I'm canceling Netflix for this streaming service

Netflix logo on a TV screen next to a vase of flowers
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I think it's time for me to tell Netflix "see you down the road." Why? Well, it's as simple as trying to find the space in my streaming budget for a show that Netflix itself just lost.

This impulse of mine, I'd argue, is the best thing about TV in 2022: you always have month-to-month control over all of your streaming purchases. If I somehow got tired of live TV, I could cancel Sling TV and come back when the shows I want come back on the air (for example it's finally time to watch South Park season 25, but that's on Comedy Central, as it's not a Paramount Plus special).

Because no matter how popular a service is, even if it's one of our best streaming services, your subscription should only be based on if you believe you're getting your money's worth. And since Netflix is raising prices, (and big non-Netflix shows such as the Halo TV show are getting revealed) there's no better time than now to examine your relationship with it.

Netflix lost a show I really want to watch

Somehow, in the midst of all of December's chaos, I missed the news that AMC's Halt and Catch Fire was finally leaving Netflix (on Dec. 14, 2021). The series is a reimagining of the start of the PC revolution, starring Lee Pace (who famously played Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy), Scoot McNairy (who's also been in Narcos: Mexico) and Mackenzie Davis (who starred in the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror). 

It was one of those shows that I started, liked enough to watch half a season of and then de-prioritized as something new caught my eye. If I'd been paying attention, maybe I would have resumed watching it by the time it left. But that didn't happen. 

Kerry Bishé and Mackenzie Davis in Halt and Catch Fire

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Instead, I only remembered how much I wanted to watch Halt and Catch Fire after I watched HBO Max's incredible adaptation of the novel Station Eleven. The two shows have one thing in common: putting Mackenzie Davis in a starring role. Davis, if you've never enjoyed one of her performances, is a singular talent on screen, and constantly compelling. 

In Halt and Catch Fire, Davis plays Cameron Howe, a wildly intelligent and creative programmer whose ideas are too novel for her colleagues, creating constant debate and turmoil. Howe's pitches involve a computer that is more like Alexa, engaging with the user conversationally. And Davis performs the role perfectly, delivering dialogue with all the crackling intonation it needs.

And now that I'd watched all of Station Eleven, where she owned the screen as Kirsten Raymonde, I needed to finish what I'd started. But Netflix was all out.

So, where is Halt and Catch Fire streaming?

AMC, the cable channel that gave us other popular TV shows such as The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad (both of which are still on Netflix) took Halt and Catch Fire for its own streaming service: AMC Plus (styled, of course, as AMC+). 

AMC Plus only has a 7-day free trial, and costs $8.99 per month after that. So, I started up said free trial, finished the first of four seasons of Halt and Catch Fire immediately, and started to do the math about watching the next three seasons.

Netflix is trying its best to be topical with that Kanye West docu-series, but I don't miss the old Kanye that much.

I've got 30 episodes of Halt and Catch Fire (each around 45 minutes) left, which works out to around 22.5 hours. And while I could see myself watching almost four hours a day of the series for the next week, I don't have that amount of time.

So, I looked back at Netflix pricing — which will soon go up to $19.99 per month for 4K streaming — and I decided I need a break. Disney Plus isn't killing it with me, but its much more affordable price is easier to handle, especially when it delivers like the The Book of Boba Fett episode 6 cliffhanger ending did. It's even got Cool Runnings for the Olympics & comedies crowd.

Netflix's February doesn't do much for me

Yoon Chan-young as Lee Cheong-san in All of us are Dead, weilding a guitar as a weapon

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Fortunately for me, my Netflix account is set to bill on February 9, 2022. This gives me enough time to check out Kirsten Bell's new wine-and-murder mystery series The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (though reviews aren't that strong), and All of Us Are Dead, a highly anticipated South Korean zombie thriller set in a high school. Both are highlights on our list of new movies and shows to watch this weekend.

But once February hits, I'm not so sure I need Netflix — hence why I can slice it out without remorse. Murderville, a faux-true crime series that uses sketch comedy to let comedians such as Will Arnett and Kumail Nanjiani make laughs while solving murders, has a premise that is repelling me away. I was never fascinated by the story of grifter Anna Delvey, so I can hopefully skip Inventing Anna, the Shonda Rhimes series about Ms. Delvey. And I'm not a dating game type, so I can barely see myself watching Love Is Blind season 2

You might want to sign up for Hulu in February, if only to watch Pam and Tommy and see the real story of that stolen sex tape.

Mugman (voiced by Frank Todaro) and Cuphead (voiced by Tru Valentino) ride a rocket in The Cuphead Show!

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Netflix is trying its best to be topical with that Kanye West docu-series, but I don't miss the old Kanye that much.

There's the one thing that could tempt me: The Cuphead Show! The adaptation of a video game I enjoy watching others play (but I'm not good enough at to make decent progress at), this series has my name written all over it. But, honestly, I think I can wait.

So, take it from me, readers. Take the time to think about the next month of expected content from the streaming services you pay for. Feel free to cancel your Netflix subscription. What's the worst, you come back a little later? 

I know I'll be back for stuff like Stranger Things season 4, and whenever the folks at Black Mirror come up with a technological nightmare more cringe-worthy than NFTs, Netflix will be right where I left it. And there's one more show that's getting me to come back to Netflix.

Looking for something else to watch? RuPaul's Drag Race: UK Versus the World online is about to begin, and we've figured out where you can watch Groundhog Day online too.

And speaking of cancelling things, here's why I'm ditching my Apple TV for Roku

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.

  • Chasin Jason
    I'm amazed by the amount of hours some people must consume staring at a screen. No one ever looks up from their death bed wishing they had watched more TV.
  • BeholdersEye
    Netflix has me tapped out on the movies side, there is not much that is interesting to me...
  • VereVolf
    I tried AMC+ recently and will return to it the next time I have an urge to watch SDR content with Stereo Sound.

    Verizon gives me Disney+ with my phone and I found HBOMAX to be a great replacement for Netflix. AppleTV with Paramount+ rounds out our streaming and I get to share those last with my family.
  • MrDane
    Chasin Jason said:
    I'm amazed by the amount of hours some people must consume staring at a screen. No one ever looks up from their death bed wishing they had watched more TV.
    You are wrong sir, and this might render me pathetic, but watching the next episode of my shows very much makes me want to stay alive, and I would indeed be frustrated if I was dying and I was going to miss something. we are all different.
  • Wolfshadw
    MrDane said:
    we are all different.
    Indeed we are. If I were watching the greatest film/show ever made and I died five minutes before the climax, I certainly would not be worried about it.

    -Wolf sends
  • Aggrophobic
    I have to agree. I have a few episodes of a couple shows to watch - but once that's done, so is my subscription. It simply costs too much and there are too many restrictions. They are making the same mistake Blockbuster made - sticking to outdated pricing models and refusing to compromise. There are about 1/2 dozen services I could switch to for significantly less money - and none of them restrict the number of concurrent viewers.

    I will return to Netflix when my favorite shows have new episodes. But I'm not paying $20 / month for generic content I can watch anywhere else. Why not just move to the lower priced version? It goes back to the fact that if I pick another service, with more or less the same content, there are no restrictions on the number of concurrent logins.
  • Kb3240
    I've also noticed on Netflix that they have these series that don't finish. This bugs me a lot as I get really into a good show and the series ends without finishing the storyline and now all I'm seeing repeats. SO MAD
  • El-cheapo
    I downgraded and would consider canceling altogether if there were a viral movement. Who’s with me?
  • Jadetatsu
    There are 4-Korean tv series I truly enjoy: Squid Games, Hellbound, Home Sweet Home and All of Us Are Dead; 2-Taiwan/China tv: The Devil Punisher and The Legend of Exorcism. All have LARGE FAN BASE from the United States and beyond India. Netflix refuse to let anyone know when season 2 of the previous mention will be aired. This is extremely annoying. I just tolerate Netflix for now but, I'm seriously searching another streaming service that will continue with the above shows or at lease don't cancelled a TV series fan's like me get attached to.