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The top three streaming video subscription services not only deliver movies, TV shows and webisodes, but are now creating original content themselves. (Exhibit A: View the pilot of Garry Trudeau's political sitcom Alpha House here.) Though the competition is heating up, it's hard to know who's ahead.
Which is your favorite streaming media company?
NETFLIX. The red envelope branding thing worked, they're smart enough to backtrack when they flub, and they realized addicted binge-viewers would get off on all-at-once release. Working for me.
HULU. I like the indy pioneer cred and rich tradition of providing pop culture treasures, plus their cool name doesn't mean anything else -- just "the place you go to watch stuff." I'm there.
AMAZON. They are the masters of we-can-get-anything-you-want-to-your-house-immediately, so it makes sense they'll end up being the biggest content flow system in the world. I can use the time they've saved me to watch more stuff.
- Streaming media access
- Use one or more of the above services
- Use a different, more obscure online option
- Still just watching TV