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Monday, January 15, 2024

Ideas on Streaming Providers: 2024 Version

Streaming companies have revolutionized content material supply, sending linear media corporations right into a panic as they watch conventional cable companies decay. “Reducing the twine” is a typical apply lately, however the streaming panorama is not excellent. We’re a decade into streaming so I wished to share my ideas on the state of latest media: first impressions, second ideas, and the third diploma!

  • Netflix is king due to having first mover benefit, and making good monetary strikes over the previous six months, however Netflix’s content material is unremarkable. Their latest wins are USA’s Fits and content material licensed from Max…they should do higher
  • The largest loser within the present streaming panorama is the sports activities fan. Wish to watch American Soccer? You want YouTubeTV, Peacock, and Amazon Prime. Soccer fan? You want Peacock, ESPN Plus, Paramount Plus, after which AppleTV Plus when you care about MLS. Being a dwell sports activities fan is absolutely, actually costly.
  • The mum or dad corporations of HBO and Showtime killed their manufacturers with “Max” and “Paramount Plus”. HBO’s model title and fuzzy fade in are iconic; “Max” means nothing. A part of me died with this silly model change.
  • Streaming companies lured us in with no ads however they’ve realized that the advert tiers generate extra income. Now they’re attempting to cost us out to get us to decide on the cheaper, ad-driven tier. Good enterprise however I will pay extra to keep away from the adverts.
  • Apple has all of the assets on the earth however they deal with their streaming service like all the things else they do: supply an unremarkable product and skate off of title. Ted Lasso was good, as was Shrinking, however all the things else is filler…
  • …and charging for Killers of the Flower Moon through the holidays, then offering it without cost as soon as persons are again to work, is an embarrassing cash seize.
  • Amazon does not supply practically sufficient in unique content material. These tech corporations are half in, half out.
  • Warner Brothers Discovery licensing their content material, particularly the Marvel Comedian Universe IP, to Netflix as a result of they want fast money appears like a self-own. How do you develop Max by giving your greatest content material to a higher service?
  • AppleTV’s {hardware} is insanely elegant to make use of, although I am aggravated they did not decide to their gaming providing. Roku nonetheless appears like a Tremendous Nintendo in a N64 world.
  • The free streaming choices lately are superior when you do not need to spend cash. YouTube, RokuTV, and Tubi present a great deal of nice content material at no expense.
  • Disney Plus supply a great deal of nice outdated films however my children not often watch it — they’re busy watching cringe exhibits on Netflix…
  • One large frustration is the shortage of a “earlier” button that cable remotes had. Navigating between channels in YouTubeTV is painful
  • …and to additional enhance the expertise, it could be nice if AppleTV and Roku would permit customers to have two apps facet by facet; allow us to construct our personal multi-view.
  • A part of me needs to bin off all of my sports activities streaming companies and easily use StreamEast…however the comfort is simply too good.

Agree or disagree? What did I miss? Let me know within the feedback under!

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