In Q1 2023, PARQOR will be focusing on four trends. This essay focuses on "The definition of scarcity is continuously evolving away from linear. What happens next?”
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The day after Disney CEO Robert Iger expressed his concern about owning and distributing “general entertainment”, The Watch podcast (from The Ringer) had a terrific discussion on the topic between host Andy Greenwald and journalist and author Chuck Klosterman. The question they dove into was, what is “general entertainment” in 2023?
The term refers to something Iger told investors:
“general entertainment is generally undifferentiated as opposed to our core franchises and our brands which because of their differentiation and their quality have delivered higher returns for us over the years. So we think we have an opportunity to, through more aggressive curation, to reduce some of our costs in the general entertainment side and in general, in volume.”
Some of this was in response to moves under his successor/predecessor Bob Chapek to expand general entertainment content production. But it also reflected how both Disney’s Hulu and Star services rely heavily on a content library acquired via the 21st Century Fox merger. Hulu, in particular, also has relied on NBCUniversal and Discovery content, to date (and both have recently pulled content in favor of their own service).
Disney CEO Robert Iger’s rethink of “general entertainment” effectively asks: “Why are we spending billions to compete with and lose share to free services with a similar value proposition?”
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Klosterman and Greenwald discussed how Paramount-owned-FAST Pluto TV had become “general entertainment” with channels of content that had been traditionally more niche general entertainment, like its Slow TV channel. Pluto describes that channel as “the marathon watching experience about ...