USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham looks at the future of television after Disney’s announcement they are leaving Netflix to start its own streaming video service.
It seems so quaint, that day not that long ago when we plopped down on the couch, turned on the TV and watched our favorite shows when they aired.
Then came Netflix, Amazon and streaming, and viewing mostly anything we wanted to, whenever we wanted, without having to run out to a video store or wait for a DVD in the mail.
That all changed again this week.
The Walt Disney Co. said it would pull its movies from Netflix, to start its own streaming entertainment service in 2019.
Thus, if you wanted to watch Moana, The Avengers, Cars 3 or endless runs of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons, this would be the place for you. It also plans to launch an ESPN streaming service in 2018.
And if it works for Disney, why not Sony, 21st Century Fox and Warner Bros. streaming services as well?
Hollywood studios could band together, yank all their content from Netflix and make considerably more money. If they get the subscribers.
Netflix could become a shell of its current self—or just another streaming service that you would subscribe to for “House of Cards,” and “Orange is the New Black.” Based on its spending spree this year, it might be preparing for the inevitable anyway.
Just this week, it signed up late-night legend David Letterman to return to video with eight new hours of a late night show, joining Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer and Chris Rock, among others, to perform comedy on Netflix.
Wood-working on Facebook
Facebook also kicked off its long-rumored foray into TV like programming this week, but it’s not exactly must-see TV yet. Facebook’s Watch is a new platform offering produced, episodic TV-like fare, kicking off Thursday to a small section of Facebook users with “hundreds” of shows you surely haven’t heard of. (Social media influencer David Lopez showing off a day in his life; woodworker Tommy Mac’s tutorials, motivational speaker Gabby Bernstein taking fan questions.)
The bottom line: Facebook wants to be your CBS, ABC and NBC, where you catch up on the news, share things with your family and friends, listen to music and be entertained.
Meanwhile, Apple debuted its second TV series, an online spinoff of the…