Summary: We’ve all toyed with the idea of cutting cable, but how many of us have officially pulled the plug? In this episode, Brian and Malinda explore the world of streaming. Using their wayback machine, they discuss streaming in its infancy (looking at you, MP3 files), and how it’s evolved over time to suit our content needs. Looking at major streaming players and assessing what might be next for them, our cord cutting hosts expertly catch us up on this ever changing landscape.
What we covered:
2:54 - What is streaming and how did it come to be?
3:52 - Cord cutting: Who does it and how much will it save you?
4:45 - Malinda talks about the experience economy and what happens when you can’t watch football at home any more.
7:05 - Are streaming services really just channels in disguise?
10:46 - A history of Netflix, and how Brian tried to game the system.
12:06 - Brian vs. Netflix
16:30 - Netflix vs. Blockbuster
19:15 - Remember that owners vs. brokers episode we did last season?
22:28 - Breaking down Broadband
26:18 - Disney+ had 10 million subscribers when they launched.
36:50 - How much does cable really cost?
37:00 - Will new players like Quibi change the streaming game?
40:00 - Another round of Leaders and Losers (or almost losers in this case)