When we were younger, you didn’t have a lot of choice as to what you spent your time watching. If you wanted to see the best movies and TV shows, you either had to buy physical copies or you had to wait for the thing you were looking to watch to be shown on one of the networks. Of course, if you only had the basic channel package, your options were limited even more.
Nowadays, the equation is entirely different. Streaming has made it easier to access more than ever before, but it’s been split between so many disparate services, and it’s not easy to keep up with what is on which service. But here we’re going to look at a few tips to help you stop your scrolling and find the stuff that’s really worth watching.
Let the apps lead the way
If you’re sitting down before Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or whatever streaming services you use, if you don’t have any intention other than finding “something” to watch, that is going to be a recipe for extreme indecision. In that case, you should keep it simple. Pick without needing as much information. Check out whatever shows are being recommended for you and give it two-to-three episodes as a test run. Trying to retain information about all the different picks you look at is only going to worsen that choice paralysis.
Find the expert recs
It can be hard to tell which shows trending on social media or being spread around the online water cooler are really worth following. People tend to follow trends and sometimes shows with strong gimmicks or striking aesthetics win out over really compelling content. As such, though you never know if a professional’s opinion is going to line up with yours, it’s still checking things like the recommended lists of shows on Hulu to see if there are any that might catch your eye. Rather than browsing through endless chaff in search of the wheat, let someone pick out those that are at least likely to be of some interest and see which of them strikes a chord with you.
Keep up with new releases
Sure, you could sit down to watch The Sopranos, Mad Men, or The Wire for the tenth time in a decade, or you could give the brand-new shows a shot. You can never tell which of the new entries to streaming television are going to pay off. Some services have also developed
something of a reputation for canceling shows after they finish one or two seasons, even if they reviewed well and have their fanbases, so sometimes you’re going to be investing time that might not pay off as well as you want. However, you can be sure that there will always be new content to get your teeth into, and it can be a jumping-off point. If you like the showrunners of one show, then you can see what else they did prior to see if it hits as well.
Make sure that you’re getting the full library
In case you didn’t know, your subscription isn’t getting you everything that a specific streaming service has to offer. Deals with TV networks and producers work differently across different countries, so different countries also have access to different shows. If you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your subscription fee, or if you hear of a far-flung friend enjoying a show, but you find it isn’t accessible to you, then you can learn how to watch Hulu with VPN options, which can allow you to access the library that would be available to those in other countries. You never need to have to worry about being barred from content that is available on a service that you’re paying for, again.
Check out the catalogs
Besides the fact that you’re never going to get everything that your streaming service of choice has to offer, you’re also not likely to see everything that is available to you, as well. The streaming service apps are designed to keep you browsing and finding new things to watch forever, so they don’t you to have a notion that their library is finite. However, there are sites that track the library of these services so that you can browse a more complete collection.
With the tips above, hopefully, you can be a much more decisive viewer and actually find
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