Matthew Gower

For years, the biggest options in terms of numbers for streaming services have been Netflix and Hulu. Now, in 2021 there are over a dozen streaming options that have been or will be released, all trying to host their own exclusive content.


Netflix began shipping their users’ movies through the mail and launched their streaming service in 2007 to astounding success. They now have a vast amount of content in their backlog, as well as, many original hit shows and movies like “Stranger Things,” “House of Cards,” “Umbrella Academy” and countless more. According to market.us the service has over 182 million subscribers in 2021.

Hulu released to the general population a year later in 2008 with free and paid options. It was not until 2010 that the company announced Hulu Plus adding options to watch television shows the day after airing on cable. Later, they also added their own original shows and adding their Hulu Live service which was their television option for subscribers looking to “cut the cord.”

It was not long for the rest of the industry to get similar ideas.

The trend has continued with many production companies opening or announcing their own streaming services, with their own exclusive content, even removing some of their pre-existing content from other streaming services to put the content on their own leaving customers an almost overwhelming amount of options.

From Apple TV Plus, to CBS All Access, to YouTube Live there have been dozens if not hundreds of options to choose from for anyone looking for streaming services of any kind. From the type of service that offers broad genres of content to niche content such as, Crunchyroll (an anime streaming service) or Screambox (a horror genre streaming service).

Then enters one of the most recent streaming services Disney Plus which according to Cnet.com was “Designed to take on Netflix and an emerging crop of rivals….”

Disney Plus gave subscribers access to a vast library of Disney’s content from ‘Disney Originals, ‘‘Marvel’ and ‘Star Wars’ with exclusive content to the platform added. This offer could also be combined for a few dollars more with Hulu and ESPN Plus added in the service options. The service has more than 74 million subscribers at the end of 2020.

Although much like Amazon Prime Video it is unclear as how many people paid for their subscription specifically for the service or not. As Verizon customers were offered a year of Disney Plus for being customers and Amazon Prime members get Prime video included with their Prime member status.

Many more streaming services were added throughout 2020 with many studios eager to enter the format.

HBO Max launched in May of 2020 and features most content from ‘Warner Media’ from content such as ‘Friends’ (removing the series from Netflix in the process) and other shows and continuations and adaptations of other content. As well as the upcoming “Snyder Cut” of “Justice League.” Many more are still in development.

Discovery Plus has recently launched as well and offers HGTV, Food Network, TLC and their own slate of original content.

It seems almost every other major network is working on a similar service. The services offer similar options even removing licensed content on other platforms to their own.

Another streaming service that arrived in 2020 features NBC properties called ‘Peacock’ will also utilize similar methods reviving shows like “Saved by the Bell” and “Battlestar Galactica.” The service will also be the only one to stream the series “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” and will be removed from Netflix.

Those options are not the only out there for consumers with many companies working on similar services.

Microsoft released the Xbox One with intentions of making the console more of the go-to device families would go to for not just games, but all entertainment. The original version of the console had an extra HDMI port to connect the console to a cable box so families could switch from playing games together to watching television with the push of a button without having to switch between entertainment devices (as they were connected).

The idea was scrutinized by some customers claiming, “Fans care more about games than an all in one entertainment system.”

Sony, creator of PlayStation, also released their own live television service with built-in DVR, On-Demand content with rentals, and some exclusive programming (although many are no longer in development).

There is something out there for streaming for anyone who is looking for anything. The question is what are the best options for whatever someone is specifically interested in? That is up to the viewer’s choice and can be somewhat confusing at times. What is known for sure is that with as many options there are now for all the services it will now be more expensive to opt-in for everything combined than having a basic cable subscription which would not offer all this content in one place either. Choose wisely depending on the kind of content you enjoy or exclusives you wish to see.

For years, the biggest options in terms of numbers for streaming services have been Netflix and Hulu. Now, in 2021 there are over a dozen streaming options that have been or will be released, all trying to host their own exclusive content.


Netflix began shipping their users’ movies through the mail and launched their streaming service in 2007 to astounding success. They now have a vast amount of content in their backlog, as well as, many original hit shows and movies like “Stranger Things,” “House of Cards,” “Umbrella Academy” and countless more. According to market.us the service has over 182 million subscribers in 2021.

Hulu released to the general population a year later in 2008 with free and paid options. It was not until 2010 that the company announced Hulu Plus adding options to watch television shows the day after airing on cable. Later, they also added their own original shows and adding their Hulu Live service which was their television option for subscribers looking to “cut the cord.”

It was not long for the rest of the industry to get similar ideas.

The trend has continued with many production companies opening or announcing their own streaming services, with their own exclusive content, even removing some of their pre-existing content from other streaming services to put the content on their own leaving customers an almost overwhelming amount of options.

From Apple TV Plus, to CBS All Access, to YouTube Live there have been dozens if not hundreds of options to choose from for anyone looking for streaming services of any kind. From the type of service that offers broad genres of content to niche content such as, Crunchyroll (an anime streaming service) or Screambox (a horror genre streaming service).

Then enters one of the most recent streaming services Disney Plus which according to Cnet.com was “Designed to take on Netflix and an emerging crop of rivals….”

Disney Plus gave subscribers access to a vast library of Disney’s content from ‘Disney Originals, ‘‘Marvel’ and ‘Star Wars’ with exclusive content to the platform added. This offer could also be combined for a few dollars more with Hulu and ESPN Plus added in the service options. The service has more than 74 million subscribers at the end of 2020.

Although much like Amazon Prime Video it is unclear as how many people paid for their subscription specifically for the service or not. As Verizon customers were offered a year of Disney Plus for being customers and Amazon Prime members get Prime video included with their Prime member status.

Many more streaming services were added throughout 2020 with many studios eager to enter the format.

HBO Max launched in May of 2020 and features most content from ‘Warner Media’ from content such as ‘Friends’ (removing the series from Netflix in the process) and other shows and continuations and adaptations of other content. As well as the upcoming “Snyder Cut” of “Justice League.” Many more are still in development.

Discovery Plus has recently launched as well and offers HGTV, Food Network, TLC and their own slate of original content.

It seems almost every other major network is working on a similar service. The services offer similar options even removing licensed content on other platforms to their own.

Another streaming service that arrived in 2020 features NBC properties called ‘Peacock’ will also utilize similar methods reviving shows like “Saved by the Bell” and “Battlestar Galactica.” The service will also be the only one to stream the series “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” and will be removed from Netflix.

Those options are not the only out there for consumers with many companies working on similar services.

Microsoft released the Xbox One with intentions of making the console more of the go-to device families would go to for not just games, but all entertainment. The original version of the console had an extra HDMI port to connect the console to a cable box so families could switch from playing games together to watching television with the push of a button without having to switch between entertainment devices (as they were connected).

The idea was scrutinized by some customers claiming, “Fans care more about games than an all in one entertainment system.”

Sony, creator of PlayStation, also released their own live television service with built-in DVR, On-Demand content with rentals, and some exclusive programming (although many are no longer in development).

There is something out there for streaming for anyone who is looking for anything. The question is what are the best options for whatever someone is specifically interested in? That is up to the viewer’s choice and can be somewhat confusing at times. What is known for sure is that with as many options there are now for all the services it will now be more expensive to opt-in for everything combined than having a basic cable subscription which would not offer all this content in one place either. Choose wisely depending on the kind of content you enjoy or exclusives you wish to see.

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