Netflix Is No Longer Chill

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The promise of streaming TV was that you could possibly watch no matter you wished, whenever you wished. And for some time, that was principally true. But lately, streaming providers have began to dial again the nice-guy stuff and reel within the freebies. Companies throughout the stream-o-sphere are tweaking subscription tiers, elevating costs, and canceling unprofitable exhibits. Netflix has launched an ad-supported tier to its previously ad-free service, and even began cracking down on individuals sharing account credentials. And company shake-ups at HBO Max have resulted in gobs of stuff being faraway from that platform completely.

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED senior editor Angela Watercutter joins us to speak about why the streaming ecosystem has grown so sophisticated and hostile towards its clients.

Show Notes

Read WIRED’s sequence about why we hate streaming. Listen to WIRED and 1A’s sequence about AI, Know It All.


Angela recommends the cinematic masterpiece Cocaine Bear. Lauren recommends Marc Maron’s standup particular From Bleak to Dark on HBO. Mike recommends the movie EO, which is a few donkey.

Angela Watercutter might be discovered on Twitter @WaterSlicer. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the principle hotline at @GadgetLab. The present is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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