Beverly Hills, CA -- Streaming services and other non-traditional content providers continue to expand their presence at the twice-yearly Television Critics Association tours. The current Summer 2016 TCA event has been the biggest and best showcase for their collective efforts to date. It all began almost two weeks ago with Netflix, which kicked off the tour with a full day of panels – including one for “Stranger Things,” which became and has remained the most talked-about series out of hundreds presented to critics and reporters here. In the weeks that followed, we have had an afternoon of press conferences with the stars of many Hulu series, a morning at YouTubeSpaceLA (where we heard all about the many ways in which YouTube is stomping all over virtually every other video content platform, especially television networks), evening soirees with executives and talent from DirecTV/AT&T and Crackle, and a day of Amazon sessions that proved to be as lively and productive as any other. It is amazing how quickly Netflix and Amazon have become dominant participants at TCA tours, dwarfing even the once-mighty tour titans HBO and Showtime and rivaling NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox for the attention of the many critics and reporters in attendance.
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