I've been wondering if I actually need/want streaming video services any more. Back in the day I used to torrent and buy DVDs. When I got more money I started paying for Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime because it felt good to support the people/services who were making cool stuff. I've since pruned Hulu and Netflix because I refuse to pay three companies for the exact same thing, and I realized I was spending hours combing their catalogues trying to find *one* good thing to watch.
I'm reaching the same point with Amazon Prime. There's nothing good on, and when I do find something I pay $3 to rent it (on top of the yearly fee I'm already paying), and I *still* have to watch ads. And then on top of all that it won't run on Firefox 60 (the ESR release that's standard in a lot of Linux distros), and they won't play back if I'm using my privacy VPN. Now I'm apparently paying Amazon to dictate how I use my own computer.
So I'm planning on cancelling my Prime subscription and going streaming-less. Or at least paid streaming-less. What are other people's experiences? Do you find out-of-copyright stuff on Archive.org or rent DVDs from the library? TBH it's probably a good thing not to have 1,000 episodes of old sitcoms a click away because I've heard from more than one person that they'll put an episode on at breakfast and when they're brushing their teeth just to have the background noise. When did we get that weird about it?