Streaming service provider
A streaming service provider is a subscription-based service offering online streaming of films and television programs. Most of these services are owned by a major film studio. The streaming services started as an add-on to Blu-ray offerings, which are supplements to the programs watched.
A client end-user can use their media player, computer, mobile phone and smart TV to start playing digital video content before the entire file has been transmitted. Users will need an Internet connection to stream or download video contents. Users lacking compatible hardware or software systems may be unable to stream or download certain content.
Some popular streaming services include Crunchyroll, DC Universe, Disney+, Apple TV+, Funimation, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, VRV, YouTube Premium and other sites which stream films and television programs.
List of notable streaming servicesEdit
|Netflix, Inc.||Netflix||January 16, 2007[a]||183 million||Netflix Originals, Studio Ghibli (except in Canada, the U.S., and Japan), licensed content from other vendors||Worldwide|||
|The Walt Disney Company||Disney+||November 12, 2019||60.5 million||Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, 20th Century Studios||United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom|||
|Hulu||October 29, 2007||35.5 million||ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox Television, FX Networks, Hulu Originals, other licensed content||USA, Japan|||
|Disney+ Hotstar||February 2015||8 million||Disney, Star India, HBO, Showtime, Hooq||India, Southeast Asia (TBA)|||
|ESPN+||April 12, 2018||3.5 million||ESPN Programming, UFC||United States|
|Amazon||Prime Video||September 7, 2006||75 million||Amazon Studios, Discovery, ITV||Worldwide|||
|Apple||Apple TV+||November 1, 2019||47.6 million||Apple Originals||Worldwide|
|ViacomCBS||CBS All Access||October 28, 2014||10 million||CBS, Paramount||United States, Canada|||
|10 All Access||December 2018||CBS, Paramount, Network 10||Australia|
|Youtube Premium||October 31, 2015||20 million||Youtube Originals||Worldwide|||
|iflix Ltd||Iflix||2015||15 million||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, NBC Universal, Fox, CBS, BBC, Sony Pictures, Discovery||Southeast Asia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh|
|ABS-CBN Corporation||iWant||January 2010||13 million||ABS-CBN, ANC, Star Cinema, DZMM, MOR, Myx, Cinema One, Lifestyle||Philippines|||
|TFC.tv||September 24, 1994||Worldwide|
|WarnerMedia||HBO Now||October 15, 2014||8 million||HBO original series, HBO original films and HBO documentaries, acquired films from 20th Century Studios, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures||United States|||
|HBO Go||February 18, 2010
Shutting down on July 31, 2020
|HBO Max||May 27, 2020||4.1 million||All HBO Go/Now content, Max Originals, library content from various WarnerMedia divisions and Studio Ghibli||United States|||
|Crunchyroll||May 14, 2006||2 million||Anime, Manga, Dorama||Worldwide|||
|Bell Media||Crave||December 11, 2014||2.6 million[c]||Original programming from CTV networks, HBO/HBO Max, Showtime, Starz, Comedy Central; first-run films from 20th Century Studios, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and others||Canada|||
|Nine Entertainment||Stan||April 1, 2015||1 million||Sony Pictures, ABC, SBS, Viacom, MGM, BBC Worldwide, Showtime, CBS, Village Roadshow, and Warner Bros.||Australia|
|ITV plc, BBC Studios||BritBox||March 7, 2017||0.65 million (excluding UK Subscribers)||BBC, ITV
UK Only: Channel 4, Channel 5, Comedy Central UK
U.S. and Canada only: Endemol Shine
|United Kingdom, United States, Canada|
|MultiChoice Group||Showmax||August 19, 2015||0.59 million||Hollywood, British, Kenyan and South African content||Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America|||
|Televisa||Blim TV||February 22, 2016||Las Estrellas, Canal 5, Tlnovelas, Telemundo Internacional and Antena 3||Hispanic Latin America|
|PCCW Media Group||Viu||October 2015||Asia|
|Times Internet||MX Player||February 20, 2019[d]||MX Player Original Content||India|||
|NBCUniversal||Peacock||July 15, 2020[e]||10 million||NBC, Universal, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, Telemundo||United States|||
|Planet||Garavot||July 1, 2002||Corporate Platform||Italy|
|RTL Nederland||Videoland||2010||0.75 million (Q3 2019) ||RTL NL and Videoland original content, licensed content from other vendors||Netherlands|
- As a streaming video provider
- Similar services available under the same name in some other countries; programming rights may vary.
- Figure includes both OTT subscribers and subscribers of a co-branded pay TV service which receive access to the streaming platform via TV Everywhere.
- As an OTT. The service was launched as a video player on July 18, 2011
- Public release. The service launched early on April 15, 2020 for Xfinity Flex and X1 customers
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