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SURGE OF STREAMING SERVICES COULD LEAVE CONSUMERS ADRIFT

Remember when Netflix was the only streaming service? Those days are long gone. Now there's Amazon Prime, and later this year there will be services from Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia. But how much content is too much? And how much will consumers be willing to pay for these proliferating streams of content?

Garth Ancier, a former Fox/WB/NBC/Turner/BBC America executive, is skeptical of the streaming surge. On his LinkedIn page, Ancier posted, "We have the 800-pound global gorilla Netflix, Amazon Prime... Hulu trying to figure out who they are... with 'DisneyFlix' (Disney's family-friendly streaming service built on Disney and Fox's assets) readying for launch, and Apple spending billions on a new video service. Is this really the time for WarnerMedia to ape the others? Launching these SVOD services takes a long time, and huge amounts of cash and skill. And the foundation of 'WarnerFlix' is HBO? Isn't that what HBO Now is today?"

Source: indiewire.com

By Christian Hamaker

"Audiences are about to face more choice--and may soon have to shell out more subscription fees depending on their interests, as content is splintered across more services," wrote Michael Schneider at Indiewire.

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Title Annotation:THE WIRE
Author:Hamaker, Christian
Publication:Rural Telecom
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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