Remember a few weeks ago (or was it just a week) when Burnie said on the RT Podcast that a lot of people are just waiting for them to pull out the rug beneath us like we're waiting on some kind of conspiracy or ruse? I never considered myself one of those people, until today. When I saw that RvB season 15 went up yesterday for First members I was still excited because it meant I would be able to watch today. But as I, and many other regular members, discovered that's not the way things are anymore. Regular members now have to wait a week to see content we previously only had to wait a day for, which by then will already be up on YouTube which is already a more convenient and reliable streaming site.
Now don't get me wrong, I was a sponsor for years because I wanted to support RT as well as get access to some of that awesome exclusive content like special episodes of Immersion and RT Shorts. But once the community site started going to shit I decided not to renew because honestly the only content I had to come to the site for was RvB. The show that started it all. Now I can't see any reason in having a regular account on the site aside from keeping up with some people in the community. Now getting a First membership looks less like a way of supporting RT and more like the only option if you want to see stuff when it comes out.
I can't tell you the number of times I've seen an ad on Facebook or Twitter for a new episode of something only to realize it's for First members only. There are now First only series. There's an exclusive panel at RTX for First members. First members have early access to convention tickets. And if you check the comments of the latest RvB episode, you'll see a rift is starting to form between these two types of members. But that's not something I plan to stick around to see. I've really started to lose hope that RT has any plans to address any sort of problems or criticisms we put forward. Hell we're seeing a lot of long time members leave the site on a near daily basis. I'm not going to delete my account -- to much history on here, but I probably won't be logging on anymore.