Jason Snell and guests break down the business of binge-watching in the era of the Streaming Wars.



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#74: The Infinite Stadium

July 18th, 2024 · 47 minutes

Sportswriter Will Carroll joins Jason for an all-Sports Corner edition. We discuss the NBA TV deal, the NFL lawsuit, and the future of sports broadcasting. [Downstream+ members also get: the post-RSN world, Netflix and live sports, and more.]

#73: Must-Stream TV

July 11th, 2024 · 43 minutes

Vulture's Josef Adalian returns to discuss the ramifications of the sale of Paramount, and where the company might go next. We also once again consider that classic streaming question--to binge or not to binge?

#72: Harpoon Gun Salvaged from the Wreckage

June 27th, 2024 · 41 minutes

TV critic Tim Goodman guests to discuss the WBD and Paramount messes and give an update about what he's been up to over at his Substack. [Downstream+ subscribers get to hear us talk about a very weird New York Times article about media moguls on a yacht.]

#71: Mountain of Mishegas

June 15th, 2024 · 64 minutes

Vulture's Josef Adalian joins Jason to discuss the fate of Paramount after the latest deal has fallen through, Warner Bros. Discovery moves to plan B on sports rights, and Joe walks us through his Vulture streamer rankings.

#70: They Stole Your Brain

May 30th, 2024 · 46 minutes

Other strategies for WBD if it loses the NBA, we answer a bumper crop of listener letters, and Julia has some big career news. [Downstream+ subscribers also get to hear us discuss Netflix potential sports futures and the changing face of broadcast TV.]

#69: Pay the Gatekeeper

May 18th, 2024 · 70 minutes

Why the "great rebundling" isn't the return of the cable bundle; recalibrating how talent is paid for streaming shows; Paramount twists in the wind; Spulu gets a real name; the NFL makes a deal with Netflix; and Diamond Sports meets with skepticism.

#68: Gentle Hum

May 3rd, 2024 · 28 minutes

We revisit the philosophy of binge drops versus weekly releases--because it's complicated. [Downstream+ members also get to hear us discuss the future of Paramount, complicated NBA rights negotiations, and more RSN drama.]

#67: Paramount, Peacock, Peas in a Pod

April 18th, 2024 · 68 minutes

Is this phase of the streaming wars reaching an endgame? We discuss the fates of Peacock and Paramount+, and consider Max after a year under its new name. Also, we share more listener streaming suggestions!

#66: What We Want Hasn't Changed

April 4th, 2024 · 40 minutes

Is it time for a Disney pep talk? We discuss what's working and not working, and how Disney's ready for streaming success if it's willing to change. Plus, streaming advice! [For Downstream+ subscribers only: Disney/Apple bundling and Baseball streaming.]

#65: More Serotonin

March 28th, 2024 · 60 minutes

Lots of Disney this time! We talk Disney's big succession question, Taylor Swift's Disney+ numbers, and Disney's deal in India. Also, a quick Sports Corner on NFL streaming rights, Spulu, and ESPN as a streaming aggregator.