It Was Inevitable, Really: Netflix Is Turning Into HBO
Posted on: 14 juin 2017, by : Basile

It Was Inevitable, Really: Netflix Is Turning Into HBOSense8 Murray Close/Netflix For a while there, Netflix was on a roll. Over the course of about four years, from House of Cards to Stranger Things , it produced one hot new show after another. The platform gave its series healthy budgets, their stewards complete creative control; renewal for multiple seasons was seemingly a fait accompli . Then, in the early summer of 2017, the honeymoon ended. Netflix announced it was canceling two programs, The Get Down and Sense8 . The cancellations weren’t about critical response or award nominations, they were about ROI—or the lack thereof. Speaking at a conference last weekend, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the network had to ask itself if enough people were watching the shows relative to the amount of money they cost. Considering that both The Get Down and Sense8 were reportedly very expensive , the answer wasn’t difficult to come by. “A big expensive show for a huge audience is great,” Sarandos said . “A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long.” For a company so opaque—Netflix has traditionally refused to give viewership numbers—Sarandos’ word choice is […]

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