Apart from ruining James Bond, Sam Mendes is also wrong about all sorts of other things
One last thing. While a huge percentage of working people have suffered over these past three months, there are also many (whisper it) whom Covid-19 has made rich. It would be deeply ironic if the streaming services — Netflix, Amazon Prime et al — should be making lockdown millions from our finest acting, producing, writing and directing talent, while the very arts culture that nurtured that talent pool is allowed to die. Is there anyone among those people willing to use a fraction of their Covid-19 windfall to help those who have been mortally wounded? If so, I hope you’re reading this, and that you are able to think of the arts landscape as more than just a “content provider”, but instead as an ecosystem that supports us all.
Amazon Prime Video and Netflix have both been losing money for years. Amazon’s profits are a little bit from selling DVDs and barrels of lube, and mostly from their cloud hosting. They’ve pumped fortunes into making these things work. I’m not even sure how profitable this period is for them. They have more subscribers, sure, but all their subscribers are streaming more, and streaming video costs them money., with no increased revenue. I don’t see Netflix giving away their first year of profit due to a windfall, and it would be unfair to demand it.