Although it was fun to see the actors and the fashions, the awards were for a lot of TV programs I never watch.
Why? Because I’m not willing to pay for streaming platforms such as Netflix, AppleTV+, and Hulu.
I did sign up for Amazon Prime because I was hoping to watch recent movies for my annual article discussing Academy Award nominated movies. (I think they’re often violent, sexist, and ageist and could be much better. I’ve even written two movie scripts myself.)
But Amazon Prime doesn’t have many recent movies or TV programs. And it charges for many of the few new movies it offers. This spring I paid $25 each for several movies I wanted to see because I wasn’t going to movie theaters to watch them during the pandemic.
People spend $47 a month for streaming entertainment services, up 24 percent since the pandemic began, a study shows. That’s four streaming services on average, up from three before the pandemic.
The increase in streaming programs is part of a growing trend.
One of the tips from financial writers like me is to review your subscriptions when you’re looking to reduce spending.
I only watch TV in the evenings. And, I often just listen to it when I’m in my office writing.
I think movies are a wasteland, TV is even more so.
I did look more closely through the Amazon Prime offerings Friday and found an old TV series I’d like to watch: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” I also found several new movies, among the dozens of old ones offered, that I’ll be watching: “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Respect,” “Rita Moreno,” “LuLaRich,” and “Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail.”
I watch late night shows and the stars are interviewed often to promote their new movies.
I must admit that I decided to keep Amazon Prime, not because of the movies. It was fun to have Prime fast delivery during the holidays. I sent last-minute presents to my sister and others because I couldn’t see them due to the pandemic.