Spielberg is not averse to working on streaming projects – Apple is reviving its series Amazing Stories . However, he argued that everything that belongs to services like Netflix should be suitable as TV and therefore for the Emmys and not for the Oscars. Studios have generally accused streaming giants of playing dirty by using shorter movie windows, massive marketing budgets, secret viewer data, and instant worldwide releases for conventional movie thrash.
Whether Spielberg will prevail is another matter are numerous critics. The current Oscars rules do not require an exclusive movie window, and if requested, may punish independents who can not justify waiting for a digital premiere. In addition, some filmmakers state that streaming may be the only one as their films appear widespread. Ava DuVernay, for example stated that Netflix made possible the dissemination of 13th around the world, where even a critical hit such as Selma had a limited release. A rule change may appeal to Hollywood studios who want to protect the theater experience, but they risk turning the Oscars into an exclusive club for traditionalists.
The Internet giants probably do not take it easy. They have been honoring awards for years, and in 2018 they had a banner, thanks to the three Oscars of Roma . Netflix had even joined the MPAA earlier. If Spielberg could do it, streaming movies would lose considerable public recognition and would not be in the same class as their traditional counterparts, even though they have increasingly similar talents and budgets.