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The Streaming Services Are Getting Out of Hand

There are way too many streaming services available for consumers right now. It’s getting chaotic, impractical and expensive.

In my household alone we subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime with the HBO extra package, ESPN+, and Disney +. We don’t have cable, but the streaming expenses add up.

If all those weren’t enough to pay for and choose from, other streaming services are on their way packed with content that nobody wants to miss. Honestly, I’ll probably end up subscribing to those too.

NBC’s Peacock and HBO Max are both coming to screens in 2020. Peacock will feature The Office, all of Universal’s movies, and a bunch of new content. HBO Max will have South Park, some Studio Ghibli films, and, like NBC, tons of amazing new shows.

Even the executives aren’t immune to streaming frustration. HBO Max doesn’t have the rights to the Harry Potter series, but Peacock does. Peacock doesn’t have the rights to Friends, an NBC series, but HBO Max does. Its madness trying to figure out who has what, and what you need to subscribe to in order to view your favorites.

Even just finding a movie to watch now means opening three apps, browsing through each app. Or searching each app for a specific movie and trying to remember who has the rights to what.

The intense competition between platforms for subscribers may eventually cut down on the number of services that consumers have to choose from. For now, however, we’re stuck wading through thousands of shows and movies on several different platforms while paying several different monthly bills and trying to keep up with who’s coming out with what, when. Good luck, my fellow TV lovers. We need it.