There are already "too many" streaming services to realistically subscribe to all of them unless you just have a ridiculous amount of free time and a ridiculous amount of disposable income. I foresee many of these services either combining their content such as Hulu does (Fox, NBC) or having to cut their prices in order to maintain/gain subscribers. I feel like we will see many models offer a tiered system where you can get a package that is less than 10 dollars a month, but will require you to watch ads every so often. Conversely, one could pay a premium price to view content without any interruptions.
As per the sports streaming service, Disney indicated that their standalone ESPN streaming service will debut around the same time frame as their Disney service. I remember the article stating that there would be over 10,000 sporting events streamed live during the first calendar year from its debut.
A couple of interesting notes:
It has been estimated that Disney will need 32 million subscribers for its service just to break even for the revenue that it will lose from the licensing deals that it currently has in place as they will not renew any of those contracts being that their service will be the exclusive home for their own content. Just to put that into perspective, Netflix has the market crushed with 50 million subscribers. HBO GO has ... 3 million. At launch, Disney will make available over 500 movie titles and 7,000 episodes of various television programs.
Speaking of HBO, their 3 million subscribers are said to account for 5-6% of their total revenue, about 100 million dollars for the quarter. HBO says that this has basically replaced any losses accrued from the downward trend of their other revenue sources. Just to give you an idea of the insane amount of money these corporations are bringing in, that 100 million dollar number accounts for ONE PERCENT of (HBO parent company) Time Warner's quarterly revenue.
Here's a link with a little more info about how many subscribers these new services actually have and just how much of an impact "cord cutters" are or are not making on industry as a whole.
We were talking about the Emmys this morning on the Coffee Break. Never heard anyone thank ABC, NBC, or CBS. All the accolades went to Hulu, Netflix, and HBO. No question - all the award winning shows for TV are coming from streaming services.
IMO, there's several factors involved:
1. Viewers can binge on entire season in a weekend on Netflix. Not quite the case with HBO, but you know when it's released on Netflix, you're getting the entire season all at once, and people love this concept.
2. Shorter seasons means more quality content in each episode. Also makes it easier to binge watch on the weekend.
3. Less content restrictions, so the streaming services can get away with more. Put it to you this way; Big Bang Theory is still a super huge hit show for CBS. If they showed an episode where Penny (the hot blondie on there) was nude, viewership would go through the roof! I'm just sayin, lol!
4. The seasons on Netflix aren't so quick to comeback. They tend to be released on an annual basis, except for some programming. I think Voltron is released on a semi-annual phase, but Voltron is a cartoon and I don't think their seasons are very long to begin with.