People will get more selective about their subscriptions

Make space Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime! This year, viewers streaming choices expanded thanks to the launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+. WarnerMedia's HBO Max and Comcast's Peacock is slated to launch in 2020.

More options also mean difficult decisions. Consulting and research firm Magid found people are willing to spend $42 a month for streaming services, which is slightly more than the year before. But they only want four subscriptions instead of six, meaning people will start selecting quality over quantity. After all, despite hundreds of thousands of hours of programming, there are only 24 hours in a day. People can't spend every waking moment consuming content.

Viewers will start looking for free or cheap ways to stream

With people being more selective with what they pay for, audiences will start to search for streaming options that won't break the bank. Two upcoming services, Comcast's Peacock and Quibi will be ad-supported, meaning prices will be much lower than most other services out there already.

Viacom is investing dollars into streaming service Pluto, which it acquired last January. Xumo, Tubi, and the Roku Channel also provide streaming ways to replace traditional cable and satellite subscriptions at a fraction of the price – or in most cases, no cost.

The demand is high on the advertiser side as well. Marketers are looking for ways to reach the cord-cutting audience since most of the subscription streaming services don't offer traditional commercial breaks.

Streaming services will win big during awards season

The caliber of streaming programming has never been better than before. And Hollywood's critical elite is finding it harder and harder to ignore the services.

The Golden Globes gave Netflix the most nods out of any network with 17 nominations, thanks to movies like The Irishman and Marriage Story. Apple TV+, which just launched this November, garnered some attention for its debut series The Morning Show.

While Netflix has been strict in the past that its movies should stream on its services before or very close to their theatrical debuts, it began to acquiesce for certain high-profile titles. The Irishman had a limited theatrical debut on November 1, way ahead of its November 27 streaming debut. The streaming versus theatrical release debate has been a sticking point with several traditional film festivals and awards circuits, with Netflix most notably pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and 2019.

This could be the year Netflix takes home an Oscar in one of the top categories including Best Picture, Best Actor, or Best Actress, further cementing itself not as a disruptor but a contender that's here to stay.

Kids and teens will keep looking to create their own entertainment

It's not just movies and TV shows that are bringing younger generations to the screen.

YouTube, which relies mostly on user-generated content, has been creating its own celebrities for years. This trend of people – not just traditional media companies – creating entertainment content will continue to grow thanks to meme video accounts on Instagram and clever-looped clips on TikTok. While these "episodes" may last seconds instead of hours, these clips compete for viewers' attention alongside films and series.

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