Week in Review: Netflix’s big problem and Apple’s thinnest product yet

Hey. This is Week-in-Overview, exactly where I give a heavy quantity of evaluation and/or rambling thoughts on a single story when scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure.

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The significant story

Disney is going to consume Netflix’s lunch.

The content material giant announced this week that when Disney+ launches, it will be shipping a $12.99 bundle that brings its Disney+ streaming service, ESPN+ and ad-supported Hulu collectively into a single-spend package. That price tag brings these 3 solutions collectively for the exact same price as Netflix and is $5 less expensive that what you would invest on every single of the solutions individually.

This announcement from Disney comes right after Netflix stuttered in its most current earnings, missing significant on its subscriber add when essentially losing subscribers in the U.S.

Netflix isn’t the aggregator it after was its library is regularly shifting, with original series taking the dominant position. As substantially as Netflix is spending on content material, there’s merely no way that it can operate on the exact same plane as Disney, which has been generating huge content material buys and is circling about to snap up the industry by acquiring its way into shoppers’ properties.

Disney has gradually amassed handle of Hulu by means of acquiring out several stakeholders, but now that it shifts the platform’s weight, it’s quite clear that it will use it as a promoting point for its time-honed in-home content material, which it is nonetheless expanding.

The streaming wars have been raging for years, but as the solutions look to grow to be extra like what they’ve replaced, Disney appears poised to take handle.

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On to the rest of the week’s news.

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Trends of the week

Right here are a handful of significant news things from significant organizations, with green hyperlinks to all the sweet, sweet added context:

  • Apple Card rolls out
    Months right after its public debut, Apple has begun rolling out its Apple Card credit card. We got our hands on the new Apple Card app, so verify out extra about what it’s like right here.
  • Amid a struggling smartphone industry, Samsung introduces new flagships
    The smartphone industry is in a low-important no cost fall, but there’s not substantially for hardware makers to do than hold innovating. Samsung announced the release of two new phones for its Note series, with new options like a time-of-flight 3D scanning camera, a bigger size and&#8230 no headphone jack. Study extra right here.
  • FedEx ties up ground contract with Amazon
    As Amazon quickly attempts to make out its personal air fleet to compete with FedEx’s planes, FedEx confirmed this week that it’s ending its ground-delivery contract with Amazon. Study extra right here.

GAFA Gaffes

How did the best tech organizations screw up this week? This clearly wants its personal section, in order of badness:

  1. Facebook could get fined billions extra:
    [Facebook could face billions in potential damages as court rules facial recognition lawsuit can proceed]
  2. Instagram gets its personal Cambridge Analytica:
    [Instagram ad partner secretly sucked up and tracked millions of users’; locations and stories]

Added Crunch

Our premium subscription service had a further week of exciting deep dives. My colleague Sarah Buhr had a handful of good conversations with VCs in the healthtech space and distilled some of their investment theses into a report.

What major HealthTech VCs are investing in 

Why is tech nonetheless aiming for the healthcare business? It appears complete of endless regulatory hurdles or stories of misguided founders with no information of the space, operating headlong into it, only to fall on their faces&#8230

It is effortless to shake our fists at fool-hardy founders hoping to money in on an business that can not rely on the old motto “move fast and break things.” But it does not have to be the code tech lives or dies by.

So which startups have the mojo to hold at it and rise to the best? Venture capitalists typically get to see a lot ahead of deciding to invest. So we asked a handful of of our favored wellness VC’s to share their insights.

Right here are some of our other best reads this week for premium subscribers. This week, we talked about how to raise funding in August, a month not usually recognized for ease of access to VCs, and my colleague Ron dove into the MapR fire sale that took location this week:

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