Guelph-Humber, Humber students react to streaming wars
It is no question that we’re moving more and more towards a digital age. This year alone, we were introduced to two new streaming services by big name companies: Apple TV+, launched on November 1, and Disney+, launched on November 12.
In a survey of 122 people, GH360 asked how many video subscription services people subscribe to. Options included Netflix, Crave, Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Disney+. The results are below.
Students usage of streaming services
Based on the results, 98 per cent of those surveyed are subscribed to Netflix, regardless if they subscribe to an additional platform as well.
33 per cent subscribe to at least three or more of these services, with two participants subscribing to all five.
When asked who pays for these services, 53 participants said pay themselves, 58 participants share with their parents and/or friends and 10 participants chose not to answer.
To get further reactions, GH360 took to the halls of Guelph-Humber and Humber College to hear first-hand what streaming services students use and what their thoughts are on the “streaming war.”
Guelph-Humber, Humber students speak on the increase of streaming services
Launched on August 29, 1997 (as DVD rental service).
Netflix currently has over 158 million paid subscribers worldwide.
Launched on December 11, 2014.
Crave currently has over 2.7 million paid subscribers.
Launched on September 7, 2006 (as video-on-demand service).
Prime Video currently has over 40 million paid subscribers.
Launched on November 12, 2019.
Disney+ currently has over 10 million paid subscribers in North America.
Launched on November 1, 2019.
It is unknown how many subscribers Apple TV+ currently has.
Humber College Lakeshore public relations student Brenna expressed her frustration about the emergence of more streaming services, “with more and more streaming platforms launching and the costs attached, it’s beginning to feel like monthly streaming costs are equivalent to cable television.”
Out of the five surveyed services, Brenna prefers Netflix because of the original content it produces, which she resembles to the high quality of network shows.
When asked about handling the fees of all services, she said, “I would consider cancelling one streaming service for another if the ‘other’ was producing better content at a more reasonable price.”