Part One: Netflix Subscribers and Exclusivity. Netflix lost subscribers in the United States for the first time in nearly a decade. The next battleground in streaming will take place over content exclusivity.
There is growing speculation that Amazon will acquire ViacomCBS after the post-merger dust settles.
CBS and Viacom have reunited as one company after two failed attempts since 2016. The new company will be named ViacomCBS.
Disney will bundle its three streaming services, Disney+, ESPN+ and the ad-supported Hulu starting in November.
By reclaiming their content from licensees to launch standalone streaming services, traditional media companies are sailing headlong into uncharted waters.
Netflix is banking on a slate of big budget films to attract new subscribers. The streamer is spending over $550 million to make just three big budget films.
European broadcasters and content providers are implementing three strategies in the online content delivery market to stave off competition from Disney, Amazon and Netflix.
During the second quarter, DirecTV’s traditional satellite service lost 778,000 subscribers and its streaming service DirecTV Now lost 168,000 accounts.
Beyond ballooning content and acquisition costs, fueled by costly debt, there are five additional obstacles that will challenge Netflix’s streaming dominance.
NBCUniversal, who competed against Disney for Fox, is planning to follow Disney’s lead in India with the purchase of Zee Entertainment.