TMP — First World Peeve

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. Today’s peeve is about streaming TV shows and it’s a real first world issue.

My wife and I like to binge-watch TV shows, especially when they span multiple seasons. We just don’t have the patience anymore for weekly episodes, so we prefer to watch an entire season of a show over three to five nights, depending upon how many episodes per season.

We are currently watching a British cop show called “Line of Duty.”

It’s a police procedural about an anti-corruption unit out to catch “bent coppers” (aka dirty cops). There are six seasons of “Line of Duty.” The first four seasons are available on FreeVee, an ad-supported video-on-demand streaming service owned by Amazon.

We finished watching the first four seasons on FreeVee and we were hooked. But what about seasons five and six? Well, season five is available on Amazon Prime Video, but at $2.99 an episode or $13.99 for the season. Seriously? Well, eight episodes at about an hour each comes to about $1.75 an episode, which, I suppose isn’t too bad. Plus, no commercials, like there are on FreeVee.

We’re half way through season five, but I just found out that season six is available only on BritBox, a $6.99 per month subscription streaming service. Are you freaking kidding me?

The good news is that you can get a seven-day free trial for BritBox. So once we finish season five, we’re going to subscribe to BritBox, and binge-watch the entire season six over three or four nights. Then I just have to remember to cancel my free trial before they start billing my credit card.

See, I told you. First world peeve.

19 thoughts on “TMP — First World Peeve

  1. Carol anne July 25, 2022 / 11:12 am

    You get brit box? I cant get it and I am in ireland, just across the water from britain! Lol. Its a good show, I loved it.

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  2. writerravenclaw July 25, 2022 / 11:41 am

    It’s a good show. I’ve finished watching Stranger things, and now I have to wait until 2024 to find out what happened.

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  3. Marleen July 25, 2022 / 11:46 am

    So at least there’s a workaround.

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    • Fandango July 25, 2022 / 12:22 pm

      I watched it. It’s good, but there are ads.

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  4. Paula Light July 25, 2022 / 12:07 pm

    So irritating. They should tell you upfront that it’s not all available on the same channel at the same price. I would never have re-started Better Call Saul if I’d known the last season was only available on AMC, which I will cancel after the finale. I paid for Hulu to watch Only Murders, but at least there are other things to watch on Hulu. This also annoys me with “freebie” books in a series…

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  5. Clive July 25, 2022 / 1:56 pm

    How tech-savvy are you? Along with loads of other stuff it is available on the BBC iPlayer. That is only for us Brits but can easily (allegedly) be worked round by installing a VPN. I haven’t done that but I know people who have and they say it is a cheap and easy option. Just a suggestion!

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    • Fandango July 25, 2022 / 4:09 pm

      I tried using a commercial VPN a few years back and it really slowed my system down.

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  6. Taswegian1957 July 25, 2022 / 6:22 pm

    First world problem indeed. I would be more annoyed about having to keep subscribing to new channels to see the shows I like I think. I like to binge watch too although if it is something I really like, The Orville, for instance I want to watch the new episodes as soon as they arrive.
    There is a British show I really liked called “Detectorists” (it’s about a quirky group of people who like finding stuff with metal detectors). There were three seasons but I’ve only seen two of them. I haven’t been able to find the third season on any channel I have access to. I really want to see how it ends too.

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    • Fandango July 25, 2022 / 10:57 pm

      I’ll check our both “The Orville” and the “Detectoists” if I can find them here.

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      • Taswegian1957 July 26, 2022 / 2:52 am

        The Orville I know is now on Hulu but the first two seasons were on another channel. I can’t recall if I watched them on Amazon Prime or Netflix. Detectorists maybe try BritBox .

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    • Fandango July 26, 2022 / 10:34 am

      I do like the British detective shows on there. I may keep it after my 7-day free trial.

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  7. Nope, Not Pam July 26, 2022 / 3:48 am

    I’m so glad I don’t watch TV

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  8. leigha66 July 28, 2022 / 9:56 pm

    I am just getting into streaming… so many different services to go through and decide which ones I want. Glad you were able to at least find the end of the series.

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