The internet is a crock of shit. I pay so much money a month in order to see watch films and tv, to listen to music and audiobooks, to play games talk to people, yet i still can’t get what i want from it. I added up what i pay on online services, and here’s how it breaks down:
That’s just under £50 a month. Netflix and lovefilm were awesome at first, but the quality of their catalogue is so poor, that i have been seriously asking myself why i even bother paying for them. Cue Now TV, an offering from sky where i get access to most of the sky movies on demand catalogue, without having sky. This seemed much better than both netflix and lovefilm, but not only is the catalogue also plagued with b-rated movies instead of the films people actually want to watch, but the price of £8.99 grows to £15 after 3 months.
There is NOT a service in the UK that supplies boxset style collections of TV shows like there are in the US. Netflix has a lot of series, but many of them start at season 3, similarly, they have sequels to films without the originals. The US has Hulu and a Netflix with a much better offering. We have Lovefilm over here that has a user interface dragged straight out of the dotcom boom era. The only solution to find the tv shows i want to find is to torrent them. THIS IS INSANE. I am paying £50 a month for entertainment, and i would probably pay more, but i still have to result to bittorrent to get what i want. I can’t even buy the shows on DVD or Bluray, and to watch it on cable/satellite (which i don’t have), i still have to wait months until it is available in the UK.
Let’s set the tv/film services aside. Spotify is awesome. I listen to way more music now, and spend way more money than i ever have, yet still, the content owners refuse to take my money. Some labels have elected to ignore the reach of spotify (record labels, i believe, are a whole other discussion on crocks of shit), and i have to listen to shitty tributes of the music i want to listen to.
Audible, is the one service i dont currently have any gripes with. I hadn’t ever listened to an audiobook until signing up to the one book a month tier, and i have bought others outside my subscription (may boost it to two audiobooks a month!).
Xbox Live Gold is just too expensive. Granted, i don’t use my xbox a lot, but paying just to use netflix is absurd. I wanted to enjoy online multiplayer, but thumbsticks + fps games is another crock.
I pay a large amount of money, and i am not satisfied. Every service i want to use is available, just not in my region. That is the most ridiculous part. Netflix streams the programmes i want to see in the US, yet not here. It’s not netflix’ fault (probably), the content providers are probably breaking balls (the entertainment industry is truly a crooked piece of turd) which means that the video files sit next to each other, but a ridiculously arbitrary selection are blocked for me.
I watched a documentary about Brian Eno once. One of the things he said really got to me. He explained the hope the internet offered. A place where we could bring down borders. A place where we could be who we wanted to be. Day by day, these hopes are dashed by messages such as ‘This content is not available in your region’ and ‘Please enter your REAL name’. These restrictions are placed by the content industries to protect what they call ‘intellectual property’. The anonymity of the internet is being stripped away, reportedly for protecting people; a massive lie, its for tracking and hiding stuff from you. Maybe if the content industry provided content instead of restricting it, they’d start making more money.
I should probably stop paying these companies. They clearly don’t want my money. If Hollywood disappeared, they say that people wouldn’t like that. Can’t get enough of those screens, both big and small. I disagree, maybe if these fucking monsters just disappeared, culture would replace the bollocks of Michael Bay, gangs would be history, stereotypes erased and everyone more well read. Yeah, thats it. Read Dickens. Read Chaucer. Fuck it, read the King James Bible, just don’t watch Battleship, that shit makes you stupid.