Of course we don’t want to watch commercials.
Don’t need a pandemic to tell us that anything we pay for is better served ad-free. Thank you, Netflix, for setting the standard for streaming without interruptions (despite having the annoying auto-start on flyover). Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Shudder, DC Universe and most recently HBO Max are all ad-free. Hulu and CBS All Access offer an ad-free experience as a more expensive subscription tier.
Overall time spent streaming has more than doubled since March, when the U.S. and other countries largely shut down due to COVID-19. But growth has been slower for ad-supported players than for ad-free subscription ones, a pattern Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar said Friday proves consumers are getting more sophisticated as they adjust to streaming.Ad-Free Subscription Streaming Growth Outpaces Ad-Supported Fare During COVID-19 – Deadline
There’s a place for ad-supported movie and TV streaming channels, but those services will not have the same level of support as the ones that offer ad-free options. I think the internet has given us ad fatigue. Popups, click this to get to the next page to see another ad and then the ever annoying read X number of articles and then it’s only pay to see the rest. I don’t and won’t be linking anything from The New York Times (and others who do the same) on this blog as long as they keep doing that.
Some clarification: I like previews and trailers and while, technically, they are advertisements, I support playing one short (30 second or less) preview before playing a feature movie here and there. Do I want to see 5-10 previews before a movie like they do at the movie theater? No, but one short preview I consider worthwhile and useful.
Heavy ad-supported channels like Crackle for me are unwatchable. Roku, IMDB TV, Vudu aren’t too intrusive with ads (but this can always change). I don’t really like the experience of watching movies or TV shows during the film being interrupted and the reality is there are plenty of streaming places that don’t do that. Sure, commercial breaks are commonplace in television, but the TV era — other than live programming — is dying.
How many ad-free streaming channels do you watch? How often do you watch them?