The 4 Streaming Commandments of 2022

Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer in Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Credit: Netflix
Julia Alexander
December 20, 2022

Well, 2022 was a humbling year: Netflix’s valuation dropped by as much as 70 percent, dragging most of Hollywood down with it; Amazon bought MGM out of a post-bankruptcy reorg; The CW was sold to a broadcast chop shop; David Zaslav pulled the cost-cutting ripcord at Warner Bros. Discovery; Bob Chapek was canceled mid-season and Bob Iger was rebooted, and everyone had a Damascene conversion on advertising. 

For executives from Los Gatos to Burbank and New York, the end of 2022 marks a time to reflect on the jarring new realities facing the once up-and-to-the-right streaming businesses—and preparing for a similarly challenging 2023. The ad market is softening, streaming revenue isn’t increasing fast enough to offset the death of traditional TV, and, oh yeah, the entire industry is weighted down by tens of billions of dollars in debt.