Study: Streamers Most Satisfied With Disney+ and HBO Max, Less So With Netflix

Consumers are most satisfied with HBO Max and Disney+, while Netflix has dropped to fourth place in satisfaction among the top services, according to a Whip Media survey.

More than 80% of respondents in the survey said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with HBO Max (94%) and Disney+ (88%). Netflix (80%) fell behind Hulu, following a 10% decline from 2021. Apple TV+, meanwhile, enjoyed the biggest jump from last year, increasing 14% to 76% overall. 

In the survey, HBO Max also led in satisfaction for both quality of original content and variety of original content.

HBO Max and Disney+ were also seen as the best value in streaming as well, when factoring in both content and price for each service, according to the survey. Hulu followed closely behind HBO Max and Disney+ to grab the third-place spot. Netflix came in last, with 61% of respondents saying the service was worth the price. Apple TV+ is competitive on quality, but less so on content variety and quantity. 

Among respondents who canceled Netflix, nearly 70% said it was due to its price hikes.

Still, Netflix remains sticky among viewers, perhaps due to its first-mover advantage. Netflix remains the most popular choice for subscribers if they could “only keep one” SVOD service — although the number of respondents who agreed to that statement dropped from 41% to 30% in the last year. Another factor that could be helping Netflix is that respondents said it offers the best SVOD user experience and best program recommendations. 

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The findings were based on a survey of 2,460 TV Time users from the United States. Results have been balanced to reflect U.S. census population gender and age (13-54). The survey data was compiled between April 29, 2022, and May 4, 2022. 

Spike Lee Forms Partnership With Netflix

Spike Lee and Netflix have formed a new creative partnership that will have Lee direct and produce narrative feature films under a multiyear deal.

The partnership kicks off in January and follows four collaborations for the Academy Award winner with Netflix, including writing and directing Da 5 Bloods, writing and directing the “She’s Gotta Have It” series, directing Rodney King, and producing See You Yesterday.

Through the partnership, Netflix will also invest in and provide financial support for Lee’s ongoing mission to develop new talent and increase representation in the entertainment industry.

“There is no better way for me and my company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks to begin the New Year than to renew our partnership with Ted [Sarandos], Scott [Stuber] and Tendo [Nagenda], fearless leaders of Netflix,” Lee said in a statement.

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“Throughout Spike’s incredible career, his writing and directing have remained searing and insightful about our times, while still being incredibly entertaining,” Scott Stuber, head of global film, said in a statement. “We’re privileged to enter this new partnership with Spike and look forward to bringing the next chapter of films from Brooklyn’s very own to the world.”

Leo Macias Taking Marketing Post at Prime Video

Leo Macias is joining Prime Video as VP of marketing and global activation.

In this role, he will develop and lead Prime Video’s marketing and creative team, in collaboration with other internal and external stakeholders, to create and implement marketing campaigns that bring the brand to life through content, storytelling and events, according to the streamer.

Macias has won 300 international and local awards, 33 Cannes Lions, 35 Effie Awards, and 14 Clios. He comes to Prime Video from Snap Inc., where as chief creative officer he helped launch new games, original series and Spotlight, Snapchat’s user-generated content platform, among other enterprises. He led a worldwide, multicultural creative team in developing business campaigns in partnership with global brands such as Nike, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Uber, Disney and Warner Bros.

Prior to that, Leo was chief creative officer at Laundry Service & Cycle, where he managed brands including Nike, Foot Locker, Ferrero Tic Tac, Belvedere, Amazon Music, Adobe, Dockers, Hydrow, Fossil, Hennessy and EWC. His contributions led to the agency’s first-ever Cannes Lions and Clio awards. Before that, he was based in Colombia as chief creative officer for DDB.

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Macias also spent 20 years in advertising agencies in Brazil, including stints at the Publicis Groupe, Talent Marcel and Publicis Brasil, among others. In 2019, he was recognized as one of the top five best creative leads by Campaign Magazine.

‘The Unforgivable,’ ‘Hawkeye’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

Netflix’s Sandra Bullock drama The Unforgivable led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies, while the Disney+ series “Hawkeye” remained atop the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Dec. 12.

The Unforgivable, which started streaming Dec. 10, follows a prisoner (Bullock) who reenters society after serving a sentence for a violent crime.

The Marvel Universe-based series “Hawkeye” debuted on Disney+ Nov. 24. It follows the exploits of the title Marvel character played by Jeremy Renner as he works with a young avenger (Hailee Steinfeld) who wants to take over his role.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with more than 19 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Taking the silver on the streaming movies chart after several weeks in the top spot was Red Notice, an action adventure starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. It started streaming on Netflix Nov. 12.

Slipping from No. 2 to No. 3 on the streaming movies chart was Netflix’s Single All the Way, which debuted Dec. 2. In the film, to avoid judgment about being single, Peter invites his best friend Nick to pretend they are dating at a family holiday gathering.

In No. 2 spot on the streaming originals chart for a second consecutive week was Netflix’s “Lost in Space,” season three of which debuted Dec. 1. The show is a reimagining of the classic 1960s science-fiction series.

Taking the bronze on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s Spanish crime drama “Money Heist,” new episodes of which started streaming Dec. 3.

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Dec. 12:

  1. “Hawkeye” — Disney+
  2. “Lost in Space” 2018 — Netflix
  3. “Money Heist” — Netflix
  4. “The Wheel of Time” — Prime Video
  5. “The Sex Lives of College Girls” — HBO Max
  6. “Star Trek: Discovery” — Paramount+
  7. “And Just Like That …” — HBO Max (Season Premiere)
  8. “Pen15” — Hulu
  9. “You” — Netflix
  10. “SEAL Team” — Paramount+

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Dec. 12:

  1. The Unforgivable — Netflix
  2. Red Notice — Netflix
  3. Single All the Way — Netflix
  4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney+
  5. Love Hard — Netflix
  6. SpiderMan — Peacock
  7. SpiderMan 2 — Peacock
  8. SpiderMan 3 — Peacock
  9. Dune: Part One — HBO Max
  10. Black Widow — Disney+

Ampere: Appetite for International SVOD Content Growing Fastest in English-Speaking Markets

U.S. content historically has tended to dominate on SVOD platforms on the global stage, while in individual countries, local content has been strong, but that is beginning to change, according to new research from Ampere Analysis.

In 2017, 15% of the world’s 100 most popular titles were made outside the United States. This year, that figure has grown to 27%.

Ampere’s analysis reveals that English-speaking and European markets currently have the lowest appetite for internationally produced content, largely thanks to their heritage of strong local film and TV production. These countries generate a significant proportion of global pay-TV and OTT revenues, and by 2022 will be responsible for generating 71% of OTT subscription revenue and 67% of global pay-TV revenue.

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Global SVOD platforms have previously chosen to focus on local content in these markets due to their scale and strong preference for locally produced titles, but preferences in these countries are starting to shift, according to Ampere, with the United States and the United Kingdom showing the biggest changes.

“It has been gradual, but our analysis shows that the audience for internationally-produced content is growing in the key revenue-generating English-speaking and European markets,” Rahul Patel, senior analyst at Ampere Analysis, said in a statement. “SVOD subscribers in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada in particular are tuning in to content produced overseas, and the major global SVOD platforms like Netflix are driving this trend by commissioning high quality non-English language titles, and by increasing the number of foreign language titles in their catalogues.

“The pandemic offered a boost to internationally produced content as production shutdowns and release delays led to locked-down viewers looking further afield for shows and movies to watch.

“As the SVOD players expand geographically and continue to make high production value titles in a multitude of global markets we expect the demand for overseas produced content to further increase.”

Disney Announces ‘Eternals’ Streaming Date

Disney’s latest Marvel Studios feature Eternals will be available exclusively on the studio’s Disney+ streaming service starting Jan. 12.

Eternals joins 13 other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies now streaming in Imax Enhanced on Disney+ (content availability varies by region).

Eternals follows a group of heroes from beyond the stars who have been protecting the Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.

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The ensemble cast includes Gemma Chan as humankind-loving Sersi, Richard Madden as the all-powerful Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lia McHugh as the eternally young old-soul Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, Don Lee as the powerful Gilgamesh, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena.

Docs on Martin Luther King Jr., American Culture and History Streaming on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December

Documentaries on Martin Luther King Jr. and American culture and history are among the programs coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. During a special promotional period Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will be available for new subscribers for 99¢ per month for two months.

In Remembrance of Martin, streaming now, brings together influential figures to discuss the legacy and life of one of Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta Scott King joins the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, Jimmy Carter, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Senator Edward Kennedy, John Lewis, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Andrew Young as they recall King’s career and trace his leadership through the civil rights movement. The film includes portions of King’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech.

President Eisenhower’s granddaughter and Nikita Kruschev’s son give their personal recollections of growing up in Cold War Roadshow, from “American Experience,” which begins streaming Dec. 17. Told through the eyes of historian William Taubman and journalist Peter Carlson, as well as Susan Eisenhower and Sergei Khrushchev, Cold War Roadshow takes a deeply personal look at the often-overlooked human dimensions of the Cold War. The documentary tells the story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history — the unprecedented barnstorming across America in the fall of 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America’s arch nemesis. At the very height of the Cold War, with American schoolchildren practicing duck-and-cover drills, the man who Americans feared could incinerate them in a rain of hydrogen bombs arrived in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of President Eisenhower. For both men, the visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media blockbuster story of the year.

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POV: Unapologetic, which starts streaming Dec. 28, follows two black political activists who are working and succeeding in leading a movement to transform Chicago. In the program, viewers meet Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation. Through their lens, the film provides an inside look into the ongoing movement that transformed Chicago, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot. Unapologetic is an official 2021 selection of TIFF Next Wave.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in December include: Animal Homes Season 1 (“Nature”), Animal Misfits (“Nature”), The Buddha, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension (“Nova”), The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies, Invasion of the Killer Whales (“Nature”), The Iranian Americans, The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone (“Secrets of the Dead”), Making Stuff Season 1, Mister Rogers and Me, Operation Bridge Rescue, Panama Canal (“American Experience”), Sacred, The Sagebrush Sea (“Nature”), A Sloth Named Velcro (“Nature”), Snow Monkeys (“Nature”), Super Hummingbirds (“Nature”), Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch (“Nature”),  and Transatlantic Sessions: The Best of Folk Vol. 1.

Netflix Creating Feature About Viral Story of Thanksgiving Text

Netflix is producing a feature film based on the true story that went viral about a Thanksgiving text between two strangers.

The film will be based on the story of Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench, who met after Wanda accidentally texted Hinton instead of her grandson, inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. When Hinton, a senior in high school, accepted the invitation anyway, they formed a deep friendship despite their very different backgrounds.

Dench and Hinton have spent each Thanksgiving together since 2016.

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“We are excited to share our story with the world,” Dench and Hinton said in a statement. “We hope it inspires more people to reach out and make connections that they wouldn’t ordinarily make. We are so blessed to find a genuine friendship brought together by God from a mistaken text message.”

Netflix’s ‘Red Notice,’ ‘Tiger King’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

Netflix’s Red Notice led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies, while the service’s “Tiger King” led the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Nov. 21.

Red Notice is an action adventure starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. It started streaming on Netflix Nov. 12.

The second season of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” which started streaming on Netflix Nov. 17, explores the dysfunctional world of big cat collectors.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 18 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Coming in at No. 2 on the streaming movies chart was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which became available for digital viewing at no additional cost to Disney+ subscribers Nov. 12. The 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Simi Liu in the title role, a hero who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. Awkwafina also stars.

Taking the bronze on the streaming movies chart was Dune: Part One, Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel. The film, which stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, debuted on HBO Max Oct. 21.

Remaining at No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s “You.” Season three of the psychological thriller series started streaming Oct. 15 and features the continuation of Joe Goldberg’s fraught relationship with Love, who is pregnant with his child in a new suburban home.

Landing at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” season two of which debuted Sept. 17. It follows a network news morning show team and stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Nov. 21:

  1. “Tiger King” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  2. “You” — Netflix
  3. “The Morning Show” — Apple TV+
  4. “The Wheel of time” — Prime Video (Series Premiere)
  5. “Big Mouth” — Netflix
  6. “Foundation” (2021) — Apple TV+
  7. “Arcane” — Netflix
  8. “Locke & Key” — Netflix
  9. “SEAL Team” — Paramount+
  10. “Star Trek: Discovery” — Paramount+ (Season Premiere)

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Nov. 21:

  1. Red Notice — Netflix
  2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney+
  3. Dune: Part One — HBO Max
  4. King Richard — HBO Max
  5. Jungle Cruise — Disney+
  6. Love Hard — Netflix
  7. Tick, Tick … Boom! — Netflix
  8. The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star — Netflix
  9. All Too Well: The Short Film — YouTube
  10. Psych 3: This Is Gus — Peacock

New Volumes of ‘Let’s Go Luna’ and ‘Nature Cat’ Heading to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in December

New volumes of “Let’s Go Luna” and “Nature Cat” are coming to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in December. 
 
The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. For three days only (Dec. 13-15) Amazon Prime members will be able to subscribe to the channel for half the price for six months.

Let’s Go Luna Vol. 9, consisting of five episodes, starts streaming Dec. 3. The series follows the adventures of three friends — Leo, a wombat from Australia; Carmen, a butterfly from Mexico; and Andy, a frog from the United States — as they traverse the globe, from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Boston, Mass. In “Big Little Trouble/Leo the Viking,” the Circo accidentally pitches their tent right over a community of Huldufolk in Reykjavik, Iceland, and as a result, a local acrobat will not be able perform. Then in “Old School/Yankee Doodle Andy,” Leo wants to attend school at a traditional institution in Boston because he is sure he will learn more there than at the Circo school. Also, Andy learns the history of the Fourth of July and uses the knowledge to inspire changes at school.

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Nature Cat Vol. 11, consisting of three episodes,  starts streaming Dec. 10. In “Niagara Falls/Nature Plant,” viewers see what’s on Nature Cat’s bucket list, which includes visiting Niagara Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Then, in “Under Pressure/Rainy Day,” Nature Cat and the crew are ready to go outside and play, but it’s pouring rain. In “The Grand Mystery of the Grand Canyon/The Strongest Show on Earth,” Nature Cat and the gang are off on a nature walk to a park. But this isn’t a regular park — it’s the Grand Canyon.