TV Q&A: Are there alternatives when shows switch from TV to streaming? | Entertainment

Rich Heldenfels Tribune News Service

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Q: I just wanted to say that a lot of people don’t have access to streaming services like Hulu, Disney+, Discovery+, Netflix, Prime Video, etc. It would be hard to watch things we love – ‘SEAL Team’, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and more – if we didn’t have the means.

Do you know a way to watch these shows after they have left normal TV? We pay more than enough for cable and streaming would cost more.

Answer: This and many other questions here have mentioned the dilemma of streaming shows when you don’t have access to streamers. And it’s going to get harder for some viewers; NBC recently announced that it will be moving new episodes of daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” from airing to its Peacock streaming service in September, with the former “Days” broadcast slot moving to a new series, “NBC NewsDaily”.

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In a statement on moving ‘Days’, the president of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said, “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and reflects our broader strategy of using our portfolio to maximize the reach and build engagement with viewers. With a significant percentage of the “Days of Our Lives” audience already watching digitally, this move allows us to retain the streaming show‘s fanbase while simultaneously bolstering the network’s daytime offering with an opportunity urgent live programming for partners and consumers.

Which doesn’t help people who only watch “Days” via broadcast or cable, and don’t have, don’t want, or understand streaming. For these people, it kinda sucks.

But remember when the cable arrived? Instead of your TV options being on a limited number of broadcast stations, you had to pay to get the widest range of offerings on cable. It was a way for programmers to make more money. The same goes for streaming, which chases people who have cut their cables or are willing to pay extra to see something specific. such as additional sports or “Star Trek” sequels.

Television entertainment companies are not charities. There’s money in streaming — money that can offset declines 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 either didn’t last or merged with other channels. Paid streamers operate in a universe with not only other paid streamers, but more and more free streamers, which causes difficulties for some providers.

Both Netflix and HBO Max have faced major cuts lately. Services have also looked at their pricing to find ways to be more competitive. Many services have implemented multiple pricing tiers, such as offering a cheaper tier that includes ads. Netflix and Disney+ are both readying retail tiers, according to recent reports. And Discovery+ and HBO Max plan to combine into one streamer in 2023.

Even then, consumers are looking for other ways to cope.

Kourtnee Jackson recently urged viewers: “Churn like ice cream. … Subscribe for a period, cancel, choose another service, then subscribe again keeping your favorites in a rotation. Feel free to choose one or two must-haves for the year and treat additional streaming providers as seasonal add-ons. The benefit is that you save money when Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max and others don’t have the content you want to watch at any given time. Don’t forget to turn off auto-renewal of your monthly subscription.

Again, this doesn’t help all viewers, especially when some shows don’t switch from streaming to “regular TV”, digital or discs, because streamers want to keep them in-house as consumers. But as hard as all of that is, it’s economic reality.

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