Netflix’s latest refinement is its increased original programming the beginning of the year. It has been a harsh winter for some, and new series were just what the doctor ordered for homebound consumers. Netflix gained 4.9 million new subscribers from January – March 2015, almost a million more than anticipated.
They certainly got the jump on the recently released HBO Now, which seems to be competing with the Netfix formula. Netflix’s $7.99 monthly fee is cheaper than HBO Now’s monthly fee of $14.99, so it will be interesting to see if Netflix will continue at this price point. Regardless, Netflix is increasing the quantity of their library without sacrificing quality.
Powerful series like Emmy nominated Orange is the New Black, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated House of Cards (Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for Best Actress), and Marco Polo produced by the Weinstein Company, are being joined by the new series Marvel’s Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock , and Bloodline created by Todd & Glen Kessler and Daniel Zelman to name a few enhance the lineup. Coming soon is Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie). There are also kid-friendly original shows such as Dreamworks’ Turbo FAST and All Hail King Julien from the Madagascar franchise.
A big bonus is that all episodes from series are being released at once. This gives subscribers the option of binge watching (viewing 2-6 episodes in one sitting), which 61% do. So far, another 14 new original series are slotted for 2015, and 14 for 2016, with 2 still to be determined. Among the listed are three more Marvel titles and another Dreamworks production. Stay tuned.
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