The Death Of Streaming Services

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Taylor West, Staff Writer

We all love watching TV, getting wrapped up in a juicy plot, or falling in love with the characters on screen. It’s a universal love, something that almost everyone can agree on. Some watch TV from cable, while others take the route of popular streaming services. Nowadays, millennials find themselves staying in on a Friday night to stream the most recently popular show, rather than simply watching cable TV. One of the most well-known and worldwide used streaming services is none other than Netflix.

As of April 7, 2017, Netflix reportedly had around ninety-four million paid subscribers internationally. While other streaming services weren’t horribly far behind from their large-scaled numbers, they still didn’t compare. Take a look at some of the compared and contrasted factors of each streaming service.  

     Hulu: $8 monthly/ 12 million subscribers/ best for network TV

    Amazon Prime: $7.99 monthly/ 80 million subscribers/ best for families

     Sling: $20 monthly/ 2 million subscribers/ best for cable TV replacement

     HBO: $14.99 monthly/ 2-2.5 million subscribers/ best for premium content

While Netflix charges $9 per month, it’s best for overall viewing TV series and movies. So the question remains: is Netflix the death of other streaming services? Seemingly it wins the popular vote, being the number one streaming service for people of all ages. Netflix is one of the most talked about streaming services, ranking others such as Hulu and Amazon Prime below it. Not only has the paid subscription put other streaming services to bed, it also has made lots of people cut off their cable. Cable TV has never been used less in a time in history. Why pay for cable when you can have Netflix for $9 per month, with a variety of different shows and movies?

In the past, Netflix has been guilty of only supplying their subscribers with outdated and unheard of titles. It would take seemingly years for the service to change up their selection, causing only a few to stick with the service. After hitting a rough patch, Netflix lost over half of their customers when their variety began to lack in all places. Once out of the drought, Netflix started coming up with creative and captivating originals. A thick line was drawn between the movies and shows they provided, and the ones they called “Netflix Originals.” While some never made it to the tabloids, others boomed with success. Shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black had late subscribers crawling back for more. One of their most popular originals, Strangers Things, knocked their revenue to over $2 billion. The highly anticipated second season of the show left Netflix with more subscribers, just based on the buzz of the first season.

All of this surfaces another question to the table: will Netflix finally take out their competitors? When dealing with numbers and the news, is there really any competition for Netflix? When viewing tabloids, Hulu and other services are hardly mentioned. While they too have original series and movies, compared to the amount of fame Netflix originals have received, their works are almost nonexistent to those who don’t actively watch them.  

Everyone has a TV preference, whether it is cable or a streaming service, television is a universal factor. Although Netflix still is in the running with other streaming services, it seems as if their charts outweigh the others. It is possible, that in the near future Netflix will be the death of other streaming services.