A few years ago I was minding my god damn business, scrolling through my Instagram, when I saw an ad for BET Plus and stopped dead in my tracks! Hold the hell up, so now that Disney+ is here, we gon have a BET+ too? Lawd have mercy, this is tew much! WTFudge is going on? Why is this happening? WTF BET gon produce that’s gon have me PAYING for another damn subscription service? Like, I already got Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, IPSY, HostGator, T-Mobile! (Them last few ain’t even entertainment subscriptions but shit I still gotta pay for those too, right?)
So who in they RIGHT MINDS is adding BET Plus to the god damn list of bills? AND WHY?! (Yeah I know, Black people this, and Black people that, yaddy yaddy yah! But there’s “Black-ish”, and “Grown-ish”, and bout fifty-leven more shows that showcase black folks that I can watch on Netflix, so WHY BET Plus?) Welp … I did some digging and here’s what I found!
What The Hell Is BET Plus
According to the BET website, “BET+ streams the best in Black content by your favorite creators – from “Martin” to exclusive original series “First Wives Club” and “Bigger”.” Um … who’s favorite creators? How you know who my favorite creators are? Psh! Carry TF on BET! What I really wanna know is … is this another streaming platform, or is it just an addition to BET??? What is it?
Welp! It’s another god damn streaming service. Here’s some more info from Viacom:
“BET+ is the new online streaming service from BET Networks, launched as a joint venture with Tyler Perry Studios. As one of the largest online subscription video-on-demand services focused on the Black audience and lovers of Black culture, BET+ will feature more than 1,000 hours of premium content including new, exclusive programming, iconic TV series, movie favorites, as well as documentaries and specials from BET Networks. It will offer original programming from Tyler Perry, including his plays, series and box office hits. BET+ will be home to exclusive series and more from leading Black content creators.” Okay, okay, I see you, I hear you! But um …
Why Do We Need BET Plus
Shit! I don’t even know right now!
We can’t download any of the videos to watch offline. You gotta have a subscription to BET+ to watch any of this, which may be stuff you’ve already watched if you have cable and you already watch BET on TV. Cause how new is this “new” stuff gonna be?
Hell, you can’t even watch BET+ on the damn computer if you get the app! It has to be via a IOS, Android, Amazon Kindle, Amazon FireTV or Android TV device! Lawd, but get this! If you subscribe to the BET+ Prime Video Channel (which I’m sure is an extra cost, unless it comes with Prime Video, which I’ll tell you in a minute below) you can watch BET+ content on a computer by using the Amazon website. But lemme tell you! BET+ Prime Video is a whole separate subscription service from the entire BET+ app!
Oh lawd jeezus! This sounds like a bit much right now! I’m sorry, I love black people but god damn they be doing A LOT!
How Much Is This Damn Thing Gonna Cost Me
BET Plus is gonna cost you a big whooping — $9.99 a month.
And no, BET Plus is not free with Amazon Prime.
BET+ Prime Video on Amazon is the same price as regular ol’ BET Plus … aka $9.99 a month. However, you may not need both! (Thankfully.) While BET+ is an app, BET+ Prime Video is a channel on Prime Video and you’ll ONLY be able to watch content from Prime Video, not on the BET+ app. So it’s just a different way of viewing the content. If you already have Amazon Prime, you could just use the channel, and if you don’t have Prime, you can still watch BET+ via the app. Cool, got it! Whew! So you really don’t need to pay for both!
But now here’s …
My Thoughts On BET Plus
These mutherfudgers think we got money huh? Y’all think we rich, rich? WTF you mean $9.99 a month? I mean, yeah it SOUNDS cheap, but did y’all read all the other god damn subscriptions I ALREADY have? I JUST added Disney+ to the mix, and now I gotta add BET+ too? Oh my lord! Out here, gonna be broke broke! TF! I mean, if you don’t have cable like me, then this is probably useful, since I’m tired of missing all those documentaries y’all be talking about on social media. (But then again, y’all talk about it so damn much do I really need to WATCH it?)
And if you’re pro black, or a huge Tyler Perry fan, then clearly you’re gonna want this! Maybe you’re not a Disney fan and you don’t need Disney+. Maybe you don’t already have Netflix or Hulu, so maybe this COULD be your thing! But for someone like me, who already has all of the above, I’m on the fence here.
I need to see these “new” shows before I decide if it’s even worth it. Cause the old content ain’t worth it, let’s be honest, I don’t NEED to see any of that stuff if new stuff is coming monthly on the platforms I already have. But if the new Black creators content is golden then I may have to jump aboard and grab this too! Like I said, I love me some Black people! This could be a great thing in the making. But goodness, my pockets!
So yeah, I’m gonna sign up for notifications and emails and see what kind of content is out there! I’ll keep you guys posted and let you know if the content is worth an extra 10 bucks a month, and do some reviews once this thang goes live so y’all can hold on to ya pocket cash for now. But if you’re DYING to have it now, download BET+ here.
Great story 👏🏾
I loved your post… u had me cracking up and provided good info at the same time 😂😂 keep it up!
So I went and got the subscription through prime… it was 99 cents for prime week so I said let me check it before I commit to $9.99. They got all the Tyler perry plays which I love but when I went to indulge in some ratchet TV they had one season available and I had to purchase the rest for $2.99 a pop or $19.99 for the entire season…. excuse me !!! I’m not sure if it’s because I’m paying .99 cents that ish is limited for me but if this is the case it’s a no for me dawg. I’d gladly give up ratchet TV shit toxic anyways 🥴
Yeah it’s definitely because of ya .99 cents! LOL Whew chile! Everything came with the BET+ subscription when I tested it out. So if you need it gon’ and get the actual APP!
Loved your article ! You had me laughing agreeing and gave some info I was seriously interested in ! Good job !!! Hope you have a great day!!!
Awwwww! Thank you!!! THIS made my day! 🙂
Still confused about Prime having BET and GET plus. Can anyone make it clear as to weather. or not I can watch BET tv shows on Amazon Prime – OR – do I need the BET subscription ?
Hey Judy, I’m gonna test it out myself and write up a new post for you guys. I deleted BET+ awhile ago, but if y’all need the info, I’ll look into it and write it up. Seems like they still haven’t answered this yet. It’s not even on their FAQ page, so give me a few days and then I’ll have the answers you need. 🙂
Girl…. let me tell you how you had me cracking up while reading this. I loved every second of it. I was like wait how old is this and why am I just seeing it. And you from BK!!!! Icing on the cake. Well hear this, I have Bet+ through Prime and of recently I can’t view some seasons of the older shows by creator Tyler Perry (House of Paynes). They want me to pay per episode or season. I saw someone else comment the same thing. But the difference here is I pay $9.99 a month so I don’t know what is going on. I ended up downloading the Bet+ app got a 7 day free trial and was able to watch a few episodes. All the season are free on the app itself. Now, I don’t know what or who to turn to. Because clearly something is wrong. If I have the channel on prime paying $9.99 why am I not able to watch all content. Anyway… I am about to go search for your youtube channel. Be safe and stay enjoying life
Hi Naddia! THANK YOU! Brooklyn in the house!!! 🙂
But yeah … so when I went to download BET+ I saw there was a channel on Prime, and I have Prime too, so I thought it WOULD be easier. But like y’all keep saying, it’s worse. Just gon’ and get the app, and it’s cheaper from what I remember? But I deleted the app awhile back since I don’t use it as muvh as my others because … BET think I’m playing with them and they foolishness. Lol
But thanks for commenting and hyping me up love! Just get the app!
Thank you so much for the breakdown…I was trying to see the difference between BET Plus and Bet now …. And which one I was going to try out…. Seems like from your post and the comments of others, it’s best to just get the BET plus app…. Mind you there are only a few shows I like anyway so once I catch up on them, there’s a possibility I may cancel the subscription until the new seasons come out….I mean, who has the money to pay for streaming apps that you’re not even using…. And internet and all of the other fees….
You’re totally welcome! And bingo! Although I’m crazy and I just keep them all. BET was the one I cut the fastest.
So, I purchased BET+ Amazon Prime Channel for $9.99 per month. I was watching “In Contempt” but can’t get past episode #3 without paying for the rest. Meanwhile, on the BET+ App (outside of Amazon Prime), I’m seeing that if I pay $9.99 there, I’ll get all of the episodes included in my subscription.
So, does the Amazon Prime BET+ Channel have content that the BET+ App doesn’t have (and vice versa). Or does it just make more sense to get the BET+ App outside of the Amazon Prime environment.
Get this!!! At one time, I was paying for BOTH without knowing it. This branding is terribly confusing to me. Very frustrating to be paying for a service that I don’t understand.
Yeah … I keep hearing this and I keep promising everyone to do another post and do a deep dive into this cause I deleted it after it first came out. But I believe the APP is what you should have not the Amazon channel. But I’ll deep dive for 2022 cause I know they have more content now.
Doesn’t Tyler Perry have enough money. It shouldn’t cost anymore than $3.99 a month, with a discount for buying a years subscription. I’ll continue to watch BET for free.
I mean … how much is enough? LOL But yeah … It’s cool. I still have to do a big review to see if it’s really worth it.