OTT platforms like Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon, and Hulu have shown great progress over the years; especially after the pandemic when almost every country is going through lockdowns and the theaters are shut.
People have more or less stopped watching television at all these days since these platforms have flourished, and a lot of fantastic content is available on them. Netflix alone has succeeded in gathering over 200 million active subscribers.
But the streaming market changes every minute and a growing number of subscribers doesn’t necessarily mean a growing market share. According to recent reports, HBO Max has taken on the position of the leading OTT platform with a consistently growing audience and market share. So you might as well come across friends for whom the weekend Netflix chill has been replaced by HBO Max-ing!
A peek at the dynamic streaming trends
When popular movie network HBO stepped into the streaming arena in 2020, it wasn’t received with pomp and show. Its market share was a mere 2%. But in the last few months, the service has improved its range of content and services drastically, and this has resulted in its market share to rise from 2% to 5.2%. The service has finally made its way from half-baked to garnished and ready to be served!
Netflix’s share on the other hand, has seen a severe downfall from 32% in the first quarter of 2020 to 22% in the final; even lesser than Amazon’s current market share. Hulu’s share has neither fallen nor risen, and Disney+ has also seen a minor jump of 1%.
So what is it that makes HBO Max the potential-filled underdog of the OTT market?
The small but powerful HBO Max collection
As compared to the other streamers, HBO Max has a comparatively restricted movie and series collection available, but it has the best base collection. Moreover, the content on it has a very high quality, and once you launch the service, you’ll find series or movies related to a lot of different genres. Some of the award-winning collections on HBO Max include Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Wire, Veep and Watchmen.
WarnerMedia brands like TBS, TNT, Crunchyroll and the Cartoon Network have produced many of their shows on HBO Max. Moreover, all the 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S are also available on the steamer. The show was one of the most popular ones on Netflix and it can now be seen on HBO Max too.
To compare the downsides of Netflix and HBO Max quickly, scrolling on Netflix is easy, but to find a worthy title among the collection can sometimes be painful. As for HBO Max, the genre list is huge but the app can sometimes be buggy and may crash.
HBO Max is currently surpassing the market share of all other OTT streaming platforms. With so much amazing content available on it, choosing a subscription is well worth it. So enjoy the best quality movies with your loved ones, or relish your own company on a Sunday evening!