Battle of the Streaming Services Continues

Battle of the Streaming Services Continues

Makayla Dotson, Features Photojournalist '24

A constant stream of ticket purchases. Box-office rates through the roof. Popcorn and laughter surrounding the theater. Roll credits.

In 2019, box office revenue was at a whopping 42.5 billion. Movie theaters are seeing the lowest number of purchases than they ever have: $223 million dollars in ticket sales. So where does entertainment go from here? Streaming Services. As of 2019, nine new streaming services were released to the already crowded  group. 

Disney+, Hulu, Hbo Max, ESPN+, Discovery+, and  Prime Video all streaming services all with unique media. As movie theaters closed, a majority of movies were available to access via streaming services. Movies like Trolls World Tour and News to the World were released on demand to offset the balances of cancellations. NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell said,  “Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable”. Other movies like Disney’s Onward and Frozen 2 were also released sooner on Disney+ due to the pandemic.

According to several Vanden students, Netflix is the way to go. Dylan Jiron said that Netflix is a good platform because of the Umbrella Academy, while Kylie Cesar said Queen’s Gambit and Winx were two of her favorites.On the other hand, Kayla Johnson said that “The genre is the most important part of choosing what to watch, I mostly watch supernatural dramas so I always start with that”. 

Netflix has several different genres including action and adventure, anime, dramas, classic movies, children and family movies. Disney + has genres like animated, comedy, musical, action/adventure and sci-fi.  For the most part, all of the streaming services offer the same genres. It’s how they make new content within those genres that makes each streaming service unique.

According to “The New York Times 50 Best TV Shows and Movies to Watch on Disney + Right Now” the most popular include WandaVision, The Mandalorian, Hamilton, Soul, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, and Iron Man. Hulu has about 35 shows and movies the most watched ones being: The Handmaid’s Tale, Little Fires  Everywhere, Love Victor and Animaniacs.

Studios continue to produce and release movies despite quarantine. Hbo Max seems to be the lead provider in new movies along with Warner Brothers. Some of the movies that will soon be released include Tom and Jerry, Dune, Godzilla vs Kong, In the Heights, Friends Reunion Special and a Gossip Girl reboot. 

As new movies continue to be released, which streaming service do you think will win?