I signed up for Stan, the new Netflix-like (or maybe Netflix-lite) streaming service as soon as it became available. I'll sign up for Netflix too when it arrives. Even at a combined total of twenty bucks a month, that's a fraction of my Foxtel bill. I'm just waiting for Jane to work through a series she's watching there, and then I'll definitely cut the cable on Murdoch. I don't know that I'll bother with their streaming service, Presto. It's twenty-five a month and if it's anything like their standard service, it'll be crap.
There's plenty of crap on Stan and Netflix, of course. A lot of shows I'll never bother to watch. But given the slow rate at which I get through series, a tenner a month is very good value for me. I'm currently watching Breaking Bad, which I've always meant to catch up on. And Gallipoli.
Gallipoli has been a surprise. I expected it to be awful. Like, Underbelly Squizzy Taylor awful. But apart from a few production issues (soldiers with no facial hair, rifles that sound like pop guns) it's been very good. I'm basing that on only two episodes watched, but Steve Molk seems to agree and I trust his judgment.
It's interesting that Stan has gone into first run production so quickly, but I suppose not surprising given the presence of the Nine Network in the joint venture and the examples provided by Netflix and Amazon in the US. There's more coming too, apparently.
Foxtel's chief poobah insists the streamers will eventually default to his model. Pay for access and suffer through advertsiing, but that might just as well be wishful thinking. I really hate adverts on Foxtel. I'm paying those clowns so much every month and they're still wasting my time with ads. It's partly what makes me reluctant to consider Presto as a streamer.
Anyway, I'm happy with both my subscription and the first local show I've invested time in, Gallipoli. It's worth checking out if you're so inclined.
Lobes would prefer I mention I'm employed by Fairfax at this point. They are the other joint venture principal with Nine. But I think we all know that.