I pay a LOT of money for Cable TV (Xfinity/Comcast). More than $250 a month!
But nearly *every movie* I look for, even from the 80s & 90s, (or classic movies from decades earlier!), now have to be bought or rented!
With On-Demand, HBO-GO, etc, I still gotta PAY to see 10-20-40 yr old movies that were on HBO a hundred times for free years ago?
What is up with that?? This Ticks me off!
Wanted to watch a 25+ yr old movie yesterday (Falling Down, w/ Michael Douglas) and the only options were to rent it, or buy it. Same with many many old movies, good or bad, all across the decades!
When did this become the norm with OnDemand and Xfinity?
It wasn't that long ago that any movie that was more than a few years old, and/or had been shown on HBO channels several times were then available for FREE on OnDemand. What happened? This is not right!
That has always been the case with cable since the 70's. Premium channels supplied about 20% new each month and the rest were older.
By the way; with COVID19, there are very few movies being produced tight now.
It's up to the license holders as to what will be available for "Free". Just because a movie is a few years old doesn't mean they don't have a right to make money.
Sadly, that means that many good movies from decades past just don't get watched. When our grands were here a few weeks ago, my wife wanted to watch a couple of movies with them that she enjoyed when she was their age. Unfortunately, not a single one was available as a "Free To Me". So, the end result was we watched something else - and the license holder got nothing.
The movies I had been looking for were many decades old. I'm not talking about movies that were in theatres 3 or 4 years ago. And I pay money for HBO on-demand. They have already paid royalties to show those movies, or own the rights to them.
The monthly fees that I pay to have access to HBO and on-demand should more than cover the minuscule cost of showing a 40 or 50 yr old movie.
I pay Netflix a monthly fee too, but EVERYTHING they offer is then FREE because I'm a member.
Same with Hulu. pay a monthly fee and everything they have is free to watch.
This isn't about paying royalties for movies- this is about HBO's GREED. High monthly fees, with fewer and fewer free movies or tv series to watch.
I wasn't looking for new or recent movies. I explained that in my post. I was looking for movies 25 years old or even older.
A lot of the old masters for older movies were destroyed in a fire a few years ago. Many are gone, or poor copies are all that are left.