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Netflix to double original programming in 2016

by Brandon Russell | December 7, 2015December 7, 2015 8:30 pm PDT

Netflix has revealed it’s doubling down on the amount of original programming it produces next year, led by shows such as Daredevil season 2 and Luke Cage. Head of Content Ted Sarandos said the streaming service has plans to produce 31 original shows in 2016, up from 16 in 2015.

It’s unclear how the full lineup will breakdown, though we already have an idea of what to expect (a few shows were mentioned above). In addition to the promise of 31 shows, Sarandos said the service also wants to introduce 10 new movies, 30 kids shows, about a dozen documentaries and 10 stand-up specials. With such a robust lineup, Netflix is very quickly becoming the premiere leader in original content, and a major competitor to traditional cable.

Sarandos said Netflix’s shift into original programming was spurred in part by licensing deals to get existing content. Rather than deal with that headache, Netflix can create its own terrific content and own the rights at the same time. The service has already proved it is a force to be reckoned with with shows such as Daredevil, Master of None, and Unbearable Kimmy Schmidt; Beasts of No Nation, its first original movie, was also a critical success.

Although Netflix doesn’t share information about who is watching what through its service, Sarandos said, “Our shows are among the most-viewed on television.”

In addition to comments about more programming, Sarandos also expressed interest in Netflix launching its own sports league. It won’t provide content from existing leagues themselves, but perhaps its own league. That’s probably many years in the making, but it’s one possible avenue Netflix could move into beyond TV and movies.

If you’re not a Netflix subscriber now, you might want to reconsider as we approach the New Year.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...