Streaming Tipping Point

Streaming Tipping Point

The biggest selling point for Netflix when it premiered was that you could watch all your old, beloved shows in one spot for a low fee. The original offerings were limited, especially for original content, but at least there was a single location that housed nearly all the audience’s favorite shows of days past. Then Hulu came on the scene, and it fixed that issue, for the most part. Instead of just past series, now you could watch current and ongoing programs with a slight delay with or without commercials depending on how much you were willing to spend. Again, far from perfect, but combine Netflix and Hulu and you essentially had nearly all your favorite shows, past and present, on demand for minor costs, particularly compared to the costs of cable and satellite. Back then, these two services seemed like the future of television and film programming. In a way they were, we just didn’t imagine that they would simply recreate what had already been done, but worse...