People all over have been wondering if Netflix can survive now that other streaming services are taking their place in this new world order. Worry seems to have sunken in even for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Netflix has been at the top of the streaming industry for a decade. These days, their stock is down, and expectations about other streaming services are up. As Apple just launched its new service, and Disney is set to follow, the question of the hour is: Who will win the streaming wars?
Fairytales Can Come True
As if the Disney-Fox merger wasn’t a big enough clue that the media giant was gearing up to take over the world, Disney+ is now the proof in the pudding.
For roughly 7 dollars a month, Disney challenges its rivals with a roster of classics, as well as some new soon-to-be favorites. Everything you can imagine will be available on their new streaming service. You’ll be getting Marvel, “Star Wars,” Pixar, National Geographic, and Disney originals all at your fingertips.
The new shows that Disney+ is championing as they roll out their streaming service on November 12 are some heavy hitters. They’re going all in. Their all-star lineup is likely to garner an even bigger audience than even their low price point will.
It’s Kind Of Fun to Do the Impossible
Probably one of the most highly anticipated new Disney+ series is “The Mandalorian.” Executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are bringing fans a fresh look into the “Star Wars” universe. The show picks up in between the fall of the Empire and the arrival of the First Order. Audiences are going to get to see brand new characters and will undoubtedly be thrilled to watch this exciting world emerge.
There’s also “Encore!” which is hosted and executive produced by Kristen Bell. “Forky Asks a Question” has Tony Hale reviving his beloved “Toy Story 4” character in his very own show. “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” joins the launch, as well as “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Upon the Disney+ launch on November 12, there will be over 600 TV shows and movies for your choosing.
The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
Apple TV+ is also offering a whole lot for only $4.99 a month. It’s a price that beats out all other comparable streaming services. As of November 1, there is a list of exciting new shows available for your viewing pleasure. The Apple TV+ lineup includes the revival of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and a new show from Oprah Winfrey. You’ve got sci-fi dramas and, just in time for the holidays, even a Christmas musical.
Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon have been getting a lot of buzz lately around “The Morning Show.” You’ll also get to see shows like “Ghostwriter.” The original children’s mystery television series that first aired in the ‘90s will be reinvented for the 21st-century and included in the mix of Apple’s new programming. You also have action films such as “Acceleration.” Produced and starring Natalie Burn, this film takes female empowerment to the next level. It doesn’t hurt that it also features Sean Patrick Flannery, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, and Chuck Liddell, among others.
Does This Mean the End Of Binge-watching?
This is the one move that could actually give Netflix the upper hand in the streaming wars. Hulu had already been dropping new episodes weekly. It looks like Disney+, Apple TV+, and HBO Max streaming services will follow suit.
In the tradition of the network model, a lot of these new shows will have viewers tuning in week-to-week to see what happens next with their favorite characters. Certainly, now that binge-watching is a trend, and we are living in the day and age of instant gratification, holding out an entire week to catch up on your favorite show may not be appealing to some. Even with that kind of model, some viewers might choose to wait until the season ends so they can binge-watch all at once.
Either that or they’ll stick with what’s on Netflix. After all, Netflix still has a number of originals that fans enjoy. No matter what the price is, or the way you view it, the real winner is likely to emerge thanks to its original programming.
Just as the good old days when shows on network TV ruled the world, whatever you’re streaming, has got to be fascinating enough to keep you coming back for more.
Full Stream Ahead
Yes, it seems as if everyone is jumping on the streaming train. NBC, CBS All Access, AT&T’s WarnerMedia, Amazon Prime is expanding, Walmart is bringing “family-friendly” content to Vudu, even movie theaters are joining the VOD platform. If you mix that in with every other niche streaming service that exists (and the others that are likely to arrive), you’re looking at an entirely new era of television.