...at least, for now.
It's available only via DirecTV, their DirecTV Now streaming service, or AT&T U-Verse. Of those options, I don't have the former or the latter. Like millions of Americans, I don't have cable service because it's not cost-effective. It's not that I think it isn't worth what it costs; it is. I just can't find the time to watch more than a few hours of television a week lately. So for me, it makes more sense to pay for things in a manner targeted to what I know I will be watching.
Currently, that consists of two shows: Game of Thrones and The Mist. I pay $15 per month for HBO Now, and consider it money very well spent; when Game of Thrones ends, I will likely cancel that service until HBO puts something else on that I feel is essential. I had it for The Leftovers earlier this year, and will have it again when Westworld starts back up. It makes no sense to me to have it and not use it; that's money that could be put to use buying old Stephen King paperbacks, ya kennit?
With The Mist, I simply bought a season pass for that via Amazon Prime. Cost me about $20, I think, so $2 per episode. Worth it? Not even vaguely. But hey, I'm a King completist, so it had to be done, and it is worth $2 an episode from that perspective.
This brings us to Mr. Mercedes. I really want to watch it; it looks good, and there's the aforementioned King-completist angle to consider. But it isn't available through Amazon, or through iTunes, for that matter.
The only option left to me was to subscribe to DirecTV Now and stream it through my Amazon Fire Stick (or on my PC). DirecTV Now is happy to offer me that option...
...for $35 per month after my one-week free trial is over.
given that the series is $10 episodes, that's a minimum of three months that I'd have to pay for in order to watch it weekly. Lemme do that math, so, okay, times three, hmm, that's ... $105. Or, in other words, nearly $12 per episode (not counting the first episode during my free trial).
Even if it turns out to be great, it's not worth that to me. I wouldn't pay that for Game of Thrones. I wouldn't pay that for Mad Men or Breaking Bad, guys.
And yes, I get it: there's more to DirecTV Now than just one series. But since one series is all I'd be using it for, it's all I'm getting out of it.
Not worth it, even to me.
It's very likely, of course, that the only reason Mr. Mercedes the series got made is so DirecTV could drive people toward its Now streaming service. This sort of thing is becoming more common with every passing month. And I'm not opposed to that; if you make a thing that I'd like to see, I'm interested in giving you money for it. For that reason, beginning next month, CBS All Access will begin getting money from me on a monthly basis so that I can watch Star Trek: Discovery.
They are only charging about six bucks a month for it, though. Big difference.
As this war of streaming services continues, with content deployed as the weaponry, it will become absolutely essential for a guy like me to pick and choose his battles. I'm an Amazon Prime customer, so that one is year-round for me. I pick Netflix up when they've got an original I want to see; so when The Defenders launches in a few weeks, I'll be onboard their train again. I subscribed to Hulu when 11/22/63 aired, and Castle Rock will pull me back.
But, again, those services are inexpensive enough that even if I end up using them only for a single specific show, I won't feel I've overspent.
Nobody will be able to get $35 per month out of me for a service like that.
And so, reluctantly, I'm going to have to bow out of the Mr. Mercedes experience until it comes out on Blu-ray or DVD. And I'm only assuming it will; there's no guarantee in that regard.
Anyways, in case anyone was wondering, that's my stance on this new series. I am excited by its existence, and I am willing to pay to see it.
Not at that price, though. DirecTV might well win the war; but they've lost me.
Now, here are some promotional photos I borrowed from their website:
|My parents actually have U-Verse, so technically, I could watch it at their place. But given that part of the plotline involves Brady and his mom playing Lannister, I just don't think that's a thing I'm going to be doing.|
|This is especially true given that I find Kelly Lynch to be quite attractive.|
|This is Breeda Wool as Lou. She intrigues me in much the same way Kelly Lynch does.|
See you on Blu, Lou!