Monday, January 18, 2016

Netflix at TCA

It was Netflix day at TCA yesterday, and there was a ton of coverage: Ted Sarandos criticized NBCU for presenting "remarkably inaccurate" ratings data about Netflix series, said Netflix will spend $6 billion on content in 2016, insisted there is not too much TV, and announced a ramp-up of kids' series and family programming. John Koblin notes that competitors are getting irked by Netflix at this point. There were TCA panels for Master of None, Fuller House, and Making a Murderer, at which the show's creators defended the series against criticism -- they've also responded on Twitter -- and a bunch of series return dates were announced, as well as a Season 2 renewal for Jessica Jones and casting for Black Mirror. Michael Schneider looks at the impact Making a Murderer is having on considerations of the actual case, while Kathryn Schultz is critical of the filmmakers.

In more negative Netflix news, the WSJ says Netflix's global growth will be pressured by competitive rivals banding together, and Seeking Alpha expects Netflix stock volatility for this and other reasons. Patrick Seitz questions Netflix's domestic subscriber growth prospects, and Karl Bode questions Netflix's plan to crack down on proxy access.

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