Streaming TV was supposed to be one thing you did to relax. But these days, you might take a drink, kick your feet up, and sit there paralyzed by the fire hose of views. With so many shows and services of varying quality, the streaming ecosystem has become an inflated mess. And now some of the streaming giants are starting to buckle under their own weight.
In this week Gadget LabWIRED senior editor Angela Watercutter and senior writer Kate Knibbs join us to discuss how streaming has become such a morass and where it goes from here.
Read Kate’s story about how reality TV has become a parody of itself. Read Angela’s story about streaming services’ obsession with the franchise series. And check out all the stories from WIRED’s series “Why We Hate Streaming.”
Angela recommends the show First Kill. Kate recommends Molly Lambert’s podcast HeidiWorld. Mike recommends the website Justwatch.com. Lauren recommends Elon Musk’s online coursea documentary from New York TimesFX and Hulu.
Angela Watercutter can be found on Twitter @WaterSlicer. Kate Knibbs is @Knibbs. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling main hotline on @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is off Solar keys.
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