Netflix has dropped some serious cash over the past few years in order to bolster its ever-growing lineup of original content, famously spending $6 billion in 2017 – but they’re about to spend even more. In the company’s third-quarter earnings report, Netflix announced that they’ll be spending $7 to $8 billion on content in 2018 alone. And that includes around 80 original films, ranging from film festival hits to big-budget films like Bright.
That potential $8 billion for 2018 is a billion dollars more than Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos previously predicted the company would spend, so it seems like they’re committed to staying on top of the game and investing enough money into their programming that people will continue to come back again and again.
Netflix’s been successful at growing users even in the face of competition like Amazon and Hulu, but with Disney’s own streaming service on the way and Apple finally making a play in the original television content space as well, it’s no surprise that Netflix is shoring up its resources and shelling out more cash to make sure they can stay at or near the top of the streaming wars. Eventually, we’re going to hit a point at which consumers stop subscribing to multiple individual services like this, so Netflix’s plan seems to be making themselves as valuable as possible so they’re the last ones standing when customers inevitably begin making those tough decisions.
The streaming service has seen some of its content slip away through expiring licensing deals, but they know that their bread and butter is ultimately going to be in original content:
From Latex Strippers to Killing Hitler: Inside Netflix’s Wildest Series
Sex isnt included in the title of Love, Death & Robots, the new animated Netflix series from directors David Fincher and Tim Miller (premiering March 15). But that doesnt mean there isnt plenty of R-rated eroticismnot to mention myriad Hitler deaths!to be found in this 18-episode anthology of sci-fi shorts about the strange, surreal and sinister.
Created by Miller (Deadpool, the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate), who also serves as an executive producer alongside Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, Netflixs Mindhunter), Love, Death & Robots is a deliberately diverse affair rife with violence, humor and a healthy dose of sensuality. No matter that its installments are all computer generatedits for adults only, peppered with full-frontal female nudity, intermittent profanity and a dark, demented view of the world, both now and in the future, which is where most of its vignettes are set. Delivering bleakness and black comedy in distilled form via stories that rarely last more than fifteen minutes, its like Black Mirror for the ADD-addled video game crowd.
Interactive games are certainly evoked by two of the six episodes that were provided to press in advance, as both boast the photorealistic environments and admirably lifelike and emotiveif still clearly artificialhuman faces and figures found in AAA title cutscenes. Theres something startlingly authentic about the way vehicles move and physical spaces are rendered in Sonnies Edge, the shows first episode, even though its grimy blacks, greens and reds define the action in somewhat familiar sci-fi terms. Thats true of its narrative as well, about a young, facially-scarred combatant preparing to compete in a fight to the death against a male opponent. The Real Steel-ish catch is that shes not the one doing the actual brawling; instead, she uses mind-meld technology to pilot a giant reptilian creature (its head stretching backwards into a deadly spiked tail) against her adversarys brutish beast………………………………………………………………………”
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann | Netflix
A detailed look at the disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann, who vanished while on holiday with her family. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Only on Netflix March 15th.
Someone Great – Netflix Trailer
Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has just landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers up her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City. From writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator of MTV’s Sweet/Vicious) SOMEONE GREAT is a hilarious and heartfelt story of friendship, love, and what it means to let go of your twenties and enter adulthood. Watch Someone Great April 19 on Netflix!
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