By Frank Portillo
There are way too many streaming services available for TV completionists and the problem is only getting worse.
Disney is adapting the current model of television by starting its own streaming service with its various properties, which is slated to release in 2019.
Disney has confirmed that future Marvel, Disney and Pixar titles will be exclusive to the new streaming service, leaving the fate of the current Netflix and Hulu Marvel series up in the air.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Disney will have to pay $300 million to gain streaming rights to the shows currently on other platforms.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the cost of Disney’s streaming service will be lower than that of Netflix, which currently has a price tag of $10.99, because of the lack of content compared to other services.
But, there are still far too many.
Part of the announcement was that Lucasfilm, which Disney owns, will be producing a new television series set in the galaxy far, far away along with an entirely new trilogy.
A Star Wars television series has been rumored since Disney purchased the property, and it seems to be finally coming to fruition.
Being able to finally see projects like this come to life is the only upside to all of the competition.
Like the comic book movies, streaming services are being forced to separate themselves from their respective competitions by offering something not only exclusive, but new.
The separation leads to more money coming out of consumers’ pockets.
The only negative aspect to the whole situation is the many streaming services that one has to be subscribed to in order to view all the desired programming.
While the platform offers new opportunities to tell better stories than would be told on network TV, it is becoming more expensive to be subscribed to all of the available services than it is to pay a basic cable bill.
The standard Netflix account currently costs $10.99, Hulu Plus costs $5.99 a month with commercials and Amazon Prime Video costs $10.99.
The $27 already being spent on the three main streaming services don’t include the costs for premium channels such as HBO or Cinemax, which cost additional fees.
The price tag also doesn’t include the subscription to a traditional cable service, which is still crucial for the shows that aren’t included on streaming services, or live TV.
All the new streaming services, while costing a bunch of money, especially for students, have segmented TV lovers even more.
People with subscriptions to Hulu and Netflix might want to watch a show like “Star Trek: Discovery,” but are unable to do so because of their financial situation.
Some students can’t even comfortably afford the price tag of a single streaming service, so they share accounts with family members to alleviate the hit that their wallets take when signing up.
Introducing more only makes the issue worse.
The days of discussing weekly episodes are nearly over, as everyone watches TV on their own time and at their own pace.
The population of these people was thinned out with the evolution of Netflix as a streaming entity and is now being withered down to nothingness.
Pushing all of the new platforms promotes piracy for those who can’t afford the costs.
Consumers that are looking to watch these shows will find ways to do so for free, taking money out of producers’ pockets.
Unfortunately, there is no simple solution for the problem that these new streaming services present.