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An Open Letter to Streaming Services

There are currently over 200 streaming services available to viewers.
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Please stop multiplying

Dear entertainment industry, please stop. Consumers enjoy binge-watching television shows on a regular basis, this is true, but stop releasing new streaming services. 

Is there really such a demand for Lifetime movies that there needs to be a streaming service for it? If memory serves correctly, the primary focus of streaming services was to get away from those pesky cable bills. As of now, the average cable bill can run anywhere from $157-$217 a month and in comparison a $9 monthly fee for a streaming service seems ideal. Yet, when there are over 20+ streaming services to choose from, are the consumers honestly saving money?

 It’s common for people to have more than one streaming service at a time. Since services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video have their own exclusive content, it entices people to continue to pay for those as well. Not to mention the fact that some services offer access to live television. Is this not the exact same thing as having cable? For example, Hulu offers Live TV with no ads for $60.99 a month, which isn’t terrible at all; however, since “The Witcher” is a Netflix exclusive getting rid of it would be silly, so that would add $12.99 to total costs. The price now sits at $73.98 but then, shucks, the newest season of “Euphoria” is coming out, and the only way to watch that is by subscribing to HBO Now. That’s an additional $14.99 added to the total costs. So, all together the grand total for only three services is $88.97 a month. While this still isn’t as much as a terrifying cable bill, these services start to become another expensive luxury in every day life. Even YouTube offers a live TV subscription which starts at $49.99 a month. Seriously, who is paying for YouTube?  

At the same time, it’s also beginning to feel like companies are forcing people to pay for their services. With the release of Disney+, their competitor Netflix had to remove all Disney related content from their platform. Now, the only way to watch Thor in the comfort of a living room is through a Disney+ subscription. Streaming services are no longer about what is best for the consumers, it’s now a huge pissing contest between these companies. They are all fighting to come out with the next best streaming service to rack up all that tasty cash from people.  

 At this point, companies should start asking themselves, “Okay do we really need a streaming service?” And the answer is no. There are more than enough to choose from. Rest assured that no one is rushing to see Logan Paul’s latest feature film on YouTube Red. Streaming companies are slowly becoming the one thing that they vowed to destroy: cable companies. But it’s the same monster with a new face. Let the people have some time before the next release of a service; or, perhaps, fix the ones that are already live? Just a thought.  

Sincerely,
Concerned Consumers

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