Netflix has single-handedly been responsible for bringing the culture of Binge-watching and they want to throw a spanner in your weekend plans! The streaming service is set to double its original programming content in 2016. If you thought you barely had time to breathe as you binge-watched through Netflix this year, you are in for a lot more!
Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos, while speaking at UBS Media Conference, announced that the streaming service is set to release 31 scripted shows in 2016 which include new season of existing series, compared to barely 16 in 2016. In addition to these, 10 feature films, 10 stand-up specials, 12 documentaries as well as 30 children’s show are also coming on the service in 2016. Sarandos has promised its not just quantity but quality. And honestly, after still trying to catch up on the good shows they have put up till date I would not bet against them for not bringing us quality programming.
Netflix started its journey on the path of original programming in 2013 with a few handful shows which include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black among others. It continued to add further more shows in the next year but they still remained in single digit, a barrier they breached this year.
All your weekends belong to us, as Netflix doubles its original programming for 2016.
New seasons of existing shows will account for a big chunk of Netflix’s programming slate of 2016, with House Of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None and Sense8 already having renewals for new seasons. New shows debuting in 2016 include Peter Morgan’s The Crown, Judd Apatow’s Love, Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan’s The Get Down, The Full House reboot, Untitled Winona Ryder Project, Flaked and Marvel’s Luke Cage.
The streaming service has had to increasingly focus its resources on original content in recent years as they push to provide content that is only available on Netflix, as Sarandos noted in a blog post earlier. And this push has made it more difficult for the company to clinch deals for licensed programming. Studios and networks are extremely vary of selling their content to the streaming service as it would indirectly encourage Netflix’s popularity at the expense of traditional television viewership. However it is an uneasy relationship for these networks and companies as they reap enough revenue from selling to Netflix, that it is hard for them to break away.
However that is for Netflix and networks to figure out in the meanwhile, Netflix is going to command your weekends as it looks to capture all your time and have you binge watch it’s upcoming lineup of original content.