It was coming, but now it’s a very well-researched fact: TV is dying and alarge proportion of TV viewers really prefer to stream their content fromNetflix, HBO, Amazon Prime and Disney+. Do you pay much more? Yes and no: WANTeditor Dennis Mons thinks TV is ridiculous anyway.
The bowl of chips with a movie on Veronica (with the necessary irritation),farmer seeks wife watch, or shout with a plate on your lap at the summary ofan Eredivisie match during Studio Sport as if it just happened? It’s really athing of the past for many (I’m kind of betraying my age but oh well).
Classic TV viewing has now really had its day, according to research amongBritons. People really don’t want to watch TV anymore, but rather stream.
Streaming and especially Netflix, HBO and Netflix kill TV
With all due respect, watch what you want to watch. The television is still adevice that you turn on and there’s your stupid SBS6 content that majorproducers think you want to see (and often quite right).
Sorry TV viewers; you are a bit of a gourmand and like that spoon in yourmouth. Not me. So in all honesty I don’t know who Laura Vlasblom is, or whothe people are who show up in Expedition Robinson.
I don’t watch linear TV (except for NPO because it’s free, the news is handyand Lubach is fun).
Opinionsdiffer, but hey… (Image: YouTube/Arjen Lubach)
Pop down and watch what you want on streaming
The research showed (and I bet my two left hands it applies to the lion’sshare of the Netherlands) that viewers are more likely to check streamingservices. 47 percent of Britons even admit to watching less linear television.A TV subscription is therefore not a cheap joke.
A younger target group in particular dances between old-fashioned TV andstreaming, but that is also due to the costs. Because let’s face it: ‘TV’ aswe know it isn’t cheap. A few costs in a row with a random provider (possiblymine but that aside).
Cheap butwhat do you get? (Image: Ziggo)
Streaming versus T-Mobile or Ziggo is spicy
What do you get for a somewhat more extensive package: we take Ziggo as anexample.
You then have access to 70+ TV channels (of course all of the Netherlands,Germany and Belgium, Ziggo Sport, ESPN, etc.). That’s nice, but let’s behonest; a lot of us really aren’t going to zap there. But how much does thatjoke cost? That’s 65 euros per month. But hey, a year with a big discount inthe first instance.
If you just want ‘simple’ TV, it will cost you 21 euros per month and then youwill get 49 HD channels and 50 radio channels that no one listens to. AndZiggo Sport (which is of little use now that ESPN is in charge of F1 andfootball) is temporarily included. So if hockey, korfball, jeu de boules andany other sport is your thing: great choice.
TV vs Netflix, Disney+ and the rest
What are the cheapest streaming deals right now? We tackle the most popular:
Netflix: Apart from the fact that Netflix is increasing its prices, the service isaffordable. For 8 euros per month you can watch what you want on one screen.The thing is that we would like to share our account but that will immediatelycost you 12 euros. If you also want to watch in 4K, you will immediately lose16 euros. Taps a lot, especially because Netflix prefers to kill the sharingof accounts.
Excellent movie on Netflix: Jeremy Rennerin The Town. (Image: Warner Bros)
At HBO you can also stream for only 6 euros per month. Still a bit cheaperthan Netflix. Of course the offer is less and you only get 5 downloads towatch offline. If you want to go for a Standard subscription, it will cost you2 euros more, you watch in 4K and you have a maximum of 30 downloads. Worth itin our opinion.
Streaming on Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is a wonderful option to watch a lot of series and movies forlittle money. And apart from Prime for 2.99 euros you can add all the channelsthat the company has under its care. In other words, if you’re eager, thatamount can add up considerably.
Old menon the Amazon? (Image: Amazon Studios)
In all honesty, Disney+ is a blessing: everything placed under that banner isavailable to all members of the family to see. From Star Wars until_Pinocchio_ and from Welcome to Wrexham until futurama : it’s all yours(kinda). And then there are countless films and series from Star, amongothers, that fall under the Disney + flag. Is that cheap? No: a subscriptioncosts you almost 9 euros per month.
Severaltoppers from the Disney stable. (Image: Lidl)
Streaming is not a replacement for TV
In other words: when it comes to your wallet, it’s better to take out astandard TV subscription. Some like to look at people who just don’t knowenough about LINGO with the sign on their lap, or the real Airbnb life in thesecond season of Jean-Klaas and Mieke in _Mon Dieu!: It Won ‘t Happen AfterAll? _in the Dordogne.
The above streaming services would cost you 31 euros per month compared tomore than 20 euros + (for the entry-level subscription) linear TV (and you canwatch NPO for free). In any case, it is worth the extra 11 euros to me forcontent that is awesome.