Call it a performance bonus: Amazon original series Mozart In The Jungle, which debuted last year and recently walked away with two Golden Globe awards, has been renewed for a third season. Likewise, Netflix extended the run for one of its multiple award-winning shows, Orange Is The New Black, renewing the series for three more seasons.
A recent survey found that more than half of Americans use Netflix to stream content, though the streaming video on demand (SVOD) provider trails HBO in terms of original content demand, according to another study.
Netflix is continuing to plumb different content genres as it expands its library of originals, announcing that its next series to premiere will be a documentary about a high-stakes criminal case.
Looks like Jon Stewart's sojourn away from television is ending soon: The Daily Show veteran has signed a four-year deal with HBO to produce a number of projects, beginning with a series of "short-form digital content" pieces that will appear on HBO Now.
The rights just keep on comin': Amazon Prime announced that it has landed exclusive streaming rights to hit series Mr. Robot, while Netflix-- despite increased focus on original content-- nabbed global streaming rights to three more hit series, locking in Colony, Zoo, and Jane the Virgin.
As Netflix moves forward with its focus on more original series, a new study by Ampere Analysis predicts that the SVOD provider will up its spending to $6 billion before 2018 as it tracks toward a library offering 50 percent original content.
AMSTERDAM-- Traditional broadcasters and cable operators hoping to go over the top need to throw away the old business models in which the company knows what's best for its customers. Instead, they need to listen to their customers-- and own the content they provide. According to OTT-focused executives from MLB Advanced Media, Australian Broadcasting Company and others here at IBC, that's the only way they'll find success with viewers.
AMSTERDAM-- Netflix may currently sit atop the online video streaming market, but that wasn't always so. One of the elements that put it there was its decision to invest in high-quality original content, House of Cards producer Lord Michael Dobbs told an audience at IBC here.
Netflix is about to go almost all-in on original content: the top SVOD provider's five-year licensing deal with Epix has lapsed, meaning that major movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Transformers: Age of Extinction are off subscribers' plates. But Netflix's executives haven't been all that fussed about the loss of such popular content, even as analysts have fretted.
In the wake of its cancellation of Steve van Zandt mobster dramedy Lilyhammer, Netflix announced its next original movie, Mascots. The Christopher Guest comedy is slated to premier sometime in 2016, according to an announcement on the provider's website.