rate dependant.

 

 

I largely agree with your scores (bold added) but I wasn't at all disappointed. Quite the opposite. Amazon Prime has been well worth the money. I had three months of quite heavy Prime viewing before I cancelled this week. The monthly cost for most of these services is the same as renting a movie video so I'm not going to complain.

 

In case anyone else is considering Amazon Prime there is much more to watch. Here's my list of stuff I watched:

 

Patriot - 9/10 (IMDb 8.5) a dark comedy about US espionage prevent Iran having nuclear weapons. I spent the two series wondering what was happening so a lot of people will give up too quickly particularly in the slower parts.  I would have stayed with Prime if they had only ordered a third third season. It reminds me of the comedy Arrested Development with a lot more violence and killing but without as many jokes.

 

Tales from the Loop - 9/10 (IMDB 7.5) slow pace science fiction about people more than the tech. Kind of the antithesis of much of contemporary scifi video which tends to have violence, horror, sex or thrills.

 

Justified - 9/10 (IMDb 8.6)

 

The Grand Tour - 8/10 (IMDb 8.7) spoiler: sad ending.

 

James May: Our man in Japan - 7/10 IMDb 8.5) slow but interesting

 

Hanna - 6/10 (IMDb 7.5) TV series disappoints compared to the movie despite having more time to enhance the story and action.

 

Fleabag - ?/10 (IMDb 8.7) only wanted to sample it and found that it was of no interest to me.




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  #2472843 28-Apr-2020 15:48
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gehenna:

 

Disappointed with the shows not matching your viewing expectations is one thing, but it certainly seems like you got value from the subscription based on the amount of things you watched.  So in that case it seems like it was a successful experiment.

 

Yes I suppose I did get value for my trail subscription fee, especially with the documentaries.

 

And yes it was an experiment. I will probably look at it again in a years time when they bring out new content. But my usage had been dwindling off over the last 2 months out of the six trial period.

 

I am certainly getting huge more value for money from Netflix.

 

gehenna:

 

Definitely think Disney+ isn't the right service for you based on your feedback though.  That's a 75% nostalgia service - so you've likely seen most of that, and a 25% new family content oriented/Star Wars oriented service

 

Oh we are definitely interested in quite a few shows on D+. We mostly do enjoy Marvel & DC & Pixar stuff. Also going back to the 50's, 60's & 70's: Fantasia included.

 

But also looking forward to the star wars animation series, The Mandalorian, etc.

 

Decided to take the year NZ$99.99 as it is going to be shared across to households. You can have 4 devices.

 

QUESTION: My partner bought a new iPad mini in February 2020 and our Apple account keeps reminding us of the years free subscription to Apple TV+ availability. But we are also hanging out for the release of the next Apple TV box which is now showing up in OS code.

 

- Will we get another years subscription or is it one per Apple ID and not one per new device.
- Is it one per year per Apple ID
- If say we take up the current free offer and run it for the 12 months and say towards the end of that offer Apple releases new ATV or we buy another Apple device could we then activate that free offer just after the expiry of the first offer still using the same Apple ID.

 

I know cheeky put people do upgrade iPhones/iPads annually.

 

 





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  #2472850 28-Apr-2020 16:05
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The Boys interested me on Prime. Only watched two episodes though. Will carry on watching it if get back.

 

Had it free on 2degrees for a year, but stopped it once free period finished. It's $9 a month NZ through 2Degrees and when I put Prime direct at full rate through exchange rate comes out at about $9.50 plus I guess there will be credit card foreign transaction fees on top. 

 

For around $10 service think it's alright value, as lot of older stuff like 'The Magicians", Justwatchnow shows it not being available but still shows in Amazon Applic, not sure why https://www.justwatch.com/nz seems to have that wrong.

 

I had subtitles in "The Expanse" show up and couldn't find way of turning them off, it wasn't speech but when there was writing in the background, like a sign post, what was written on the sign would also appear as a subtitle.

 

A lot of new Disney movies being released at present, some are the newly released movies that are $25 on pay per view.

 

Rise of Sky Walker due 4th May on Disney.

 

If a service has on a few things I'm interested in will just rotate them around, less then 5 minutes to subscribe and unsubscribe, with the exception being Netflix which will be on permanently (on current offers), it would take me a couple years just to get through current content on there. Some weeks over 100 new titles released. even though a lot don't interest, don't know how they do it.


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  #2472906 28-Apr-2020 17:15
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One free Apple TV subscription per account, once activated it starts from then.  The deal probably won't last forever, you'll want to redeem it soon.


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  #2472915 28-Apr-2020 17:36
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I can understand your frustration with Prime video NZ it's Amazon only programming. I have a US account and use it all the time. Way more non Amazon content that is geo blocked here. I won't be getting rid of it anytime soon.




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