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The five things that will define the next act of streaming TV

  • Ashley Rodriguez
By Ashley Rodriguez


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If you know nothing else about what’s going on in the battle for TV supremacy, make sure you’ve got these five points in your head if you suddenly find yourself cutting deals with Hollywood execs at Spago.

Welcome to our field guide on the coming streaming wars. Check out other parts of our deep dive into the future of television here.

  1. The next round of deals between cable TV networks and programmers is going to be wild. TV networks with streaming offerings like CBS, Disney, and HBO have more leverage because they no longer depend solely on the cable companies to reach their audiences. But pay-TV providers like Comcast, Dish, and DirecTV also have less incentive to pay high carriage fees and subscriber guarantees when they are losing customers and the networks are competing against them. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when Disney and Comcast renegotiate their carriage fees.

Other stories in this field guide, published daily:
Field guide: The next battle in the streaming-TV wars
QZ&A: Hulu CEO Randy Freer
Annotated: A close look at Netflix’s earnings
Chart book: The future of streaming is global
Video: How streaming companies took over Sunset Boulevard
Essay:  best way to navigate your streaming options
Org chart: Who’s who in streaming
Tool kit: The resources you need to stay ahead of the news

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