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Disney+? HBO Max? The New Streaming Giants Explained

July 10, 2019 / pcmag

The video-streaming industry is crowded with big names—from already-existing services to apps launching in the next year. 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 shifting content pile of exclusive originals and licensed content. There's also a wide assortment of packages, plans, and technology under the surface. "We're seeing a ton of fragmentation," streaming media consultant and expert Dan Rayburn told us earlier this year. "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 services to watch in the next hyper-competitive phase of this industry.