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A Few Predictions — and Questions — For Hollywood in the New Year

Streaming services slow in the U.S., Spotify adjusts its strategy and legacy media companies keep combining

Bob Chapek, chief executive officer of Walt Disney Co., wears a protective mask during the reopening of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Friday, April 30, 2021. 

Bob Chapek, chief executive officer of Walt Disney Co., wears a protective mask during the reopening of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Friday, April 30, 2021. 

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

At the end of 2020, I made a few predictions for the year ahead. I did pretty well, forecasting Netflix would expand beyond TV and movies, Apple and Amazon would invest more resources into podcasts, and social media sites would try to sell you a lot more goods. I was a little too optimistic about Disney+ and the end of the pandemic, as were a lot of people.

As we enter the first work week of 2022, I am going to pair each prediction with a related question about the year ahead.