How I use streaming service to learn

Streaming service can be very entertaining. I have a different use of it...

How I use streaming service to learn
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Some streaming services are not doing well in the stock market lately. Netflix’s share dropped 35% in a day on 20 April 2022. Similarly, Spotify’s fell 12.4% a week later. The new owner of CNN has decided to shut down CNN+ a month after it’s launch. These are not great news for the streaming industries.

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I am not a ‘traditional’ user of streaming services. Sure, I listen to music via streaming and not via CDs or purchased songs from iTunes, etc. However, I rarely watch movies or tv series on the main streaming service.

My main consumption of streaming videos is to watch documentaries and for learning. A lot of viewers like watching documentaries, nothing special about it. YouTube would be the obvious source for viewing millions of documentaries and other educational video.

However, I have found a niche use of streaming services. I discovered I can bundle other channels with my Amazon Prime Video. I already paid the basic streaming service as I have a Prime membership, mainly for purchasing and delivery of goods. The one “channel” that interested me is The Great Courses Signature Collection.

I have to pay the equivalent of $8 a month, but I think it is worth it. If I go to the Great Course Online site and purchase the same amount of courses that I am interested in, it would cost me a lot more. Similary, I would pay more from Udemy or other similar sources. The Amazon subscription does not have all the courses available on the Online site but those available are good enough for me. There are categories like history; science & maths; better living; literature and learning; music, philosophy and religion; etc. These are good general education for me. This supplements my lack of knowledge in some areas like history as I was not paying attention in my high school days.

I do not have any association with Amazon what so ever. Like everyone else, I am an end user. I do not get paid for writing this article. I bring this up because I think not everyone is aware of such an offering from prime video.

Hope you find this useful. As usual, I welcome any feedback, comments and suggestions.