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Disney+

I am a bit of a sucker for Disney. They constantly provide experiences that delight and entertain. While I know they’re a large, monopolistic company setting out on an ambitious quest to dominate the entertainment industry… I just can’t seem to dislike or even distrust them as much as I would, say, Amazon. My family seems to be much of the same.

That being said, we bought into Disney+ from the get-go. It offered a chance to see all of the classic Disney movies, Marvel smash hits and some NatGeo content as well as some specially created content designed for Disney+ exclusively. Honestly, so long as they kept up with the content, I didn’t see the problem.

Well, now we’re 2 months (as of now) in and I’m already bored with it. Mandalorian is already over, Forky with it. There are some new shorts pulled from the various Pixar movies and some Star Wars content that I haven’t seen in a while. The problem is, the vast majority of the content is either trash, or content I didn’t care about before the launch of the service.

This is a real problem. Not just for Disney, but for Netflix, Hulu (also Disney-owned), HBO, Amazon and Apple. There is a voracious desire for content, but it doesn’t come fast enough. People then look elsewhere for new stuff, or drop their subscription until content is fully loaded. I wish I could just buy the content ala carte. We’re back to the old television channels problem: There is so much crap I don’t want or need, but I’m still paying for it.

I know ala carte probably isn’t a good business model to sustain such expensive material, but tying me to a subscription that I use for only part of the time also seems like theft. It’s primarily why I keep waffling around on Apple Music/Spotify/Amazon Music Prime. I don’t listen to that much music, but I’d like to listen to it occasionally without any advertising. It’s certainly a thorny problem.

I’m probably also being a bit of a curmudgeon.

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Computers Rants

UnFantastical

So, Fantastical, a heretofore “fantastic” calendar dropped a big new update for version 3.0. To celebrate, they decided to make it have a subscription component for stuff that was already in the app, and stuff that doesn’t need any external tooling or servers.

It’s really telling when a company that is awarded by consumers and the platform owners, has a product so good/popular that they only thing they can do is ruin it.

I was once a proud user of the app. I enjoyed it so much that I bought their contact management app, CardHop. Now, I’m back to the stock iOS apps for contacts, calendars and reminders because they got greedy (or didn’t have a strategy). Either way, good riddance. I have no place in my heart for yet another subscription.