Streaming eats into cinema, Netflix cuts costs, Telstra buys Fetch: Vertical Hold Ep 384

Is the silver screen on the way out, killed by streaming media — and who’s winning the streaming wars? Meanwhile, what’s going to happen to a Telstra-owned Fetch TV service? Special guest TV Blackbox’s Steve Molk!



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The cinema brings to mind all sorts of cliches — the big screen, the even bigger sound, rolling jaffas down aisles if you’re an Australian of a certain age… but in 2022, is it an idea whose time has passed as consumers flock to streaming services — and what will we lose if cinema dies?

Speaking of streaming media, Netflix is facing big challenges with stock price drops and fierce competition from the likes of Disney+, Paramount and more. How can Netflix maintain its dominant position — and should it?

Closer to home, Telstra announced some time back that it was buying 51% of local PVR/Streaming service Fetch TV. But Telstra’s already got a deal with Roku, and Fetch has big deals with the likes of Optus and iiNet… so what’s in Fetch’s future, and how will that affect Aussie consumers?

For such a TV-centric set of topics, there was only one guest that would fit the bill. We’re joined this week by TV Blackbox’s Steve Molk to talk all things streaming, cinema and PVR!

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Award-winning Australian technology news podcast Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News dives into the big stories of the week. Joined by Australia’s leading tech journalists every Friday, co-hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture. About/Contact us