Netflix Planning More Original Series [Broadband Reports]
Netflix's customer growth has begun to create larger demands from programmers whose core businesses are in competition with Netflix's on demand, commercial-free streaming. Several programmers and studios have been raising rates and creating longer delays in releasing programming in licensing deals with Netflix.
In response to the increase in fees being imposed on content, Netflix is investing in original programming. News of Netflix's original content investment broke when they announced plans to air a new show from David Fincher and Kevin Spacey named "House of Cards." At the time, Netflix said it was not considering original programming as a major future business, but since that time other original programs have been announced for the streaming service.
Netflix will soon be airing new episodes of the cancelled Fox show "Arrested Development." The company has also committed to a new show called "Lillyhammer" starring Steven Van Zandt, and is also reportedly working on a comedy with the creator of Showtime's "Weeds."
Today's Netflix may have a different look in just a couple of years, with significant amounts of content that is available on traditional television. It's a further confirmation that consumers are seeing more and more options in how they watch television than ever before.