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  • Philip Osadebay - Tech Journalist

The biggest streaming platform fears its competitors are catching up

The death of streaming has been reported in grossly exaggerated ways. Losses for Netflix, the biggest threat to the streaming juggernaut, are that rivals are catching up.

Sadly, Netflix is having a bad year. The massive streaming service lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, marking its first decline in more than ten years and another 1 million or so in the second. The company's problems have raised worries that video streaming is in decline, but data indicates that the industry has a lot of life remaining.

According to a May survey by Hub Entertainment Research, 89 per cent of US customers would be paying subscribers to a streaming service in 2022, an increase of 11% over the previous year.

A service like Netflix has reached a point where there isn't much more room for expansion. As some analysts have suggested, it would be a grave error in our opinion to interpret the Netflix experience as a sign that streaming TV services are about to experience a decline.

More reasons for hope have been found in other studies. Antenna, for instance, discovered that despite Netflix's losses, first-quarter US subscriptions in the Premium SVOD (subscription video on demand) sector increased 4% quarterly and 25% annually.

Antenna recorded 37.4 million new premium SVOD subscriptions in the first quarter of 2022.

A subscription software provider named Zuora has likewise made positive data public. The business discovered that the turnover rates are monthly.

However, many observers think that the emergence of Netflix rivals is the biggest problem. Disney, Amazon, HBO Max, and Apple are among the rivals now coming up as the leader. While HBO and HBO Max concluded March with 3 million more subscribers than last year's end, Disney+, for example, attracted 7.9 million paid subscribers in the first three months of 2022.

Meanwhile, Netflix subscribers seem to be increasingly dissatisfied with the streaming service. According to a recent poll by the tech entertainment company Whip, Netflix fell from second place in the sector for consumer happiness in 2021 to fourth place this year. The business is currently ranked below HBO Max, Disney+, and Hulu.

Consumers today have too many options when household finances are getting tighter, and there are threats to its market lead.


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