The already crowded streaming market is on the eve of a number of new competitors, with Apple TV Plus, Disney +, HBO Max, and more preparations to face more established players such as Netflix and Hulu. These companies are willing to make some money to try and compete, with Apple reportedly spending nearly $ 15 million per episode on See, according to a report The Wall Street Journal.
To put that number in perspective, Game of Thrones – probably the most expensive TV show ever made – took eight seasons to pave its way up to a budget of $ 15 million per episode. Apple starts See at the same cost, which seems like a pretty big bet to place on a brand new sci-fi series, even one with the star power of Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard behind it. See is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which all humanity is blind. Company a short preview of it in his sizzle role with the announcement of Apple TV Plus.
Disney & # 39; s upcoming series The Mandalorian was expected to cost around $ 10 million per episode, but the WSJThe report reports that it has also seen costs approaching $ 15 million per delivery.
These figures are certainly indicators of the skyrocketing costs of trying to capture Hollywood blockbuster-level CGI and spectacle on a TV show. But they also emphasize how important companies like Apple and Disney think their streaming services will be their business models, because they are willing to pay so much cash in advance to win the market. The only thing left now is to see if these shows are really good – and if they are enough to keep these services alive.