As part of our cable TV package we subscribe to the Sky Movie channels. For about £15 a month we get eight Sky film channels (it was nine but one was recently removed for some reason) and a handful of Disney channels. But we pretty much subscribed to them by default (“oh, we like films so we should really have the film channels”) and we’ve recently been reconsidering our subscription. The thing is that we very rarely watch those channels. On a good month I might watch three films on one of those channels. And to be brutally honest a lot of the films we watch on those channels are crap. The most recent film I remember watching on a Sky channel was 13 Going On 30 (I know, I have no excuse).
We could rent five films a month from our local DVD rental shop for the same money. And the’y’d almost certainly be higher quality films. But we rarely rent DVDs as it means someone being organised enough to go into the shop in the evening and then remembering to take the films back the next morning. Not a major logicistical trial, I admit, but one that we seem to want to avoid as much as possible.
Which brings me to the point of this post. Do you have any experience of these schemes? Which ones work for you? What is the selection of films like? I’d be interested in hearing any comments that you have.
Update: DVD trials looks like a good place to get a summary of all of these sites.