Disney Plus will not be a "Netflix-Killer": thoughts on the future of media-streaming
Updated: Aug 8, 2019
To assume this package means we'll be watching less Netflix is to be too optimistic about our species.
So Disney just announced a $12.99/mo. bundle for Disney +, Hulu and ESPN. Disney Plus, of course, will include Simpsons, Disney movies, Marvel movies and shows, and all Star Wars content- yeah, it's going to be a monster.
I keep hearing people call it a "Netflix-killer." If I understand correctly, Netflix ( which is the most popular of the streaming services) has a plan for as low as 9 bucks a month. As someone who has Hulu Premium, Amazon Prime and HBO GO guess which one I'm going to cancel in favor of Disney Plus? Fucking 15-dollars-a-month-ass HBO Go.
I already have commercial-free Hulu, I don't want ESPN. I'll just cancel my HBO, get Disney Plus and still save like 9 bucks a month. Media narratives are silly - in an era where Game of Thrones is over and there's no spin-offs prepared for 2019 release if you can have Netflix, Disney Plus and Hulu for about 20 bucks a month then it is not Netflix that is going to get left out in the cold as the next streaming paradigm dawns.
In my view one should be be skeptical of media narratives about company killers and competitors and ultimately look to your own spending habits as a guide to what others may actually do.
That said, it's a lot of fun to speculate - who will be the first music stream merger to try to take down other companies? What if Tidal bought SoundCloud? What if Spotify bought AudioMack? What if YouTube Music bought DatPiff? Would it matter? Who would survive?
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Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers.