(Jan 29, 2013)
I'd say they probably did accomplish that, but now HBO is still HBO and HBO has become Netflix in addition to being HBO.
My wife is Japanese and we spent the pandemic year in Tokyo with our then 1-yr old daughter. Netflix worked there flawlessly and had both native JP content and a lot of US/English content.
Now that we’re back in the US Netflix provides a good amount of content with Japanese subtitles and audio tracks. It’s nice that we can have the audio for my daughter to listen to. She spoke only Japanese when we were in Tokyo and I’d like to keep her engaged with the language for as long as possible because I suspect once she goes to school she’ll give up Japanese in favor of English.
That's not necessarily the case; we spoke German in the home and our son remained personally comfortable continuing in German with us (speaking, reading, texting etc) through leaving the house for university.
With the limited catalog, a general disinterest in all but a few of their originals, and the raising prices I'm thinking it's time to cancel and wait until something of interest lands on their platform again.
It is amazing that one big show can bring a significant number of subscribers in. Seems like most, if not all, services have at least one big hit, but it's never enough to get me to try. I want to see Ted Lasso, but it just doesn't seem worth signing up for yet another thing to just watch one show.
At the very least I appreciate that Apple defaults to emailing a receipt every month when it renews, unlike some other subscriptions that go radio silent and hope you'll just never get around to canceling it.