Skip to main content

Netflix raises the stakes, plans to launch 20 original series per year

netflix reveals orange is the new black wet hot american summer premiere dates
Orange is the New Black Image used with permission by copyright holder
Netflix won’t be resting on its laurels with successes like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. The video streaming service plans to keep the momentum going…and going…with an anticipated 20 original series (or so) launched each year, reports Variety.

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, says the plan is to offer enough variety to appeal to a wide audience, and diverse tastes. The idea is to ensure that Netflix remains known for that red and white brand – not just the home of HOC or OINTB or whatever the hot program du jour is. The company wants to produce a steady stream of great programming that will appeal to many.

That’s an ambitious goal, even for a company as historically successful with original content as Netflix. And particularly so when you consider that when it comes to regular network TV, only a small percentage of the shows thrown at viewers actually survive, and an even smaller percentage actually pull in high enough ratings to warrant remaining on television past a few seasons.

With so many series landing with an entire season in one shot, viewers really need to be into a program to want to watch it, and they need to be willing to carve out the time to do so – binge-watching is, of course, the typical method. That said, the model does make it possible for a viewer to binge watch or take it slow with one episode per week, day, month, or whatever schedule fits best. And because the content isn’t reliant on advertising, just a standard monthly subscription fee for access to the service, the idea of a show being “successful” is drastically different than what determines success on regular network TV. Still, it will be interesting to see if Netflix can keep its wide range of content from over-saturating the site, and keep its shows from getting lost in the shuffle.

Netflix is (apparently) in a position now that gives it freedom to try 20 new shows per year if it wishes. And with competitors like Amazon and Hulu working hard on their own original series as well, it’ll keep Netflix on its toes, and hopefully help ensure that a majority of the shows offered are worthy of some time in the spotlight at the top of your cue.

Editors' Recommendations

Christine Persaud
Christine has decades of experience in trade and consumer journalism. While she started her career writing exclusively about…
Get up to $400 off Eargo OTC hearing aids for Memorial Day
The tiny Eargo 7 OTC hearing aid with fingertips for scale.

If you're in the market for OTC hearing aids, but haven't tapped "buy" yet, this is possibly the moment you're looking for to change things around. Eargo, producer of some of the best OTC hearing aids, is having a sale on their wares for Memorial Day and you can save as much as $400. Tap the button below to find the hearing aids and investigate each one yourself — the site has a very professional product comparison window where you can compare you three favorites — or keep reading for our take, thoughts on the OTC hearing aid space, and what you need to think about before you get them.

Why you should buy Eargo OTC hearing aids
The most important decision you're going to have to make when you shop this sale is which of Eargo's OTC (Over The Counter) hearing aids to get. It's counterintuitive, but our research suggests that the best deal is going to be on the Eargo 6, which are now down $300 from $2,250 to $1,950. The reason that we pick them over the Eargo 7 is the is the same reason we picked the Eargo 5 as one of the best OTC hearing aids when they were available: The 6 and 7 are highly similar (low-profile, water and sweat resistant, with excellent hearing enhancement tech) but the 7 is more expensive with small refinements.

Read more
Amazon’s Echo Buds got a little bit better this week
Phil Nickinson with the 2023 Amazon Echo Buds.

We're big fans of high-end earbuds around here, but we're also big fans of buds that don't cost much at all. Both have their place. One of the more interesting sets of the past year are the 2023 Amazon Echo Buds, which just got a few new features this past week.

First up are tap controls. You can now set a tap gesture to run a full Alexa action, or multiple actions in a routine. Other long-press options include play/pause, next/previous track, volume, voice assistant, and mute -- or you can just disable the long-press altogether.

Read more
Amazon Memorial Day sale: Early TV, laptop, and appliance deals
Digital Trends Best Cyber Monday Amazon Deals

With Memorial Day sales coming up fast, Amazon has started off proceedings with some early Amazon Memorial Day deals. If you’re in the market for seemingly anything possible, it’s incredibly likely that Amazon has already discounted it. Whether you’re looking for a new laptop, TV, pair of headphones, or even an air fryer, take a look at what we’ve picked out below. In no time, you’ll be saving big without having to wait for Memorial Day itself to grab some discounts. Here are all the best early discounts happening right now as part of the Amazon Memorial Day sale.
Best Amazon Memorial Day TV deals

Memorial Day is one of the better times for TV deals. There are often some great discounts on a wide range of products. Amazon is no different with plenty of TV deals going on from a cheap 4K TV to a high-end model from one of the best TV brands. If you’re looking for one of the best TVs without spending a fortune, we’ve picked out some of the highlights below.

Read more