The Times podcast: The state of the streaming wars

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In this photo from June 30, 2016, Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings, left, poses with Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea. Netflix added a flood of new subscribers amid the COVID-19 pandemic and also offered clues to a possible successor for Hastings, who on July 16, 2020, named Sarandos as co-CEO.
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Streaming services were one of the few winners from the pandemic, especially Netflix. But the pandemic’s binge boom seems to have burst.

Today, the winners and losers in the streaming wars and how providers are handling the post-quarantine subscriber drop.


Read the transcript.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times film business reporter Ryan Faughnder

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About The Times

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