We live in an increasingly connected world. An ever-increasing number of things around us are connected to the internet – not just our phones, watches, and TVs but our appliances and even our clothes. In a world like this, it’s not a surprise that many people are abandoning their cable and broadcast TV channels for streaming – after all, streaming offers a much better experience, often across several devices at a competitive cost or without ads. As a result, we’ve seen many popular streaming apps and services emerge in the last few years. There are, of course, Netflix and Spotify – these veterans of the streaming business – and a few contenders already attacking their supremacy: Apple with its Music and TV+ services, Disney, and YouTube Music, to name just a few. Each year, new services are launched – 2020 won’t be an exception. Here are ## exciting streaming services to keep an eye out for this year.
Hulu was a Fox product offering its American viewers content that has already been broadcast on TV – as such, it was popular but never as popular as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. With the Disney-Fox merger, in turn, it joined the Mouse House – and it is becoming a lot more exciting than ever before.
First of all, the service has gone global – it is now available in more than 200 countries on any device, no matter if it’s a phone, a PC or a smart TV. And its content offering will be amazing: Disney plans to fill it with all the properties that don’t fit into the family-friendly Disney+. This means we might soon see a new Aliens series on Hulu.
Hulu is currently available in three tiers: an ad-supported “cheap” tier for $5.99 a month, an ad-free tier, and a “package” that includes subscriptions to Disney+ and ESPN+.
Warner has tried its luck with a DC Comics-related streaming service called “DC Universe” that didn’t attract the fan base it needed to survive. Instead, WarnerMedia plans to add a new service to its roster: HBO Max.
HBO Max will initially be launched in North America, followed by a localized version in Latin America later in the year, and parts of Europe in 2021. Ultimately, it will go global.
Finally, let’s take a look at NBC’s own streaming service “Peacock” set to be started this July in the US (with no word on other countries at this time). Peacock will have a great content library: aside from classics like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”, it will also offer access to movies from Lionsgate and series from Starz, and a ton of new content like a reimagining of the hit “Battlestar Galactica” series, family series like “Madagascar: A Little Wild”, a spinoff for the “Real Housewives” reality series and a reboot of the popular “Saved by the Bell”.
Peacock will be free in the US but with a limited library and ads. For access to the full library, users will have to pay $5 (and see 5 minutes of ads each hour), and for the ad-free experience, they’ll have to pay $5 more. There is no word yet on if and when the service goes global.