Executive Briefing

Netflix and the streaming wars, checkpoint 02

The real winner so far: The consumer.

You’re watching Lupin, right? Photo: Netflix

What a year it’s been since our last check-in — checkpoint 01 — as we track whether Netflix will become the world’s single dominant subscription streaming brand or simply one of many popular services.

In addition to some real competition for Netflix, led by Disney+ and HBO Max, 2020 was a year when streaming further solidified its position as the present and future of entertainment distribution — amplified, of course, by a global pandemic that forced people to mostly stay home and watch TV.

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Dan Frommer

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