Friday, 22 December 2017

it's Disney's world and we're all just living in it

unsplash-logoSaksham Gangwar

Those of us who enjoy a good Disney movie binge on Netflix are going to have to make other plans because as we all now know, Disney are trying to take over the world. In August of this year, CEO Bob Iger announced the company’s plans to launch its own streaming service and all of its properties – so yes that’s Marvel and Star Wars are going with it. And then a couple of weeks ago they bought Fox for $52 billion. I can't even imagine what that number would look like. Anywho this is all quite quite exciting because it might mean XMen and Fantastic Four go back to Marvel !! I don't know does it?!

I digress.TV has undeniably changed. And that’s not only due to Netflix and the introduction of binge-watching but also the growing number of Hollywood execs, directors and actors making their way back to the small screen in favour of high quality, long form story telling. Now, the calibre is higher than it was even 5 years ago. And so when streaming services produce original content, a lot of us are willing to pay.

Now the only Disney films I watch are the ones I find for free on YouTube, and I don't know if parents would fork out for the service when they already pay for say Disney Channel. But with additional talk of exclusive TV series and plans for 4 never-before-seen movies exclusive to the service, some of us may feel inclined to sign up. This live action Mulan film we’ve all been waiting for? A Star Wars TV series?! These are just a few possibilities that we could find are only available on the service. Obviously Disney is no longer just Mickey Mouse, ya know?

If you’re an avid Netflix watcher you’d have also noticed the rate at which its been bringing out original content this. And with Apple recently announcing its own plans to invest $1 billion in original movies, it would seem that while cinema experiences a slump in creativity – bringing out reboot after reboot (and a sequel thrown in here or there); studios and companies are starting to see the value in investing in smaller more original projects – and audiences are responding.

While we can’t exactly map the future of TV, it would seem the possibilities are endless. What is perhaps less clear is what digital, would mean for satellite TV.

For instance in 2016, the BBC and ITV announced their plans to merge and create a subscription service highlighting the best of British TV, arguably an attempt to tap into international viewership of shows such as Doctor Who and Broadchurch and, keep up with the digital world. What isn’t helping their cause is at the same time, both channels tightened their regulations on iPlayer. So now as you may be aware, if you’re not living at home where your parents likely pay TV licencing, you can’t legally catch up online. Students are arguably then, more likely to pay for a Netflix/Amazon Prime account and carry that habit even after we graduate. If we’re all getting used to having access to BAFTA and Emmy award winning shows, we can skip titles and watch them at our own pace, will we ever go back to satellite?

I don't know why I wrote this but I'm just very excited about the future of TV 🎉 There have been seen so many amazing shows this year and, Disney buying Fox I reckon has started a trend whereby we're going to be seeing a lot more blockbusters on the small screen. 

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