If there's one thing Hollywood loves, it's doing the exact same thing over and over again until there is no more blood to be wrenched from a particular stone (such as the upcoming glut of superhero films, and the fact that all movie trailers are orange and blue now). So let's take a look at the upcoming year Tinseltown has in store for us so we can see what we'll all be tired of by this time next year.
5 Every Network Will Have Its Own Subscription Streaming App
We're guessing that your current television-watching outlets consist of Netflix, Hulu, maybe a friend's HBO Go password, and possibly Amazon Prime, because who can afford to miss even one second of Alpha House? That's four different services, and it still doesn't give you access to every show on TV. Still, subscribing to a handful of different services is better than paying for cable and having to sit through commercials, right? Well get ready to double that number, because next year, every major studio and their grandmother is going to be putting out their own streaming site.
For starters, HBO is finally going to release a standalone subscription service right around the time when the new season of Game of Thrones starts (we assume they're going to abandon all pretense and just call it the "Watch Game of Thrones Without Getting a Virus from a Racist's Bit Torrent" app). Also throwing their million dollar hats into the streaming service arena are CBS, Starz, and Lionsgate, so now you can have a streaming service dedicated entirely to the Hunger Games movies and films starring professional wrestlers.
And that cross-over they did.
But that's still a good thing, isn't it? You'll definitely never have to pay for another cable subscription! But you'll probably end up spending just as much money subscribing a la carte to the networks of your choice that happen to have the shows you want to watch. You'll need a freaking spreadsheet to keep track of which subscription you need in order to watch which shows, because CBS and Lionsgate aren't going to let Netflix continue to stream any of their properties once they've got their own services. Watching TV is about to become exactly as much fun as itemizing your receipts.
And speaking of exclusives, the fun doesn't stop there, because shows you used to be able to watch in one place are getting moved around or having arbitrary restrictions placed on them. Like watching episodes of South Park on Netflix, or for absolutely free on the South Park Studios official website? Too bad, because they recently signed a deal that made every single episode of the show's 17 year history exclusively available to Hulu Plus subscribers. That means you have to shell out an extra 8 bucks a month just for South Park.
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You might as well just buy the DVDs like a goddamn caveman.