If you thought 500 shows was a lot to digest, the era of surplus TV is about to get even bigger.
First there was Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Now, a slew of new streaming services are coming, and your favorite shows will soon be splintered across all sorts of different viewing platforms.
Here’s your guide to what’s here already — and what’s coming down the pike.
CBS All Access
CBS’ subscription platform is already up and running, churning out several critically acclaimed originals — Jordan Peele’s rendition of “The Twilight Zone,” “The Good Wife” spinoff “The Good Fight,” “Star Trek: Discovery ”— and a few misses (the dull occult show “Strange Angel,” fairytale mash-up “Tell Me A Story.” It also streams the entire CBS library.
Cost: $5.99 per month.
Launching in the fall (Nov. 12), this streaming service will be the home of all things Marvel and Lucasfilm. The platform has ordered two “Star Wars” prequel shows including “The Mandalorian” (starring Pedro Pascal from “Narcos”), a handful of Marvel shows such as “Loki” — following Tom Hiddleston’s trickster character from the “Thor” movies — and shows based on popular franchises from the early oughts, such as “Monsters, Inc.” and “High School Musical .” The body of older work available will include films from Pixar, Marvel and the “Star Wars” franchise, and acquisitions from Disney’s merger with 20th Century Fox such as “The Simpsons.”
Cost: Reportedly $6.99 per month.
Every week it seems that Apple TV (also slotted for a fall arrival) announces a new show with increasingly big-name stars: a morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston; an “Amazing Stories” anthology series from Steven Spielberg; futuristic drama “See” from Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders”) starring Jason Momoa; a half-hour dramedy from J.J. Abrams called “Little Voice”; documentaries from Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry; “Servant” from M. Night Shyamalan — and more. The company reportedly spent $1 billion on original content. It would be easier to single out who in Hollywood doesn’t have a show for Apple TV than who does. Notably, the content will be low on nudity, violence or swearing.
WarnerMedia’s streaming service will launch at an unspecified date later this year — bundling HBO, Cinemax, Turner, The CW, CNN and shows from the Warner Bros. brand such as “Arrow” and “Manifest.” New shows developed for the platform will include a “Gossip Girl” reboot set eight years after the events of the original show, featuring a new group of teens. The backlog of older shows will include blockbusters “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
Cost: A hefty $16 per month, reportedly.
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NBCU Streaming Service
Little is known about NBC’s upcoming streamer, scheduled to launch next year. Its first confirmed original will be the sitcom “AP Bio,” which struggled on NBC for two seasons with stars Patton Oswalt and Glenn Howerton. Thanks to its strong digital performance, it’s being revived here. NBCU also snagged “The Office” from Netflix in a $500 million deal (it’s reportedly Netflix’s most-watched show). Its other announced original is “Angelyne” starring Emmy Rossum, from “Mr. Robot” showrunner Sam Esmail.