Insider news and analysis on the streaming industry from Vulture’s Joe Adalian.


Let’s Talk About Max’s First Week

An emergency discussion about the streaming service formerly known as HBO Max.

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  1. Netflix’s Era of Lowered ExpectationsLet’s talk about the big streamer’s weird week.
  2. The Battle for BETThe competition to buy the historic network — and its streaming service — has the TV industry talking.
  3. The (Other) Man Behind the Yellowstone KingdomHow Paramount’s Chris McCarthy turned a cable hit into streaming’s biggest franchise.
  4. To Hulu or Not Hulu: 4 Big Questions for Disney Right NowPhase Two of Bob Iger’s streaming strategy: Fewer shows, more franchises — and maybe one less platform.
  5. Could Peacock Maybe, Finally, Be Having a Moment?The shows are clicking, but will it be enough for the struggling streamer? Content chief Susan Rovner is betting on it.
  6. What Netflix’s Bela Bajaria Era Means for Hollywood“She needs to keep programming things people watch versus snobby s- - - people don’t.”
  7. “We Had to Learn Everything Over Again”: How FX Survived the Streaming WarsJohn Landgraf on the network’s transition to Hulu, working for Disney, and why peak TV is finally, actually here (really).
  8. How Netflix Won Even While It Was LosingIt was a tough year, but the service still produced some of its biggest hits ever. We talk to Netflix’s scripted programming chief all about it.
  9. Little Britain, Big TV: Inside the BBC’s Streaming StrategyThe Beeb’s most popular shows are spread out across American streaming services. That’s by design.
  10. Three Big Questions About Disney’s Streaming FutureBob Iger’s back. What does that mean for Disney+?
  11. Plenty of Subscribers, Even More Red Ink: A Tale of Two DisneysSubscriber growth alone isn’t enough for Bob Chapek’s Disney.
  12. Roku’s ‘Weird’ ScienceFirst dongles. Now an original movie. Next: streaming domination?
  13. HBO’s Big Dragon Bet Paid Off“My No. 1 feeling is relief,” says HBO chief Casey Bloys.
  14. Pluto TV Joins the Big LeaguesAnd other insights from a new Nielsen report.
  15. Netflix Isn’t Out of the Woods YetThe streamer had a good week in an otherwise bad year.
  16. Susan Zirinsky Knows a Thing or Two About What Viewers WantThe 11 Minutes exec producer on making the leap to from broadcast news to streaming.
  17. It’s Time to Start Worrying About PeacockCan the streaming service come back from the dead?
  18. Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?Streamers say time slots are irrelevant. Maybe they’re wrong.
  19. The Rings of Power Ratings Are In, and They’re GoodNielsen weighs in on the Lord of the Rings versus Game of Thrones battle.
  20. When Broadcast Shows Move to Streaming, Do Viewers Follow?If the show is Thursday Night Football, the answer is yes.
  21. The 7 Biggest Questions the TV Business Has to Answer This FallThis season on the streaming wars: NBC ghosts Hulu, Dancing With Disney+, and ads, ads, ads!
  22. House of Questions: All Eyes on HBO’s DragonWhat’s at stake for HBO Max — and the Game of Thrones franchise — in the weeks ahead?
  23. Why Disney+ and Hulu Just Got a Lot More ExpensiveLess bang for more bucks.
  24. The HBO Max Rumor Mill Was Wrong — But There’s Still Pain to ComeDavid Zaslav faces more bad headlines as he remakes Warner Bros. Discovery.
  25. Everybody Streams — and Has Thoughts About ItIn which Vulture readers unload about their favorite and least favorite streaming services.
  26. Netflix Averted Disaster. So Now What?A look at the good and not-so-good news lurking in the company’s future.
  27. Do Emmys Still Matter in the Streaming Wars?They’re not irrelevant, but they’re not all-important either, despite all the hype.
  28. Bad Design, Good Comedies, and Severance: Our TV Critics Rate the Streamers“The homepage is so busy, the search function is awful, and I am not particularly compelled by much of its original programming.”
  29. How HBO Max Displaced Netflix in Our Streamer Power RankingsEight takeaways on the year in streaming.
  30. 14 Hollywood Insiders Reveal Who’s Really Winning the Streaming WarsExecs, agents, producers, and publicists get candid about TV’s new world order.
  31. HBO Max Is Doing Well — So Of Course Changes Are ComingElimination of the unscripted division, fewer straight-to-Max movies, and even a new name are among the rumors looming over the service.
  32. Maybe Bob Chapek Was RightThe Disney CEO made waves when he fired one executive and promoted another. But the move actually has an upside.
  33. Can Stranger Things Reverse Netflix’s Bad Headlines?The stakes are higher than ever for the show to succeed.
  34. CBS’s Success and the Case for Paramount+Turns out, people love to stream old-fashioned network television.
  35. The Revenge of the Budget StreamersWith Netflix down, the Tubis and Freevees of the world are looking to pounce.
  36. Netflix’s Bad Habits Have Caught Up With ItA hard look at what happened to the company, and what will happen next.
  37. Moving Dancing With the Stars to Disney+ Just Might WorkThe show brings a needed new element to the popular streaming service.
  38. The Future of Streaming According to Jason KilarThe departing WarnerMedia CEO talks to us about his HBO Max successes, his competitors, and what he sees next.
  39. CNN+ Has Quibi VibesThe streaming news app isn’t worth the price — at least not yet.
  40. What’s at Stake for the Streamers at the OscarsNo matter what happens, Apple may have already won the season.
  41. How Netflix Plans to Win the Cartoon WarsThe adult animation market is booming right now.
  42. Why Commercials Are Coming to the Biggest StreamersHigher subscription rates for some, ads for everyone else.
  43. Is Amazon Paving the Way for Streaming Awards Shows?Tonight’s ACM Awards could be a test for future events like the Emmys and the Oscars.
  44. Will Smith Zoom Calls and a ‘Four-Quad Weekend’: Inside Peacock’s Bel-Air PushHow the nascent streamer decided to go all in.
  45. HBO Max’s Ratings EuphoriaA niche show for HBO’s cable channel is a monster hit on streaming.
  46. Why Season 4 of Stranger Things Will Be Split in TwoThe streamer is making a slight adjustment to the binge model.
  47. Paramount Is Finally Getting Serious About the Streaming FutureA name change, more Sheridan content, and a move away from the ‘arms dealer’ strategy.
  48. Have the Oscars Finally Accepted the Streaming Reality?Plus, a closer look at Disney+’s big earnings report.
  49. CNN Will Be Better OffThe network needs to be reinventing itself for the streaming future, and Jeff Zucker was not the man for the job.
  50. Will Peacock Get the Olympics Right This Time?After a rocky performance last summer, the streamer could use a win in Beijing.
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