How Stay-at-Home Orders Supercharged Streaming’s TV Takeover

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When Disney+ launched in 2019, even the most optimistic person in the Magic Kingdom would have not have predicted its subscriber count would be in the triple digits before its 18-month birthday. But with the pandemic keeping everyone at home, streaming turbocharged its takeover of the entertainment business.

Streaming’s swallowing of the pay-TV bundle is irreversible and will continue to change a business model that has endured for decades.

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

TV Reporter • tim.baysinger@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tim_bays