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Streaming war erupts with Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox




Elizabeth Moss, star of the Hulu series, The Handmaid's Tale.
Elizabeth Moss, star of the Hulu series, The Handmaid's Tale.

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If you thought Game of Thrones was a compelling TV drama,  how about a nazi, handmaid and demogorgon all battling it out? Those are the characters in some of the most popular shows available through streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

But with Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox, it could soon have majority control over one of these streaming platforms – Hulu. That could accelerate the race to be on top.

"This is the new network war, and it's taking place online," says Dominic Patten, senior editor and chief TV critic at Deadline Hollywood.

Disney has had its lucrative movies like "Moana" and "Captain America" on Netflix, but if it shifts those kinds of programming over to Hulu, it could create its own online behemoth.

"Streaming is a little bit of the niche marketing game where you win by a thousand paper cuts," says Patten. "Get a little bit of an audience for this one, get a little bit for this, and pretty soon people are paying that $11.99."

And for consumers, it can still pay off have all of these separate services.

"Even if you add those up, you're still not paying anywhere what you'd be paying for a cable bill," he says.

Patten spoke about all of this Tuesday with Take Two's Meghan McCarty-Carino.