Content is king – just ask Netflix as rivals attempt to steal its crown

A WarnerMedia-Discovery deal puts the spotlight on streaming wars as around 100 platforms vie for the attention of often fickle audiences

‘Since the pandemic began, the number of people subscribing to Netflix has risen by a quarter, to 208 million.’ Picture: NurPhoto via Getty Images

This time last year, as the pandemic’s grip tightened, I made a dismaying discovery as I sought to extend my horizons beyond the confines of my apartment. It was that only two channels on my multi-channel TV service broadcast in a language other than English.

They are the Irish-language TG4, which has terrific documentaries and dramas, and TV5 from France. So, acting on the recommendation of friends, I subscribed to Netflix.

It was a revelation, ...