Streaming showdown

3 months ago Miles Christian Comments Off on Streaming showdown

As more and more people start to use streaming services for their entertainment on the television, cable TV is dying faster and faster. With streaming services becoming more and more popular by the day, cable TV is becoming more and more saturated. Cable TV is becoming saturated because it is too expensive and it doesn’t always have what people want. Not only is it too expensive, but it also has many commercials that feel like a lifetime in between every scene of your show. 

“I don’t want cable anymore because I can save a whole bunch of money and still have the ability to see my favorite movies and TV shows with streaming services,” says Jonathan Croft

As numbers show, streaming services are the future of television and it is growing tremendously day by day. Currently, most people that use streaming services use Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu to fulfill their wants. Most recently, Apple TV+ launched on November 1st and Disney+ launched on November 12th, which boosted those numbers even more.  

On Nov 1, Apple TV+ launched and it is ad-free for only $4.99/mo with a 7-day free trial. Apple TV+ also has a deal that if you’ve purchased a primary Apple product (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, Apple TV) after Sept 10, then you will get Apple TV+ free for a year. From setting up the product you’ve bought, you have 3 months to claim the free year.

Students who have the Apple Music Student Plan can also get Apple TV+ with no additional cost. With one subscription you can add up to 6 additional people who can enjoy Apple TV+ along with you. Apple TV+ includes Apple Originals with big stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, Oprah and more. These originals will be shown in 4k HDR and with Dolby Atmos sound.

“I really like the Netflix Originals, so I’m very interested to see what the Apple Originals will be like,” Ryan Mason said.

Apple TV+ has said that they will release new shows often, but there is no word on if they will have shows or movies from other companies. The Apple Originals won’t release seasons at a time, but episodes.

A little over a week after the launch of Apple TV+ launched, Disney+ launched, and people are raving about it. At $6.99/mo or $69.99/yr, Disney+ also has a free offer to Verizon customers that have Verizon Unlimited or the new Fios 5G home internet services. But the big deal is the bundle with Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for only 12.99/mo. With this bundle of ESPN+ ($4.99/mo) and Hulu ($5.99/mo) you can save almost $6 every month.

Disney+ will include content from Disney, Marvel and National Geographic. Also available on 10 different devices, with the ability to watch four different shows on four different devices. “I’ve always loved Disney and I am most excited to re-watch the Disney princess movies,”  Caroline Domo said.

Netflix had many Disney shows and movies, could they be in trouble? Probably not, Netflix has many other shows and has recently announced a deal with Nickelodeon to film originals with new and old characters. This would help them tremendously to compete with Disney+ and Apple TV+.

As of now, many people are choosing Disney+ over Apple TV+ simply because they know what they are getting. “I chose Disney+ over Apple TV+ because I can get more content for a better deal,” Dillon Dunn said. Although they know what they are getting, there is no risk with Apple TV+ because of the 7-day free trial. The excitement continues to rise as streaming services are becoming more and more popular.

Miles Christian
mmchristian1@vwu.edu