The streaming giant Netflix will be facing considerably more competition as upcoming video-on-demand services will soon be flooding the marketplace. Indeed, research projects massive growth in the streaming industry through 2024. In turn, it seems likely that performers will see an increase in acting opportunities in this expanding new media landscape; striving to win over viewing customers, the streaming companies plan to create plenty of new original content to add to their listings. Also, founder & CEO of The Vertere Group Tim Hanlon, believes streaming companies will depend more on advertisements to keep their fees competitive. “I think we’re going to see a lot more rethinking about how advertising [will be incorporated into the services]—hopefully judiciously, not cramming 15 minutes of commercials like in a regular linear television environment that we have today,” he says.

Here are some of the upcoming streaming services on the horizon. 

DISNEY+ 

The Disney+ subscription platform is set to launch on November 12th. It will feature film and television content from Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television. Original films and television series are also in the works including content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Content spending is reportedly expected to be $15 billion this year alone. The service is expected to cost consumers about $8 per month.

While Disney+ will focus on family-oriented programming, Disney-owned Hulu is expected to create more adult-oriented original content. 

APPLE TV+

Apple TV+ is an ad-free subscription video-on-demand web television service which will be viewable through Apple’s TV app. Although the company has been pretty secretive about the details of the launch, its major projects feature Hollywood A-listers such as Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon. CEO Tim Cook teased the service, “is unlike anything that’s come before” and reportedly planned to spend about $1 billion on original content last year. Apple TV+ will have a recurring monthly charge of $9.99. It’s expected to debut on November 13th.

HBO MAX

AT&T and Warner Media’s bundle HBO Max will come out in spring of 2020. For about $17 per month, subscribers will be able to view HBO series like Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, as well as content from Cinemax, the DC Universe, Looney Tunes, Turner Classic Movies, The CW, CNN, and sitcoms like Friends, Seinfeld, and The Big Bang Theory. HBO Max is working on bringing original content as well.

NBCUniversal

Comcast plans to launch its NBCUniversal streaming service in the Spring of 2020. Although the company didn’t announce a lot of details about the kinds of content to be featured, it will host the fan-favorite series The Office. The service is expected to cost about $12 per month.

AMAZON (IMDb TV)

On January 10th, Amazon expanded its streaming services beyond Prime, launching the free video-on-demand service IMDb Freedive. In June, IMDb announced the name of the service would be changed to IMDb TV. The platform is ad-supported and offers limited but entertaining Hollywood film titles and TV programs. 

WALMART’s VUDU

Although it was acquired by Walmart in 2010, the Vudu video service plans to add new original family-friendly content. Vudu is not subscription-based like Hulu, Netflix, or Disney+, and the first batch of its original shows will be ad-supported and free to viewers.

COSTCO

CNBC reported that Costco is considering the idea of creating a streaming service for “average Americans.”

Add to the mix all the other smaller streaming services—CollegeHumor’s Dropout with its uncensored original shows, chat stories and comics, and the economical family-friendly platform 24 Flix featuring family-friendly TV programming as well as faith-based content—and it’s clear to see the streaming market is growing exponentially. Hopefully, actor job opportunities will as well!

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