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.
CBS and Viacom have reunited as one company after two failed attempts since 2016. The new company will be named ViacomCBS.
By reclaiming their content from licensees to launch standalone streaming services, traditional media companies are sailing headlong into uncharted waters.
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.
Netflix will lose its top two shows when Friends returns to WarnerMedia at the end of 2019, and The Office returns to NBCUniversal at the end of 2020.
Recently, anonymous sources have reported to multiple news outlets about the difficulty Hollywood will face in attempting to take back its content from Netflix.
AT&T’s decision to acquire a declining DirecTV and a sputtering Time Warner is materializing into a massive miscalculation.
Last week, Disney and Comcast came to terms whereby Disney would take sole control over Hulu. Comcast will remain a silent partner until 2024
In an industry where content is king; Netflix has worn the crown in recent years thanks to the programming libraries from the major studios.