Streaming services and which one to choose

Australians have, on average, spend $30 a month on streaming services according to savings.com.au. With the recent addition of two new streaming services – Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus we may see this figure rise, or we may see services fail and bow out of the market. In the meantime how do we choose which service to keep?

Netflix is the market leader in Australia with more than 4 million subscribers, followed by Stan. However Disney Plus has a large volume of content including its entire back catalogue of classic and modern Disney movies, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. All for $8.99 a month. This is definitely one to watch as a potential rival to Netflix.

Baby Yoda is a can favourite on The Mandalorian – one of Disney Plus Originals.

Apple TV Plus contains roughly a dozen shows, all originals, with more coming each month. At a cost of $7.99, it doesn’t give as much bang for your buck as the other services, but each show is distinctively different, original and contains some stellar casts including Oprah, Jennifer Anniston, James Momoa and Reece Witherspoon.

A quick summary of each streaming service available in Australia:

Netflix – the king.

Stan – a close second to Netflix.

Amazon Prime – wide range of horror movies, dark comedies and classic movies.

Hayu – all the reality tv you need.

Apple TV Plus – will come to its own in 2020 as more titles are released.

Disney Plus – this is a must for any family or Star Wars or Marvel fan.

FOXTEL Now – the Foxtel streaming service – for those not able or wanting to get FOXTEL satellite.

Kayo – the Netflix of Sports. It includes a long list of sport shows and events, from rugby, NRL, tennis and NBA to the light saber championship.

My take on the streaming services: try them out for a couple of months and then see if you can whittle them down to three or four favorites.

Why the Kardashians have more business sense than you think

They are the family at the centre of more Entertainment news than the Royal family. In fact, they are the Royals of Hollywood – or to be specific, Calabasas, California. And they built their empire through a series of business savvy, strategic business decisions and controlled news streams. But how exactly did they do it and do they deserve more credit?

Here are 4 reasons why the Calabasas family are so darn media smart.

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  1. Controlled news messages

Each time there is a proposal, wedding announcement, new baby or even a new business venture, the news is broadcasted via one of their now numerous businesses – their TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians which is in its 11th season, their clothing lines or their individual social media accounts. They give themselves the scoop, before it hits mainstream news. Fans, media and the public are kept on tenterhooks until the news is released on their own channels. Last month the Kardashians released a series of individual mobile apps, one for each sibling, each designed and tailored with content and branded individually to each Kardashian girl. How was the app launch announced and promoted? Via the TV show and individual accounts, all cleverly cross promoted.

2. Diversifying

Khloe just announced her own TV talk show, Kocktails with Khloe. Kourtney, Khloe and Kim launched their Dash stores years ago, the youngest girls – Kendall and Kylie have their own fashion label with Forever New and Kim nearly broke the App store when she announced Kimoji – her own Emoji icons. They are involved in multiple show spin offs – Kourtney and Khloe take Miami and I am Cait with Caitlin Jenner, there are the nightclub appearances and Kim even has her own App game.

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3. Innovation

This year each Kardashian female released their own digital news hub, with regular tailored subscription content.

4. We can relate

No matter how rich they are, we can all relate to that sibling rivalry, sisterly fights, being embarrassed by your parents and even setting each other up on dates or simply telling each other when they are being losers.

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They have built a $65million brand empire on a business model that no one else has yet mastered, as much as they are mocked by the high-brow of society, the Kardashians have shown that they have more business sense than people give them credit for. And they did it their way – the K Way.

 

 

How the Lost finale made me lose my trust in TV

Lost TV series has ruined me for all new TV since its finale aired on 23 May 2010.

i don’t mean that no other show has come close to matching its high octane suspense with a small dose of WTF. I mean that since spending 6 nail biting, hair pulling seasons of watching Lost, I had expected to be thorouhhly surprised and entertained for the finale. Instead, we got an episode that spilled the beans on why all those lost (pardon the pun) souls were on that forsaken island. And the answer could have been found based on one of the rumours that circulated back in season 2. What. A. Waste. Of. Time.

Since then, I give a new TV series 3 seasons to prove itself. If it doesn’t and continually strings its fans along with more answers than questions, I call it quits. This may sound a tad dramatic but Lost has caused me to lose my trust in long running series. It is like a girlfriend that has stood you up one too many times.

However now that there is a gaping hole in my TV viewing schedule (sniff no more Glee, Revenge or Parks and Recreation) I have since loosened this rule to give the following shows another chance: Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and Supernatural. So a word of warning to TV execs – give your fans enough morsels of satisfaction and plot wind ups during seasons 1 – 3, or lose them forever. Or at least, until the next show comes along.