This probably would top a lot of people’s lists if normal people made lists like this. The reason is simple, Netflix has been killing it. Since their on-line catalogue took a few hits when distributors pulled movies from their que, the company has double downed on original TV content. The company’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, apparently spoke the truth when he said “The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.” With HBO Go and HBO Now, I’d say the race is on. My alligence is still squarely with Netflix because, well, have you seen Daredevil? Also, as a parent, it’s nice to be able to click on a show for my kids without the commercials. It’s saving me a fortune in Toy R’ Us trips.
Content Highlights: Daredevil, House of Cards, Louie, Archer
I have twins, a day job, and a long commute I don’t have much time to eye read, but I love ear reading. Audiobooks have been my main daylight entertainment and education for almost ten years. It started with Audible, a service now owned by Amazon that allowed you one book per month subscribed and discounts for the rest of their stuff. Actually, there were subscriptions that allowed for two or three books with the price going up steadily. The price was why I left this otherwise great service. Scribd is an all-you-can read service at one relatively low price. Here I have a collection of audiobooks less extensive than Audible’s, but with more than I can listen to nevertheless. On top of that is pretty much every e-book I search for and older comics!
Content Highlights: The Dark Tower, Game of Thrones, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe
Speaking of comics, this is the club you want to belong to if you like the Avenger’s (and who doesn’t these days?) This service let’s you read most any comic published by Marvel that is over a year old. Read on your computer or phone if you want, but this service really requires a tablet to motivate you to read enough to get your money’s worth. To get your money’s worth, I’d say you need to read about six comics a month. I was reading about thirty. I say was because I’ve taken a hiatus from MU for three reasons. I’ve read this story arcs that I really wanted to read already. I can still use Scribd when I have a comic hankering which isn’t as good for sequential art, but good enough. And ain’t no body got time for that - getting sucked into comics is a hinderance of productivity that I can only treat myself to and not make a lifestyle.
Content Highlights: Old Man Logan, Uncanny X-Force, Spiderman
Oh, look, a traditional media subscription I still like sports and don’t use Hulu, so basic cable satisfies a few needs not covered above...but, honestly, if not for my wife I’d ditch it. I long for the day I can have just the channels I want and not the bundled filler I’ll never watch. That day could be here, it just isn’t.
Content Highlights: Modern Family, The Daily Show...and, I don’t know, Gotham?
If I was a music fan, Spotify might top this this, but I'm not so it doesn't. I had Spotify Premium for three months and enjoyed being able to sample new albums every "new music Tuesday" and I managed to binge listen to a bunch of stand-up comedy. It was great. I don't miss it.
Content Highlights: Steve Martin comedy and banjo albums