Shomi nothing ..

I heard from my manager yesterday, and had it confirmed from a number of sources, that the Internet streaming service shomi is going to shut down at the end of November. Which I actually had and recently talked about, so that’s a bit of a disappointment for me. It’s even more of a disappointment for me since I actually recently started watching some movies on Friday and Saturday nights, and shomi gave me ready access to shorter movies that I hadn’t seen or hadn’t seen in a while but wanted to watch.

So, as one of the roughly 500,000 people who actually paid for the service, what did I think of it? Well, for me, the biggest impression I had of it was that it was a service that I paid for but didn’t watch all that often, but at roughly $10 a month it was worth it for the times when I did watch it. Even if you count in the two full years, just watching Doctor Who alone (twice) would cover the cost of the DVDs for that one series, and I also got to watch “What I Like About You”, “Ned’s Newt”, “X-Men Evolution”, “The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby-Doo” and some movies. Just renting the few movies I watched would cost me as much as the monthly fee, for the most part. I was pondering dropping it, but every time I thought about it it always came back to the idea that it was cheap enough to keep around for those times when I wanted to watch something on it.

That being said, I found that its selection — especially for TV shows — was a bit slim, and most damningly at least the set-top software was buggy as heck (I only ever used the set-top for it). I can easily see someone having to balance Netflix, Crave TV and shomi deciding that shomi was the more expensive and less useful of the three, and ditching it.

So, I’ve cancelled my subscription because I’m not going to watch it enough in the next two months to justify keeping it, and I’m not that likely to be interested in whatever they automatically move it to — see my issues with comics on that — so I’d rather have that $20 back. But the big question, then, is what do I do now? Do I sign up for Netflix or Crave TV? The problem is that I don’t want to watch either on my computer and don’t want to set things up so that I can run them on my TV directly (the reasons for which amused my manager. I think.). So the main reason I had shomi in the first place was because I could get it from the set-top box, and my main frustration with it was how that, in a lot of cases, didn’t work at all. Netflix and Crave TV aren’t even there, and aren’t likely to be. I definitely liked being able to watch movies and TV shows without renting or having to buy the DVDs, but I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle of setting things up so that I can do that (points mentioned in the discussion included Chromecast, Wi-Fi, and a router. I’m not convinced it’s worth it for me to set all of that up just for that).

So I’ll definitely miss shomi, but don’t really think I’ll miss it that much that I’ll feel the need to replace it. And since I was one of the customers where the competitors were no where near as good an option, that might well explain why shomi didn’t really succeed.

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One Response to “Shomi nothing ..”

  1. What to Watch? | The Verbose Stoic Says:

    […] TV? Originally, I planned to use the time to watch some things on Shomi … at which point they promptly canceled the service. But I’ve been cycling through a number of DVDs in an attempt to find something that fits, […]

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