Is any one else uncomfortable at the way Netflix is heading for hegemony?
We've all been clamouring to get it in NZ, and many of us have been tying ourselves in knots getting it to work on all our devices, and for all regions.
How long until we start to see signs of price gouging, declining quality, poor communication, inflexibility etc? I wasn't in NZ when Sky was getting established, but I imagine people were excited to get it. Look at the Sky service now, their prices, and their relationship with their customers.
It brings to mind a quote from Recep Erdogan, the tyrant currently occupying the Turkish presidency: "Democracy is like a train, you get off when you reach your destination". [whoops, no visa for me!] [or, more worryingly, maybe just no exit visa...]
Currently, the easy availability of torrents means that streaming services have to be perceived as good value, or we all go back to thievery. How long can we rely on that to balance the equation?
Also, as the late, great Jacob Bronowski wrote: "Diversity is the propeller of evolution". We'd all agree that it's crucial that other streaming services stay viable, but how does the market achieve that in a winner-takes-all world? How many of us can afford more than one streaming service? Even if we can, I'd guess it would be Netflix plus something else.