Is user fatigue with streaming services real?

December, 09; 2021. By
These days some voices are coming out throughout our small world warning that streaming services could be reaching their peak in the number of users, especially in mature markets, such as the US, which supposes a certain fatigue for the ecosystem known as "streaming", that is to say, television on demand over the internet through subscription. In this article we will see some aspects related to all this.

To begin with, and in order not to deceive anyone, we continue to comment from this medium that internet piracy, which fully affects audiovisual content, is the main burden on the use of these services; and within piracy in general, which could encompass two main modalities: "peer to peer" (file transfer networks between equals without any type of link in real life) and the transfer of files between known friends, is the "peer to peer", especially through the Torrent network, the one that is unbalancing the ecosystem towards a scenario in which the end user has the perception that everything on the internet is absolutely free.

But as this system is tolerated, this medium has to be contained since "peer to peer" networks are still used without any problem by the general population without this fact having any consequence.

On the other hand, streaming companies have a model that does not allow them, let's say, to "rest easy", since they are forced by the pressure of the system itself, which includes the stock market results of their parent companies (for Netflix, Disney, Movistar...), as well as the competition among them, to launch titles and titles, shortening the launches more and more, which means a decrease in their quality.

Here we come to a philosophical or reality-observation argument, detected by this means of communication, which indicates that "quality is scarce by nature", therefore of all those launches we will keep for posterity only a few. And this is increasing the fatigue of the user who notices how, under false promises of eternal happiness, good content does not arrive, or continues to arrive very slowly, no matter how much all the launches are advertised as "masterpieces" with great fanfare by the media.

Movie theaters, as the filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar pointed out very well in a recent interview that came to the hands of this medium, are in the doldrums since the number of tickets sold in favor of home cinemas is being reduced every time, in all segments and film genres, and these old halls are slowly being converted into clothing stores in the big cities.

So much so that the company founded by Walt Disney that bears his name has suffered in the last month the aforementioned "fatigue" and the stock has fallen in this period by approximately 17%, which is not little, due to the lack of new interest from users for the streaming offers of said company. Fortunately for them, they have, as they say, "a thousand and one additional ways" to get the money, be it through their theme parks, sale of physical products with their characters, DVDs, and so on.

Therefore, faced with this scenario, and if things do not change, we are inclined to think in this medium that said fatigue is real and that perhaps the saturation point of "streaming" has already been reached and moviegoers, who in principle are we all (each one to a different degree), we are organizing ourselves with our old DVDs or other similar solutions to continue enjoying the king art of our time, the beloved, distinguished and marvelous cinematographic art.