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.