There has been a lot of chatter lately about the Disney/Fox acquisition. Not only is Disney going to start their own streaming service called Disney+, but they’re also going to have a majority stake in Hulu.
Everyone is talking about the new service and its original programming, scheduled to be released in late 2019.
What we at The Digital Worm find to be equally interesting, if not more so, is that AT&T is planning their own streaming service. Not only this, there are talks about them selling off their 10% stake in Hulu.
So what is their plan and how is it different from what Disney and the other big names are trying to do? We don’t know much but here is what we do know. Read on.
AT&T is hoping to release their streaming service around the same time Disney+ goes live. You may be thinking, “How can this phone company possibly compete against the big named streaming services like Netflix?”
Here’s the thing. AT&T owns Warner Media. This includes networks like HBO, Turner, and even DC comics. Yep. You’ve got that right. These guys own quite a bit of your favorite media options, including Direct TV. Is your mind blown yet?
They’re going to offer a three-tiered service. The cheapest tier will be an “entry” tier, focused on movies. The “premium” tier would offer more, such as the popular HBO shows so many of us enjoy along with “blockbuster” movies.
Lastly, they’ll be offering a “bundle” tier. This tier would throw in classics, kids’ programming, niche material, etc…
We believe this will include the DC website and their original programming along with comics and a message board. If you’ve been holding back on springing for this service, you might want to hold out until AT&T releases the price structure for these tiers.
Cutting the cord has never looked more attractive for nerds.
Netflix is constantly cranking out some of the best content we’ve ever seen. Disney+ and Hulu are committed to being a real competitor. And Amazon is…well…whatever Amazon feels like being at the time.
AT&T has the potential to really shake things up and we’re excited to see what the streaming landscape looks like at the end of 2019.
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