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

23rd May, 2021
Content is king – just ask Netflix as rivals attempt to steal its crown
‘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...

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