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Streaming service overload

TV watchers have more options than ever
Posted at 11:51 AM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 12:51:48-05

The streaming wars are heating up with new services from Disney and Apple out now.

And it doesn't stop there as more are on the way.

Jen Amburn and Erin Weir are friends, co-workers, and big fans of anything Disney.

Jen Amburn says, "To say I'm obsessed with the place is a little of an understatement.

"Growing up it was little mermaid, it was lion king. It was cinderella. Those are all my favorites," says Erin Weir.

In fact, Jen helps people plan their Disney trips.

And Erin worked at Magic Kingdom.

So when display launched its new streaming service "Disney Plus" last month, their reaction was immediate.

"How much and I will totally - just take my money."

Disney Plus gives viewers access to countless Disney movies and shows.

"Now we'll be able to have those all the time whenever I want. I'm excited, yeah."

Both women are "cord-cutters" and rely on streaming for entertainment, but what once was simple has become less so with more services moving into the fray.

Apple TV Plus launched last month and next year, four more join the ranks: HBO Max, NBC's Peacock, The Discovery Channel's Streaming Service and another called Quibi.

They'll be fighting for viewership in a now-saturated market.

Jen says she's now she's re-thinking some of her current subscriptions.

"Just because I know what my watching habits are going to be now."

"So I'll probably cut out a couple -one or two."

But choosing what to cut can be tough.

"That's going to be important because my boyfriend loves sports. He's huge into football, huge into baseball."

Erin plans to keep services to watch the shows Disney doesn't offer.

"I love basic shows like friends and all that kind of stuff."

And according to a study published by Forbes, that may be the norm with most customers saying they'll keep their current services while adding just one or two more because,

"It's still gonna be cheaper than having like cable or paying for directv or something like that."

The decision of what to keep usually comes down to price.

For Netflix, its basic plan is $8.99 a month, $2 more than the$6.99 price for Disney Plus.

But they're offering a bundle deal with Hulu and ESPN Plus - all three for just $12.99 montlhy.

That's the same price as Netflix's standard and most popular plan.

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