Nicktoons unite

What does the increase in streaming service availability mean for the future of television?


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Nickelodeon and Netflix are teaming up to bring fan favorite shows onto its platform, such as ‘Spongebob Squarepants.’

Matthew Travia, Staff Writer

It’s been nearly three weeks since Disney came out with its new streaming service, Disney+. Viewers have been enjoying all the Disney content that is provided including series from Natural Geographic, Star Wars and Marvel. 

However, Disney has found itself challenged once again. 

With the launch of Disney+ on Nov. 12, Netflix came out with an announcement of its own. It decided that it will be teaming up with Nickelodeon and formed a multi-year, out-put deal and will be producing original content. 

Netflix figured it had to do something to keep the business going since Disney content, as well as other popular shows such as “Friends,” is also being pulled from the service. 

Nickelodeon is a business that is built around kids — everything it does is for its audience. This family business is huge since most parents want to make kids happy. 

Children’s shows such as “Spongebob Squarepants” or “Invader Zim” attract not just the kids of today, but also people who grew up watching these throwback shows. 

That is what made Disney+ so appealing to so many people. Outside of all the current content that was being put out, it was the throwback content that has attracted so many people. 

The team-up between Netflix and Nickelodeon provides content for everyone, including children, teenagers, adults and families. Netflix already has hit shows such as “Stranger Things” and “Troll Hunters” and now put a show like “Spongebob Squarepants” on top of that. 

Netflix even has comedian specials on its service such as Bill Burr, Sebastian Maniscalco and Chris Rock. 

Disney is all around a family-friendly business, there’s not a lot of content that is too edgy, and  there is no rated R content that is associated with it. The closest thing that Disney has to something that isn’t entirely family friendly is the Marvel content. 

That is where Netflix and Nickelodeon can have the advantage, since Netflix has some content such as the comedy specials and shows like “13 Reasons Why” in order to appeal to more than just families. 

Netflix and Nickelodeon’s collaboration is just another streaming service to look into, but there always will be more companies coming out with new streaming services. Is there a new age of entertainment upon society? What does this mean for cable? 

Since streaming services are coming up with original content exclusively on its services, this might take away customers who have cable. With more streaming services available, people will have a choice to make, including potentially cutting the cord. 

Since more shows are on streaming services, is there a point in paying more for cable? 

Netflix has begun putting Nickelodeon content on the service, but it will be a process for all the content to roll out.. 

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