The cable-cutting movement for many moving away from traditional TV services and more to online services has been well under way for a number of years and has even been embraced by many of the bigger service providers now too as the phase of denial has very much passed by. Where many streaming services had be heralded as the new golden age of content consumption, however, it seems as many may already been looking to start trimming the services they are using.
The latest step for many has come following the announcement that Netflix would be rising the price for all of the plans it offers – the changes coming to the US service will see the price of the middle and highest tier rise by $1 and $2 respectively, which on the bigger scheme of things is only a small price hike, but it hasn’t helped with the criticisms that have been received in recent years. The lack of expanded catalogues, new and original content being cut short with less sought after developments being pursued, and overall a falling in quality for much is what has offered have been leading many to seek a way out – and the price hike might be the straw that broke the camels back so to speak.
The shift has also come as many different providers have made the adjustment to offering their content through online streaming services and moving in to a position which made many start the cable cutting movement in the first place – with the list of services growing such as Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, Crunchyroll, YouTube TV, and many more all stacking up, the cost to watch your favourite show has moved from a single $10 subscription in to multiple subscriptions, and with exclusivity becoming more prevalent, it is now much more difficult to rely on just one service for all of your shows.
This is true whilst moving away from recreation such as TV and Movies and in to growing ventures such as sporting events through esports too as it has become hugely represented as streamed media – one of the latest big events in the League of Legends World Championship had a huge representation on the biggest platform, Twitch, which remains as the most used with a huge pull for the growth of esports and supporting markets such as betting esportsbetting.site, but has also seen other titles move recently – with a lot of criticism falling on the platform in recent months for decisions being made, some titles have followed the same exclusivity path by only offering their games to be streamed on YouTube or a similarly dedicated platform, once again fracturing viewership and making it more difficult for users to find everything in one place.
It has become a problem that is very difficult to solve as the number of studios producing the different content continue to grow and are unlikely to collaborate to offer everything under one roof – Disney have been the most recent to distance themselves too by stating that they will be having a huge focus on their streaming service moving forward, but could these changes lead to the new cable cutting movement?