I railed about this topic last year and found this year it’s not only appropriate, but even more relevant to refresh everyone’s memory of the importance of owning the actual movies or programs that you enjoy watching frequently or at least seasonally. As I stated before, one tradition we have at our house in December is to watch the animated and stop motion Claymation movies from the 70’s. Movies like A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Christmas Claymation movies from Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass, like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, “Jack Frost”, plus so many other popular holiday classics. Previously, these movies were run frequently on regular broadcast over the air TV or “Free TV” throughout the month. However recently, a number of the pay streaming services started acquiring these classics and broadcasting them exclusively for their paid content audience. For instance, Apple TV acquired A Charlie Brown Christmas and now it cannot be shown anywhere except through Apple TV. That means if you don’t subscribe to Apple TV, because it’s too expensive, not enough programming to justify the cost, or you simply have 12 other video streaming platforms you already subscribe to and can’t justify adding another, then you can’t watch this animated holiday classic. This year, it was even worse. We wanted to watch the classic Miser Bros. production of “The Year Without a Santa Claus”, and it was only available as a paid rental through Amazon, which means you have to still pay extra to watch this movie even if you have Amazon Prime.
That’s why, Instead of being at the mercy of the video streaming services, get the classics you enjoy on DVD or Blu-ray so that you can watch them whenever and wherever you want. That’s why keeping and acquiring movies and even music on optical discs is still worthwhile, because you never can tell when something you want to watch or listen to will actually be available on the streaming services you subscribe to when you want them.
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