The streaming wars are officially started with the launch of Disney + and HBO Max shaping up.
With a huge lineup of famous TV shows and movies from Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and many more, Disney+ is going to be Netflix’s greatest rival.
And it is just the tip of the iceberg. In the following months, AT&T’s WarnerMedia will start HBO Max and Comcast’s NBCUniversal will begin its streaming service called Peacock. Apple’s streaming service Apple TV+ launched earlier this month, but its content is limited with just a handful of shows but more coming soon and Apple planned to spend big on new content and content marketing. It’s not a major player in streaming war as of yet but soon it will be adversary not taken lightly.
NetFlix will continue to be the King of the industry by the end of 2020, but who will be the next new SVOD service to reach the 50 mill subscribers mark by the end of next year? according to SportsBettingDime, Disney+ has the best odds to accomplish that.
Netflix had a brilliant head start in this tug of war with more than 150 million subscribers all over the world and more joining in every day, but Disney has priced very sensibly for the amount of content it is going to offer, Disney+ is offering a very attractive $6.99 per month rate, making it a smart choice to an add-on to your current streaming or cable TV package with no huge expense. On top of all that, Verizon wireless subscribers with extensive plans have the advantage to get Disney+ free for a whole year, which could help promote Disney’s subscriber number into the millions by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Netflix has raising its rates over the last several years. Its most successful plan costs $12.99 per month. While Netflix has been positive about the rising wave of new rivals in streaming war, it also revealed in its third-quarter profits report that increased competition and more expensive pricing could limit its subscriber increase.
Disney given another brilliant offer. Disney will give its users Disney+, Hulu (with ads) and ESPN+ in a package for just $12.99 per month. That implies you get to stream series from NBC, ABC, Fox and many more, a group of ESPN channels and everything on Disney+ for the very exact price you’re already spending for Netflix. In my point of view, this is the best deal on the market right now.
HBO Max, which comes with the standard HBO TV shows and more content from WarnerMedia like “Big Bang Theory” and “Friends,” and they are also planning for a Friends reunion which will bring a lot more subscribers and it will only cost you $14.99 per month, it is the same price as “regular” HBO. There is a hope that regular subscribers will convert to Max. NBCUniversal’s ad-supported Peacock is supposed to be free for everyone to stream and enjoy, CNBC reported earlier this month, There will be releasing a paid version as well which will come without ads of course.
What if Peacock won’t become a big hit, and the avalanche of new content released on unsuspecting viewers – who couldn’t watch it all even if they leave their jobs and never slept in life – content just keeps getting bigger! What if, deadened by indecision, watchers start watching TV the way several already consume the news: choosing only the “safe” TV series that are familiar enough to verify their current world view, instead of taking a risk on something that could extend it the way the most desirable art does?
Because of this new medium of storytelling more women and folks of color work behind the camera on television. LGBTQ narratives are being told to audiences. Little shows from across the pond knocked HBO’s best offerings at the Emmys. TV’s influence on culture started to rise. Our greatest movie stars no longer look down at the small screen and they all are embracing it and excepted it as a new avenue of art.
Television is not easy entertainment given directly to our living rooms. Rather, it’s become the thing we have to “keep up with.” Of course, no one is obliged to keep up with all the new TV shows (except TV critics, it’s kind of there job), but so many shows enter the social conversation, it’s difficult to say if you can get one that everyone at a dinner party or the office have all watched. And even if you do watch it, the bingeing time means you might not be at the same episode of the show. The TV has lost a lot of the community feature that made it so appealing. And TV shows are coming out all the time and sadly I have to say very good ones.