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The Streaming Service Brawl

Britt Trachtenberg

Posted on August 5, 2021 02:24

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Gone are the days when Netflix would mail you a DVD to watch at home and mail back to them by a specific due date. Instead, television has gone digital with the advent of streaming services. Various apps include HBO Max, Peacock, and, of course, Netflix.

Gone are the days when Netflix would mail you a DVD to watch at home and mail back to them by a specific due date. Instead, television has gone digital with the advent of streaming services. Various apps include HBO Max, Peacock, and, of course, Netflix.


These apps feature different shows. For example, Peacock, home to NBC’s content, holds all episodes of The Office, and has bonus content, behind-the-scenes, and blooper reels as well. Additionally, it has WWE content. Meanwhile, HBO Max, initially owned by WarnerMedia and currently owned by AT&T, is home to HBO originals like “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union” and Warner Bros productions like the sitcom, “The Middle”. Disney+, a front-runner in today’s streaming service industry, is home to all Disney content.


The advent of streaming services has put on-demand television at the viewer’s fingertips. Consumers are able to take in movies and shows that they, perhaps, would not have the opportunity to see on cable otherwise. These shows can be educational, such as watching a National Geographic episode on Disney+ or The History of Comedy documentary on HBO Max. These shows can also be funny, such as watching The Mindy Project on Hulu or Saved By The Bell on Peacock. I know I would have never discovered Duncanville if it weren’t for Hulu.


Streaming services have perhaps made consumers more aware of the business side of television as streaming services shop shows, acquire rights, and make their original content available on their platforms. Netflix has certainly felt the weight as more production companies remove their shows from the platform. For example, NBC’s “The Office” left Netflix after the establishment of Peacock on January 1, 2021, with “Parks and Rec” following soon after in October. Additionally, after leaving Netflix in January 2021, “Gossip Girl” arrived at its new home on HBO Max.


Television, like most other things, is a business. Prior to streaming services, production companies were bought and sold by other companies. For example, Disney bought Freeform (called ABC Family until 2016) in October 2001. I think that these streaming services-- though profit centers for production companies-- have made the slow monopolization of television more visible. When one hears that a show is leaving a streaming service, they might do a Google search to find out where the show is going, if anywhere. I think that it has made the consumer more aware of what actually happens on the business side of television.

Britt Trachtenberg

Posted on August 5, 2021 02:24

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