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Arts & Entertainment - January 1, 2021

2020 vision: The year in film

Streaming services stepped up as viewers hunkered down, seeking connection

by Peter Canavese

2020 turned the world upside down in so many ways. Though movies are a relatively trivial example of the existential threat posed by COVID-19, Bay Area movie theaters were effectively shut down for most of the year, giving new life to socially distanced drive-ins and a major shot in the arm to streaming services as Americans hunkered down in front of their TVs. Disney+ emerged as a front-runner in the streaming war and Quibi lost big, with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, AppleTV+ and others still hanging tough.

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