Streaming Jumped the Shark

Disney+, HBO MAX, AppleTV+, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access, Peacock… Will it ever end?

Justin Cox
3 min readOct 30, 2019


Photo by Ann Kathrin Bopp on Unsplash

When I cut the cable some years ago I was promised a golden age of entertainment. Instead of paying for hundreds of channels I’d never watch, I could pay for content I cared about. At least, that was the thought.

In reality streaming became the new cable and it’s gone off the rails.

Scott Budman, tech reporter for NBC, tweeted a comparison of current and announced streaming services, sorted by price:¹

  • HBO NOW / MAX: $14.99²
  • Netflix: $12.99 (most popular plan)
  • Hulu: $11.99 (no commercials)
  • Showtime: $10.99
  • CBS All Access: $9.99 (no commercials)
  • Amazon Prime Video: $8.99
  • Starz: $8.99
  • Disney+: $6.99
  • AppleTV+: $4.99
  • Peacock: TBD

If you subscribed to all these services, you’d pay $90.97 a month. Ouch. But this isn’t the full list. Do you like sports?

  • $28.99 (all teams pass)
  • $12.49
  • $12.08 (all access pass)
  • ESPN+: $4.99

Another $58.55 a month and this doesn’t include the NFL.³ That monthly bill starting to seem excessive? Don’t forget the music!

  • Apple Music: $9.99
  • Spotify: $9.99
  • Amazon Prime Music: $8.99 (included with video)

But wait, it’s about to get even more confusing!

  • AT&T customers will receive HBO MAX for free.
  • T-Mobile provides it’s customers with Netflix at a reduced rate and for free.
  • Sprint customers don’t pay for Hulu.
  • Verizon provides Apple Music for free.
  • Students can combo Hulu and Spotify at a reduced.
  • Apple is giving Apple TV+ to anyone who buys an iPhone.

I need a break.⁴



Justin Cox

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