The Streaming Wars

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Join us a we take a look at the latest happenings in the world of streaming services

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099: The Future of the Theatrical Model
31:38
The latest episode of The Streaming Wars discusses the Emmy nominations, the latest batch of licensing deals at Universal, and the future of the theatrical model. News Rundown Netflix: ‘Hard Cell’: ‘Doctor Who’ Star Catherine Tate Lands Netflix Prison Comedy Series: https://deadline.com/2021/06/hard-cell-catherine-tate-netflix-1234783972/ Adam Robitel & Gavin Heffernan Set Up Thriller Series At Netflix With Darren...
Jul 15, 2021
098: HBO Max Goes International
14:08
This episode is a quick one as Dustin goes solo to talk about the major news from the past two weeks. The big news includes Peacock landing a deal with Amazon and HBO Max going international. Fina all about the world of streaming on the latest episode of The Streaming Wars. News Rundown Netflix: Will...
Jul 01, 2021
097: HBO Max AVOD Tier Launches
42:12
The past two weeks saw HBO launch their AVOD tier, Peacock land a new carriage deal with a major electronics company, and Amazon scoop up even more sports rights. We talk about all of this and discuss which streaming service had the worst launch. The answers might surprise you. News Rundown Netflix: ‘Supercrooks’ Live-Action Millarworld...
Jun 17, 2021
096: Amazon Buys MGM
46:36
As the summer begins and news slows, there was one major announcement that we started talking about the rumor last episode. Amazon officially announced that they are purchasing MGM. What does this mean for the rest of the entertainment industry? There is that and more with sports and service updates from the past two weeks....
Jun 03, 2021
095: WarnerMedia and Discovery Merger
51:47
After weeks of little news, we are overloaded with more news than a single episode can handle. The big news and the bulk of the episode is spent discussing the news about the WarnerMedia and Discovery merger announcement. What does it mean for the future of streaming? What does this do to the other streaming...
May 20, 2021
094: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers
41:31
After weeks of slow news, the past two weeks brought new numbers from Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, Peacock, and Discovery+. On top of that, there were a few new sports deals revealed that will affect streaming in the near future and what will the ad-supported version of HBO Max look like? All of that...
May 06, 2021
093: Netflix’s Latest Major Deal
49:07
The slowness of the news cycle continues with big stories that do not bring a lot of discussions up. This time around, we make the best of what there is with talk about the new plans at Plex, a study claiming Apple TV+ has the best content available, the intentions of WarernMedia and theatrical releases...
Apr 22, 2021
092: NBCUniversal’s New Streaming Service?
53:39
Over the past two weeks, there were a few things worth discussing from the world of streaming. Netflix made a large investment in two movie sequels. There was a slew of news based on previously theatrical only films coming to streaming. And could there be another streaming service in the future for NBCUniversal? Find out...
Apr 08, 2021
091: NFL Deals and the Streaming Landscape
51:29
The last two weeks saw new details for the upcoming AVOD version of HBO Max, Disney+ hit a new milestone, Netflix cracking down on password sharing, and some major sports deals that change the landscape of the streaming services. And what do we swear off covering in the future? Listen to find out on the...
Mar 25, 2021
090: Paramount+ First Thoughts
32:08
Paramount+ has launched and Dustin gives his first thoughts on the service. Is it worth the money? Is there enough content to make people stay using it after the trials and discounts expire? Find all about it and more from the past week’s worth of news from the world of streaming. News Rundown Netflix: Netflix...
Mar 11, 2021
089: Paramount+ Details
36:03
The past two weeks have brought a ton of info on the latest addition to the Streaming Wars, Paramount+. How much will it cost? What will it offer? Find out all about it and the other big news from the world of streaming. News Rundown Netflix: Wednesday Addams Live-Action Series From Tim Burton Ordered By...
Mar 04, 2021
088: Disney’s Latest Numbers
39:34
After a week off, there still isn’t a ton of news to discuss, but we do have the most recent numbers from Disney. In addition to that, we discuss HBO Max’s push into international markets and theorize about a major merger floating around on the net. All of that and more as Tony and Dustin...
Feb 18, 2021
087: HBO Max and Peacock Gains
30:24
Streaming news starts to get back into the normal groove with the latest quarterly reports which bring new subscriber numbers for HBO Max and Peacock. Other highlights from the week include ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ topping the holiday week after all, IMDb TV landing on Roku, and a new split streaming deal for a top sitcom....
Feb 04, 2021
086: Peacock, Sports and the WWE Network
47:17
A slow week turned into yet another major announcement relating to sports and streaming. Outside of a few quick service updates, the week is all about Peacock and the plans to add even more sports including the entirety of the WWE Network. Fina all about the latest in the Streaming Wars now. News Rundown Netflix:...
Jan 28, 2021
085: The Importance of Evergreen Content
27:58
It was a slow week, but Paramount+ announced their launch date and Apple TV+ announced more free trial extensions. In addition to those updates, we also hear about the most recent awards nominations and how important evergreen content is for streaming services. News Rundown Netflix: Netflix plans to remake “Sexy Beasts”: https://deadline.com/2021/01/netflix-remake-sexy-beasts-dating-show-1234671885/ Netflix boards survival...
Jan 21, 2021
084: HBO Max/Amazon Deal Details
49:13
Another week and more sports deals are in place for streaming services. That news takes a backseat to the news of Roku’s new active user number along with details from the HBO Max and Amazon deal to bring the service to Fire devices. The episode rounds out with a discussion regarding the importance of movies...
Jan 14, 2021
083: Sports, Holidays, and Discovery+ Launch
36:50
It has been a few weeks, but there were some big things that happened over the holiday break. More deals relating to sports are popping up while the launch of Discovery+ occurred. But what was the biggest takeaway from the past three weeks? Find out as Dustin and Tony bring you a new format for...
Jan 07, 2021
082: It’s a Disney World
This past week was a huge week for all of the streaming offerings from Disney and with new subscriber numbers, new integration, and a massive slate of content, there is a lot to talk about. Join Tony and Dustin as they discuss everything from the Disney Investor Day and everything else from the world of...
Dec 17, 2020
081: HBO Max Shockwave and Discovery+
1:11:01
Just when Disvoery finally reveals details for their streaming service and they have the spotlight, WarnerMedia sends shockwaves through the entertainment industry with an announcement for HBO Max. Will their plan work or will it alienate everyone outside the customer? Find out as Dustin and Tony discuss the latest news from the world of streaming....
Dec 10, 2020
080: HBO Max Lands Two Major Deals
57:10
It’s been a couple of weeks since the last news roundup episode and there is some major news to cover. Disney+ has hit their first year anniversary and with that some major numbers. HBO Max landed a deal with Amazon to come to Fire devices. But all of that was trumped by the news that...
Dec 03, 2020
079: The Death of Cable Telelvision
30:16
With the holidays right around the corner, Dustin and Tony take a quick break from the news and feature a topic-driven episode. This time around, the focus is the death of cable television. Listen in on how the major media companies are changing their focus to streaming, why it is important, and what is the...
Nov 19, 2020
078: Niche Streaming’s Longevity
42:05
With all news pointed towards the election in the US, streaming mostly takes a back seat. However, there were still some new results for the latest quarter and some developments with some new recent data analysis. Join Tony and Dustin as they look at the last week’s news and some interesting analysis regarding the future...
Nov 12, 2020
077: HBO Max Updates
41:17
Netflix raises its prices? Are exclusive deals at Netflix good for both parties? What does Andy Forssell have to say about the future of HBO Max? And are we talking about Quibi again? All of this and more as Dustin and Tony discuss the latest happening from the world of streaming. News Rundown Netflix: Netflix...
Nov 05, 2020
076: The Death of Quibi
44:16
There was a lot of news from the past week including new numbers for HBO Max, the importance of anime on streaming, how important sports is and the biggest news, Quibi is shutting down. Join Tony and Dustin as they discuss everything from the past week in regards to all of your favorite streaming services....
Oct 29, 2020
075: Did Netflix Fail in Q3?
46:58
Lots of news from the past week brought plenty of discussion points. But the big news is the Q3 results for Netflix? Did the ball finally drop for Netflix? What does a new study say about the age demos using Peacock and HBO Max? And did you know that Netflix Originals do not mean Netflix...
Oct 22, 2020
074: Should Disney Go All-In with Streaming?
42:01
As we start to catch up on some big topics of discussion, a new major restructuring is underway at Disney. But is it related to a recent investor letter about Disney hedging all of their bets on streaming, or something else? Also, Tony and Dustin discuss the latest announcement of the extension of the rights...
Oct 15, 2020
073: Streaming Synergy
27:54
Two weeks have past and while there has been a lot of news, most of it is pretty straightforward. That doesn’t mean that the global pandemic isn’t still affecting streaming. Tony and Dustin discuss the latest films to jump to streaming along with more synergy between the streaming services and their sister studios. News Rundown...
Oct 08, 2020
072: Peacock Lands on Roku
38:54
There was a lot that came up in the past week including Peacock landing on Roku, Quibi potentially looking for a sale, DC Universe announcing a major change, and the Emmys. Join Tony and Dustin as they discuss all of that and more on the latest episode of The Streaming Wars. News Rundown Netflix: Netflix...
Sep 24, 2020
071: Paramount+ Announced
29:15
The big news from the past week is the rebranding of CBS All Access to Paramount+. Dustin and Tony discuss the information announced regarding the rebranding along with the time frame of the ad tier releasing for HBO Max and the potential price increase coming to Disney+. Find it all on the latest episode of...
Sep 17, 2020
070: The Potential HBO Max Ad-Tier
31:51
The news continues to be slow but that doesn’t mean that Tony and Dustin can’t find some things to discuss. From the potential ad-supported tier for HBO Max to the Amazon Prime competing service coming from Walmart, the world of streaming continues to move. Find out all about everything from the past week in the...
Sep 10, 2020
069: HBO Max-acre Fallout
36:32
It was another slow news week, but there were some things that popped up on the outskirts of the streaming world. As the fallout of the HBO Max-acre (name courtesy of Vulture) continues, there is new word that AT&T might be looking to sell DirecTV. What kind of impact does that have on the overall...
Sep 03, 2020
068: What’s HBO Max’s Biggest Problem?
34:31
There is a lot of talk about HBO Max and whether or not it is failing. But Tony and Dustin have a different thought. The service isn’t failing, but it isn’t succeeding as it should be either. Find out what the biggest problem facing HBO Max is and stick around for a discussion on the...
Aug 27, 2020
067: DTC Service Future at WarnerMedia
47:58
A rather slow news week brought more focus to WarnerMedia and the fallout from their massive restructuring. Under that umbrella, there is news related to some of the DTC services that are not HBO Max and the future of them surviving the restructuring. Is CNN the next brand to get a DTC service? Could Crunchyroll...
Aug 20, 2020
066: Major Changes at WarnerMedia
1:01:59
One week brought some major news including Disney’s latest earnings call which brought an update for subscribers. The numbers are good, but is that what we should be focusing on? Meanwhile, the new WarnerMedia CEO is making waves as he cleans house at the company with the focus being on HBO Max. All of this...
Aug 13, 2020
065: Streaming Dominates Emmy Nominations
51:18
Earnings calls and award nominations. What other show would be discussing those at the same time? It is that time of year when the tech and entertainment companies start releasing the latest quarterly results which means streaming numbers. The other big news is that the Emmys were completely dominated by streaming or streaming adjacent services....
Aug 06, 2020
064: HBO Max’s First Numbers Revealed
58:43
This week, we get the first numbers for HBO Max. Are they good, bad, or something else? We also jump back to the Netflix numbers for the last quarter and discuss Quibi’s issue with communication. DC Universe is being suffocated and others are noticing Apple’s strategy shift as Tony and Dustin discuss all of the...
Jul 30, 2020
063: Peacock Launches and Netflix Grows
56:36
The past week has brought on the release of another streaming service and quarterly results for the biggest player in the game. Join Tony and Dustin as they discuss the launch of Peacock, Amazon’s continual push towards a service to rival Hulu, and a quick look at the growth of Netflix from the past quarter....
Jul 23, 2020
062: Is There Too Much Spending at Apple TV+?
49:55
After a week of mulling over the topic of films demanding too large of price tags, Tony and Dustin head back to the topic to discuss whether or not the idea of overspending can be a positive outcome for streaming services. The focus is mostly on Apple as it seems that they are spending to...
Jul 16, 2020
061: Are Film Projects Reaching a Boiling Point for the Services?
54:47
After an unexpected week off, Tony and Dustin are here to cover the past two weeks of news. Are some of the streaming services paying too much for film projects? Is live television an area that Amazon should get into? With Peacock unlikely to make a deal with Amazon and Roku, what does this mean...
Jul 09, 2020
060: Google to Acquire Roku?
49:04
The rumors surrounding Google being interested in purchasing Roku have sprouted back up so Tony and Dustin discuss what this possible acquisition would be for. They also discuss the need for free trials and whether 4K makes a difference for established players in the streaming market. All of this and the latest entertainment, tech and...
Jun 25, 2020
059: Is HBO Max in Trouble?
53:16
The social landscape takes the focus this week as HBO Max makes a move that can be polarizing. We also discuss the latest batch if numbers for HBO Max and some changes to the parallel services tied to HBO. All this and more are discussed when Tony and Dustin cover the past week of The...
Jun 18, 2020
058: Importance of Roku for HBO Max
50:36
The world has much more important things to worry about than streaming services so it was a light news week. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some great topics to discuss. We cover the disconnect between the tech journalists and the business analysts in their reviews of HBO Max. We also discuss the importance...
Jun 11, 2020
057: The Battle between HBO Max and Amazon
59:31
A week later and some are calling HBO Max’s launch a faliure. But is it? Tony and Dustin dive into the current war between Amazon and HBO Max and how it affects the overall momentum for WarnerMedia. They also take a look at the current spending spree at Apple TV+ and Quibi revamping their future...
Jun 04, 2020
056: HBO Max First Reactions
46:33
HBO Max has arrived and while there is some other news happening right now, our main focus is the launch of HBO Max. Did the launch go on without a hitch? Was it worth the wait? What other questions did the launch answer? All of this and more as Dustin and Tony talk about the...
May 29, 2020
055: HBO Max and Peacock Reveal More Content
37:36
Lots of news from the past week when it comes to the services and a lot of topics to discuss. Between Hulu putting their international rollout on hold, Apple looking for older library content, and the head exec behind Disney+ leaving the company, there is a lot to unpack. Join Tony and Dustin as they...
May 21, 2020
054: The Quibi Debacle
56:23
Quibi is the talk of the town and not in a good way. Between not having the greatest launch and comments from one of the head executives, things are not looking good. Tony and Dustin dive into how the service could be fixed and what is dragging the service down. There is also talk about...
May 14, 2020
053: HBO Max Speeds Towards Launch
44:03
As more companies release their latest quarterly earnings, Tony and Dustin dive into Disney’s latest numbers and how streaming is their sole bright spot during this time. Quibi faces a battle bigger than they may have thought, while HBO Max speeds towards their launch with new distribution deals and a new discount offer. All of...
May 07, 2020
052: Streaming in the World of Social Distancing
45:44
The world of social distancing is here and it spells the success of some aspects of the entertainment industry while being a problem for others. Netflix releases their subscriber numbers for the first quarter of the year and sees major growth, while the world of theatrical releases is in trouble. Tony and Dustin discuss all...
Apr 30, 2020
051: HBO Max Launch Details
40:50
HBO Max has announced more details for their launch next month including the date the service will be available and the original content that will be included on that date. Elsewhere, Vudu has a new owner and Apple has a bigger market share when it comes to the streaming wars than Tony and Dustin expected....
Apr 23, 2020
050: Quibi’s Content and TV Casting
52:07
While the world continues to adjust to the pandemic, it seems Quibi might be making some adjustments too. Quibi announced a certain change they are expecting to roll out that has interesting timing based on a certain interview given not that long ago. And with another week since the launch, more content comes to the...
Apr 16, 2020
049: Quibi Launch Reactions
1:07:10
Quibi has arrived and Dustin and Tony take it for a test drive. After covering all of the latest happenings in the world of streaming including Netflix adding new parental controls, WarnerMedia naming their new CEO and some new studies delving into expectations for upcoming services, it is all about Quibi. From the interface to...
Apr 09, 2020
048: Subscriptions vs Advertising
59:34
In the latest episode of The Streaming Wars, Tony and Dustin discuss the latest news including the launch of Disney+ in India, the free trial being offered by CBS All Access and how free trials are a necessity, a new interview with Jeffrey Katzenberg about Quibi’s upcoming launch and some new competition for Quibi that...
Apr 02, 2020
047: Streaming and COVID-19 Week 2
45:27
Another week has passed and the focus continues to be the effects on the streaming industry as the coronavirus continues to put more people in lockdown. What are the latest films breaking the theatrical windows? Why is the European Union asking major providers to reduce the quality of content seen by customers? All of that...
Mar 26, 2020
046: Streaming and COVID-19
1:01:53
It has been a busy news week regarding everything happening in the world. However, the entertainment industry and streaming more specifically is having its own reaction. Tony and Dustin are here to break down the small amount of news from the past week and discuss what the current worldwide pandemic means for the world of...
Mar 20, 2020
045: Quibi Skepticism and Disney Television Studios
47:10
For the second episode released this week, we dive into a couple of different topics. First, what is Disney Television Studios and what does it mean for content on Hulu or Disney+? Quibi is less than a month away from launching but will the recently announced free trial be enough to sway the skeptics? What...
Mar 13, 2020
044: Fx on Hulu Launch and Quibi Raises More Money
37:50
After some technical and health delays, we bring you all of the latest news about the streaming services and the content on them. The main highlights from the week include FX on Hulu launching, Quibi raising even more money and an interesting licensing deal that Peacock landed. All this and more as Tony and Dustin...
Mar 09, 2020
043: The Future of ViacomCBS and Streaming
47:08
The Streaming Wars may not be heating up, but the format of the show is under fire. We launch our new format and discuss everything from the world of streaming from the past week. What does the new Top 10 list on Netflix mean? What does the future hold for Disney+ shows that are deemed...
Feb 26, 2020
042: IMDB TV and 2020 Content to Look Forward To
30:25
New things are on the horizon for the streaming services and the podcast. This episode we discuss what IMBD TV is and what a new licensing agreement means for it. The team also discusses some content coming in 2020 they are looking forward to before heading into details for the new direction of the podcast....
Feb 21, 2020
041: Subscriber Counts and WarnerMax
29:15
After a week off, the sho is back with a bunch of new subscriber counts for a variety of different services. The other big news from the past two weeks was that WarnerMedia is creating a new film division called WarnerMax which will be creating films for HBO Max. What does that mean for the...
Feb 18, 2020
040: Disney+ Announces Release Schedule
19:35
A couple of new things sprouted up this past week as Adam Sandler and Netflix extended their deal and Disney+ announced release time frames for some of their most anticipated series. Join Dustin and Tony as they discuss all of the content news from the past week on this episode of The Streaming Wars. Netflix:...
Feb 07, 2020
039: Is Intellectual Property the Key to Success?
38:41
The slow trickle of news continues, but brings some interesting discussions. Should Netflix consider lowering their prices to keep US subscribers from leaving? In the world of streaming, is intellectual property the key to success? And why is HBO Max so important for AT&T’s future? All this and more as Tony and Dustin discuss the...
Feb 04, 2020
038: Apple Lands Another Former Premium Channel Exec
19:22
A slow week has brought in a few things to discuss. The main big news is that yet another former premium channel executive has signed an exclusive deal with Apple. And if you thought we have discussed all of the streaming services that exist, then you don’t know about Tubi. Check out the latest episode...
Jan 31, 2020
037: Netflix Changes the Game
37:46
A slow week means there is only a little news. However, Netflix makes up a big portion of the news as it released its latest quarterly earnings report and shared some interesting new ways of counting views for projects. Tony and Dustin discuss all of that and more in the latest episode of The Streaming...
Jan 28, 2020
036: Studio Ghibli and Netflix Plus Peacock’s Content
31:12
NBCUniversal has revealed their service and with that comes some new content. Outside of that, there were a few more announcements out of the Television Critics Association and a major international deal between Netflix and Studio Ghibli. Check out the latest episode as Tony and Dustin discuss the latest content news from your favorite streaming...
Jan 24, 2020
035: Peacock Details Revealed
58:45
Over the past week, there were a number of things to discuss. Between new deals made with various companies along with some updates for HBO Max out of TCA, there was a decent amount. The biggest news, however, was the investor presentation that NBCUniversal held to reveal all of the major details for the upcoming...
Jan 21, 2020
034: Content News from TCA
30:28
One week has passed and if you didn’t know the Television Critics Association held an event for the networks which meant there was plenty of content related news announced. So which service had the most news? Or which service had the best news? Find out as Dustin and Tony discuss all the latest content news...
Jan 17, 2020
033: Quibi’s Uphill Battle
44:53
The big news from the past week was a closer look at Quibi as they showed off the service at CES last week. So what do Tony and Dustin see as the problems for the service launching this April? Take a listen and find out as they cover the ins and outs of the uphill...
Jan 14, 2020
032: FX on Hulu, Disney+ in 2020, Mandalorian and Witcher Review
53:24
It’s been three weeks and while there wasn’t a ton of new content announced during the holidays, there was a pretty consistent trickle adding to a decent size amount to discuss. The highlights include Netflix making more international moves, the 2020 slate for Disney+, FX on Hulu, and our review of the first seasons of...
Jan 10, 2020
031: Mergers, Partnerships, and Potential Deals
35:12
Three weeks have passed since our last episodes focusing on news regarding the services and while it was still relatively slow, there is plenty of talk about mergers, partnerships and potential deals. Tony and Dustin take a look at all the major news from the past few weeks as we head into more announcements coming...
Jan 07, 2020
030: Survival of the Niche Services
25:57
Our last topic episode focuses on the different niche services and how they can survive in such a crowded market. What makes some of these services work even if their parent company has a larger service which offers even more content? And why do companies find the need to continue to find a service for...
Jan 03, 2020
029: Our Favorite Content in 2019
15:38
As 2019 comes to an end, Tony and Dustin take a look at some of their favorite content they watched from the past year. While some are the new seasons or projects from 2019, there were plenty of projects that the two saw for the first time in 2019. You can help to support this...
Dec 31, 2019
028: Why are Licensing Deals Important?
27:37
Have you ever wondered why shows like Friends, The Office, and Seinfeld demand half of a billion dollars? What makes a service shell out that much and are they actually spending that much? Dustin and Tony lay out the importance of these deals and why streaming services seem to be fighting for the rights of...
Dec 27, 2019
027: What is the Main Problem for Cable Companies?
31:47
As we begin our holiday break, the first topic we cover was an unexpected one. A certain quote was made by the CEO of Charter Spectrum during an investor call that really started a discussion between Tony and Dustin. So they decided to make it one of the points to discuss over the next two...
Dec 23, 2019
026: Services Continue to Ride the Nostalgia Wave
26:50
More projects are announced and a bunch continue to ride the wave of nostalgia. Disney+ seems to be the biggest culprit, but they are not alone. Tony and Dustin discuss this and all of the news related to the content coming to your favorite streaming services this time around. Netflix: YA book ‘Game Changer’ in...
Dec 19, 2019
025: Ad-Supported Netflix and What is AT&T TV?
46:36
What will make HBO Max stand out compared to Disney+? According to John Stankey, a lot. And that isn’t the only thing Tony and Dustin discuss as an ad-supported model for Netflix is tossed around, why live TV may not be the best direction for certain companies and new developments regarding AT&T’s future in streaming...
Dec 17, 2019
024: Home Alone Reboot and Too Much Money
23:55
It was a semi-slow week and while there is content news across all of the major services, none of them are very interesting. There is, however, a few tidbits worth discussing including more sports coming to Prime Video, the Home Alone reboot, and a Code 8 spinoff. Learn all about those topics and more as...
Dec 13, 2019
023: International Plans and Awards Season Begins
38:49
Have you heard of Plex? If not, you probably will in the near future since it is a new service that recently launched in over two hundred countries. There is also some news on Peacock along with the international plans for Netlfix, Prime Video, and HBO Max. It is also that time of the year,...
Dec 10, 2019
022: Comedy Specials, Game Shows and Kids’ Content
34:59
With Thanksgiving out of the way, the floodgates are open for news related to content as the publicity departments prepare for the holiday news lull. So, that means Dustin and Tony are here to discuss all the latest news including a Star Wars game show coming to Disney+, CBS All Access diving into the kids’...
Dec 06, 2019
021: The Future of Sports and Streaming Services
45:51
As expected, the past week didn’t have a ton of news but there were some new developments with the live TV options. This leads us to a major discussion regarding the future of the major sports leagues and how they will come into play for streaming services in the near future. All of this and...
Dec 03, 2019
020: How Does Video Get to Us?
45:58
Have you ever wondered how the video files we see as consumers get to us when we watch a streaming service? This episode has Tony explain the process of how the video goes from a file in the hands of a content creator to our screens. Sources https://www.information-age.com/how-netflix-work-streaming-4k-123484779/ https://www.techhive.com/article/2158040/how-netflix-streams-movies-to-your-tv.html https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/01/31/how-does-netflix-work.aspx https://medium.com/netflix-techblog/high-quality-video-encoding-at-scale-d159db052746 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_details_of_Netflix https://medium.com/netflix-techblog/per-title-encode-optimization-7e99442b62a2 https://variety.com/2015/digital/news/netflix-better-streaming-quality-1201661116/ https://medium.com/netflix-techblog/artwork-personalization-c589f074ad76...
Nov 29, 2019
019: The Execs Behind Disney+ and HBO Max
37:49
With Thanksgiving in the US happening this week, Tony and Dustin take a break from the news to discuss the Recode event and how it relates to the streaming services. John Stankey talked about HBO Max and Kevin Mayer discussed Disney+. With both services being at very different phases of existence and the directions being...
Nov 26, 2019
018: Netflix Expands Their Reach, Apple TV+ Falters
37:50
Thanksgiving is right around the corner for the US and that means it might be time to be thankful for all of the projects being announced. But are any of them sticking out to us? There was a pretty big deal at Netflix that probably won’t get too much traction, but we will tell you...
Nov 22, 2019
017: The Potential Issues with Disney+
1:21:05
We haven’t discussed very much of the services that offer live television, but this time around it is a good time to bring it up with two of the major services raising their prices and others not far behind raising their prices as well. In addition to that, we also discuss our reactions to Disney+...
Nov 20, 2019
016: Netflix Teams with Nickelodeon
22:27
It is getting to that time of the year where the news is starting to dry up. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some big things to discuss. The main highlight is that despite Nickelodeon’s parent company in the middle of finalizing a merger with CBS, they will be teaming with a different streaming service...
Nov 15, 2019
015: Disney+ First Reaction and Quarterly Earnings
1:00:05
Disney+ has now launched and while it wasn’t without its own hiccups, we give some first reactions to the service. On top of that, a new study claims to have huge subscriber counts for some of the services while the companies behind the services are teaming up to combat password sharing. The bulk of the...
Nov 13, 2019
014: Hulu Gets a Boost
35:48
Content is king, or so we are told all the time. But is it really? Does quality outweigh quantity, and how important is that thought for these new services launching? Amazon picks up some unique shows while Quibi continues to make headlines with their future content lineup. The big story might be a certain brand...
Nov 08, 2019
013: Could Peacock be Free for All?
42:26
Could Peacock end up being a free service? What do the recent deals WarnerMedia has been making with international providers mean for HBO Max’s international rollout? Who could possibly buy Vudu from Walmart? All of this and more is covered this time around as Tony and Dustin discuss the latest happenings within the Streaming Wars....
Nov 06, 2019
012: HBO Max’s Content Lineup and More
1:02:56
Even after our split of the show coverage, this week still brings a ton of news related to the content coming to the streaming services. With updates for Netflix, Disney+, and Quibi, the main bulk of the news is the content coming to HBO Max which was announced earlier this week. Dustin and Tony discuss...
Nov 01, 2019
011: HBO Max Announcement Highlights
49:29
With our new release format, this time around we are here to cover all of the news related to the services. While there are some brief updates regarding some smaller services as well as Netflix, the big news is all of the information announced at an investor meeting for HBO Max. So sit back as...
Oct 30, 2019
010: Quibi’s Hype and HBO Max Predictions
1:08:19
Just when we thought we couldn’t get as much content news as the past few episodes, we are proved wrong. So this episode features an announcement regarding the future of the show that should bring the run-time down some while providing even more coverage. Outside of that, there were a few things happening this week...
Oct 25, 2019
009: New Services and Piracy?
1:05:24
The streaming wars are about to begin? The media seems to be pressing that thought, while we know that this has been happening for a while. That’s not to say it isn’t going to be becoming more of a mainstream focus (this is a show all about it after all), but it is now less...
Oct 18, 2019
008: Disney Bans Netflix and What is Quibi?
44:31
The time has come for the show to jump to the present and start covering current events in the great battle between all of the new and existing services. This week the big news seemed to be Disney banning Netflix ads on their platforms. Is it really as big of a deal as everyone seems...
Oct 11, 2019
007: Current State of Peacock
24:27
Rounding out our “Current State of” series is a look at a service that may or may not be a major service in a year’s time. Because such little information is known at this point for the upcoming service from NBCUniversal, will this service compete with the major services we have already discussed or will...
Oct 04, 2019
006: Current State of HBO Max
46:36
Continuing our “Current State of” series, we move into the realm of the unknown. HBO Max may not have had a name until a few months back, but it was a service that was announced as far back as a year ago. The issue is that the service still hasn’t had a lot of firm...
Oct 01, 2019
005: Current State of Disney+
41:44
On the heels of the release of Apple TV+, another service with a plus symbol in their name is coming less than two weeks later. This service, however, couldn’t be more different. Disney+ plans on having a massive back catalog of content along with a slew of original content. After testing the waters with ESPN+...
Sep 27, 2019
004: Current State of Apple TV+
43:03
We have covered the service that already exists, but now we get into the services that are launching in the near future starting with Apple TV+. Out of all the companies currently with a streaming service or ones that plan on launching one, Apple is the largest company of them all. But does that make...
Sep 24, 2019
003: Current State of Amazon Prime Video
38:18
The second “Current State of” episode features a company that while in the streaming service business couldn’t be more different than the other companies. Amazon Prime Video is the focus this time around as Dustin and Tony discuss what makes this company so unique. What sets their model apart from Netflix? Can a service that...
Sep 20, 2019
002: Current State of Netflix
53:47
As we start our first deep dive into the companies behind the services, Netflix takes the focus. Netflix has more subscribers than any other existing service at this point and also has a pretty big lead on all of the new services launching soon. What does that mean for the future of Netflix? How does...
Sep 16, 2019
001: What is the Streaming Wars?
21:59
Join Tony and Dustin as they cover the latest happenings in the Streaming Wars. A podcast that dives deep into tech news, press releases, and quarterly financial statements to detail how each company is approaching their streaming service. In this first episode, learn about who the hosts are and what the show is all about....
Sep 12, 2019