These are fascinating times if you’re a fan of entertainment.
Businesses have become more monopolized/consolidated. Many publicist’s deemed the start of the “Streaming Wars” a bit too early when Hulu and Amazon rose up to the occasion.
Now Disney aims to corner the market, particularly in entertainment for children. A big chunk of Netflix’ revenue was based on the rights they had for various Disney properties. I watch Netflix. I just finished a terrific season of Atypical and the first half of the final season of one of Netflix’ greatest shows – BoJack Horseman. My viewing habits aren’t rare, but they are definitely more diverse than the typical streamer.
Every time I would visit my niece over the last few years she’d be enjoying various Netflix series’ like Daniel Tiger, The Magic School Bus and A Series of Unfortunate Events. This was amplified by the catalogue of Disney films and properties they had – which are no more.
I have not purchased Disney Plus yet. The only reason I would is The Mandalorian, which is almost reason enough. I’m trying to be patient and wait for the entire season to be out (almost worth the payment to avoid spoilers), that way I can own the subscription for a month, binge it, then cancel.
I took a good hard look at my budget the other day: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO Now. I’ve decided to cap myself at four. It is likely I’ll replace Amazon or Hulu for Disney Plus in the coming weeks. If you have multiple subscriptions – the cost adds up, but under no circumstance will I be watching shows, simultaneously, on more than four platforms.
Each subscription has their own unique policy, but I think for most people it will be advantageous to rotate their subscriptions out. To periodical cancel and bring back. I will start noting the series’ I am interested in and how often I’m visiting each service.
Will this be the end of Netflix? Netflix inspired a lot of innovation in a relatively stagnate industry, but yes, I whole-heartedly believe this is the beginning of the end for them. They’ll need to lower there prices to compete. But now they’re similar to HBO, where they have to be more about quality-content. Except they don’t have that – at least not enough it – to justify the expensive monthly costs.
Out the gate they had Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, etc. So much quality content, when they began opting for quantity. Seemingly everything was greenlit. Money was thrown at unsuccessful projects such as Marco Polo. They’re now gambling a bit of their finances on The Witcher, which they have prematurely renewed for a second season.
The age of quantity is fully here though. We have more content than ever before, but we are light on quality content. There will always be a demand for that though – a demand that’ll only grow when suppressed.