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5 Ways I’m Feeding My Inner Anglophile Now That I’ve Broken Up With Netflix

5 Ways I’m Feeding My Inner Anglophile Now That I’ve Broken Up With Netflix

We cut the cable cord earlier this year, which was no great hardship.  Except for some on-demand viewing, we hardly ever watched it and I barely noticed once it was gone.  As you would expect, I mainly watch British television programs and movies.  Let’s face it, cable television is pretty much a wasteland in terms of British programming.  Even BBC America (especially BBC America!) has been a big disappointment to my inner Anglophile.

The more difficult break-up came when we were forced to abandon our Netflix account due to unresolvable issues with hacking.  We’ve been avid Netflix users for more than 15 years, and we fought tooth and nail against the idea of closing our account.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the hackers out of our account no matter what we tried.  Netflix couldn’t offer us any other solution, so in the end we had no choice but to shut down the account.

We’re reluctant to open a new Netflix account because we have don’t have any confidence that it won’t happen again.  I’ve been forced to seek out alternative ways to get my regular fix of British television and movies.  Here are five ways that I’ve been feeding my inner Anglophile since I broke up with Netflix:

1. Our personal collection.  We already own hundreds of movies and box sets.  It’s mostly DVDs, although we do cling to some VHS tapes that have been difficult to find on DVD.  I’ve been re-watching old favorites, including A Fine Romance with Judi Dench and Michael Williams; the ditzy comedy No Honestly starring John Alderton and Pauline Collins; and Two’s Company with Elaine Stritch and Donald Sinden.

2. The library.  Our local library has an extensive collection of British and American television programs.  Recently I’ve borrowed The Detectorists and the series finale of Vicious.

3. Amazon Prime.  The interface is more cumbersome than Netflix, but we were already paying for it, so why not use it more?  We’ve watched George and Arthur, a mini-series starring Martin Clunes as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and two seasons of Vicious.

4. PBS Passport.  We’re PBS supporters, which entitles us to premium access to programming through PBS Passport, so I finally activated our account.  Passport viewers have access to most programs for longer than the general public, which should give binge watchers enough time to finish whole seasons of shows like Call the Midwife.  Recently I’ve enjoyed The Great British Baking Show (known as The Great British Bake Off in England) and the classic British comedy One Foot in the Grave.

5. Acorn TV.  Back in the days before streaming, I used to salivate over the Acorn catalog.  Now, for about $60 a year I can access Acorn TV, which lets me stream dozens of English mysteries, dramas, and comedies with a flick of the remote.  Current offerings include Doc Martin and the new Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime.  There are also some relatively obscure programs such as The Chamomile Lawn and the miniseries The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

With the exception of Acorn TV, I’ve had access to all of these options for years, but I didn’t pay much attention to them.  Now that I’ve broken up with Netflix, I’m having fun playing the field while I feed my inner Anglophile.

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