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Disney+? WarnerMedia? The New Streaming Giants Explained

April 01, 2019 / pcmag

The video-streaming industry is crowded with big names—some with already-existing services and others with impending apps. Considering the current three largest platforms, the agglomeration of media companies, and the tech companies investing heavily in video, it can be hard to wrap your head around the sheer scope of the entertainment giants that make up this market.Each service has its own origin story, business interests, and exclusive originals and licensed content. There's also a wide assortment of fluctuating prices, packages and plans, and technology under the surface."We're seeing a ton of fragmentation," said streaming media consultant and expert Dan Rayburn. "NBCUniversal is coming out with a service, Disney, WarnerMedia, Viacom bought PlutoTV, Amazon launched IMDb Freedive, and on and on. Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon Prime, HBO...as consumers we're inundated with video everywhere we look."Here are the most important streaming...