The world of paid-subscription services is undergoing disruption. This is just the latest iteration of a long pattern of commercial competition over home video formatting, and the below embedded Midnight's Edge podcast hits on the former topic in the context of the latter pattern. Clear away some time, get comfy, and get your learnin' on- it's time for some applied history.
Valued at 110 billion, Netflix is the undisputed king of the hill in the digital streaming marketplace. But other contenders like Hulu, HBO, Crackle and CBS All Access are also on the scene, and Disney will soon enter the fray.
To compete for your subscription dollars, they will all use exclusive content you want - meaning you will either have to subscribe to all, or choose which services and programming you will have to do without – just like in the past format wars between Blu-ray and HDDVD, or between VHS and Beta.
In this video, we will not only discuss the current fracturing of the digital streaming market, but the past home media format wars that lead us to this point. Joining Tom and Andre, is THE authority on the matter: Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits fame.