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Gunning for Netflix

HBO Max Launched May 27, 2020: the Battle Begins

Follow the money and you find out why the streaming titans are all chasing Netflix. Netflix has ruled the streaming industry since its launch in 1997. The major entertainment players didn’t take this start up seriously–big mistake.

In 1997 cable TV was the top dog because it’s only competition was the very limited over-the-air TV and unreliable in a storm Satellite service. In 2017 industry reports counted 73 percent of US households with cable subscription service of some kind. Last year that number had dropped to just 44 percent and 62 percent of adults subscribe to one or more streaming services. As of 2020, Comcast, the largest cable subscription company, has 22 million subscribers and that number continues to drop. Netflix boasts a whopping 169 million accounts world-wide.

The streaming business forms two camps — streaming entertainment and live broadcast information. Streaming companies like Amazon and Netflix purchase movies or option new series content that is uniquely their own. The Live Broadcast industry purchases rights to cable and network broadcasting and sells it in smaller packages tailored to profile interests like basic news and movies, basic news and sporting events, or even just basic news.

Streaming ServiceLive Broadcasts
Netflix
Amazon Prime
HBO Max
Disney +
Apple TV


Hulu Live
Sling TV
AT&T Now
YouTube TV
CBS All Access
FuboTV
Pluto
Philo

If you are a cord cutter trying to save money or just trying to get the best value, the learning curve can be very steep. Netflix and Amazon were the only options for years, but the networks, studios, and big tech have all joined the race.

Good News: More choices. Bad News: Confusion.

Live TV Broadcasting

Watching the major VHF/UHF networks is the least expensive option. You’ll need a TV antenna and a digital tuner (either embedded in your flat screen TV or as an add on device if you have an older tube TV), but that is all the hardware necessary to get CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS in most areas.

If you are living in a geographic region where broadcast signals get interrupted by things like mountains, valleys, or dense forests, you can ax the antenna and pay for cable or a live streaming service (see the chart).

The cost of a streaming service is compatible with cable pricing channel for channel. Most cable channels offer 3 or 4 price levels with a mix of channels. The streaming services let you customize and scale those channel selections so that you do save money. But research is key.

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Great Deals

Streaming Deals on Movies!

Apple, Amazon, Google movies deals available right now now.

iTunes has the complete 5-movie Twilight Collection that seduced us from 2008-2012 for just $20.

You can save big money right now restocking your movie collection. As our Covid-19 lockdown comes to a close, the major streaming services are offering up big entertainment value on past box office hits.

Google Play

Top 4K movies are on sale now.

  • Mission Impossible 5-movie collection – Sale $39.99 | Regular Price: $60.99
  • Jack Reacher Never Go Back (2016) – Sale Price $9.99 | Regular Price: $16.99
  • A Dog’s Journey (2019) – Sale Price: $14.99 | Regular Price: $19.99
  • Point Break (2015) – Sale Price: $6.99 | Regular Price: $14.99
  • Green Book (2018) – Sale Price: $7.99 | Regular Price: $14.99
  • Akeelah and the Bee (2006) – Sale Price: $4.99 | Regular Price: $9.99
  • The Last Full measure (2020) – Sale Price: $9.99 | Regular Price: $14.99
  • How to be Single (2016) – Sale Price: $6.99 | Regular Price: $14.99
  • That’s What I Am (2011) – Sale Price: $3.99 | Regular Price: $12.99

Amazon Prime Video

Disney Princess movies are on sale for just $9.99, including the 2019 live-action Aladdin with bonus features.

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