Only Top Video Streaming Services Are Likely To Survive In The Trump Era

In any two-sided market where network effects matter, it is difficult to debunk early leaders from their positions, and digital video distribution is no exception (take, for example, the long-standing leadership positions of Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz in the travel sector). That is, it benefits consumers that a video streaming platform has a large selection of content, and it benefits content providers that the platform has more viewers. Therefore, assuming minimal technical requirements for quality streaming are met, the viability of a streaming platform is largely based on the relative size of its consumer base. It is a race to the top by acquiring a critical mass of customers, so only a few will win in the long run. – Nelson Granados, Forbes

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