2019 will be remembered as the year that streaming went to another level. The addition of Disney+ and Apple TV+ open up more choice at cheaper prices and, possibly, with a better product.
2019 will also be remembered as a year of too many choices but still the cream rose to the top. Where did everyone spend their time in 2019?
According to TV Time, are the 20 shows were the most-watched this year throughout the world. And, out of the top 20, all but one are on Netflix: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Here’s the top 20:
2. Stranger Things
3. 13 Reasons Why
4. Money Heist aka La Casa de Papel
5. Orange Is The New Black
6. The Handmaid’s Tale
7. Sex Education
10. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
11. The Umbrella Academy
12. Black Mirror
14. Marvel’s The Punisher
16. Love, Death & Robots
18. Marvel’s Jessica Jones
19. Big Mouth
20. The Society
In an interview with Forbes, TV Time Chief Revenue Officer, Carol Hanley, discussed how the television landscape has evolved over the soon-to-culminate decade. “The explosion of Subscription Video on Demand services (SVODs) has created a global television audience for content. Today, a given piece of content can find success across many countries and platforms and is commonly translated into several languages. Local language series including La Casa de Papel, Elite and Dark were among the most-watched of the year and the development of original local language content only continues to grow.”
According to Hanley, portability of devices has changed how we watch shows. “The result is that a program’s community of viewers is now global and can impact culture, politics and social issues in ways never seen before.” Supporting this, eMarketer states that over 75% of worldwide video consumption currently occurs on mobile devices and is poised to grow.
As technology continues to change, so does our viewing patterns and how we consume media. Will Netflix dominate 2020 too or will we see the new streaming giants steal some of its thunder?
What do you think of this list and are there any surprises?
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