Disney, Hulu, Comcast discussed on All Things Considered
Dark humiliating moment in your life, this film without a shirt on? Reality shows, you have to get permission before they can put you on TV. Did you consent, obviously did they talk to you about the fact that you're on television? Yeah. No the week. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Ari Shapiro Cornish, Disney is taking control of Hulu the streaming service, who is known for having a little bit of everything original content like the Handmaid's tale older shows, like Seinfeld in the office in current episodes of shows, like chopped in house, hunters, Disney has a commitment to by Comcast stake in a company and mainly covers the media industry for the New York Times he joins us from New York to talk about what this means for consumers. Welcome to the program. Thanks for having me, who has always had multiple owners and part of its appeal to consumers was diverse ownership. Right. And it also meant that they had access to all kinds of shows why has consolidated for its entire existence. It's been run by a committee because of the joint ownership. It was the parent companies of NBC ABC and FOX because it was sort of built by committee. It's ambitions and its direction was never always clear now. Now finally Disney has a chance to take full control over it. They can do whatever they want with it, and be more ambitious more aggressive. That's really the reason they have the opportunity took it. But Comcast is planning its own streaming service, right? And Disney has its own platform on this year. CVS has had one for a few years as someone who has cut the cord myself to tell you. I'm not looking forward to all these sign up. So what's going on pay TV cable, satellite? These traditional business is rotating, fear, people are paying for it, and they're getting Netflix, subscriptions and CBS subscriptions, and Hulu subscriptions. And so Disney, which owns a bunch of network, including ESPN ABC. They've seen this their business has eroded. So they figured let's go with the call over the top directly to the consumer. I mean who has been around for awhile, it's sort of it's the leading contender after net flicks. So from Disney's point of view, it's actually nice to take control of something that's got over twenty million getting up to thirty million subscribers gives them a nice headstart. So. With disney. Now, the full owner, does this mean a lot of the TV shows that people might have enjoyed on who are going there. So the key part of that is, is NBC, which is part of Comcast, they struck a deal so that, you know, even if they do once I do buy full control NBC will continue to license its shows to Hulu, so Brooklyn nine nine and the good place will still be available. There is one of the glitch, though, after a three year period, NBC could decide to pull them from the service and put it on their own. So you got a few years left do. They think people are willing to subscribe to seven or eight different services at a time. So they all know they've all done their market research, and they've all have the same data, which is a household a typical house will probably won't pay for more than four or five services at the most, and they need to be one of the four or five. Netflix, clearly at the top of that, and chances are Hulu is a strong second. So it's a fight for third and fourth place at this point. And that's why. Say it's it's going to be tough. It's going to be a hard battle for all these companies, so at the end of the day, what does this mean for consumers if everyone is going off and sealing off their content and asking us to subscribe to them individually? Basically, are we back to a cable scenario? That is definitely a possibility. The difference, though is that there is more choice. The problem because we had with cable companies for years and years and years, the buy into a big bundle. The cheapest you could pay is forty or fifty dollars for a bunch of channels. Maybe you don't watch conceivably with, you know with all these different streaming services. Maybe there's a way for you to mix and match or have some more choice over which group of channels, you want the, of course, the fact that they're all kind of cordoning off their own content keeping for their own service or their forthcoming service might end up looking like another kind of cable, though. So that's the danger and you also have to have a providence scripture in which you typically pay cable company for chances are you're at the hundred dollar, Mark after you pay for a bunch of these, so, yes. I totally by cintas interview America. And mainly covers the media industry for the New York Times. Thanks so much anytime Hulu faced a big challenge with its latest limited series, turn a complicated beloved sweeping novel into six episodes of television. We're talking about the classic Joseph Heller book from nineteen sixty one catch twenty two. The project is executive produced by George Clooney and stars. Chris abbott? NPR TV critic Eric Dagan says it's a beautiful horrifying uptake of one of the best antiwar novels in literature. Not many actors can match George Clooney when he's playing an earnest leader of men trying to find a difficult solution. I've been staying up at night. Say to myself. How you gonna win this thing boys? But when that leaders tenant sized cough, the officer from catch twenty two who famously berates his soldiers for failing to win marching competitions while training, the fight in World War Two, well, the result is a satirical farce worthy of the Cohen brothers. Not walk. Let's great line. Why can you not a ninety degree angle after eleven weeks? Why do you not seem to care that we are nine days from the inter squadron a right, jamboree Clooney's intensity lands, an extra level of thirty two the few instances where he choose scenery shops cough? He also directs to helping establish the mini series lush, expansive, look, the center of who's catch twenty two is Christopher Abbott from HBO's girls in a breakout role as John. You syrian. He's a bomb near who's far more worried that the oblivious finality of his superiors will get him killed than in the access soldier, some of his buddies are still fooled by tales of patriotism, and serving the war effort, but you. Syrian knows the real reason why cough, keeps them marching around the more pointless activities, the greater argumentation and the more power. He feels we can sit here and pretend all we want that. There must be some more noble war effort type purpose. But there isn't one we do parade socialites Goff to feel like a tough guy at first you Syrian his pals. Call him yoyo comes off as an needling selfish complainer, but when the show recreates what it's like the city of playing full of bombs trying to drop your payload while anti-aircraft fire.