Carat's Simon Ryan talks 'Streaming Wars' with Mumbrella


Mumbrella talks to Carat CEO Simon Ryan about how content, copyright battles and telco platform plays will determine the future of subscription video on demand services, Netflix, Stan and Presto.

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"The biggest concern for many observers of the emerging Australian streaming battle is the impact it will have on content – particularly Australian content.

On one side is the global budget and reach of Netflix, on the other side, everyone else: that is Networks Seven, Nine, Ten and Foxtel, and their services Stan and Presto.

Carat CEO Simon Ryan says while Australian content is “strong and healthy now” Netflix, which has 75 million members in 190 countries, currently has about 1,000 titles from a library of 14,000 titles available  locally.

“The point here is that the (content) pipeline is only going to get bigger,” said Ryan. 

The real question is whether, like Presto and Stan, Netflix will start to put money into the local production sector."


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