Binge-watching is about to get a little easier. Netflix says it will have twice as many original shows by this time next year.
The company’s slate of original programming will include 31 scripted series in 2016, compared to the 16 just this year. In addition to the dozen documentaries and 10 stand-up specials released last year, the company will soon have 30 kids’ series and 10 feature films, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said at the UBS Media Conference in New York today.
“This is high quality stuff,” he said. “This is programming people want to watch.”
For Netflix, original content has proved a solid bet. Not only has the company found an audience for shows like Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Master of None, Sarandos said, but original shows make it easier for Netflix to reach a truly global audience.
An increase from 16 to 31 new shows means a decrease in personal productivity on weeknights and weekends — something I am totally cool with. Netflix has made some of my favorite shows, and more of them at my disposal justifies the decision to cut cable out of my budget entirely, this year. I can still get live sports on WatchESPN and I get the major networks with my 21st century version of an antenna, but I haven’t needed it for anything else this year. Usually, all of my other TV-watching involves either Netflix or HuluPlus — the latter of which is pretty lame.
Thanks, Netflix. If these new shows are half as good as HOC and Bloodline, they will still be better than basically everything else on regular cable..
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