The Streaming Wars are upon us, and the deck is stacked against the small players.
Amazon and Roku held HBO Max and Peacock out of the game at the beginning. Peacock is still not in the game, and seemingly may never be.
Content is king, but what is amazing more so than what is available, is what is not available. There are a few shows from the 1950’s out there, more from the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. But what I don’t understand is why all of them are not available? In this day and age, I would expect to pick up an old tv guide and find any show from the past on at least one streaming service.
My wife and I have mentioned shows to our kids from ours pasts, there have even been revival movies of shows that are not available on streaming services. Why? One of my kids enjoys the “A-Team, why I don’t know but that is not on a streaming service. For Christmas I got him the DVD’s.
“Streaming is a massive scale business,” said Evercore ISI analyst Mark Mahaney. “You probably need to be willing to spend $10 billion a year on content.” He was describing the Amazon and MGM deal.
But there are still holes missing. I am still waiting for Maverick, F-Troop and Spenser for Hire. Granted Alfred Hitchcock is on Peacock, which I can’t watch with my Fire Stick….